Posts Tagged ‘Ralph’

Why I don’t blog very often.

Yes, I admit it. I neglect this blog, big time. But in my defense:

  1. I spend pretty much all day, every work day, reading blogs, writing blog posts for my employer’s blog, editing blog posts for our online news magazine, and so on. I’m fairly well tapped out on the creative front by the time I get home, and usually the last thing I want to do is spend more time in front of a computer. So, I…
  2. Read! I love to read, and I devour books. I’m in a book club, so there’s always the book club book to read, plus anything else that is appealing to me. I spend a lot of time reading, mostly fiction, but some non-fiction and cookbooks thrown in there too.
  3. I also love to cook and bake. It’s fun and relaxing for me, and coming up with new recipes is a challenge. Plus, I always like to see if there’s something I can do at home instead of purchasing it at the store–I don’t think we’ve purchased bread in this house regularly since last summer.
  4. I’ve written a bit about Ralph–he’s a great dog, and I adore him. He is getting older–what we thought several months ago was degenerative myelopathy turned out to be two ruptured discs in his back, plus some degenerating cells in his brain. April was a full month for poor Ralph–first, MRIs and x-rays at the very awesome Tufts Cummings Foster Hospital for Small Animals, then “bed rest” for a dog that is still pretty active. He’s doing better, but honestly, I would rather spend time with him than blog.

So, a few reasons why I don’t post very often. But, I am going to try and be better, as I think the discipline of writing on a consistent basis is good for me. I have no plans for any true theme for this blog. There are way too many foodie blogs out there already. So for the time being, it’s just going to be me rambling when I have a thought. Or two.

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05 2010

Ralph with Santa

Ralph the Wonder Dog went to visit Santa today at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.

Ralph with Santa Salls

Ralph with Santa Salls

I know I’ve said it before, but this is one of the best dogs ever. Ralph is a gentle and sweet dog, and such a great companion. We learned this week that he may have the early stages of degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disease that German Shepherds are predisposed to. We’re taking steps to delay the onset of symptoms, including diet and exercise. Hopefully we can keep him as healthy and mobile as possible for a while.

He is an amazing dog, I’m so lucky he picked me.


12 2009

Laws and Sausages

Otto von Bismarck is famously quoted as having said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

I used to work as a lobbyist, and I concur on the law portion of the quote. However, I recently embarked on the process to make my own sausages, and since I have control of what goes in, it’s honestly nowhere near as disconcerting as seeing legislation being crafted.

Homemade sausages.

Homemade sausages.

I always seem to have help when I am in the kitchen…

Ralph doing quality control work.

Ralph doing quality control work.


11 2009

Ralph, in Autumn

Ralph, our wonderful dog, had a nice long walk this last weekend. He’s getting older–around 11, the vet believes–but he still loves his walks and while he is slowing down he has streaks of puppy-like behavior.

I truly love this animal. He adds so much to our lives.

Ralph, considering the change in seasons.

Ralph, considering the change in seasons.


09 2009