• November 30, 2016

    November Round Up

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    Ok, ya’ll, I am not gonna lie.  I am sooo tired right now!  November is kicking my tush this year with the stuff and the friends and the other stuff and everything.  Ugh!  I suppose it’s really a good thing that I’m tired, though, because it means that I’ve been busy.  I’ve spent time with friends and family.  I’ve gone out and stayed in and started some fun projects!  So, despite my tiredness (and lame-o lack of pictures), I want to share my November with you!

    The month started out very stressful and mentally/emotionally exhausting with the elections and news and everything that went with it.  I was convinced that the world was going to end no matter who won and who would be there to pick it all up and put it back together again?  *sigh*  I certainly don’t feel good about what happened and I am not in any way comfortable going forward… but I think I’ve moved from depression into the acceptance part of the grief stages.  It’s a wary and tired and sad acceptance and in no way means that I accept the bad and terrible things that will come from this decision… but it’s a place where I can at least stop thinking about it for a little while and feel ok.

    To distract myself from the pain and fear, I read a lot this month.  And I read a lot about amazing, powerhouse women (weather they would agree with me on that assertion or not, I don’t know).  The first book was  I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.  That woman… dang.  Talk about an inspiring message that taught me that even little girls can make a difference in the face of terror.  No matter how insignificant you think you might be, Malala teaches us that you can be so much more.  Oh, God, how appropriate.  The second book was Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.  Aside from the rich and famous aspects of her life, I actually found that I identify a lot with Shonda.  Introverted, unsure, and just brave enough to try to do better, Shonda spoke right to my dorky little heart.  And the last book I read in November was Buffering by Hannah Hart.  I had no idea how deep her hurts and struggles ran.  She talks in her YouTube videos from time to time about not being accepted by her super religious father, but there is so much more.  Ugh.  And yet, Hannah is giving and cheerful.  She has moved past her past and intentionally works to make the world a better place.  Seeing a theme here yet?  *grin*

    Let’s move on now to some more powerhouse women that I spent time with this month.  Hubby and I went to see Moana in theaters on Thanksgiving day.  It was so good!  Such a beautiful message of self discovery and following your passions!  I wish I’d had more role models like her when I was a little girl!  Not only was the story great, but the animation and art were gorgeous too!  Love, love, love!  And my TV pick for the month was Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.  I loved the show when I watched it start to end in my early 20′s and I loved the revisiting of all the characters now!  I know it wasn’t a perfect telling, but I really liked to see where everyone ended up, even in their imperfections.  Grief can do that, you know?  Throw you off track until you feel like you’re drifting and struggling to find your way back… so. good.

    Moving on to more traditional things now, we’ve entered the holiday season of 2016.  Thanksgiving was sort of uneventful for my family.  Hubby and I went to see Moana and ate tacos on Thanksgiving day.  We went over the weekend for a slightly more traditional meal with my parents which was very nice.  Nobody talked about politics (not once!) and it was actually quite relaxing.  Yay!  And in the midst of all of this, I also started decorating for Christmas and started several Christmas crafts.  I love Christmas and my darling hubby indulges me by helping put up decor and letting me take over the house with craft supplies.  It’s wonderful.  I can’t say too much, though, because I want to devote more time and focus to it in some posts next month (so stay tuned!).

    And now, I fear, this wall of text will drive you all away!  Please don’t go!  Or, at least, don’t be afraid to come back!  Hopefully I will be able to share more pictures and such next time.

    Happy Holidays!

  • November 2, 2016

    October Round Up

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    Happy November, ya’ll!  October went a little nuts and I got totally behind on my blogs!  I do want to share my round up for October, though, so here we go!

     

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    My hubby has struggled with a deviated septum his whole life which makes it hard for him to breathe properly, especially when he’s trying to sleep.  So, this fall we decided it was time to get it taken care of and he went in for surgery.  Everything went great and he’s said that he feels so much better now!  He’s able to sleep so much better than before!  To help him heal, I made homemade chicken soup and it was ah-maz-ing!

     

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    After the surgery was done and we knew everything was good, I confirmed my girls trip to Hawaii.  A friend of mine was planning to attend a conference for her work and I talked her into letting me tag along.  The trip went splendidly and you can bet there will be tons of pictures and more detail up next week!  *grin*

     

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    I also read a lot this month – fall always gets me into the mindset of study,  books, and cuddling up with blankets and tea.  This month I read Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and Stir by Jessica Fetcher.  If you haven’t read Jennys blog or books, you really should consider giving it a try.  She’s quirky and fun but she also talks about deep, important issues like parenthood and mental illness.  I also enjoyed The Girl on the Train which is a thriller/suspense novel.  I really liked the mystery of it and trying to figure out what was happening along with the main character.  Stir is a memoir for my book club about a woman whose recovery from illness was aided hugely by her love of cooking and food.  I haven’t quite finished yet, but so far it’s been really wonderful!

    Despite all the busy-ness of last month, we did still manage to see a couple of movies.  The first was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  I really liked Tim Burton’s take on the story and its overall darkness.  Some things were, of course, left out from the book… but it was so good it wasn’t too hard to find forgiveness for Tim.  We also saw The Girl on the Train which was pretty good.  I preferred the book and felt that there was just a lot more suspense and intrigue than the movie.  My husband did not read the book, though, and said that he was able to follow it just fine and liked the movie well enough.  One thing I do want to understand is why they would change the setting from London to New York?  It made me unexplainably sad.

    Lastly, Halloween!  Because of the crazy, busy, expensive, and exhausting way this month went… I didn’t get to do my decorations as planned.  This makes me really sad because now I’ve failed my 30 before 30.  Hopefully next year we can get our stuff together and carry out my plan.  We did enjoy the fall colors, candy and baked goods, and pumpkin everything in October and that helped a little.  We watched some classic scary movies and drank lots of hot tea.  Now, we’re in November and I am realizing just how much I have to do before Christmas… how did we ever get this far into 2016?!

  • October 5, 2016

    Boots and Sweaters: An Ode to Fall

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    The air is chill, leaves start to turn,

    Greetings, Autumn, my dearest friend.

    Summer was long and relentless,

    I’m so glad you’ve come ’round again!

    Red, yellow, and orange,

    The colors of warmth are ample,

    But you bring with you a bite and a frost,

    Of winter to come – a tiny sample.

    Oh, glorious Autumn,

    All around, the leaves are beginning to fall,

    Out come countless sweaters and boots,

    Basic girls make videos to show this seasons haul.

    Pumpkin everything, we cry!

    Out come the PSL marked Starbucks cups,

    Salted caramel, slouchy socks, and flannel,

    Even scarves and booties for their pups!

    A basic white girl who loves you, Autumn,

    That, I may be.

    But it’s okay – I really don’t mind,

    I celebrate you proudly!

     

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  • September 28, 2016

    September Round Up

    Wow, you guys, September came and went in what feels like a flash!  I don’t even know how we got here!  I guess a big part of this whirlwind month is that it was so busy (which is why I don’t have any pictures!  Sorry in advance)!  Here’s a little review of all the things!

    If you missed it, I started out September with a major hair cut for charity!  You can read more here.  It was such a rewarding and relieving event – plus I love my new hair!  It’s been so much easier to get ready in the mornings  which gives me a ton more time – I actually started doing dishes before I leave for work!  *haha*

    This month was my hubby and my 8th anniversary!  We usually try to go on a trip or do something big like that, but this year we just had too many other things going on to pull it together.  We did go out for a couple of nice dinners and had a lovely picnic lunch in the park, so it was still very nice.  True to our (sort of) tradition, we didn’t get each other individual gifts… we got one big “gift” for the both of us:

    That’s right, friends, we got a new washer and dryer for our anniversary!  I should have taken a picture of the ancient, rumbly, terrifying old machines… but let’s just say they were way past their prime and we needed the new ones!  Our kitty isn’t terribly impressed and I still don’t really know how to work the darn things, but I am a happy laundress!

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    This wasn’t a great reading month… too many other things got in the way.  I did enjoy a new (to me) comic called The Rat Queens.  The art style is glorious and the comic itself is the perfect balance of adventure and comedy.  There is quite a bit of strong language, so be aware of that, but it’s still really fantastic!

     

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    The book club book for October is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.  That’s the only book I’ve really made time for so far.  The focus is on eating well from local sources to promote health, seasonal eating, and farming.  I like it a lot, but Barbara can be a bit preachy in her writing – I often feel like she’s wagging her finger at me like I’ve done something terrible.  She also sets the bar for her cause so high that I’m less inspired than I could be just because I know I could never measure up to her standard.  Worth a read if you’re interested in her ideas, but take it with a grain of salt.

     

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    Besides being too busy to read much this month, I’ve also devoted a significant amount of time to my new favorite show: Outlander.  I’ve been meaning to read the books (and I still will), but I just couldn’t wait to watch the show any longer!  This is one of the most beautiful, thrilling, emotional, and intriguing shows I’ve ever seen and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes romance, Scotland, time travel, politics, history, or deep stories that make them think!

    On YouTube, I’ve gotten addicted to Carpool Karaoke.  A lovely co-worker suggested it after First Lady Michelle Obama was on and oh. my. gosh.  So fun!  I really love James Corden and he’s done a really lovely job with the series.  Michelle was my favorite guest so far, but I also really loved Adele and Elton John.

    Because I’m a multi-tasker, I’ve been planning for a short trip to Hawaii while watching all those YouTube videos.  that’s right, next month I’ll be boarding a jet plane with my BFF and enjoying the surf and sun in Hawaii!  We are super excited!  I’ve been researching and learning and planning all month and am practically packed already because I’m so excited.  *grins*  Don’t worry, you’ll hear all about it when I get back!

    Lastly, I ran a 5k this month with my husband.  The last one I did was about a year ago and I’ve been exercising a lot, so I figured it would be easy.  Guess what?  It wasn’t.  The course was very different (lots of hills and running on dirt) and I just struggled so much!  I was pretty disappointed, but I learned for sure that I am really not a runner.  I’m just not.  This realization made my hubby sad since he enjoys running, and he was so encouraging and supportive… he even tried to convince me that we’d run together at home and he’d try to help me get better.  Poor thing… so much hope was dashed that day.  I’m glad we did it, but don’t hold your breath waiting for me to try again!  *haha*

    So, that’s my big story for this month.  I hope you are enjoying this time of transition from summer into fall as much as I am!  Go play in some leaves and drink some coffee!

  • September 21, 2016

    Photo Fun

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    It’s fall, ya’ll!  If you know me, or if you’ve been reading this blog, then you know that I LOVE Fall!  In honor of the first day of fall being tomorrow, I decided to deck out my house with fall things and candles.  We also spent some quality time with the pup playing with the ball and walking the neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful, cooler weather!  I hope you enjoy my little start of fall photo diary!  *grin*

     

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    aaaand some close ups!

     

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    These muffins are really yummy!

     

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    mmm… look how yummy!

     

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  • November 4, 2015

    Thai Chicken with Mushrooms and Leeks

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    I was at the farmers market this weekend and came across some beautiful leeks that I just had to make something with!  This led me into some experimenting and we came up with a new favorite meal.  The best thing is that it is super easy too!  Now is a great time to find leeks since they are in season, so I hope you’ll give this little dish a try!

     

    Thai Chicken with Mushrooms and Leeks Recipe

    By Erin Published: November 4, 2015

    • Yield: 4 Servings

    I was at the farmers market this weekend and came across some beautiful leeks that I just had to make something with!  This led me …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Gather Ingredients.
    2. Mix garlic, cilantro, tamari, and sesame oil together and let chicken marinate for 15 - 20 minutes. While the chicken marinates, prep your grill for use.
    3. Cook chicken on the grill, searing on both sides to help keep the juices in.
    4. While the chicken cooks, heat olive oil in a saucepan. When hot, sauté leeks and mushrooms together.
    5. To serve, top chicken with vegetable mixture and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Serve hot.

     

     

  • October 28, 2015

    Top 5 Halloween Movies for Weenies

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    Halloween is upon us and for many, that means scary movies, sugar overload, and intentionally frightening everyone around.  For many others, though, all the blood and guts and monsters is just too much.  Not everyone likes to feel scared or creeped out!  For the rest of us, there are still ways to get into the spirits and be a little creepy without actually being scared!  Check out my top five (ish) favorite Halloween movies:

    1. Anything stop animated by Tim Burton: Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, Nightmare Before Christmas

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    Tim Burton has a knack for making creepy movies that stop just short of being too creepy.  His stop animation is beautiful and can absolutely be enjoyed simply for their artistry.  Another similar film (not by Tim Burton) is Coraline.

    2. Harry Potter Series

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    Not technically Halloween movies, I know, but there’s magic and mystery and suspense throughout the series – especially in the later films – so, I say they still count.

    3. Shaun of the Dead

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    This is my favorite Simon Pegg film!  It’s a take-off of Dawn of the Dead and is actually pretty hilarious.  Definitely a good starter zombie film – even my Mom watched it!

    4. Classic horror movies: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Blob

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    The great thing about really old movies is that you can totally see the strings and the makeup is terrible and the stories aren’t really all that scary.  It’s fun to step back into the way things were and think about how different the world must have been.

    5. Sweeny Todd

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    If you are ready for a tiny bit of scariness and don’t mind musicals, this is totally the Hallo-weenie (see what I did there?) movie for you!  *grin*  There’s buckets of blood, but it’s all pretty fake looking and the music really drive the scenes.  So good!

    Have a happy, safe, and only-slightly-scary Halloween everyone!

  • October 7, 2015

    Stuffed Bell Peppers

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    Happy October, ya’ll!  I’ve probably said this more times than anyone cares to hear, but I love fall!  I love the changing colors, the chilly mornings, the warm drinks, and the tall boots.  I also love the yummy treats and meals that are coming in season now!

    One of our favorite fall meals is stuffed bell peppers.  I use quinoa to add protein without necessitating cooking meat along with everything else that goes into this meal.  I also like to mix and match ingredients depending on what I have on hand.  This recipe is my favorite, though, and I hope you like it as much as we do!

    Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

    By Erin Published: October 7, 2015

    • Yield: 4 Stuffed Peppers (4 Servings)

    Happy October, ya'll!  I've probably said this more times than anyone cares to hear, but I love fall!  I love the changing colors, …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Set oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, cook quinoa: Rinse 1 cup quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, then put in pot with 2 cups water (or 2 cups broth if you prefer) and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. When done, remove from heat at let stand 5 minutes.
    2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place all pepper bottoms and tops on - let bake for 25 minutes.
    3. In a separate pan over high heat, add olive oil and sauté the thyme, garlic, leek, and kale.
    4. When quinoa is done, combine veggie mixture in pot. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    5. When peppers are done, remove from oven and stuff with the quinoa/veggie mixture and top with the pepper's top. Serve warm and enjoy!

     

    Pro Tip: If you’d like to add meat to this meal, it’s super easy!  Just cook  up some ground sausage while the quinoa is cooking and mix it all in at the end!  You will probably want to halve the quinoa/veggie mixture, though – or bake a few more bell peppers – so the filling to pepper ratio works out better.

    You can also beef up the filling with black beans, corn, peas, nuts, cheese, dried cranberries, etc. depending on your own tastes and what’s in your cupboard!  You really can’t mess this one up.

  • December 3, 2014

    Giving

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    Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, the saintly answer to the greed and ridiculousness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  I don’t know how long Giving Tuesday has been around, but this was the first time I had heard of it… and I like it.

    I have never been able to understand how people can spend a whole day with family and eat and enjoy the company and share the things they are thankful for and then go to WalMart or Best Buy to buy a bunch of stuff.  The practice makes me sad.  Like, my heart actually hurts when I think about it.  It’s not even about the shopping and the stuff so much as it is how people treat each other when they are out on Black Friday.

    I don’t get it.

    To now have a day that is about doing good and making a positive change in the world we live in, well, it makes my heart hurt a little bit less.

    If you missed the Giving Tuesday memo like I did, don’t fret!  Just like you can continue to shop and get good (probably better) deals after Black Friday, you can also continue to make donations and make the world a little nicer.

    This Christmas season, I am feeling tugs on my heartstrings to give locally.  I look around my community and I see hidden hurts, hidden needs, and real struggles.  I know people who don’t have enough food or money to pay rent.  I know people who can’t afford to heat their homes.  I know people who are sick and hospitalized or hurt and scared for their lives.  So, today, I want to encourage you to give to your community.  Give what you can, even if it isn’t much, because what seems like a little to you might actually save someone else.

     

     Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts.  Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.  For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”  Mark 12:41-44

     

    Picture from: The Huffington Post 

  • November 26, 2014

    National Dog Show Predictions

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    Every year the American Kennel Club holds the National Dog Show in Philadelphia.  Watching the show has become a favorite part of my Thanksgiving tradition and I always cheer on the corgis.  *grin*

    This year, I thought it might be fun to try and predict the winning breeds.  First, though, we should talk about how the show actually works.

    There are seven categories and many breeds for each category: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Herding, and Non Sporting.

    Now, it is impossible to know which specific dogs will be selected as best in breed and represent their breed in the show we all see on TV.  This is because there is, first, a competition of each breed (sometimes hundreds of the same breed of dog will compete) to determine who is best in breed.  The animals who are determined as best in breed will go on the complete against the other winners in each category to be best in show.  Because of this, my guesses and hopes for which dog will win this year are purely guesses based on my preferences – not any kid of actual logic or ability to see how dogs from each group stand up againstthe others.

    Since 2004, the winners of best in show were (in order): Fox Terrier, Bull Terrier, Toy Poodle, Australian Shepherd, Pointer, Scottish Terrier, Irish Setter, Wire Fox Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, and American Foxhound.  I think I’m seeing a trend here… yes?

    No matter, things can always change, right?  So lets jump in and see what we think!

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    Sporting breeds were bred to assist with hunting by locating, marking, flushing out, and retrieving wild game.  Breeds included in this group are: English Setter, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, Pointer, German Shorthaired, Pointer, Weimaraner, Vizsla, Brittany, German Wirehaired, Pointer, Wirehaired Pointing, Griffon, Spinone Italiano, Flat-Coated Retriever, Curly-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling, Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, American Water Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Clumber Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB), Cocker Spaniel (Parti-Color), Cocker Spaniel (Black)

    For the sporting group, I choose the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.  Not only are these dogs adorable, but they have a ridiculous name and probably deserve to win just for that.

    Beagle

    Afghan Hound, Saluki, Ibizan Hound, Pharaoh Hound, Greyhound, Whippet, Borzoi, Scottish Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound, American Foxhound, English Foxhound, Harrier, Beagle (15 inch), Beagle (13 inch), Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Norwegian Elkhound, Basenji, Black and Tan Coonhound, Bloodhound, Otterhound, Petit Bassett Griffon, Vendéen, Basset Hound, Dachshund (Smooth), Dachshund (Longhaired), Dachshund (Wirehaired), Plott

    For the hound group, my prediction is that the Beagle (let’s say the 15 inch) will win.  Beagles were bred for tracking and are stubborn, smart, and full to the brim with energy.  They also have beautiful coloring.

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    The working breeds were bred for intelligence and strength.  These dogs have, historically, served as police dogs, guard dogs, and service animals.  Included breeds are: Doberman Pinscher, German Pinscher, Black Russian Terrier, Giant Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Bernese, Mountain Dog, Greater Swiss, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Akita, Boxer, Great Dane, Bullmastiff, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Portuguese Water Dog, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, Komondor, Anatolian, Shepherd Dog, Tibetan Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, Chinook

    In this group, I’m going to vote for the Akita.  These dogs are known for their intelligence, assertiveness, and protective nature.  They can also be pretty aggressive, if not properly trained.  Akita’s are so soft looking and I want to cuddle one.

    West Highland Terrier

    Terriers were bred mostly in Britain for hunting small animals like rats and badgers.  They are fast, energetic, and brave animals.  Terrier breeds are: Airedale Terrier, Irish Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Russell Terrier, Rat Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Border Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Manchester Terrier (Standard), Miniature Schnauzer, Australian Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Scottish Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, White Bull Terrier (White), Colored Bull Terrier (Colored), Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier

    I’m rather partial to the Westie (West Highland Terrier) because of their sweet personalities.  These little guys are affectionate and friendly, but much less hyperactive than many of the other terrier breeds.

    Yorkshire Terrier

    The toy breeds were always meant for companionship and to be kept as indoor pets.  This group includes: Italian Greyhound, Chinese Crested, Toy Poodle, Pomeranian, Smooth Coat Chihuahua, Long Coat Chihuahua, Toy Fox Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Toy Manchester Terrier, Havanese, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Cavalier King Charles, Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel (B&PC), Japanese Chin, Papillon, Silky Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Pug Pekingese

    I love Yorkshire terriers for this group.  The show dogs have such beautiful, long coats… I like to think about these dogs sitting on the laps of fancy ladies who have nothing else to do but brush their shiny coats.

    Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    Herding dogs were bred for just that, herding.  These are hard working, intelligent animals who, historically, worked on farms to move sheep and cattle from place to place.  Included in the herding breeds are: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Briard, Collie (Rough), Collie (Smooth), Shetland Sheepdog, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Bearded Collie, Old English Sheepdog, Polish Lowland, Sheepdog, Puli, Canaan Dog, Australian Cattle Dog, Bouvier des Flandres, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, German Shepherd Dog, Swedish Vallhund, Beauceron

    I can’t recall ever seeing a Pembroke Welsh Corgi outperform the others in this category, but Ollie seems to think this is their year.  Let’s hope so!  *grin*

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    And last but not least, the nonsporting group which is literally just a catchall for the leftover breeds.  Because it’s a hodgepodge of different animals, it’s hard to think critically about what breed ought to win out over the others.  This group consists of: Poodle (Standard), Poodle (Miniature), Bichon Frise, Löwchen, Dalmatian, Finnish Spitz, Keeshonden, American Eskimo Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Shiba Inu, Schipperke, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Bulldog

    My favorite is the shiba inu.  These dogs were bred in Japan as companions and hunters.  They are very pretty dogs and very loyal to their families.

     

    From these choices for best in breed, I would like to make my hopeful guess that a Pembroke Welsh Corgi will win the best in show.  I’m a little biased, though, so if a corgi can’t win, my second choice is the west highland terrier.

    I hope you’ll watch the National Dog Show with me tomorrow to see if my guesses and preferences match up with the reality!

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

     

    Photos and research is thanks to:

    http://nds.nationaldogshow.com/

    http://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/dog-show.htm

    https://www.purina.com/