"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"--Tasha Tudor

Monday, March 31, 2008

Hedgie Fashionista...

New Original miniature Christmas Corgi painting! (Click photo to enlarge) -CS ^..^
Sold! (sorry, painting more!)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Thank you to all of my lovelies who emailed me about one of my 2004 'dog show cartoon' paintings on Ebay. The painting was originally owned by a wonderful Corgi breeder/owner who recently passed away. From what I can tell, it was probably purchased at an 'estate sale.' It made me sad to see it because I remember when the original owner won it she was so excited and I remember her telling me that the 'hair on the girl in the painting reminded her of her own.' Funny, the things we remember, right? But it does seem to be in good shape from the listing photo. I'm guessing the seller has the original certificate of authenticity with it since she lists info that can be found on it. I hope the painting finds a wonderful new home. CS ^..^

I've got a sharp knife and I know how to use it...

Lord knows I don't need an excuse to go to a dog show. However, should you feel the need to justify how much time you spend at dog shows to family or friends, try multi-tasking :) Occasionally I will bring my good cooking knives with me to have the 'scissors man' sharpen them. On Saturday, I also brought a good scissors that my Grandmother had given to me. They were supposed to be used only for fabric, but somehow they ended up being used to cut paper at Christmastime and they became dull. The scissors man made them good as new. So, now with my freshly sharpened knives, making dinner tonight was a pleasure. Baby portabella mushrooms, elephant garlic and asparagus sauteed in olive oil and served over angel hair pasta with fresh grated romano cheese. Sharp knife + fresh veggies = good dinner! Whew! Dinner is saved, all thanks to the dog show and the Corgis...what would I DO without them? -CS ^..^

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Everybody's just chillin' out...

Amy in a 'frog leg splat' after a 2 mile walk with John and Laura tonight....she looks like a little chubbette in this pic; but she's really a lean mean Corgi machine! Weebles just hanging out in deep thought...
For some reason, I have my days and nights mixed up lately. I feel like I want to stay up all night and sleep all day if only the Corgis would let me. Hence this 1:00 AM post. I've watched the HBO mini series John Adams at least 4 times, episodes 1 and 2 so far. It is wonderful. The part where they read the Declaration of Independence was lovely and brought tears to my eyes. Paul Giammati is fantastic as John Adams and I love Laura Linney's portrayal of Abigail Adams as well. (Don't you just love that name? Abigail?) I love American history, especially from colonial times. Our founding fathers were truly brave, brave men. By the very act of signing the Declaration they were committing high treason to the crown of England and could have been hanged. Well, I'm signing off to try and sleep. If not, maybe I'll clean out the fork drawer.....CS ^..^

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Blogworthy Salad...

Happy Sunday afternoon, everyone! My salad and I are off to a bridal shower. This is my incredibly delicious and incredibly easy sundried tomato pasta salad. It is worth growing basil just to make this salad! Recipe below! Let me know how you like it :) Cathy's Sundried Tomato Salad
Toss a pound of bowtie (or your favorite) pasta, cooked (aldente!) with a pinch of sea salt in the boiling water, drained and cooled, with:
*sundried tomatoes, loads of fresh basil, a pound (more or less) of fresh **mozzarella and your favorite home made ***balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.
*for 'dried' sundried tomatoes: I bring them back to life by letting them simmer in a small saucepan with a little water, olive oil and dried oregano for about 3 minutes. They can sit in the pot while you prepare the rest. You can use the ones in jars of oil, either whole or julienned, also.
**if you don't have fresh mozzarella cheese, you can use polly-o or sargento...or your favorite.
***Extra virgin olive oil or a light olive oil and the best balsamic vinegar you can find. This salad is slightly 'sweet' because of the good balsamic and fresh basil. You can also use a half packet of good seasons italian basil dressing mix if you prefer a greater 'zing' but try it first without it! I usually add a good sprinkle of dried oregano and a couple of cranks of cracked black pepper when tossing.
Adding grilled chicken to this makes a delicious meal. Serve warm or cold! -CS ^..^

Friday, March 14, 2008


OK, so how cute are these!? Tiny little Lindt chocolate lambs for Easter. I usually pass by the milk chocolate in favor of the dark, but I couldn't resist these little cutie pies. They are (were? Laura and I ate them...yum....) less than 2" high. Pure chocolate cuteness! And, while we're in chocolate mode, how about some warm fudgy brownies fresh from the oven? Have a lovely weekend, everyone! -CS ^..^

p.s for those wondering about the Corgi dishcloth: it is a Linda Ozelis design, embroidered by Sharon Lofley! Sharon's website is: www.nardiscouture.com
So cute, right?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Corgis by candlelight...

Oh my goodness did we ever have a storm here over the weekend! John and I decided to take a ride into town to pick up a few things at the grocery store. When we were done, we stopped to get a little Chinese and Japanese take out (yes, both!) Suddenly on our way home it was like the scene from the Wizard of Oz. I was expecting Miss Gulch to fly by on her bicycle with one of my Corgis in her basket. Tree branches and things were flying everywhere. We were almost home, half way down our street when we saw a police car and a bunch of flares on the ground. A huge tree had fallen, completely blocking the street and taking the power lines with it. We had to take a back way home. Luckily, we had a flashlight and some candles near the front door (it was pitch black inside and out!) Mary Elizabeth had given me a couple of these really awesome stay-cool plastic battery powered light bulbs one year with a Christmas gift. They surely came in handy! -CS ^..^

Monday, March 3, 2008

The nose knows....

Two things are inevitable when one goes to a dog show: Shopping, and coming home to wash dog towels. Sue King turned us on to these made-in-the-USA rawhide retriever sticks from http://www.whitedogbone.com/ We usually order them online but whenever they are at a dog show we pick them up while we are there. The Corgis love them. We take them away when they get too small or gummy to avoid any problems. Amy (a.k.a. The Lord High Investigator) has discovered them on the table and has informed the others of her find. The crazed look on their faces says it all...
Happy Monday, everyone! -CS ^..^