Animal Ark in winter – That is in Nevada?

Animal Ark is north of Reno, NV.  We had been there in the summer, but never in winter.  We found out that Animal Ark was opened for two weekends in the winter of 2017 .

The Reno, NV area of Nevada had received a lot of snow in the winter of 2016- 2017.  At one point Animal Ark didn’t know if they would be even able to open on Martin Luther King weekend since there might have been too much snow!  (What a difference a year makes.  So far in the winter of 2017-2018 the Reno area has only received a dusting of snow.)

We decided to go up with our daughter and her boyfriend and we had a blast, but boy were we cold!  It was so neat to see the animals be active instead of hiding in the shade like they do when it is hot.

! Animal Ark bear sign revised

The actual bears were hibernating.

 

! Animal Ark bobcat revised

Bobcat (photo courtesy of my husband)

 

We were seeing a lot of cottontail rabbit ‘remains’ in the enclosures.  We were able to watch this jaguar catch this rabbit.  The rabbit ran right for the jaguar!  The staff thought it was since there was fresh straw, etc put out in the enclosures.

!Animal Ark jag bunny revised

Jaguar with a fresh catch  (photo courtesy of my husband)

 

I have to admit that I mentally have to think of Pepper (the golden retriever) with her stuff toys when I look at the above photo.

This year Animal Ark will be open on Saturday January 13th, 2018 and Sunday January 14th, 2018.  They will also be open on Saturday February 17th, 2018 and Sunday February 18th, 2018.

I have no idea if there will be snow on the ground this year, but it would be nice to see the animals in their winter coats either way.

Here is the website for Animal Ark:  http://animalark.org/

If you are interested in going it is a good idea to either check out their posts on Facebook or check out their website a head of time.

Until later – Heather

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it is already the 10th of January.  I hope everyone is enjoying the new year.  Even though I haven’t posted I have been writing down ideas for new blog posts and I already have a sheet full so stay tuned.

Some of the topics will be:

  • Word for 2018
  • Instant Pot tips and recipes – I have a few friends who just got an Instant Pot (or electric pressure cooker) so these are definitely needed
  • My new camera and some of my photos
  • Home Improvement projects
  • More companies with great customer service
  • Sewing projects
  • Trips we have taken
  • Planner tips

I have some internal goals when it comes to posting, but I won’t share them until it appears I can actually follow my plan.  I will say that there will be multiple posts in the month of January – I know that is shocking 🙂

Until later – Heather

 

 

Over sized Bag

Well, I failed at posting daily what I was thankful for to the blog.  Heck, I failed at posting it to Facebook also.  Lately my life hasn’t not evolved around a computer, which is a good thing.  At least I have been thinking about what I am thankful for each day even if I didn’t write it down.

So, on Saturday the local Quilt Guild had a 2nd Saturday workshop.  Members can come and learn a skill and/or make an item.  I haven’t gone in a long time, but when I saw this Over sized bag I signed up.

I think it turned out pretty good.  The hardest part was making the handles.  It did take about 5 hours from start to finish.  I used it on Monday and I was able to get a bed pillow, piece of material and a few other things in it.  It holds a lot!

 

 

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What project have you made lately?

Later – Heather

Hallelujah Toffee

For November I want to focus on the positive. We will see if I can post daily.  If there are no photos, etc involved I will have a higher chance.

Today I am glad that I get to volunteer with Hallelujah Toffee.

http://hallelujahtoffee.org/

This year I was able to help by cooking and packing into bags, helping at the boxing party and I will be helping sell it at a craft fair.

Oh, and by the way, the online store is open as of today so if you want to buy some great, handmade toffee and support a great cause then please buy a box.

My only warning is it is addicting and we are selling out earlier and earlier each year even though we make over 4,000 pounds.

100% of our profits go directly to 40 well-deserving students from the slums of Kenya, each with their own personal story of difficult circumstances and even stronger resolve. Affectionately referred to as our “Candy Kids,” these secondary students are now receiving a full year of education, room and board, mentoring, an emergency medical fund, and summer camp experiences during their holiday months.

What organizations do you volunteer with?

Later – Heather

Emoji Movie review

Our local paper gives the opportunity to will tickets to new movies at the local theater and I actually won this last week.

I won tickets to the Emoji Movie, which is rated PG.  I knew a little bit about the movie before going, but not everything

I was a little nervous when one of the movie previews was for the My Little Pony movie!?!

I won’t give away any of the Emoji Movie, but I will say that I enjoyed it and I am happy I entered to win tickets.

What movie have you seen lately?  Do you go to the movies often?

Later – H

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Our garden has exploded with Zucchinis this season so I went looking for some new recipes.

I received a blog post from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for  ‘The Best Chocolate Zucchini Cake’

https://www.melskitchencafe.com/best-chocolate-zucchini-cake/

and boy is this cake and chocolate whipped cream good!

To make this cake Gluten-free I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1 to 1 Baking flour and the only other change I made was I used dark, unsweetened cocoa powder since that is what I had in the pantry.

I sent the leftovers with the husband to his work and his coworkers loved it and I received multiple requests for the recipe.

So, thanks to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for posting the recipe and whipped cream.  I will definitely be making this recipe again.

Do you have a garden?  If so, do you grow Zucchini?

Later – Heather

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

I made a slightly modified version of this recipe tonight and it was a hit.  So, I figured I would share and post it here so I don’t forget where I found it.

Do you watch/ listen to YouTube bloggers?  Well, I have found some I really like, but that list will be for a post in the future.

But, this recipe was published on YouTube on June 28, 2017 by ‘She’s in Her Apron’.  A friend of hers found it from ‘Gimme Some Oven’ and the direct link is below:

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/crispy-slow-cooker-carnitas/

I actually had two cooked, plain, shredded chicken breasts in the fridge that I didn’t have a plan for.  So, I put the shredded meat in a saucepan and made the sauce with the addition of the juice from one Halo mandarins.  I then simmered it on medium-low for about 30 minutes.

After than I followed the actual recipe.  The husband commented on how good the house smelled when he came in the door and was more than happy to eat three tacos with this meat in them for dinner.

So, let me know if you try it and if you liked it.  This is definitely going in my list of Go To meals.

Heather

 

I am back!

Well, actually I have been here, gone and then back, but the last month has been crazy!

Part of the time I was on vacation and came up with a huge mental list of blog posts.  Now to get them written down, planned and actually posted.  I promise they will be posted, but it may take months to get them all done.

The west is currently in a heat wave.  I am so happy that I don’t live in Phoenix right now.  I will take the upper 90s, but Pepper, the Golden Retriever, is not enjoying it.  I need fill her kiddie pool and see if she will go in it tonight.

What is the weather like where you live?

Later, Heather

 

 

 

 

Aspen Painting

The Women’s group at our church had a Painting night last year so I went with a friend.  I wasn’t sure what the painting was going to be, but I figured it was a good way to spend some time with a friend.

Since this was the third Paint and Sip class I had been to I had an idea how it would go.

I am impressed with how my painting turned out, but it doesn’t really match my decorating style and I have run out of space to hang it!

aspen painting

So, this painting is going to be given to our daughter and she will hang it in her new place.

I think it is time to use some of the skills I learned to make smaller paintings, etc for my scrapbook, etc.

Do you like to paint?

Later – Heather