Thursday, June 25, 2009

They come in 3's

I still believe that celebrities die in 3's. Not a sensitive approach to things, but:

Ed, Farrah, and Michael.

I hate that Ed and Farrah's deaths are now so not important because the "King of Pop" has died. They led good lives and had some upsets, but Ed and Farrah are still icons. I hate that their legacies are usurped by a guy that was a nutball. I appreciate his earlier work and I was a fan in the day, but he still was a nutball. I hate that no one took care of him and that he turned out the way he did.

I hope all their kids are taken care of and all are remembered in the right perspective. They all were icons across so many decades and let's all remember them in their bright shiny days. RIP to all!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Recipe Time!

I am trying this one tonight. I think it will be pretty darn tasty!

Springy Shells
16 ounces medium pasta shells (or other short pasta)
1 pound asparagus, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (avoid tough parts)
1/2 pound broccoli, cut into small florettes
1/2 pound zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini), diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
3 green onions, sliced (white and light green parts)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
20 to 22 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Extra olive oil, for drizzling
Cook pasta until extremely al dente—with still quite a bit of bite.
Melt butter with the olive oil over medium-low to medium heat, then add in the garlic.
Add the asparagus to the pan and cook for five minutes. Sprinkle in a little salt. Add the broccoli and cook for one minute, then add the zucchini and cook for one or two more minutes. Add the frozen peas, stir together, then turn off the heat. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta, eggs, salt, and pepper until well combined.
To assemble, butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Add half the pasta, then spread 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the surface. Sprinkle 1/3 of the Parmesan over the ricotta, then 1/2 of the vegetables. Repeat with the rest of the pasta, the rest of the ricotta, and another 1/3 of the Parmesan. End with the rest of the vegetables and the rest of the Parmesan.
Drizzle with a couple of tablespoons olive oil, then bake for 25 minutes on 350 degrees or until nice and hot.

Serve with extra Parmesan, crusty French bread, and chilled white wine.



Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Now THAT'S a tattoo!

Whether you like tats or not....this one is still pretty impressive!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Woo-Hoo!! Thank You Animal Peeps!

It worked! I sent the shelter info to "The Rescue Rider" plus my friends.....she sent to her people and so on and so on. She stayed in touch with the shelter director and here is the result (update from The Rescue Rider):

Wanted to give a couple of quick updates of good news:)

First I want to thank my supporters who donated to the Animal Shelter in Anniston, Alabama. On Friday I spoke with the President of their Board of Directors and she was very aware of our donations and so grateful. She cried (from joy) through half of our conversation as she was so overcome with emotions. Our donations kept their door open, their water on and most importantly, kept the animals alive.

They had a dog named Opal who had been adopted and the owner loves this dog so much, offered to match donations in June up to $5,000. They have put an SOS on their home page with a plea to Save Opal's Shelter. You can check out their website at

Also I copied a small section where they give a current update of their financial situation with a little pic of Opal:

SOS Update

Thanks to the kindness of you donors, we have been very busy the last few days. It is time to deliver some good news!

Gas: being hooked back up!
Water: remaining on!
Power: paid in full by the Anniston Medical Clinic!

In addition to our online friends, people have dropped in, mailed checks, and offered to host fundraisers. We are so grateful - there is hope on the horizon!

(p.s.: The "gift" designation is hidden. When offered whether to designate "service" or "goods" in Paypal, click the tab to reveal the other options, including "gift.")

June 8 3:40pm
First Matching Challenge Met!
Thank you so much everyone - the first $5,000 donation has been met! The matching funds are on their way from the donor, who says Opal is overjoyed! (see her and Shelter foster dog Erin below).

Another Matching Donation!
Another wonderful donor has stepped forward to add an additional $5,000 to the matching fund! Donations up to $10,000 will be matched! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and support for our shelter and our animals.

Rescue Rider...
SO things in Alabama are looking good. Again I want to thank you donors who got them through Friday and the weekend. You should feel very proud for saving these guys.

Well, after months of agonizing and hours of work, finally got the website complete enough to put it on the web although there is still some tweeking to be done. I'm grateful to W.E. and Paul J. of Cape Cod who helped downsize all the pictures, uploading and downloading, it was quite a feat.

The site will continue to be a work in progress and please, if you have pictures you want to post, please send them. I would really like feedback about the site - good or bad. I'm open to constructive criticism. So take a look at and let me know what you think!

To date I have ridden 530 miles (whew) and currently riding the BIG ride for Charlene and Dick Montgomery.

W.E. has finished 300 miles completing rides for Janis & Jerry Bricker and Joan & Bill Tietz.

Next on the list of rides to complete are for Groomers Gerianne, Charlene and clients, Big Al Wooldridge (Big donation #2), Leah Germaine & Dot & Chris Healy, Rosemary Sagnella, Jack & Delores Feola and Joanne Hanley.

We have given donations to A Better Life - Pet Rescue, Candy's Cats, the South Lake Animal League and The Haven for Injured and Orphaned Wildlife. All of them are extremely grateful.

Better Life is in desperate need of funds right now. Candy's Cats is juggling 100+ cats, South Lake is breaking ground to build a shelter in Groveland and The Haven is always filled to capacity with wildlife. So keep all of them in your hearts, prayers and pocketbooks.

As always I appreciate all of the support you continue to give me to keep me spinning those wheels and most of all, to help all of us save innocent little lives. I speak for them when I say "Thank You" from the bottom of their little hearts :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Go to this link! This shelter in Anniston, AL is out of money and if they
don't get help then they are going to have to euthanize 100's of animals.
Their gas has already been cut off so no hot water for cleaning.

There is a donor out there that will match every donation made.....Please forward!

The link is below! Copy and paste! Anything you can do to help!


And the Ezell's here went out of business.....

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Neighbors 2

I am the luckiest girl in the world!!!!!! My b'day is Friday and all us ladies are going to lunch on Sunday to celebrate! We are going to Ezell's Fish Camp.

This place has the BEST catfish, hush puppies, grits, cole slaw AND tartar sauce!! I have warned the ladies that if they take the tartar away from me then someone will lose a hand. I am all about condiments, unfortch, and theirs is the best!

Here is a link to the website here and if you can get here or to one close....GET ON IT!!!

We have about 7 of the neighborhood ladies going and I will have pics coming!

Thank you God for the lovely people and women you have put in my life!!!

Spa Day

It rolls around every year....the Kids have to get their shots and we always go ahead and include a grooming and they have to have their anal glands expressed. I am not sure how that anal part happens, but they tend to have, as I affectionately call them, "butt fairies", for most of the much fun to watch them whip their heads around to see what is getting their back ends or sit really fast to squash whatever is going on back there...bless them!

Needless to say, on these annual visits....they come back exhausted. Daisy May May actually curled up in Mom's lap and slept for like 45 minutes. She snored and was just worthless. LulaBelle kept watch on everything outside and then she came and collapsed against me (she likes to be close, but she is not the snuggler Daisy is).

Dr. Lynch said they were the sweetest pups, BUT they both gained 4 lbs over the past 6 months. I am looking at them and I don't see it. We have been giving them the light food with the salt-free green beans or peas or fresh carrots. He said that it would be better to give them the regular food because it would fill them up on less and that the diet food could actually make them more hungry. He was happy with the veggies, but we have to get these 4 off them because he does not want their knees to go weak.

I don't see the 4 lbs on either of them. They seem to be holding steady, but who am I to judge weight! I am a therefore henceto.... the kids will be depleted by 1 tbsp a serving and we will get them super skinny!

In the picture below....they just both gave up and had to snuggle. How shiny are their coats? Hello?! Pretty snuggly exhausted girls!