Shout Out From Scout: September 2017

It’s that time again!  Now that Scout has turned one, I have decided to end this series with one final update and a look back at this past year.

  • Scout has maxed out at just about 40 pounds.  He won’t stand still long enough for me to measure his height!
  • He has a very short coat, and sheds very little.  He has long hair on the edges of his ears, and the back sides of all four legs.  He stays really clean, except for the prickly round stickers he picks up in the preserve.
  • He is still pretty nippy, especially when we try to put his collar or leash on, brush him, or clean his face.  He always bites my nose and earlobes when he is on my lap – but not a hard bite, just a little nibble.  Again, he struggles a bit with personal space.
  • He has claimed the bedroom chair as his own, and will go and lay in there when we are busy doing something.  He sometimes even stays in there when we are sitting on the couch.
  • We still have the doorway to the family room blocked, and the baby gate blocking the stairs.  We just haven’t had time to work on those areas, and we want to limit his access to carpeting.
  • He hates it when I start cooking.  He does NOT like the sound of frying, and either rings the bells to go outside or hides in the bedroom.  Oh, and about those bells.  That was the biggest surprise to me – that a dog would ring bells to go outside.  But he did, and he does, so they do actually work!
  • He LOVES to go in the car.  It doesn’t matter where we go or what we do, he wants to go with.  And we take him as much as we can.  But he has to ride in his kennel or he crawls over the tops of the seats and then jumps all over the driver.  No sense of personal space.
  • He loves all people and dogs that he meets.  He is still pretty jumpy around them but in a playful way, not timid.  I call it the “drop and dart maneuver”.
  • His favorite human treat is cheese.  And ice cubes.  He knows the sound of those drawers in the fridge and comes running.
  • He is so quiet.  He still doesn’t pant unless he has been running in a field.  Not just running around the yard, but full on running in a field.  He walks quietly, he lays down quietly, and if he wants something he will sit next to you and put his chin on your leg.  And just stare.  Quietly.  So the bells were probably a good thing for him!
  • He still does his Mexican Standoff when he has something he shouldn’t, or if he doesn’t want to leave a room.  He just stands and stares at you.  Without moving a muscle or blinking an eye.  He’s very good at it.  He does this when we are working on obedience too, and it’s really annoying.  Down you say?  I think not.  I will just sit here and stare at you until you get frustrated and walk away.  #winning
  • He LOVES sticks, and the bigger the better.  Our yard is constantly filled with branches and twigs that he has pulled out of the woods and then chewed to bits.

All in all, he is a fantastic dog and we are head over heels in love with him.  He is the perfect fit for our family.  Here’s a look back at him over the past year.

Scout is the one on the far left
The day he chose us.
First day in our house.
Look at those little pookie feet!
First bath.
I have a basket full of toys but I think I will chew on the basket
Favorite hiding place. “They cant see me now!”
First toy – from his breeder.
First road trip.
Puppy Kindergarten.
Sporting his first winter jacket.
Favorite place to hang out where he can see all of the activity in the house.
His favorite snuggle toy, which became his favorite rip-it-apart toy.
He always lays with his feet crossed.
Before he started shredding up his blankets.
Favorite napping position – in the kennel or on the couch.
Goof-ball! With crossed legs.
Branch Manager
One tuckered out Brittany.
First DQ Pup Cup
Helping Dad with yard work.
First water retrieve
J Chillin in the car
Snuggles with sister Amy
Snuggles with sister Megan
Staredown after being caught playing in the curtains
Keeping an eye on Dad from his lookout post.
First Birthday!

Thank you for indulging me in these puppy posts.  It’s been a fun way to document his first year, and provides a quick way for me to look back on his puppy shenanigans.  And don’t worry, he will continue to dominate my day-to-day posts too!


Weekend Edition: And just like that we slip into October

I don’t know exactly what it was, but this felt like a very bizarre summer to me.  I thought it would be long and enjoyable since we were having Megan’s grad party so early, but right now I am thinking about more things that we DIDN’T do that those we DID do.  Oh well, nothing to do but enjoy fall as long as we can now!

We were both home early on Friday, so we loaded up all of the Goodwill donations that we had gathered from the basement.  Two cars full!

Then we hung out in the Goodwill parking lot while we waited for our South China Island to-go order to be ready so we could grab dinner and relax for the rest of the evening.

New favorite meal!  Gary always gets chicken fried rice and I always get chow mein, but then we end up with way too much food.  Check out the amount of food left in that “single order” of chicken fried rice, after we had both filled our plates.  It’s like it expands as you eat it.

This also happened on the way home.

Gary had to work Saturday morning, so Scout and I headed out to LEPR for a beautiful morning hike.  It had been a while!

Then I dropped Scout off at home and drove out to IKEA to get a wardrobe for my organizing project in the downstairs bedroom.  I had it all planned out including all of the little containers I was going to use.  And they were out of the wardrobe and have discontinued it altogether.

So I came back home, we ate a quick lunch, and then spent the rest of the daylight hours outside burning and doing yard work.

We tried to watch a little television after dinner, but I crashed at about 8:00.

Oh yeah, remember how we were going to attend the wild game appetizer and craft beer tasting at the hunt club?  Well, it was cancelled.

Gary took Scout hunting Sunday morning, so I threw on my fall uniform and went grocery shopping…

… then came home and prepped our food for the week.

I had the last load of laundry in the wash by 12:30, meals planned and groceries purchased, food prepped, and was ready for a little nap.  But Gary was still hunting so I ran to Woodbury Lakes to return a shirt (and ended up with a new one), and picked up some lunch for myself.

Gary got home about 3:00, the last load of laundry went into the dryer, and I laid down for an hour nap.  Under a warm blanket, listening to the rain.  Perfection!

I made half a batch of scalloped potatoes and ham for dinner, and finished watching season 2 of Schitt’s Creek.  Then we relaxed together with a very tired puppy and watched some HGTV.

I’m not exactly sure what we are going to do with the downstairs bedroom now, but I am working on finishing up the organizing and then I will deal with where to store everything.  We may just put some shelving in the closet.  We also have much more yard work to do, so that will occupy our evenings and weekends for the rest of the month.

Welcome to October and battening down the hatches for winter!

What’s Up Wednesday: September 2017

As usual, I am running behind on my blog postings this week, so I’m not going to link up this month, but I am going to capture the update for September.


Since I was gone on Sunday, Gary made our menu for the week AND did the grocery shopping.  I think I’ll keep him!

Monday:  Steak and mashed potatoes with cooked carrots

Tuesday:  Ham and cheese omelets and kiwi

Wednesday:  Chicken breasts with left over mashed potatoes and corn (we had to be really careful with our carbs all day for this one)

Thursday:  Hamburgers, salad, and green beans

Friday:  Eating out


Our weekend at Itasca.  It was just so much fun!


I am really loving my new Ninja, and drinking smoothies for breakfast.

I started out with Strawberry-Banana, and then last week I tried Mango-Pineapple.  This week, I kept the same fruit combos, but I’m using coconut water instead of milk.  I have plain coconut water for the Strawberry-Banana, and coconut with pineapple for the Mango-Pineapple.  The Ninja makes it so quick, easy and convenient!


Home projects.

We finished the fitness room and storage closet, and now we are tackling the bedroom.  Our goal is to have that done by the end of the weekend so that we can move on to the upstairs bathroom.


Again, not really dreading anything!


As I clean out the bedroom, I am going to reorganize all of my sewing/crafting/gift wrapping.  I’m looking at getting a wardrobe to store everything in, rather than half a dozen plastic carts and containers.  I have seen so many ideas lately and am really looking forward to this little project.


WILL AND GRACE!!!  I may have to buy this to snack on while I watch the first episode.


I have a new show I’m binge watching.

Wealthy family looses everything and is forced to live in a motel in a small town called Schitt’s Creek that they bought as a joke for their son.  Great characters, great story, great comedy.


I’ve been on an iTunes kick this week and have been listening to my playlist in the car on my way to and from work.

I am also listening to a new audio book.  It’s a little dry and VERY detailed, but I’m so intrigued by Eleanor Roosevelt so I’m going to stick it out.  There are actually three volumes, which feels a little overwhelming, but I’m going to push my way through this one and then see how I feel about it.


I switched out my summer and winter clothes last weekend, so I’m testing out some new outfit options.  I need a couple new tops, but haven’t found anything that doesn’t have the ridiculous sleeves that are popular this season (no thank you to bows, ruffles, slits and cold shoulders).  Except for this one sweater that I’m just waiting to go on sale.


Gary and I are attending our first “event” at the hunt club this weekend.  They are hosting a wild game appetizer and craft beer tasting.  Should be interesting!


It’s Cyclone Family Weekend at ISU in October, so Amanda and I are going to spend the weekend with Megan.  We are staying at a cute Airbnb on a farm.  Should be a really fun girl’s weekend!

Ok, I think I’m caught up now.  It’s been a crazy week at work and at home, so I’m not planning a Friday Favorites post this week.  But I will be sure to report back on the wild game event!

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Edition: This is not fall weather

Oh my goodness what a fun weekend I had!  I may still be recovering from that heat and humidity.  The first day of fall is no time for 95 degrees and 80% humidity.  It’s a day for scarves and hoodies.  But we are back to 60’s now so I will move on.

I left work Friday and drove to Hastings for the visitation of a friend’s father who passed away the previous Sunday.  From there, I grabbed Taco Bell and a bottle of wine and made the beautiful cross-country trek to Jordan to take care of Caesar (driving through Rosemount, Farmington, Apple Valley, and Prior Lake, I even passed a farm with long-horn cattle).  I was greeted with these awesome treats:

Caramel apple pie from the World’s Largest Candy Store and lime green Sixlets.  Someone knows me really well!

I took Caesar to the local park for a walk and discovered a lovely waterfall.

I was excited to find Red Pines – which I was able to identify by their pairs of needles and red bark thanks to our recent trip to Itasca.

We went back home to watch some Netflix – where I found my favorite new show, Schitt’s Creek, and play catch.  In the house.  With lots of drool.

Grandma’s can do that.

We went back to the park Saturday morning after grabbing an iced latte at McDonald’s,

did a little on-line shopping,

and then packed for a trip to the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area.

It was sooooo hot, so after our hike we relaxed in the shade and drank water (and maybe a Mt Dew) for awhile.

And then we hit the road for a little tour of Belle Plaine, and then a trip to the apple orchard.  We passed this cute little Town Hall on the way, with a gorgeous view of the valley.

Minnesota Harvest has something for everyone, and the grounds are completely dog friendly.  We checked it all out, bought some apples and doughnuts, and then spent a little more time enjoying the beautiful day in the shade.

We got back home around 4:30 and I showered and then ran to the grocery store for dinner.  Then we were back on the couch for more Netflix and wine.  We were pooped out!

Sunday morning started with an apple doughnut and then a walk around the neighborhood.  I didn’t realize that Jordan had so many cute historic buildings.  And a warming house right on the lake (Amanda, we are expecting a skating party this winter!).

I left Caesar at 2:00, stopped at the grocery store, and got home around 3:15.  Megan was home with a friend for a concert so we got in a quick visit.  The rest of the afternoon and evening were the usual Sunday affair.

I had so much fun hanging with Caesar and exploring Jordan.  It was a nice little getaway from my own responsibilities.  Gary and Scout drove down to see Amy on Saturday, so they had a nice little getaway too!

But I do wonder what Ryan and Amanda have in store for my this door they found in their basement.  I tried to claim it but Gary told me I couldn’t bring home any more old doors.  But isn’t it adorable?


Friday Favorites: I should have kept my summer clothes out

It’s Friday!!!  And it’s been a HOT week!  Of course, I switched out my summer clothes last weekend so I only have one pair of shorts.  If you see me Friday, Saturday and Sunday I will be in the same outfit.  #noshame

I’m linking up with Andrea again this week to share a few favorites.

I brought my phone with me on my walk this morning and snapped a few photos.  My morning walks are definitely a favorite!

The sun was still low and it was reflecting off the clouds in the west, casting a yellow glow over everything (although it looks more pink than yellow in the pictures).

One lone deer eating crabapples.  Scout also like to eat these crabapples.

Here are a couple of perspective shots.  The normal view of my neighbor’s secondary driveway from the road.

But when taken from a different perspective, it could be a quiet country lane.

Or this gnarly old tree in the preserve, as seen while walking by.

And then a closer look at the branch and fungi that look like an old ax hanging there.



So we have been away from softball for a few years now, and every once in awhile I get a craving for sunflower seeds.  I had Gary pick up a bag for me last week and I’m still working on them.  They are a mess to eat, but still a favorite snack.


I have been ordering household products online through Grove Collaborative.  I typically buy laundry detergent, cleaning products, and candles from them.  About Grove:

“At Grove Collaborative, we do the work to find amazing, affordable and effective natural products – from non-toxic laundry detergents that are tough on stains to sustainably sourced argan oil that will make your hair and skin glow.

Life is too busy for last minute errands so we deliver to your doorstep, on your schedule.

We work in collaboration with partner brands that share our values and vision. Everything you’ll find here meets the Grove Standard:

  • Uncompromisingly healthy.
  • Beautifully effective.
  • Sustainably minded.
  • Amazingly affordable.

Grove Collaborative is a Certified B Corp. one of just 1,700 companies like Patagonia, Method, Seventh Generation, Etsy, and Ben & Jerry’s that meet the world’s most rigorous standard for businesses supporting social, environmental and community wellbeing.”

This week I received some special fall products and they quickly became favorites.

This isn’t an advertisement for Grove, and I’m not receiving anything from them, just sharing some fun fall products!  In fact, I go back and forth on whether I’m going to keep my subscription.  I do like the convenience of home delivery, but all of these products are also available at Target.  And it’s funny, I wouldn’t buy them at Target because I usually go for the cheapest brand when they are side by side.  But they are definitely healthier and better for the planet, so probably worth the extra cost.


I love decorating the house for fall.  Here are a few favorites.  Sorry for all of the shadows, we have the worst light in our house.


I think Scout has taken on some cat-like tendencies.  First the armchair perch from a week or so ago.

And now this.  And please keep in mind that Gary never allowed our other two dogs to set as much as a toenail on the furniture.  #mellowingwithage

Maybe Scout’s keeping his neck warm?  And don’t mind the messed up pillows on the window seat, that has been my favorite napping spot every night this week.

I have big plans for the weekend with my grand-puppy, and I’m glad the weather is going to be nice so we can go on some long walks.  Hope you have a great weekend too!