We do not have pets except for two gold fish and twelve geese. We can’t have a cat in the house because Doug is allergic to cats. We might keep a dog, a medium sized dog, maybe some time in the future.

For now, I don’t think we can have any pets of the four legged kind.

Denice has a big fear of animals. She has always been a fearful child and I do not think her fear of cats and dogs has anything to do with any bad experiences with the animals.

But the strange thing though, once we stopped to watch our neighbor’s horse, and she said she’d like to ride the horse. She does not seem to be afraid of horses or mules. She has taken a ride on her aunt’s donkey with daddy sitting with her on the donkey. She wasn’t afraid.

But she is very afraid of cats and dogs. She will jump on a chair or table if she sees a cat and cry in fear. If she sees a dog even if the dog is on a leash quite a distance away from her, she will cling to daddy’s legs and ask to be picked up. She refuses to enter a friend’s house because this friend has to two dogs, unless assurances are made that the dogs are outside in the back yard.

She’s afraid of the geese we have in our back yard too! We have a fenced area in the back yard so she can still play in that area without fear of the geese.

I don’t think her fear of dogs was helped when, during a visit to the grandparents, the cousin’s dog jumped on her! The poor girl was practically traumatized from that experience!

I don’t know how long it will be before she gets over that fear. Duncan has been asking for a cat, which I don’t think he’ll be likely to get any time soon. Maybe a rabbit?

Fear is a natural protective instinct in children, and as a child grows older certain fears will also lessen. We hope the same is true for Denice, and we are not pushing for her to get over her fears quickly. Let her get over her fears at her own pace.

I think i made this recipe just so i could use the word “cakelet” it just made me laugh. and really, on a rainy February day who doesn’t need a laugh. a super simple recipe that came with the nordic ware cake pan. i couldn’t find the recipe on the website so here it is. it really is delicious.

1/2 soft butter

1 1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla

2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp of lemon zest

2 cups of sifted cake flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup of plain yogurt

1/2 cup of buttermilk

preheat oven to 370 F. grease and flour pan. in large bowl, blend maragarine and sugar together on medium speed for two minutes, until light and fluffy. add eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. add the yogurt and buttermilk and blend. add dry ingredients and mix on low speed for one minute. scrape bowl and continue to beat on medium for two more minutes. divide batter into pan and bake for 25 minutes. cool ten minutes and invert onto a cooling rack. i had to cut the tops of mine as they were too full and resembled muffin tops, but that was okay with my family as they happily ate the parts i cut off.

these would be delicious with blueberries and whip cream!