• August 31, 2016

    August Round Up

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    Ok, friends, I am going to try something new!  I’ve been thinking lately that there are often things each month that I’d love to share with ya’ll, but that defiantly don’t warrant an entire post to themselves, you know?  So, at the end of each month I will pull together a little round up of experiences I had during that month to share with you!  Hopefully I have enough interesting things each month to keep this going… ha!

     

    Books

    August was a super busy reading month!  I recently starting going to a book club at the local co-op (we read food and cooking themes) and the book for this month was As Always, Julia.  I really struggled through this book and couldn’t actually finish it – Julia Child seemed like a marvelous woman, but her friend Avis drove me up the wall!  She seemed so superficial and uppity – I couldn’t handle it.  *sigh*  Have no fear, though, I filled the rest of my time with some really fun YA: Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children and A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning.  They were both pretty quick reads, but very entertaining.  I’m really looking forward to the move and Netflix series (respectively) which is really what gave me the final kick in the pants to read these books.  *grin*  The last book in August is Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking which is the book club book for September – so far so good!

     

    Stranger-Things

    When I wasn’t reading in August, I was watching Stranger Things on Netflix.  There has been lots and lots of praise for this all across the internet and for good reason – Stranger Things hit me right in the nostalgia feel-goods and I LOVE IT.  I totally relate to those little boys – opening with D&D in the basement… you guys… that was me!  So,  why isn’t there more?  Why?!  Whyyyy?!?!  *Sigh*  I can’t wait until the next season comes out and I can’t encourage you enough to watch it if you haven’t!

     

    Kubo

    The only movie we went out to see this month was Kubo & the Two Strings and it was AMAZING!  Wow.  I mean, the style was so beautiful and matched the feel of story perfectly.  I have a soft spot in my heart for stop-animation anyway, but this film really was beautiful.  I don’t want to give the story away, so please just promise me you will go see it!

    I’ve also spent some time (probably more than I should have… but we won’t talk about that) dining around on YouTube.  I’ve been watching Carrie Hope Fletcher’s channel (It’s Way Past My Bedtime) for a while now, but her recent video, The Little Things, really struck a chord with me.  I love what she has to say and think more of us need to hear her message.  Please take a minute to think about her video.

    I’ve also discovered a new favorite in Peter Hollens and really love his music!  So many beautiful renditions of songs I really love, and everything is done acapella!  It’s really pretty amazing what he can do!  Enjoy:

    Some other sort of miscellaneous things I enjoyed this month were: the Plant Nanny app to help me track my water intake, Iced Chai because it’s still freaking hot, my first Escape Room experience, and our local Library Comic Con which was small, but really well done!

    Whew, what a busy month!  It’s been a crazy end to the summer, but it’s been a good one!  There’s good things on the way and I am so excited to share with you everything this fall has in store!

  • August 3, 2016

    Photo Session

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    If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I got a shiny new toy for my birthday:

    Camera

    It’s a Nikon Coolpix B500.  I’m still learning my way around it, but so far I’ve been very pleased.  It’s not a DSLR, so there are some limitations as far as zooming and focusing and the manual aspect that higher end cameras offer.  That said, I think this is about as close as any point and click camera can get to a DSLR – the zoom is amazing and the images are crisp and clear!

    The reason I asked for this camera is because the DSLR we have is wonderful, but also big, expensive, and hard to take on camping, hiking, and vacations.  I needed something  better than my phone camera but less intense then the Canon Rebel!

    The first day I had the camera, we went to a winery and I snapped a few pictures of the grounds.  Totally forgot to take any of the actual wine tasting… I guess I’ll have to go back and try again!  *grin*

    Vineyard

    Grapes

    One day these will be delicious wine… and I will be back for them!

     

    Wine

    Then, last weekend, we went camping.  The spot we had wasn’t super great for pictures – truly lacking in flowers, moss, or any color really.  I did manage to get some nice shots of the lake, though, and the wildlife as well!  

    Tent

    Heron

    That zoom! O.o

     

    Fly-Away

    I hope you will enjoy watching me learn my way around this camera and getting a glimpse into my world as I go.  It’s been a lot of fun for me so far!

  • February 17, 2016

    Adding to the Fun

    Well, friends, I think things are getting back to normal around here and I’m feeling pretty good about where we’re at so far this year!  Because I am feeling more confident in the content on this site, I am thinking about implementing some fun new aspects with social media that I think you’ll enjoy!

    Don’t worry,  you’ll still get the same level of content here at the Bliggity Blog, but  you’ll also get to enjoy Haiku Monday on Twitter (@thebliggityblog) and Photo Friday on Instagram (thebliggityblog)!  You will be able to search for this content using the hashtags #haikumonday #photofriday and #thebliggityblog   I will, of course, try to include other content on Twitter and Instagram throughout the week as well… I’m just not ready to promise too much all at once!

    I hope you will enjoy this new content!  I also hope you’ll be patient with me as I get into the new routine and try to keep up with it all!  ;)

  • 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!

    Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever

    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.

    Akita

    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*

    Shiba Inu

    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/