The only good thing about a bad week is it's fodder for blog posts….
First, the update.
There won't be one.
Mon mari was lounging around in the hospital last week, nothing serious, he was only in 4 days…. The French equivalent of an office visit…
Enough about him, he can do his own blog.
This is about my week.
It started Sunday evening, just at sunset. I glanced out the window and saw Bonnie at the neighbor's house.
Seems she and Guapa had been playing with the chain link fence and managed to stretch a hole big enough for them to get through. (Stong jaws.) Bonnie went walkabout while Guapa stayed behind the fence and barked at her.
The good news is that when I went out and called Bonnie, she came running.
The bad news is that I promptly became over-confident.
I repaired the hole as best I could on a cold rainy night in the dark.
Monday, when I got home from dropping mon mari off, I let the puppies out.
Our usual routine is that I let them out while mon mari closes the gate. They run to the gate to greet him, then run back to me.
But he wasn't there.
I thought they would stay by me, or, at the very least, within the fenced area.
I let them out and they ran to the gate.
They ran through the gate, up the road, over the hill and out of sight at a speed I didn't know them capable of.
Let's just say that I thought they were Porsche's and turns out they're Ferrari's.
I was dressed for the city not for chasing puppies.
But, as the main road was on the other side of the hill I had no choice but to take off running.
I had no whistle, no treats, no leashes, no jacket.
I yelled and screamed and cajoled and talked and they didn't pause. So much for all their training.
They were out of sight by the time I got to the gate.
From our house to the top of the hill is probably a bit over a city block long with again as much before an intersection with a side road and the main road.
Did I mention it was 5:00 – local rush hour?
I got to the top of the hill and they were nowhere in sight.
From the top I could see the main road…. And the traffic seemed to be slowing.
At this point I should tell you about all the thoughts running through my mind but I was in far too much of a panic to be thinking.
I was dreading the worst.
I ran on.
When I got to the intersection I glanced up the side road…. There was Guapa, standing in the middle of the road with a car stopped right behind her.
She saw me and came running.
She was terrified. It took me forever to get her calm enough to hold on to her in order to let the car by. She was shaking and crying and jumping around.
There was no sign of Bonnie.
I thought they would be together, or at least close, but I called… nothing.
I didn't have a leash so I couldn't look for Bonnie; I had to get Guapa back to the house. She was still so scared I had a hard time controlling her. She'd run ahead a few feet then come back and sit in front of me. I'd take her collar, get her walking and we'd do it all over again.
We finally got close enough to the house that she ran through the gate.
Bonnie was sitting by the door looking at us, with a 'where the hell have YOU been' look on her face.
I closed the gate.
That's when I realized that, while I had run off without leash, treats, etc. I had taken the house keys with me.
I no longer had the house keys.
I did have blisters on both heels from the mad dash up the road in dress shoes; but no house keys.
Off I went in search of the keys.
I found them right where I had found Guapa, a bit off the road in the ditch. I assume when I was wrestling with her and her collar they had just slipped out of my hand without me noticing.
That was Monday.
More butternut squash anyone?
I warned you that I was getting, um, creative.
Everything is stir-fried quickly to brown, then left to simmer a few minutes while the rice finishes. Use any type of sausage you like.
This should end up very moist, almost glazed.
1/2 Basmati rice
1 cup chicken stock
4 – 6 sausages, 12oz (360gr) total weight
12oz (350gr) butternut squash
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 – 1/2 cup chicken stock
Cook rice according to package directions.
Cut butternut squash into large chunks. Roughly chop onion, mince garlic. Cut sausage into 1" (3cm) lengths.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, paprika and sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic, sausage and sauté until sausage starts to brown. Reduce heat to medium. Add butternut squash and sauté until squash starts to brown. Add herbs, vinegar, Worcestershire and 1/4 cup chicken stock. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors and finish cooking squash. Add more stock if needed.
When rice is done, spread on a platter. Spoon sausage and vegetables on top and serve.