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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Through the Eyes of Clover

Today is a special day around the Hops and Homers homestead. It's a place where I was introduced to a year ago exactly today. I had to think about that for a while today while I was chasing the birds and squirrels out of the yard. There is no way I have been living here for a whole year, just no way. But, sure enough, the Lady and the big guy were right, it has been a year.

Now, I'm not one to be sentimental about things, but this year has been the best year so far of my life. I know, I know, I've only been alive for just over a year, but seriously, these people came and sprung me from the kennel I was living in. I remember that first ride home in the car. I couldn't tell who was more scared, me or them. I think it was them, especially with the Lady driving the truck. (I don't think I've ever been in the truck with her driving since.) I remember how happy they were, that was until later that night when I pooped on the bathroom floor and it almost went into the air vent. Well, that was my first of many tests for them and they passed with flying colors. I was pretty easily house broken from my perspective.

I remember looking at the yard for the first time and thinking how big it was. What did I know!? I was only 3 months old and had never been out of a kennel before. There was so much grass out there. Now, I just roll around in the grass, when I'm not working by rearranging my sticks.

So in case you couldn't tell, I fit in pretty well around this place. Not only am I allowed to go in the yard, but they allow me to go up on the furniture. There was a time when I wasn't allowed to, but I don't remember that. This past year, has flown by. I have been to so many places and seen so many new things that I didn't even know or even could imagine. I had my picture in the local paper, and was on the label of a beer.

But, with the good comes the bad. I know there were times where I was not the easiest dog to get along with. And I also know, I had some medical issues my first year, but that is all passed us now, despite the horrendous picture below.

All in all, my first year at the Hops and Homers homestead has been the best time of my life. I know that my adoptive parents think so, but I wanted to tell them too. Thank you for rescuing me and thank you for making me apart of your lives. I will leave you with a couple of more picture. Here's to a lifetime of happiness...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Adventures in Homebrewing

Here are just a few of the many pictures I took of my three recent homebrewing adventures. As of this morning I have a pumpkin milk stout and a session IPA in primary fermentors and a west coast IPA in a secondary. These will be bottled within the month. Have a look.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sabbatical is Over

Now that it's August, it's time to dust off the keyboard and break out a blog post. Checking back, it's been almost two months since we last spoke. That's a long time. In that time a lot has been going on here at the Hops and Homers homestead over our summer sabbatical.

First, everyone's favorite four-legged Clover has been transformed. Transformed into what you may be asking. Well, I will let her tell you. She has been working on a post on her summer vacation. She is looking at possibly a regular spot beginning next week.

On the beer front, there has been a lot drank. Some good and some bad. What I am looking forward to the most, is my case of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp. It is a collaboration of many breweries from around the country. Most of which do not distribute in my neck of the woods, so I am really looking forward to trying them.

Also on the beer front, we currently have two homebrews in primary fermentors, a West coast IPA and a session IPA, and a pumpkin stout scheduled to be brewed this weekend. We should be all set for beer in the coming weeks. Maybe if you're lucky, you can try one. Or if you can't maybe there will be a review posted. Ah, the possibilities.

The Mets have done what I asked them to do, stay relevant and get me to football. Currently they are four games under .500, but are a fun watch because of all their young pitchers. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's not a train. The future is bright for the Mets. As for the Jets, training camp has begun. Expect a football preview in the coming weeks.

It's good to be back from summer sabbatical. Let's do this again soon. Hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer.

Until next time.