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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Getting Ready For Teddy

Today is one month since I lost Buddy. And I don't even remember March. One whole month. Gone in a haze. But I am trying to move forward and in doing so have started to get ready for little Teddy. Right before Buddy died I had started taking knitting classes. And I loved it. I was working on a pair of fingerless gloves. But needless to say, after he died, I lost interest in everything. Even eating. So the other day I walked into town and picked up this organic cotton yarn. I turned on You Tube and took a knitting lesson right here on the couch. I wanted to learn the seed stitch. And all it is is knit and purl. So I am knitting Teddy a little blanket to put in his basket for the ride home. So as I pass the time waiting to bring home the new baby lamb of love, I will knit. And dream of happier days to come.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


First of all I have to say I have been overwhelmed by your kindness, support and sympathy over the GREATEST LOSS OF MY LIFE....MY BUDDY.

This has shaken me right to my very core. It has turned my world upsidedown . At times I really wondered if I could carry on. Would I be better off with Buddy? Maybe. I didn't know a human could be that sad. And lonely. I didn't know a human could cry that much. You can. Right after Buddy died, someone told me you won't be able to breathe for a month. They were right. I couldn't. But I will tell you this. Having all you wonderful, wonderful friends in this place we call a BLOG has saved me. I don't know what I would have done without you. This is a great community of the greatest people I have ever been lucky enough to meet.

There will be a new little red toy poodle coming into my life around the 20th of April. And I can hardly wait for him. I know I just can not live my life without a dog. No way.John and I will be driving down to Southern California to pick him up. And we are naming him Teddy.After a very, very special friend. Thanks for all your kind words and encouragement during the darkest days of my life. I love you all and can't wait to share Teddy with you. Kary.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Greatest Loss Of My Life

In Loving Memory of Buddy..... the light of my life. Gone but never forgotten and always loved
November 2, 1995
March 3, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Auberge of the Flowering Hearth

One of my favorite cookbooks is "The Auberge of the Flowering Hearth" by Roy Andries de Groot. I heard it was one of Alice Waters favorites...so I had to check it out. On the front cover it reads " This cookbook is a whole way of life. What care, love and work have gone into it. I find it fascinating. I think people would just love it, as it is not like anything else around." - Julia Child

Inside in Chapter 3 it reads" On the floor of the valley,in the ring of the arena, rich green pastures surrounded the now-quiet river, with miniature herds of cattle and sheep. And, in the very center of the ring, with wisps of bluish wood smoke rising from its cottage chimneys, was the tiny village of Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse.From the wooden gate, the flagstone path led through the roadside front garden, with lilac and rose bushes, geraniuims and hydrangea. We were met at the front door by two ladies who own and run the auberge. There was a small hand lettered sign above the door: Auberge De L'Atre Fleuri."

In the book there is a chapter called "The Glory of the Potato."

Tonight for supper I am going to cook a piece of ham and I am serving these potatoes.

Casserole Of Potatoes In Cream
(Gratin Dauphinois)

New potatoes, boiled with the skins left on and sliced about 1/2 inch thick
Sweet Butter
Sea Salt
Black cracked pepper
Gruyere Cheese

Layer the potatoes in a buttered casserole dish
Add a splash of cream, a dollop of butter,some salt and pepper and the Gruyere cheese
Make one more layer and top it off with grated Gruyere
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes or till hot and bubbly

I am serving these with the sauteed ham, pocketbook rolls and mandarin oranges