Monday, November 30, 2009

I Need to Vent!

As most of my followers know, I am involved in Greyhound adoption. Well this DOES NOT pertain to greyhounds, just an observation I made today. Well...there is a lady that lived across the street from where I work. Keyword, lived. Today she announced to us that she had moved out. Found homes for all of her animals, except for the bull dog and bird that she took with her. Then she proceeded to tell us that she was waiting for the Great Dane Rescue group to come and pick up the last 2 dogs. This is what really pisses me off. She was almost proud of this. I would have been hysterical!!! These 2 dogs are older. One has cancer and the other is deaf. So, these poor dogs, are just cast off because she isn't in the mood for them anymore. She took the bull dog puppy with her. Now I know that someone will give these dogs a good home. They will most likely be fostered by someone who will love them like their own. But damn it! Climbing down off of my soapbox...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Week's Weight Loss

Well friends, I lost 3.2 pounds this week. Total so far, 14.2 pounds. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Couple of Finds

Whenever we go to Atlanta to the Gift Mart, we always do a little antiquing along the way. My boss had picked up these 2 firkins at an antique mall. I don't think they were really old, but I have had my eye on them for a while now. Day after day, I would watch them, just sitting in the workshop gathering dust. One day I couldn't take it anymore, so I finally decided to give them a home. I painted the bottom one Sandstone and the top one Cinnamon. Both Delta Ceramcoat paints. Then I put on a coat of Briwax. I love that stuff. I want to use it on everything now! Someday, I would love to have a big stack of these...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

Since I started Weight Watchers, I am searching for some really good recipes. This one came from the Weight Watchers website. I was skeptical at first, but this is really good. So I thought I would share this with my friends.

Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

6 oz pie crust, 9-inch, refrigerated
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup(s) red onion(s), chopped
1 1/4 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 large egg(s)2 large egg white(s)
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or more to taste
10 oz frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and well-drained
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Press pie crust into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch, removable-bottom tart pan or a 9-inch pie pan; refrigerate until ready to use.To make filling, heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Transfer onion to a large bowl and add ricotta cheese, cheddar cheese, egg, egg whites, mustard, oregano, salt and pepper; mix well and fold in broccoli. Spoon mixture into prepared crust and level surface with a wooden spoon; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake until a knife inserted near center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving. One serving is 5 points.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weight Watcher Update

I just wanted to drop in quickly and give you all an update on my progress at Weight Watchers. I am down 11 pounds since October 21. Man, is it going slow. I have to keep telling myself that I didn't gain this weight overnight, and it certainly won't come off overnight either. I reached my first goal of 5% weight loss. I will try to post more later. I have actually worked on some of my thrift store finds this past week!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Just Some Random Things

Well, here it has been so long since I posted, again. Things have been crazy here. Sadie's toe is continuing to improve. Thank God, finally. We have been going to the vet everyday for bandage change. Tuesday started everyother day. Hopefully when we go Saturday, we can get the darn thing off. It has been two weeks today that she had her surgery, so hopefully the stitches are ready to come out. This whole ordeal has been exhausting. We live on a hill, to get to the backyard, you have to go downstairs to our walkout basement. No stairs for Sadie. So we have to stay upstairs. I have been sleeping on the floor now for 2 weeks. Anybody else that crazy about their dog that they would do that? Please please say yes. So we also can't get the thing wet. The vet took an IV bag and made me a cover. Those IV bags are durable. We have been walking on that thing for 2 weeks now and it is still intact. Anyway, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
To add to the exhaustion, we are having open house at The Heart of Newburgh this weekend. I was so excited that Halloween was on a Saturday this year. But then when the boss said open house was November 5, 6 & 7, it hit me. YIKES, we have less than a week to take the shop from Halloween to full out Christmas. Oh talk about crazy. Yesterday was the first day of open house and so far so good. We have so much Christmas, I hope we sell it all!

Then, crazy me, decided to have a party for the workers from our Greytfest. We are always working, so we never get to bring out dogs. Hey, we have a big yard, lots of room for parking, let's have a picnic here! Everyone bring your dogs and a covered dish and we will have a blast! Well, fun times were had by all. We had 22 greyhounds (nobody has just one), one afghan hound and one irish wolfhound!
Someone was trying to get out of the gate. They all kept trying to follow whenever someone wanted to go out by the fire!
This fellow here, Bluto, was staying with us while his family went on a trip. He is one sweet boy! Ahh, he loves me! Anyway, a greyt time was had by all. It always fun to see the hounds playing together. And you would think with all those hounds, there would be lots of noise. Nope, there was hardly a peep from anyone!
On the weight-loss, I was down a little over 2 pounds this week. Kind of disappointed, but I have to be realistic and remember I didn't gain this weight in a year, this has been coming on for about 20 years now. Oh yeah, and I totally passed up decorated sugar cookies, spiced cider and pumpkin bread at the open house. Man that was hard.