Weisinger Family Winery in Ashland, Oregon on WineWednesday!

Weisinger Family Winery in Ashland, Oregon on WineWednesday!

Petite Pompadour – Red blend

CHEERS!

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Puppy Update: More Puppy Pics!

Puppy Update: More Puppy Pics!

Happy Puppies!

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Puppy #2 the Angel:

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Puppy # 1 at rest:

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Puppy #1 the Demon:

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The puppies are doing well, very well. They are very happy and well adjusted. We are working on housebreaking them without “crate training”, which is going well but takes longer. They are learning fast and respond well to the command words, even the stubborn one. Both are very smart and sensitive and they love to play fight with each other. They are eating hard puppy food and a lot of it. Puppy #2 has almost doubled in size in three weeks! Puppy #1 is still small but she’s gained weight too and is extra fierce when it comes to sparring. They are such lovely little babies.

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Tuesday afternoon:

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Thursday afternoon playing tug of war for the stick – a pause in the action:

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Thursday night in the Octagon:

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Friday morning: Finally having my coffee…puppy #1 had her booster shot yesterday and woke up today in pain, so we went back to the vet this morning for an emergency visit. She’s fine, just pain from the injection, so they gave her another shot, an anti-inflammatory, and now she’s home resting comfortably.

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TravelTuesday! Tuesday morning in Yosemite!

TravelTuesday! Tuesday morning in Yosemite!

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Puppy Update! Monday – Tuesday

Puppy Update!

Monday – Tuesday

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Monday!

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Monday Morning Pink Bellies!

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Puppy Update! What Do Puppies Dream About?

What Do Puppies Dream About?
(Puppy Update! Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 3:30am – Monday, Aug 29 1am)

Keeping me occupied! There are a lot of cute pics of the new girls sleeping. They are adjusting very well to their life. I’ve nicknamed them “Bandit and the Bear” and “Little Angel and Little Demon” and they already have their own distinct personality traits at nine weeks.

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Saturday Morning Nap Time!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Pics:

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Thursday Morning Nap Time… I’m exhausted too.

Friday was National Dog Day!

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Friday – National Dog Day!

The reason there are not more pics of the girls playing or being active is because I need both hands (for each one actually) to keep them out of trouble. They are very active and move extremely fast! They are exploring their territory and testing everything with their mouths. I love watching them discover new things like dirt, mud, sticks, leaves and wind!

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National Dog Day! Friday Fun Time!

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Lily “Bandit” at ~10 weeks old

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Rosie “Bear” at ~9 weeks old

They are eating solid food and eating very well. Bandit has been here 2 weeks, Bear has been here for one. Housebreaking is going well. Hand training (No Bitey!) is going well. Pen training is just beginning: they slept together in the pen all night and we left them home alone and went out for a quick sushi dinner tonight (Sunday) and they did great once they stopped playing, puppy fighting and dueling for toys with each other!

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Saturday Morning Playtime in the Pen!

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Thursday and Done!

 

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The Big Boy is getting lots of Love and Attention!

The Big Boy is still really sad but with some improvement. Still reluctant to accept the little ones. He really misses the little girl and the fuzzball and so do we.

 

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Saturday Night!


Sunday Night Update 

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Love!

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Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Secret Recipe?

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Secret Recipe?

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Is this the Colonel’s Big Secret? It was supposedly found on the back of his will.

The actual “Secret Recipe” is kept locked in a safe in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to the KFC website:
“Only a handful of people know the multi-million dollar formula and it’s protected by some pretty elaborate security precautions. In fact, one spice company blends part of the formula while another blends the rest, to ensure neither ever has the complete recipe!”

11 Herbs and Spices – Mix with 2 cups White Flour

  1. 2/3 Ts Salt
  2.  1/2 Ts Thyme
  3.  1/2 Ts Basil
  4.  1/3 Ts Oregano
  5.  1 Ts Celery Salt
  6.  1 Ts Black Pepper
  7.  1 Ts Dried Mustard
  8.  4 Ts Paprika
  9.  2 Ts Garlic Salt
  10.  1 Ts Ground Ginger
  11.  3 Ts White Pepper

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“It’s Finger Lickin’ Good!”

In 1936, Kentucky Gov. Ruby Laffoon made Harland Sanders an honorary “Kentucky Colonel” in recognition of his contributions to the State’s cuisine.

In 1965, at age 75, Colonel Harland Sanders sold his company for $2 million!

In 1976, an independent survey ranked Colonel Sanders as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity!

In 2013, when Colonel Sanders’ White Suit and Black Western String Tie went up for auction in Dallas, Masao Watanabe, president and chief executive of KFC Japan, paid US $21,500 for it! Previously in 2002, a similar white suit and tie sold for $80,000 at an annual Association of KFC Franchisees Convention!

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Sanders Court & Cafe – Birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken

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“Fried Chicken Alice?”

Happiness is Warm Puppies!

Happiness is Warm Puppies!

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So, Monday morning 5am PST, and here is the WEEKEND PUPPY UPDATE.

NOTE: This is PART 2, a continuation of a Previous Blog > “Happiness is a Warm Puppy!” UPDATED! Lots more pictures!> http://wp.me/p3dhVM-5b5 but can stand alone as well.

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It was a good weekend. The new baby is adjusting really well and learning very fast. She is eating a lot of solid food, gaining weight and working on being housebroken. She is such a sweetheart with a great personality, very feisty, stubborn and playful. She is also a fierce little girl and still a little “bitey” (she tests how hard she can nip) because she is still teething, so she has lots of toys (of varying hardness) to chew on. And she’s really fast! Because of the circumstances, we try not to let her get far away when we’re outside, even in the secured side yards. And we’re not letting them in the big yard even during the day until we get a new fence. There’s also an owl that lives in the eucalyptus tree and she is so little we’re not taking chances.

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Normally we crate train our new puppies to house break them, but the new baby doesn’t like being caged and is exhibiting some signs of cage trauma, so she is roaming free and has already learned how to let us know she wants to go outside. She is still having accidents inside, but she is learning fast! She is sleeping on the bed in the office at night and has learned to use the doggie steps to get up and down.

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SUNDAY NIGHT! Another new puppy arrives!

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We decided not to wait and got another new puppy! She is also a cavachon, from a different litter than the new baby, and actually a little larger. She had a long flight and arrived at LAX around 8pm. She is beautiful, but still in a little state of shock from the traveling  adventure. She ate and slept and met the other dogs and just went out for her first poop, then she ate again. Later today she’ll go to the vet for a thorough exam (the new baby had her exam the day after she arrived too).

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UPDATE! Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 5AM

Pictures from Monday:

Puppy training! Keeping me occupied! The second one just arrived last night so this is her first day. The first one is doing very well after a week. I’m in puppy heaven/hell, but they’ll have each other to play with, and the Big Boy is really interested in them now.

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Tuesday’s Two-fer!

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Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill Mexican Restaurant in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California

Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill Mexican Restaurant
in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California

NOTE: This Blog was started and in “draft” form for a couple weeks before being finished and published. Posting now because writing helps as a distraction.

Mexican Food!

Saturday night in the beautiful San Fernando Valley on Van Nuys Blvd near the Government Center (Courthouses, Police Station, Post Office, etc.) at Erwin St.

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Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill Mexican Restaurant

 

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Front Desk at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

We parked in back and used the Rear Entrance. (just a little sketchy)

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The Rear Entrance to Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill in Van Nuys

There’s a large dining room with tables and booths along the side walls. And of course there’s a long bar, and a very nice one too. they also have a very small stage for live music on Fridays and Satudays and this was one of those nights.

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The Large Dining Room at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

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The Long Bar at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

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Live Music on a Small Stage on Friday and Saturday

The live music was good. Two guys, one on guitar and one on a kid’s drum kit, singing and playing classic rock tunes while we enjoyed our Mexican dinner.

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Live Music and the Bar at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

When we arrived the bar was empty, and when we left it wasn’t.

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The Bar at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

We were seated in a booth without having to wait and presented with a “classic” Mexican restaurant menu and warm chips, red pepper salsa and a bean dip.

This being our first time here, we decided to compare the Fiesta platter, a favorite found on most appetizer menus.

The Classic Mexican Restaurant Menu:

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On The Menu: Chips and salsa, Fiesta Platter with chicken wings, nachos, taquitos, a quesadilla (and we substituted more taquitos for the quesadilla, because we made a large one for lunch) and a Dr Pepper

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Tortilla Chips and Salsa

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Fiesta Platter!

We enjoyed the food! It was classic Mexican, very tasty and they have pretty good chips and salsa. The Fiesta Platter was done well, but the nachos could have been better. My dining companions enjoyed their choices as well and the prices are very reasonable! They have lots of fun cocktails and drink specials on and off the menu. We would return if we were in the neighborhood on a Saturday, but probably not on a weekday.

Tres Hermanos Mexican RestaurantVan Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA

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A large, tasty chicken burrito (“wet” ranchero sauce & melted cheese) with rice and beans inside and tortilla chips “to go” for dinner a few nights ago. Only ate half, then ate the other half the next day for breakfast.

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Happy Birthday Sushi Time!

Happy Birthday Sushi Time! Great Dinner at Sushi Ichiban Kan!

Saturday night! Time to celebrate! Happy Birthday to me! It’s Sushi time!

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We love Sushi Ichiban Kan!
Our friend Hiro-san runs the best Japanese restaurant in the valley!

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Sushi Ichiban Kan in Tarzana/Woodland Hills, California

A FANTASTIC FISH!
ANOTHER WONDERFUL DISH!
SUSHI TIME YOU WISH!

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ON THE MENU: Tekka don dinner (tuna bowl with miso soup and small salad), stuffed squid, volcano, albacore sashimi, baked scallop california roll, yellowtail/salmon/bluefin tuna sushi, sunomono, blue crab cut roll, spicy tuna hand roll, spicy yellowtail cut roll, green tea ice cream, iced green tea and a large hot sake!

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Happy Birthday! Green Tea Ice Cream

NOTE: It was great dinner and I am truly thankful. However, the circumstances of the weekend made it impossible to actually enjoy the party in my honor. In case you missed the previous blogs, two of our dogs were killed Thursday night by coyotes in our fenced backyard. Pretty much everything related to dogs is a “trigger” for a wave of hard emotion (sadness, guilt, grief & anger) and my dinner companions kept talking about dogs, the tragedy, coyotes and wolf urine…. it was extremely uncomfortable from start to finish and not a happy distraction.

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So full of sushi. No Dessert! So birthday cake for dessert the next night!
One of my favorites: Boston Cream Pie from Bea’s Bakery!

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Boston Cream Pie from Bea’s Bakery