“Whatever form …

“Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon–even if it’s just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything.”
― Pippa Middleton, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends

Vet

So Dog had an appointment today with the vet to get her yearly vaccinations and this was the first time we had been to this vet (because of our recent move). My family’s usual vet is located in Whitby and we had been using him for years. While I would have liked to continue with the same vet I’ve always used an hour drive is not reasonable for most vet needs. So we are trying out a new vet.

Dog went in today to get a check up and shots – she didn’t end up getting her shots 😦

Vet said she had a minor ear infection and didn’t want to give her shots today… Anyone ever had a problem like this before? Of all the years I’ve had dogs my vet had never had a problem giving our dog’s their boosters if they had an ear infection or something else minor going on. The vet did say her ear infection isn’t bad so I don’t understand the problems… anyway we now have to postpone a camping trip which I am not too thrilled about because Dog’s vaccines haven’t been given and she can’t go until they have been done which the vet won’t do for another 2 weeks and after a round of medication has been completed (and of course we have to pay to have another check up plus the vaccines then)

I understand that vaccines can be hard on a dog’s immune system and they shouldn’t be sick etc prior to receiving vaccines but is this much caution necessary? More so since these aren’t new vaccines to her system just a regular annual booster and she has no past history of bad reactions to vaccinations.

I’m just confused… is this a standard practice? Was my old vet unusual or is the new vet taking the overly cautious route? Anyone have any thoughts?

Fall, The Good and The Bad

The end of the summer is upon us. I for one am looking forward to the fall weather, my new house doesn’t have a/c so it has been an adjustment for me as I have had the luxury of a/c since I was a child. It is nice that now at night we can open the windows and get an nice cool breeze.

It is slightly odd to be thinking about school starting in a week and realizing that I no longer get to attend school. I miss it. I miss the excitement of going back to class, seeing friends and teachers you haven’t seen for a couple months and getting back into learning new subjects again.

I miss the friends I made during my college years. It’s only been two years since I graduated but the group of friends I was close to in college all seem to have quickly drifted away, all of us in our own directions. My life has completely changed in these two years and I wouldn’t change anything for the world but I still miss college, the years of not having to worry about work, bills, the house and the future. I think September will always make me think back to the school years where the biggest concern was how we would get a project done and still make it out to the pub that night.

How ever while thinking about school makes me sad, something else about fall makes me happy! Camping! I like camping anytime during the year but spring and fall take the cake. Fall means the summer crowds have passed and with the leaves starting to change the scenery is breath taking. The weather can be perfect, cool nights making campfires all the better, and warm but not boiling days make all the activities much more pleasant.

This year we so far have two trips planned, the big one is at the end of September, a yearly ritual for my boyfriend’s extended family up to Algonquian. This is the trip everyone looks forward to all year. Swapping stories about years past is standard fare for all family gatherings but this will be my first time (and Algonquian is my favorite park) and I am defiantly looking forward to it.

Fall has it’s good and it’s bad but it is my favorite season!

Running

I hate running, I make that no secret. I only do it out on necessity but I dread the hours I spend pounding out on pavement, I find it boring. I always feel good afterwards but nothing can change the fact that I do not enjoy the time I have to spend running. I always feel like I have accomplished something after a run and I like the feeling but it doesn’t make up for the monotony I loath during the run. Part of the problem with running is I have a hard time shutting off my brain and just running, I focus on how much my lungs hurt or my knee or worry about the cramp that is starting to form. I hop on my bike and none of that matters but running I can’t help but focus on it.

I don’t understand people, like my sister, that don’t run most of the year and just suddenly go out an breeze through a 10 km run like it’s nothing. If I take 3 weeks off I struggle with 3 km, attempting a 10 km would be insane!

One of the things that I find helps with the endless pavement pounding that I dislike so are sprint sets or intervals. Walk, jog, sprint repeat. repeat. repeat. Not quite as boring as slugging out 5 km in the summer heat.

Here is an example of a good interval work out by Back On Pointe:

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Back on Pointe is one of my favorites to browse for fitness related topics below is a link to her blog – specifically the page the image above is from.

http://backonpointe.tumblr.com/post/34661323876/love-to-run-mix-it-up-to-burn-more-calories

 

Chocolate (Protein) Zucchini Bread

ImageServing Size: 2 loaves

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla or pure maple syrup

2 cups finely grated zucchini

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup chocolate protein powder mixed with small amount of water (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F or 165 C – grease and flour two 8X4 inch loaf pans

2. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cocoa powder

3. Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla/maple syrup and sugar in a large bowl

4. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well until thoroughly combined

5. Add in protein powered mixed with a small amount of water if choosing to. (This stage is approx. because I usually don’t measure the protein powder – about 2 scoops of powder and just enough water so none of the powder is dry)

6. Mix in zucchini, chocolate chips and (optional) walnuts until well mixed

7. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40-60 minutes or until tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for approx 20 minutes then remove from pan and cool on rack until cool to the touch.

*I will also use this recipe for muffins, the baking time just has to be adjusted it.

** Zucchini bread and muffins freeze well 🙂

Troubles With Dog

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The biggest trouble we have had so far with Dog is that she is an incredibly picky eater.

If it’s cooked meat she will gobble it down buuut raw nope, kibble nope, cheese nope, peanut butter is also a no, as is vegetables of any kind, all fruits and most dried meat . I say most dried meat because she is very enthusiastic about expensive beef jerky treats and the costly summer sausage we use for lunch meat but that’s it.

We have taken the route of offering her meals three times a day (because she’s skinny) – if she doesn’t eat something at breakfast she only gets that offered at meal time until she eats it. Her normal meal is Natural Choice Venison Meal and Potato kibble mixed with water and a 1/3 can of wet canned dog food. Unfortunately this method is hit and miss, some days she eats three meals and some days she only has one. Slowly she is becoming a better eater since we refuse to offer anything better to eat but she’s skinny so we hate seeing her missing any meals.  She is also slowly getting rid of her habit of picking out the chunks of food she likes and leaving the kibble behind.

Since she’s so picky when we found something that made her gobble down kibble at every meal we were excited. Tripe, specifically green beef tripe – if your a dog person you may have hear of this noxious smelling stuff – is the stomach of a cow. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Dogs LOVE it, even my dog!

Sad part is unfortunately with all the benefits of feeding tripe (it’s loaded with good nutrients and probiotics) Dog’s bowels do not agree with it… so even the little bit she has had to get her to wolf down her meals has cause some not so fun problems 😦

I still recommend anyone trying to get a picky pooch to eat to give tripe a go (beware of the smell) but the hunt continues for us to find the elusive item that will entice her to mow down on the kibble.

Update: We have now found a brand of kibble she love – a good brand too! Currently she is eating the Back to Basics Duck Formula 🙂

Interlock Problems

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#1 thing I have learned about interlock from this project is it is way more complicated than I originally thought.

I wish we had planned more before starting this project, alas we didn’t so now we are partway through and trying to figure out how to go about cutting all those pesky bricks for the curve that we had conveniently forgotten about until now.

The boyfriend wanted this project done in time for our house warming party on Sunday but I’m not thinking that is going to happen at this rate.

We seem to have a penchant for getting super excited about starting a new project and totally eclipsing the detailed planning stages… we have a rough idea of where we would like to go and then we start. Unfortunately this route likes to lead us into trouble, this time it happening in the form of having to rip up a good large section because it was sloping slightly in the wrong directing… tip for the future: double check everything!

Hind sight is always 20/20 so the need for planning seem obvious right now but hopefully this thought comes to mind prior to starting the next project not midway through.