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Sunday Post #4 October 20, 2013

Filed under: Sunday Post — dianatierney3 @ 10:29 am


This week has been filled with some extreme lows and some comforting highs. As many of you may know, I had two dachshunds Bocce and Bella. Bocce a few months ago was diagnosed with a disease called Lymphangiectasia. She couldn’t fight it anymore and Thursday we were left with no choice but humanely euthanize her.

Bella and Bocce were litter mates, Bella having never been alone made it pretty clear she was going to need a new companion. So yesterday I went and picked up a 10 week old long haired piebald dachshund puppy we named Fizzgig (name inspiration comes from Dark Crystal). She has so far proven to be an adorable little furry band aid. Bocce was very much my dog following me from room to room and snuggling with me as I read. Fizzgig has started following me around and making me laugh with all her silly puppy antics. On the flip side Bella is adjusting to the puppy as best she can, though she has not taken to kindly to being pounced on when she sleeps or the fact that fizzgig lays in wait for her to walk by a corner before she ambushes her out of nowhere. Typical little sister vs. big sister stuff.


It has been nearly 9 years since I have had to care for a puppy so my primary book of the week is Cesar Milan’s  How to Raise the Perfect Dog through Puppyhood and Beyond just to refresh my memory on all things puppyness. I have also started reading The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen which has proven to be a magical book.

So between puppy training, book reading and continuing to work on my knitting projects I will have a pretty full week ahead of me. Though I will be getting some book reviews out since I am pretty backed up on those.


Sunday Post #3 September 22, 2013

Filed under: Sunday Post — dianatierney3 @ 10:06 pm


This week has been an emotional roller coaster. My dog ended up having to go to the animal hospital overnight and we found that she has a disease called Lymphangiectasia, basically she has a chronic form of protein losing enteropethy. Now that she and my emotions have both stabilized I’ll be spending a great deal of time studying her treatment, which will be mostly controlled by diet. It will also mean a return to my regularly scheduled postings.

When I wasn’t dealing with the dog issues, I was trying to find ways to distract myself. I’m half way through “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic” and am loving every bit of it.

I have also, somewhat surprisingly, managed to finish the back of the 7th Doctor sweater that I am making. It really is amazing what you can get done when you want a distraction.

I did get the opportunity to go out and have some fun. A group of friends and I got together and went to see the Wizard of Oz at the Pantages. It was really entertaining. Andrew Lloyd Webber added some music to it and the dialogue in general was updated so that it could appeal to both adults and children alike. Also, if you are heading over to the Hollywood area, I recommend Wood and Vine restaurant. A charming restaurant that specializes in local sustainable food.

Wood and Vine
(I not only fell in love with the food but the atmosphere was spectacular)

This week I will be doing some more postings, including book reviews, Top Ten Tuesday and a celebration of banned book week.


Sunday Post #2 September 15, 2013

Filed under: Sunday Post — dianatierney3 @ 12:46 pm


This week has been a week of getting back into the swing of things. The vacation is over, the husband is shipped off back to work.

Bookwise: Well I can’t read a book a day like I did when I was on vacation. I have started The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, which is thick enough to last me a few weeks. I will be reviewing the majority of the books I read on vacation, but they will be coming about in maybe 2 a week.

Now that vacation time is over, I am so very ready for all things fall. Which means I am dusting off my fall seasonal recipes for my own enjoyment and for the next food swap I have coming up in October. Yesterday I made a half dozen jars of pomegranate jelly, and at some point either today or later in the week I’ll be making carrot cake preserves. It depends on how much time I will have this week, I’ve got an educational conference coming up on Saturday that I have been working on for months.

That’s the thing with events, you work on them for months, plan for what seems like ages and then as it gets closer, you just want to get it over with.

Also on a good note, this Saturday I will be see a little ole musical called “The Wizard of Oz” at the Pantageous. My love of Wizard of Oz is like Doctor Who, it never gets old.

Blogwise: Along with some more book reviews I’ll be getting back into Top Ten Tuesdays, posting some more stuff on the original Doctor Who series and taking a look at a sustainable chocolate farm that I toured in Costa Rica.

So that’s my week in a nutshell, I suppose I should get to it. The Sunday Post is hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer


The Sunday Post August 18, 2013

Filed under: Sunday Post — dianatierney3 @ 3:53 pm


This last week has just flown by, I managed to get some reading in, and a little bit of knitting.

In books, I have recently finished Gorgeous and will be posting a review shortly. I am almost finished with Life after Life and will hopefully get a review of it up this week, assuming I have time.

When it comes to my Doctor Who Jumper it feels like it’s taking forever to finish the back side of the sweater! I have another sweater and a scarf to go before Gallifrey One and I am already starting to get nervous about finishing it in time even though I have a good 6 months before the convention.

I got to go to another food swap yesterday. Huntington Beach just got their first one started, it was a pleasant little one that has a lot of potential to grow. I can’t decide what I am happier about, the dragon fruit I plan on trying to grow or the gorgeous fig jam I got my hands on. I was happy I was able to clear out some more jars from my cabinet and to meet some new people.

This week I have some pretty cool things going on. The husband is coming home for a visit from Afghanistan. The week will be filled with fun, friends and some quality time together….and packing. I’ve got that little ol’ tropical vacation coming up.

So that’s what I’ve got coming up in my week. The Sunday post is hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer