Sunday, August 30, 2009
On a whim, I decided to download some pictures of Ms Piggy from Google Images and Yahoo. Well, what a delightful surprise I had. There were dozens of pictures (even a few risque ones) and all of them darling.
Some neighbors are coming for supper tonight so we're busy cooking--corn on the cob (a must this time of year), mashed potatoes and gravy, caprese salad (since we have fresh basil) and smothered pork chops. Warm brownies with ice cream for dessert. I think I'll just have ice cream because I don't much like brownies.
But I love, love, love ice cream! A friend and I went to one of those little ice cream shops down in the trendy area of St Paul yesterday. She ordered Norwegian Chai ice cream and I asked for Salty Caramel which I've heard is a popular flavor locally. They were out of that, so I settled for good old Maple Nut. (It was wonderful!) This particular shop, called Izzy's, gives you a little extra treat and adds a tiny scoop of another flavor on top of your cone. My Maple Nut was topped with a dollop of smooth and creamy dark chocolate. Ummmm.
OK, I'm done gloating about my excellent ice cream cone. It will probably be another year before I get to try the Salty Caramel.
I'll let you know how it is.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tweedy is a tortie American Shorthair who sheds very little, but Sunny is a Norwegian Forest Cat with a dense double coat that develops big mats. We have to shave him several times a year because we can't even get a brush through his fur. The "prodigal" Gracie is a Ragdoll cat and she doesn't shed much, thankfully.
We dearly love our cats and happily share our home with them in spite of the drawbacks. I've never calculated what the cats cost per year and I guess I really don't need to know. Buying cat food and litter, plus occasional toys and vet bills is just part of the cost-of-living at our house.
The one thing I value most about the cats is this--they make me laugh. That is such a precious commodity you can never place a value on it. Add to that the snuggles and purrs and you have a winning combination of life enhancers.
"I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul."
"Time spent with cats in never wasted." May Sarton
"If purring could be encapsulated, it would be the most powerful antidepressant on the pharmaceutical market." Alexis Hope
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
You may remember that we adopted a stray cat on wintry day back in February. But then, in July, much as she loved being well-fed and pampered, she got outside and disappeared.
Sue went to the kitchen to get some food to entice Gracie while I quietly went outside and sat down in a patio chair. (Thankfully there were no mosquitoes.) The three cats were lined up inside the patio door watching the drama. As I sweet-talked Gracie, calling her by name, she would sneak forward and then dash away only to reappear on the other side of the patio.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
- Mixed vegetable
- Sparkling berry (you added 7up)
- Mixed fruit
- Sparkling white grape
- Concord grape
I'm sure you can remember others that came and went. Much as I love Jello, I never tried most of the discontinued flavors. It might be that some of them were just being test-marketed.
A Rainbow Foods store near me is selling three "dessert toppers" called Orange Crush Orange and Vanilla Cream, Dr. Pepper Cherry and A&W Rootbeer Float. I bought a bottle of the orange stuff. (Ingredients: Corn syrup, High fructose corn syrup, Water, artificial flavors, etc) It is dreadful! Gross! Horrible! I have not seen it any other grocery stores so I'm thinking that this is a failed product in the making. Nobody would buy it a second time.
I looked it up online and found it's manufactured by Vita Food Products. I sent them a customer message giving them my opinion, but I doubt that I'll hear back from them... The product they have listed right below the three dessert toppers is Scorned Woman Hot Sauce!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I, on the other hand am a lightweight (metaphorically speaking), and deal in recipes, family stuff and things that bug me. Fortunately, there is room online for everybody.
I have a dirty little secret--I've never been a fan of Shakespeare. Even though I was an English major and studied the Bard, I never found that unique passion for his works that many others do. I don't get what the fuss is about. I sometimes wonder if it might be that he wrote in the same Elizabethan English that the King James version of the Bible was written in. That would certainly lend a lot of weight to the words.
Believe me, I'm not in competition with the great Shakes. I just have a real blind spot when it comes to having insight into what other people see in his writings. I guess I'm to be pitied.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
But, most stressful of all was the scene with the lobsters. In the film, Julie is going to make a lobster dish and buys 3 live lobsters. She has a large stock pot on to boil but can't bring herself to kill the lobsters by sticking a knife into their heads. So, she puts them alive into the pot, one on top of the other. The top lobster keeps pushing up on the lid as it's fighting to live. It made me sick. It makes me sick to write about it. Some in the audience laughed (perhaps they were much more sophisticated than me). Maybe those ignorant people think that lobsters don't feel pain or that it's somehow necessary to boil them alive!
I didn't stay through the credits to see if there was a American Humane Society disclaimer at the end ("No amimals were harmed...") but even the representation of harm is upsetting to me.
PS: When I pressed "Publish" to post this blog, an ad popped up for live Maine lobsters! Grrrrr!
Monday, August 17, 2009
This made me stop and ponder the self-absorption of blogging. (Such as: whatever made me think that I was interesting enough to blog about my life?) I spend much of my morning working on my blog to the exclusion of other projects.
For instance: my ticket decoupage. I've been collecting tickets to concerts, plays, movies etc. for forty-some years and still haven't done anything with them. But then I think, if I make it, what do I do with it? Plus, there is the perpetual, nagging fear that I will not be happy with it when it's done. And, how about tickets to things I haven't done yet--they would never be included!
(And does anybody decoupage anymore?)
I recently celebrated a birthday and noticed that the August personality type (shown right) says that we tend to overthink
situations. That is soooo right! I'm not balanced or full of grace
(whatever that means) but I sure do overthink things--to the
point of inertia. And then I wind up angry at myself for being such a putz.
And here I am posting yet another self-centered blog--I can't stand it!!!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
What should a caesar salad look like? On Sunday, I went to Applebees for lunch with my daughter and her family. It was the occasion of my granddaughter's 21st birthday and she was going to celebrate by having a strawberry margarita. I ordered a chicken caesar salad. I was served a big platter arranged with big wilted pieces of Romaine tops drizzled with dressing and spread with stale croutons. No kidding, some of the limp greens were as big as my hand! I didn't complain because the 21-year-old granddaughter works there. I looked up caesar salad on google images and this is what it should look like!
THIS OR THIS...
(I don't get to eat out very often so I take a bad meal hard.)
Anyway, I drained my brain with all that, so maybe I'll have something to post tomorrow.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I'm excited to take in some movies now that things have slowed down a bit. First, there's Julie and Julia. I'm a big fan of Meryl Streep and Amy Adams (not to mention Julia Meade).
Then, there's a new SciFi move called District 9 just released that I'm dying to see. There aren't any name stars in it, but who cares?
But, best of all, a local theater will do a special showing my very favorite musical Fiddler on the Roof in a couple weeks. I LOVE movies!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
"Live more gently
on the earth."
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Yesterday, I went to the doctor's office for a routine visit. As usual, they checked my weight and height.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Last weekend, we had our annual family birthday party. It's a big affair because we celebrate a total of seven summer birthdays at once. Since my three daughters are all good cooks, we wind up with a wonderful spread and eat a lot.
My daughter, Cindy brought this fresh peach dessert. It was so good that I made it for my writer's group on Friday. Everybody raved about it, so in the spirit of sharing, here it is:
FRESH PEACH PIE (double the recipe for 9 x 13 pan)
1 c flour...1 stick of softened butter...1/4 c powdered sugar
Mix until crumbly and pat in pie pan, bake 15 min & cool.
1/4 c water...3 T cornstarch...1 c sugar
2 T butter...1 c fresh peaches, peeled and mashed
Combine water, cornstarch, sugar and mashed peaches into sauce pan and cook stirring constantly. Boil for a full minute til thick. Add the butter and cool. Peel and slice 3 cups of peaches and spread over the crust and pour cooked filled over covering all the peaches.
This is the nicest thing you can do with peaches! Enjoy.