This is so cute it’s ridiculous!

Over at Daily Timewaster, I found a GIF image that had me laughing out loud.  A little searching located the video clip from which it was taken.  Behold a really hungry baby beagle! The poor critter’s trying to wag his backside off, and eat all the food, and not fall off the couch – all at the same time!  Talk about a doggie dilemma . . . Peter

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Hunting the feral pizza!

Friend, fellow author and blogger Alma Boykin has written a very funny short story on her blog about hunting feral pizza. Gina found the spot and set the box down. She shifted it until the shadow dapples broke up the straight lines of the trap’s edges. The brown blended into the soil, so she didn’t bother with the camouflage drape. Gina opened the fresh tub of bait, a fragrant blend of ranch dressing and bits of crust, and set it in the back of the box by the hinge. Then she triple checked the tranquilizer tips on the stabilizer mounted to the trap’s

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So much for Beyond Meat!

The Babylon Bee hits another one out of the park. Look out, Beyond Meat — a new competitor has emerged in the market of turning vegetables into a food that tastes just like meat. But while companies like Beyond Meat use laboratories to turn vegetables into something tasty, this new process uses a much more natural method: feeding the vegetables to a cow. The startup, which goes by the much simpler brand name of “Meat,” came upon this process after using hundreds of millions of venture capital dollars to research how to turn vegetable products into something delicious that could be used as

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Heh

I empathize.  (Click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic’s Web site.) After walking and squats at the gym this morning, I’m tempted to try Pig’s recipe! Peter

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A refreshing alternative to tea or coffee

Being a writer, I spend long hours in front of the computer, working on books, research, blog posts and the like.  I get rather tired of coffee and tea as refreshments. I’ve used various bouillons as substitutes – meat, chicken, etc. – with good results.  Miss D. and I particularly like the “Better Than Bouillon” range, and keep it in stock.  However, I recently discovered another alternative that’s really taken my fancy, to the extent that I drink at least one cup of it every day.  It’s Knorr’s tomato chicken bouillon, as shown on the left.  It’s remarkably economical, whether

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But is it milk?

I had to laugh at this report. Cinnamon Ridge Dairy Farm is ranked number two in the country for milk production and it may be because their cows are fed a different ingredient. It might sound utterly weird, but the dairy cows at Cinnamon Ridge run on coffee creamer. “This is an oddball ingredient,” says John Maxwell, farmer and owner of Cinnamon Ridge. “It does sound a little cannibalistic, but that’s not true at all.” He says it’s the sugar in the creamer that helps his cows produce some of the best milk in the nation. “This is energy in my

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I smell a rat (and a cheese)

I note that a new record has been set for the world’s most expensive cheese. An artisan blue cheese sold for over $16,000 at an auction in Spain, shattering the Guinness world record for the most “expensive cheese in history.” In August 2018, 15 different restaurateurs from across the country met for an auction of 5.78 pounds of Cabrales cheese from the Valfríu cheese factory — one of the strongest blue cheeses in the world, Guinness said in a Thursday press release. Attendees kept raising their bids during the seemingly endless gathering — until no one topped the $16,223.99 offer proposed by Iván Suárez,

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Day 10 on the road: Mississippi River to Texas, and home again

Tuesday was the last day of our journey.  According to our vehicle’s odometer, we’ve covered about 3,300 miles in 10 days. We left Vicksburg by 8 a.m., and headed west on Interstate 20 across Louisiana.  The road was in good condition in country areas, but where it passed through Monroe and Shreveport, it was in very poor condition indeed, so much so that it almost made us seasick at one point!  I don’t know how Louisiana does its road maintenance – i.e. whether the cities have to maintain Interstate highways within their limits, or whether the state does it all

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Day 9 on the road: North Carolina to the Mississippi River

Miss D. and I left Brevard, NC on Monday morning, on our way home to Texas.  We made a brief stop at the Bear Tracks Travel Center, which we’d visited on Day 6 of our tour.  The owner (an older lady) had three large amethyst geodes for sale in her shop, which we’d noted on Friday.  They were all tall half-cylinders of various heights.  We were struck by their exceptionally reasonable prices.  We’re used to seeing good-quality, large-size geodes priced at thousands of dollars apiece in retail stores.  These were all listed in the hundreds of dollars, far below what we’d normally have expected (and

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Days 7 and 8 on the road: Brevard, NC and the Pisgah National Forest

Over the weekend, Miss D. and I indulged ourselves in doing touristy things, visiting some very lovely places, and relaxing and unwinding with “us time” – something that’s been hard to schedule at home, with all the demands on our time. On Saturday morning, after a leisurely and very tasty breakfast at our B&B, we walked the streets of Brevard for a few hours.  Our first stop was the local farmers market, which didn’t yield anything we really wanted.  From there we visited several art galleries, looking at what was on display.  I must admit, I was disappointed.  It seemed to me

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