So… Back from the Hospital. Again.

Long story short… I got sepsis and it hit hard last Thursday. Kinda sketchy for the first couple of days because well, it was like being run over by a train… very sharp pain, like being sliced by a ringing cymbal and deep chills. High temp and general fuckery. But strong antibiotics helped calm it down and I was released on Sunday.

I still feel like I’ve been run over by a train. Go figure.

You all are probably as sick of hearing about medical stuff as I am experiencing it so let’s talk about other things.

I do feel like my brain is slowly cracking loose of the shell formed aroouond it. Yeah, it’s been a hard haul these past few years but the grey matter has shown signs of arousal… excitement even about writing. or rather at least constructing scenarios which is always good.

On the reading front, I’m going through the JJ Graves series which are a nice light cozy set about a small town coroner and her sheriff husband. Good constructed plots. Nice twists. There’s a bit of a twee thing going on with a faux-sentient laptop but I’m hoping that dies down soon. It’s kinda icky. It’s bordering on being a Cousin Oliver so I’m just sort of skimming at those bits but the rest of it is damned solid for a brain delve.

Finished TA Moore’s Dirty Job (Book 2 of the Dirty Deeds series) I really love that the MCs are not good guys. I do. Link to it here. Honestly, go check out the series. Such tight writing.

The Potato went to the vet on the same day I was entrenched in the ER. He has a fungal AND a bacteria skin infection so he has all the drugs as well as eye stuff because on top of everything else, his tear ducts don’t work.

Been playing Pokemon. Trust me. When you’re stuck in a hospital room, you either Pokemon or Read and Pokemon was easier because I hurt too damned much to keep anything I read. I’m getting kind of bored with the selection of pokemon popping up in the game. Needs a bit more excitement. Okay, for me it’s like stamp collecting.

That’s been pretty much my week. My arms are mottled with bruises from IVs and attempts to IV and also blood draws…and attempts to draw blood. Better than it was the last time but still, I come home looking like some kid got at me with a purple marker. Do not eat the food at the hospital. That’s all I’m gonna say.

Long Awaited Borking Day!

The Borks were postponed for a few weeks mainly due to my surgeries then Paige going on vacation followed by her making sure she didn’t get COVID so her tests were out for a day… came back negative and well, TODAY WAS A BORKING DAY.
Now yesterday I had a home visit from the nurses and the Potato was in the back of the house which can I tell you, he did NOT want. He complained and cajoled until finally he was let out to come visit and he went insane with joy and hyperactivity, which is so not his thing. But he got a lot of love and praise from them and he wheedled around for many scritches.
He does have another bout of spring allergies/hives so we’re waiting for his script to be called in so he can get some relief from the itchiness. He’s been getting wound care on the spots and wearing a donut which he hates. But soon, pupper.
So the Borking today was definitely something he was ready for. Paige forgot to text so we weren’t aware she was on her way which is normally when we kit up the Potato but she got here and he was all…. GET ME DRESSED! TIME TO BORK. He headed out for a good long bork and did trip a little bit but he’s fine. Probably just charging forward and not watching where he’s going. Because Borking is SERIOUS business.
From his Auntie Paige:
Here’s a picture of Gus looking resplendent in purple and blue! Like I mentioned he stumbled a little on our way back but seems fine- and even took a few minutes to roll on the lawn. 🙂
Best, Paige

First BORKING with his Auntie Paige!

Today’s BORKING REPORT! First time with Auntie Paige!
There definitely was some… Wait, Who Are YOU? today when Paige opened the door instead of Jessica but after a few sniffs, The Potato was all… OH YEAH! I met you! You gave me scritches. He wasn’t hesitant to go but he knew it wasn’t Jessica for sure. We sadly stopped and chatted for a few seconds and was promptly scolded by the Potato for holding up the Bork.
Because Borking is Serious Business.
Which we told Paige when she first came to visit. And boy he did not let her down. Most dogs do toddle about, stopping and sniffing when they go on walks. Gus DOES NOT. He doesn’t know what those other dogs are doing but a walk is for Borking, Giving Opinions, and Supervising Workers. On the off chance there is a wet lawn or even a wet fertilized lawn, then a good roll can be taken as a break but then it’s right back to work.
Today he was in high form because there was going to be a BORK and Paige just better keep up. Which she did and I think maybe she fell in love with the Potato just a bit. And when they came back to the house, he smiled and rolled about like a happy little blond ottoman and gave her many lols and snorkles. And rolled about some more.
Right now he’s passed out because well, it was a hard Borking shift and he’s going to need to rest up for the next one.
From his Auntie Paige:
It was so nice to walk Gus for the first time! It was just how you said- he was all business and ran the whole way to the end of the street and back. He barked at the guy across the street and your neighbor, but no worries, he didn’t start any trouble.
Thank you so much!

Yet Another Potato Update

You’d think with as how much I talk about the Potato that he’s a very interactive dog. He really isn’t. He’s an old man who likes to eat, sleep, and roll around in the grass, preferably if the grass has fish emulsion or something stinky like possum poop on it. But he is a delight and in the past couple of years, has really enjoyed having people visit him. To the point where he is upset the UPS and FedEx guys don’t come in and pet him or when someone who is visiting leaves.

And in the spirit of the Year of the Tiger, he also got a spa day which he badly needed following the skin infection he’d gotten, which kind of left him with odd patches and we had to shave spots down so they could be addressed.

Our last dog groomer ghosted us because we TOLD her to not take off the muzzle if he was outside and she decided that no, she could. That did not go well. As all of you know, that’s imperative for Gus to feel safe and secure.

But we DID find an ANGEL of a groomer named Charity who owns and runs Raise the Wuff Mobile Grooming and had an opening immediately because she was in the area. Woman literally has a towable mobile salon attached to the hitch of her truck and we were given an iPad with a camera feed so we could watch him. If you’re in San Diego and need a dog groomer, Charity is awesome.

Because as soon as she came in, the Potato was in love. And when he came back, he was so sorry to see her go. But that said, look at the results! One Clean Potato. And his cat.

Shoyu Noodles… or Sorta Cantonese Soy Sauce Noodles

Not going to give you a long drawn out story about how my grandmother used to make this after working a long day in the cane fields because first, my maternal grandmother was Portuguese and secondly, she never made shoyu noodles in her life. But it’s a favourite of mine and can be found in a lot of Chinese restaurants in Hawai’i.

Shoyu Noodles


  • 1½ to 2 cups protein of your choice (cut into bite sides pieces, optional)
  • 2ish cups prepared thin yellow egg noodles
    (can be Taiwanese Noodles / Yakisoba, etc. I suggest “fresh” Yakisoba noodles because they are easy enough to find and you can simply run them in hot water to break them apart) You could actually also use the wider chow fun rice noodles but you’ll be making chow fun instead.
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly. Can use shallots
  • 8 oz mung bean sprouts (can use more if you like)
  • 5 stalks green onions, mince the white part and cut the green parts into longer sections. Separate.
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy, or any sturdy green of your choice.
    Like on choy, yu choy, mustard greens, collard greens, tatsoi)
  • 2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic (or more if you like)
  • 3 tablespoon shoyu / soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon koikuchi / dark soy sauce (If you can’t find dark soy sauce, double up a bit on the regular and add more oyster sauce…or even a bit of black bean sauce if you can find that. It’ll change the flavour a bit but still be good.)
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt / pepper to taste
  • cooking oil
  • toasted sesame seeds (optional)

You’re going to need a bowl to put the cooked veggies in while you cook the noodles so.. head’s up.

Cook the noodles per instructions if they need boiling. If using the precooked yakisoba noodles, simply run them under hot water until they separate. If not yakisoba, then once the noodles are cooked, dry them well and then add a little bit of oil to the noodles and toss lightly. Let them cool.

In a wok or a large skillet, put a little bit of oil and brown the meat with the sliced onion / shallots. When browned, add the greens, the white part of the green onions, garlic and ginger. Salt and pepper to taste. A few shakes will be good. Once this is all browned and cooked down, put them into that bowl I warned you that you’d need.

Next, brown the oiled noodles in the hot pan. They’re not going to get very brown but if you can get a bit of char on them, good.

Once they are a bit more golden, add the soy sauces, oyster sauce, and sugar. Mix well.

Add bowl of meat and veggies, mix well and then add the bean sprouts and rest of the green onions. Once the bean sprouts are a little wilted, it is ready to serve. Can top with toasted sesame seeds if you like.


Jan 11 Borking Report!

Today’s Borking Report…
So he had to be woken up, taken out for potty then get dressed for his Auntie. And as soon as the Potato was fully kitted up, he realized it was AUNTIE JESSICA was coming and he positioned himself for maximum Borkers.
I cannot communicate the joy he has when he sees her. And it’s kind of sweet because he really has the joy for everyone who visits. Cairns by nature are a bit stoic and while happy to see you are kind of the… Hey! How are you doing? rather than the effusive OMGILOVEYOUWANTTOBEINYOURNOSTRILS … which I have had in the past as well. Gus doesn’t want to be in your nostrils but he would like to be laying out like a beached turtle on his back getting scritches.
Or going out for a quick Bork and then coming home and getting some scritches. Either way, scritches are welcome.
But he did go potty before he left AND apparently potty again when she arrived because you know, it makes us look like we did NOT let him out. Little bastard 😀
From his Auntie Jessica:
Gus was just so excited to see me today! He went poop right at the beginning of the walk. Maybe that’s why he was anxious to get outside! We had a nice walk and I’ll see him soon!