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Is CBD Right For Your Pet?

Is CBD Right For Your Pet?

This is one of the things that I’ve always had questions about ever since the first time I heard about giving your pets CBD oil.  While CBD oils have a proven track record with people for relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety, and many of the major problems with cancer in humans, their is very little research into it effectiveness or safety with animals.

I know people who have used CBD for pain and inflammation cause by severe arthritis, and for the pain caused by Crones Disease for a long time.  Recently, I met someone who is using CBD for a senior female cat with extreme hip problems.  This pet parent decided to try CBD after the cat had a severe reaction to another medication commonly given to pets for this problem.  So far the results have been promising.  Because this is a subject of interest, I plan on keeping up on this very closely.

The articles below are the most informative articles I’ve found on the topic.

We Gave Maple the Cat CBD for Seizures. Here’s What Happened
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about treating pets with cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

The Science Behind Giving CBD & Cannabis to Cats and Dogs
A growing number of pet owners are using cannabis-derived products containing high doses of cannabidiol (CBD) and low or negligible doses of THC to alleviate pain, seizures, and other conditions. But what’s known about the science of cannabinoid medicine and pets?

This Totally Infuriates Me!

This Totally Infuriates Me!

I realize that this article is from 2016, and some of you may have seen it.  When I first saw it on another blog, the person posted one picture, very little information, and no source links.  I just saw that somebody reposted this on Facebook with a link to the article.  I reposted the entire article here because it was too irritating to try to read it on the site with advertising popping up and sliding out about every 7 or 8 seconds.

I find it so infuriating that anybody would ever do anything like this.  I literally fell into tears when I read this.  I won’t say what I would do to a B@$&@*D like this because I’m quite sure I would get in trouble if I did.

This Poor Cat Was Thrown Out onto the Street with All of His Stuff

When adopting a companion animal, there are some people who may not realize how ill-prepared they are to care for another living being until it is too late. Unfortunately, this does lead to hundreds of dogs and cats being abandoned each year. In fact, it is estimated that there are now approximately 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. alone! Sometimes they are dropped off at shelters but sometimes their owners are so ashamed that they simply dump the poor creature on the street.

That’s what appears to have been the case for a cat who was spotted on the side of a street in Brooklyn, New York this week. Found sitting next to a box of cat supplies and a litter box, the feline had clearly been abandoned.

The male cat was heard crying frantically by passersby and shortly after, the Flatbush Area Team for Cats, or “Fat Cats,” posted photos of the kitty on their Facebook page. It seems that a street sweeper actually scared the adorable boy away, and so, Fat Cats urged people to keep their eyes out for the cat.

Concerned Brookylnites literally took to the streets soon after the Facebook photos posted, and looked for the cat high and low. They even found another stray cat, while they were on the hunt. This second cat, Martin, is currently in their care and is also in need of a loving forever home.

Seeing as though so many people concerned over the well-being of an animal they do not even know personally really should restore our faith in humanity – even just a bit! Instead of focusing on the flagrant neglect and cruelty this cat’s owner demonstrated by dumping the helpless animal on the street without food or water, we choose to celebrate those which are trying to help this cat get the love he deserves! We hope from the bottom of our hearts that this little guy is found soon and learns that there are some kind humans out there!

UPDATE: After many days of searching, the kitty who was abandoned with his belongings in the street – now named Nostrand after the street he was abandoned on – finally turned up in the backyard of a cat rescuer named Karen.

FAT Cats updated with the following:
“We immediately brought him to get vetted, and screened for a microchip. No microchip, but we are happy to say he is a healthy 1 year old male, FeLV/FIV negative, who was treated for fleas.”
“If you would like to donate for his vetting and eventual neuter you can do so here. We are an all volunteer group, no donation is too small and we are so grateful for anything”!

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The source for this article: The Best Cat Page

I’m Cutting the Cord

That’s right!  Next month I’m leaving Mediacom Cable and switching over to a new internet service provider, and two streaming television services.

When I first signed up for cable, I signed up for a package that gave me my internet plus basic cable for $119.00 a month for 6 months.  After that it was supposed to go up to $129.00.  At six months they raised the price to $149.00.  I called them and mentioned that I was told that the price was only supposed to go up to $129.00 after the 6 month package special.  They lowered the price to the $129.00 and I thought that would be the end of it.  In month number 8, they raised the price back up to $149.00.  In month 9 it went up $10.00, and then it went up $15.00 a month after that.

As of now, I’ve had my cable for almost a year and a half, and I’ve been paying $195.00 month for quite some time.  To make matter even worse, the new bill always cuts on the first of the month.  I don’t get paid until the third.  So every month I receive bills for around $382.00 a month including the next month’s billing.  They also add a $25.00 late fee for each month that the bill isn’t paid right on the first.  I spoke to the customer service and pointed out that my bill was always paid on the third when I got paid, and I asked if there was any way they could take the late fees off of my bill.  They wouldn’t budge!

So next month I am switching my internet over to CenturyLink which is pretty much the only other provider in town.  I talked to their customer service who told me that their $45.00 a month service charge hasn’t gone up since the day they set up shop in Virginia.  With taxes and fees, the monthly charge comes to $58.00 a month.

As for the television part of the deal, I’m signing up for Netflix which has all of my favorite shows.  I’m also signing up for Hulu Live TV which gives me all of my local TV stations.  By switching services I’ll be saving a little over $76.00 a month.

I can’t complain about the quality of the Mediacom service.  It was always top notch.  It is just the price going up every month that I can’t deal with anymore.  Now I understand why I see so many of those DirectTV and Dish Network satellite dishes all over town.

I would have like to go with DirectTV, but the management company won’t let up put up a dish.  We suggested that they could put the dishes up on the roof where nobody would ever see them, but they didn’t want to do that either.

I think that Mediacom is going to get the picture that they aren’t the only game in town anymore.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose a few other customers in the building besides me.

Finally Getting Over The Flu

About 15 years ago, I had my first flu shot at the doctor’s office.  I ended up in the hospital with a severe case of the flu which quickly turned into pneumonia.  About 5 years ago, against my better judgment, I let a quack bamboozle me into having another flu shot.  Strangely enough, the doctor wouldn’t even let me leave the clinic until I had the shot.  I almost ended up in the hospital again two days later.  After that I swore never again.

About 4 days ago, I was visiting with a friend who told me that he had a bad sore throat.  The next morning, my throat felt like I was swallowing shards of broken glass.  My head and my chest were plugged, and I was achy all over.  Until the parade yesterday, I’ve been hiding out in my apartment hoping that this would pass quickly.

Thankfully, I’m finally starting to feel human again.  Breathing is still a little tough, but it’s getting better.

I had the purrfect little caregiver to watch over me.

Land of the Loon Festival 2019

Land of the Loon Ethnic Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates the culture and customs of the diverse people who settled in Northeastern Minnesota. The colorful traditions and flavors of the early immigrants and settlers are re-created by a melting pot of artisans, crafters, musicians, entertainers, and welcoming volunteers.

The two-day festival kicks off the third full weekend in June on Saturday morning with an eighty-unit parade down Chestnut Street and Fifth Avenue in the historic heart of Virginia. Then the activities shift north to beautiful Olcott Park where the crowds sample the delicious ethnic foods, listen to the colorful music from countries around the world, browse among the hundreds of exquisite art and craft booths, and celebrate the weekend-long family entertainment hosted by Iron Range volunteers.

The Best White Chicken Chili Ever

I’m a chili lover from the word go. I’m not talking about the chili that a lot of my friends make and think that it’s the greatest chili in the world. They think that chili is supposed to be hot enough to melt the bottom out of the spoon, and they add enough beans to choke a horse. For me, chili has to have a good balance of seasonings, spices, and beans. This one really fits the bill for me.

This is a recipe you’ll want to be making year round, even as it starts to get warm outside. It’s probably different than what you’d expect with the label of “chili” in the title but it is amazingly delicious!

Ingredients

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

Preparation

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chiles, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.

Top each serving with cheese and, if desired, jalapeno pepper.

Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary.

Now before I end this, there is something that you should know about this incredible chili recipe.  This chili has actually won 6 awards from 6 national chili cook offs.  Unless you make this one at home, there is only one place in the world where you can have White Chicken Chili with this particular recipe.

That place?  The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Virginia, MN.  The chef who came up with this recipe is a regular volunteer there.  I’m most thankful for good people who donate their time and always give their best.

A Walk in the Park

Yesterday afternoon, a friend and I took a little walk down to the park.  I decided that instead of just using the camera on my phone, I would take my Canon EOS Rebel T3 out which I haven’t done for a while.

These are shots of a mosaic rose that is in front of the Bess Metsa Memorial Rose Garden.  In June of 2011, Artist Nancy Miller was commissioned by Marlyn Swanson of Virginia to create this most beautiful piece.

Further back in the garden are a few more little gems.  The pole in the first shot is something that was put up just last year.  Nobody has been able to tell me much about it.  Virginia spelled out in plants is something new this year.  And a carved quote by Robert Louis Stevenson.

There’s not much going on down by the bench next to Bailey Lake.  The ducks are taking their time getting back here.  I think they must have saw the new signs that just went up this year.

Yes, I’m the guilty party, or at least one of them.  I would take a bag of popcorn down to the bench with me and spend at least an hour feeding the ducks and the squirrels.

Things here in the northland are really starting to green up nicely.  I can’t believe they actually cut down the tree in front of “my bench”.  Toby took the three nice tree shots above.  I had to rotate two of them, but what the heck, that’s what editing software is for.  😀

Toby took these pictures.  This guy saw that we had a camera with us and absolutely had to have a few pictures of him and his dog.  We’re always meeting somebody new.

This is my bench in the park.  Almost 3 years ago, I started sneaking down there just to get away from everybody else.

The final stop on our little walk is this foot bridge just beyond the bench.  The bridge is in a small channel between Bailey Lake to the north and Silver Lake to the south.  During the summer you’ll see kids fishing off of this bridge all the time.  Personally I wouldn’t eat anything caught in these lakes, but they are great scenery in the middle of town.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This was a little experiment with a recipe that we found online.  I wasn’t really sure about one of the ingredients.  I’m not a great fan of yogurt in any form, but this recipe turned out fantastic.

A few tips: Letting the cast-iron pan preheat in a blazing hot oven will help ensure a crispy bottom crust, just be careful getting it in and out of the oven. You can use rotisserie chicken or your own leftovers. But what really makes this recipe stand out is the blue cheese dressing, which is mild enough to convert the blue cheese adverse. We used a 17″ cast iron skillet because We like the ease of the double handles.

The Ingredients:

1 lb. homemade or store-bought pizza dough
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 cup hot sauce (preferably Frank’s)
½ cup prepared marinara sauce
¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. heavy cream
2 cups cooked chicken, torn into bite-size pieces
½ cup whole-milk plain yogurt (not Greek)
½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. celery salt
¼ tsp. garlic powder
2½ oz. mild blue cheese, crumbled (about ½ cup), divided
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more
All-purpose flour (for dusting)
9 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

Preparation:

Place a rack in upper third of oven. Place a large cast-iron skillet on rack and preheat oven to 500° (or as high as your oven will go). Place pizza dough in a large bowl, pour a little oil over, and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic and let dough proof at room temperature while pan and oven heat up.

Meanwhile, cook hot sauce, marinara sauce, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted. Stir in cream, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and warmed through, about 10 minutes.

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add chicken, toss to coat, then add ¼ cup Buffalo sauce. Cook chicken, tossing occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until chicken is well coated and sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk yogurt, lemon juice, celery salt, garlic powder, ¼ cup blue cheese, ½ tsp. pepper, and 2 Tbsp. water in a small bowl, adding more water if sauce seems too thick (it should be pourable); set aside.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Shape with your hands into a round that’s slightly larger than the cast-iron skillet you’re using. Take hot skillet out of oven (watch that handle!) and place on a heatproof surface. Add a little flour to pan. Lay dough in skillet, then work edges of dough up sides of skillet with your fingertips (use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon if you’re nervous about touching the hot pan). Drizzle a little oil around inside edge of pan so that it trickles behind and underneath dough, which will encourage browning and help it release.

Spread about ⅓ cup Buffalo sauce over dough. Arrange mozzarella over, then top with remaining ¼ cup blue cheese. Arrange chicken mixture on top.

Bake pizza on top rack until crust and cheese are nicely browned, 15–20 minutes. Transfer skillet to stovetop (again, watch that handle!) and let pizza rest a few minutes. Using a spatula, slide pizza onto a cutting board or platter.

Arrange celery over, then top with reserved blue cheese dressing. Season with pepper, then drizzle with oil.

Do Ahead: Buffalo sauce can be made 5 days ahead. Transfer to an airtight container and chill. Blue cheese dressing can be made 1 week ahead. Transfer to an airtight container and chill.

The House on the Corner

This is the house on the corner directly across the street from Ivy Manor.  I have no idea of the history of this house.  One person told me that it used to be the mayor’s residence years ago.  Someone else told me the it used to be a funeral home.  And somebody else told me that Walt Disney even stayed in the house from time to time.  I’m not sure about that one, but it could be true.

The one thing I know for sure about this house is that it is a refuge for at least 20 stray cats that are going in and out of a basement window most of the day. Yesterday we confirmed this.

We found these little ones hiding in the brush on the side of the house.  A lady from the bar at the other end of the block came don to see what we were doing.  She ended up taking one of the kittens.  Someone else looked at the two darker ones and thought that they could be brother and sister.  His grandmother took both of them home with her.

It’s nice to see that the three kittens all have nice new forever homes.  Sorta made my whole day.

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