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Friday, June 11, 2010

fridays with asa: potpourri

hello there, my furry friends!  it is quite good to be back.
as you have noticed, the title of my post today is "potpourri".  in most cases, potpourri refers to a collection of flowers, herbs, and spices used to perfume a room.  however, potpourri can also refer to an amalgamation or collection of miscellaneous items, and that, my fair readers, is what i, asa, have in store for you today.
shall we commence then?  first, my mom requested that i share with you several pictures from a recent photo shoot.  some of you may not be aware of the fact that i have always had a fear of the camera.  i realize that this fear is irrational and silly, but nonetheless, it is one that i possess.  in an effort to aid me in overcoming this shortfall, my mom will sporadically subject me to impromptu sessions with the camera.  i must admit that i have made serious progress from these sessions, and my fear has almost dwindled to a mere discomfort.  ha.

ugh, mom.  honestly?  did you really feel the need to produce the camera whilst i was enjoying a relaxing afternoon slumber?

but that a most delectable morsel i spy in your hand?

indeed it is.  a tender, perfectly green bush bean awaiting my enjoyment.

mom, i shall regard you and the camera directly with the hope that i may partake of said morsel!

are you not proud of me, asa?  i am still fixating on the camera! 

enough, woman!  i demand that you surrender the bush bean forthwith!!

now that the above foppishness is out of the way, i believe that the next item of business is an update following my surgery.  today marks exactly one month since my surgery to remove the MCT on my right thigh.  do you remember my somewhat large incision?

i am happy to report that the saying "time heals all wounds" is indeed accurate.  allow me to show you how my thigh looks today.
for goodness sake, booker, would you mind extricating your enormous nose from the picture?

there we go.  as you can observe, all of my stitches have been removed.  i was thankful that i did not have to return to madame vet's to have my stitches removed due to the fact that my mom regularly removes stitches from humans at the doctor's office where she works.  so my mom carefully de-stitched me, and my scar has smoothed out for the most part.  it is also becoming less and less pink as each day passes.  my fur is growing back in slowly but surely.  

and finally, i am quite excited to present to all of you an update on my dad's garden!  i have been toiling very hard to ensure a successful harvest.

my dad's garden just after planting:

my dad's garden now:

isn't it amazing what 2 months of nurturing care can yield?  currently, mom, dad, booker, and myself are enjoying an endless harvest of pole beans and bush beans.  it is wonderful to go out to the garden after my parents get home from work and pick fresh beans for supper!  also, the cucumbers are now in season.  we just picked our first two this past week.  below is one of the ripe cucumbers that we picked, and then another cucumber growing on the vine:

the tomatoes and green peppers are approaching completion as well.  i believe one more week should do just the trick, and then we shall be ready for the first picking.

many thanks, friends, for sticking with me through this lengthy potpourri post.  i trust that you will have an excellent weekend and enjoy watching the world cup!
good day!


3 doxies said...

Well now Miss Sas that was some pot-pourie of a post but very enjoyable.
We ALL here is like that withs da flashy monster. Well, Whitney actually will run fur cover whe her sees it. Mum has tried using treats wt us but far it hasn't worked so I gives you a big round of applause fur your progress.
I thinks your wnd looks very nice....I mean fur a wound and all.
It's healing very nicely.
How bouts sending some of those tomatoes to 123 Puddles, I'm not gonna eats em...they is to throw at da neighbors.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow what a great potpouri! We are glad your scar is healing up so well - and we were so confused with your brothers nose in the picture! We would never have guessed you were afraid of the camera - you are great at hiding it! And wow is your dad's garden doing great - everything looks so wonderful (and tasty too!) We hope you and Booker have a great weekend!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Glad you wound is healing very nice. WOW you dad's garden is amazing ... lots of vegetables n it's only early June. Great JOB! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

little princess Luna~ said...

asa--darling, i most enjoyed your potpouri post this friday afternoon~! i especially enjoyed the "tender, perfect green bush bean" part and bookies nose in the way of your picture--hehehe. very cute~!
i am so glad to see that you are healing well and that your daddi's garden is coming along well--soon it will be a jungle of yummy food~!! :DD


Remington said...

Howdy! You healed up really nicely! I love your garden!

JD and Max said...

Hi Miss Asa - that was a lovely post, so full of succulent titbits for us!

We're glad you're getting used to the flashy box - we realise that most humans are OBSESSED with them! We sure hope you got your nom out posing so prettily.

Secondly, we're so pleased that you're healing well - we did giggle at your bro's nose getting in the way, he he he!

And finally wow - you sure do have green paws! We are impressed at what your gardent is going to yield - we really like cucumbers, have you ever tried one? We can recommend them!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

sprinkles said...

Your wound is healing up so nicely!

That's a great garden! I don't have one at my house. My parents do but they don't seem to get very many vegetables from it. Sometimes they do.

Two Pitties in the City said...

I didn't know dogs could actually be scared of the camera, but I did enjoy your photo shoot. And I can't believe how quickly your garden grew; you have a whole beanstalk! Just make sure you don't get any giants in your backyard.

houndstooth said...

Asa, your scar is healing very nicely! By winter, I'll bet it hardly even shows!

Mom is drooling over that garden of yours! It will be a long time before our tomatoes look like yours!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

A very delectable post of potpourri - that's what we think. We are so glad that your scar is healing so nicely. You are lucky that your furs are growing in so nicely. Poor Phantom was bare for such a long time.

Mom is in love with your garden. We have luck gardening here, and she just loves those home grown cukes and tomatoes and peppers and . . .and . . . - well, you know, all of it. Great gardening, Asa. Hope Booker helped too.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Maggie Mae said...

You is healing so nicely Asa! The garden looks great too!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Emma Rose said...

Those are some really great pictures of you Asa. I'm glad you are healing so nicely too.
That veggie garden looks most scrumptious! We are still waiting for the rain to stop so we can till the soil!!!

Emma Rose

The Teacher's Pets said...

Hello Miss Asa!
It's me, Daisy the Coonhound, and I've gotta bark that you and I have lots in common in regards to the camera! My mom sometimes subjects me to pose wearing outfits and bandanas and t-shirts AND THEN she posts my picture on her bloggie without asking permission to do so! Mothers, let me tell ya...
Anyway, I growled when I saw the picture of your scar and stitches beclaws they scared me butt I am sooo happy you are healing!
Also, I love the garden! My dad is growing a garden butt it doesn't look like yours but it hasn't been 2 months yet! Patience, patience!

scotsmad said...

Asa you would have been a great addition to the red bandana day. You are so brave to face your fear with just a bean!

We're happy to see your wound has healed nicely.

BUT, how did you guard that garden while you were at summer camp! Did you just put fear into the little critters before you left?

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Frankie Furter said...

ASA... Honey your PoPoRee Post is supurb!! So full of happiness. Look how you have healed!!! YEA for you. And that garden... whooooie that is really something.
Soooo no wonder you healed so fast.. you eat HEALTHY!! Your green bean thingy must be deeeeelicious for you to put up with the flashy BEAST the way you did.
My garden isn't as far along as yours. I have had a couple of snowpeas/sugarsnaps in the last two days butt that's it.... Well except for my furst Milkbone harvest that is.

CJ/Rick said...

Raised beds are the only way to have a backyard garden. Looks great. Glad you're doing so well.

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Asa, your incision is healing very nicely! Thank you for the garden update and also your endeavors with photography. We think all the produce in the garden looks WONDERFUL! YUM!!! and Happy Weekend to you, Booker Man and your Mom and Dad xoxo

Zona said...

Miss Asa, your wound is healing so nicely!! Your mom did a lovely job!

And your garden is so far ahead of ours. Lucky!!


Anonymous said...

Oh, this post made me happy and it also made a lot of sense to me. You see, I suffer from camera-phobia myself! I empathize.

PS: I loved the idea of attaching a string to a can of tuna to get the kitty's attention and later I plan to do just that. I think I'll tie it to her tail so I don't have to do any work. Thanks for a great idea.

Sagira said...

Glad that your ouchie is better.

You can't even tell you were scared of the camera, great job, keep up the good work.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What great pikhs of evFURRYthing!

Thanks fur sharing!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Asa!
I enjoyed a lot your potpourri post!
That thing of the camera is something we have to live with, right?
Glad you are not scared of it anymore!
And glad your ouchie is almost gone!
The garden sure is pawesome!
Kisses and hugs

Lola said...

Asa, I'm so glad that you aren't so scared of the flashy beast anymore because those photos are pawsome! You are just beautiful. And I'm so glad you've recovered so well from surgery. That scar is almost gone. How handy that your Mom could take the stitches out for you. Veggies are not something I'm in favor of, but the garden is very, very pretty. Loved your whole potpourri post. I missed you when you were away at camp.

wags, Lola

Priscilla said...

Dear Asa, I really enjoyed the 'potpouri'. It's so interesting. I'm glad the wound is almost gone and the scar is disappearing. Your dad's garden is so beautiful and I love those beans too.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I luved the potpourri, too! (That's a hard word to spell.) Okay, let's see. I know how you feels about the camera. It took me a long time to stop being freaked out every time mom put it in front of her face. But treats help LOTS!

And I'm SO happy you're almost all healed up and your scar is going away.

And lastly, your garden is SO very much wonderful! And tasty-looking, too! Good job! Your dad couldn't have done it without you!

Wiggles & Wags,

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Today we celebrate UNITY in DIVERSITY with Maxmom and with all of the wonderful dog-blogs that have taken the spirit of the World Cup and made it MORE - made it an exercise in understanding, tolerance and community.

Today we cheer for the United States of America on our bloggy and welcome you with open paws to celebrate with us☺

Happy to hear your boo-boo is getting covered again with your furs. Sadly, if we had a garden yike yours we would dig it all up☺

Anonymous said...

Asa - I have to tell you how utterly refreshing it is to read a dog blog written so intelligently. You used words I never hear and I love it! Amalgamation - now, there's a fifty cent word if I ever heard one! Foppishness?? Well done!! One has to be very cultured to have forthwith in their vocabulary... kudos to you.

Glad you're healing up so nicely and good luck with your garden.

Dory and the Mama said...

We just love your potpourri of a post Asa...So well written too!!

Smileys & Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

1000 Goldens said...

Asa, you are a very smart girl and good with the vocabularies! We are glad you have healed up so well and are extremely impressed with your green paw - the garden is great!

The Strawberry Mallard said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh......canine bliss, from ear to ear ( errrrr...... Asa we mean.....the corn will be another month or two right? ;o)

K9friend said...

You look wonderful, and so does your garden, too!


BRUTUS said...

A bean lover, are ya? Hmm, might have to try one myself. The only venture into the veggie world I've made so far is carrots, but I love 'em! Impressive garden your dad has - my mom's thumb is pretty much brown!

Brutus the (traveling) Frenchie

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the updates! Glad the news is all good--you look well and the garden does too. Say hi to Booker for me, too.

Inky and Molly said...

We're glad them nasty stitches have healed up alright. What a clever Mama you have, de-stitching you herself!


Asa, I so happy to see your scar is looking so good. Mine hasn't smoothed down yet but but my hair is growing back nicely. We are both survivors and in hope we stall cancer free.

Booker Man, it took me awhile to figure out that was your nose & not a big growth back on Asa's leg....was you licking Asa boo boo. That's whst Brooklyn does whenevr she sees me.

Wow, what a great garden. We used to grow burpless cucumbers and they were delish. Mommynwoulod love to have a cumcumber and mayo sandwch right about now.

Mommy will try to get Sandra after work tonight for you butm itm hard to reach took exactly on very loooong weeklast time.