Friday, August 28, 2009
Just an update on the tomato plant. The season is drawing nigh. Above you see the potted tomato plant. Below is the "abundant"harvest.
There may be only five but those five were good. Dad and I had them for breakfast one morning.
I've seen about three other tomatoes waiting to ripen. The harvest really wasn't abundant but
it was fun seeing the plant grow.
As for the basil plant, it is beginning to flower. I may save the flowers and try planting them in a clay pot since I've never tried to plant from seed. So far I've been picking the flowers off trying to extend its season. If I hurry I can make pesto and freeze it for use during the winter. Besides I have all of those little packs of crushed peanuts from McDonald's. Can't let those go to waste.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Before the converter I was able to pick up six stations. Albeit three of them were snowy. They weren't so snowy I couldn't decipher what was being shown. Now I get four stations. CBS,FOX,CM, ION.
<DVD player/recorder/converter sits in a chair on top of a box
I bought a DVD player/recorder/converter combination well ahead of the digital deadline. This combination wasn't available everywhere. I ended up making my purchase from Best Buy.
In addition to that, I bought a top of the line (at least that's what I was told) antenna that the Best Buy clerk said I should get if I didn't have PAY(translate rip off) TV. It turns out that I paid $50 for an antenna that I could have gotten for $19 or $20.
The antenna doesn't work unless I sit it on the floor. (It's resting on an ancient copy of quotes and sayings and a Reader's Digest condensed book. ) Sometimes it still doesn't work.
Any type of aircraft flying overhead causes the picture to blank out, stutter or pixillate. Can you imagine how aggravating this is? Just when the program is getting to an important point the picture is lost and so am I as to who killed the victim.
This is not aesthetically pleasing. If I want this to watch TV like normal people I will have to become a peon to cable TV or one of it's competitors.
I'm still thinking about it.
It's a conspiracy!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Over a period of eighteen months Piper battles depression, immobility, acute physical pain from his injuries and wonders whether his life will ever be the same. He questions why he was sent back to earth to endure such anguish and why he wasn’t allowed to remain in a place where he had never been happier.
Monday, August 17, 2009
WHY DID I DO THAT ?! I began to pick them and eat them right then and there. (No I didn’t wash them off, simply eyeballed them.) Those plump, sun warmed fruits were delicious.
Their tree is always heavy with the fruit. Every year they let me know when they are ripe so that I can come over and pick my fill. I was so enamored with the fruit that I jokingly threatened to rob them of their fruit while they were unaware. I even sent them a Power Point presentation along with a story about The Fig Thief. Thereafter, whenever the figs became ripe, I’d get a call asking me to pass on to the Fig Thief that the figs were ripe. They seemed to get a kick out of it.
Unbeknown to the occupants a fig thief was about to strike!
YOU'VE BEEN ROBBED!!!!!!!!
Greed was the downfall of this low life. Law enforcement apprehended the fig thief at the nearby Texaco gas station.
Friday, August 14, 2009
There was one for strawberry pie, lemon ice box pie, and peanut butter pie.
Here’s the recipe for lemon ice box pie:
LEMON ICE BOX PIE
* 1 lge. box sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
* 1 small tub Crystal Lite lemonade mix
* 2 cups skim milk or 1 % milk (* I used almond milk)
* 1 16oz. container lite whipped topping
* 2 fat-free graham cracker pie crusts
a. Mix pudding mix and Crystal Lite mix; add milk
b. Whip as directed.
c. Add 2/3 c. whipped topping, folding into pudding.
d. Divide mixture between two pie shells
e. Top with remaining whipped topping
I chose to add about 4 oz. of cream cheese to give it a little stability. I’ve made it according to directions in the past and when cut it doesn’t present clean uniform slices but the filling tastes great. The filling just sort of oozes to the side and sometimes it takes a spoon to get all of the filling out that goes with the slice that was cut.
* At one time I was drinking soy milk (because of lactose intolerance). Almond milk was on sale one day (cheaper than the soy) so I decided to try it. Loved it! Almond milk also has less calories than soy or cow’s milk.
PEANUT BUTTER PIE
I have made the peanut butter pie in the past using condensed milk. I was pleased with the diabetic version also. This is the recipe for the diabetic one:
* 2 ½ cups skim milk or 1 % milk (I used almond milk)
* 1 large box sugar-free vanilla instant pudding mix
* 4 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
* 4 TBS sugar-free peanut butter
* 4 oz. lite whipped topping
* 2 fat-free graham cracker pie crusts
a. Mix together milk and pudding mix
b. Add cream cheese and peanut butter, beating well
c. Add whipped topping, mixing well
d. Pour into pie crusts
e. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.
f. Cut each pie into 8 equal slices
I didn’t bother to pour the filling into a graham cracker crust. In the past the filling usually doesn’t solidify enough to cut it unless it’s slightly frozen. I had a box of graham crackers so I put some of the pudding in a dish and surrounded it with graham crackers.
Overall, I would suggest putting these pies in the freezer for a while so that they can harden to the degree that when cut will produce clean uniform slices.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I’d like to tell you that I have step by step pictures of the pie in the making but folks it was 4:00a.m. during one of those , “I- can’t -get- back- to- sleep” nights. So I arose and made this pie.
I don’t know if printing the recipe would be copyright infringement so here’s the link to the recipe.
I enjoyed the pie. It is not diet friendly or carb friendly or any other kind of friendly that involves eating healthy.
I’ve heard there’s a mock pecan pie. I plan to search for that one.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The thing I like about blogging is that I can talk about anything I want and no one can tell me to shut up. That is, they can say it but I won't hear them. If someone doesn't like what I'm blogging about they don't have to continue reading it. I won't know that they stopped after the first sentence.
Monday, August 10, 2009
To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
There’s something to be said about becoming seasoned. I know I have reached this place in life because I find myself beginning sentences with:
“I remember when…”
“It used to be…”
“That’s nothing new. We had that when I was…”
I also find myself talking about old times with my siblings. We have the best time laughing and talking about things that we experienced as youngsters and teens. The story may have been told 20 or more times but we still enjoy it.
In this season:
- The uglier the shoe, the more comfortable it is.
- To pick up anything from the floor, I bend at the waist and never at the knees.
- Must I be abused constantly by the loud boom, boom of what the neighbor across the street calls music?
- When I go out I’m not trying to get “chosen.”
- I honestly am happy with my life as a single person.
- I can say “No” , without making up an excuse, because I'm worried as to whether or not you'll be angry with me. Because, in the words of Rhett Butler, "Frankly my dear,....."
- On my PT job, I can put up with your rudeness because once I leave work, I LEAVE work. AND, you won’t be at home when I get there.
- I’m comfortable with what I’m wearing even if it is out of style. The important thing is that I don’t stink.
- In that same vein, I don’t care that you saw me in the same outfit at a wedding, concert, baby shower, etc. The important thing is that I have showered , my outfit has been cleaned, and I'm having a good time.
- I don’t have an I-POD. Those tiny ear buds irritate my ears. I prefer the big cushy ones. If and when I get an I-POD I will use the big cushy earphones.
- I don’t mind not being “cool"
- I don't care that my dress size isn't in a single digit
- The highlights in my hair just happen to be gray
- I'm happy
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The foul odor is actually the rotting corpse of the neighbor slumped over his dining table. Maggots, dripping body fluids and dried blood indicate he’s been disintegrating for some time.
Evidence has been collected, the body removed. Enter Neal Smither to clean up the gory, gooey, ghastly mess? Neal is a Crime Scene Cleaner. Neal prays for death in any form; Suicide, Homicide, Accidental Death. Without it he makes no money. Author, Alan Emmins shadows Neal Smither and his crew as they restore gruesome death scenes to pristine order.
This book is not for the faint of heart. Neal Smither deals with death in an irreverent manner. Scraping brain matter off walls, removing and replacing tile steeped in a month of blood and body fluid, is just another day at the office for Neal. A lucrative business yet grisly one, Neal has little competition allowing him to make a KILLING.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I chose 20 Best of Jazz because I enjoy jazz. I chose Piano Favorites because I assumed the selections would be calming. I chose Blues Legends because it was all I could get without having to pay extra money. Besides these could be used as impromptu gifts.
BTW I’ve never heard the one by George Benson. The title is I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is Over. I guess he’s fond of the word “masquerade” because the song he has that I am familiar with has the word masquerade in it.