Thursday, June 30, 2016

So Far, No Booming

The photos of the dogs in homemade thunder shirts will wait. Thank goodness no one has started lighting fire works yet. The crackers have been on sale since eight this morning. Probably by evening we will hear some - and for the next  four days. I remember being so excited to buy a supply of sparklers, Roman candles and small fire crackers and having to WAIT until the fourth which was the only day they could legally be lighted!
Back to the photo above. This is for people who like creamed peas but don't like to make white sauce. The McCormick country gravy mix and a can of peas are all you need. (The garlic wasn't used. It's only there to prop up the gravy packet.)
Drain the peas. Make the gravy. Dump together. We like it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Good-Bye to June

The month is almost over and I have not posted since the 12th. I have not been busy. Things just don't happen that are worth writing about.
 A new hot water tank is not exciting, especially when the bill arrives. Not exciting but startling.
The highlight was a visit from our Texas clan. So much fun to have them here - just wish the Oregon bunch could have made it this time!
It's been hot but we've had enough rain that we haven't had to water the yard. I do miss our tree with the dual colored blossoms. We lost it in the ice storm.
The main thing I have been doing is making hats and afghans. . . so many that I lost track of two
and couldn't remember making them. As Perky said, many years ago, "I do miss my  mind."
Tomorrow begins the shooting of fireworks...for five days. In my opinion, that is four days too many.
How about one day on the Fourth of July.
I am prepared to calm Jill with a home made thunder shirt. Jack stays relaxed but I have shirt for
him just in case this year is different. I made a couple of doggy coats from old sweat
shirts. Jill has outgrown hers but I have added a strip that will go around  her "chest."
Photos tomorrow.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Please Take Turns

This is one of the things we learned in Kindergarten.
Yesterday we went to get Lee a milk shake. Our drive-in destination has two lanes for ordering. I mentioned as we drove in that I wonder if anyone has had a difficulty with someone not waiting their turn.
Well, evidently that did it. We had never had any difugalty (A word my mother used and that I don't know how to spell.) We ordered and advanced. When it was our turn to meld, an older gentleman, probably as old us we are, took his large van straight away in front of us. I told Lee, I'm not going to ram him with our equally as large van. He never looked at us and continued on. The man behind him in a mini-cooper saw the whole thing and he grinned at me and shook his head.

These are our exciting times in life now.

 No harm, no foul. We actually got the correct order. I don't know how they keep the orders straight. I asked the clerk how they manage that and she said sometimes the vehicle is on there. Not sure what that means. Do they have a camera? Just remember, take turns.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Banana Pancakes

I am a sucker for new recipes. Sometimes they are too odd to be prepared the second time. I
once made a Chocolate Sausage cake. It was more sausage flavor than chocolate so that
was a one time thing.
I saw a recipe with two (2) ingredients. Since I had half a ripe banana, I halved
the recipe and added one egg.
Smashing that banana into a pulp and adding the beaten egg, I was ready to fry.
Not quite as thin as a crepe nor as tasty, this is one that probably won't be made again.
In case you want to try:
Half cup mashed ripe banana
Two eggs, beaten.
Treat as pancake batter.
Try and eat.

Sunday, June 5, 2016


The tree has been removed by one of our three GREAT neighbors. We couldn't have picked a better place to live if we had collected resumes from people in surrounding houses!
Our neighbor to the north saw Lee out trimming branches from the mulberry tree. He offered to take the whole thing down. There are some lower branches entwined in the fence. Since he didn't want to damage the fence, he left them there. Lee can keep them trimmed back to they won't bear anymore fruit.
The neighbor to the south is a wonderful lady who has helped us with several finding someone to clean up our back yard when the ice brought down lots of branches and one tree.
(Seems like many of our problems involve trees. I hate to lose trees for any reason but sometimes they have to go.
The other special neighbor lives across the street and he mows every week for us. These acts of kindness do not go unrewarded.