Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Last spring 
I shared a post entitled

  It featured a 
Saturday afternoon road trip 
to the North Fork
 of the Yuba River
 which was raging down the canyon
 after heavy rains and snow melt.

I told about
 the deafening sound the river made
 as it crashed along the rocks.

  We took that ride again
 this past weekend 
and it was raging just as hard as ever
 so I captured it on video
 so you could experience the sounds 
as well as the visual...

The videos turned out great 
but somewhere between
the camera and the blog
 I couldn't figure out how 
to transfer them. (So what else is new?)

 I googled it
 and the instructions were clear
 and I followed them closely and

 I also took a video of Kai
 walking up the hill from behind 
so you could see how
 his spine is affecting him 
but, again, nada!

I would appreciate it so much
 if someone could give me some advice.
 It seems like a fairly
 straight forward ordeal
  according to Google,
 but I guess 
I must have
 missed something.

If, and when,
 it gets figured out 
I will send them on to you. 

Some flowers 
and fresh produce
 brought home from
 Trader Joe's...

...and a glimpse of
 a change coming
 to the Cottage.

We had this 
delicious dinner last night.
  A very simple, tasty and easy meal to fix.

 Just so this post
 isn't so short because of
 lack of content,
 I will share the recipe:

 Floating Tacos

1 1/2 lb hamburger - browned
1 onion
1 cup cooked rice
6 oz tomato paste
8 oz tomato sauce
3 cup water
2 Tbls sugar
1 clove garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 - 15 oz can black beans

Mix all together,
 cook on stove or in crockpot, 
serve with toppings
 over corn chips.


cheese, sour cream, avacado, olives, salsa, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.

I showed this arrangement
last week 
but thought the 
profusion of lillies 
after one week 
was worth sharing 

Have a wonderful week and 
Happy Easter to all.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Welcome Spring!

Happiness is a journey 
not a destination. 
 But...spring has arrived 
and I, for one, 
am so happy we have 
reached this destination.

  I am so tired of
 the claustrophobic skies
 resting on my head, 
which is what I feel like 
after so many dark days. 

 I welcome 
the first changes of any season
 but winter, after awhile,
 is not my best friend.

 So, I thought I would share some
  of the bright and light
 signatures of spring.

I would like to thank
 each and everyone 
for your kind concerns about Kai.

  He is now doing great 
on his pain and anti-inflamatory meds 
and is whipping around 
just like before,
 only with a little hitch in his back end.

  He has to be picked up 
to either get on or off the couch 
and to go up or down stairs.

 That is just something
 we can do to help 
make the progression of his condition 
not come any faster.

 He is doing very well for now 
and we can only take it,
 and be thankful for,
 one day at a time.

the sun peeked timidly 
through the window. 
 Seemingly to give the old rooster 
something to crow about:

"Tuesday is the first day of spring 
and blue skies are
 on the way."

Today is
 the first day of Spring 
and it is telling another story, 
bringing more 
dark clouds and rain.

The moral of the story 
seems to be that 
 spring has signed
 on the dotted line 
but without March and April showers,
 where would the 
May flowers be?


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


While we are still in 
the throes of winter...
and sunshine, literally, 
may be hard to come by...
we can always find 
some brightness
 by basking in the light of
those we love and 
taking pleasure in all that 
we are blessed with.

My all time favorite photograph
 is of Jake and the Captain 
at Jake's first Easter egg hunt. 
 By this time,
 the Captain had already 
seen a few!...

 here they are:  
One just turned 80 years old 
and one will be graduating in June
 with his masters degree...
You've come a long way

My dear sister, Sid,
 by the time she reads this,
 will be through
 with her radiation treatments and 
will be free and clear
 from breast cancer. 


I finally splurged 
and bought some down-filled pillow inserts.
  Now my cheap (under $5) pillow covers 
look like a
 million bucks!

Since Kai came into our lives 
and brought so much needed sunshine, 
along with a couple of cases of sun burn,
 we have known that
 he had an issue of weakness 
in his hind quarters.

 He came out of a shelter 
and we weren't privvy to 
what he could have possibly endured 
in his early life.
Was he mistreated,
 or in an accident, 
or is it his genetic makeup,
 because of
 his short legs and longer body?

We really can't know for sure 
but the problem is increasing.

 We took him to the vet 
when his back legs became weak 
and were dragging when he walked. 
 We could tell it was painful for him.

 After x-rays, 
we learned that he has a lot of 
arthritis throughout his spine 
and seven vertebrae affected 
with some almost fused together.  

He is now on pain meds 
that seem to be doing well for him and, 
hopefully, this will last.

  He is about nine years old, 
has a heart murmur 
and any surgery 
would be very intense.

He is a happy little guy
 and still brings 
so much joy and light 
into our lives and 
we shall see where this goes for now.

Along with a
 "bobble head"
 he now has...

"wobble butt".

All these things 
keep the sun shining
 in our lives and
 will continue to make us happy 
even when 
the gray skies are gone.

In the meantime...

Butterscotch Bunny 
wishes you all,
 my dear sunshiny friends,

Happy St. Patrick's Day.


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