This is primarily a travel blog in which I write about traveling in our motorhome. Our travels have

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I began this blog as a vehicle for reporting on a 47-day trip made by my wife and me in our motorhome down to the Yucatan Peninsula and back. I continued writing about our post-Yucatan travels and gradually began including non-travel related topics. I often rant about things that piss me off, such as gun violence, fracking, healthcare, education, and anything else that pushes my button. I have a photography gallery on my Smugmug site (

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Dog Likes Broccoli

Carol Ann hates to go grocery shopping.  I don't really mind it.  It's certainly easier than some of the things I should be doing around the house.  Plus, it makes me look good, volunteering to do something that she hates to do.  Carol Ann gave me a grocery shopping list the other day and I went to the Kroger store not far from the house.  One item on the list was broccoli, a tasteless green vegetable that is "good for you".  If I put enough lemon juice and salt on the stuff it's not too bad.  At our Kroger store broccoli is sold by the stalk, not by weight.  I looked for a small stalk but apparently someone at Kroger doesn't really like the stuff either and were attempting to get rid of it because there were no small stalks.  Actually there were small stalks but they were rubber-banded together to make big stalks, which made you have to buy more than you really wanted.

Carol Ann steamed the stuff for supper (that's southern-speak for "dinner") and I ate as much of it as I could.  Still, after we finished supper there was a fair amount left over.  As we were cleaning up the dishes my dog, Mia, a chihuahua/dachshund mix, began jumping up and down begging for leftovers.  I thought, what the hell, I'll be mean and give her some broccoli.  I held out a flowerette (doesn't even sound like something edible, does it?) and she almost took my hand off she was so fast.  I figured she was expecting meat and would spit the broccoli out as soon as she realized that I had tricked her.  But no.  She chewed, swallowed, and began begging for more!  Amazed, I kept feeding it to her until finally Carol Ann made me stop, afraid the dog would get sick.  Why does she never seem to worry that I will get sick from eating it!

P.S.  This blog is just about to register it's 10,000th "hit" (page viewing).  I honestly never expected more than 40 or 50 tops when I started it earlier this year in January.  I had no intention of continuing it once our trip to Mexico was over but I enjoy writing and when I realized that there were actually some people out there who would read my drivel I decided to keep going.  I realize that some of you may consider this particular post, excitement over a dog eating broccoli, somewhat odd but I needed something to write about and there is no trip coming up soon.  Take care.


Croft said...

Dog bites man = no news
Dog likes broccoli = BIG NEWS!

I am just trying to be #1000 but I think I missed it by 1. Have a good summer!

michael ultra said...

Yep, I'm lucky #10k. Good job. My guys like avocados, green beans, and pistachio nuts. Dog are funny critters.

Robert & Carol Ann Martin said...

Well, Croft. You can win 'em all, but at least you were close so if this had been horse shoes or hand grenades you may have won.

Robert & Carol Ann Martin said...

You should win a car or something, but don't hold your breath! In the blog I screwed up and said #1,000 instead of #10,000. My bad!