Storm Clouds Over Rosemary Beach, Hello Fresh Update, and How the Puppy Training is Going

My daughter has taken some really great pictures of storms coming through in the Rosemary Beach area of Florida as storm clouds and a squall moved through. Amazing pics – so amazing I asked if I could use them in my blog.

I used this one for a wallpaper for my phone’s Lock Screen.

Hello Fresh has been amazing this week. I forgot to take pics of the other two plates this week as we were so hungry, lol but here were the Hamburgers from last night. Probably our most fattening meal yet, but it was hamburger and fries so we knew that. Plus it came with a special sauce like thousand island sauce.

Here is what a meal might look like when you pull the ingredients out. One night we had Italian herbed pork chops, sliced and drizzled with a lemon sauce. The directions are very clear and they send you mostly what you need except for like salt, pepper, and olive oil, butter etc. The website or app tells you what you need to make sure you have before hand but it’s very basic stuff most households will have on hand. I go in on Monday’s and reset the menu selection for the week after next. By Wednesday your choice is locked in for the following Monday’s delivery.

Everything we have had has been truly delicious. I also ordered the Egg Bites (not shown) but they are made like muffins along with bacon and cheese, or sausage and cheese. Both were good. And filling. I won’t get them every week as boiled eggs or making eggs here are cheaper, but it’s great to have on hand as a breakfast for work every now and then. I liked it about as good as a Chic Filet breakfast and it was cheaper than that, lol.

I will also say that the Hello Fresh is giving me a new perspective to cooking. I’d have never dreamed of making a lemon sauce for pork chops. The pork chops were sliced sideways and the sauce drizzled over it. It was divine. I think it had oil (olive oil or veg oil), garlic, cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter. I can’t remember what else without looking at the recipe card. I also decided I should get a notebook, find my hole puncher and see if I can’t fix up these cards for safe keeping. I want to keep every one of them. So this is going extremely well. As you can see they send you just what you need so you don’t have to buy the “whole” thing of glaze or cream cheese and waste anything. So if you went to the store and bought it all for one recipe you’d be buying bigger sizes. And that is ok too as you can use again for other things, but I can see where it could save you if you didn’t ordinarily use cream cheese for example.

Dexter says he likes the box it comes in!

So life has been just a little bit crazy. However, I will say that the shift to having a dog has made our life seem more complete. Dexter is filling the void we were feeling no longer having Tugie, Maisy, and Roger. I have some bitterness in my soul still at the impersonal approach and “made to feel inadequate” approach to the adoption process that we went through. I should think of it like searching for a job though. It makes you feel the same way when rejected or if someone else was chosen. So there is some of that bitter residue left over. I don’t really think it is something I will “get over”. I see why it happens and I don’t think the agencies are doing a bad job, I just know as a dog lover and the ability to give one a good home, I kinda felt like they judged us too quickly and did not give us proper consideration. I guess yes, I’m saying sometimes their restrictions are just too rigid for their own good. It’s like saying only perfect people get to go to heaven. Thank goodness at least God gives grace. So there is no way to really remove the imagery of what we went through back there with some of these adoptions agencies – it’s simply what we experienced and that can’t be changed. It was what it was and we remember it. Perhaps if we had continued we’d have eventually found success as they would be tired of us. But we found our Dexter in person where the people could see us and know by very own tears that we would be loving parents to him. And that seemed to be what did the trick to attend the adoption events and that way they see we are real people with real good intentions. But the reason for the paragraph was to say that despite all that being made to feel bad, we are filling the void.

It has been crazy though. We are really having to work at training, puppy proofing, and redirecting of his energy. He is calm most of the time, but a bit mischevious as puppies are some times. We will get through this. And he will be a good dog. Right now, I am short on sleep because he wakes up to pee (or I do) at 3:00 a.m. and he thinks it is time to get up and also there is a problem going to sleep at night. It’s taking an hour to get him settled so I’m short on both ends of the stick. The afternoons are often not very alert because I am so very sleepy. So this is critical to get worked out. I don’t always have time to go to bed earlier. So if he will not mind or do what he should – he goes to the hallway til he calms down or til I wake up. Last night b/w 3 and 4 and tried putting him back in bed with me about three times – all the while training him to sit, lay, rollover, stay. I was able to make some progress, but he was not able to sleep and wanted to play so back in the hallway he went til the alarm went off. He will get it eventually. He is a puppy! He wants to please but where playing and eating is concerned, he’s very stubborn. Here is quick video of night time. (insert eye roll emoji here, lol)

He is learning so much already. He is learning to come out of a room when I say come on and try to shut the door behind him. He used to sit in the room and stare at me. Now he comes.

He is starting to learn his name as twice yesterday he looked up when we said “Dexter”.

He is starting to understand “no no” as several times yesterday he quit when I said it, but it was not consistent.

He is doing sit and lay very well. But only when he wants to.

George has bought a clicker to train with. The clicker means a treat will be involved if he does it. So the click will be associated with treats. George has studied how to use it.

He is very much wanting to chew on things and I may get him some new toys. We are almost through 2 weeks. I know his puppydom will continue for a while, but I think the first six to eight weeks in a household is the hardest as both puppy and parents are learning about each other, developing new routines and trying to figure it out.

The first week was the hardest but the most exciting. The second week was still crazy but maybe better than the first or equally has hard, I’m not sure. I think the second week is better from the standpoint that we know him better and have a lot puppy proofed, know how he will do during the day, know he can sleep at least 5 to 6 hours at night, knowing that he is paper trained. It could have been so much worse! And he doesn’t have the intestinal thing anymore so all has been better in that respect.

And I need to go and get ready and get out of the house for a Friday workday. I’m looking forward to being at home this weekend. Saturday will be laundry, cleaning, rebooting a few things and I have a list of accomplishments I want to do. Sunday I will be taking Mom to church and doing her things and George will be home with the dog. We are tag teaming things so we can spend time with him and train him and not leave him alone so much since we are gone most of the week.

I will pop in over the weekend at some point. I need to figure out a few places to put things as we have had to lift so much off of the floor. And I’m almost through with the next video. Expect it the following weekend though. It is the first time that I used double camera angles (camera and iPhone) and so the editing is more deeply involved with having two pieces of footage to cut in and out of. Just more time consuming. But I will be working on that in the afternoons as I can this weekend as long as I get my chores done.

And we have a trip to pet smart we need to do to stock up on things for Dexter for the next couple of weeks. We have a big coupon. I’m going to switch to Chewy’s for their “new pet” coupon we received through the adoption process for our next orders. I also have to do a Target order soon and maybe an Amazon order. Otherwise, I am glad we have no other activities planned for Saturday. I’m welcoming the time at home with the new dog as much as we can.

The other thing on my mind is the impending “food shortage” supposedly we will have because of Russia’s improper behaviors leading to the blockage of supplies and so forth on top of the already problematic economic issues. While it may be a while before it shows up completely here, much of it has already started. Baby formula for example. Didn’t the Lord say something about that in the Bible – whoa it be for the nursing mothers in those days? Ahh a chill ran over me as I typed it. I’m listening to a study on Revelations on my drive home and I will share it with you soon so you can listen too. I need to go today. I’m running very behind. Life goes on, but we really need to be prepared as I truly believe we are in the end times and the Lord will come soon as so many prophecies are already happened.

Ya’ll take care and I’ll pop in this weekend, Lord willing! Maybe some rest can be had! Either that or I’ll be getting some more coffee time!

6 responses to “Storm Clouds Over Rosemary Beach, Hello Fresh Update, and How the Puppy Training is Going”

  1. I think Dexter is a night owl. I couldn’t help but laugh at him wanting to play. I would have put him in the hall too. He can stretch those long legs and play while you sleep.
    I know what you mean about shortages. I too am wary. I will never forget when the pandemic started seeing the empty shelves at the store. It was like a movie, I couldn’t believe it.
    I have been stocking up some extra each time when I go to the store. I noticed the prices have gone up on almost everything. I look at the store ads before I shop and make a list of what we need. When it is on sale I stock up. I noticed a can of green beans was $1.78. I will not pay that.
    I need to get my canner out and can some corn and green beans this summer.
    I am thinking along the same lines as you. So much suffering, so many tragic things going on. We could be living in the last days.

    • Yes, I made a note to share that Revelation YouTube link. Katy and Cody and I think his parents listened to it too. Very interesting. Will share the post tomorrow. 🙂 Ran out of time this morning.

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