Sunday, 19 February 2017

Lentil "Burgers" YUM

I made a whole mess of Lentil Soup the other day.  'Twas good.

Having had too much of a good thing I woke up during the night  (Friday/Saturday)  with an idea to transform the soup into "burgers".

I drained some of the liquid, added two eggs and some bread crumbs  and shaped the thickened soup into patties.

Not bad!  I had two of the patties for lunch yesterday, with sweet potato fries and Heinz brand Baked Beans in Tomato sauce.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Art in the Sky

From my friend Kathy who lives on Manhattan.   She titled it "Art in the Sky".

Thursday, 16 February 2017

A gift, and a message.


From Harry and David

This lovely gift arrived at my home today.   The label stated that it was from "Maria"..  I do not know anyone named  "Maria"  but I have a friend in Cambridge MA whose name is Mary.

I often call her "Maria".  She often calls me "Miguel".

So I suspect that my Cambridge friend is the originator of this lovely gift from the  firm called Harry and David.



I received a Facebook message today from a man who I care for, like, and respect.  We have not seen each other in at least twenty five  years.  Here is what (God bless him) he had to say:

So sorry to hear about your beloved animal friend passing... Penne looked like the most adorable, lovable "mutt" anyone could have!

I am certain you have experienced the magic companionship of pets in many ways... One which I found amazing was their ability to know when you are hurting, and will nuzzle a bit closer or give extra love in their own way...

Magical creatures, aren't they?

I hope you can consider another, in your own time... Many Penne's out there could use the famous "Povey hug!" In their lives...

My long time friend was spot on about Penne.  She was indeed "the most adorable, lovable "mutt" anyone could have! "

More importantly I was tickled pink by his reference to the "famous Povey hugs".

A friend (Benjamin) who is a Priest in the Church of South India (I met him when he was studying in in Cambridge, MA), often says that he remembers my hugs.

A parishioner (was she in Cambridge or Pittsfield?) once said that i was a "master of the sideways hug".

That was such a great compliment


There are scary full frontal hugs, often initiated and forced by males, with a ton of below the waist pressure.

There are affirming, safe, and welcoming hugs, sideways on, by which two females, or two males, or a female and a male express tender, gracious and affirming care,

I trust that my "famous Povey hugs" have mostly been safe.

And there will be a day on which another "mutt" will enter my life. He/she will not be another Penne. But she/he will enjoy my safe hugs, and I will be blessed by the loyalty and affection of him or her.


NOT YET. First I have to drain my reservoir of tears for "the most adorable, lovable "mutt" anyone could have! "

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Thank you

Penne at Ken Thompson Park, Dec 2016

Thank you for so many Facebook messages. e-mails and 'phone calls.  They have been kind, gracious and understanding.

It's been a sad day, and there are many yet to come.  You know that and I know it too.

I've been thinking today  that we all believe our dogs to be unique, special and one of a kind.

That's because they believe us to be be unique, special, and one of a kind.

It's a mutual thing!

You have all been so very kind and understanding,  I am grateful. Don't feel that you must reply to this.  I am deeply assured of your care.