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Monday Musings: 02.20.2012 February 20, 2012

Posted by Toy Lady in Big Lug, random stuff, Shopping With Peeps, Stupor Kitty.


Wow, did we have a rough weekend.

We’ve had to have some work done in the bathroom – specifically, we had the tub surround replaced.  Although the shower has been usable these past couple of weeks since the original was damaged, we certainly didn’t want to push our luck.

So, when the guy showed up bright and early Saturday morning to do the work, it was actually two guys, which is good.

But, as I feared, there was more damage that we’d initially thought – some of it probably pre-dating my owning the house.  So, for 9 solid hours, poor Jarly had to tolerate two strangers, not just in the house, but wandering around up and down the stairs, and in and out of the house.

He was not a happy camper.

So the least I could do, after they left, was give him a nice peanut butter jar to lick out.  (If you look closely, you can see that his tongue reaches almostbut not quite – to the bottom of the jar!)



This definitely calls for an installment of Shopping With Peeps!

You know, the petals have barely even fallen off the Valentine’s Day roses, and everyone’s already hauling out the Easter decorations.

We were out shopping, and Peeps pointed out the most laugh-out-loud silly thing I’ve seen in a long time.  It’s a plush Darth Vader  – wearing bunny ears!

Is that not one of the funniest things you’ve ever seen?



We were doing our weekly grocery shopping, and we picked up several little cans of canned dog food on sale.

The chatty checkout lady asked if we fed our dog a whole can of Mighty Dog at once, or if we divided it between two meals.

I looked at Peeps, and he looked at me, and we sort of laughed.

Then we explained that a can of Mighty Dog is, for our dog, a mere snack.  You see, I take a can of Mighty Dog, combine it with a cup or so of Jar’s regular kibble, and use the mixture to stuff his Kongs.  A frozen Kong will give us about 45 minutes of quiet (and not so quiet) slurping for pizza night.



We have a winner for the Personal Silicone Steamers from last week – we received nine replies, and comment number three was selected by the Random Number Generator.

I’ve been in contact with our regular reader and commenter, Judy, and she’s expecting a package.

Thanks to all who participated – it’s good to know people are reading!

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I know, enough with the dog already, right?


Long-time readers are aware of the enmity that exists between the kitty and the dog.

In short, she hates him.

And he exploits that.  It’s fun  for him to charge at her and get her worked up.

Of course, she tries to get him in trouble – she’ll growl at him for no reason until he does, which invariably gets him chased out of the room.

Well, we are working very hard to see the two of them peacefully co-exist.  You see, I’ve realized that the two of them are playing a game – the dog isn’t going to eat the cat, and the cat’s not terrified of the dog.

The two of them are more than happy to co-exist, though, if there are treats involved, aren’t they?

Photobucket PhotobucketAnd once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.  It’s finally starting to look and feel like winter out there – snow, cold, frozen sidewalks, and, of course, winter food.

We love winter food.  This week, we’ll be trying some new things and revisiting some old favorites.

Monday –  I found a recipe for halibut with mustard-nut crust that looked intriguing – you may recall the pan-roasted chicken with hazelnuts that we so love – this is the same chef.  I’ll trust him.

Tuesday – We’ve got obedience class Tuesdays for the time being, so Tuesday is soup night.  We found this chickpea stew in the recent Bon Appetit magazine which, while not soup, is close enough.

Wednesday – The Boy has changed his schedule, so he’s home on Wednesdays.  We try to have a dinner he’ll enjoy (he’s not so much into soup or meatless meals), and this week, we’re going to go with our favorite weeknight pot roast – I’ve got potatoes and a bunch of baby carrots that will be perfect.

Thursday – Peeps spent the better part of Sunday making our old favorite  sugo – we’ve got dinner for Thursday and three in the freezer.

Friday – And again, Friday is Kong-and-pizza night.  Peeps’s mom comes over on Fridays, too, and she enjoys pizza and TV.  It’s also a good opportunity to work with The Jar on not scaring people.  He needs all the help he can get with that!

Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.

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1. judy - February 20, 2012

Good afternoon to you and thank you for naming my number as the good one. I really am excited to try this for my lunches or whatever.

Jar is such a piece of work! You are lucky he loves the PB as it covers a lot of situations that stress him out but then just look at him and Kitty all close together without a ruffled hair any where! Yes, I agree it is a game by now.

As always the food sounds great and the Peeps shopping is a hoot. I suppose someoneS will purchase those. Pot roast of Wednesday…I put that on my calendar and hope I get there in time. Speaking of time what time do we eat?

Have great week and enjoy those showers. AND THANKS AGAIN.

Hey, Jude – I was going to mail your package today, then I remembered – NO MAIL! 😦

You know you’re welcome any time, Judy – I’d love to have you! Maybe if you ever find yourself on this side of the map, you’ll get a chance to stop by. . . 😀

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