One morning and an egg.

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Yesterday I had to take my car to the dealer. My husband said the key was hard to turn so he made an appointment, first thing Monday morning to have it fixed. I drive up to the service dept. door and it won’t open. The sign said to drive over the cord and the door automatically opens. I drove over the cord, it did not open. I back up and drove over the cord again. It still did not open. I get out of the car and go into a door and there is this long, long garage area and the service guys do not even look up, they are on the phone. They are at the other end of the long garage. I called out, “The door won’t open.” Some guy hears me and comes over and opens the door. He looked at the cord, this black think that looks like a hose, was in a crack in the concrete. “The cord fell in a crack”, he says. I got in my car and drove into the service area. I had to leave my car there to be looked at. My husband met me there in our truck. We go get in the truck and my husband said he needed to go to Pep Boys. We go to Pep Boys across town, because he wanted to go to that one. I sat in the vehicle and waited for him. When he was done I saw a McDonalds and said “Go there, I’m hungry.” He just kept driving. I wanted the $1 sausage on a English muffin. I was hungry and I had not eaten breakfast. I didn’t have time, I had to take my son to school and then go straight to the service dept. I waited forever for him to walk around Pep Boys and I wanted to eat. “Lets go try out the breakfast at Rail City casino.” They have this big sign that you can eat for $3.33 if you were born before 1964. It is a casino, not real big. We had eaten there once last year and didn’t like it, but I was willing to try it again. We were seated and I ordered to one egg, with hash brown potatoes and 2 slices of bacon and toast for $3.33. I also ordered a cup of coffee. I figured a cup of coffee was $1. I didn’t know because the waitress took the menu when we walked over to see the buffet that my husband wanted to get. They had a lot of breakfast items on the buffet. My husband had the buffet and so went to get his food. He had them make a yummy omelet, with ham and cheese and onions and tomatoes. He said “Have a bite, so he gave me a bite. It was really good. I waited a while till they brought me my order. The coffee was served in the smallest cup I ever had. I bet it was a 5 ounce cup. The food was cold. They must have made it and just let it sit there a while before they brought it out to me. I hate cold eggs or should I say egg since it was one. They coffee tasted awful. I started watching the Keno board and was marking the numbers that came up. I then told my husband to play a game with the numbers that came up a lot. He marked a keno ticket and played two games. The numbers didn’t come up. We didn’t win, we never do. The waitress brought the check. The coffee was $1.75. That made my breakfast $5.08. My husband’s buffet breakfast, which he had an omelet was $7.50. The menu said it was $5.50 because he kept saying his was almost the same cost as mine, but it wasn’t. The bacon I had was so fatty and tuff, I could not eat it. It cost $13.50 with tax plus tip. I asked the cashier why the menu said the buffet was $5.50 but they were charging $7.50. “Oh the buffet is $7.50, it is $5.50 for the players card, you have to be a silver or gold to get it for that price.” Great, I don’t have one of those. You have to gamble a lot to be a silver or gold. On the way out the door my husband went over to the $1 mega slot machine and played $3.
The wheels spun around and then the bar with a diamond came up in the middle. One flipped down on the line and one flipped up on the line. “You won!” He won $30. “Go cash out and quit playing.” He went and got his $30. The casino just paid for my yucky breakfast.

Weekly Photo challenge: On Top

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The Weekly photo challenge is On Top.

There are a lot of hawks sitting way up high in trees. I have seen them swoop down and catch birds and carry them off.
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There is a water pond down the street. It is a wetlands area. I saw a swan in it. I stopped the car to take a picture of it. It mostly had it’s head under water, probably eating stuff. I would try to take a picture when it’s head was up, but it would put it’s head back underwater really fast. I finally caught it with it’s head up and got a picture. I don’t see swans ever around here.
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There it is on top of the water.

Weekly photo challenge: Threshold

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The weekly photo challenge is Threshold.

I was cleaning the kitchen and wondered where my dog was. She was in the threshold of her comfort, sitting in my chair at my computer. Sitting on the floor is too good for her. She looks like “What….why are you taking my picture.”
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I moved her and typed this. I looked to see where she went. She is curled up on my couch now.
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Chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce.

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I was watching the Food Network Sandra Lee show. See recipe for the chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce. She made this recipe and it looked so good so I went to the store to get the stuff to make it. This is what I made.
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I bought chicken sausage. It is the sweet Italian seasoned one. It tasted so good. I saw fresh blackberries so I bought those to make the sauce. Use the frozen ones. There was not much juice in the fresh ones. I was lucky to get 3 spoons of sauce. The black berries splashed purple all over my stove, it was a real mess to clean. On the TV show Sandra has a all white kitchen, white stove and she was wearing all white.
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There she is cooking those blackberries on her white stove. She is clean, not one purple splotch in sight. My whole stove was purple, dotted, spotted.
I cooked the chicken in a stainless steel pan. My husband bought some new stainless steel pans, plus Sandra cooked her chicken in one. It got the whole pan black. It took me an hour to scrub that pan clean. My husband complained because there was hardly any sauce. I went back to watch the show on Sandra cooking it. She ended up with almost a whole cup of sauce. I got about less than 1/4 cup maybe closer to 1/8 cup.
I used zucchini for my veggie and peeled it. She didn’t peel hers and made her cuts long. She also had artichokes on her plate but I could not find any frozen artichokes in any store around here. It tasted really good, but next time I will use frozen black berries like she put in her recipe or even cranberries, that would be good too.

Dog Collars

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I buy my dog different collars. I just cannot just have her wear just one. I had a red one that I bought at Pet Smart. That thing cost $8.
Then I found different ones at dollar stores. I can afford to buy lots of those because they cost $1.
I got this cute orange plaid one.
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I got that at this at a new dollar store. I went back in to buy more but he didn’t have any. He said they sold out fast.
Today I went to Dollar Tree. They have some with bling. They had a lot of different colors for just $1 each. I got a yellow one and a black one. I put the yellow one on my dog today.
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She likes to sit up with her front legs up to see better.
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The collar was a little big, so I heated up a nail over my stove and it melted a new hole real easy. Then I cut it the length I wanted and melted the end in the fire. It melts real easy.
These are to other collars I have bought. I bought a black one like the yellow one and a red white and blue one for the 4th of July.
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I went into a little pet store the other day because I see people coming out of it with their dog food. The prices were really high in that place. They wanted $35 and up for their dog collars. He had a pair of nail clippers for dogs for $20. I bought a pair of nail clippers for dogs for $1 that work great at the dollar store.
There is a beautiful dog collar that I want to buy online that is all rhinestones. You can see it here.
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I am going to wait on buying that to see if my dogs neck gets bigger.

Weekly photo challenge: Perspective

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The Weekly photo challenge is Perspective.
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This is my dog just sitting in the car looking out the window.
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This is the whole picture. We are waiting for my son to walk to the car when he gets out of school. She sits and looks intently waiting for him. She sometimes lifts both feet and sits up like a person so she can see better. I can never get a picture fast enough but I did get one foot up.
Update: I did get both feet up today.
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She also sits like a person with her legs out straight. She did that today too.
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Dipping Sauce like Cane’s

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I love Cane’s dipping sauce. It tastes so good, so I tried to make some. I found a recipe that said they replicated Cane’s sauce but it didn’t taste line Cane’s sauce to me.
This is how I made mine.

Connie’s chicken dippin sauce (like Cane’s).
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup (I used Heinz)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 shake of Badia spice (all purpose spice). (You don’t have to use this if you don’t have it.)
Combine all ingredients and mix well. I used a small whisk.
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I made chicken fingers that were frozen, (They did not taste like Cane’s fresh chicken). My husband said the sauce tasted just like Cane’s.
I thought so too. The chicken didn’t, but the sauce did. Maybe next time I will try to make chicken fingers….or just go to Cane’s.

Squaw Valley and Mt Rose

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We drove over to Squaw Valley, CA to see the ski area. We have never been there. The Olympics was there in 1960. That was 54 years ago. It still looked really nice though. There were all kinds of shops selling ski equipment. The place was crowded. People were walking around in their ski boots, walking funny. I guess those things are hard to walk in. The only snow was on the ski runs. There was no snow on the ground.
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The Olympic rings were on a lot of buildings. There were a lot of people walking with their dogs.
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It was not very cold. It was 55 degrees (12.7C). People walking around in ski pants made a swish swish sound from their pants rubbing. The boots make a clop clop sound. I heard some guy talking to a woman, “I just flew my plane into Reno and drove here.” I guess he could not fly in closer to Squaw Valley. We checked out some restaurants but they were packed so we drove over to Lake Tahoe.
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It was windy at Tahoe. There were a lot of waves on the water. We did not see very many places to eat at. We stopped at one place but they were expensive. We saw a bar that served burgers so we went in and sat at a table. I had my son with us. They told us he had to be 21 to eat in there, so we left. You can eat in a bar in Reno if you just eat, but you can’t in California. The place looked like a dump anyway. It looked dark and dirty. We drove down the road and saw another place with a sign that served burgers. This place looked like a dump too. There were only 3 tables and it looked like a greasy spoon. I don’t think they ever cleaned it, but there was a line out the door to get their food. I saw an empty table so I sat down and waited for our burgers. It was a long wait. They were cooking a lot of burgers. Finally they called our name and we got our burgers. They were good, but then again, I was hungry. We drove to Mt. Rose on the way home. It is a lot higher in elevation. There was a lot more snow.
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The ski resort looked like it was closing. The wind was blowing so they must have closed it. It was blowing pretty hard.
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We drove home and I saw the news. A semi-truck was blown over on the highway from the high winds. The truck blew over and covered all the lanes.
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Weekly photo challenge: Selfie

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The Weekly photo challenge is Selfie.
I got a new puppy from the Humane Society about 3 weeks ago. She was 4 months old. She is the color of pennies so I named her Penny. I took her in the car, she sat on my lap. I took this picture of us waiting in the car. My husband went into a store. She acted really good in the car.
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I took another one and she looks better, I cropped me out of it.
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I have lots of pictures of her, better ones but this is a Selfie.

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