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At a crossroads

Accidental delight ........
Posted:Aug 9, 2018 11:52 am
Last Updated:Aug 11, 2018 4:28 pm

I hit the road for a brief respite on Monday of this week, but the late afternoon before I was prepared to leave, I received an unexpected call from friends who grow a HUGE garden asking if I was in the market for tomatoes. Well, yes! I replied. How could I refuse?

Oh, boy. Within the hour, they brought me a half bushel of prime ripened, garden fresh tomatoes, arriving at about 6:00 PM the afternoon before my departure. OMG! Well, I knew I couldn't leave them sit for four days or they'd be over-ripe and maybe not even salvageable by the time I returned today, Thursday, soooooo, I had to decide right quickly to find a way to preserve them under the gun.

After sorting out a half dozen really nice slicers for BLT's or whatever to transport with me to my sis's place, I still had a multitude of beauties to deal with. I had farmer's market, fresh green peppers on hand, some wonderful Texas sweet onions, in addition to celery, so I decided to stew them, place them in mason quart jars and stash them in the fridge until I arrived home to deal with the lot.

When I arrived home at about noon today, I still had six quarts of stewed tomatoes staring me in the face. I said, 'Self, it's time for a chili fest in the neighborhood!' I had everything I needed to make a huge batch of chili, minus chili or kidney beans …… but I did find a can of pork & beans on the shelf! That'll do, I said to myself, that'll do. I used 4 of the 6 quarts of stewed tomatoes in store; the remaining two, I dumped into freezer bags.

I can smell it as I speak, and have tasted it in the preparation, and it's really quite wonderful! I assure you, I will be the most popular kid on the block ……. this week, at least. LOL

I simply cannot pass up on too much plenty when seasons strike. And, I DO love to share. Especially since so many of my neighbors no longer cook, suffer Meals on Wheels, or ZAP products that are ALMOST palatable, just to quell hunger. I'm not THERE yet, thank God!

Last week I did this with zucchini bread ………. soon it will be squash. I love nature's bounty when I know a way to make it appealing to an old-fashioned appetite. It really does warm my heart.

Correcting a misperception .......
Posted:Jul 29, 2018 12:48 pm
Last Updated:Aug 11, 2018 6:33 am

Having had just enough experience in working with color in my artistic endeavors, the following is true:

"Many people think that black is the absence of color because they believe it to be the absence of light, but that isn't true. Black absorbs all light and all color, which is why it is dark and less reflective. White reflects all light and color; therefore, . white is the absence of color."

Just sayin'
This item is what has occupied me of late: A before and after...
Posted:Jul 29, 2018 3:10 am
Last Updated:Aug 3, 2018 8:21 pm
This is a small, solid maple hutch that I purchased at an antique shop in Greybull, WY, way back in 1993. I've lugged it with me everywhere I've gone in the 25 years since and stared at it all this time threatening to tackle a re-do. It was my intent from the day of purchase …. long delayed.

I came to know the couple that owned the shop quite well as it was my habit to browse their new stock pretty frequently. I loved their shop. It was a weakness.

This couple had two young boys who diligently helped their parents in doctoring items for appeal to place on the floor. One was a sophomore in high school at the time that I had in my English class, the other had just graduated high school and was registered for college to begin in the fall.

This hutch has a bit of sentimental history, probably one of the reasons I didn't tackle the re-do in all this while. It was the last item the boys had handled before heading out on a fishing trip at a lake just below Yellowstone National Park. They'd applied a 'modern-day' antique finish …….. a cardinal sin on a beautiful piece of maple … thus my immediate thought of refinishing. But ……….

The boys never returned. They were caught in a gale that capsized their small fishing boat and the brothers - only sons - were both drown. Needless to say, it was devastating for the parents and a very, very sad day for everyone in Greybull. The town rolled up the streets the day of that funeral. I'm getting weepy all over again.

NOW, the hutch is heritage red and makes a loud statement! I haven't even as yet replaced the hardware wanting the paint to set up hard before doing so. It knows new life ………..

Do you think Trump could even put his finger on a map of Montenagro?
Posted:Jul 18, 2018 8:43 am
Last Updated:Jul 22, 2018 11:10 am

Suddenly, Montenagro is an item on Trump's agenda. "Very, very bad people,' he stated just today. Hummmm … it appears to me, Putin would have Trump do his dirty work by disengaging with NATO and aligning with Russia against Montenagro …. and God only knows who else!

In a briefing by Reuters:

" … Speaking at a Kremlin ceremony where new foreign ambassadors to Moscow presented their credentials, Putin told the envoy from Montenegro: “The current state of affairs in Russia-Montenegro relations clearly does not correspond to the centuries-old traditions of brotherly friendship and spiritual affinity between our peoples.”
“Russia is in favor of developing links with Montenegro on a mutually beneficial basis,” Putin said.

Russia was angered by Montenegro’s accession last year [2017] to the NATO military alliance.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alison Williams
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles."

Trump is playing Putin's puppet for reasons not clear to us, but, by all appearances, Putin is in control.

Trump is like a ferocious bull being led by a ring in his snorting snout ....
Posted:Jul 16, 2018 10:33 am
Last Updated:Jul 18, 2018 7:16 pm

Putin takes this one ………………. by the reins.
Depression Era Recipes
Posted:Jul 11, 2018 3:56 am
Last Updated:Aug 1, 2018 8:31 pm

I picked up a book from a freebie shelf here in my senior housing complex that intrigued me by virtue of the fact that I'm a child of the tail end of The Great Depression, a recipe book titled Depression Era Recipes. I can vaguely remember rations. The minimal ingredients in the recipes in this book are really something to recollect. No worry about weight gain, that's for sure!

Corn Meal Mush

1 c. corn meal
1 c. water
1 t. salt
4 cps. boiling water

Mix corn meal, cold water and salt. Pour the boiling water into the top of a double boiler. Stir in corn meal mixture and cook over high heat for 3 mins. Cover and steam for 20 mins. Serve with molasses, maple syrup or milk & sugar. If there are leftovers, shape into patties, pat with flour and fry them for lunch. Waste not, want not.

Delicate Pancakes

2 T. butter
4 eggs
2 T. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 c milk

Separate eggs, beat whites till stiff. Beat the yolks with a fork, add flour and salt. Mix well, add milk. At the last, fold in stiff whites. Melt butter in a large skillet, pour in batter and cook over moderately hot fire until it begins to set. Transfer the pan to a hot oven to finish cooking. Serve with homemade applesauce.

* I'm going to peruse this book more thoroughly and share more …. in the event of an emergency.

Personal occupation ......
Posted:Jul 4, 2018 11:32 pm
Last Updated:Jul 8, 2018 11:58 am

… such as it is.

I've been working a 1000 piece puzzle by Colorluxe comprised of hot air balloons and blue skies that is about to drive me insane. I've been at it for over two weeks. I like a challenge, but OH, MY! I counted over thirty balloons in the mix … a smatter of pieces of similar colors !

I have a card table set up that almost always contains a puzzle in progress. It's just something I turn to in idle moments. It always presents a challenge, and, at times, I can be engaged for hours on end. This one is a doozy!

My sis and brother in law in AZ do likewise, and quite often we exchange favorites. We find our favorites to be White Mountain productions.

Does anyone else still enjoy jigsaw puzzles?
Trey Gowdy
Posted:Jun 29, 2018 2:48 am
Last Updated:Jul 3, 2018 9:55 pm

Brief history:

Before his congressional career, Gowdy served as a federal prosecutor in the District of South Carolina from 1994 to 2000 and then as the solicitor (district attorney) for South Carolina's Seventh Judicial Circuit, comprising Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, from 2000 to 2010. From 2014 to 2016, Gowdy chaired the United States House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi which was partly responsible for discovering the existence of Hillary Clinton's private email server.[3] His investigative committee spent over two and a half years and $7.8 million investigating the events surrounding the 2012 Benghazi attack, ultimately finding no evidence of specific wrong-doing by then-Secretary of State Clinton.[4][5][6] Gowdy pressed for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.[7] Since 2017 he chairs the House Oversight Committee.
On January 31, 2018, Gowdy announced he would not seek relection in 2018 and that he intends to pursue a legal career instead of politics.[8][3]

I have to wonder just WHY Trey Gowdy is so intent on bringing the Meuller investigation DOWN when he professes he plans to leave politics? I don't get it. What does he hope to GAIN?
Late night comics
Posted:Jun 27, 2018 1:24 am
Last Updated:Jun 28, 2018 2:45 pm

Comedic relief …. The late night talk show hosts are meeting at the Red Hen for lunch. They're comfortable with knowing the place has been de-loused. LOL
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a joke
Posted:Jun 26, 2018 2:39 am
Last Updated:Jul 25, 2018 3:36 pm

…. as a White House Press Secretary, a pox on Americana in the spin and avoidance technique she has not even mastered very well. Trump found in HER, a perfect dupe.

In her absolute loyalty to the street thug she serves - and in her obvious and total, FAR RIGHT partisanship - she does nothing but deliver credence to FOX, the newly emerged, STATE-sponsored news network. She's a puppet to her controlling BOSS MAN who engulfs himself in the lies his base thrives on. She's merely doing her prescribed job … to what reward, we know NOT, but to the detriment of the objectivity of truth in reporting!

She's running out of any semblance of credibility. When she's confronted, she screams injustice! Imagine that! She's not even a good wordsmith. Her verbiage is limited to, "I won't go there" … an abrupt end to a legitimate inquiry. She will only swim in the shallow waters. Do you ever notice how she reads from her directives? She's one gutless wonder, IMO.


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