A Bloody Stump of a Foot

 
We had a bit of a drama-filled afternoon today. I stepped out of the shower, only to discover the floor drenched in blood!

Somehow, Pica had caught one of her toenails on her baby gate and ripped it right out. If she were a human baby, there'd surely be a lawsuit, right? Still, our poor little furbaby!


One gigantic claw

I held her steady as best I could. Jack Russell terriers don't really do "steady". There was always something twitching or shaking! Sexy Nerd applied styptic powder, which THANK GOODNESS we had on hand. If you have a pet, be sure to buy some of this. Ours came free with Pica's toenail clippers. In the 10+ years we've had her, we've used it only once before, when a nail was clipped a tad too short, and it stopped the bleeding almost instantly. This time, however..

...it kept bleeding...

...and bleeding...

...AND BLEEDING...

(Ack!)

After more than an hour of using my best wresting moves on Pica, and with almost all of our styptic powder gone, the bleeding finally began to subside. We decided to carry her around for at least another hour to keep her off her feet.


 Tuckered out from all the excitement.
And blood loss, quite possibly.

Sexy Nerd disappeared to the garage for a moment. He returned with duct tape and a wad of paper towels.

Problem solved!


Don't tell PETA.

  
 


Our little puppy is all better now. We watched a few episodes of Breaking Bad while relaxing with her. (Which, admittedly, we should have watched years ago, especially since we live in Albuquerque. It's every bit as good as everyone says, plus we recognize all the places from the bad part of town!) The show choice seemed a little eerie to me afterward though, when I was vigorously scrubbing dried blood from every room of our house. That little dog got around!

Goat Cheese Dip for Parties, Sandwiches, and Salads


Sexy Nerd's parents recently gifted us a fancy assortment of cheese from a goat farm near their home. Soon after, a certain someone said he hates goat cheese and wanted nothing to do with it. More for me! I turned the goat cheese into dip, which I served with tortilla chips and buttery crackers.

That same someone who hates goat cheese? Yeah, he pigged out on the dip.

Later, when I combined the leftover dip with milk to create a DELICIOUS dressing, the goat cheese hater enjoyed a gigantic salad covered in it.

Oh, and this same person who would never, ever eat goat cheese may have also made himself a sandwich on two different occasions, substituting my goat cheese dip in place of mayonnaise both times.

So, you know...
You're Not Fooling Anyone, Sexy Nerd!


Goat Cheese Dip with Herbs
(Give them a visit - lots of yummy ideas!)

Combine the following: 6oz goat cheese feta, 2 C nonfat sour cream, 8 oz nonfat cream cheese, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp lemon juice, 3 Tbsp dried onion, 1/2 C chopped fresh basil, 3 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning.

Let everything mellow in the fridge, covered, overnight. I nearly added diced green chili to this before trying it (here in Albuquerque, it's what we do) and am so glad I didn't. It's perfect just as it is! You would never guess that the dip is full of fat free cream cheese and sour cream...probably because the goat's milk feta is so jam-packed with fat. Just a guess. Totally worth it though! Besides, it's healthy fat...probably.

Actually, the fat content in goat's milk isn't too bad, at least according to Google. But now I'm rambling. 

Oh, and if you still have goat cheese to use up, be sure to try my Breakfast Potstickers with Avocado. I created them for a recipe contest and they're AMAZING! They've even been featured by Huffington Post.

Enjoy!

Lizard's Visit to the Pediatric Dentist

Recent posts from my office Facebook:

Thursday, 4/14/16 at 1:27pm
You might expect to hear rambunctious children at a pediatric dental office, but you've never heard anything like the shrieks that just came from our front office staff. Somehow, a GIANT LIZARD HAS GOTTEN INTO OUR OFFICE and he is scampering around underneath Marie's desk! In more than 30 years of practicing dentistry, this is a first. Only in New Mexico, right?

Thursday, 4/14/16 at 1:39pm
We're not sure where he is at the moment, but are being extremely careful when rolling our front office chairs. In fact, new rule - no rolling the office chairs until the lizard is safe and sound!

 Thursday, 4/14/16 at 1:49pm
*This just in*
Danielle has named the lizard Bob.
(The lizard shown is not Bob, as Bob is still hiding underneath Marie's desk, much to her dismay.)

Also, the patients this afternoon are having a great time trying to find Bob, and an even better time exclaiming "There's a lizard!" and watching Marie jump a mile high.

Thursday, 4/14/16 at 2:29pm
I've been asked why the lizard's name is Bob. That's easy. His real name is Robert, but we're a laid back, casual dental office.

Friday, 4/15/16 at 1:39pm
This is Bob! Isn't he dapper?

I've got you now, Bob, you sly fellow.

(Also, I thought Bob could use some protein after his exciting adventure to the dentist and may have tried to feed him a piece of hard boiled egg. He's not being a very good sport though and is refusing to eat it.)

Friday, 4/15/16 at 1:45pm
Bob doesn't want to be fed. Bob wants to hunt.

Friday, 4/15/16 at 1:47pm
THE DOOR IS WIDE OPEN FOR YOU, BOB! IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY! WHY WON'T YOU RUN OUTSIDE, YOU SCALY PUNK??

Friday, 4/15/16 at 1:53pm
While Danielle likes the idea of allowing Bob to meander outside at his own pace, patients will be arriving at any minute and children do not make good companions for a frightened lizard. To encourage him to pick up the pace, she has been blowing on him. With each breath, he takes one step toward the door, then looks at her like Do you mind??. Only 576 breaths to go!

Friday, 4/15/16 at 1:57pm
Marie can't take any more of this nonsense. She has chased Bob out the door with a broom. Have a nice life, Bob!


On a side note, my grandma sent me a message asking "Why didn't you just pick him up, you wuss?". Befriending your elderly grandmother on Facebook seems like a sweet idea at first, but it's only a matter of time until she calls you out as a wuss in front of everyone.

I can't wait to see if Bob is waiting inside our office when I return on Monday.
Even if he's not, I may text a photo of him to Marie, just to mess with her.
Muah ha ha (evil laugh)

Staples Coupon $30 Off a $60 Purchase

Happy Saturday, everyone! I had a wasted day, re-watching the Desperate Housewives series and napping, then went into manic-mode around 5pm to compensate for all the laziness. Since then, I've organized my closet, cleaned my shoes and sorted them into piles to keep, give away, and attempt to sell. Oh, and I made a scrumptious chicken and sausage gumbo with brown rice for dinner. Oh! AND I'm typing this while on the treadmill! I'm pretty sure the moral of this story is that you should never feel bad for indulging in a lazy weekend - you can always make up for it later.

Anyway, the point of this blog post is actually that I have a really great Staples coupon that expires TODAY and I'd like to give it away, rather than have it go to waste. First come, first served, so if you try to use it and it's still 4/9/16 but it doesn't work, someone beat you to it.

Staples: $30 off a purchase of $60 or more using promo code 6481 1030 8390 1477
The order can be placed online or over the phone.

Oooh, I just thought of another moral to this story. It pays to read my blog!

Late to the Party

Hey, guess what?

Go to www.KittyDeschanel.com.


After years and years of blogging, I finally have my very own custom domain name! It wasn't as expensive as I thought (hooray for online coupon codes!) and it was easy to do. Well...eventually it was easy.

Funny enough, since Monday I have spent HOURS trying to figure out how to make my old site and new site work together. Then, reading the exact same instructions I've read a dozen times, this morning it seemed as clear as glass and it actually worked. Well...almost. For some reason, www.KittyDeschanel.com is working but KittyDeschanel.com is not, even though my Blogger setting specifically states that this should work.

*grumble*

Here's to hoping the magical internet fairies fix this little snag while I'm at work today. Have a great Friday, my bloggy friends!

*Update*
I was hoping to type "Update - the fairies have worked their magic and my website is fixed. Thank you, fairies!" at the end of this post, but of course it's still broken. Bah!

Email From My Dad

Reading this made me feel a lot better. Also, my suspicion is that the problem with #9 is the cemetery sold my family plots, then re-sold the same plots to double their profits and it's finally catching up to them. I've made the best parts bold.

3:23pm 

I talked to Jackie and Andrew today.  They were at the mortuary with Grandma making the final arrangements.  Jackie said she is doing OK, and Grandma is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.  Here is my understanding of the sequence of events:

1.  They brought Grandpa home from the therapy place on Monday the 28th of March.  

2.  Andrew mentioned that he and a hospice worker gave Grandpa a bath sometime during this time frame, and that Grandpa hated it.  He also mentioned that Grandpa wasn't doing well and slept most of the time.

3.  Both Jackie and Andrew said that Grandpa had a really good day on Wednesday, the 30th as he seemed to rally.  Usually he complained about being too cold, but on this day he complained about being too warm and only wanted to be covered by a sheet.  They said that his breathing and his voice improved and that he said he wanted a beer and also a cup of coffee.  Jackie had a beer at her house that they gave him along with a cup of coffee.  They said he worked on the beer all day and finished almost all of it.

4.  Wednesday night he was sleeping peacefully, and Jackie said she continually checked on him.

5.  They believe he passed away around 06:30 AM on Thursday morning.  They both said that he seemed happy and had a smile on his face.

6.   Andrew said that he was scheduled for his next bath that day, and he thinks that is why Grandpa checked out when he did.

7.  Apparently Grandpa said that he did not want any services, so they are following his wishes.

8.  His body will be cremated and his ashes buried.  The cremation won't happen for another 7 to 10 days.

9.  Years ago when Donna Mae passed away, Grandma and Grandpa purchased burial plots for the whole family.  I remember some of this and seeing Donna Mae's grave.  It was so long ago that the cemetery is having problems locating the grave and burial plots.

10. The current thinking is to have a family get together/dinner to celebrate Grandpa's life.




I'll let you know as this unfolds.
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