Every day is fun day for Puzzle

It’s bone time!  I went into the freezer to get out a new bag of dog food to defrost and suddenly realized that Puzzle is way overdue for a new bone.  She’s still got two beef marrow bones left in the freezer.  Whoopie!  Whoopie!

Bones provide gum stimulation, clean the teeth, and add calcium and phosphorus into the diet.  The marrow in the bones also provides many nutrients.  Always supervise your dog while your dog chews on a bone.  Some dogs are tough chewers and will split bones, causing potential problems.  Other dogs are more gentle with bones.  Dogs stomachs are designed to digest bone material.  A vet told me this.  However, their stomachs are not equipped to handle large quantities of bones or very sharp objects.

My advice is that when it comes to bones, get to know what your dog can handle and what he or she can’t.  You can acclimate a dog to bones, but think reasonably.  Some dogs should never be given bones under any circumstances.  You don’t want your dog to have a tummy ache or get sick and have to have a bone or any object surgically removed.  Once, I went to bring Puzzle in for routine whatever, and the vet said they had just finished removing a lapel pin from inside a dog.  What’s more, the dog had a funky name to go along with this unusual situation.  Does anyone hazard a guess?  The vet said the dog was fine in the end and the owner very relieved.

Back to bones.  In Puzzle’s case, I don’t worry too much about the bone.  It’s the marrow I try to limit a bit.  She can’t have it for more than a few hours or it gets to be overkill and she’ll have a stomach ache.  So I take her bone away from her and put it into the refrigerator.  She’ll have the rest tomorrow.

Here she is, smacking her lips.

It’s bone time!

Wow, my site julie greene dot name looks really great with google chrome

I was working on it using my usual firefox and found that it kept freezing.  I got rather frustrated and decided to check my browser to see if I had the latest version.  I decided to clear the cache.  Finally, when all else failed, I asked myself, “I wonder if Chrome will work any faster?”  Wow.  It does!  Chrome is great.   I like the stuff I could do with my Favorites, and the website builder stopped having all its silly quirks that it had before.

So now, julie greene dot name is much more spiffy than it was before!  Oh, by the way, I put up a page of all my videos on the site.  So you can see all my Amazon video reviews on one  page.  Me and Puzzle!


Sunday, fun day! Labor Day weekend…we are working folks!

Puzzle and Julie before our Sunday walk


It’s a lovely day.  Here are Puzzle and I as we were this morning.  I snapped this photo right after I brushed Puzzle’s teeth, body, and little face.

Since I am a ham today, I thought I would pretend we are models and tell you what we are wearing, and so on.

First of all, Puzzle’s hairstylist is Izzy Tappan-deFrees, alias Buddy Barber, see buddybarber.com for details if you want to know about Izzy’s wonderful at-home grooming service.

My hairstylist is me.  I do my own braid.  Yes, some folks ask.  I do not dye my hair.   I am 54 years old and my hair has not yet turned gray!

The t-shirt comes from Jax dollar store in Central Square, which has closed down.  I paid a few dollars for the shirt.

The pair of shorts come from the Goodwill in Central Square.

The “poop bag” is a sac that came with an international socket converter I bought.   It has a drawstring.  I tie the drawstring to the drawstring of the shorts.

The hands-free leash is called The Buddy System and is available for an outrageous price through amazon at sitstay.com.  I am going to review this product on Amazon, so more on this later.  I do love the leash though.

My MP3 player is a refurbished Sansa I got very much on sale many years ago and is still going strong.  It uses  a microSD chip to store music.  I bought the rubber protector and armband from ebay, don’t buy it from Sansa unless you want to break the bank.  Actually, any armband will do, you don’t need a special one but I think one came with it.

What I listened to: Daughtry, loud.

My headphones: These are Sony clip phones, my second pair of this model.  They break easily.  After some thought, I bought this model again and paid Staples $5 for a replacement warranty.  More on this later…I plan to review these.

My glasses: Prescription, I am nearsighted and they need new lenses put in, really can’t see too well!

Why am I wearing two watches?  The larger watch is a Timex Ironman 2003 model, the best databank watch Timex ever made in my opinion.  It is a USB watch. It didn’t cost much back then and now costs a fortune cuz it’s a collector’s item.  They don’t make ’em like they used to.  The “beep” function broke so the smaller watch is what I use when I need a “beep.”  One of these days, I’ll send in my Ironman for a repair.  In the Ironman, I can store appointments, the bus schedule, phone numbers, and more.  It has a stopwatch and timer.  No, you can’t get online with it and no, it isn’t a phone.

Inside my socks I have stored my keys and my cell phone.   My running shoes are Adidas, I forget which model but they are one of the few narrow enough for my feet.  I used Spenco cross-training arches for maybe the past 20 years.  You need to replace these pads once every few years, not too often.  I believe I purchased the insoles at bestinsoles.com for a good price.

On our two-mile walk, I photographed Puzzle:

Puzzle, while out on our Sunday walk

As you can see, Puzzle is having a decent time.

Then, we came home, showered and changed.

Puzzle and Julie, all dressed up for church on Sunday


And so, the transformation.

The sunshine yellow shirt comes from amazon.com.  I had a gift certificate from Christmastime.  It’s something like 55% cotton and the rest polyester, but you’d never know it cuz it seems to be all cotton by its consistency.  I have never had to iron it.  I bought it for church and it’s a good church shirt.  It’s also a good tie shirt.

The tie says “Save the Children” on it and I bought it for $2 at my church auction last year.  The “peace on earth” design is by Risa, age 10.  It is 100% silk made in USA.

The skirt was a donation from someone at my ex-patient center I go to.  So I got it for free.

The knapsack I purchased at Amazon ages ago, and reviewed.  It is no longer available.

I believe the water bottle is still on sale right now at CVS for under $5.  These are 24 oz and do not leak.

I bought the flip-flops (not shown)  at CVS on sale for under $10.

The rainbow belt comes from Boomerang’s, a thrift shop that donates its proceeds to AIDS research and prevention.

Puzzle’s rainbow collar is a gift from Izzy and Beth Tappan-deFrees.  They found it at the Gay Pride Parade this year.  Next year, I hope to march with church folks again and bring Puzzle with me.  Puzzle will be dressed up of course, but if it’s really hot she will be as “naked” as possible.

My rainbow button with the Flaming Chalice on it (our Flaming Chalice is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism) comes courtesy of the First Parish Church of Watertown, 35 Church Street.  Yes, we are a WELCOMING CHURCH and fly a rainbow flag up front.

In our UU service, we have a time called Joys and Sorrows.  Last week, someone criticized me in a phone conversation, cutting me down for what I said in Joys and Sorrows for no reason except to give herself power.  I did not let this bother me because I realized that this woman is desperately trying to control me for her own purposes.  She wants to be friends with me but she wants also to take over and run my life.  Naw, I don’t need that type of friendship.  I felt like I never wanted to speak up at Joys and Sorrows again.

But I broke that promise because this woman didn’t show up at the service.  The service was on the topic of work.  Why?  It’s Labor Day weekend.  What a topic.

Puzzle started working this week.  This was the Joy I shared.  In November, I will be working in North Carolina in exchange for room and board.  Officially, although there will be no actual paycheck, this is my first “work” since 1995 I think.  I am glad I shared.  We all celebrated and I feel very happy today.



Photos from the 2012 Gay Pride Parade

Hi!  I thought I’d share these photos.  I didn’t take many, because I was too excited!

I think the photos load slowly, some of them.
Update 6/11 8:30am – I fixed the photos and they should load properly now.  Stay tuned for an essay on my experience at this parade!

Singing and dancing inside the Arlington Street Church before the parade.

The Flaming Chalice, with Obama standing on the wall

Before the parade

Marchers from Mass Equality

One of the many buses, vans, and trucks

All five of us from FPW in Harvard Station on our way home.

Photo of a person with anorexia nervosa who has just binged

I am posting this photo because I believe that binge eating is far more dangerous than conventional eating disorders treatment caregivers are willing to admit.  Look on any treatment center website, and they will talk about the dangers of binge eating and overweight.  I am telling you that it is far, far more than that.

As evidenced by the photo that you will see, I binge eat and I am underweight.  As you can see in the photo, the caloric amount of my binges is massive.  I go into detail on this page.  For privacy reasons, it is password-protected, but easily accessible to the public.

I was recently discharged from the prestigious Walden Behavioral Care’s eating disorders unit.  I arrived there February 8th in a starved condition.  I did eat, but received no help with my binge eating.

This binge eating behavior causes me to feel as though my life is not worth living.

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