Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-90, pushing the pedal even more. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this," and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."
The old gentleman paused. Then said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."
"Have a good day, sir," replied the trooper...
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Cook and cool 2 cups Minute Rice. In a bowl mix; one 11 ounce can mandarin oranges (drained), some sliced maraschino cherries, one 15 ounce can of crushed pineapple (drained), cooked & cooled rice and one container of Cool Whip. For an extra treat~just before serving fold in two large bananas, cut into bite size pieces.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
This gold-embellished, redwood-carved instrument would have been the smallest church organ possible in 18th century Italy. It's just 2 feet deep and houses 241 self-contained pipes. Even so, the sound is magnificent! This is the second time I've heard this organ played and I guess until a buyer comes along, it will remain in this church to be enjoyed by many. The Brombaugh Organ (1979) below is the regular organ in this church. It too has a magnificent sound. These 50 minute, once a month concerts feature classical music. Even though I don't listen to strictly classical music, I've enjoyed the two lunch time concerts I've attended. Friday, late afternoon Bob and I headed across the Narrow's Bridge to his place out in the wilderness. By wilderness I mean, no Broadband Internet and no cable TV.
Friday evening, we were able to watch an interesting program on a PBS station about a couple of American guys who retraced the route of Marco Polo and Saturday evening we watched the VHS version of 'Romancing the Stone.' It was good, neither one of us had seen it for years. I couldn't use his computer to access my AOL account because he still has dial-up and I don't. Even as a 'guest' on someone else's computer, that won't work unless you're paying for dial up too. We did create a screen name for me on his account but then his computer is so old and so slow, I got fed up and just logged off. It took me 20 minutes to get into my eBay account. That was too much for me.
Saturday afternoon, the weather actually turned Spring like for a few hours and we were able to get some work done in his yard. We pruned his huge hydrangea and several azalea's. It was a nice several hours of being outside (with no jacket on), hearing the birds sing and getting something accomplished.
About 3pm we got in the car and headed over to Bremerton to have a late lunch/early dinner. Bremerton is the home of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. As we came into town there were several large aircraft carriers anchored in the harbor.
The U.S.S. Missouri was here before it was moved to Hawaii and we had the privilege of touring it several times before she left here. After we ate (Chinese & was it ever good!) we went down the street to the local Goodwill. I discovered earlier in the week that I was missing some books from the Jan Karon 'Mitford Series' I've been reading. I was almost thru reading book 5 but I didn't have book 6..so I told Bob, "maybe I can find it at the G.W." I actually needed books #6 & #8 in order to complete the series of 9 books. Guess what ? I walked in the store, went directly to the Book Section and there they were ~in hardback, with beautiful dust covers and in perfect condition for $2.99 each. What a steal! I was thrilled. The Goodwill gets a lots of new books donated by Target and other stores after they've been on the shelf for a period of time or if they have an overstock of certain books. Anyway, I left there a happy camper.
Sunday afternoon we headed back to civilization and it was good to be back at my place with a ga-zillion channels on the TV and lightening fast Internet service.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind words of sympathy at the loss of my little angel Gabi. I've received cards and emails~ so many of them. And each one has been so special to me. I'm still really missing her little self...her passing has left a huge hole in my heart and life. Those of us who have pets and love them, bring them into our homes and hearts and when they pass....we feel a tremendous loss. I think it will be quite a while before I open my home and heart to another cat. In looking back there have been 5-6 year gaps in between my past cats, so it may be that long again......or not. Time will tell.
Tuesday is movie day for Barbara and I. We're planning to go see "Duplicity" with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. We haven't been to the movie for several weeks as there hasn't really been anything we wanted to see.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and I'm looking forward to 'Dancing With The Stars' and my regular line up TV shows this week. Have a good week, Linda
Friday, March 20, 2009
one 14.75 ounce can pink salmon, drained & bones removed
one 4 ounce can mild, diced green chilies
3/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1-1/2 cups low fat sour cream
1-1/2 cups shredded, low fat cheddar cheese
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
8 flour tortillas
8 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
1-1/2 cup enchilada sauce or salsa picante
1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. Mix first seven ingredients in a large bowl, reserving 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
3. Place approximately 1/2 cup of the filling down the center of each tortilla and top each with 1 teaspoon cream cheese.
4. Fold tortilla over filling from each end and each side to enclose filling and place, seam side down in oiled 9" x 13" baking dish.
5. Pour enchilada sauce to cover tortillas and cover with foil.
6. Bake approximately 45 minutes until sauce is bubbling and enchiladas are slightly browned. Remove foil, sprinkle reserved cheddar cheese on top and return to oven for about 5 minutes.
I got this recipe from the hospital a couple weeks ago~it's supposed to be a heart healthy meal.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I took the above picture as we drove along Highway 16 just after crossing the Narrows Bridge. Once we got to his place, the front field was so pretty....covered in several inches of fresh snow.
The house and front yard was also covered as was his smaller Nissan pick up.
I had heard on the news this morning that the temps would rise but the wind would kick up and by the time we were heading back into town...it was very windy. Going across the Narrows Bridge in a strong wind is so much fun. It's hard to even keep your car in the right lane.
After a stop at Trader Joe's for a gallon of milk and some dried cranberries, we stopped at Target. My older HP digital camera is starting to act up. I love it because it has a view finder as well as the screen in the back to look thru. I've discovered, however that unless you have a view finder it's hard to get a good picture, especially in the bright sun. I've been looking at this little pink number at Target. One of Sony's last year models so is drastically reduced in price. I finally decided to buy one. I'm not sure how it's going to work, however.....it doesn't take regular batteries, there's special battery pack that has to be recharged. When traveling, we don't always have access to electricity. Plus it takes a special memory card. But it's so cute, I'll try it for awhile and see how I like it.
Well now the sun is out right this moment but the western sky is black and the wind is really howling. I'd like to start a fire in the woodstove but it's always difficult when the wind is blowing. The smoke blows right back into the house.
That's all for now.....hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Linda
Saturday, March 14, 2009
2. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
3. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
4. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
5. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
6. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
7. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
8. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
9. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
10. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!
11. Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
12. Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
13. When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
14. To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
15. Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
16. If you have broken a glass, use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
17. Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
18. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
19. To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
20. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.
21. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
22. Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
23. If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.
24. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
25. To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
26. Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
27. The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter.. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material ... I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ... the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!
Friday, March 13, 2009
I was just outside cleaning up the little area between my two storage sheds. I store my garden tools there and by this time every year it's full of leaves and other debris that get sucked in there during the fall & winter months. I found another pot in there with bulbs growing so rescued it from it's very dry location and put it out on the patio so it will get some moisture. I still haven't hooked up my garden hoses and the outdoor faucets are still covered to prevent them from freezing. So I gave that dry pot a some water from the house and I'm sure Mother Nature will water it this weekend.
I ventured over to the Vet's office to settle up with them, have him finish filling out the insurance papers and get Gabi's carrier. I also took the case of special food back & they gave me a credit for that. They told me that my son in law had stopped by and paid some on the bill and taken the carrier. Bless his heart !! I guess he knew it would be painful for me to pick up the carrier right now. I've got all the paperwork ready to mail into PetCare Pet Insurance and it will be interesting to see how much they reimburse me. I didn't get to talk to the vet today, but I guess it doesn't matter. There's nothing he can tell me now that will bring her back. I've washed her pink blanket and cleaned up all her dishes, etc. and put them away. I love cats, I will probably have another one some day, but not now. I know some go out and get a pet replacement right away but I've never been able to do that. We had a dear little dog when my son was little and I was the one that had to take him in that final time. That was back in the 1980's and I've never had another dog. There's just not another dog like Frisky.
Today I got a pet sympathy card in the mail from the Vet's office along with the picture of Gabi they had. They all loved her because she was the only one of her kind in their practice. Plus she never hissed or tried to bite them like some cats do when they see the Vet.
I want to again thank Possum S Hemmingway and his slave Jimmy for their tributes plus kind & loving words this week. Also Sugar, Robin and the many others who have sent words of sympathy. You have no idea how much they have comforted me. Sugar made a beautiful tag of Gabi which I have added to my sidebar. If you loose a pet, be sure and contact Sugar. She has established a pet loss Blog called 'Our Beloved Pets'. She will be happy to add your pet to this Blog if you wish.
I'm still enjoying the beautiful flowers that Monica brought to me in the hospital last Friday evening, purchased with contributions from my Bloggerville friends. They are just as beautiful today as they were last week. Thank you all again.
Well, I guess that's all for now....I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Grandma Stern's Escalloped Asparagus
1-2 lbs asparagus (washed & hard ends removed)
12 soda crackers crumbled or bread crumbs
4 or 5 hard boiled eggs (sliced)
2 cups medium white sauce **
Butter casserole dish & layer asparagus and sliced hard boiled eggs. After all ingredients are layered, pour on white sauce and top with crumbled soda crackers or bread crumbs & sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake about 25-30 mins at 325*
** medium white sauce- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 2 tablespoons flour, dash of salt and 1 cup milk (evaporated milk makes a richer sauce) In a microwave able 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup; melt butter for 30 seconds, stir in flour and salt…blending to make a paste. Add milk gradually, stopping to stir mixture every few seconds. Cook for at least 1 minute , stir, cook another
1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes longer, stopping to stir every 30 seconds until mixture boils. Stir well after removing from microwave .
Thursday, March 12, 2009
He lives on the east coast....
He's a retired actor.....
Please stop by and wish him a wonderful day http://vagabondjourneys.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Below are the beautiful carnations that Monica brought to me in the hospital. The colors are outstanding. I love the lavender & purple.
This is the other arrangement that Monica brought. Very, very pretty with greenery, roses, red carnations, Lilly's and Gerber daisies. This whole arrangement is predominately in red tones. Just breath taking !! Thank you all so much.
These little sweeties are blooming on my porch. They are little Tete-a-Tete daffodils. I just love them and actually have them blooming in several places.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Remember~ Spring forward and Fall back.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monica came to the hospital this evening with two bouquets of beautiful flowers....which came from my dear friends in Bloggerville. Thanks to Monica for coming up to see me and thanks to all of you for your prayers & kind thoughts sent my way.
I have a ton of emails & I won't be able to get to them tonight but will read them this weekend. I'm absolutely exhausted....someone was in my room doing something about every 45 minutes last night and today so I got very little rest. Tonight I feel like I've been in Jimmy's Area 51 for about 7 days~non stop.
By the way in case you think I worked some sort of magic....I actually did my Food Friday entry for today a couple weeks ago. I just wrote it and scheduled it to post this morning.
Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
My mom had one of these. It was the first washing machine she had after the wringer washing machine. It was a real big deal when this came into our utility room. It not only washed & rinsed the clothes but then spun them , so it didn't take them a long time to dry. Much like our washing machines do today. Although this had to be filled with water and drained into a laundry tub. We did not have an electric dryer so it was important for them to have lots of the wash/rinse water spun out of them. We had indoor clothes lines in the attic (dad made a stairway out of the utility room up to the attic and there were ceiling lights up there. It was like a big empty room with just clothes lines) and of course there outdoor lines for fair weather drying.
Like I said, only the older readers may remember these contraptions. In 1962 when my daughter was a baby, my first washing machine was a wringer washer, along with laundry tubs in the garage, with clothes lines outside and wooden dryer racks all over the house for bad weather drying. Today I feel blessed to have a wonderful washer & dryer inside my house, convenient anytime of the day or night.
P.S.~After reading Gerry's comment I remembered that in 1960 while living in my first apartment, my room mate & I either hauled our laundry about 10 blocks to a laundromat or used a scrub board that my grandmother had given me, in our bath tub to wash our clothes. That's when I bought the first of my wooden drying racks.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The Penny Collector web site will show you all the machines they are aware of.
When we go somewhere, I refer to this list and have even printed them out for the states we have visited. I was really hoping there would be one at Whistler, BC but there wasn't. And since we didn't go clear into Vancouver, BC I wasn't able to get one there.