Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hopefully, a postscript on our lousy Spring weather.

This seems to never stop. The light snow yesterday all melted away in the afternoon and then overnight we had another dusting. This morning Ruff and Axl checked the deck looking for their foot prints from yesterday.
And a funny cartoon arrived this morning in an email.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Another fine Spring day.

This is what we woke up to today. Ruff seems to enjoy it but I've noticed some very confused Robins flying around.
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UPDATE to previous post on criminal indictment of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who falsely predicted an early Spring.

An Ohio prosecutor who has light-heartedly filed a criminal indictment against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently "predicted" an early spring said he may consider a pardon now that the animal's handler is taking the blame.

That's right, Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, on Monday told The Associated Press that the animal rightly predicted six more weeks of winter last month, but Deeley mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil's "groundhog-ese."

"I'm the guy that did it; I'll be the fall guy. It's not Phil's fault," Deeley said.

As a result, Butler County, Ohio prosecutor, Mike Gmoser also told the AP he's reconsidering the charges in light of the new evidence and may issue a full pardon.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/25/punxsutawney-phil-handler-takes-blame-for-faulty-forecast/#ixzz2OaVk4prA

Friday, March 22, 2013

Follow up to yesterday's post on our frigid 1st day of Spring.

I thought this news story was quite funny in light of the freezing weather we are having in place of a normal Spring. This is besides the fact that the weatherman has said we might get 6 inches of snow Sunday night. For those of you not living in the United States, Punxutawney Phil is a groundhog and tradition says if he comes out of his burrow and see his shadow we will have an early Spring, if he does not see his shadow we will continue to have 6 more weeks of Winter. Groundhog Day is on February 2nd and the miscreant rodent gave false information.

Punxsutawney Phil indicted for false informing

FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather   


Officials in Butler County, Ohio have indicted a famous groundhog for the rash of cold winter-type weather we've been having. 

The indictment, filed by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gmoser, alleges that on or about February 02, 2013, at Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early. 

"I woke up this morning and the wind was blowing, the snow was flying, the temperatures were falling, and I said 'Punxsutawney, you let us down,'" said Gmoser. 

The suit goes on to say that, "contrary to the Groundhog Day report, a snowstorm and record low temperatures have been and are predicted to continue in the near future, which constitutes the offense of MISREPRESENTATION OF EARLY SPRING, a Unclassified Felony, and against the peace and dignity of the State Of Ohio." {See the full indictment here} 

Read more at: http://www.fox19.com/story/21758861/punxsutawney-phil-indicted-for-false-informing-by-butler-co

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thinking of better days on the 1st day of Spring.

The weatherman reminded us tonight that last year on the 1st day of Spring the temperature here was 83 degrees. Then he went on to say that tomorrow morning, on the 1st day of Spring this year the temperature will be 17 degrees when we wake up and not go higher than freezing. Truly, that old groundhog in Pennsylvania has lost his mind to say that we were going to have an early Spring this year. Either that or the townspeople who believe the groundhog have lost their minds.

So while we huddle indoors keeping warm I thought about some older pictures of my baby Rottwiler, Ruffin, and wanted to share them with you.

Here he is on July 27, 2007 when he was only 8 months old. I think that was around the last time I was able to pick him up.
Then on September 1, 2007, Ruff, along with Sassy and Mo, were introduced to our new pet tiger who gave them some concerns until he introduced himself.
September 7, 2007, Ruff paid me a visit in my den and my wife Jackie took this picture.
Just before Valentine's Day 2008, Ruff gave his mom a big hug and a kiss.
Then on March 8, 2008, we had our really big snowstorm and Ruff got his first taste of deep snow. All 14 inches of it when it was finished.
2008 was a busy year for Ruff. He was entered into a national photo contest and became very concerned about running against some little dog owned by a school girl who had gotten her whole school to cast votes on their cell phones. Ruff didn't win but he did make a lot of friends.
And 2008 was also the year in which Ruff met and kissed his first (and only) horse and left him forever fascinated by them. He has sat in front of the TV and watched several horse races since then.
What a brave little Rottweiler Ruff was when he first saw the horses walking toward him in the field.
 Now all he does is lay around the house getting heaps of love from his two humans.
  Spoiled Rotten.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I never get tired of this.

When we're watching TV at night this sort of thing is very distracting, even when there isn't any snoring. The reason it is so distracting is because I can't stop looking at it. Which is why similar photos appear on this blog. I just hope nobody else gets bored with it.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Even when they sleep.

Yesterday, while the corned beef and cabbage was cooking on the stove and the Irish Soda Bread was baking in the oven, my wife Jackie and her ever present protector were waiting in the living room for dinner. I enjoy watching how well her protector takes care of her when I am busy doing other things. Even when he is fast asleep. Here is the proof.

Axl is an old Rottweiler with the heart and soul of a guardian angel.
Hey, this isn't the Cooking Channel but speaking of Irish Soda Bread, if you are interested in an authentic recipe that is around 100 years old here it is. It was passed down to my wife from her Grandmother. I have made this every year and it is delicious.

Authentic Irish Soda Bread ( Landen-Osborne Family)
Recipe Makes 2 Loaves
Bake: 35 - 40 minutes
Pre Heat Oven to 375
4 cups. Flour
3 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoons Baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup Caraway Seeds
1 1/2 cups of Raisins
1 large Egg
1 3/4 cups. Buttermilk 
1/4 cup Butter (1/2 stick)
CUT IN BUTTER WITH 2 KNIVES OR A PASTRY BLENDER. Also works with the bread hook on the mixer.

Add large handful of Caraway Seeds and 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Raisins to mix.
1 large Egg
1 3/4 cups. Buttermilk 
PLACE ON GREASED BAKING SHEET. Bake for 35 to 40 Minutes.
1 cup 10x (powdered) sugar
1/2 teaspoon. Vanilla
5 tablespoons Milk


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

March 17th, and Spring is supposed to be only four days away. Woke up to this and the weatherman says more is coming tonight.

The Rottweilers are getting confused, and I can't blame them.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Dreamy Ruff.

My baby Rottweiler Ruffin could hardly keep his eyes open when I walked into the bedroom tonight. He goes to bed after everyone comes in from their late night potty on the front lawn. I usually follow him an hour or so later. After I get my wife into bed I usually check my email and surf the Internet for awhile until I know she is asleep then I go to bed myself. Ruffin seldom stays awake until I get to bed.
What a dreamy look he has. Can't hardly keep his eyes open.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The spots above their eyes.

What is that gives our Rottweilers their personalities? The way they look or the way they act? They are all quite beautiful and we feed them with loads of love and affection every day. Does the love shine through their eyes and make them look so happy? I went back through my huge collection of photos, I have almost 15,000 that I've taken since 1995, and found three I'd like to share again.

This was taken July 4, 2003 and it shows Mocha, my first Rottweiler, on the left. Nikko Bear, Mo's father, in the middle. And young Sassy, who was 6 months old on the right.
This photo was taken a month after we brought baby Ruffin home from the breeder in February 2007. Mocha never had any puppies but she was a very wiling foster mother to little Sassy and then baby Ruffin.
And this is my favorite photo and watercolor of Mo and Nikko that I had made into flags back in 2003.
It isn't difficult to see why I called this "Thief of Hearts". That's what they do.
Hey, I couldn't leave out one more photo of Ruffin, all grown up.
Or maybe two.
   Yes, I think it is the spots above their eyes.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bed time.

In between my last post on March 8th and today we have had a little more snow followed by a few days of rain and some cool sunshine. The Rotties continue their protests because they don't understand how much trouble is to clean up the mud they track in the house. 

Last night when I was ready to retire I walked into my bedroom and saw this waiting for me on the bed. 

What an innocent expression Ruffin has on his face. I just had to take one more picture of him. If only he would stay after I go to bed. Ruff feels he must take up the advance guard position in the hallway in case we are invaded. I still can't convince him that its my job to protect the family.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Protest on a sunny afternoon.

Sun and snow don't mix. The Sun makes the weather warm and when it melts the snow it makes mud. Mud makes messes in the house. Rottweilers don't understand this but the human who cleans the house does. For that reason alone, when the Sun melts the snow and makes mud, the Rottweilers stay in the house. So everyone takes a nap with the warm afternoon Sun streaming in through the windows.
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Poor Rottweilers. Nobody loves them.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

As promised, the boys get to play in the snow.

Nobody seemed to care about the promise of Spring. The sun never came out today but the snow was still fun to play in. I do stand corrected on how much we got. While the front of the house had only an inch the backyard had about three inches. The boys didn't seem to care. Ruff and Axl enjoyed every bit of it.
Ruff was determined to get Axl to play.
Then we had to come in for lunch.


Old Man Winter isn't done yet. Battle for early Spring continues.

Just when we started getting used to some warmer weather, we get some more snow. The storm that dropped down here from Chicago last night left a very mixed amount over the tri-state area. 30 miles North in Loveland, Ohio they had almost a foot of snow, 5 miles North of us in Taylor Mill, Kentucky they had 3 inches of snow, and in our area we got about 1 inch of snow. Well, from my experience with Rottweilers, I know they don't care about size or amounts. They're just as happy getting a piece of a biscuit as they are getting the whole biscuit. Same goes with snow. Here is Ruff getting his first look this morning.
And a little while later, Axl comes in for breakfast from the backyard.
After lunch we'll take a walk down back where they can all run around.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Sun came out today and we all went out to play.

Winter has been trying hard to hang around with some unseasonably cold weather but Spring is fighting a battle to uphold the prediction made by Punxsutawney Phil that said it would arrive early. So the Sun came out today and I was given a request that I could not refuse. Who could say no to a face like this, anyway.
So I grabbed the trusty camera and we all went for a walk in the back yard. And the first thing that Ruff and Axl did was to stick their noses into the ground. I guess that we must have had a few visitors in the days and nights since their last walk. Anyone watching these two would think they were Rootweilers instead of Rottweilers.
Once in awhile someone asks me "Where is Sassy?" since most of the pictures are of Ruff and Axl.  Well, Sassy did come with us but she sat down by a tree and watched over us while the boys were exploring. Sassy is doing fine with her new diet and the Levothyroxin pills are starting to keep her thyroid and weight under control, too. I'm hoping by Summer Sassy will be able to keep up with us.