Archive for August, 2008

29
Aug

Kibbles & Balls

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 August 2008
Nearly four years ago, Marita Beth and I were “gifted” in the form of a very young puppy found wandering in our front yard. The next door neighbour had rung us up one morning at 0730 to find out if we had accidentally let our dog out. Of course, we had not, ‘Tia was still sound asleep in her crate and we in our bed. This scrawny, little cross-eyed border collie puppy became a source of neighbourhood searching for the next few weeks. Our next door neighbour’s kids put up signs, we contacted the Border Collie rescue society, the pound and the local pet stores. No one seemed to own or want this dog despite caring enough to put a very expensive shock collar on his neck sans tags. As TRF approached we tried harder but found no success. Eventually we had to make a choice: the pound, or the kennel? Since the pound wouldn’t/couldn’t guarantee he’d live through the weekend, we took him with ‘Tia to the “pet hotel” (kennel) where we, obviously, had to get all of his shots and papers up-to-date. So, $300 later, that little Border Collie became Cormac and the newest member of the family.
During his travails as a solo pup scrounging for food, he picked up the habit of absolutely devouring his food in as quick a fashion as possible. In fact, he could put down an entire bowl of dry kibbles in less than 10 seconds. We did lots of research and found no effective way to curb this behaviour, and four years later we still can’t slow him down. So, an old incomplete croquet set came to the rescue and in went three balls. The subject of my photo.
Balls & Kibbles
If you have any thoughts on how to slow down a dog that thinks he’s ravenous and will never eat again, I’m all ears. Four years later it’s just irritating and I wish he’d slow his eating. Five minutes after he’s done, ‘Tia will finally finish her meal and have a bit of water as a nice post-dinner relaxer. Cormac should learn from her.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 August 2008 )

Listening to:
One Tin Soldier by Coven
from Super Hits of the Seventies

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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29
Aug

Kibbles & Balls

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 August 2008
Nearly four years ago, Marita Beth and I were “gifted” in the form of a very young puppy found wandering in our front yard. The next door neighbour had rung us up one morning at 0730 to find out if we had accidentally let our dog out. Of course, we had not, ‘Tia was still sound asleep in her crate and we in our bed. This scrawny, little cross-eyed border collie puppy became a source of neighbourhood searching for the next few weeks. Our next door neighbour’s kids put up signs, we contacted the Border Collie rescue society, the pound and the local pet stores. No one seemed to own or want this dog despite caring enough to put a very expensive shock collar on his neck sans tags. As TRF approached we tried harder but found no success. Eventually we had to make a choice: the pound, or the kennel? Since the pound wouldn’t/couldn’t guarantee he’d live through the weekend, we took him with ‘Tia to the “pet hotel” (kennel) where we, obviously, had to get all of his shots and papers up-to-date. So, $300 later, that little Border Collie became Cormac and the newest member of the family.
During his travails as a solo pup scrounging for food, he picked up the habit of absolutely devouring his food in as quick a fashion as possible. In fact, he could put down an entire bowl of dry kibbles in less than 10 seconds. We did lots of research and found no effective way to curb this behaviour, and four years later we still can’t slow him down. So, an old incomplete croquet set came to the rescue and in went three balls. The subject of my photo.
Balls & Kibbles
If you have any thoughts on how to slow down a dog that thinks he’s ravenous and will never eat again, I’m all ears. Four years later it’s just irritating and I wish he’d slow his eating. Five minutes after he’s done, ‘Tia will finally finish her meal and have a bit of water as a nice post-dinner relaxer. Cormac should learn from her.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 August 2008 )

Listening to:
One Tin Soldier by Coven
from Super Hits of the Seventies

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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28
Aug

The Perfect Pour

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

27 August 2008
(With apologies to A & W)
My Guinness Stout,
it has that frosty pint taste,
frosty pint taste!
Yes, my Guinness Stout has that frosty pint taste.

I do love my Guinness.
Perfect Pour
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 28 August 2008 )

Chad by Cold Electric
from Cold Electric

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
Software: picnik.com

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28
Aug

Cicada on a Mini Bulb

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Cicada on a Mini Bulb

28 August 2008

Only a couple of days left to get any real sewing done.  So much to do, so little time. 

Both Kelly and I have expressed some regret at the boxes of stuff we’re taking home that didn’t get done.  But, progress was made, and we are responsible for our choices.  It’s all good.

In the vein of summertime winding down, it seems to be cicada-time.  This photogenic insect in my photo today was just hanging out—presumably keeping warm on a cool morning.  I’ve done a little research and learned that I believe this to be a Tibicen or “Dog Day” Cicada—an annual variety, found all over North America.  Commonly seen in July and August, here, I believe this one is in its final days.  Kelly spotted it in the MBistro and being a loyal Daily KRuMB reader, immediately pointed it out to me as a perfect photo of the day opportunity.

~MB

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28
Aug

Beading Complete

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Beading Complete

27 August 2008

I had a lot of fun with the beading design for McKenna’s underskirt.  I have finally decided, in light of the fact that almost-nine-year-olds grow A LOT in a year’s time, that the underskirt is done, now.  I finished my beading motif, and added the last of the accenting rimsets, and it’s done.  Tomorrow I will build her a little “Juliet” cap and call the project complete.  Or, at least as complete as it can be until she tries it on, and I see if I need to tweak it.  I am delighted with the results.  Her skirts, especially, are stunning, if I do say so myself.  I hope she likes the princess she’ll see in the mirror!

I can hardly believe that our time here is almost over.  The end of Bristol each year, is bittersweet.  How I love summers in Wisconsin!  And, how I long to be home with my husband. 

In light of the summer ending, today was the day Kelly and I had set aside to sort through her little storage garage, and move her stuff to a better location.  That wasn’t exactly fun, but it was rather satisfying.  And dinner, was once again with our dear friends Larry and Denise—tonight’s menu was chicken parmigiana!  Yum!

~MB

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27
Aug

My Goodness

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

26 August 2008
One of these days, I’ll learn to pay closer attention to the little focusing square in my camera. Perhaps it was the "late" hour, perhaps I was distracted by the subject. Either way, the center of focus is most certainly not what I would have chosen, had I but paid attention.
My Goodness
It is what it is. During the fall & winter months and bleeding into spring, this is my beer of choice. I will always prefer water over beer for overall consumptive purposes, but a photo of the water spout on the refrigerator is decidedly less interesting than a gaggle of Guinness bottles in the icebox.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 27 August 2008 )

Listening to:
A conference call

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
Software: picnik.com

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26
Aug

Conundrum

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

25 August 2008
Years ago a good friend and a good man said to me, "Kyle, anyone can buy an expensive wine. The trick is in buying an inexpensive wine that tastes like it’s expensive."
I’ve tried to live by the words, at least within my wine-buying world. I’ve not been nearly as successful as the man that imparted those words of wisdom to me; but I continue to try.
This is an inexpensive wine that tastes expensive. Conundrum.
Conundrum
A lovely, white table wine that goes well with every food I’ve paired with it. Crisp, easy to drink and completely wonderful in dry, Texas summers.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 August 2008 )

Listening to:
MOM’s Revel/Raggle Taggle Gypsy by Minstrels of Mayhem
from Then

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.2 sec (1/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
Software: picnik.com

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26
Aug

Faire Maiden

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

24 August 2008
A rare treat this year has been the ability of my wife to come to Texas twice. The second visit coincided with our 13th Anniversary which made it doubly special. On that trip she arrived with an anniversary gift from our dear friends Maron & Meredith.
Girl Glass
These are hand-blown glasses from Girl Glass (Faire Maiden Glass at Bristol). Once again I bow to those that shoot glass effectively. Even picnik couldn’t save the shot as much as necessary.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 August 2008 )

Listening to:
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Al Green
from Call Me

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
Software: picnik.com

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26
Aug

Working from Home

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

23 August 2008
Working from home on a Saturday.
One of the benefits of my job is that I do have ability to work remotely. One of the downfalls of being able to telecommute is the need to telecommute on days off.
Working at home
My laptop, my USB mouse and my television. Working from home does allow certain distractions…at least on days off.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 August 2008 )

Listening to:
Year of the Boomerang by Rage Against the Machine
from Best of Rage Against the Machine

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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26
Aug

Laptop Jelly Beans

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Laptop Jelly Beans

26 August 2008

Sounds kinda kinky, huh?  It’s not.  It’s just a midday snack while I do email!

One of the dangers of this faire is that you’ll find a friend (Stephen) who loves jelly beans and thinks you need to eat bunches of them, too! 😉

The Jelly Belly Candy Company has a “factory” facility, right here in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.  I’m told they don’t actually make jelly beans here—I guess it’s mostly a distribution center.  But, they do tours, and they have an extensive gift shop.  This package of candy Stephen brought for Kelly and I last week is the “smoothie blend!”  The flavours are:  cherry passion fruit, madarin orange mango, mixed berry, pineapple pear, and strawberry banana.  Crazy, but yummy.

~MB

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