She’s a Devil Dog!

Once upon a time, I had a dachshund named Soccer. He was spoiled just like all my critters are but Soccer was very unreliable when it came to his bathroom habits. We could walk around outside for an hour and he would walk in the house and have an “accident”, though it never really seemed like an accident, but more like .. watch me show her who’s the boss.

Speck, also a dachshund, would probably burst before he would go to the bathroom in the house. I can’t even remember the last time Speck had an accident .. probably not since he was a puppy and was being house trained. For a while, when Vince would come home after being gone or several days, Speck would be so happy to see him that he would dribble a little on the floor and he would be so embarrassed, he would run into his crate and try to hide.

Along comes Rita!



Don’t let that angelic look fool you. She is the most conniving little critter ever! So far, she’s had two accidents in the house and I’m not seeing any reason for that to have happened. A couple of weeks ago, we were gone for about 6 hours and I was afraid to see what I would find in the house but she hadn’t done anything! It’s purely a matter of convenience with her. If it’s raining or she’s not feeling like going outside, she’ll just go find a quiet spot and take care of business. Thank goodness we don’t have carpet or she might be finding herself a new home.

Every time she gives me any indication she needs to go, I take her outside. This morning, between daylight and about 10:30, I went outside with her four times . . we walked probably 20 minutes each time and she never did anything. Vince came home and he walked with her probably half an hour . . nothing! Before he left to go back to work, he went out with her again . . nothing!

I was so tempted to take the leash off and send her outside and I think that’s what she really wanted. It was a warm, sunny day and apparently she figured out that if she couldn’t run loose outside, the next best thing was being out on a leash, dragging one of us around.

During the afternoon, I took her out maybe four more times.  Nothing! When Vince got home, he took her out and told me “we’re not coming back til she does something!” I figured that meant I didn’t need to fix dinner because Vince wouldn’t be back inside yet but after about 45 minutes, he came in and announced that Rita had finally done her business.

Finally, we could relax stop watching her!

The Real Pressure Cooker Test

Warning:  If you have been resisting purchasing the pressure cooker, but know you want it . . read no farther or you will grab your credit card, go straight to Amazon and buy it!

Before someone asks, this is the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker I’m using (and loving). This is another similar pot but it does several things (slow cooks, rice cooker, steamer). I do not have the second pot but am sharing the link because those who have it like it too. I generally don’t buy an appliance that performs multiple tasks because I figure one specialty is enough but the Instant Pot rates good. These are the two pans I bought to use with it:  Fat Daddio’s 7″ cheesecake pan with removable bottom and a regular (Browne’s) Spring Form Pan.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake

It was so easy to make.  15 minutes on high pressure, then the cooling time. I love that it’s smaller so we don’t have to eat cheesecake for the next month.

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake

We will definitely make this recipe again!


Kynance Cove Sweater

Kynance Cove is a project I started in April. I’ve been pretty good about finishing projects before starting something else but for some reason, Kynance Cove got put aside. I picked it up last week and am determined to finish it, though I will probably put it aside tonight to begin on another test knit for Laura Aylor.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

Here’s my dilemma.  There’s a button band and a neck band yet to be done. The sweater buttons down about halfway. The colors used are:

  • Maple Leaf – the limey green
  • Faded Parka – the grayish green
  • Ember – orangish red

You can see the Ember in the swatch.



For the button band/neck band, here are my options:

  1. Maple Leaf – I don’t think this is a good color to wear next to my face.
  2. Faded Parka – This would work and I’ll probably wear a light gray shirt of some kind underneath this sweater.
  3. Ember – There will be one Ember stripe near the bottom and I think using it for the button band and neck band, it might work but I don’t want it to look like “Oops . . I’m running out of yarn so I’ll use this one!”.  I have plenty of yarn.

Another option I’m thinking about is this: Use ember for the right side of the the button band. That will be the “underneath” side, or the side that has the buttons on it. Then use the faded parka for the left side of the button band and the neck band.