Saturday, September 24, 2016

Janet Is A Major TV Star

2 Burley Men Moving Company is a very generous and community minded local company.  They sponsored a commercial for Our Place and Janet has a major role....if you believe her!  In truth, they were desperate for a warm body and she happened to be on hand.

Janet says she wants to get an agent, but Phil and I keep reminding her that she is on screen for about 5 seconds, tops!
Here are the two new convection ovens at Janet's "work", now installed.  They sold a large four burner, two oven range and replaced it with the new ovens and a two burner unit for large pots.
The Director of Communications at Our Place is Grant McKenzie.  He has had a couple of books published, but his most recent book is gathering a lot of attention in the U.S.  Tracy had a cake made that looks like his book cover.  It was really cool!
Janet and Phil have a major apple tree that Janet loves until she doesn't love it anymore - which happens every fall.  This year she processed about 70 f***king pounds of apples.
Sadly, 70 pounds of apples doesn't turn into a whole lot of processed product.
There was actually more applesauce than shown in the photo.  The dark coloured jars are Apple Curry Chutney.
For the first time Janet can recall, she used all six burners on her stove at the same time.
Many years ago, Janet purchased Cuisinart pots and pans.  At that point in time, they were made in France and cost the earth - $2000 in 1976 dollars.  They came with a 50 year warranty which Janet deemed to be bullshit as "no one has the same pots for 50 years!".  Guess what - they are now 41 years old! 
Perhaps add some sparkle with stainless steel cleaner.  They work as good as the day she bought them.
While Janet may have been savvy with her pot purchase 41 years ago, she was no match for the English As A Second Language Chinese Cosmetic Sales Lady.

She purchased Shiseido face watch a couple of weeks ago at London Drugs and then ran out of moisturizer.  Janet was at the Bay, so decided to get the same line of Shiseido as she really liked the scent.  One moisturizer turned into eye cream and a "pore opening lotion".  Janet decided that she didn't need the pore lotion but the sales guerilla insisted this was the single most important product that Janet must have.  After the promise of a $20 reduction, previously closed pore Janet was $150 in the negative.
I, Puppy Dog Pashy believe her skin radiates with a dewy glow.  I get extra dog cookies to spin this bullshit.
OK....I'm going to get ready for bed!





Thursday, September 15, 2016

Meet Active Janet!

Say a fond farewell to Lazy Ass, Lame Ass, Sorry Ass Janet and hello to Active Janet!  She kind of sounds like an ancient Barbie Doll!  Yes, siree, Janet is kicking it up a notch in the activity department!

She has always done lots of walking.  In addition, Janet who is as flexible as a 2 x 4 is now been back at Yoga 3 times a week since March.

  Now they have a trip planned to the U.K. and plan to do as much of the Cotswold Way as time will permit.  They will be based in one place and walk a portion of the Way each day and take public transportation back to their car.
On top of that, Air Canada had a big seat sale on.  Phil suggested that instead of going to Hawaii in the New Year they should go to Southern Spain on a bike vacation.  Never mind that Janet has barely been on her bike in a year and Phil doesn't even own a bike, it is now a confirmed plan.  They booked with Andalucian Cycling Experience who offer many different cycling options - Seniors, Leisure, Road Trips, Mountain Biking and Training Camps.  Only option missing is Full On Lame Ass!
The area circled is really close to where they will stay, which is the village of  Montecorto.  They are booked in a "Villa", but Janet is pretty certain the word villa in Spain is less glamorous than our version of villa.  The circled village Ronda has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Our super neighbours, Cynthia and Derek had some people in for drinks and finger food.  They live at the very end of our street, facing Monteith, but actually on Bowker.  Janet said it was really nice to meet some close by neighbours we normally don't socialize with.
They have a beautiful back garden.


One of the more enthusiastic guests was their pup Riley.   Sussing out the situation.  What should I go for?

OK...time to dine!
"This is delicious!"

Janet and I go every second day to feed the fish in Ken and Karen's pond.  They are super happy to see us!
Janet made what she thought was this really yummy dish.  It was from Smitten Kitchen and consisted of cherry tomatoes with zucchini, corn and parmesan cheese baked in a buttery crust.   Janet thought is was pretty good but Mr. Iron Chef Phil declined to agree.
Eh..what the F does he know?
That's it!  I'm all done!  Next post - buckle up your seat belts!  It's going to be about local building demolitions!  Janet says you know you are old when you think this kind of shit and documentaries are riveting!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Finn Man Visits Again!

Finley and his handlers came back for another visit.  This means three things are going down for sure:

Chinese!
Sushi!
The tuna sashimi is turned into a flower!
Pizza!

Whoops, sorry!  Lame Ass Janet didn't take any photos.

Janet says being a Grandparent is a very competitive gig and requires razor sharp skills to keeps ones self on the cutting edge.  In an effort to get that cutting edge, Yaya baked some peanut butter cookies.  Score:  Yaya - 1, Grandpa - 0.

Then, unbeknownst to Janet, Phil hauled out a very large cardboard box and turned it into a "house" for Finley.  Janet's cookies didn't stand a snowballs chance in hell next to that stupid box! 

Busy working on it.


Better get some water in case my plants need it.

It should be fairly obvious to everyone that Finley doesn't care for it too much....in your dreams, Yaya!

This is Janet's newest discovery from The Whole Beast, who make all their own smoked meats.  Brisket!


So delicious!

We went to what used to be called Uplands Park, but has been renamed Yaya's Forest.  Bean and I are buddies now.

This is the tree that Rockers and Noodles used to be able to climb up, and unbelievably, Phil still can1

Now that Noodles has passed away, I thought I would check out resting underneath the table whilst Finley was dining.  Didn't turn out so good as the peanut butter coated side of his rice cracker stuck to my fur after he dropped it!
This really lovely school across the street from Janet's work is being torn down to build condos.  It makes her sad as she really likes this building.
No way, Janet.  Not a chance!  You might have instilled the fear of God in me in the past with the vacuum, but no longer.  I am not moving!






Saturday, August 27, 2016

Katherine Turns 80!

One of Janet's Thursday volunteer friends just turned 80 years old and it happened to be on their regular Thursday.

Janet wanted to make a surprise for Katherine, so covertly called her to make sure she was going to be at work on the 18th.  Then she let some staff members, Tracey, Julia  and Cook Dave know it was a special day and they were on board.  All systems go!

Janet sneaked into the kitchen with the cake and and hid it in the frig.  At coffee time, out came the cake with staff members singing Happy Birthday.   Then, in came some non-active volunteers who have volunteered with Katherine for years.  Katherine was super happy!
Janet was afraid 79 more candles would set off the smoke detectors!

From left - Ginger, Barb, Birthday Girl Katherine, Janet, Erin, staff member Tracy and Doreen.
They have two new fancy pants convection ovens at work which have yet to be installed.  The current ones are about 25 years old and are working on borrowed time.
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It's that time of the year!  Zucchini and squash!  Galore!  The very inventive cooks at Janet's volunteer job always manage to find a use.
This little cutie pie lives next door to us.  His name is Wolf and he loves, loves, loves me!  He has a little stuffed doggie toy that he has named Emma and gives his little doggie water from his sippy cup every night before bed and shares his soother.  My fan club is growing by leaps and bounds!
Janet and Phil's oldest couple friends, Brad and Laurie came for a quick overnight visit.  We walked to the beach, had a BBQ at home and went out for sushi.
They have known Brad and Laurie for 42 years!  Ouch!

 They brought with them $1M worth of maple syrup!  They have a cottage in Prince Edward County in Ontario and a neighbour makes maple syrup from other neighbours trees.  The bottle is even numbered!
Enough about Janet!  Let's move on to me and how incredibly cute I am.  I went swimming today and caught some sticks that Janet threw into the ocean for me.
Not to mention my really cute stick chewing pose.
It's all about the bum in the air and just so you know, not all sticks are created equally.   Move over, Watty Man!
This little cutie pie lives next door to us.  His name is Wolf and he loves, loves, loves me!  He has a little stuffed doggie toy that he has named Emma and gives his little doggie water from his sippy cup every night before bed and shares his soother.  My fan club is growing by leaps and bounds!






Monday, August 15, 2016

Janet and Phil's Excellent Biking Adventure

Janet hasn't been on her own bike once this year and it is now 15 August.  So, going "trail" riding on a bike she is completely unfamiliar with sounds like a super idea, right?

For sure!  Also, don't forget that Janet has never been trail riding before.

It started out well enough.  They loaded the bikes into the Volvo and drove the the "trail head". It's important to use all the trail biking lingo a guy can lay his hands on for the big adventure!
Turns out Janet is more suited to the wide open road and even the lingo couldn't save her.   She envisioned wide trails with grassy, Alpine meadows on either side of the trail.  About 5 minutes in, Janet crashed and had to walk the bike out.  They ended up getting separated from each other with no means of communication.  It didn't end well.  The peace and tranquility of the woods was punctuated with many bad words in loud voices!
Landing spot.  The trail was really narrow and covered with bramble on nearly all sides.  When Janet told Bronwyn they had gone to this trail, Bronwyn said "you went THERE!?!"
 Part of the injuries sustained.
The cut eventually closed in, but had a fair size gap at the beginning.

 Janet's left leg looks like it is a survivor of a tour in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In addition to the bike cut, there are numerous scars from when she tripped in a lava field last January that don't appear to be going anywhere.


Phil fared much better.
Watty Man and I played at least twice a day for extended periods of time.  It was fun!
Super cool thing about Hood River - dogs on the patio!  Yes!  Hola, Amigos, we are at one out of four visits to Hood River Taqueria.

 Then, bad news!  Watson had to go home.
See you soon, Buddy!
We stayed for a couple more days to explore some of our old haunts.

We spread some of Noodles ashes at her favourite locations.



 This was the first place they stayed in Hood River.  I lived in Camp USA then, but went up to visit.  This was most assuredly one of Rockers and Noodles favourite spots - end of a quiet road, surrounded by cherry and pear orchards.
It's no longer a vacation rental.
This is in the early stages of an orchard.  There was a small horse paddock here and Rockers was afraid to walk by them.
They have many cool bridges in the Hood River area.

This is the "Bridge of the Gods".  There may have been beautiful view from the bridge deck, but Janet had two choices - stare down at the floor of the car or look out the window and throw up.
This is the Lewis and Clark Bridge.
Check out this cute mosaic tile puppy, Lucky!
Watty Man was an all tuckered out puppy dog.