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Slow Cookers for Pets, and The Blob Strikes Again

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

There are times I simply have to shake my head and say, “Only in a free America.” Today’s Follies examines two items that indicate crossing trends. At the moment, these trends strongly indicate we’re taking better care of our pets’ nutrition than we are our children’s. […]

The Great Saturday Morning Vegetable Hunt: Cedar Park Farmers’ Market

This entry is part of a series, Market Days»

The dreadful heat of our early-onset summer, complete with extreme drought, continues. Sadly. It’s a disaster for sure, for farmers, ranchers and home gardeners. There’s just no way to keep enough water and coolness on the plants to avoid crop loss. My poor tomato plants […]

Too Tired for Follies Today...

I was really, really tired after the six-hour trek home yesterday evening. So tired I couldn’t even chew off the restraints this morning and reach the keyboard to type up a Follies edition. (I’m dictating this to Sonia the Red, the smartest Golden Retriever around here.)

So since there’s no Follies for you to […]

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Part Deux: Let's Get Ready to (Tummy) Rumble!

The Nathan’s International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest was anticlimactic this year. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut put down 54 hot dogs in ten minutes to claim clear first at competitive eating’s premier event. A far cry from the 68 dogs that stand as the world’s record (set by Jaws last year), it was still […]

Pause While You're Having Fun and Remember...

Independence Day, 2010. Has a nice ring to it! Over 230 years of liberty, and (hopefully) many more to come. We don’t know what you have planned, but the Chile Underground isn’t doing a bit celebration this year. So much else going on in our lives that we’ll take a pause that refreshes. Oh, we […]

Oh No, We're Stuck in Ireland!

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Travel is such a pain, sometimes. We got up early and skipped breakfast, as we had a fairly early flight scheduled for our return to the States. (We didn’t want any breakfast, as we were afraid it would spoil our planned beef dinner on the […]

Adare in the Mist, and a Well-Deserved Day Off

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

You know you’re going at it too hard when you have to take a day off from your vacation to rest up. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to spend another fourteen hour day overloading our brains with more lovely memories of Ireland! We needed to […]

An Appreciation of Boo, the Fetchingest Lab Ever

I lost a playmate today, after a fashion. The resident Black Lab at the Ranch, Boo, lost sight in her remaining good eye over the last two days. She’d been blind in one eye for a year or so. Uncontrollable glaucoma, according to the vet. She’s almost ten, as near as I can figure. It’s […]