Happy V Day!

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A White Thanksgiving

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Our backyard in the snow. I have to admit it’s a pretty sight, although I’d still rather be in Arizona.

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The snow almost reached Lily’s belly! Walter hates being in the snow, but Norman enjoys eating it.

Of course, we had a tofurky, which is our traditional Thanksgiving meal. I had my first tofurky in 1998, just a few years after Turtle Island Foods was founded. I am thankful for them.

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George didn’t want to bake a pie – fair enough, since he made dinner. Since I wanted a desert with applies, I found this recipe: Microwave Apple Crisp. (I made the oven version.) The only modifications were using Earth Balance for the butter and reducing to three apples. Peeling, slicing and coring the apples was a breeze with my Pampered Chef Apple peeler. While I usually avoid single-use items, the apple peeler is so worth it. Pretty tasty!

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Honoring Our Veterans

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My grandpa served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was stationed on a minesweeper patrolling the South Pacific. He has some very interesting pictures of life on the boat – and during shore leave – that I’ve posted to Flicker.

During down time, the sailors would play with the ship’s dog:

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or entertain themselves in other ways:

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One of the saddest stories he told me was when they would encounter people from Japan or other Asian countries who would try to hand them their children so they would be spared of the destruction of war and grown up in the United States.

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Thanks to the sacrifices of veterans, past and present, and of their families. May peace prevail so these sacrifices and the destruction of war no longer  take the health, well-being, and lives of those in the military on either side or those who live in the zones of war.

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth!

Lily, Norman, and Walter wish you a happy Independence Day and want to remind you to keep your pets safe. More pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year, and typical Independence Day celebrations use a number of items that are harmful to cats, dogs, and other critters.

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To keep your pets safe, follow these steps:

  1. Keep your cats and dogs inside.
  2. Make sure your pets are wearing ID collars.
  3. Do not take your pets (even dogs) to firework shows and don’t use personal fireworks around your pets. The loud noises can scare pets and make them bolt. If you are using fireworks at home, pets can be exposed to dangerous chemicals.
  4. Keep your pets on their normal diet, and don’t feed them lots of food from the BBQ.
  5. Even if it seems funny, don’t let your dogs or cats drink alcoholic beverages. They can get alcohol poisoning with small amounts of drink.
  6. The material in glow sticks and jewelry is harmful to pets as is citronella. Keep pets away from them.
  7. Do not use sunscreen for people on your dogs or cats. They will lick it off their fur and the chemicals can make them sick. If you have a light-colored dog, you can get a sunscreen just for pooches. Since your cat will be inside, she won’t need sunscreen, but if you are interested, you should consult your veterinarian to find an appropriate solution.

The Ellis-Nosis dogs hope you have a very safe and very happy holiday. They would lick your face if they could.

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~Happy ThanksLiving!~

For the sixth year, we attended the Farm Sanctuary‘s Celebration for the Turkeys in Watkins Glen, New York. Turkeys are funny, affectionate birds and each individual has a unique personality. Susie Coston, the Farm’s National Shelter Director, shares ten things you may not have known about turkeys.

It’s so fun to watch the birds as the guests of honor during this holiday that where so many are killed and consumed. After the ceremony, I was interviewed by YNN for a story that aired on Sunday.

George and Chris came out to the Farm with us this year. This was their second Celebration for the Turkeys.
We got to meet the precious and sweet Tweed (behind me) and his buddy – I think it is Arnold, who were rescued last year.
I also hung out with my adopted pig Eric. Here I am with Sebastian, Eric, and Jane.
The pigs love pumpkins!
Happy ThanksLiving!