Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Bloody Stump of a Foot

We had a bit of a drama-filled afternoon today. I stepped out of the shower, only to discover the floor drenched in blood!

Somehow, Pica had caught one of her toenails on her baby gate and ripped it right out. If she were a human baby, there'd surely be a lawsuit, right? Still, our poor little furbaby!

One gigantic claw

I held her steady as best I could. Jack Russell terriers don't really do "steady". There was always something twitching or shaking! Sexy Nerd applied styptic powder, which THANK GOODNESS we had on hand. If you have a pet, be sure to buy some of this. Ours came free with Pica's toenail clippers. In the 10+ years we've had her, we've used it only once before, when a nail was clipped a tad too short, and it stopped the bleeding almost instantly. This time, however.. kept bleeding...

...and bleeding...



After more than an hour of using my best wresting moves on Pica, and with almost all of our styptic powder gone, the bleeding finally began to subside. We decided to carry her around for at least another hour to keep her off her feet.

 Tuckered out from all the excitement.
And blood loss, quite possibly.

Sexy Nerd disappeared to the garage for a moment. He returned with duct tape and a wad of paper towels.

Problem solved!

Don't tell PETA.


Our little puppy is all better now. We watched a few episodes of Breaking Bad while relaxing with her. (Which, admittedly, we should have watched years ago, especially since we live in Albuquerque. It's every bit as good as everyone says, plus we recognize all the places from the bad part of town!) The show choice seemed a little eerie to me afterward though, when I was vigorously scrubbing dried blood from every room of our house. That little dog got around!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

52 Weeks

I've been updating my site (surely you noticed!) and have several new features in the works, including a 52 week series of simple, self improvement posts. Stay tuned for more!

And in the meantime, here's a peek at the new blog banner that didn't quite make the cut:

Nyah, nyah!

Like the changes? Hate the changes? (OH NO!) Let me know at

Goat Cheese Dip for Parties and/or Pigging Out

Sexy Nerd's parents stayed with us recently and they brought us some fancy cheese from a local goat farm. Someone (not me!) said they hate goat cheese and wanted nothing to do with it. I turned the goat cheese into dip, which I served with tortilla chips.

That same someone who hates goat cheese? Yeah, they pigged out on the dip.

Later, when I combined the leftover dip with milk to create a DELICIOUS dressing, the goat cheese hater enjoyed a gigantic salad covered in it.

Oh, and there may have been sandwiches made - not by me - on 2 different occasions that included the goat cheese dip.

So, you know...
You're Not Fooling Anyone, Sexy Nerd!!

Goat Cheese Dip with Herbs
(Give them a visit - lots of yummy ideas!)

Combine the following: 6oz goat cheese feta, 2 C nonfat sour cream, 8 oz nonfat cream cheese, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp lemon juice, 3 Tbsp dried onion, 1/2 C chopped fresh basil, 3 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning.

Let everything mellow in the fridge, covered, overnight. I nearly added diced green chili to this before trying it (I am living in Albuquerque, after all) and am so glad I didn't. It's perfect just as it is! You would never guess that the dip is full of fat free cream cheese and sour cream.

Probably because the goat's milk feta is so jam-packed with fat! Just a guess.

Actually, it's not too bad, at least according to Google. But now I'm rambling. 

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