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Wolfhound Happy Place

Published October 29, 2018 by lynn k scott

 

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This past weekend, I had another opportunity to hang out at our friend’s house and his Irish Wolfhounds and his French Bulldog.  I had an absolutely horrible week dealing with the insurance and I was so looking forward to this visit.

You’d have thought these pups were my grandkids or something.  At one point, my husband asked me, “how many pictures did you take”?  I laughed.  The answer was LOTS!

 

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Now, I was waiting on my DSLR camera to come in, but I had to settle for my cell phone.  I had previously downloaded some editing software and used it on a few of these pictures.

I cannot tell you how much fun I had following the dogs around to get just the “right” shot.  Everyone knows I visit for the dogs and the people are secondary.  They truly make me laugh, make all my problems disappear for an evening and bring out my smile (which is a rarity; esp. in photos).

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Even the kid got into the act.  (LOL)

Please enjoy this round of snippets from some amazing dogs that have become my Happy Place.

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Her brother licked the back of my head later in the evening.  I took a real shower after that.

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My lil baker

Published May 18, 2018 by lynn k scott

Many of you know my daughter is homeschooled.  An area we focus on, besides core classes, is life skills.  It’s so important for a child to know how to take care of him/herself.  One area, that I truly enjoy teaching my daughter is cooking and baking.  She may not take initiative in cleaning her room or showering (what is with tweens???), but cooking and baking are becoming her thing.  She doesn’t even realize she’s reinforcing fractions, reading and science concepts.

Having worked in the hospitality industry most of my life, I am constantly taking pictures of my culinary creations.  My lil miss has picked up on this and now takes pictures of her creations.

Yesterday, I saw she posted a pic of green whipped cream that she was beating by hand.  I called her and let her know, she’d need to beat it a lot more.  Even I use the Kitchen Aid mixer for whipped cream; but to each their own.

I asked why she was making homemade whipped cream.  Without missing a beat, she replied, “to go with my bundt cake”.  Her inner artist comes out to play, especially, while baking.  Her homemade biscuits, that she made earlier in the week, received sprinkles.  I kid you not.  They were very colorful.

She then informed me that cake was gluten-free.  I was surprised, but happy.  She really wants to make sure I can eat what she makes.  I normally always cheat to taste everything she makes.

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I get home to see her bundt cake in a baking dish.  I let her know that wasn’t a bundt cake.  She said, “I couldn’t find the pan.”  I showed her where it was and then tried a little piece of the cake.  It was SOOOOOOO good!  I noticed it was slightly pink and had a little crunch, here and there.  I asked her about it.  Of course…should have known….SPRINKLES!!!  She cracks me up.  She puts her own spin on everything she makes.

It turns out the Betty Crocker bundt cake recipe can be made gluten-free just by substituting the regular flour with gluten-free flour.  I prefer to use Pamela’s Artisan blend as my gluten-free flour of choice.  The results are amazing and you’d never know it was gluten-free.

My daughter may not realize it yet, but she’s creating her own memories that she will pass down to her children one day.  My future grandchildren will get a kick out of hearing how colorful their mom’s baking used to be.  I’m so proud of the thoughtful, independent, capable, young woman she is becoming.

 

 

I Exist

Published December 16, 2015 by lynn k scott

The wonderful world of social media and the special realm that is Facebook, reminds me of certain things.  When I rejoined the Facebook world, after deleting my other account, I slowly started reconnecting with those friends I had withdrawn from.

One thing I vowed to do after my mother passed in 2013, was to start allowing more pictures of myself to be taken.  That sounds silly, but bear with me.  When my sister passed in 2012, we had all these pictures to make a memory board with.  However, we pillaged my mother’s home, relatives photos and whoever else had captured the rare picture of my mother over the years just to create her picture board for her funeral.

My mother HATED her picture taken, because she was overweight.  I realized I had developed that same philosophy that she had.  It was very rare, I allowed pictures of me to be taken.  I went out of my way not to be forever captured on film or any digital image.  I shudder at the the thought if selfies would have been popular during my teen years….*SHUDDER*

Realizing I didn’t want my children to feel my insecurities, I vowed in 2013 to make an effort to “document my existence”.  Today on Facebook, a link popped up to show my year in review.  I had allowed my daughter to take a picture with my oldest dog, Reeses.  Ironically, Reeses isn’t a fan of his pic being taken either.  Guess he really is MY dog.  *giggle*

As I was looking at my year in Facebook Review, via pics, I read some of the comments.  The following pic, had a response on it that said, “Still making an effort to document my existence via photos.”

So here I am, summer of 2015.

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The lil miss and her pup

Published April 30, 2015 by lynn k scott
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             “Smokey”

The lil miss was feeling creative this evening.  I hear her giggling and flashes are going off sporadically.  The camera! Sure enough, the lil miss is on the couch, laying down, arms extended out in front of her.  What is she doing?  Why taking selfies with her pup!

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Ut-oh…she caught us taking selfies

That’s right, a mini photo-shoot was taking place in my livingroom.  The kid is a camera addict.  Smokey, the pup, was more than happy to oblige his kid companion.  He adores her.

As you can see, the cuteness and the fun were definitely a good combination. Oh my lil miss….

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Let me get that spot for you…right ….THERE!

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              A girl and her pup.

Picture This

Published March 13, 2015 by lynn k scott

I’ve never been a fan of having my picture taken.  I actually despised it at one point.  It wasn’t until almost two years ago, when I responsible for planning my mother’s funeral and we were trying to find pictures of her, that I realized, I was becoming my mother.  I was leaving no trace of my existence because I was worried I looked fat or the camera didn’t add just 10 lbs but more like 40 lbs in its rendition of me.

After that, I promised, I would begin taking more pictures of myself, having them printed and keeping them accessible.  I would allow my picture to be taken by others.  I would be ok with it.  I admit, I’ve had a drink or four over that decision, but I’ve steadily grown to accept the fact that it’s ok.

I didn’t say I wouldn’t take 15 selfies to get one acceptable shot, but I’m a work in progress.  I can say that, honestly, because I know me.  Others who know me, would agree.  I want my children and friends to have something to remember me by.  I see pictures of before I dropped 40 lbs in one year.  No wonder I get surprised reactions from those who haven’t seen me in quite awhile.  I literally shed four 10-lb bags of potatoes off my body.

I won’t promise I won’t delete this post somewhere down the line, but I was doing a comparison picture today and I found this one that I really do like.  Heck, I even took it, which makes it even better.  I captured “me”.  So enjoy a rare glimpse of me. Future followers of my blog may not get this opportunity.

Life is too precious and too short to not be accepting of yourself.  Learn to live for now, because tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.  Life made sure I was well aware of that fact.  Without further adieu….

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Onward to Pier 39

Published March 9, 2015 by lynn k scott

If you’ve been following along, this is the third installment of my trip in San Francisco yesterday, March 8, 2015.  There will actually be a fourth segment, but it won’t necessarily be tied to this particular trilogy of posts.  I realized I took so many pictures, there’s another post in the works but will still take time to cultivate before I can share it with you.

So far, we’ve made it from celebrating Chinese New Year’s in Chinatown, we’ve driven toward the Wharf and found underground parking for $15 for the day and we’ve commenced walking and are almost upon Pier 39.  Let’s continue the journey, shall we?

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We visited the back of the Pier first, where we were able to get a better view of the seals.   There aren’t quite as many pier seals as there used to be.  They tend to hang out in the winter, some take off for a bit, and some linger.  Over the years, there numbers have dropped quite a bit.  The docks used to be completely full.

             

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From this vantage point (picture on the left), you can see a the tourists across the way trying to see the seals.  Please excuse my photography skills,  Technology and I fight often.  Between my Note 3 phone and my old point and click camera, we had some technical difficulties.  Either way, I prefer viewing the seals without pretending to be a fish crammed into a tourist sardine can.  The picture on the right is an upstairs view from Pier 39.

Then there are the seagulls.  When I snapped this quick picture, my husband asked, “are you REALLY taking a picture of the bird?  I had to laugh.  Even the tourists laughed.  Like I mentioned previously, what I won’t do for my writing.  So, if you’ve never seen a seagull, say outside of watching “The Little Mermaid”, here you go.

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What semi-guided tour would this be if I didn’t slip in a mention of Alcatraz Island?

Tours sell out quickly, so you’ll want to book well in advance of your visit.  I actually worked a private catering gig on “The Rock” many years ago.

                                  It was amazing, esp. for a history buff like me.  What a memory!

Last picture before heading onto the Pier. This gives you a great glimpse into how San Francisco is “layered”.  Love the American flag waiving in the breeze.  Great shot of Coit Tower (center) and then the TransAmerica Pyramid, which is the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco.

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Ok, we made it.  We’re on the famous, Pier 39.  This pier has a bit of everything.  As one tourist remarked, “it smells like fish” (in a shocked voice).  It took all my collective being not to embrace my NY-side and turn around to say “DUH!”.  I mean really, you’re right on the water.  The majority of restaurants surrounding the area, are ummmm, SEAFOOD restaurants.  That’s like walking into Ghirardelli and saying you smell chocolate.  Sorry, cracks me up what they say sometimes.  Sorry..back to embracing my California side…back to the tour….

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These three sights are pretty much what you would see as you headed onto Pier 39, from your left, center and right views. The Aquarium isn’t too bad.  Much to the disappointment of most, you won’t see huge sharks in the Aquarium.  Kids really seem to like it and there are two levels (I think).  I know there are at least two.  It’s been a few years since I went on the tour.

Note, if you have to go to the bathroom, there are restrooms to your right after you walk under the Bubba Gump Shrimp sign.  Those are always PACKED!  Walk upstairs and toward the back and there are more restrooms there.  They too get busy, but not like the one in the very beginning.

100_0423I love this shop.  Being Irish, it’s fun to indulge my Leprechaun belief but also see things that remind me of why I love being Irish.  When we took my son here, he found his sister’s Celtic Zodiac sign.  He actually turned that into a tattoo, which is in his bicep, so he can keep his little sister with him no matter where the Army sends him.

Just across the way from this shop is my all-time favorite shop on the Pier:  Enlightenment.  They have a lot of Asian art, clothing, sayings, signs, incense, trinkets; you name it.  I am working on buying a couple paintings from them.

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Last stop on this “tour” is the carousel toward the end of the Pier.  In all these years, I’ve never written it.  Never fear, there are jewelry, fudge, clothing, chocolate, crepe, pet and fairy shops for your buying pleasure.  There is a plethora of snack shacks and restaurants to provide a light snack to a satisfying meal.  If you’re a people watcher, this is the place to be.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my seeing San Francisco, from the view of a non-native, who calls N. California her home.

Thank you for tagging along.

Until next time….

Chinese New Year in San Francisco

Published March 8, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have been attending the annual Chinese New Year Celebration almost as long as I have been in California (almost 18 years now).  The New Year’s celebration is typically held a few weeks after the Chinese New Year has passed.  On Saturday there is a huge parade and Sunday there are street vendors, where the city blocks several streets off from on-coming traffic so people can walk up and down looking at all the good luck charms, health vendors, companies providing various promotions, plants, community care programs and the like.

I have to add, my husband is a San Franciscan native.  It drives him absolutely nuts when I “act like a tourist”, esp. when we aren’t.  I had to take pictures all day today, so I would have them to add to the blog.  That earned me the nickname, “tourist” from both him and my daughter.  Every time we needed to continue moving, I would hear, “come on tourist”.  What I go through for my writing.

We decided to go in earlier than we usually do.  We arrived by 11:30 and to our surprise, the streets were filling up with people; fast.  My daughter already has the traditions down.  Bakery, ice cream shop, and tea for mom.  After we park, we start walking to Chinatown.

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It’s almost as if he’s welcoming us to Chinatown!

We stumble upon the “speak no evil, hear no evil and see no evil” monkeys.  There are several of these “statues” throughout the festival.  People stop to take pictures with all sorts of displays.

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My daughter stopped to pose with the “Monkey King”.  I love this story.  I loved the movie even more.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for Jet Li (who starred as the Monkey King).

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From here we head to the bakery.  After all, it’s time to get our baked bbq pork buns (aka brown buns).  My husband likes some of the rice desserts.  Then there is the sweet butter cream buns.  As soon as we finished our purchase, we found an empty bench right outside and sat down.  I NEEDED my pork bun.  You have to understand, I wait all year for this.  I only buy these items during the New Year’s festival.  I mean it costs $10 in tolls, two bridges, gas and $15 in parking to go to/from San Francisco.  So, it’s extra special when I do get to consume these simple, yet saliva-inducing, baked delights.

Eastern Bakery San Francisco

  
     

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After we finish our snack, we continued walking up Grant Street to a shop that sells ice cream, some fast food Chinese food and most importantly, a clean bathroom.  I always remember this place, because one of the stalls in the women’s bathroom cracks me up.  Talk about making the most of the space you have.  When using this stall, once the door closes, you have mere inches between the door and your knees.

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From top of the hill, you can see some of the festival as well as the new Bay Bridge in the background.  Each year, I take a picture from this spot.  I am in love with the beauty of the bridge.  Sometimes, the bridge in encased in fog, another thing San Francisco is famous for, but other days, I am lucky to have a clear shot.  There is truly beauty in things as simple as looking upon a bridge.

We continue walking up and down the streets.  For those who have never been to San Francisco, if you’re a fan of hiking, you get a great workout minus the wild animals and poison ivy.

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This guy comes up and hands all of us some Oolong milk tea.  Now, I’m not the biggest fan of milk anything but I love Oolong tea.  It’s a free sample so it’s almost a must try.  WOW!  It was incredibly delicious.  Walked right over to the vendor stand, gave them my $3 and I had a yummy drink for the rest of my journey through Chinatown.  My daughter on the other hand, full of grace and manners, promptly spit her drink out, near the guy who gave the sample.  Oh, what motherly pride I was beaming with while desperately looking for a hole to be swallowed up by.  Children:  the reason hair dye was invented. (sigh)

Here are a few more pictures of the festival.

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We’ve seen what we’re going to see.  We take advantage of the being in “the City” and head over to Pier 39.  Might as well make the most of our day.  I hope you’ve enjoyed “visiting” Chinatown.   Stay tuned for our adventures on the Wharf.

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