This Past 4th of July, I was able to grill in my backyard for the first time. While there was a bit of a mishap putting the grill together (see funny), things went really well, and overall, I would deem the experience a success....That in spite of the dog eating 3 of the finished hamburgers off of the kitchen counter.
|I originally assumed that 2 lbs of hamburger would give leftovers for a few days. The dog had other plans.|
|The charcoal finally lit, after borrowing lighter fluid from our neighbors. Now I know for next time.|
|The first half of the burgers. Ginger ate all but the smallest of these. That is what I get for leaving them unattended.|
|Grilling isn't complete without a few grilled veggies. I want to try other veggies this way (covered in salt and olive oil), but am unsure of which would taste good.|
We have a new foster-dog. Our local animal shelter is seeing a huge boom in animals, so we have taken one in, hoping that our socialization of her will make her more adoptable. Of course, we hit the jackpot, because she was already house-trained. My father thinks that we will have a tough time giving her back once she is adopted. He may be right. My niece is already saying things like, "we should adopt her ourselves."
|My ginger (at the back of the picture) seems to like her, and my niece's dog, Daisy, loves to play with miss Athena.|
So, putting together a grill while sitting outside on a wooden deck has a few hazards involved...such as losing a screw through gaps in the boards.
|You can't see it well in this picture, but the screw I dropped is between these two boards|
|Why yes, that IS a refrigerator magnet attached to a zip tie with packing tape--we use what we have. I was able to fish out the screw, and it only took me 2 or 3 tries!|
One of the things we do each summer is keep a wading pool in the yard for the digdogs. This is absolutely essential in warmer climates, since it helps them to keep themselves cool. However, living in a desert is a little bit different than living in Central TX. We've been having visitors to our pool, which never happened back in El Paso.
|I suspect that the curiousity/hunting instinct of both Daisy and Athena have run off this particular neighbor--I haven't seen the frog since they tried to capture it together a few nights ago.|
|High, comfy, and hidden. What more could a cat ask for???|
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