Life

Betwixt

Almost frozen in time

This is the week between the years. No other week is like this week. It’s almost a lil bit magical. Everything slows down and a lot of people are on off days (at least here in Germany). It’s time to draw a balance and look back a last time before we move on to the new year. 2021 wasn’t all that bad and made some nice progress. Ami now is officially a service dog, which exempt her from dog tax and this goes for every single future dog I may have. I learned a lot of new things, fixed a health issue that was annoying me since years and did a lot of knitting and crocheting (still have one sox to finish up haha). I stopped playing WoW in spring (not regretting that) and started this blog in august (not regretting it neither). The best is that we made it through this year without any major disasters and bruises. That was a first since decades.

I don’t do any New Years resolutions. I think that’s a bad habit. When you don’t stick to them you feel bad the entire year without any real reason. See, when you want to stop smoking, it will happen when you are ready for it and the time is right. That counts for everything else. My only “resolution” is to focus even more on positive things then good things will follow.

Have the most wonderful 2022, stay healthy, happy and safe. See you all next year. ❤

Dog Stuff

One Treato per Day!

Advents Calendar for Dogs

I have no idea if the tradition of Advents Calendar is just a German thing or if it is known in other countries too. It’s a very nice tradition but it somewhat exploded on us over the years. When I was a kid, like a half century ago, there was just one kind of Advents Calendar. A small piece of chocolate for every day. Every day, from Dec. 01th to Dec. 24th, the kids could open one of the tiny doors and get a piece of that chocolate. It was the most yummi chocolate ever. I think they used a special recipe for that chocolate because no other chocolate would taste like that. Then 20 years later, Ferrero, the guys who made the Kinder Chocolate brand, came up with the Ü-Ei Calendar (I know those Ü-Eggs are forbidden in the States due to the tiny toys and collectibles in them) and from there it didn’t took long till other companies followed. Nowadays you get Advents Calendars for just everybody and with just everything. There are calendars for humans, cats, dogs, for kids and adults, with candies, toys, nail polish, tea, spices, cosmetics, treatos and even with toys for adults (this is the part where it exploded I think).

Ami gets this Advents Calendar since she is with me and she loves it. There is a different treat for every day, 24 days long. Today it was a organic beef chew stick. Tomorrow it will be something different. This is a nice way to make these special days special for our fur babies too. And pawrents know how it works, if your doggo is happy, you are happy too. ❤ Have a pawesome day, stay healthy and be safe out there.

Food Stuff

One Pot

Beef!

I did it! After thinking about it for at least a half year I finally purchased a Dutch Oven. Yes I know, 60 Euros is a ton of money for a pot. Was it really worth it? Yes! To my own surprise this thing is worth every cent. I had no idea that a really expensive pot compared to a normal prized pot is so big. It’s a bit like magic of some sort. But what really amazes me are all these yummi one pot recipes that are out there. One pot (Eintopf) is actually a German thing. Back when I was a kid one pot meals where neither healthy nor yummi. They where just time saving and filled your belly (who cares for taste or nutritional value, right?). I still shudder when I remember that one pot my father made so often. Ground beef, green bell peppers – at that time only the green kind was available here in Germany and oh boy, was it bitter – and potatoes. He cooked that stuff for hours till even the last vitamin was killed off. The only thing left from all the bell pepper was the peel. Gods, that stuff was horribad. A total waste of resources. Stir fried that would have been a nice and healthy meal, but during that time people tended to cook actual healthy stuff to pulp.

Have a pawesome day, stay healthy and be safe out there.

Dog Stuff

Light!

Proper Dog Light

I’m sure you know these so called light collars for dogs that are supposed to give some traffic safety when you do walkies in the dark. We tried a lot of them and they all where plain garbage. Seriously, no kidding. They just glow at best, they are always outta power and they all broke within one week. I refuse to spend money for crap like that. Money that is better spend on treatos anyway, right? On the other hand, when you live in a city with lots of traffic, especially bikes (here pedestrians and cyclists share one walkway), you just need some light when walking in the dark, else they would just run you over. And well, the traffic just appreciates it when you are clearly visible. So what to do? Actually the solution was easy and I’m kinda mad that I wasted so much money on those garbage collars (instead on treatos).

Jogger Head Light

You sure know those little head lights for joggers. Those are perfect. The band itself is soft, you can adjust the size and in most cases flexible hence it fits perfectly around your dogs neck and you do not need to fumble around with some wobbly fastener. You just slip it over the head. Most are USB rechargeable, so no need for batteries. But the best thing is, as you can see above, finally a proper light. Ami seems to love it a lot since she now can see the ground in front of her. This one already lasted 3 weeks longer than any of these stupid collars and all this just for 10 Euros. I’m sure it will shine for us the entire dark season. Have a pawesome day, stay healthy and be safe out there.