Food Stuff

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Grocery Inspection

So I was doing the weekly grocery today. Due to renovation work my usual grocery market is closed for a few weeks and so I have to go to the local Aldi. As every week I needed my crispbread. I was standing in front of the shelve and there where two brands standing side by side (ya, there isn’t much of a choice when you buy at Aldi, that’s why I don’t like to go there, but that is not the point). One brand was from a traditional Swedish company. They do nothing than crispbread (tons of different types) since 1919. So you bet, they know their stuff. The packaging is just paper. The other brand is Aldis “own” production (Aldi did not make it and you can’t really tell where it is coming from, so could be a really bad source), organic, looked really yummi, lots of seeds on every slice. I can tell because it was packed in plastic (you know how much I hate plastic, right).

Now something amazing happened, despite my mistrust for Aldi owned brands and hate for plastic I reached for the organic crispbread, simply because it is organic. That lasted about five seconds and then my mind beat my instinct and I looked at the nutrition values of both products. Oh boy, I was in for a huge surprise.

One slice of the Swedish crispbread has 8 g carbs, one slice of the organic Aldi own brand has 35 g carbs!!! What the heck! Seriously Aldi? And there I thought it’s impossible to screw over crispbread, but it seems you even managed that. I’m so glad my regular grocery market reopens next week.

Dog Stuff · Fotos

Clean Up Already!

Seriously?

Ssshhhhh it’s me, Ami. My hooman is out for grocery and I’m using the chance to hop on her computer to get some dog stuff done, you know, like ordering toys and snacks at Amazon, stare at yummi bulldog boys (no I did not drool all over my hoomans keyboard thingy and broke it) and talk about something that really bothers my on my hoomans blog. Yes I know, it’s not nice to use her computer when she isn’t home and I really would like my own Mac Book but she told me, before that would happen we would either need to win the lottery or make a big inheritance from a yet unknown rich uncle from America or get a sponsorship from Apple. She also told me that neither of these things would ever happen. Pffft hoomans *rollseyes*, right?

Anyhow, I wanted to talk about something totally different. Now imagine the the following: you just rolled out of your bed and your hooman takes you out on your first walkie of the day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you walk towards your favorite patch of pasture (and believe me, in the city those are kind rare) for an early morning sniff and . . . what the fuck is that?! . . . someone did not clean up after their doggo again. That is not only gross, it also shows a major lack of respect and responsibility and it’s a health issue. Pawrents who refuse to clean us after their doggo should not have a doggo at all. Letting that stuff lay around in the scenery ruins it for everybody else. A lovely patch of pasture turns into a shit hole just because you are too lazy to do your job. And it’s not even hard, doesn’t take a minute. Pick it up and toss the bag into the next bin or take it home to put it in the bin there. Do not even think about throwing that bag into the hedge. That would be totally intolerable!

Cleaning up after your doggo is a matter of respect, respect for your own dog and yourself, respect for other dogs (they want to sniff through that patch of pasture too without stepping in other dogs shit) and respect for other people. Just do the right thing, even when nobody can see you and clean it up. And maybe you even think about getting the right bags. Don’t take those nasty plastic bags, go for bags made from corn starch. Yes, they cost a few cent more, but it’s the right thing to do.

Oh, I think my hooman is coming home. Do not tell her that I was here. I swear, if you do, I will have to chew up your favorite shoe! Be safe and have a pawesome day!

Chatter · Pixel

Do what you love

Panda Fish

Every Sunday morning I draw one single tarot card for the new week. I write down what I got and at the end of the week I can check back and see if it was a match or totally bogus. It’s fun and brings a positive aspect to the week. Now this morning I was told “Do what you love”. I took that advice to heart and decided to start pixeling again. Yes I know, nobody is into this cute country stuff anymore or even just pixel painting. But that is not the point. The point is, that I enjoy it very much and I love cute stuff (there is enough harsh dark stuff out there already, we do not need more of that). Before we where hit by social media these kind of graphics where a thing. We did our WP themes with them, sigtags, avatars, some used them for scrap booking or to print stickers and I even knew one lady who turned them into cross stitch patterns. The pixel community was large, creative and vibrant, social media just killed it off. I miss those days and I wonder what happened to all those girls.

Well, I drew this lil guy a few years ago but never really put him to use. He might end up as a header piece for next summer. Be safe and have a pawesome day.

Chatter · Fotos

My Smart Phone

Bumblebee

So, what the heck has my smart phone to do with this photo you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya! In 2005 I got rid of every phone in my life along with the TV. Then about 4 years ago I figured it could be time to get a new cell phone. My bank told me that I would need one sooner or later because the law would now require another security step for credit card users. Also, mobile banking would hit us all (ya by now they closed the locale branch just to make sure you have no choice). So I gave in and eventually got a cell phone (brand does not matter here). Now what? I had a phone but beside banking stuff and audio books (you bet, I got quite the collection by now) I didn’t really have use for it. Nobody to communicate with, beside getting a doctors appointment ones a year or yelling at the insurance now and then. I also don’t do social media. Nope, not at all. Well I tried FB and Instagram just to see if I was right but the entire concept is so absurd to me. People fill that guys website with content (most of it trash), give him their data and get annoyed by advertisements about things nobody really needs. Seriously? Why should I do that?

So what else are these phones good for? Well I love my weather app and there is a very useful app for knitting (helps you to count your rows and stuff). Also there is a Mahjong game I really love. But all this is just secondary because the one thing I really really use my cell phone for is to take photos. I never thought I would enjoy it so much. Since I don’t stare at FB while we are on walkies I have plenty of time to look around and discover all sorts of photo worthy things. Nothing, really nothing, beats the beauty of nature.

Be safe and have a pawesome day.

Dog Stuff

License to Boop

We do live in Lower Saxony, Germany. I know, we are the no nonsense people, the grumpy ones, just look at our leader, Mrs. Grumpy Face Merkel. We are also the country that has a regulation and/or law for just everything. Most of them are useless, some downright ridiculous, but one single time the government in the State of Lower Saxony (just our state as far as I know) came up with a really good law. For ones a law makes sense and is helpful. What is it, you might ask. Well, grab a coffee and get comfy, I gonna tell you and it might take a while.

Here in Lower Saxony you must have a license in order to get a dog. That goes for all first time owners (no exception) and for those who didn’t have a dog for a period of 3 years. You can imagine it a bit like a drivers license. Before you even can get the dog you have to pass a theoretical test. It’s a bit of everything, like general knowledge, nutrition, first aid, how to care for a dog, the races, do’s and don’t. And yes, you can fail that test. The fees for that test start at 50 Euros, if you fail you pay again for every time you fail. This makes sure that you really have to think about what all comes with it when you own a dog. All the responsibilities, what it costs and so on. So people have to put in effort and money before they can even buy a dog. If you passed the test you can go and get your new family member, but note, you have to get your dog insured (mandatory, no exceptions) and you have to register it at a online database (just you would do with a car). By the way, the yearly shots at the vet are mandatory too, your dog gets something like a passport where the vet notes down all vaccinations your dog ever got.

Now you got your new puppy home and you made it through all that mandatory paperwork. All done now, right? Nope! On to part two. You have 1 year to get the practical exam done. So you look for a puppy school, you do classes together with your puppy and you practice a lot. When you and your puppy are ready, you can sign up for the practical exam. The fee starts at 100 Euro and yes, you can fail that too. The trainer wants to see if you can handle your dog and if your dog will follow the basic commands, like sit, down, heel, stop, up, no. They also want to see if you will take good care of your dog.

For people in the US, Canada or the UK, this all might sound ridiculous and annoying, but it is for the good of the dogs. People have to prove that they are aware of how much responsibilities come with a dog and that they are really able and willing to care for their dog. The number of homeless dogs/dogs in shelters dropped massively. Yes sure, there are still some bad apples who drop through the net but their numbers are shrinking. It would be really nice if more states would follow this example.

Thank you for reading and have a pawesome day.