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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Visits, Thai Food, Death Farts

First of all, thank all of you for your kind words and comments about my loss of Scrappy.  I continue to feel his loss as painfully as if it was yesterday and I am sure I will for a long time.  He was an exceptionally wonderful dog and friend.




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I made it through the holidays by the skin of my teeth - there's nothing new there.  I tend to dread the end of the year for multiple reasons:  bad things happen (yep), I get older (darn), there's no daylight (hello?)  Thanks to friends and family, I didn't have much down time - my guest room was occupied through both holidays.  I will say that my guest room is a cozy nest that brings on sleep like a load of ether.  Must be the good feng shui, heavy drapes, fleece sheets and blanket, and down comforter.  Guests sink into the fluffy burrow and don't arise for hours and hours.  My nephew was down for over 12 hours...hehe.  Of course, if you do happen to arise during the night, be prepared to face the two-dimensional cat and the doormat dachshund that lurk right outside your door...

Speaking of Captain Death Farts (aka The Pepperoni), I had to make yet one more visit to the vet before the end of the year, and was driving with The Pepperoni on my lap (Yes, yes.  I know it's unsafe - but so is trying to concentrate on the road with a hairy ping pong ball next to you) when the Death Farts started.  I mean, they were so bad that I had to crack open all the windows - it was 15 degrees without the wind chill factor - just so Lovey and I could survive until we could escape the car.  CDF is having all treats curtailed until he quits percolating these eye-watering nose bombs.

For New Year's Day (and my birthday), my youngest sister arrived with a bottle of bubbly, the ingredients for a Thai dinner and a DVD of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?  While we sipped our mimosas (fresh-squeezed oranges, no less), we delved into my birthday present to myself.
It was fun - and it looks as if my sis will be under the influence of the Sun in her future!

Then it was down to business.

She made rice noodles with scallops, shrimp, mussels and a spicy coconut milk broth.  OMG.  And she made enough that I got two delicious meals out of it.  OMG.  Then we sat down, sprinkled with dogs and cats, and enjoyed the black and white camp act of two great film divas.  It was so much fun.

Now it is back to the mundane - although, frankly, it is never mundane around here for long.



22 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had lots of support through this difficult end of year. I guess CDF was performing his own diversion tactics to distract you from grief; sounds pretty effective in the moment!

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    1. Michelle - He diverted me, all right... :O

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  2. teddy never farted until the last year. now she has killer farts. glad you had fun with your sister!

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    1. Jaz - I am hoping he outgrows it or I lose my sense of smell.

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  3. My birthday is in November-please have your sister mark it on her calendar. Love to all the gang-death farts and all.

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    1. Susan - It's on our calendar...love back at you. xo

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  4. Glad to see you're back and I hope your heart can one day heal from that loss, never easy. Happy Birthday to you - mine is on the 30th...my father always said I was his favorite of the four because he got to claim the deduction and only had to put up with me for a couple of days! I was also his only daughter, that may have influenced it as well. Hugs to you my friend - that time with your sister sounds amazing and comforting - just what you needed.

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    1. Beth - It's equal parts blessing and curse to have your birthday on or close to a holiday. It's hard to miss, yet it is often out-shadowed. I'm glad my sisters can ignore my whining and hug me through the tough times.

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  5. What a great birthday! Perhaps your sister will "rent out"???????
    I'd like a birthday like that too!

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  6. Say what you will about cats, I've never known one to be a farter, much less a death farter. Dogs have no shame.

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    1. Debra - I love my cats but they are hell-bent on destroying my house. The dogs may fart to high-heaven, but at least they are not trying to take the house down around my ears.

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  7. That gave me a good laugh, death farts! Glad you're hsnging in there :)

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    1. LHIB - Yes, time marches on and I am marching with it.

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  8. Susan,

    Happy Birthday Susan!!! Your Birthday is New Years Day?
    My husbands is New Years Eve. Poor Momma of the Pepperoni dog, those terrible farts can be deadly.....LOL.

    Spending time with your sister, makes for a great day. Happy New Years!!!

    Sending hugs and love your way.
    Sandy

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    1. Thanks, Sandy. I don't think I would mind the DFs if he wasn't so insistent on sitting on my lap as soon as I sit down. The key to survival is to keep upright and moving... LOL!

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  9. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane is an interesting choice for two sisters to watch. And never get a pug, they are nonstop farters.
    Cheers Peter

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    1. Peter - Good catch! My youngest sister was/is the one in show biz, so maybe I had better keep a more careful eye on what she serves me. I've heard that about pugs - good thing they are so darn cute.

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  10. I think Pepperoni's "problem" has to do with his name. Do ya know what they make that stuff out of commercially??!

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    1. Mama Pea - You mean, call him Genoa? Or, perhaps, Prosciutto? :)

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  11. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday dear Susan, Happpppyyyy Birrthhdaayyy toooo Youuuuu!

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  12. Dog farts are the worst!!! They're total lack of responsibility or remorse just makes it funnier but only after the air has cleared!

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