Poor little Iggy…..had a growth on this eye…had to have it removed

the growth, not the eye :) He is blind from the diabetes already but I think he can still see shadows, but that could get worse, snag, get bigger, infected ect….so off it came!

He is such a good natured dog, I only noticed it because I thought he had an “eye bugger” but nope a growth.

My buffer money is rapidly shrinking, I am hoping this is the last problem with my puppy. As long as his tail is curled he is happy, so we keep on going. If his tail ever goes straight, not sure what I am going to do, he only does that when he is scared or unhappy.

But our pets are not disposable, if you have the means, you keep them healthy, I feel very much for those who get in the position of caring for a pet for caring for your family, that is something I don’t know how I would react. My thoughts and prayers are with those in that position.

But as long as I can afford it and he is happy we will keep chugging, eatting, pooping, sleeping and walking …..:)

The myth about convenience food, it is only convenient for those who sell it

What happens to those who buy it is they get a smaller wallet and a bigger waist line and health issues.

Let’s take a “staple” of “convenience food” Mac N Cheese. It costs between $1 and $1.50 a box and has(3) 1 cup servings. It really isn’t good for ANY of us. But it is convenient. And full of stuff the body doesn’t need.

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Instead buy a 5lb bag of flour – $2.46 & 2 dozen eggs – $4.00 and make the pasta yourself for about .42 for 3 servings, with nothing but Flour, Egg, Water and Salt. Then you can add to that a variety of sauces, spaghetti, butter, cheese, add in canned or preferably fresh veggies and you actually have a decent meal for low cost.

If anyone wants to eat healthy, they have to be willing to put in the time and effort to do so. Can’t find fresh veggies at the market? Grow some, get your kids involved, they are much more likely to eat a veggie they grew. Get creative.

I make a low carb version with soy flour (which costs a little more) and I change out 1/3 of the water for a veggies, spinach or carrot, makes the flour green, get your kids to eat veggies without knowing it :)

If you spend a little of your time, you will see your wallet get fatter while your waist gets smaller, seems a win/win for all.

My cat is an ARSE…and she knows it

I bought a mat to dry my dishes on, the cat thinks I bought it for her….so the other day I took it and washed it, dried it and put it back out.

I come out to the kitchen a few minutes later and guess what….stupid cat is like “hey thanks for getting my mat nice and toasty” aaaaauuuggghh

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Your already eating like a vegetarian….didn’t know that did ya…

hmmm, lets think about it for a min…

Mac & cheese, cheese ravioli, grilled cheese, 3 bean salad, potato salad, PB & J sandwich…. cream cheese jalapino poppers, french fries, pancakes, oatmeal, grits, cereal any of these sound familiar??

It isn’t hard or expensive to go veggy, not I did not say vegan, cause cheese es no bueno. But overall lots of pasta dishes can be made without meat, and boom veggie without trying. You don’t have to buy “specialty” vegan frozen meals…they had a great deal (see 1.29 above) but usually round $2.00 the ones below are lean cuisine and weight watchers, but just keep an eye out when any of them have a sale and stock up. I just had a great butternut squash with yellow carrots and asparagus for wait for it…$1.29 HA!

Pasta with ricotta and spinach, spinach artichoke ravioli, mushroom mezzaluna ravioli, five cheese rigatoni…any of those sound like I am “forcing” myself…I think not! Add a fresh salad, and maybe some garlic bread and a nice wholesome veggie meal. And if it is a night maybe a nice glass of vino :)

I try and make my own pasta, but I can only make one type so it is nice to have some variety.

Istanbul Misc Pictures

There is so much to do, see, explore, taste in Istanbul. The people are very nice, most speak better English then we speak Turkish. The food was wonderful. It was a little muggy which was unexpected, but I packed right :)

I took a lot more pictures, but I didn’t want to bore or overwhelm anyone, so I tried to pick out ones that showed all sides of Istanbul.

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32 minutes of being on hold is “not momentarily”

I had to call in to my insurance company (they requested it) and I was on hold for 32 minutes…everyone min or so I got the standard “thank you for holding, we will be with you momentarily” what they should have said is “while you are on hold please go ahead and do other things as it is going to be a long time”.

While on hold I actually put together a metal three layer stand, yep took about 30 min or so, so I put the phone and speaker, got my screwdriver and wahla. I really hate getting my time wasted, so I needed something to do.

But seriously 32 minutes!!! Thank goodness I didn’t have to call the VA!!