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Never say never
Feels like a pretty crappy week for our little LJ community. Crap. I really thought Helen's cancer was survivable. She was stage III at presentation and there was a lot of hope after her surgery and initial chemo. Her cancer recurred early and then took over her body with a vengeance. Really the emperor of all maladies (http://video.pbs.org/video/2365362396/, if you ever want to know more, read this). She will be dearly missed. I sent a donation to the USC cancer center, I think the best tribute to the "bad vegan" as she always called herself will be to make soup. My best soup recipes are from Helen. Will probably start with this one, I can't remember when she passed this one on to me:

This is my family’s favorite pea soup. I have been making this version for over 25 years. This tastes even better the next day and it is great over baked potatoes, too!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8-10
1 cup green split peas
½ cup dried baby lima beans
¼ cup barley
8 cups water
1 onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 cups vegetable broth
2 carrots, chopped
2 potatoes, chunked
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place split peas, lima beans, barley and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add bay leaves and celery seed. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 1 hour.
You can blend about 1/4 of the soup for a creamy texture. A hand blender works great!
Hints: If you want to make this without the lima beans, increase the split peas to 2 cups and reduce the initial cooking time to ½ hour. This freezes well and reheats well. For a delicious smoky flavor, try adding a couple drops of liquid smoke to the soup about 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

RIP Helen. Your lack of verbal edit function will be dearly missed at the AKC agility trials.

Tomorrow is September 11. They say "never forget." Everyone remembers what they were doing on September 11, 2001. I was on the last leg of my road trip. I had taken a position at LA Children's and took 10 days to drive from Louisville to Los Angeles. September 11 was the last day I was on the road, traveling in my little CRV which was packed with stuff. Ally had the entire back section to herself and could lie in great comfort but the rest of the car was packed tight. I remember coming over the hill on the I-10 and started wondering where all of the traffic was. No one was on the road. I was busy listening to Harry Potter books on tape so I didn't bother turning on the radio. When I pulled into the driveway of the house I had rented in Studio City the neighbor from across the street introduced himself and told me what had happened. None of my stuff had arrived so I went to a nearby restaurant that had a tv and watched the news. Horrifying day, never to be forgotten.

I trained my dogs this afternoon for a distraction. Hard for me to say I'd never train a running dog walk again, but it's highly unlikely unless I get a 12 inch or smaller dog. I do know that I'll never have another dog as smart and physically talented as the imp. Why have 1 dog walk behavior when you can have 4? She actually did great this session, still needs a little work with the collection command but not bad. I'm always surprised when someone asks me how many times a week I train Kona's dog walk. I only train when the dog walk is dry, the ground is perfect, and I have enough time to set up a drill so this is the 6th session she's done like this this year. No wonder it's taken so long. Good dog.

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Not a lot of good going on right now.

I tried to let Noodle run because he's only 11.5" tall. Um yeah, he has a stop now. Why run through it when you can leap! Ha! Little poop!

Seems like something Noodle would choose to do :)

Im going to try the recipe, it sounds yummy. Thank you for sharing.

I was in my classroom, with a bunch of freshmen. I can still see them and myself in my minds eye when i think of that day...

Yes, this pea soup is most excellent.

It is a day you'll never forget, and hopefully, one my generation will only have "one" of those. I was a junior at school, and had my 2nd date with my future fiancee. Woke up that morning, didn't have a TV, but my roommate heard it on the radio. She told me about it, and I just refused to watch the videos for years afterwards. Crazy.

Question about your 2 turns - am I right in seeing that you have one verbal for run the board but you'll be turning off of it (chuck chuck?) and one to collect on the board plus a turn (cik cik?)? Kona (and you) are pretty fabulous to watch. Seeing your hair made me realize I haven't seen you in forever. Boo!

I know, haven't seen you for a long time! I don't blame you for not watching the videos.

Yes, commands are straight ahead full extension, stop, turn away and turn toward, because why make things simple, haha.

Maybe not simple, but pretty brilliant.

That is a beautiful dog walk!

Thanks, but never again :)

That must have been a rather kinda creepy drive with no traffic :(. Do you listen to the radio now?

I like split pea soup ;)

Awesome DW you two!!!!!

It was sort of creepy in Riverside, but when you get to Pasadena and there is no traffic it's super creepy.

I lost Helen and another friend to cancer this week. Truly a crappy cancer week. Helen sure was a fighter. I admired her strength and determination.

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