Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Day 1925 - Drive by BBQ?
Did anyone else have BBQ for Memorial Day?
I have a very interesting story about how we obtained our BBQ.
We went to the health club in the morning, then stopped at home, and continued on to Amish country.
We arrived at lunchtime, and had two choices for eateries - a sandwich at the bakery, or a buffet-style place across the street from the bakery.
We stopped at the bakery, and decided to cross the street to the other place. There was a man (that we had never seen before) working on a big, portable BBQ roaster outside. He was roasting a whole pig in it! He explained it was just a small one 125 lbs. We chatted for a minute, then started for the door to go inside. He said 'Oh! We're not open yet, we open in a week, but I can make you a couple of BBQ sandwiches!'
Bottom lone - it turns out the place had changed hands since we were there last, and we were talking to the owner! His wife made us two sandwiches out of the pork he was roasting for his Memorial Day celebration, and brought them out to us, and we chatted some more. They weren't going to charge us anything for them, but we made them take $3.
It was a very interesting way to get lunch, I'll tell you! We've never done a 'drive by BBQ-ing' before, and probably never will again.
I especially love Amish country on a Monday, because it's wash day. I love to see the laundry on the line, row after row of socks and pants and dresses, all alike, but different sizes. I know, I'm strange, but it's true.
We saw fields of young corn, oats, and rye. We saw cows and horses grazing or working, and experienced that Amish country peaceful feeling that can only be found in areas without electric or telephone poles, with horse-and-buggies clip-clopping by. We bought zucchini, summer squash, zucchini bread, sorghum molasses, and fried pies. YUM!
It's the last day of May, everyone! Time to pay bills! TTFN!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Day 1924 - That's the straightest crack I've ever seen!
I know what you're imagining about that title, but it's not what you think.
Charlie and I went to dinner last night after seeing 'Bridesmaids' - extremely funny, but not if you are easily embarrassed!
At dinner, Charlie and I each had a beer in a tall mug, very similar to the one shown here.
I had consumed most of my beer and then noticed a long line down one side, and I thought I had been drinking out of a broken mug! I showed it to Charlie, who started laughing, and explained that it was just a SEAM in the glass, and that he had one on his mug too.
He said that when I told him the glass was cracked, his first thought was 'That's the straightest crack I've ever seen!' Comments like that are what I live for...
And now you know the REST of the story...
Have a Happy Memorial Day, and remember those who have given all for our country.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Day 1923 - Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Sunshine!
Here's our favorite girl, Savi, and I can't really tell just what the expression is on her face. Charlie would say that she's 'prissy'. Is that it?
Changing subjects to the holiday weekend... It is going to be in the 90's for the next several days (or more). That is summertime heat and it isn't summer yet.
The heat means that the cicada bugs are flying everywhere, and birds chase them. It's funny to watch!
Are you having any cookouts this weekend?
We had hot dogs and sauerkraut last night for supper, but nothing is as good as hot dogs and hamburgers cooked over a real, wood fire. ESPECIALLY RED HOT DOGS from Maine!
We might go to a movie today - I want to see 'Bridesmaids', and also the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and maybe Hangover II. One at a time, of course...
TTFN and have a great Sunday!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Day 1922 - Happy Birthday to Mom!
Greetings, Bloggy Celebrants-
Ahhhh - a holiday weekend, hooray!
Today is my mother's birthday. I even found a birthday cake made out of pancakes, to continue yesterday's blog topic.
Everyone, let's sing!
Happy Birthday to Yoooooou!
Happy Birthday to Yoooooou!
Happy Birthday, Dear Mommy!
Happy Birthday to Yooooooou!
My mother has already opened the box of birthday goodies I sent - it contained some CDs, some tops, a stained glass style sun catcher, some Ginger Chai Tea, and a birthday card.
Mom - have a wonderful birthday, and do something special today, just for you!
I am off to water aerobics, then to have my HAIR TRIMMED for the first time since late 2009! Imagine that?! TTFN and have a great day!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Day 1921 - Mmmmmm....Pancakes!
It's Friday, Hooray!
You know what to do, march in a circle chanting 'Fri-day! Pan-cakes! Fri-day! Pan-cakes!'
I just LUV me some pancakes!
How about you?
I like little silver dollar pancakes, plain pancakes, pigs-in-a-blanket pancakes, and pancakes with 'stuff' in 'em like blueberries or pecans.
I also like crepes, which are super-thin pancakes. If you have never had ham and cheese crepes with syrup, you are truly missing something.
I prefer unflavored syrup though. Most of the time, anyway!
How about you?
So, I'll bet you're asking yourself 'WHY is she talking about pancakes, anyway?'
A lady at water aerobics told me about a breakfast/brunch place in Nashville that I MUST MUST go to someday. Your table has a cooktop GRIDDLE, and you cook your own pancakes!! They provide several choices of pancake batter and all the fixins. You can even load up your own home fry creation. YUM YUM YUM.
Here's the link if you want to check it out! Be sure to look at the menu, they even offer gluten free pancake batter and gluten free bread for french toast.
I wanna go... I wanna go... I wanna go... I wanna go...
TTFN and have a super special Memorial Weekend!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Day 1920 - Well, at least he TRIED...
Okay. I was on hold for an HOUR yesterday (off and on) with the cable company.
I had just gotten home, hadn't had any supper, and had a message on the answering machine that took clairvoyance to interpret.
I called, and the first number I called said they were closed.
I looked online for another number, and waited on hold for that representative.
When I finally reached a customer service person, they couldn't help me, and tried to reach someone who could.
The representative went from department to department looking for someone to resolve my issue. I might have some of these names wrong, but there were several - billing, preinstall, retention, support.
Turns out the call center that I needed was CLOSED due to the severe weather in St. Louis. I have to try again tomorrow. I will say that the customer service rep did TRY to find someone else, but no luck.
TTFN and I hope you succeed in all your endeavors today!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Day 1919 - Midweek and Midlife
Here's Miss Savi, travelling incognito to escape the Papparazzi... Ha!
I have a funny story about the health club...
There are several new swim instructors because the swim team and group lessons have become very popular.
One of the new swim instructors is a young and good looking man.
I know, you're thinking the lessons became popular because of him? Nope, something else.
The MOMS who bring their kids to the group lessons usually dress in jeans or sweats or just 'whatever'. They often have their hair in a ponytail or scrunchie. They're at the pool, and it's hot and humid, etc.
Well, it's funny - now that there's a cute GUY at the pool, I see some changes happening.
The moms are coming to the pool with their hair down (or at least nicer looking) rather than in a ponytail, and earlier this week TWO of the moms appeared in DRESSES. Give me a break - DRESSES at Poolside!?? No way!
Even if I'm wrong about why the Moms are dressing up all of a sudden, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Day 1918 - Rollin' on the Coaster!
This is a picture of Savi on the carousel at the zoo.
However, Savannah went on her very first kiddie roller coaster ride this past weekend, and she loved it.
She told Heather it was 'Fun, and bumply'.
I think 'Bumply' is a very good description of how a roller coaster feels. It might not be a real word, but it works for me!
I have always liked roller coasters, by the way - they ARE fun and they ARE Bumply. So there.
The best roller coaster I've ever been on was one that you STAND UP on, with a harness that goes over your shoulders. Fun, fun, fun.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Day 1917 - Cicada Plague Round II
Here are some excellent cicada-plague pictures taken by our special guest blog photographer, my friend S.Y. in Columbia.
They are absolutely everywhere.
If you are outdoors and near any trees, the buzzing and rattling makes you a bit crazy after a while - the noise never stops.
Whir, whir, whir. Bzzzzzz Bzzzz Bzzzzz. They are loudest in the afternoon in the heat of the day.
We are having a mini heat wave at the moment, with temps near 90. The darling little buglets love that.
TTFN and have a nice, QUIET Monday! (yeah, right)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Day 1916 - The Cicada Plague is HERE...
The thirteen year plague is in full swing, meaning the thirteen year cicada hatch is becoming obvious.
Charlie, bloggy reporter and photographer, took these photos yesterday.
The first photo shows PILES (literally) of cicada 'exoskeletons' that are everywhere.
The second photo shows a before and after picture. The exoskeleton is shed when the larva (larvae?) grow into adults, and the adult cicada is shown.
Aren't they beautiful? They have big, googly red eyes!
I can hear their raspy whirring/singing outdoors even with the car windows closed. Quite a few are in the air, and I have hit a bunch while driving.
Oops, sorry, little plague buglets.
Have a safe and peaceful Sunday, everyone!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Day 1915 - It's so Bad, it's Good!
I listened to a cheapo CD yesterday on the way to and from work, but this one made me laugh.
It was a 'Halloween scary sounds' CD (not this cover though).
With just ONE track containing minute after minute of screaming, howling, chains clanking, animal and bug noises, and my favorite - some disgusting chewing and swallowing sounds.
I even enjoyed it, in a gruesome kind of way.
Heather, I'll send it to you for your Halloween party this fall! It cost a dollar.
TTFN and the moral of the story is that once in a while, a cheapo CD is worth a laugh or two.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Day 1914 - Just say NO to BAD CDs!
(That is CD talk for copying and creating CDs)
It's Friday, Hooray! You know what to do, march in a CD circle chanting 'Fri-day! Rip-off! Fri-day! Rip-off!'
I am sick of music CDs that are marketed as 'Greatest Hits' but contain poor-quality studio versions, or demo versions or earlier versions or live (and bad) versions of hit songs!
Or - to be more fair - maybe I am sick of the bad choices I am making when attempting to buy a CD?
I just got a 'Best of Petula Clark' CD. The very first song that played, which was 'Downtown' clued me in to the fact that every song would be an inferior version of the hit!
I don't deny Petula Clark was singing them, but it was NOT the hit version of ANY song on the &^%$# darned CD! I hate that! It totally ruins my enjoyment of the CD.
I also recently bought a Gladys Knight and the Pips CD. It might have been created from the original hit versions, but was not remastered so it sounds tinny and off balance.
I think there should be better CD labeling to tell you, CLEARLY AND SIMPLY that the songs contained within are NOT the original hit versions. Buyer beware!
Gee - two complaint blogs in a row?? Good thing it's Friday! TTFN and have a nice weekend!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Day 1913 - Just say NO to Updates!
My mother asked me some questions about her computer, including whether or not to install updates.
Doing the updates (especially security related ones) is a necessary evil.
My computer at home or work is always updating or upgrading SOMETHING, and I get sick of popup messages reminding me that SOMETHING wants to install or update.
I get pestered by Windows, Adobe, Java, the HP support assistant, and more. That's just on my HOME pc. Other updates happen on our PCs at work, and I'll get messages about those too.
I'm just kidding when I titled the blog 'Just say NO', but I don't have to LIKE it!
TTFN and have a nice Thursday!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Day 1912 - The good, the bad, and the unwatchable!
We have a Netflix subscription, and have two movies going back and forth on a regular basis.
I love Netflix - it's easy, you don't have to pick them up or drop them off, and you order what you want by creating a queue or list on their website.
So - what's the problem?
The problem is, I am not very good sometimes about the selections, meaning THE MOVIES STINK!
Charlie, I apologize for crappy movies like the one we tried to watch last night. It was so bad we couldn't even watch all the movie... Now THAT is bad!
I think I'd better recheck the movies in the Netflix queue and clobber some of the suspicious looking ones. Spring cleaning, eh?
TTFN and I hope you make better movie choices than I have lately!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Day 1911 - Swimming Pools and Swimming Pool Stories
It's been cold and rainy here, but the outdoor pool at the health club has been drained, repainted, and filled with water in anticipation of the outdoor swimming season.
Of course it is freezing cold at the moment, but it will be opening soon, whether it's cold or not!
I have a cute story from the indoor pool on Sunday. A dad and his two small boys were enjoying the pool. Side note: I notice more and more Dads taking their kids to the pool while Mom works out.
The boys were having a great time. When I was ready to leave, they had to move over so I could walk up the stairs and exit the pool.
The older (maybe 5 years old) boy said, in a very grown-up way 'Did you enjoy your swim?'
I said 'Oh yes! I love this pool! Do you love it too?' The same boy said proudly 'We're new members! This is the first time we've been to the pool.' I told them that I'd been a member since the place opened, and went on my way.
As I was leaving I heard the other little boy ask his father 'Do you know that lady?' He may think that all adults know all other adults...
TTFN and have a nice Tuesday!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Day 1910 - My Flaws are Fabulous? NOT!
I heard a 'Dove Chocolate' commercial yesterday. They have little sayings, similar to fortune cookies written on the inside wrapper of some of their chocolates.
One of them is 'My flaws are fabulous', which I guess is supposed to make you feel good about yourself even when you are stuffing your face with chocolate. Ha!
My flaws are NOT fabulous...
I interrupt. I'm critical. I can be obsessive and perfectionistic. My closets are a mess. My kitchen floor is clean today (yes, I cleaned it yesterday), but won't be tomorrow. I often hang clothing on the hanger inside out. I shop too much. I'm addicted to bread.
There... I feel better... how about YOU? Any FLAWS you want to confess?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Day 1909 - Survivor Finale Tonight!
Here's Savi, modeling one of Heather's latest tutu creations, the 'princess dress'.
TOO-TOO (get it) adorable! I love it!
I managed to get a couple of loads of laundry done yesterday, and water aerobics, and grocery shopping.
I have been working on some music playlists that I can burn to CD. I am enjoying the one I did of 'Doo Wop' music from the 50's. I have a lot of CDs, and probably like two or three songs on every one of them. I need to save off my favorites and put them together. Speaking of having a lot of CDs, I can't find one of my CD cases, so I am missing some CDs.
My kitchen floor is pitiful, I hope I get motivated enough to attack it today. It's not just the floor, that's the last step. I need to pick up the rugs and shake them out or wash them, move the chairs, sweep everything, then wash the floor. Not my favorite activity.
Anyway - don't forget, the Survivor Finale is tonight, we'll be watching!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Day 1908 - Wimp! Wimp! Wimp!
It has been rainy and cold and windy all day. I notified the 'parade people' that I was NOT planning to attend today. If it was a nice day, I was planning to participate, but I just can't see being cold and wet as FUN.
I DID attend water aerobics.
TTFN and have a nice Saturday!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Day 1907 - Blogger is Back!
Blogger has been down (did you notice?) so just a quick 'Hello' to say that Blogger is back and you can leave comments again.
How appropriate to have a crash and recovery on Friday the 13th.
TTFN and hope you had a nice Friday!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Day 1906 - Pillow Puzzle
Here is the latest pillow my sister designed and embroidered by hand.
Isn't this the coolest pillow?
It looks like puzzle pieces to me, or maybe a computer circuit board.
Feel free to give guesses or feeback on what the pattern means to YOU.
TTFN and have a nice Thursday!
Day 1905 - Midweek and Midlife
Here's a sweet picture of Savi from February, sleeping in her 'big girl' bed. Isn't that a peaceful photo?
Sometimes there is NOTHING as wonderful as crawling into BED, BED, BED.
When I was a kid and my mother made homemade bread, we were allowed to have a slice, hot from the oven, in BED.
When I was a kid and had to climb the stairs sometimes in the dark to get to my room, I would tell myself that if I could just get to the BED, I would be safe.
When I was a kid, my mother would make the bed up with sheets that were fresh from the clothesline. I would get IN the bed and she would cover me with the top sheet. It smelled SO WONDERFUL.
Ah... If I keep talking about BED, I won't want to go to work today!
TTFN and have a nice Wed (or BED) nesday.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Day 1904 - I love a parade!
Guess what? I have a newsflash.
The Franklin TN Rodeo parade is this coming Saturday, and I am going to BE IN IT.
They have a group of breast cancer survivors walking in the parade, and I have been invited to join them.
I'll be practicing my queen wave for the rest of the week!
Here is more information about the Parade and the Rodeo coming to town.
TTFN and wish me luck!
Monday, May 09, 2011
Day 1903 - Rainbow Monday!
Did everyone have a nice Mother's Day Weekend? I did! We enjoyed the movie 'Thor', and our bucket of popcorn.
Happy Birthday today to TWO of my aunts- Nancy and Mary Ann! Can you believe two sisters who are NOT twins have the same birthday?
I have a cute story to tell from (believe it or not) America's Funniest Home Video show.
The video was of a little girl's conversation as she left a message on her grandmother's answering machine. She was looking out the window at a huge rainbow that appeared to 'end' at her grandmothers house.
She said, breathless - "Mimi, there’s a rainbow hitting your house! I can see it! I think you have the treasure… So when you get home, look around for it and call me back. Ok. Bye."
It was really adorable.
Have a nice Monday, and keep an eye out for that treasure at the end of the rainbow!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Day 1902 - Happy Mothers Day!
Happy Mothers Day! I already know that my mother liked the presents I sent, but she was going to save her card to open today.
I was planning to post a picture with some nice flowers or a cake with 'Happy Mothers Day' written on it, but I saw this one and it made me laugh, so it won.
I hope every Mom has a special day today, and Moms definitely deserve it.
Mom, Marcia, Lyn, Heather and Nancy, and my friend S.Y. - an extra special Mothers Day hug for each of you.
TTFN - and Happy Mothers Day to ME too!
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Day 1901 - Cupcakes, anyone?
I must be on a food kick lately because I keep writing about FOOD!
Speaking of food, Charlie made dinner last night - a frittata, which is like a quiche without any crust. It was D-lish. Thanks, Charlie!
I was just watching a Food Network show (go figure!) about a lady that makes savory cupcakes (like spicy cornmeal and sour cream and onion) and tops them with things like barbeque, grilled shrimp, and deviled eggs with caviar.
That is a great idea!
A lot of people don't cook nowadays, but some Mexican corn muffins stuffed with pulled pork or chili sound awesome to me.
Charlie and I are going to a wedding this afternoon, it will be fun to get dressed up for a change. I picked out my outfit yesterday so I wouldn't be paralyzed by indecision today!
TTFN and have a great Saturday. And in case you don't see Sunday's blog, Happy Mothers Day tomorrow to all the Moms out there!
Friday, May 06, 2011
Day 1900 - Day NINETEEN HUNDRED? Good Grief!
It's DAY 1900 of the blog, and it's Friday, Hooray! You know what to do, march in a circle chanting 'Fri-day! Fri-day! Fri-day!'
Here's the 'Mexican Lasagna' recipe for anyone who wants to make it.
Cook down 1-1.5 lbs of turkey, chicken, beef or pork in a large can of mild red enchilada sauce until it is falling apart and ‘shreddable’. Pull with a fork into shreds. This should be done the day before if you are serving this dish for a luncheon.
Add a little taco seasoning mix (prepackaged) to some pre-cooked white or brown rice (maybe 3 cups cooked rice)
Add some taco seasoning mix to a large chopped onion, and sauté it with a little oil or Pam spray.
1 can refried beans (or use black beans)
1 can kernel corn (or use creamed corn)
8 oz finely shredded mexican-style cheese
1 small can tomato sauce or diced tomato or Rotel if you want it spicy
3 large (1 each for bottom, middle, top) or 6 small tortillas (corn or flour or whole wheat), cut into smallish squares. The squares allow it to be easy to serve.
Cook your choice of meat in the enchilada sauce the night before, it should take 2-3 hours on the stovetop, or use leftover cooked chicken, pot roast, etc. Shred meat and refrigerate overnight, reserving any enchilada sauce still in the pan (I didn't have much left) Warm in micro prior to assembly.
Spray crock pot with nonstick spray.
Put a little tomato sauce at the bottom of the pot, then layer, starting with tortilla pieces, then rice, then refried beans, then corn, then onion, then meat, then tomato, then cheese.
Last layer top like lasagna – tortilla, tomato and cheese (you can put some green onion and black olives on top if you want to)
Cook for 4 hours (or until time to eat) on low.
Have a great Friday and a great weekend, everyone!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Day 1899 - Happy Cinco De Mayo!
I am going to make a crock pot enchilada (or taco) casserole for our Cinco de Mayo Pot Luck luncheon at work today.
I've never made one before, so I'm not quite sure how it will turn out.
I'm sure it will be fine, ANYTHING with beans, rice, onion, corn and pork must be yummy.
One last comment - I overheard someone at work today say that this year will be 'Cicada de Mayo' because of the 13 year cicada plague expected soon. Sounds right to me!
Have a great day - I've got to blog and run...
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Day 1898 - May Breakfasts, Pancakes, and JohnnyCakes!
I was offered a FREE pancake breakfast ticket for this coming Saturday, but I have water aerobics so I can't go. Drat!
That reminds me of all the pancake breakfasts I've attended, especially in May.
And thinking of those May breakfasts reminded me to tell you that in New England, a pancake breakfast might also offer Johnnycakes, the nation's first pancake.
The batter mixture is very simple:
* 1 cup cornmeal
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 tsp sugar
Then whisk in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water - and that's the entire recipe.
Johnnycakes were made in the days before baking powder or baking soda were readily available for leavening. There's no egg - there's no milk. At times all they had was cornmeal and water - and if they were lucky there was also some bacon grease and maple syrup around. The Johnnycake (or Journeycake) recipe is a real, true American heirloom recipe handed down for hundreds of years.
I prefer mine to be fresh, though! Ha! TTFN and have some PANCAKES soon!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Day 1897 - A Cloud Monster!
I actually witnessed a pre-tornado cloud yesterday, my first one since moving here in 1994. It looked a lot like this photo - possibly even MORE well-defined.
The one I saw driving home last night had a very large and clear curve in it, but did NOT touch the ground.
At first I thought - 'Holy moly - Is THAT a tornado cloud?'
My intuition said 'yes'. Then, when I passed a local gas station and everyone was outside looking at it with binoculars, I knew it was.
I came home and turned on the weather channel to be sure we didn't have a tornado warning going on, so I guess it never touched down. Thank goodness!
Be careful out there - more storms are expected today.
Monday, May 02, 2011
Day 1896 - Monday ALREADY?
I really don't like Mondays.
This blog is going to be really short, because I spent all my 'blog time' last night copying music to the laptop instead of writing the blog.
There. I confessed.
Have a nice day.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Day 1895 - May Day! May Day!
It's the Merry, Merry, Month of May, isn't it?
I love the month of May. The weather is much nicer than March or April, and there are lots of special events. Mothers Day is next weekend - mail your packages soon!
My mother, two of my aunts including the famous Aunt Nancy, and my sister-in-law were all born in May.
Memorial Weekend is one of my favorite holiday weekends, I am already looking forward to beach and pool season openings!
Here are two jokes about May Day - can you believe I found any?
Two local-yokels were driving to the next village's May Day Fair. They came to a sign that said: May Day Fair Left. ... so they turned around and went home!
How to get to the fair
A townie was looking for the May Day Fair, he stopped and asked Jethro. 'Will this road take me to the May Day Fair?'
'Oh no,' said Jethro. 'You'll have to go by yourself!'