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Sue's Muse, Gilbert - Homecoming


By Sue Ommen

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
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Gilbert came home the week before Halloween. Once inside the door of our house, Gilbert cautiously surveyed his surroundings, sniffing everywhere before settling in.

The festivities started after a hurried supper. The doorbell rang, announcing the arrival of family to help in one of our hallowed family traditions, carving pumpkins. Busy schedules had revealed this night as the only one open to all.

Gilbert rushed to welcome the visitors, excitedly greeting Oliver, then age 2, giving his face a good licking. Gilbert loves people, especially children.

Soon, everyone was fixated on the main event. Pumpkins of varying sizes were brought in and laid out on the prepared newspaper by our daughter, Gina, and husband, Michael. Lids were cut and pumpkin guts pitched by granddaughter, Natalie, and friend, Carson, a few flying onto the floor. Gilbert sniffed at the mushy mixture and seeds, trying to determine if they were good tasting enough to snitch off the floor.

Creative juices flowed as the children debated designs. My artist husband, Lu, drew a few of their ideas on the waiting jack-o’-lanterns. Safe carving tools were handed out, while Lu wielded a sharp knife. Then the carving began in a cacophony of sounds and smells and noisy fun, all confusion to a dog used to the order of his former habitat. Gilbert clearly wanted to be involved in the action, sniffing pumpkin remains, occasionally getting his back scratched.

We had been told at Can Do Canines that Lu needed to be his primary handler for a month, so the two of them could bond. As Lu was busy with kids and pumpkins, I tried to make Gilbert feel welcome and at the same time steer him clear of being underfoot, all the while trying not to be too hands-on.

Finally, artistic efforts exhausted, seven googly eyed, spooky and funny pumpkins stared back at us. Lights blinked as cameras captured the moment with much silliness and smiles.

Everyone donned warm gear and trouped outside, carrying pumpkins. The night was dark as my husband placed the candles inside the pumpkins, lighting up the ghoulish grins. Gilbert’s bright eyes took in this yearly tradition, not realizing he now had been initiated into our extended family.

Our daughter and the older children trooped off to delight in being scared by a haunted house. Oliver, too young to enjoy the Monster Bash, waited in the car with Gina. We happily .....
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
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How are Halloween and political campaigns alike? a. Participants ask for stuff b. Participants disguise their true identity c. Both cost big bucks d. Both can be scary e. All of the above And the answer is E. All of the above! According to se ..... 
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A View from the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
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On Being an Ecotourist, Right at Home I step outside for a walk in the bright yellow forest of early fall. Although I’ve walked these paths for for most of my life, I am still filled with wonder and questions about what I am observing. For exa ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
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Brown Sauce- You Don’t Know What You’re Missing Brown sauce? What is Becky talking about today? The name doesn’t sound all that appealing, but it’s pretty heavenly stuff. If you haven’t heard of it before, brown sauce is a popular British ..... 
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Sue's Muse - 9.21.15

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
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Gilbert - searching for a service dog The day has begun. My husband swings his bare feet off the bed and greets our black lab, who is dancing about next to the bed. “Get my socks, Gilbert,” he commands, and the dog excitedly scampers off to the ..... 
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A little of This, A little of That - 9.14.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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Hats off to the growers, Who raise the crops and tend the livestock! I’ve tried to grow fruits and vegetables. It is hard work. True, the only animals I have ever tended are several cats and l dog. I know that any animal I took care of cow, p ..... 
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Real Bites - 9.7.15

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
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Meat and music To quote Billy Crystal acting as Larry in Throw Momma from the Train, “The night was sultry.” Yes, a little humid, so maybe sultry is an overstatement. On the eve of Friday, August 21, 2015, I had a hankering to venture out to ..... 
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A View from the Woods - You get what you get

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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Wilting in the heat, I gather tomatoes and dig onions in the hot sun, as sweat stings my eyes and soaks my shirt. I wipe my face with the back of my arm and dream of diving into the clear cool waters of “our lake” up north. I can recall many d ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from the garden: Zucchini intervention

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
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Picture this - its spring, and nearly time to plant your garden. Winter was a cold and depressing time. You’ve missed stepping out into your garden and picking fresh vegetables to add to your meals. You’ve missed being outside in the sunshine, a ..... 
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