Do You Have A Mouse In The House?

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The past few days……

The past few days, our dog Dolly has been doing some serious investigation in the kitchen.  Here is a photo of her doing just that.

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Our dog Dolly doing an investigation

We kept hearing tiny little scratching noises, and wondered if it might be a mouse.  Our other dog Joe really wasn’t interested in doing all the work.  But, Dolly’s Blue Tick Coon Hound nose was more than sufficient to seek out our secret little intruder.  

The plight of the fries

So,  my significant other baked up a huge batch of french fries.  Crunchy on the outside, and warm, soft and tender on the inside.  He let them cool under the light on the stove top while we continued watching the series Nurse Jackie.  

Then it happened…….

The mouse waited patiently until both our dogs were quietly snoozing.  We heard a little noise, and looked into the kitchen.  The little guy was perched up on the edge of the pizza pan like the edge of a diving board.  Standing, he clutched a long french fry upright in his tiny little fingers.  Our little buddy gnawed every savory bite like this stuff is way better than peanut butter!!   We appropriately named our new hungry friend, Ratatouille.

No kill zone

Before becoming vegan,  I used to get the traps, and sprays and all that other toxic stuff.  Now I am committed to making our home, a no kill zone.  There are lots of ways to deter little creatures without killing them.  Just google it and you’ll find tons of ways.  Mice can be prevented easily by peppermint oil, and or pepper.  And keeping your home relatively clean helps a lot too.  Looking back, I now think, “Who would want to kill these cute little emotional animals with magical pink ears?”  

Hoping you enjoyed this article, and until next time, have a beautiful day!

Thanks To Those Who Rescue Animals

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I Wanted To Thank The kind people who rescue animals

It’s Christmas time and another holiday for giving thanks.  When we see animals rescued it brings joy to our hearts.  I wanted to share 10 videos I love to watch.  I highly commend the kind, beautiful people who tirelessly rescue innocent animals from the meat and dairy industries.  And just rescue them from whatever harm they are being exposed to.  

1.  Rescued cow cuddles with his family

This is such a sweet story.  This is a male cow, named Elizabeth.  Enjoy this video by “The Dodo” here.

2.  Rescued dairy cow hides newborn because she thinks all humans steal calves.

Edgar’s Mission rescued Clairabelle (sorry…..I don’t know the spelling.)  You can watch this lovely story by b/60 here.

3.  My ex-battery hens/Rescue Chickens Before and after

English Vegan rescued four chickens named Effie, Mary, Eileen and Sybil and you can see the video  here.

4.  Rescued hens from Egg farm free for first time

3000 chickens saved and you can view this wonderful video by Animal Place here.

5.  Rescued bear’s shocking transformation

Poor Fifi spent 30 long agonizing years inside a cage.  It’s so wonderful to see this new, happy, fulfilling life, by watching Peta’s video here.

6. one of the most amazing horse starvation recoveries you will ever see

See this moving story of Scarlett by WV Horse here.

7.  Eight Pigs Rescued After Lifetime of torture

Helga Tacreiter from the Cow Sanctuary is a beautiful person, and these rescue pigs will make you smile.  Video by Peta, here.

8.  rescued goats jumping for joy at farm sanctuary

Nothing like seeing a bunch of happy and free goats!  You can see the video by Farm Sanctuary here.

9.  More than 80 rabbits rescued from backyard breeder

Wonderful story of rescued rabbits by Peta to be adopted out, you can see here.

10.  Beagles after a life in a laboratory

This video is very touching.  It’s by CA Opanheiro and you can see it here.

In conclusion,  I would like to say, there are thousands of people helping to rescue animals on a daily basis.  We want to say thank you for all your continuous efforts for saving countless animals.  You are the stars of the animal loving world.

Lastly,  I apologize for any mistakes or misspellings in this post.

Until next time,  have a great, beautiful and healthy day!


What Christmas Was One Of The Most Memorable?

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What Christmas sticks out in your mind?

Christmas was always a huge event in our home growing up as a kid.   Dad always took us to cut down that tree that would reach perfectly to the living room ceiling.  Mom would always make sure we were involved in decorating the tree.  And Dad would always lift the youngest of us so our tiny little fingers could place the star on top. 

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Larger Families

Back in the day, I remember huge family units.  Families consisting of five or more children.  Many of my cousins were from large families.  And, if I recall correctly,  one of them had 13 altogether.  I’m really not 100% sure why they were bigger back then.  Perhaps because of religious practices, and abortion was most likely illegal.  Or, maybe because birth control may not have been exercised.  Not sure why, but my siblings and I alone had 63 first cousins. 

So,  those of you who have grown up in a large family, knows what happens.   Clothing was usually sewn, and rarely bought.  Hand-me-downs were a rite of passage.  I thank my parents because they always made sure we never went hungry.  But, with that said, us kids would always fight for the last piece of food on the table.  Also,  there was always at least 2 siblings sleeping in the same bed.  Having bigger families means sacrificing things to make sure everyone gets something.

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One Memorable Christmas

I remember a Christmas when I was about 10 years old.  I still believed in Santa, and recall getting massively upset when I eventually learned the truth about the fat guy.  We always opened our presents on Christmas Eve.  That evening, I was wearing a Holly Hobby blue fabric dress my mother had sewn for me.  (Yes……Holly Hobby was my god at that time!  lol)  

As excited kids do,  I ripped open my present with a sweaty fury.  It was a suitcase similar to the one in the above photo, except it was blue.  I always had dreams of travelling, and Santa knew exactly what I wanted.  SCORE!!  (Upon thinking of it later in life,  maybe my parents wanted me to pack and leave! )

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The Miracle

Then the true miracle came.  I opened the vinyl blue suitcase, and OH-MY-GAWD…….there was a jar of green olives inside!  With jar in hand, I skipped next to the X-mas tree and cheered with pure joy.  I was truly in heaven.  Olives have been my favorite food my entire life, even as a child.  And olives were in our house on only very special occasions.  So,  getting an entire jar all by myself was probably the best thing that ever happened to me!  Thanks Santa for knowing what to bring me for Christmas!!

Hope you enjoyed this article, hope you have a great Christmas, and see you next time! 





Our Story About The High Chinook Winds

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It was January 9,  2017, and the Chinook Winds took us by surprise.  We live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and that day the volatile Chinook Winds blew with brute force.  It was very scary.  We are so fortunate our manufactured home withstood such magnetic wind speeds.  Later, I read in the N.O.R.A.D News the winds gusted up to 101 mph.

That day 

The day started out fairly quiet, and around 2 p.m. the winds suddenly increased at a substantial rate.  Our wood fence around our home was swaying, conforming, and buckling to every wind gust and turn.  Our windows and doors were shaking powerfully, ready to explode inward at any moment.  Large, strong trees were literally bending at 90 degree angles. 

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Our Dogs

Joe and Dolly, our poor dogs were terrified of the noise.  We tried our best to keep them safe in a room with less windows, and less commotion.  As we kept watch from the inside, debris was continuously flying past us.  Pieces of skirting from people’s homes.  Garbage cans.  All sorts of trash.  Small lumber parts.  Ornaments left from X-mas time. 

Neighbors roof

Next thing you know,  our neighbor’s roof had peeled back,  and rose up in the air.  It was still attached, but the winds force was so mighty the peeled back section was standing in upright position.  My boyfriend helped the neighbors pull the roof back down and temporarily nail it to the side of their home.   It was horrifying to witness.  That particular roof is made of sharp tin.  I watched, terrified that one of their heads might be sliced right off.  I thanked God nothing like that happened and they were all alright.

Power outage

Then the power went out……for three full days.  No heat, 30 degrees,  fridge filled with spoiled food.  Of course, these three days, we were very grateful for canned, non-perishable food, and warm clothing.  We heard through the grapevine semi-trailers and high profile vehicles were tipped and scattered everywhere on the roads.  

When you face these conditions it can be challenging and scary to say the least.  Now,  I really feel terrible for all the people who endured the recent catastrophic hurricanes in the south.  They have suffered tremendously and therefore, I commend them highly for their continuous courage.  

You can read the news coverage about this January 9, 2017 wind event in Colorado, by clicking the link here.

Finally, until next time,  have a joyous and beautiful day!


10 Things To Know Before Moving To Colorado Springs

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If you are a reader of my posts,  you know I am from the Midwest and moved to Colorado Springs a few years ago.  Everyone knows it’s home to the grandiose Pike’s Peak.  But, these are the many other things I’ve learned about the city, since then.  

10 Things I Didn’t know about colorado springs

1.  Unless you are driving in the mountains themselves,  there’s really no need for a GPS.  You know your directions just by where the mountains are.  Look at the mountains and you’re looking west.  Turn left, you’re going south.  Facing right is the north.  However,  I faced major issues on the days when it is very foggy outside.   There ARE no mountains on these days!

2.  Colorado itself has very forward thinkers

A.)  As most people are aware,  Colorado was one of the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana.  Yeah!!  Apparently people love this new law, since the state of CO has made billions of dollars in revenue from it.  As a result the entire state is more relaxed and non-combative now!   

B.)  The people here are constantly coming up with new ideas to help others feel better and be more efficient.  They are in the process of developing the Hyperloop reaching from Fort Collins all the way to Pueblo, CO.

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3.  The food is more expensive

One of the downsides to living here, is the cost of food.  In the Midwest the major grocery chains are HyVee, Fareway and Aldi Stores.  Here,  the 3 major stores for food are Walmart,  Safeway, and King Soopers.  I have found that food prices over all are quite a bit higher compared to the Midwest.

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4.  The air is very dry

Mosquitoes are rare here.  Living in the Midwest, my boyfriend and I had to leave our barbeque and park we visited.  There was a dark cloud of mosquitoes attacking us in swarms.  We had to get away or our bodies would have resembled two large blown up pimples.  Out here in Colorado Springs,  the air is dry and humidity is low.  The only little creatures you need to think about are the spiders and the moths in the fall time.

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5.  Serious dog and animal lovers

Colorado Springs has a serious love for animals, especially dogs.  Every single person or family out here owns one or several rescue dogs.  And The Springs is notorious for dog parks for dogs to play and run in free of leashes.  Bear Creek Regional Park,  Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park and many others.

6.  Weather is very unpredictable

That’s the saying out here. “Wait for 5 minutes and the weather will change.”  It’s very true.  One morning we could have a raging ice/storm and by the afternoons everything is melted and warm.  The temps can change by 40 degrees from one day to the next.  It could be 65 degrees one day in December, and the next could have a high of only 30 degrees.  And in the foothills, many times there are very high winds called Chinook Winds.    We experienced the 100 mph gusts of these winds in January 2017.  Needless to say, we had to repair our entire roof. 

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7.  Traffic and Housing

For the past four years there has been a major influx of people moving to Colorado Springs.  Therefore, traffic has increased dramatically, causing many more accidents.  Also, housing prices are at an all time high, and people are finding it difficult to rent or buy. 

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8.  4-Wheel Drives

Jeeps,  Ford F150s, and Nissan Xterras own these streets out here.  They are everywhere you look.  I suppose this just comes with living near the mountains.  These vehicles must be in high demand in mountain living communities. 

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9.  Home of the U.S. olympic training center

It’s no wonder that a high percentage of people in Colorado Springs are fit, healthy, and active.  You can never drive anywhere without seeing a runner or a biker in professional attire.  They are constantly moving, and practicing the art of their particular sport.

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10.  Hiking, biking, rock climbing and more

The photo above is one of tons of trails we’ve taken out here.  In future posts I hope to explain some of the experiences we’ve had on different trails.  There are about 500 miles of trails in Colorado Springs.  Some trails are for hikers and dogs.  Many allow horse back riding, and tons of trails for mountain bikers.  They range anywhere from level, easy, slow walking trails to very steep, difficult and dangerous trails.  

In conclusion:

Except for the higher cost of food,  heavier traffic and high housing costs, Colorado Springs is a beautiful place.  It’s colorful, mountainous, and has spectacular scenery and wildlife.  The trails are simply amazing and they give you the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.Colorado John Muir Hiking MountainsHope you all have a great day and see you next time!!!  



Is It Appropriate or Inappropriate?

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Is It Appropriate or Inappropriate?

Number one:  Should you fart in an elevator and not own up to it?

I’m pretty sure we’ve all done it at one point or another in our lives.  One time I got on an elevator with a woman and her Corgi dog.  The woman clearly farted and then leaned down, and said, “Shame on you, Pebbles.”  I was like, “What?”  She blamed the poor doggy on her brutal, public, rancid air attack.  Meanwhile, the dog looked at me like,  “And I have to live with this on a daily basis!”  Meanwhile,  I just rubbed my nose like I had sinus issues, and ran out of the elevator.    Appropriate?  Please……we all beg you to try to at least hold it in, til you get to the hallway.

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Number two:  Should you eat all the free desserts at every restaurant for your B-day?

Probably not.  I did that one time prior to becoming vegan and never again.  I went to 6 different restaurants offering free desserts for your b-day.  I ate a large bowl of ice-cream.  Consumed a huge chunk of chocolate cake.  Drank a large milk-shake.  Stuffed down a large turtle dessert.  Had a caramel fudge brownie.  And finally,  scarfed down a piece of chocolate cream pie.  I was on a massive sugar high man….  I drove faster, walked faster, and talked faster.  I got all the stuff done in one day, that would normally take me a week.  Whew!!!!!  And boy, did I later crash….and slept for hours!

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Number three:  Should you Nod at someone even though you don’t know what the hell they are talking about?

This happened a while back.  A stranger was rambling on about some sort of technical computer stuff.  I just listened and nodded for about 20 minutes.  Finally, he said,  “You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?”  I said,  “You’re right.  Not one word.”  We both laughed.

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Number four:  should you say congratulations to a stranger who looks like they are pregnant?

The answer here is a definite NO!  I did this one time at the check out line of a grocery store.  I thought she was pregnant, so I stated happily, “Congrats on expecting a new baby in your life!”  She looked at me like I was satan, and said flatly, and forcefully,  “I am NOT pregnant.”  So……leave those ladies alone!  They are simply just blissful they finished a Supersize meal and a whole bucket of ice-cream.  Don’t guess…..just smile.

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Number five:  Should you wear clean socks to the airport?

Well…… you can guess…….I didn’t.  I was in a huge rush when I had to get to the airport one time.  I forgot to change my socks.  Got to security, and they ask everyone to take off their shoes.  I looked around horrified, knowing my own socks were stinky and dirty.  I was praying no one would notice, but as it turns out, they did.  Even the security guard looked at my feet, then at me, and gave me that “winced” look.  From now on, I will ALWAYS have a clean pair of socks ready to put on.

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Number six:  should you pay for your entire purchase with pennies?

I’ve done this before.  There were a couple times I was so broke I had to resort to my penny savings jar.  Needless to say,  everyone in line behind me was whispering stuff like,  “What the hell is she doing?”  And  “OMG….she’s so broke she has to pay with pennies?”  And,  “How in the heck did I get in line behind her?”  And then, the cashier looked at me like I was an alien with some sort of strange, unknown currency.  So, no…..I wouldn’t suggest it.

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Number seven:  Should you tell a co-worker the new arrival looks like a Nasty prostitute?

I actually overheard this one time at one of my former jobs.  A new lady was walking towards the work building.  Two co-workers of mine  were looking at her.  Then one guy said to the other guy.  “Wow,  that one there looks like a nasty prostitute, with a messed up face, right?”  The other guy said,  “That’s my wife.”  Talk about tension in the workplace.

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Number eight:  Should you take a doo in a public restroom?

Should you drop a huge, thunderous bomb in the tank when the echo factor inside a public stall is astronomical?  Instead of being silent, shouldn’t we sing if we are going to attempt this?  Please……  Thank you!  Also, it will save you from a wet butt splash too!

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Number nine:  should you wear a bikini or a full one-piece swimsuit when water-sliding?

Take it from me……wear a one-piecer.  Just believe me.  It’s rare if your bikini top doesn’t come off.  Others, of course will truly enjoy your naked boob experience.  So, if you are an exhibitionist, feel free to wear a bikini. 

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Number ten:  Should you tell your boss they have a white line of dust under their nostril?

When I was a bartender many years ago,  this happened to me.  I was serving my boss her usual cranberry and vodka juice.  She went to the bathroom and sat back down.  I’m pretty sure it wasn’t powdered sugar she was inhaling.  I let her be that way for about 10 minutes and then decided it was the right thing to do.  I went up to her, nodded my head and scratched my nose.  She got the drift, and went to the bathroom to clean it off.  Hopefully, by now she’s tanked that addiction.  

Hope you all enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you next time.  Until then,  have a great time.