Today it’s just a week short of Christmas and we are wondering what became of our winter travel plans. Have they gone to the dogs? I hope not, but the travel budget had been shot to pieces by my emergency trips to Germany.
The arrival of the 7 puppies at the beginning of October was perhaps not well planned on our side, but then who can see into the future. Anyway, those little pups were a delight to watch growing up in front of our eyes. More so in Benno’s than mine because I had to take the above indicated two not planed in emergency trips to Germany caused of the passing of my Dad and then again because of Mom’s difficulties adjusting her life and coping with the bureaucratic stuff.
At 10 weeks of age the puppies were starting to be ready to go to new homes. As of today, we have two pups left of which one is going to be picked up on Saturday. The last one I’m not sure if the person that inquired is really serious about it.
Here are some of the pictures I posted on the Internet to find forever homes for them. All of the puppies have touched our hearts and the longer they are with us the harder it is to say goodbye when they leave. Heartbreaking, really!
Meanwhile, we have been working at updating our home security at little bit. Has it crossed your mind that when you are away for the wintertime traveling somewhere south what is going on back home while you are away? I mean if you still own a house there might be concerns about deep-freezing temperatures and ice rain causing power outages or even security issues. During my trip to Germany it was on my mind because of an incident I’ll tell you about.
Wherever I am, my iPad is usually not far from me. I find it a handy tool and especially to keep in touch with my family and friends and it works wherever there is wifi. Mom has wifi at her house and when I heard a ding tone in my iPad I opened it to check out the source. A notification from our “Nest” home security system informed me that the Nest smoke alarm had been activated back home but “that it was waved off.” A “waved off” message means that the smoke alarm had come on but was deactivated by waving the smoke away from the unit. I wondered what Benno had been cooking, so I fired off an email to him asking: “Schatz, what did you burn?” When Benno read my mail he thought, “Shit, now I have to explain!” Turns out he had attempted to bake one of those packaged dinners I had purchased. The instruction said to place the food onto a tray lined with parchment paper and then bake it for 20 minutes on 450F. Benno didn’t find any parchment paper in our drawer but thought that the wax paper would do the same job. After turning on the countertop toaster oven and placing the food inside he then went to see the puppies in the garage. Somehow the time got away from him and he realized that the dinner must be finished cooking. When he came to the entrance door the glass was fogged up on the inside and he heard the smoke alarm (screaming) loudly complaining that there was smoke coming from the kitchen. In panic he opened the oven and much more smoke came out, he ripped open the patio doors to let the smoke out and be able to see and grab the next dishtowel, to give the dishtowel a good workout at the smoke detector and wave the smoke away. As to the wax paper, it had melted all the wax and then burned it off, creating a lovely mess. The dinner was bone dry and crunchy, but he ate it anyway! It was no Chef Ramsey quality.
I now think in the future we might be a little more at ease when we are traveling as long as all the technic gadgets do their job.