November 5, 2011


October 2, 2011

What to eat today?

vegetarian soup mix


4 cup Split Peas (Green -- Yellow Or Mixed)
2 cup Red Lentils
2 cup Dried Vegetable Flakes (Croyden House)
2 cup Brown Rice (I use short grain brown as it mimics barley - originally called for - well)
4 tbsp Parsley -- Freeze-Dried
4 tbsp Vegetarian Bouillon
2 tbsp Basil
1 tsp Salt


put all ingredients in a container and mix thoroughly
store in cellar
makes about 10 cups, enough for four batches of Vegetable Legume and Rice soup

Vegetable Legume & Rice Soup


2.5 cups vegetarian soup mix
1 Onion -- chopped
1 stalk Celery -- chopped
3/4 tsp Salt -- fresh ground
1/2 tsp Pepper -- fresh ground
48 oz tomato or vegetable juice


In a large heavy saucepan, combine all ingredients except the the tomato/vegetable juice. Add 7 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until thickened and peas, lentils and rice are tender.
Stir in juice and heat through. If desired, reduce to a stew-like consistency.

June 4, 2009

david carradine

I'm not totally believing or accepting that he's dead. My reaction seems to be so much more my age than my passion; I bawled on the side of the 401 when Stevie died. I feel the want to do that now but also know that won't likely happen. Rest Grasshopper, if for nothing else I believe you have earned that for what you brought to my life.

May 30, 2009

lesson 1 Do No Harm

We do not harm dogs. We (I) *may* cause harm to persons who harm dogs, but we do not harm dogs.


You know any conversation that starts with “Mare, I’m going to ask you something...and feel free to say no” starts and ends with Trouble. Capital T. Or in this case Capital S. While the Crab was bathing Blue last night (I’d taken both the Stoodles to work so that that the acid bath would be postponed if not avoided) the phone rang. Our phone rarely rings, I’m not phone friendly and when I saw that it was the Rescue I, of course, answered. “Mare, I’m going to ask you something...and feel free to say no” we have a foster with major separation anxiety that needs a new foster home and you are the only one who always has someone home. I know five dogs is a lot but how would you and Crab feel about taking Sam. Immediately I committed us to taking Sam on a short-term basis but told our contact that she’d have to discuss anything longer with the Crab. Sam had been abused and has no front teeth. He’s not housebroken, crate trained or otherwise *normal* for a three-year-old golden mix: Sam was only neutered recently. But he’s small (the smallest member of the household at 44 skinny pounds) and he’s cute with one floppy ear and, despite our many many disagreements on how to train or discipline a dog, we both agree that a good dog is not (often) born, a good dog is nurtured and all dogs deserve a chance to be a good dog. It’s one of the many things I love about the Crab. It’s also one of the most important. Without further adieu, meet Sam: 331.jpg ID#2009-44 Sam is an approximately 3 year old male golden retriever or yellow labrador mix.  He is a medium-sized dog at approx. 40 lbs.  He came from a shelter where he was due to be euthanized along with his friend Piper (also available for adoption).  Sam and Piper are in two different foster homes and are doing fine without each other, so they can either be adopted together, or separately. Sam is just settling into his foster home so we will post updates as we get to know him, but so far he is a quiet dog who is friendly with people and other dogs.  He is fostering with another large dog and is doing well with him.  He could benefit from obedience training, and his foster parents will work on that, as well as his leash training.  His foster parents report that he is a low-medium energy dog, but that might change as he gets more comfortable in his foster home.   One cute thing about Sam is that he has one ear that flops down and one that stands up. If you have a kind heart, a strong mind and a gentle touch and think that this boy would make your life as whole as you would make his, send me an email.