Thursday, January 27, 2011

Selfish - Wendy the GSP - Selfless

Well, something has slipped into that spot I spoke about between Selfish and Selfless, and her name is Wendy.

As you can see she was used as a breeding dog. She’s currently in KS and is the foster dog that I am going to take.

The reason she is coming to New England and that I can foster her is because the New England German Shorthaired Rescue League has a veterinarian in Willington, CT who will do her spay and a tummy tuck and make her look like a normal GSP. This organization has the resources and other rescues don’t so I knew we could help her.

The gal who evaluated her for the rescue in KS has this to say:

I met Wendy the other day when taking her pictures! She is a wonderful girl, showed nothing but wiggles and smiles! She was fine with other dogs, can ck on cats. I would have no doubt she would be fine with kids. This is one very sweet girl!!! She really needs a tummy tuck/ breast reduction. Poor girl! She is just precious! I will help in any way I can!

Sounds like a lovely dog. Estimated at about 6 yrs old.

So, Wendy is coming to Boston -- as a Foster -- but ready for lots of love, walks, and naps. I don't think she has ever been out of a kennel as she has been bred every heat cycle that she has had.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boston Building Materials Co-op Article

I have been using the Boston Building Materials Resource Center for years. Anytime I can remove something of value from a remodel and make it available for someone else to re-use or re-purpose the item, I do. I have also used this marketplace to pick up building materials for myself or my clients, continuing the cycle of recycle. There website is WWW.BBMC.COM

I usually need to explain to my clients why I keep most wood removed for a renovation project on site during the entire project. First, if I can reuse it then we don't need to pay for its disposal. Second, old wood is dimensioned differently and can be very valuable for building out anything to a new or existing plane. And third, from an archeological and historical perspective - in 100 years when someone renovates one of my projects -- some of the wood and objects have context within the house. For instance, beams, floor sheathing, and wall framing material were often marked with Roman numerals to indicate their positioning. So I have saved old timbers marked with Roman numerals I to XV and then reused the sturdy and well preserved wood right back where if was initially purposed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chris DeBord’s Martha Stewart Doesn’t Live Here Barbeque Sauce

Only one thing better to do on a snowy day (other than skiing, but being somewhat of a fair weather skier, I'd rather wait until all the snow has fallen and it is sunny out) than relax and not work, is to spend it in the kitchen. So, today I am whipping up some pulled pork for a snowy get together with some friends. I put an eight pound Boston Butt pork cut into the crock pot this morning so it could slow cook all day. I rubbed it with some salt, brown sugar and Colman's yellow mustard and but a little lemon juice, orange juice and water into the crock. It is cooking nicely. I think I'll throw some cumin covered sweet potato fries into the oven and make come beet greens.

I'm going to Southern away the snow!

I have also been doing some work on the construction side of the house as well -- in case you were wondering.

Chris DeBord’s Martha Stewart Doesn’t Live Here Barbeque Sauce

1 cup unsalted butter

2 chopped onions – yellow or otherwise

5 garlic cloves chopped

2 ½ tablespoons Colman’s yellow mustard

2 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

8 tablespoons dark brown sugar

3 cups ketchup

1 can tomato paste

1 cup Worcestershire sauce

4 tablespoons hot sauce – Tabasco, Crystal, Durkees, etc.

6 tablespoons molasses

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 cup Bourbon (not optional)

Melt butter and add onions, cooking and stirring until translucent. Add garlic and cook a few minutes more on low heat.

Add all other ingredients except Bourbon. Drinking some at this point is fine however. Stir and simmer for 15 minutes.

Make ahead so flavors can meld. Add Bourbon about an hour prior to serving and simmer. Serve hot or cold. Can be used to cook or as an added sauce.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Somewhere between Selfish and Selfless

It has been nearly two months since Gert left the house. I missed her terribly on the first night when I had to go out and start shoveling the 18 inches of snow Boston received December 26th. She would have loved the snow; jumping over, through, and into the drifts, running after unseen squirrels, sniffing at buried food treasures and playing with me and the snow I was throwing off the end of the shovel. I had put her reindeer hat on the tree and remembered how she always looked at me when I put it on her head. "Really? You really want me to sit here with this on my head? I am not a reindog. I will sit here and not move, but you will know I am not happy. Hey, enough with the pictures." I had a tear or two in my eye.

So, now I have received an email asking me to take in a 7 year old female German Shorthaired Pointer that is being relocated from the Midwest. I am perplexed. This is only a foster situation, and is not intended to be permanent.

But wait. Gert was a foster as well. But the one reason I kept her is because I didn't think anybody would be able to manage her. She was one tough cookie. I thought it best that she stay with me. In the end, that of course was the correct course of action.

So, will it be different with this dog? I keep telling myself it will be. I will be a transfer station so that she can find her forever home.

Many people ask if I am ready for a new dog and I say of course. I was ready in my heart the minute Gert was carried away. There is always room for a dog. What I'm not ready for is the renewed responsibility of a dog. I like being in bed with my coffee watching the Today show and having no need to get up and go for a walk in the rain. I like not having to rush home, go for a walk, fix dinner, go for another walk, and do all that dog stuff. But on the other side of the coin, I do miss my morning dog walks and coffee talk with friends in the park. I miss the neighborhood walks and looking through the trash on garbage days. I miss the dog smile when I return home.

The question comes down to me; where do I want to be on the scale between selfish and selfless? It is a bigger question than just fostering a dog. It is about our time and how we dole it out to make the world a better place. Period. Whether it be a foster dog, a food bank, a neighborhood clean up, a political action group, or a donation to a charity -- where do we want to be in that chasm between selfish and selfless?

I am fighting with myself right now on this topic and all about a dog that will have a new home whether I give it to her or not. But for me, it is growing to be more about something inside me and my evolving world and my involvement in it.

It is time to grease the skids between Selfish and Selfless.