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Monday, December 25, 2006

A Yak-a-foosian Christmas?

Swami is still trying to recover from Christmas and cuteness overload (that is in NO way a complaint). Swami and Swamette are enjoying some delicious yak cheese. It brought a tear to Zak's eye when he smelled and saw the yak cheese.
















Swami also received a Yak Plaque. To be totally honest, the first thing The Swami thought was: Yak Plaque, Oh no, Swamette warned me not to share my toothbrush with Zak the Yak. Fortunately, it was not that type of plaque. Swami also, received the "YakTrax" Walker for walking on ice or packed snow. [yaktrax.com]




















There was one major disappointment. The yak-hair thong Swami ordered for Swamette was out of stock. Bummer.

However, lest you think it was an entirely yak-themed Christmas, 'twas not so, reindeer breath!!

It was also a Zickefoosian Christmas. A Red-tailed hawk water color for Susan; Julie's book, Letters from Eden, for Rachel; Julie's birds on sweaters from a nature catalog (me thinks it was National Wildlife) for Swamette and Susan.

Hope Everyone had a Merry Christmas (and happy holidays) and that all (or both) of my readers [and, yes, everyone else as well] have a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

9 Comments:

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

I assume the Yak plaque was from Younger-Son-of-Swami and his maybe-someday-we-can-bring-her-into-the-family girlfriend? Cool. I wonder what Google is thinking about all these "Search for 'Yak'" stuff?

 
At 9:50 AM, Anonymous NatureWoman said...

Cool Yak stuff. What does Yak cheese taste like?
That was soooo cool you bought a Red-tailed hawk water color for Susan!
Happy and Healthy New York to you, Swamette, and Zak the Yak!

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger janet said...

Ooh, how is the cheese, Swami?

When I was in Tibet (2000) they only made one kind of yak's milk cheese, which was not very tasty (that is, kind of icky) to my American taste. A couple years later I heard on NPR that American cheesemakers were working with Tibetans to make a cheese that appealed more to western tastes. Google is so cool that I quickly located the NPR story from 2002: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1142475.

Looking forward to a review of the yak cheese tasting.

 
At 11:39 PM, Anonymous NatureWoman said...

That should be "Happy and Healthy New Year (not York) to you, Swamette, and Zak the Yak!"

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger Mary said...

I'm so glad you had a Merry Yakky Christmas, Swami! You must be loved very much, receiving such special gifts with so much thought behind them. Google must be wondering why there are so many yak hits. And did I tell you and Swamette how great you are to present Susan with something so nice?

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

Yak Trax Rock! We like the day-glo ones because our subtle black ones are hard to find if you throw a shoe in the snow. Gave them to my mom so she could navigate in ice and snow. We swear by them on Indigo Hill.
Thanks for the shameless promotion, Swami!

 
At 5:09 AM, Blogger The Swami said...

In the past Swami has been concerned about Swamette throwing a shoe, but the blacksmith I take her to assures me that he does a very good job of shoeing her. As I may have mentioned previously, The Lovely Swamette has wide Italian feet. That makes it very hard for her to find shoes (other than at the smithy), but it also means that if we get a heavy snow, she doesn't need snowshoes.
Hmmm, After rereading this, me thinks there may be an immediate danger of Swamette throwing a shoe...in this direction.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous chris said...

Swami, Just happened across your blog. You see I also am a yak lover and actually raise them. Do you own your own yak? They are quite a fun and unique animal. What got you started on the yak? I have yet to try yak cheese, but the yak butter tea is just AWFUL. Hope you don't mind me saying this buy yak meat is yummy. Have a great 2007. Chris

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger The Swami said...

Chris,
As best as anyone can determine, Swami just has a warped sense of humor. There are those who would strongly disagree and assert that there is no humor whatsoever at Yak Herder Central.

There are some animals whose names and/or behavior just seems humorous (at least to Swami): weasel, mongoose, wallaby and, of course, yak.

The Swami's herd, most of which live in the house but hide in the closets when we have company, may get upset if they read your comment about yak meat.
When it comes to owning a yak, I'm still on the fence between owning or leasing.

Thanks for visiting and, if your humor needs warping, stop back.
Swami

 

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