Happy Holidays!

We don’t say Happy Holidays to be politically correct. We say happy holidays because our friends are a mix of Christian, Atheist, Pagan, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc. We want to include EVERYONE in our wishes rather than a select few. Some of my friends just celebrated the Solstice and another will celebrate the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food for Christmas. Lastech and I will celebrate by eating beef bourguignon and watching movies.

I want to make a special shout out (in no particular order) to Sally & hubby (with Dizzy Lizzy and Durango), Ryan, Labby (and Miss Lee), Lynn, Grace (and all her fur-people), Nekoneko (with Carolyn and Ting-Ting), Abra (and Tsula), and my family.

I also want to give a special shout out to those who make TNR a thing of wonder. The amazing Flumptytail is NOT a crazy cat woman. She does have lots of them though. She has opened her home and basement to many abandoned and feral kitties. She spays or neuters them and provides them with veterinary care and they come and go as they wish. She also has an adorable teenie dog named Dilly.

Another amazing cat activist and protector is Nofuratu and his entire family. Nofur and his family have TNRd and re-homed many abandoned and feral kitties. He is also provides outstanding travel commentary and he’s a wonderful political activist. I almost forgot. He’s an outstanding fashion model.

I didn’t mention Lastech yet. My bad. My very bad. It took me half my lifetime to find him, but it was worth it. I love you my husband and I’m so happy that I found you.

Did I get gooey enough? I certainly think so. Soooo, here’s a couple of random pics we took that seem to suit the mood.

We love to go to Golden Gate Park. In particular, we like to go to Stow Lake. This time we were just cruising through but had to stop for this.

I saw this on the way around the lake
I saw this on the way around the lake
Someone(s) decorates the tree every year.
Someone(s) decorates the tree every year.

We also have interesting wildlife

This wild birdie is NOT on our dinner menu. It was spotted in the East Bay by Lastech
This wild birdie is NOT on our dinner menu. It was spotted in the East Bay by Lasteach

Happy Holidays from the JBoD household to yours,

Rudha-an, Lastech, Tito, Miss Nightshade Jenny, and Titanescu aka Titanus Grumpicus Bunny Butt

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Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and Pumpkin Bread

Thanksgiving is upon us and we would like to extend our heartfelt wishes for a great holiday season for everyone.

Thanksgiving 2013

In addition to Thanksgiving, many of our friends are celebrating the first day of the Festival of Lights, otherwise known as Chanukah. The first day of Chanukah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day for the first time since 1888. It won’t happen again for a long time.



And now for the recipe… This is the only pumpkin bread I have ever really enjoyed. Most of the time I find it dry and mealy. This is NOT dry. It’s rich and heavy and moist. 🙂

Mom and Dad’s Pumpkin Bread

5 cups pumpkin (1 large and 1 small can)

2 cups white sugar

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cloves

2 tsp cinnamon

4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup nuts

5 cups flour

Mix all the ingredients well.  Makes 2 large bread loaves, or up to ten mini loaves.  Bake at 350 for 1 hr. for a large loaf and about 40 minutes for a mini loaf.  May take longer. I check the small loaves after 30 minutes and the large after 50 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

We always greased the pans and sprinkled them with sugar (rather than flour).  We also sprinkled a bit of sugar on top as it made the top crunchy.

Love and best wishes to all from everyone here at JBoD,

Lastech, Rudha-an, Tito, Miss Jenny, and Titanescu


Happy Bastille Day!

For those who may not know, or have forgotten… Lastech came from the land of the baguette, pâté and good wine.

Happy Bastille Day from Rudha-an, Lastech and the pointy eared people.

Bastille Day 1

I can’t help myself. Lastech and I love Catherine Tate. Here’s a clip from her show, thanks to the BBC.

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