Newly adopted house cat Rudy! Check out her mustache.
Rudy is a senior cat (13 years old) and came from the same shelter as Max & Cozy. She is super, super affectionate, purrs constantly and walked right into the house like she's lived here for years. She's been getting along with the dogs just fine and even nuzzling and cuddling with Cozy. She came with the name Rudy, which I love.
Hang your stocking for Saint Nick And he will fill it up Don't forget to leave some cookies And a Christmas cup Leave some food for all his reindeer And the Christmas mouse Leave a little bit of cheese
Packaging cheese takes many hours and is hard work. There's cutting the cheese (I'm a professional), vacuum sealing, weighing and pricing/stickering, and separating out the orders. Mom & Dad Mouse generously spent Thursday night out in the cheese room with me until 11:00PM getting together Christmas orders. Mom showed up with a Santa apron and her positive attitude, and Dad hand-priced all the cheese in his cool drafting handwriting. What would I do without them?
This past weekend the rabbits vanished. I was so worried - no sign of either of them Saturday afternoon, Sunday, or Monday morning. Did an owl or hawk get them? How could they both be missing? They've stayed down in their rabbit holes overnight before, but never for more than a day. I left for work this morning thinking they might be goners, but tonight when I got home I found their tracks emerging from one of their burrows in the hen yard, and both Bunny Lee & Blackie hopping around inside the hen house, just fine. Thank goodness. I was so relieved.
If you haven't revisited the original 1947 film 'Miracle on 34th Street', try to see it this Christmastime - it's such a beautiful movie, from the style and costumes, the old New York City scenes, the set decor, that old fashioned way people spoke in the movies from that era, and the all around glamour of it. It won 4 Academy Awards that year, too
"Some day you're going to find that your way of facing the realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile." - from Miracle on 34th Street
The Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City is the best microbrewery in town. They make excellent beer and have a big bar in a warehouse space. They are going to serve plates of local cold cuts, nibbles and...cheese. Boss Mouse landed the account, and I am also going to work on a beer cheese for them. Here is a 3 gallon batch of brine I made from Right Brain beer
Big pot 'o suds to which I added…forgive me…lots of salt
The beer is RBs Flying Squirrel Nut Brown Ale, one of their many brews - I love all the names
THE BEER MENU
CLASSIC TAPS (ALWAYS ON)
BLACK EYE PA / DEAD KETTLE IPA / FLYING SQUIRREL BROWN ALE / SHADOW WATCHER STOUT / NORTHERN HAWK OWL / WILLPOWER PALE ALE / CEO STOUT / SATISFACTION ESB
SIGNATURE TAPS (ROTATING)
MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS / IRISH GOODBYE / NAUGHTY GIRL STOUT / THAI PEANUT / BIG MEECH IPA / FIRESTARTER CHIPOTLE PORTER / CHERRY BRULEE/ VAN GOGH CREAM ALE/ CAN I GET "WHEAT" YA? / VANILLA CREAM ALE