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I Will Blog

December 8, 2008

I am blogging.

I have blogged.

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I Didn’t Mean to Scare You

December 7, 2008

Elvis is fine.  As a matter of fact, he is quite perky.  He went to the vet yesterday to get a steroid shot.  He even went outside today to go potty.

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Here he is helping himself to some dog food.  He heard it’s good for his teeth.

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You got a problem with that?

Elvis Was Coughing Again

December 5, 2008

The vet said to bring him in and a technician would give him a shot.  I wound up staying longer than I had planned.  It seemed they were down two people and the girl at the front desk didn’t know shit from shinola.   Elvis was a good boy and  it only cost ten dollars so I can’t complain.

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I Accomplished Something

December 5, 2008

I paid my bills and ordered the rest of my Christmas presents.  There were no phone calls, no stamps and no driving.  Don’t you just love technology? 

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Just check out the socks!  Speaking of socks, only five inches left on my red socks.

He’s Still Got It

October 8, 2008

Elvis is so cool.  When the weather is pleasant, he  goes for a walk.  He likes to look around and he’ll check anything that looks different. 

Doug was helping Paul get his boat out of the water for winter.  Paul got out the trailer and they hooked it up and took off.  Linda saw Elvis in her bushes so she was keeping an eye on the trailer.  She didn’t want Elvis to get hurt.  She should have kept an eye on Elvis.  The front door was open and Elvis decided to have a look around in there.  Later, Linda thought she saw a big rat in the hall and screamed.  Elvis looked at her like she was crazy, but he decided to leave anyway.  Her dog was doing a happy dance because he really likes my cats.  Elvis, on the other hand, knows that all dogs are idiots and their feet have no attachment to their pea sized brains.  He went out through the door to the garage and came home to his deck.

Diploma

September 30, 2008

While Win was at work, I went looking for a table.  I almost bought one at a used office furniture store.  One of the taps was off a leg, but the guy didn’t want to dicker, so I left it.  I could tell it wasn’t a standard cap and we would have to make one.  I have dickered with these people before so I don’t know what the problem was.   Better to walk away.  I went to a couple of other places, but had no luck.  I did buy and Christmas ornament and a Halloween card.  I went back to the house to take a bath.  I was in a lot of pain from walking on the concrete.

When I got back, there was a large cardboard envelope on the porch.  It was from Win’s college.   He was so excited, he could hardly get it out.  He held it and read the whole thing down to each signature.  He had such a happy look on his face.  I was happy, too.  I said that I would take him out to dinner to anywhere he wanted.   He chose Cheeburger Cheeburger.  All he wanted was a really good milk shake.

Later, we went to Readings and Greetings.  It’s a great place to find a gift.  I found another Halloween card.  Win wanted a Beanie Baby that looked like Biscuit.  I bought Jenn a Jim Shore Halloween cat for being so helpful.  They had free gift wrapping.  Perfect.

Just A Quickie

September 26, 2008

I have decided to run off to Reisterstown for a couple of days.  My grandson has some bulbs for me.  They won’t be down until the third week in October and I want to get them planted before that.  I may do a little shopping.  I don’t know.  I hate paying 6% sales tax.  I am hoping to bring some Weber’s cider back with me.

I Am SO Full!

August 27, 2008

I went to the dentist this morning to get some work done on my lower plate.  They took out the liner and put in a new one.  Then, I went to the mall and got a haircut.  The last haircut I had was awful.  I went to a new place in town and I will never go back.  I hate to have to drive 20 miles just to get a haircut, but what do you do?  My hair looks good, but I still have a few inches of color in it.  It’s not very gray and the color I used wasn’t dark so it really doesn’t look bad at all.  It was about 1PM by then and I was really hungry.  I got an orange smoothie and headed home.  Along the way, I stopped at a roadside stand and bought blueberries, Lima beans and corn. 

Doug wanted hamburgers with mushrooms and onions in gravy, mashed potatoes and corn.  I could never make this again and be perfectly happy, but he loves it so I make it occasionally.  And I did have some nice ground sirloin.  He ate three ears of corn and I had one.  How does he do it?  He just had a physical and blood work and all is well.  I can’t eat like that.  It’s disgusting!

Here, I am just about to start on the middle finger of my gloves.  I made the thumb shorter than it was supposed to be.  It was too long.  I worked on the finger at the dentist.  It is the the same width as the first finger.  It was easier to figure out this time.

Cornbread

August 8, 2008

I tried a few different cornbread recipes before I came up with this.  I don’t use a cast iron skillet, just an ordinary cake pan and I cut it in wedges.

  1. 1 cup cornmeal
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  8. 2 tbsp bacon fat

Set out a stick of butter to soften.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix in the milk and egg.  Melt the bacon fat and blend it in well.  Oven should be 425 degrees.  Grease or Pam the pan and pour the mixture in.  It will be thick.  Cook for 20 minutes or more. 

Don’t wait for it to cool before cutting.  I usually set out the butter a few hours before I start the cornbread.  I start about 45 minutes before supper so it’s still warm when it goes to the table.   

That’s all for tonight, folks.  This antibiotic is making feel weird.

And Again with the 15 Bean Soup

August 5, 2008

About 30 years ago, I was standing at the spices at my local supermarket.  I picked up this bottle of Smoked Hickory.  Well, I used the last of it in the soup and when I went to the supermarket today, there wasn’t anything like it.  I did pick up something called Smokey Mesquite, but it will probably not be right.  I am very sad.  I’ll have to see what I can find on line.  I don’t think I forgot anything else, except water, of course.

Get out your big Dutch Oven.  Do they still call them that?  It has to be big enough to throw all this crap into and about three quarts of water.  Open the bag of beans and dump it in the pot.  Cover the beans with water plus an inch extra.  Put it on the burner and turn it on high.  When it starts to boil, turn it off after a minute or two.  Go away for one hour.  This is known as cheating.  You are supposed to soak them overnight in cold water.  But, what if you got up the next morning feeling like hammered out snake sh*t and you’ve got all these soggy beans?  What are you going to do then?  Huh?  Mainly, I have to be in the right mood to do this.

Dump the beans in a colinder and rinse them off and rinse the pot, too.  Put the beans and the hambone into the pot with two quarts of water.  Bring to a boil and let it simmer for at least 2 hours, probably 3 hours.  You may have to add more water.  The meat should come easily off the bone. 

About half an hour before, start chopping the onion and garlic. Sometimes I cheat with the garlic and use those little jars of chopped garlic.  It depends on the time of year and how much cooking I am doing.  Get out the rest of the ingredients and open the cans.

When all 15 varieties of beans are done, it is time to take out the ham bone and all the meat and fat.  You can let it cool for a bit.  Who wants to handle hot meat just out of a boiling pot?  Throw out the fat or give it to the dog.  I used to have a German Shepard/Husky that could eat anything, but Gus is only 50 lbs so I have to be careful.  Chop up the meat into bite size pieces and put it back in the pot.  Throw in all those other ingredients I mentioned yesterday.  Let it boil up for a few minutes, then turn it down and let it simmer for half an hour or so.

At this point, a normal person would put a little in a bowl and taste it.  That way you know if you should add anything.    Not me.  I put the cover on the pot and have something else for supper or even better.  Go out to eat. 

Before anyone asks.  Yes.  I have dumped out the beans and counted 15 varieties.

Tomorrow, it’s cornbread.

Doug and Gus on the track
Doug and Gus on the track

See.  Gus isn’t very big.  He’s looking at the geese.