cody bear's friends


Once upon an October
October 6, 2014, 4:13 pm
Filed under: animals, border collies, food, photography | Tags: , , , , , ,

I’m sorry I’ve been so out of touch. Things have been so busy.  It’s amazing how adding a third dog can take away half your time. (ok…I may be exaggerating. ) This is my busy season, so I should have many things to blog about.  The question is….Will I have time? I suppose the biggest news is this: Your dear friend Pickles was selected to be the cover dog for the Arizona Border Collie Rescue 2015 calendar!  And I got to shoot her photo, as well as her May images, Nike the July dog, and October dogs Saxon and London!  The calendar is beautiful.  They did a brilliant job assembling cute dogs, talented photographers and the print quality is great. Here is my girl now, in one of the photos that didn’t make the calendar:

Pickles at San Xavier Mission

Pickles at San Xavier Mission

You can order your calendars here: http://azbordercollierescue.com/calendar_purchase_2015.asp In July Cody Bear turned 10!  O….M…G….. Time is going by so fast.  Pickles is 6 and Tralee is 1.  Pickles and Cody Bear still love each other, but he also enjoys sitting back and watching the two Border Collies play.  I love how he smiles at them. And every now and then he will join in the fun.  But he is slowing down.  And how is he doing with the new, high drive, loony puppy….?

Cody Bear and Tralee Bear

Cody Bear and Tralee Bear

He loves her.  And she adores him.  He is very protective of his girls and he loves having that role of protector.

Cody Bear and his greying muzzle

Cody Bear and his greying muzzle

In even bigger news!  Some of you know I have enjoyed working on my photography portfolio for several years now. Well, I was invited by the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, AZ to participate in their “Jeepers Creepers: BUGS in art” exhibition running from 10/3/14 to 1/25/15!  I saw the exhibition last week.  I drove to Scottsdale and dragged my parents to the gallery opening. We had a great night and my parents and I were SO impressed with the gallery and the diverse collection!

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly

The i.d.e.a. Museum is geared towards inspiring creativity and education for children and they’ve done a brilliant job keeping a collection of talented artists and making it interactive and fun for kids.  Please check it out, it is sooo much fun. Final October news:  Goodbear has gone vegan!  Today is day thirty.  I had a few off days where I couldn’t avoid dairy, but for the most part it was a good thirty days and I’m going to keep at it.  I will allow an occasional egg from my friends’ home chickens.  I know I won’t be perfect, but I’m going to give it a shot.  I decided to do it for health reasons and I could instantly see improvements in that department.

Goodbear goes vegan

Goodbear goes vegan



a twig in the mouth and a pepper in the roll….
January 27, 2011, 10:59 pm
Filed under: animals, dogs, food, insects, life | Tags: , , , , , , ,

so life has been happening.  lots and lots of life.  good and bad; mostly good.

but i’m back.  i will say…there has been alot of eating, visits to the vet and frantic life happening in the last few months.

the best breakfast ever was discovered:

hash browns on green chili sauce with a chili relleno breakfast burrito.  (i could only eat half)

insects are still being found:

and while cody bear had a bit of roughness in the past year, he’s back and better than ever:

ever playful, ever loving.

and his faithful sidekick is still doing great and making us all happy:

what a sweet baby pickles!

 



the sandwich crab.
October 16, 2009, 3:18 am
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i’ve gone to the same sandwich shop for work lunches for a year now….about once or twice a month.

everytime i go in i am greeted by…the sandwich crab.  a young, brown haired miserable girl.  i greet her cheerily each time and with every sandwich i am met with a cold stare and a nasty “do you know what you want?” or something like that.

many times i debate:  should i call the manager and complain about how crabby this beeyotch is?

months ago i decided, “clearly she HATES my cheeriness!”  and because she deserves no better….i will keep that shit up.

this afternoon i go in for my-veggie-on-wheat-no-onions.  she looks as miserable as usual.

she takes my order.  she meets me moments later at the cash register.  i smile and hand her my debit card with a jiggle of the ponytails.

“thank you!” i say as she hands me my card.

she looks at me and says.

….

“have a pleasant day.”

well, that’s lame…but more than lame….it’s pretty freakin’ congenial for her.  i wonder if that’s the sweetest she can be.

nice job sandwich crab.  nice to see i’m cracking your shell.



recipes for the cilantro lovers!
March 14, 2009, 9:01 pm
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buzzy is here so we can get some work done…but i’m forcing her to eat my leftovers from last night, blogging the recipes THEN i will work on the antiques project.

one has to have priorities.

first of all, i’m so glad that some of you wanted my recipes!  thanks a bunch. so here goes, from the kitchen of goodbear:

ingredientsgoodbear’s not-bad-for-a-gringa salsa:

1 fresh jalapeno pepper – chopped

1 fresh anaheim chili pepper – diced

3 medium fresh tomatoes – diced (i like mine chunky)

3 cloves fresh garlic(i sometimes use more!)

1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

1/4 cup fresh chopped green onion – green and white parts

1 can stewed tomatoes – dice the chunks

2 tbsp. diced green chilis

salt & pepper to taste

i like my salsa hot and chunky!  the night before serving, chop, slice and dice the peppers, garlic, onion and tomatoes.  mix em up.  take your stewed tomatoes, but before adding them to the mix, slice the tomato to your preferred chunkiness.  add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cilantro.

over night the flavors will blend and the salsa becomes a little hotter.  right before serving add the fresh chopped cilantro.  you can add it the night before, too, but since we have so many cilantro lovers here at cody bear’s friends….it stands out more if you add it right before serving.

serves 2 – 15 people, depending on how hungry they are and how tasty the other dishes are!

goodbear’s damn-i-need-a-side-dish easy corn salad:

2 cans whole kernel corn – rinsed well & drained

1 can black beans – rinsed well & drained

1 medium red onion – chopped

1/2 red wine vinagrette dressing

1-2 tsp ground cumin

1/2-3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

salt & pepper to taste

prepare the night before serving. in medium mixing bowl mix red wine vinagrette dressing and cumin.  next add chopped onion, corn and beans.  stir ingredients.  and just a little salt & pepper.  again, i like adding the cilantro the next day.  also, depending on what brand of dressing you use, you may want to add a couple extra tbsp.s of olive oil.

this dish takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare.  i have no idea how many folks it serves.

here is buzzy, enjoying her leftovers and working diligently on her defense:

working

thanks for stopping by!



an organized grill makes for happy guys.
March 14, 2009, 3:29 am
Filed under: food, work | Tags: , , , , ,

surprisingly, my boss had a good time at his bbq bday party.

of course he did…he got to grill!

meatwe all brought the food and he brought this cool grill that he usually takes to tailgates at the university.

now i’m home…and i will be working on the computer all night on a few different site projects that need to be finished asap.  i will take respite every now and then and hopefully i will find some blog pal’s new entry to read during respite!

pickles is chewing a bone and cody bear is sleeping at my feet.



we work….then we party. got that?
March 13, 2009, 4:04 pm
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we’re grilling at the office today to celebrate the birth of my boss.  he’s very excited. (not really.  not at all)

m and i are in charge of the vegetarian options.  here are my two entries:  chips and salsa and a sw corn salady type concoction.

salsa

cornso fresh and yummy!

let me know if you want either recipe.  they’re really good and the salad is super easy.



sans apron….
March 1, 2009, 6:46 am
Filed under: cooking, food, life, vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , ,

oh, hello there. welcome to goodbear’s kitchen.kith1above the sink we have my new lucky cat, paw raised and ready to bring me prosperity.  or…at least keep me from overcooking the asparagus again.

kith2the kitchen got a deep cleaning today because the pet sitter is coming later this month. i’m flying back east in a few weeks to see my grandmother one last time.

regarding the kitchen:

my dogs think i am an amazing chef!

no raw chicken is allowed in my kitchen. it freaks me out.

i make THE BEST TOASTED CHEESE SANDWICHES IN THE WORLD.  i have people that will vouch for this.

my border collie is laying in the middle of the kitchen floor.  she has eyes the color of coffee beans and she is waiting or me to drop something.

under my kitchen table lies my cody bear, a mandarin collie who has to eat four times a day and needs meds to digest his meals.

and there is a black cat with white mittens sitting on the counter waiting for chow.

there are always beers in the fridge.

and again…best toasted cheese sandwiches in the world.  plus,….i know my way around a potato, as well.

mangia mangia!



tonight…on “cooking with goodbear”
February 24, 2009, 5:27 am
Filed under: animals, cooking, dogs, food, friends, garlic, life, pets | Tags: , , , , , , ,

it all started because i needed to grill some sirloin burgers for cody bear’s class tomorrow.  soon it was the gang grillin’ at a friend’s house. i already had the dog’s beef, so i went and got the remaining grillers and a garden burger for me.

we start with the veggie marinade.  the most important ingredient? ajo rojo – a hot and sweet creole hardneck garlic straight from my friend’s organic farm!

bbqgarlic

ajo rojo

got the sauce ready while the baby reds bubbled:

bbqtaters1so, i got everything ready for grilling then drove over.  i baked the taters in the oven in their garlic balsamic sauce, then we grilled veggie kabobs of sweet bell pepper, red onion and mushrooms, as well as grilling asparagus in a packet aluminum foil.  and of course the burgers.  3 for people, one for pickles, 2 for cody bear.  and a garden burger for me.

i’m not going to tell you that i LOVE garden burgers.  they’re not delicious.  but the veggies were yummy!   one of the guys was in charge of the burger flipping.

bbqkabobs2

bbqtatersnow, here’s the final product, my veggies and garden burger in the foreground, pickles’ sirloin paddy in the back.

bbqplatesagain, all this just because i needed to make some sirloin burgers for my cody bear.  and he couldn’t even go because my friends’ neighbors’ dogs stress him out so badly!

bbqpicklespickles – “thanks for the beef.  give me some more.  please?”

all this after work, after the vet and before a long night of site updating which i’m about to start…..NOW!

night night!



the weekend begins with a shriek and a wag
February 14, 2009, 5:22 pm
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but first….a few expletives:  yesterday morning, a couple hours after explaining to a friend that my ankle was feeling better…i dropped a 28 pound pc tower on my foot!  as some of you knowwww, i’m a delicate flower. (“delicate flower” = “clumsy person with zero pain tolerance”)

but that’s ok, the day moved along and then friends came over, some even brought their dogs.  (hurray! say pickles and cody bear! wagwagwag)

party1i have a friend who owns a wedding cake bakery and she always shows up with the most delicious cakes:

cake1here the cross section shows the filling:  a dark chocolate genache layer with white chocolate mousse and then drizzled with espresso!

cake2oh yeah baby! and note the paw print. that is her signature.  she hides a paw print on each of her wedding cakes!

cody bear has always loved parties, but sometime around 11 he started getting queazy.

partybearand here you see pickles moping because she couldn’t get ANY of the dogs to play with her.  cody tried early in the night, but there just wasn’t enough room, so he decided to lay low.

partydogmoving on…

this morning pickles and i went to be helpers at the dog training center.  there was a class of 7 dogs working on their stays and recalls.  they were supposed to be able to stay with distractions.  well, long story short…(and i’ll preface it by saying SHE’S FINE) a dog broke its stay and instead of going to it’s owner.  he charged pickles.  she got bit on the shoulder.  it is spitty and tender, but not punctured.  she had a hard morning at work! (and yes…i was flipping out!)

we were all very surprised because this is one of the best trained dogs in class, annnnd…..everyone loves pickles!  two other dogs broke their stays and charged her, but just to say hello or play.  as you can imagine…she’s exhausted!

sheesh, sorry about the long post.  and this isn’t even half of what’s happened since i last posted 15 hours ago!  but…i need to take the munchkins for a nap.  i’m blowing off agility photography and probably the party i was going to tonight, as well.  i need to safely tuck myself into my neighborhood for the day before my delicate flower self gets any more surprises.

i’ll be back after the nap to tell you about the blessing of the valentines pineapple and to enlist your help in a new tradition!



that cheese is older than my puppy?
February 10, 2009, 4:40 am
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d. found some swiss cheese his sister-in-law left behind when she returned to california.  19.99 per pound swiss cheese.  the cheese wrapper states that it is swiss cave aged cheese that has been ripening in said cave for 18 months.

naturally i was excited to come over and make omelets with that smelly brick!  who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner?

cheese

you know what goes with that, right?

mushrooms

please note how FLUFFY my omlette is!

omlette

it was very fluffy…and large.  it took two spatulas to flip that baby.

i’m pretty proud of my evening omelet.  the secret is using water instead of milk.  and saute your shrooms first.

and pair it with a nice hoppy fat tire!