Vocabulary Building Project Blog Hop! Mystery Solved.

Hey It’s Jet, Savannah and Texas Here.

By now, you probably figured out that Texas, Savannah and I have put our collective fur together, (ok, our Moms helped, too), to make the Vocabulary Building Project an official Blog Hop!

We enjoyed giving you hints all week: click here for here for Texas’ post, here for Savannah’s post, and here for my post in case you missed them..

How did we begin? Texas and Savannah turn to Jet…you better tell this part, Jet…

Oh, Ok…Jet Here… let me tell you how Mom and I started this a long time ago on our blog:

Mom’s Papa always asked his children and grandchildren to keep pen and paper beside their beds so when they read their books and came upon an unknown word they could jot it down to look up later. When the family got together they played lots of vocabulary building games. So, when Mom and I began blogging, she wanted to avoid word ruts.

Last spring, Mom inquired whether Savannah and Miss Linda might like to collaborate (VBP) on making VBP a hop… Savannah and Miss Linda introduced us to Texas and Miss Carine creating the VBP Planning Committee.

We’ve been working diligently (VBP) ever since! Miss Ann, Zoey and Maggie from Zoolatry created a pawsome badge, which Miss Carine did really high tech thingies to! Check out Zoey, Prop Mistress extraordinaire, helping with badge arrangements.

First, she made sure the dictionary was sitting properly (VBP) on the table… (notice it is our very special dictionary with all our initials on it)…

Then she had to hop up to make sure it was going to stay straight for the photo shoot and she wanted to see if she could get the bookmark stuck in too…

Great job Zoey, thanks for the help!… as you can see, our VBP Badge is pawfect!

So let’s all talk about what to do now…

How to pawticipate


The Vocab Building Project, or VBP, is a blog hop that invites you to

learn new vocabulary and how to use it,

have fun in the process, using new words in a weekly blog post,

discover new blogs and make new friends.


What do you have to do? It is very simple.

  1. Every Thursday, Jet, Savannah, and Texas will write a blog post containing 2 to 3 words or expressions that are not often used in their blog posts (see examples here, here, and here),
  2. If you decide to join us in the fun, you have one week (you can pick any day you wish, from Thursday to the next Wednesday, that’s how flexible this blog hop is!) to write a blog post containing 2 to 3 words or expressions that you do not use often – it does not have to be the same as the hosts’, this is your choice,
  3. Pick one of the following badges by copying its code below (select the text in the box, right-click on selected code and copy), paste the code in your post (you have to paste it in the Text/HTML section when you write your post), write your post and don’t forget to add (VBP) after each new word you are using. We strongly suggest you only use 2-3 just to keep it easy and interesting,
  4. When your post is online, enter its URL/permalink by clicking on the Inlinkz image that you will find at the bottom of our Thursday VBP post,
  5. The following Thursday, at the end of our VBP posts, we will link to all the participating blogs, so that we can all visit participating blogs.

Any question? Leave a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as pawsible!

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Another great Vocab Building Project Blog Hop day!



Unraveling the Moving Letters Mystery

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Have you followed this week’s clues starting with Savannah on Monday?

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and Texas on Tuesday?

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Texas thinks I might have the answer…

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Well, the craziest thingie is happening at Casa Jet…

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I had to contact Savvy and Texas via Savannah’s super cool three way transport tunnel… to request a meeting…

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Check back tomorrow to see if we solved the Moving Letters Mystery!

Another great, yet mysterious day!

Thanks to BlogPaws for sponsoring the Wordless Wednesday Hop.

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B4TC – Food Banks for Pets

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Texas-buildingBefore we begin, we piqued (VBP) your mystery of the fun kind yesterday with Clue #1 on my BFF, Savannah’s post yesterday.  Today, may we direct your attention to Clue #2 by visiting my buddy, Texas!

Mom disappeared from early morning until late night with a brief return mid afternoon yesterday.  Remember I mentioned she secured another part-time job?  Well, turns out, she’s now part of the Chef/Instructor team of common threads logoCommon Threads in Miami.   From the Common Threads website: “We teach low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals because we believe that through our hands-on cooking classes we can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, while celebrating our cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common.”  Founded by Chef Art Smith, yes, Oprah’s first personal Chef, Little Miss Kitchen K9 and I are proud Mom will help other human’s eat healthy.

joplin tornadoWe now understand Mom’s “pet peeve” that in an abundant country such as ours, so many humans and animals go hungry.  Multiply by a weather crisis like Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornadoes or Superstorm Sandy and lives can change irreparably (VBP) in an instant.

pet food donationDuring the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, Mom’s ex-Mother-in-law gave her leftover pet food coupons from her grocery demo.  Mom and her friend, Ellen, used a bunch to purchase bags of food for delivery to our Animal Rescue for an organized transport to New Orleans.

pongo warehouseWe know from reading, so many of our blogpals help out.  You may or may not have heard about Pet Food Banks or Pet Food Pantries.  During these stressful economic times, when so many families have lost their homes, unexpectedly downsized, or suffered long term job loss, food banks have made an ever increasing impact.  Pet Food Banks and Pet Food Pantries help keep beloved furfamily members in the home instead of surrendered to overcrowded shelters or worse.  We found a great site which differentiates (VBP) between food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and other similar terms.

To find national Pet Food Banks or Pet Food Pantries in your area, SEARCH either of those terms.

We think  Sugar and Kol will understand our lack of recipe today and still permit us to join the Tasty Tuesday Hop, today is our forty-first participating post!

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Another great, thank goodness for food banks/food pantries day.



Little Miss Pouncerator

Hey It’s Jet Here.

pizap-com13579540599831_ipad-searchGuess what?  We’re very excited at Casa Jet this week because a mystery of the fun kind is brewing.  Follow along if you’re curious beginning with my BFF, Savannah’s post today.

Mom had another full weekend.  She actually asked for Saturday off… no post, no commenting, just resting and some work that needed attending.  I gave her time off for good behavior.  Of course we had spa day!

um basketballSunday, she visited Nana and Poppi, from early morning until late afternoon (4 hours of driving).  She told us she needed to lie down for thirty minutes before feeding us a slightly early dinner, taking us on a slightly early constitutional, grabbing a quick shower and then off to her first UMiami Basketball game of the season. (Thanks to Grandpa who shared his tickets!)

Halfway into our snuggle time, the bell rang and rang and rang, which means Ruby wants to visit!  Little Miss Door Greeter pouncing dalmationjumped off the bed with so much energy, enthusiasm, verve (VBP) and voice.   The only hitch?  She used Mom as her springboard!  Mom uttered a huge “OUCH” as Little Miss Rocket Launcher planted four paws and 60 lbs. of forward motion on various tender spots of her body.  Mom didn’t answer the door, so JJ returned within a minute or two and excitedly leapt into bed landing on Mom in almost the exact same places, causing another loud “OUCH” from poor Mom.

Later when Ruby and Mom walked us, Ruby told us that she thought an old woman had shouted “GET OUT” and ran home to her dad worried that something was wrong.  Mom explained what had happened and they discussed how Little Miss Pouncerator didn’t mean to hurt Mom.  As you can imagine, we do not have photos from this event… however, I’m calling unintended mischief on JJ!  (again!)

Another great golden launch day.

Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life…for sponsoring the hop!  Click on any of the sponsors to join the hop.

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Follow Up Friday – Dear Blogville Edition

Hey It’s Jet Here.

follow-up-fridayOur friend, Miss Jodi, Heart Like a Dog, initiated this great idea to update readers on previous posts.  She created a lovely badge to go with her idea and has successfully turned her wonderful idea into a robust blog hop!

Saturday – Dear Blogville

dog chasing catWe appreciated the amount of time and care so many blogpals took to think about the difficult situation we faced last week.  Ruby let go of JJ, who saw and then zoomed after a feral cat while the homeowner had a very strong reaction.  Most of you had perspectives that resonated with Mom’s.  We have passed that way four times this week without incident.  No Mr. Homeowner sighting, though.

Sunday – Neve Makes Tracks

neve in packed car bwOur pack mate, Neve (we forgot to clarify she is a female!), stayed comfy cozy as Mr. Giovanni and Miss Beverly crossed either 8 states in 12 days or 12 states in 8 days, we forget!  Miss Beverly generously sent in this photo, which we thought had a cool composition.  Whoops, we still owe a bunch of comments from this day (Mom travels and spends very little time home on Sundays lately.)

Monday – Just Thinking About Mischief Potential

rachels rm door openA sliver of open door to a teenage room can really get your nose twitching!  Many of you wanted to know if Little Miss Curiosity and I went into Rachel’s room.  I, Gentleman Jetty, refrained from invading my human sister’s privacy.  Little Miss Can’t Resist did a fast investigation locating and delivering a wrapper of some sort to Mom.  Mom realized the source of the wrapper and quickly put a kibosh on further snooping.

Tuesday – Mom and JJ Finished the Book

SONY DSCGuess what? A few humans said they also read The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry.  Mom selected one of the recipes from author, Kathleen Flinn’s website.  She chose the Salad Nicoise because Little Miss Bon Appetit and I like almost every ingredient you see in the picture.  Lots of readers enjoyed the recipe, too!  Yippee!  Coincidentally, Mom’s Kitchen Counselor Newsletter eblasted Tuesday to some of our blogpals; Mom had a special thank you to them in this edition!

Wednesday – OCEARCH – Making Shark Tracks

amy sharkI would say the opinions were unanimous – great photos, great project, glad we live on land and do not encounter these 3,500 lb. creatures!  Several of you acknowledged and agreed the program creates a win/win for humans and sharks, whose populations have greatly declined.

Thursday – Mom Requests a Post of Her Own

blogpaws_conf_300x250Boy of boy, thank you for your kind words of understanding, empathy (VBP) and support for Mom.  I love you guys for that!  She worked on about 40 comments yesterday and hopefully will have some dig out time tomorrow, after her BlogTalk Radio show segment, too!  She promised to represent the Tropics as well as help me report when she attends BlogPaws.  What a leap of financial faith I tell ya!  She’s doing some of that nervous finger tapping stuff; however, I know she will figure it out.  (Coincidentally, she procured (VBP) a small, new, exciting part time job yesterday!)

Another great hats off to Blogville, week.



Thankful Thursday – Mom Requests a Post of Her Own

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Mom asked if she could have the floor, I mean post today.  Of course!  Have at it!

full plateI wanted to directly reach out to all the wonderful blog humans who have checked on me, my family members, Jetty and JJ over the last while.  We’ve had quite a bit on our plates, and like everyone we’re trying to balance as best we can.

I cannot believe my good fortune making actual friends during my blogging experience with Jetty.  Telephone calls, emails and texts now pass between a few of the blogging humans and I with regular frequency.

Many readers have recently written in via comments and emails to see whether they’ve offended us from the Dear Blogville post this past Saturday.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Your thoughtful and bountiful feedback has given me lots to think about and process.  Most of your thoughts have gelled with my thinking about the situation.

old computerSeveral readers have written in wondering if my comment function is working or if they landed in spam.  All is well, I’m just woefully behind.  When you kindly comment, Jetty and I comment back and subsequently go read your blogs and comment there.  For me (and my goals of blogging…) I want you to know that I appreciate your posting efforts and therefore comment to let you know you are not writing into the Ethernet!  As you may know from Jetty spilling the beans, I read like a turtle.  So, all of this takes time.  I work several part time jobs and as you also know from Jetty, I am laptop-less, tablet-less, tech challenged on a good day and working on computers from the ancestral period!

blogpaws_conf_300x250So, please accept a great big thank you for hanging in there with me and for supporting Jetty, Little Miss Happy Happy and me.  Guess what?  I’m taking the financial leap of faith and signing up for Blogpaws in the next few days.  I’m so excited.  I do not think Jetty will make the trip this time, however, I know I will have lots of opportunities to get my fur fix!

As Jetty says… another great thanks for the post, Jetty day!

We joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog (formerly by Cokie the Cat!)

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Ocearch – Making Shark Tracks

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Mom and I watched CNN this morning while she drank her protein shake breakfast.  We caught a super cool piece on this organization called OCEARCH.  They catch, tag and release great white sharks at sea and track them to help study the great white life cycle.

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In September, they found a large, 3,500 lb mature female off Cape Cod.  They named her Mary Lee after the organization’s founder’s Mom!  Yesterday, the tracker found her close to the shore off Jacksonville, Florida so they called the police to advise them.  Proper beach notices went out keeping the humans safe and Mary Lee safe, too!

Another great, jaws kind of day!

Thanks to BlogPaws for sponsoring the Wordless Wednesday Hop.

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Tasty Tuesday: Mom and JJ Finished the Book

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Remember Little Miss Book Club’s recent literary/culinary mischief?

Well, they finally finished the book on Sunday night… or was it Monday in the very early morning after a manly man might have woken Mom up at 4 ish… can’t recall…

SONY DSCAnyway, the book offers a full roster of French recipes author, Kathleen Flinn, made during her experience at Le Cordon Bleu.  The ladies fetched the following recipe from Miss Kathleen’s website because it features many of my favorite ingredients.

Salade Niçoise

6Thyme-lemon vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Coarse salt, ground black pepper

3Potato Salad

  • 1 lb. Yukon gold or new potatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot

2 tomatoesSalad components

  • 1 cup, about 6 ounces, cooked green beans
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces butter lettuce, arugula or other simple greens
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, such as kalamata or Niçoise
  • 3 or 4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped or quartered
  • 12 anchovy fillets
  • 7 oz. can tuna, packed in olive oil 

Prepare the vinaigrette:
In a small bowl or jar, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, two pinches of salt, coarse ground pepper and shake or whisk together until emulsified. Set aside until needed.

Prepare the potato salad:
Steam or boil the potatoes just until tender. Cut into bite-sized pieces while still warm and toss gently with the white wine and stock. After a few minutes, toss again. Toss half the vinaigrette with the potatoes, chopped parsley and shallots.

Finish the salad:
SONY DSCArrange the cooked green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, hard-boiled eggs and olives in a bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette. Arrange the elements onto four plates, top each with the anchovies and tuna.

French Tip: To keep the green beans crisp and retain bright color, boil briefly just until tender, then plunge into an ice bath.

Another great bon appetit day!

P.S. Thanks for checking on me, my Nana & Poppi, and Mom… everyone’s about the same…

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our fortieth participating post!

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Just Thinking About Mischief Potential

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Oh, Little Miss Typist got the assertive (VBP – vocab builder project) triple “NO!” from Mom just now because she pressed the keys which caused yesterday’s post to post again (think Mom fixed that) and the post Mom and I were working on to zap into ether!  She’s sulking now, behind Mom’s chair.  No worries, JJ, breakfast will still be served in 17 minutes!

Ok, back to our original thoughts… this is how my human sister, Rachel’s room usually looks to Little Miss Curiosity and me.

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Yesterday, Rachel zoomed in to pick up her ice skate blade protectors and here’s what her room looked like.

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You thinking what Little Miss Carry All and I were thinking???

Another great mischief potential day!

Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life…for sponsoring the hop!  Click on any of the sponsors to join the hop.

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