Apr 11 2010

Annual Pilgrimage to Dana’s

Natalie

This is our third annual trip to Dana’s in Littlestown, PA.  She was closed, but fortunately, she was watering plants, so she allowed us to shop–and shop we did.  No grocery money left for this week.  We’ve decided to expand into blueberry cultivation, picked up some varieties of coleus, and bought a few annuals for our pots and perennials for the garden outside the living room window.  All in all, very successful.  Next year, we’ll check her hours on her website!  http://www.danasgardenplace.com


Apr 11 2010

iPad for Breakfast

Natalie

For Sunday breakfast, we were pleased to host our good friend Gini and her new iPad.  She demonstrated all of its various capabilities, and we showed her that Blue’s ability to do a Figure 8.  So we’re about equal in the “amazing” category.IMG_0262


Apr 9 2010

J & Y Shushi

Natalie

Friday night.  The great debate.  Do we go to the mall and check out the iPad or stay home and eat hard boiled eggs.  Mmmm.  Compromise.  We went to our favorite local restaurant, J & Y Tokyo Market, Inc. on Liberty Road in Sykesville.   At dinner time, the parking lot is full, but many people are getting carryout, so there’s never a long wait.   It’s a plain white cinder block building in front of the beautiful storefront of the Knitter’s Nest.  The food, though, is spectacular.  Every time we eat there, we say, “What did we like last time?”  I’ve got the list:  Dragon Roll, Volcano Roll and Firecracker Roll.  The gyoza is amazing.  In the back of the restaurant, there’s a makeshift market with very unusual items including sushi ingredients, toys and mops.  However, in the frozen food case the pork gyoza comes in a family-sized package–great for parties or guests.

We’ve never ordered without the very cheerful chefs bringing us something extra to try.  Today it was the Green Bay roll.

Suggestion:  Order two rolls at a time until you’re full.  We tend to order all at once and then argue over who is FORCED to eat the last few rolls because we are so full.


Apr 9 2010

Swimming in the Patuxent

Natalie

We have discovered that Blue LOVES to swim!  Good thing we live near the Patuxent River and a big chunk of the state park.   He becomes a maniac dog.   Only, we have to train him to agree to be recaptured when the fun is over.  Does he look muddy?  You should have seen his owner.  Blue River 2


Apr 2 2010

Branchwater Training Center

Natalie

Last night, Roger and I went to Branchwater Training Center in Reisterstown (http://www.branchwaterbc.com/) to see what agility dogs do and how to get Blue started.  The dogs were organized by size, and each had two minutes to run either a pink or green numbered course.  While we were there, we met our hostess, Doreen Suchting, and we saw a little of her large operation.  All sorts of dogs were enjoying the course, from some larger Swedish Mountain dogs, to some very tiny Boarder Collies.  There were experts and novices.  It was fascinating.  One woman asked us where we purchased our perfect dog, and we told her Penn Oak Aussies(http://www.pennoakkennel.com/blog/) Small world!  We were talking to Rick Ziesing’s sister, Amy!  We talked about dog training, the new puppies at Penn Oak (that we wish we could have!), and dogs, dogs, dogs.

OK.  We’re on our way–first more obedience training.  Another new friend, Jan Collins, recommended that we play more training games with Blue.  This morning, I woke up with new resolve to work with Blue.  Well, we’ll see if it lasts beyond noon.  Thank goodness Roger is consistent.