Friday, June 30, 2017

The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers for Dogs

The chi boys love all things Chewy.  This month they're reviewing The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers for Dogs.  They're available in turkey, chicken, and beef; we didn't specify which kind we wanted and were sent a 7 oz bag of the turkey flavor.
Despite the name, you can use it as either a topper or it can be served on its own as a meal.  Either way, the amount served varies depending on the weight of your dog(s).  I wasn't too fond of the look of it at first.  They're soft and break apart easily.  
Shiver and Chico ate it as a topper.  I didn't measure it out for them, but grabbed a handful and split it between the two bowls.
Look how healthy this is!
Each bag is made with human grade ingredients, but isn't intended for human consumption.
 As always, they loved it!  The boys always go back and forth between bowls, I don't know why -- they've always been that way.  That's why you see Shiver eating out of two different bowls here.  

Chico takes the toppers out of the bowl and runs off with it, then comes back for more once he finishes so I didn't get any pictures of him enjoying it.  I thought he'd eat it along with his other food, but no...  The fact that he runs off with it tells me how much he likes it.  He knows Shiver does too, so this is his way of making sure Shiver doesn't steal it from him.

The boys give these eight paws up -- that's four paws each!  Thank you, Chewy, for another wonderful product! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Monday!

This past weekend was fun.  Saturday I met up with a couple of friends and we walked around the farmer's market.  There were a lot of other events within a block or two going on at the same time so there were more people out than usual, but it never felt too crowded or overwhelmingly uncomfortable with everyone milling about.  I bought the boys new collars and a new leash, none of which have been used yet.  I also got them a little treat from a dog bakery vendor there.  They've had that same treat before and both chi's loved them, but Shiver didn't seem all that interested this time.  One friend played in the fountain, so that's the recording I used for my 1 Second Everyday app.  It was fun to shop and visit with friends I haven't seen in awhile.

Sunday was mostly filled with housework, so not quite as enjoyable.  There's an art project going on in town for the next few weeks called Community Canvas where a back alleyway has been spruced up and painted.  It started last year and the plan is to add to it a little each year.  I needed to go to the store so I stopped by to check out the progress, even though it was out of the way.  If anyone's interested, I'd be happy to post pictures in a couple of weeks when it's all done.

The upcoming work week looks to be a busy one.  They're slowly starting to phase my job out so I anticipate it won't be too much longer before they say they don't need us anymore.  I've heard a few things here and there about extensions, I don't know what to believe though.  I'm hopeful they'll keep us on a little longer, but know not to expect it.  My friend was let go before her contract was up, so mine could end any day too.  Guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens...  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Half Full Friday

I used to do this every week and stopped for some reason.  I'm not entirely sure why, but I'm guessing life got too busy and it was just easier to.  After Eyegirl contacted me out of the blue a few weeks ago, I've been thinking about starting this up again.  I'm not sure that I'll do this every week, but please feel free to join in when I do!
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eyegirl originally started in June 2009.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us.  So by participating, I'm deciding to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.  I'm choosing to concentrate on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives.  The Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that.  They're a list of the things in my life that have brought me happiness over the past week.  I'm determined to find something good in each day.  Are you?

For the next week, I'd like to challenge each of you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.  And then come back here and tell me about it!
~I'm happy because...

  • I'm meeting up with friends tomorrow at the Farmer's Market!  It's been awhile since I've seen them so I'm really looking forward to it.
  • I still have six weeks left at my job!
  • The vicious headache on Tuesday was completely gone by Wednesday!
  • Today is payday!
  • My allergies have been better this week!
  • After a wet and chilly start to the week, this weekend is supposed to be drier and warmer!

Friday, June 9, 2017


Happy Friday!  Summer is almost here (June 20th) and this is a busy time of year.   This past weekend I went to the annual Arts & Roses show.  I try to go every year.  It's held outside and consists mostly of paintings and things.  There's a much larger one at the end of summer that I also usually go to, but I almost like this one better because it's not as crowded and usually not as hot.

This weekend is the World Village Festival.  It's basically a big festival where multinational groups come together and share their culture through traditions, storytelling, dance, music, art, food, etc.  I've never been before and am quite looking forward to it.  It starts tomorrow and is a block away from where I work, so I plan to spend my lunch hour exploring a little bit and maybe even going back after work.  Unfortunately, the weather can't seem to decide what it wants to do -- hot one day and cold and rainy the next.  It's supposed to rain this weekend, and I'm hoping it doesn't ruin the festival in any way.

Next weekend I'm meeting up with some friends from an old job and going to the Farmer's Market.  I love, love, love that particular market and it'll be fun to walk through it with a group of friends.  Afterwards we're going to have coffee together and do a proper catch up.  I can't wait!

Work is going well.  I really enjoy my job for the most part.  My contract has been extended through the end of July now, so I'll have been there just shy of a full year by then.  Shockingly, my friend that worked there with me was let go at the end of May.  Her contract had been extended until June 30th but they said that they didn't need her anymore.  I thought that because we work on a contract that we were guaranteed to continue working there until whatever the extension date was but the temp agency I'm using said that we can be let go at any time if the company decides they don't need us anymore.

Shiver seems to be doing about the same and holding on.  His breathing is a little more labored these days, but he still seems to be getting enjoyment out of life.  He plays with his toys, he loves cuddles, he's eating better than he was, etc.  Chico is slowly going downhill and it's hard to watch.  I think I'm going to have some hard decisions to make regarding him sooner rather than later and it's devastating to think about.  It's more important that he have quality rather than quantity though and I don't want him to suffer needlessly.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wordy Wednesday

I had such good intentions this past weekend!  Knowing my mom and I would be spending Sunday at an art show, then come home and have dinner, this seemed like an excellent time to finally catch up with visiting blogs and creating a post for Monday.  Instead, we got home, had dinner, and sat in the dark for the next several hours as the power went out right as we were finishing up.  A storm hit and knocked the power out for several hundred homes.  So, the new plan is that I'm going to try to post on Friday instead and visit blogs over the weekend.  It's supposed to be chilly and rainy this weekend, so what better way to spend it than blog hopping?

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