Saturday, September 27, 2014

Waa! Waa! Waa!

I have a desperate need to whine! I am a victim of several things. First, my iPad has been a victim of the Apple iOS 8 update.

Waaaa!  My iPad has almost shut down.  I have a little ability to blog but my photos are not accessible.  Hoping to continue on another computer.  Just until the correct repair is released.

Second, Charles and I both have had sinus infections. Both of us in the urgent care. Both of us on antibiotics and feeling puny. Waa! Waa!

Third, I have been too weak to cook in 5 or 6 days.  Too sick to eat the last two.  Poor Trixie has been on nurse duty for both of us!  Waa! Waa! Waa!

Now I am getting better I find I am too weak to do anything. I have to get the kitchen and my laundry caught up.  Just too weak.  Maybe tomorrow.  Waa! Waa! Waa! Waa!

As I continue to feel better I am craving blueberry pancakes. Plus a side of home made bacon.  MMMM!

Oh well maybe tomorrow.... That's my whine for the day.

Have a great weekend y'all!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The fall has jumped on us! Monday, the last day of summer, temps were in the 80's. Yesterday and today? In the 60's.

Trixie and I are both cold natured. We conferenced in bed, shivering under the covers. Trixie made a motion that today was the day for the first fire of the season. 

One inspired idea!  I said 'aye!  Lady and I have rested on the couch all day. Trixie? Well you see where Trixie spent the day!

Sadly it is over now. Charles revels in this colder weather. He has been wishing for it since May. If we left the gas fireplace on he would burst into flames.  I don't want that. . . Not today anyways!  Heehee!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams are my favorite.  Last night was a really sweet dream.

I have always thought if I opened a restaurant I would call it Amazon Pinks.  After the the pink amazon dolphins. I saw a program on them when I was much younger and have loved them ever since.

In this dream I was finally getting to open a restaurant.  In the early days of planning my dad and I had discussed the decor. I wanted to find Amazonian photos to enlarge.  Bringing color to the neutral base colors.

Dad walked back in as we were deciding the base colors.  He had with him all the photos I had seen in my head.

The birds and animals of the amazon in living color.  A giant portrait photo of a pink dolphin.

It was so pretty. When I asked where Dad found the photos.  He reminded me he and mom had taken a vacation several months ago. They had sneaked down to the Amazon and he had taken the lovely pics for my new place!  

So sweet! Then I woke up. :( I HATE it When that happens!

Mom and Dad. 

Dad is a prize winning nature photo-grapher! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New vocabulary

I noticed recently that the English vocabulary has changed massively in the last few years.  Well DUH! Right?

It occurred to me that none of my grand parents ever even saw a cell phone.  My maternal grandmother, my Mema, was never quite able to master the answering machine much less a smart phone!


The last message she left me went something like this. 

"I hate these machines! Mercy this is your grandmother.  Call me when you can. Thank you.  Forever and ever amen!"

We listened to a lot of Randy Travis back then. lol! I hate to think what Mema would have done with an IM or a text!

Now my maternal grandfather, my Grand-daddy, would have taken to this like a fish to water. Grand-daddy was a tinkerer, an inventor and a shrewd business man.

The only thing that might have slowed him down is the jargon.  Video chats, jpegs, skype, kilobytes, blue tooth or wifi might take a minute for Grand-daddy wrap his mind around.  Then . . .Look out!

I can totally see him in his work shop creating a fishing lure flash drive! LOL! After that?  Why a hand held super computer to plug it into, of course!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Burrito night, at last

Burrito night was an evening of highs and lows. Rats!

Home made fresh salsa was a hit. Charles' purple tomatoes gave it a darker color and a richer flavor.

The burrito roast was FABU!  Tender, juicy, flavorful and most of all easy!

Burrito Beef

1  3 to 5 pound chuck roast
2 cups red salsa
1 cup green salsa
1Tbs cumin 
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp hickory smoked sea salt

mix together the three spices into a rub. Rub the meat all over.

Place meat in a dutch oven. Cover with salsas.

Cook in a preheated 300 degree oven for 3 hours. 

DO NOT OPEN OVEN! Don't check the meat. Leave it alone!  

After 3 hours the roast will shred with your fingers. The salsa will have reduced to a thick sauce. Stir the shredded meat into the sauce and serve.

The refried beans were also simple. 1 pound cooked pinto beans and a tablespoon of cumin.  I like my refritos a little chunky so I puree only half the beans.  leaving the rest whole for some texture.

Those were the highs.  The lows were the tortillas. They dried out and crumbled to pieces. Guess we will go to the store for ours!  Rats!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mystery items

In the box our aunts sent there were 2 items that were something of puzzle.  Glass pieces that had handles and a convex top. 

I posted them on line at a site that specializes in identifying  antiques and such.  Every one said they were a child's toy.  Specifically a spinning top.


I thought glass was a poor choice for this toy.  So I remained unconvinced.

I posted the pictures with my friends on Google+ and again I was getting tops. Until my friend Phoenix showed me the light.

He was the only one that realized I had them upside down.

They are decorative glass mushrooms!  Thanks Phoenix!  This could have messed with my mind for years!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Memories in a box

Recently my paternal aunts, Ruth and Sissy, consolidated homes.  There were several things that were too precious sell but had no place in the combined home.

A lot of these thing were from my Aunt Sally, my dads third sister.  Though in her working life, as secretary to several American ambassadors, Sally worked all around the world, most of her time was spent in the far east. 

Hong Kong, Singapore but she spent a lot of time in Damascus and Cameroon too. I loved to hear of Sally's  travels. The pretties she shared with the rest of us were always a hit.

Wonderful games and toys, jewelry and fashion, and home decor.  Sissy and Ruth packed boxes of these treasures and shared them with us.

The box that they sent me and Charles had several pieces of oriental ceramics. A bowl made of coconut.  and my fave a small wooden carving of a street vendor.

He carries his kitchen on a yoke over his shoulder. On the right hand side is a ceramic oven under that is his  stool. The left carried his cooking vessels and the like.  I have seen this before In one of my aunts homes but I don't remember which. I have always loved this carving.

It now has a place of honor on the mantel with some of the other pieces.  Isn't it pretty?