Monday evening, 9/1/2014

Dearest Friends:

Nothing much happened to me today so I really have nothing of significance of report.

I did manage to make it through the day and that is a blessing because there are so many people who never even got to see this day much less be a part of it.

I wonder how many people ever think of such things?

I think whatever we do, we should live every day like it might be our last and I think that is the same way we ought to treat everybody we meet along Life’s way.

Well, dear friends, I must go for now but if The Lord is willing and the creek don’t rise, I will return tomorrow.

Very truly yours,

John

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When the chips are down

 

 

Potato Chips On Place Mat

Potato Chips On Place Mat

 

When the chips are down is the best time to get cracking . . . or to simply grab the chips and gobble them down . . . which is what I am more likely to do than anything else.

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Reality Never Fades Away

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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. ~ Philip K. Dick

Attribution Required: Public Domain Image on Wikimedia.Org.

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Sunday Evening, August 31, 2014

Dear Friends:

Today has been a day The Lord has made and I have been blessed in it, have rejoiced in it and am grateful for it.

I watched a television program tonight about how some people can live way beyond 90 years and still be in good shape and that kind of appealed to me since I am already 76.

The day being Sunday I am sure I have over eaten and will pay for it when I get on the scale in the morning.  I always seem to over indulge on week ends.

We found this natural flour milled by a privately-owned grinding operation and it is not bromated or bleached or anything and we are going to try to make biscuits with it tomorrow.

I will let you all know how that turned out.

I do love a good buttermilk biscuit with a little country ham.

It rained a good steady rain here today and I would say it is good for the corn except for the fact I think the corn-growing season is pretty much coming to an end right now.

We were lucky enough to find some really good corn straight from the farmers’ field this year and I thought that was a real blessing.

I found a new way to make corn on the cob in the microwave oven:

Wrap two ears of corn that has been cleaned of all the hairs and the husk in two wet paper towels and microwave them for 6 minutes total at high temperature (1200-degree oven required) – – and that is 3 minutes per ear for a total of 6 minutes for two ears – – – and two is about all I would recommend cooking at once with this method.

Be careful when unwrapping the cooked ears of corn because they will be hot enough to burn you when they first come out of the microwave.  I always let mine set for a couple of minutes myself before unwrapping them.

corn-61771_640Photo Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/corn-corn-on-the-cob-corn-kernels-61771/ and the license is Public Domain at the date which I used the image on this blog ( 8/31/2014).

My golly, folks . . . I have let the time get away from me and it is midnight already.

So I guess I will hit the sack for now and if things go alright I will be back on here tomorrow with more stuff.

Until then, May each of you wonderful friends be blessed abundantly with every possible good blessing and have a really wonderful rest of the night.

Sincerely your friend,

John

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Simple Fare

A Breakfast of Simple Fare

A Breakfast of Simple Fare

Sweet black grapes with a slice of home-hearth-baked whole grain bread, a little bit of pepper jack cheese and coffee.  (Coffee is out of the frame.)

This is a little bit Mediterranean  fare but I enjoy it at 6:00 in the morning . . . . . and when the weather is warm and nice it is good to take this out onto the balcony deck . . . under the parasol . . . beyond the glass French doors.

In fact, this was what I had this very morning.

Lunch was one-half small breast of fried chicken, some more grapes and a salad made from lettuce, artichoke, olives, tomatoes and lettuce with a couple of balsamic mushrooms thrown into the mix.

 

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Bed time is drawing near now.

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(Saturday, August 30, 2014) – – – the time is now 11:36 PM and I am entering a few last-minute thoughts and details about the day for the amusement of anyone who wishes to read them.

My life is an open book and this blog is proof of it.

Life has been good.

Breakfast was simple fare:  Artisan harvest grain bread baked on a stone hearth . . . tough crust . . . tender interior:  Very old-world!

Then there were some sweet black grapes from some tropical climate somewhere, a few ounces of Wisconsin premium cheese  . . . a boiled egg . . . some freshly brewed coffee.  Calories?  About 700-800.

Went to the farm market and got some home-baked cookies that were out of this world.  Plain old-fashioned sugar cookies ( the soft kind) with a melt-in-your-mouth icing.

Rode my hybrid bicycle for 12 miles.  The weather was great.

Helped some really heavy elderly guy when his electric motorized chair broke down on the bike path.  He had managed to fall out of the chair and we struggled and got him back into it and he went on his merry way none the worse for wear . . . but obviously a little embarrassed.

Hey if The Lord is willing and the creek don’t rise, tomorrow will be another day and if I am still around I will be back to write some more of this stuff for whoever wants to read it.

Until tomorrow . . . remember who loves you.

Picture Credit:  The scene of the moonlit night is from Pixabay and is the work of “Stux” and at the date I am using it (8/30/2014) the image is reported to be in the Public Domain.

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Believe and overcome

“Anything can happen in this world. It is a crazy place, but as long as we have each other we can overcome anything life throws at us, Just have to believe in ourselves and keep moving forward.” (Dustin Ash)

Quote by Dustin Ash is from Quotes Daddy.

 

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The Farmers’ Market

The Farmers' Market Is A Wonderful Place

The Farmers’ Market Is A Wonderful Place

My friend Jim and I enjoy a weekly trip to the local farmers’ market to enjoy the sights, sounds, the people, the sunny weather, warm temperatures and the large variety of really fresh quality items for sale . . . by real farmers from the local area.

Fresh Sweet Peppers Of Every Kind And Variety

Fresh Sweet Peppers Of Every Kind And Variety

I love to sample the many varieties of fresh sweet peppers at the farm market.  These are good in salads and the larger ones are good stuffed and of course . . . they are crunchy and wonderful to just munch while you walk through the market area.

One of my favorite stuffings for sweet peppers is sausage, apple and sage dressing.

Cookies, Cakes, Sweet Breads And All Kinds of Wonderful Treats

Cookies, Cakes, Sweet Breads And All Kinds of Wonderful Treats

The lady who runs this concession makes the most delicious iced sugar cookies I think I have ever eaten since I was a small child back in the 1940s.

Everyone at the Market raves about her home-baked cakes too.

I can attest to the fact that her home-baked breads are out of this world delicious.

Sugar-Cured "Kettle Corn"

Sugar-Cured “Kettle Corn”

I am a confirmed popcorn addict so the $6-a-bag price tag for this item does not hinder me in the least and need I reveal that most of the bag never makes it back to the car?

‘my bad or what?

I know I COULD lose a few pounds and never miss it.

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What kind of child is this?

This Is Not A Real Kid

This Is Not A Real Kid

Actually this is a painting on a mural on the side of a building but I was fascinated by the detail and the realism of it ( it looks absolutely real from a distance) I could not help but to offer it for viewing here on the blog.

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Pensive Kitty

A Kitty I Encountered On A Walk One Day

A Kitty I Encountered On A Walk One Day

I was walking along a city sidewalk when I encountered this sweet kitty cat who apparently was focused on something besides me.

I am sorry the picture is dark.  It must have something to do with the settings on my new camera . . . which I am not yet all that used to using.

 

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