Scientific Mischief

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Sorry we’re a late posting today, we had an extended morning snooze.  I’m still whimpering a bit over my tail situation and kerplopping a lot during our constitutionals.

annual bird countMom mentioned that she listened to NPR on Friday afternoon while waiting on line at the bank to make her biscuit money deposit.  Mr. Ira discussed the Annual Bird Count.

Little Miss Bird Dog and I discussed the issue overnight and on Saturday morning, we decided we might like to participate.  Remember my Avian Avalanche post?  We certainly have many varieties to tabulate.  And… as Jet – Scooby Doo Academy Ornithologist (VBP – vocab builder project) in Training, this would be a perfect independent project.

JJ and I sat right on the edge of the garage floor/driveway as I sniffed the unusually cold air, around 48 degrees.  I think my Cone of Courage elevated my upwind sniffing abilities.

human tangled in dog leashDuring this air sniffing procedure, I saw a big black bird with a large wingspan circling the sky on the wind currents.  We’re not sure what species, however, his movements excited Little Miss Bird Dog and I.  We contemplated communications; however, Mom anticipated our idea and gave us each a quick tug, so we did not wake the neighbors.

We did do the boa leash maneuver around Mom, giving us time to count a flock of passing egrets on our toes.  The squawky parrots cruised by next, in a 5-3-5 flight pattern.  JJ and I ran out of toes and decided to use fur strands to count.

8Of course, as if telepathic, arrogant ol’ Winchester paraded himself onto our path.  How could we help but do our job?  We barked our heads off!  Mischief you say?  Just because it was a holiday weekend and 6:30 a.m.?  Pshaw… it was all in the name of science!

Another great ornithological contributory day!

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Winchester the Weathervane and other Tidbits

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Our friend, Miss Jodi, initiated this great idea to update readers on previous posts.  She created a lovely badge to go with her idea.

Last night, I almost left the garage to join the ladies for our evening constitutional… until the rumbling started.  I cowered (vocab building project VBP) and beelined right back into the house.  The ladies went on to meet Miss Mary Ann and Dixie at Max’s corner; however, even they abbreviated (VBP) their path because the multi-colored sky perplexed Miss Mary Ann, our resident meteorologist.  She and Mom counted the seconds between the lightning and the thunder and watched which way the storm was headed to determine the best course.  They eventually came upon good ‘ol Winchester, atop one of the houses looking like a weathervane!  Boy that guy has some feathers!

Tech Update:

Maybe all the storms knocked some electrical reasoning into our laundry room.  So far, shhhhhh, since Monday, our light switch/make all the equipment crazy issue, has subsided.  Mom gently flips the switch and watches the equipment like a hawk.  Oh those Mr. AT&T people… the only remaining naughty behavior is with the removal of the teensy wireless thingie, Mom’s new, SMART TV is dumb!  She’s dreading the inevitable 4th call in 8 weeks!  Mom’s Kitchen Counselor blog should be restored in about five more days; then the fun starts because she still must have a new company fix the former issues.  Baby steps…

Tasty Tuesday:

Miss Susan from Long Life Cats and Dogs commented that to her knowledge, she has never seen honeydew in S. Africa.  New headline: HONEYDEW – MIA IN S.A.!  We asked her whether she has access to other types of melons like: watermelon, cantaloupe, canary, Persian etc… as Mom’s faithful Kitchen K9, I await her reply.  Also, we congratulate LLCD for making Le Clown’s blogroll in a heated contest… read on to follow the drama.

Striking Chimera:

Because Mom will not permit me to FB or Tweet yet, we did not know how many of you already knew about the striking feline.  You did not seem to mind the repeat and wrote in similar observations of amazement, appreciation and wonderment at her coloring.  Several of you wanted verification that the picture was not “photshopped.”  From my Scooby Do Academy approved investigative skills, the answer is no.

Another great follow-up day.

Moms Hands Were Busy

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Well, we’re late posting again and … well… uh… JJ and I must take responsibility.  Here’s what happened.

We’ve had naughty storms the last three days and you KNOW how we feel about storms.

  • Tuesday: I would not leave the edge of the garage to “empty the tank” or anything else from 2 p.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday.  Bless her heart, Mom tried everything and even whispered permission to “do what was necessary to be comfortable” in my ear.
  • Tuesday/Wednesday night: JJ barked, unmade Mom’s bed, whimpered and shook from about 1:30 a.m. until we don’t even remember when. I hunkered down in Mancave #2.
  • Wednesday morning: I made it one block for one quick “empty the tank” and then did a forceful U-turn right back to Casa Jetty as the booms began.  I really should be a Weather K9! (Note to self: look up meteorology at Scooby Doo Academy.)  I remained safely inside while Little Miss “I’ll take my constitutional like the mail carriers, through wind and rain and sleet and snow!” and Mom took an abbreviated walk in mild thunder and occasional lightening.
  • Wednesday afternoon: Ah… brief moment of sunshine, made up for some lost “emptying the tank opportunities.”
  • Wednesday evening: Repeat of Wednesday morning, more or less.
  • Wednesday late night: Desperation hit ‘ol Jetty boy and I allowed Mom to cajole (VBP) me into a super speedy side of the house major “empty the tank” visit after pacing for about five minutes while Mom said encouraging words.
  • Thursday morning: Woke Mom up at 5 a.m. and suggested an earlier than usual breakfast.  Mom gave in (15 min.) because she knew that this meant I was ready to take a walk and knew I had many missed elimination opportunities to make up for. Patient Mom.  I was this thingie called obstinate at the corner by Max’s house.  Mom allowed us to cross the street to see if she could distract me.  We crossed back 3 houses down in order to deliver Miss Mary Ann’s paper.  I planted myself like a sequoia and thought we would 180 back home.  Mom practiced distraction + patience and walked around the next house’s dumpster, and we took refocusing breaks when needed.  Two houses after, I was back to myself and we completed a most fruitful walk, if you know what I mean.

As soon as Mom went to transcribe my post, the sky opened up again.  JJ crawled on top of Mom, I climbed on the CPU and printer at equal intervals and well… Forget the possibility of Mom taking pictures! Mom’s hands were busy!

Another great, please make the weather better, day!

Thankful Thursday – 7:30 Phone Call

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Amazing what a 7:30 a.m. phone call can do!

So, if you read Monday’s post, you will know we’ve had some “tech issues” at Casa Jet.  What you might not know is Mom had a 25 minute phone call Tuesday with Ms. ADT and they could not solve Mom’s alarm problem.  They wanted to set the alarm off at 7:42 a.m. to “test something else.”  Mom did not think the neighbors would appreciate that test, no siree, bob!  She said thank you, and would call back another day.

Mom finally stopped procrastinating, wishing the problem away, hoping for tech miracles, etc… and called Mr. AT&T this morning to discuss: home phone (working on and off in no logical fashion), wireless working the same way, causing mayhem on computer, cell phone all of a sudden working sporadically, and internet going koo-koo!

Mr. AT&T spent 1.5 hours on the phone with Mom.  Here’s what the outcome was:

  • Unplug little Netgear wireless thingie from computer and hope things improve. CHECK.
  • Set an appointment for another Mr. AT&T to visit Casa Jet in person for home phone. CHECK
  • Transfer to Mr. AT&T mobility to discuss cell issue (Mom could not bear another long call.)
  • Test internet, turn off computer, reboot, etc… push lots of buttons. CHECK.

Mr. Mario called first (very polite) and arrived on time.  He liked JJ and I right away, so, we followed him around to learn a new trade.  JJ in particular may have a career change in her near future.  (She particularly liked Mr. Mario’s IPad!)

After some investigating, (my Scooby Doo Academy detecting techniques teacher would be proud,) Mr. Mario found this teensy weensy thingie outside wasn’t crimped fully.  Well, he crimped and then: home line had dial tone right away!  And, Mr. Mario recommended that Mom call ADT while he was doing paperwork (really IPad paperless work!), to see if that fixed the alarm problem.  Mom did so and yippee, yippee; the trouble light went away after Mom pressed a bunch of buttons in the order prescribed!

Now if Hurricane Isaac leaves Casa Jet alone, we may stay in business!

Another great, tech support day!

A Boy Needs His Toys

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Sorry we missed you yesterday, Mom ran around from appointment to errand to appointment to errand, etc… you get the drift!

One of those appointments was taking JJ to Dr. Shaffer (who as we’ve mentioned before has his office at the end of the earth aka far away).  Great news!  JJ’s ears have FINALLY improved.  She’s down to maintenance medicine 2x/week in the ear which had the procedure and once a week in the other ear.  Phew!

While waiting to enter the exam room, Mom and JJ hung out with a Mom,Dad and two little boys waiting to pick up their 9 month old boxer, Miles, from boarding.  Miles bounded into the area so, happy, he almost knocked the little guys over.  Let’s just say he would benefit from Scooby Doo Academy training!  When the Dad called for the boys to leave, the youngest remained on the chair, hugging JJ.  The Dad asked if he was ready to leave and the little guy replied twice that he wanted to go home with Mom and JJ!  Awwww…

I digress.  Mom took JJ to PetSmart across the street and I can’t believe what she did!  She bought toys for Austin (very nice) and NONE FOR CASA JET!!!! JJ didn’t seem to mind, she was way more interested in the humans.  Mom felt Austin needed the basics: a tug toy, an indoor fetch toy and another frisbee, his favorite outdoor toy.

Last night, after their evening constitutional, she surprised him with the tug toy.  She told us he wagged so hard she thought his tail might fall off!  He fetched, he tugged with Mom and didn’t let the toy out of his sight.

When Mom returned for turn down service, Austin met her at the door proudly showing off his new toy. He easily surrendered the rope while he went outside for last potty and then sat with his tail sweeping the floor patiently waiting for Mom to throw the rope for another round of fetch.

Mom helped him learn that she would give bedtime belly rubs while he held the rope in his mouth.  Once he figured that out, he relaxed and almost fell asleep.  No doubt he dreamt of open fields with lots of tug toys to fetch!

Another great tug toy day.

The Honor of Being a Champion

Hey It’s Jet Here.

On Thursday, our special feline pal, Savvy, from Savannah’s Paw Tracks, bestowed the kindest gift a Gentleman can receive.  I blushed with such pride I think I turned pink!  Miss Ann from Zoolatry designed the badge.  Miss Mary Ann provided my profile picture.

Let me backtrack a bit and catch you up.

On June 19, Savvy posted  several pictures with Marilyn Monroe type poses triggering the attention of several gentleman callers.  Here’s one of the examples that sent some of the “mancats to the icebox” according to Savvy’s Mom.

Comments posted on Savvy’s blog that day included:

  • The boys over at Katnip Lounge: “Boom Chicka Wow Wow:…Mommy! Fainty Mancats clean up in Aisle Three!”
  • Rumpy Dog had to control June Buggie: “Oh my DOG! *covers screen so June Buggie don’t drool on it*…”
  • Alfie, over at Mollie and Alfie …commented: “You is smokin HOT girl, has your Mum got a pole?? Yep as they say, if you’s got flaunt it, and you certainly have!…Can’t wait to see some more, I wonder if Mum’s got some Ice cubes as well.”
  • Kozmo, at Cat from hell said: …”Oh! My! Cod!…Nellie hid your post from me yesterday! Savannah-You are one hot Mama! I could go for a girl like you if I did not have my Calico Rose….Kisses…Kozmo”…

I could not help but post my own comment which began a swift dialogue with Savvy:

“Listen with the boys getting a look see at those pics, you’re gonna need protection… and I VOLUNTEER!”

Savvy immediately replied:…”Oh Jetty…you are so big and strong…I would totally feel protected if you were my CHAMPION!!! ….digging in box, throwing stuff out…searching…searching…can’t find it…but I will give you my handkerchief and you can be my official CHAMPION!!”

I responded right back, fast as lightening…”Hey, Jetty here. I would consider it a great honor to receive your hankie and take on the role of your CHAMPION…”

Savvy sent back her reply as fast as her paws could type…”ok, let me find that hankie and I will ‘award’ it to ya…”

Scooby Doo Academy can proudly declare that one of their Proper Gentleman Etiquette students became a Lady’s Champion!

Another great, Champion day.

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

Referrals from the Office Man Cave

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Many of you have expressed interest, admiration, curiosity about my two man caves.  Mom captured an office man cave moment last night while working on her University of Miami Fall Cooking Class Schedule.  (She cannot reveal the titles yet, however, let’s just say, the Jetster drooled a little!)  Whoops, digressed again.

Anyway, while in my man cave, Mom read aloud an email from this LinkedIn thingie from her Golden Retriever group.  One golden Mom wanted to begin training her golden in waterfowl retrieval and requested resources.

Because of my Scooby Doo Academy Business Networking class, I knew what to do.

  • State the need – Expert waterfowl retrieving source.
  • Brainstorm possible contacts – Mom and I needed only a moment this time to determine a perfect referral.
  • Dictate referral (s) and reason for referral to requester.
  • Sit back in man cave and preen (vocab builder) yourself a little knowing you helped someone.

In this case, the perfect referral directed human to Miss Linda from 2browndawgs.  Yup, the same Miss Linda who saved JJ’s life!  Because of our blogging buddies, we could make a helpful connection, whoo hoo.

Perhaps I should consider a virtual chapter of BNI! (They are international and chapter meetings begin @ 7 a.m., easy peasy for Casa Jet!)

Another great, referral, day.

Wordless Wednesday – Office Characters

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Mom’s friend, Sue, sent her another good one.  In light of the financial meltdowns… did I just dictate that? Wow, my Scooby Doo Academy economics class is really paying off!… bailouts, not so spiffy jobs reports, we wanted to ask all the humans … and furry friends where appropriate… can you relate?

Another great office environment day.

Thanks to blogpaws for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Hop.  (Check out their new badge!)

Tasty Tuesday – Tail-gating

Hey It’s Jet Here.

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

The NBA Championship begins tonight between our Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Here at Casa Jet, we will tail-gate… RIGHT MOM?  In case Mom needed some K9 inspiration, I shared the following link from Rodale for 5 healthy treats.  HINT, HINT!   What?  These require a dehydrator? Hmpf… this will not do… at least for tonight…

What Mom? … Mom asked me, one of her Kitchen K9s,  to share a human recipe capturing the Miami Heat theme as well as the backyard mangos which have started to drop. Then she requested a K9 recipe capturing the Miami Heat theme, however, with different fruit, since mangos are not the best for K9s. Scooby Doo Academy trained Investigator Jetty on the job!

Pineapple-Mango Chili Popsicles

Makes 6 popsicles

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions:
  • Start off by making simple syrup – bring water to a boil, add sugar and stir until completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool.
  • Add mango and pineapple to a blender or food processor and puree.  Mix in simple syrup, chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Pass the mixture through a strainer, and discard all solids.
  • Pour into Popsicle molds, and wait patiently while the freezer works its magic.  (Mom, The Kitchen Counselor, says you can make a granita if you do not have molds!)

Smoothie Dog Treat

  • 1 cup melon (no seeds) – (Jet: must be cantaloupe for Heat colors, unless you find a deep reddish color watermelon!)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana

Directions

  • Puree the fruit together in a blender to make a smoothie.
  • Once you have made the smoothie, you can either serve it straight away, (freeze in ice cube trays – our idea!) or freeze in containers to make a special fruit Popsicle. .
  • Don’t forget that you can stir in applesauce instead of pureeing apples for your smoothie.

Another, Let’s Go Heat, Let’s Feed Jetty, day!

Thank You Thursday

Hey It’s Jet Here.

This past week, our newish feline friend, Savannah, bestowed the Sunshine Award on our blog.  We feel honored and grateful.  Savvy, as her friends call her, has a sad to super story and shares her new forever home experiences in her posts.  She writes fun comments, too.  So, here are the rules of the Sunshine Award:

  • Link the award to the person who gave it to you. Check!
  • Answer the questions that come with it. Check!
  • Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it. Check!

Here are the questions and MY answers/ Mom’s answers: (only fair since she works so hard…)

  • Favorite number: 6 (time of breakfast and dinner!)/ 7
  • Favorite Non-alcoholic drink: Water / Water
  • Facebook or Twitter: Mom says I’m too young for both! / Facebook – Part of her Kitchen Counselor business!
  • My Passion:  Coconut oil, avocado, marrow bones, shea butter (anything oily!) / Her fur family and her Kitchen Counselor business.
  • Favorite pattern: Our various walking routes / Geometrical and/or symetrical.
  • Favorite Day of the Week: Today, I’m a K9, we live in the moment! / Thursday.
  • Favorite Flower: I’m an equal opportunity flower sniffer / Gerber Daisies.

In alphabetical order our nominations for The Sunshine Award are:

  • Adopt a Lap Cat - For all the great work you do.
  • BassetMomma - For always helping us with our blogspot posting problems and always commenting on our posts.
  • Bongo Dog Blog - For sharing in my love of investigation and interest in my Scooby Doo Academy classes.
  • Fabulous Flo - For writing to us often and sharing great stories from Down Under.
  • Fluffy Popcorn - For joining the blogosphere with a bang and allowing me to be your “adopted” Big Brother!
  • Good Mews News - For all the great work you do.
  • Jodi Stone - For bestowing our first ever award on our blog, writing to us often and being sassy!
  • Roxy the Traveling Dog - For Roxy and Torrey who enjoy the sunshine outside the tent! (Torrey, sending this award so you know that outside the tent isn’t a bad thing, especially when the sun is shining. :))
  • The Antics of Two French Bulldogs - For writing to us often and sharing your wit.
  • Underneath the Shell - For your courage to continue, sharing Papoe with us now, too and for educating us about all things turtle.

Another great, thanks for the Sunshine Award, day.