Only Annie and I were having dinner at home last night with Louisa still at her music program and Joe traveling for a business meeting. It seemed like the perfect time to dive back into the freezer, and come out with a mystery bowl for dinner. This Pyrex bowl looked like it could be a meat something, but I couldn’t be sure. It could have been a pulled pork, meat slices, chile, or even a soup. It was just the right portion for two, so into the microwave it went! Annie was a little anxious that maybe there wouldn’t be anything edible for dinner after it was heated, but out came a savory, beer braised stew. Silly me, I must have tucked this little bowl into the freezer thinking I would eat it within a week, so no need to label. Wrong! This mystery turned out well, luckily for Annie.
A friend recently told me how her dad used to buy the discounted cans at the grocery store and they would have a whole cabinet of mystery cans, since they had no labels. Imagine? Will it be sweet corn when the lid is popped, or dinner for Fido? That was a much greater mystery that our dinner was. Have you ever purchased unlabeled food and taken your chances?
Finally, speaking of Fido, I haven’t shared an up to date photo of our baby with you in a few weeks. I took this picture of Pepper on Wednesday. She’s almost 5 months old and probably weighs 25 pounds. This puppy is mighty strong and as she now walks around the neighborhood with me on her leash, she pulls and jumps to get at any living thing that interests her, whether it be people or other dogs. I hadn’t realized raising a puppy would be such a workout.
Also, we recently discovered her breed mix. When we adopted her, they told us she was a Labrador mix, but the rest was a mystery. Only certain breeds have her brindle color, but she really didn’t match any of the descriptions I could find online. Finally, a very determined receptionist at the vet’s office found a picture of a breed that was her spitting image. I can say as certainly as you can without an official genetic test that she’s more than part Treeing Tennessee Brindle. We got ourselves a hound dog puppy! Another mystery solved – wish us luck!