JDA: I’m honestly out of ideas…
…I know, let’s start looking at stuff together.
I’ve got a lot more photos, expect a followup post!
Chickens are growing quickly now! Jaeda has some concerns whether they’ll be ostrich-sized.
We had a unusually exciting Monday due to some freak weather conditions. The day started with over and inch of snow – on this tax day – having begun falling before I woke and continuing a couple hours into my morning at work. I was feeling meteorologically inclined today, so here’s a blog post about the weather!
That’s the view from my office window, no mountains to be seen today!
A good breeze brought the sun, melting everywhere but the tiny shadowy corners by maybe 3pm.
This was followed up by another storm front, dropping an hour of really good graupel. Yep, you read that right. It’s a fairly complex phenomena to describe, here’s a Warticle about it. Supercooled water vapor latches rapidly onto snowflakes, turning into a soft styrofoam-like hail.
It’s really unique when it gets deep. Eventually the pellets changed over to a light snow, but not before coating all the streets over again.
I decided to share the graupel with our flock. The reception was inquisitive and exuberant.
You’ll notice they’ve become rather gangling and bristly since their last appearance on this blog 🙂 Jaeda however…it didn’t amuse her. I think she was also disappointed by my graupelman
Also the word graupel is pretty great.
Demoing a pair of 36in peg stilts, custom made by the good folks over at http://www.thespinsterz.com/
It’s been 10 years since I’ve stilt-walked, so the first few steps were treacherous as I clung to my zombiecusher, a pair of kneepads the only thing between me and the distant pavement. My internal gyroscope was working good this morning, and I was gallivanting about the parking lot in no-time:
Sure, I get out of the house every day to walk the dog, at the least. A few times a week I’ll go run errands, grab dinner or drinks. Then every couple weeks I roll over to Iowa with the wife to visit family. It’s been a few month though since I checked out anything new; been out ‘exploring’. Today I decided to make a visit westward towards Lincoln though, to get some fresh air and go for a drive.
My first stop was Conestoga, a state rec area centered around a large man-made reservoir. The weather was up in the 50’s and I made my way around the lake in about half an hour, Jaeda in toe. Despite the probably-freezing water, you can’t keep a lab from wanting to wade out. It was nice and remote; only a boy scout troop at the adjacent campground, and the sun to balance out the wind.
Our next stop was Lincoln itself. It’s thoroughly a college-town when you reach the downtown strip. There was also a basketball game or something, so roving packs of kids were abound, cheering, hooting, and generally being boisterous. It reminded me of a town like Boulder, Charlottesville, or Morgantown; lots of young people, tons of bars, a bit grimy and well-worn. It has more personality than Omaha, quite a lot more, and a fraction of the size. I wish we had visited some crazy football-game Saturday, just to see the menagerie, but alas, we’re moving from the Midwest next month.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable afternoon, and a perfect escape from the routine I have found myself falling into. Maybe another short roadtrip will be in order sometime in the upcoming weeks? Any suggestions?
Anyone would agree that dogfood can get pricy, especially if you go for anything other than cheap-o name brand.The fact is, dog bodies aren’t meant to eat corn byproducts (nor are livestock for that matter), which is what most big-brand dog food is these days. This stuff causes myriad health effects; everything from digestion problems, tumors, and shorter lifespans. Corn’s (the cheapest) filler material, which is why big brand dog food has a ton of it in there.
We generally feed our dog a mix of dry kibble and some sort of wetter food mixed in. This wet addition has been everything from pureed pumpkin, leftover people food, canned dog food, or occasionally a raw egg.The dry kibble we use is decent, from Nutro. It’s middle-of-the-road. It’s still got lots of grains, but no corn. It’s not organic, but it’s cheap. We’ll occasionally mix up the flavor, but it’s generally the same brand.
One thing we also started recently, is to make our own dog food.This is something that anyone can do, and if you follow these quick suggestions, you might even enjoy doing it, as well as justify the time and cost. I’ll list my tips first, and our exact recipe will follow:
Now for our recipe, and price breakdown. Obviously your exact concoction can be anything you want. This is what we put together for the most recent batch:
Total cost for a huge pot of dog food: $2.15
Cut up the starchy things into 1 inch cubes. We baked/roasted them in the oven, as we were making some seasoned taters for ourselves too. You can also boil. Roasting will make the texture less slimy though.
Make the rolled oats per instructions in a large pot. You can also do rice instead of (or in addition to) oats. I believe for either, the ratio is 2:1 liquid to grain. Once the oats are cooked and steamy, dump in all the other ingredients except the tater chunks. Cook everything for 10-15 min until it’s hot and consistent, then gently fold in the potato chunks. The idea is to maintain some texture…otherwise everything can quickly turn into just a pureed paste. I like to think Jaeda enjoys the chunks, heh. In the end, it should be thick grey gruel. Go ahead and try it. It won’t taste terribly appetizing by people standards…but have you ever tried to eat dog food? 😉
Let it cool, then portion out into either freezer containers or ziplock bags to store. We keep one pack in the fridge to use, and pull one from the freezer when it gets low. We mix a few spoonfulls of the gruel in with half a cup of her dry kibble, and she looooves it, nosing around and eating the gruel bites out first.
Cleanup is a breeze: one pot, one mixing spoon, one cutting board (and a cookie sheet if we decided to roast the taters).
LongerRoad mascot and occasional guest-poster, Jaeda, went under the knife yesterday to have a fatty (lipoma) tumor removed from her belly. It was about the size of a gooey softball, underneath a muscle where it was hard to get at.
Surgery was a success and she’s home resting, a bit tired but seemingly happy. She’s also sporting a spandex compression vest to keep everything tight. Quite stylish, I might add 🙂
To her, it was just a tasty floury delight. But yes, I was attempting to turn her into an Uruk.
Also, while doing a search for the above image, I discovered this sweepstakes.
Naturally, Jaeda’s been entered.
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