Love Me Like My Dog


A post from Kalissa:

As most of you know, we love beagles. I have a beagle named Betsy who is still a puppy (but her birthday is on St. Patricks day, my little puppy will be one!) Mom has Ruby, and Kelli has Puppycat. My mom is super helpful with Betsy and watches her for me, (well more like Ruby watches her for Mom) when my school/work schedule doesn’t allow me to give her the attention she needs.

So yesterday was a pretty busy day for me. I woke up around 7:00 like usual, made sure Craig packed a lunch and was off to work, got myself ready and headed out to school to brave the day. I didn’t end up bringing Betsy to my Mom’s house because I thought I would be home in the afternoon to let her out of her kennel. So I went to school for my four hour lecture, went straight to my nurses meeting at work, then stayed for in-service and ended up not being able to get home because I got caught talking with one of my bridesmaids who is home from college and lost track of time!

I jetted off to my next adventure which is helping with CNA State testing. A Registered Nurse evaluates the CNA student while he or she helps me (the patient) with daily cares just as they would in the nursing home. Well, this ended up running later than I expected too. Before I knew it, I looked at the clock and then I remembered that I never made it home to let Betsy out! I instantly just felt sick about it. I was almost in tears as I sped my way home to her.

Finally, when I got home to let her out of the kennel, she sprung into action! She was just SO happy to see me! She wasn’t angry that I had left her in her kennel for too long, she wasn’t giving me the silent treatment, she didn’t yell at me, she just loved me. I felt so bad that I even took her on a walk across town to check up on Mom and the new house. She was so thankful that I took the extra time with her! She didn’t make me feel bad to teach me a lesson, she didn’t hold a grudge, she just loved me.

Betsy and kalissa

When I got to Mom’s house I explained all of this to her and she said to me, “I wish people loved more like dogs.” And this really got me thinking. What if people could forgive that easily? What if we were more thankful?  What if we could love each other unconditionally like our dogs love us?

Betsy doesn’t care if I’m fat, tall, short, small, she just cares that I’m there for her. Betsy doesn’t care if I’m sick, she’ll come take care of me, (Craig always jokes she’s a better nurse than me). She doesn’t judge me if my house is a mess or that I’m still in my pajamas at noon on my days off, she is just is glad I’m home. She forgives me, loves me, and is there for me unconditionally. She is truly, a girl’s best friend.

As this blog entry comes to a close, I challenge you to love a like dog.  Now I don’t mean run up and lick someone’s face and pee a little because you get too excited; I mean love one another unconditionally, don’t judge others, and be quick to forgive and forget.

From the Gluten Free Girl


Ever since I’ve found out I can no longer eat gluten, I’ve been struggling.  It’s gotten better as I learn more about gluten and what foods to watch out for, but it seems like I’m always looking for “new” things that I haven’t had for a while because I haven’t been able to find a gluten free option.  Like I said, it’s gotten lots better as people needing gluten free food increases and more food companies and restaurants are expanding their menus to include gluten free options, but in the middle of nowhere, there are still usually just one or two (at most) options.

Yesterday, I needed to make a grocery run as I haven’t really bought much as far as groceries go since we moved.  I knew that I was going to need to get lots of things and needed to go to a couple different stores (certain ones have better tasting or cheaper items).  I decided to head out east about a half an hour or so which is not where I normally go.  I really wanted to go to an Aldi’s but needed to go to Walmart too, but Aldi’s was my first priority.

One of the reasons that I like Aldi’s so much is that their prices are extremely reasonable.  Also, they carry their own line of gluten free products that actually tastes pretty good for being gluten free and their produce seems to last twice as long as any other stores and usually it’s half the price too!

While I was strolling through the aisles, I was grabbing some beans as chili is on the list of things to make for supper in the next week or two.  Usually, chili beans is something that I struggle with.  You wouldn’t guess it, but many times the beans have tomato paste in them which commonly uses flour as a thickener.  Although it doesn’t say that it contains wheat, if it doesn’t say gluten free, I won’t touch it (I’ve been burned on “chancing” it a few times).  On a whim, I flipped the can over and…

Chili Beans (225x400)You guessed it!  GLUTEN FREE!  Wahoooo!  I was pretty excited!

The other thing that stinks about not being able to eat gluten is that you usually can’t try anything new or fun.  Very rarely do I get a choice as far as what kind of oreos to buy.  The Red Velvet ones?  Forget it!  Not here!  I was so excited that I could get these, that I ended up checking out a few other things in the store and found out that their spaghetti sauce is also gluten free as well as their butternut squash sauce which is supposed to be similar to spaghetti sauce.  Believe it or not, all of the items below are gluten free.  And the best part is that I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them either.

Gluten Free (400x225)
So if you are ever looking for anything gluten free, I highly recommend finding your nearest Aldi’s store.  They don’t  have the name brand things, but if you are okay with an off brand at an amazing price, you will be set!  And their produce is AMAZING too….and that doesn’t have gluten either!



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