Oatmeal and ?

I am not sure how it started, and I may have had some small part in it as I try to make it taste like Maypo, but my wife adds things to oatmeal for breakfast.  It started off with normal things like fruit or nuts but then started getting creative and odd.  Cheddar cheese? Well, it is “extra protein”.  Bran? Extra fiber.

But, yesterday she wanted to clear her sinuses as so added wasabi to the cheddar cheese and oatmeal mix.  We had wasabi in the house not because we do sushi and sashimi at home, but for a dipping sauce that she recently learned about from Kay Mills and tried it out at the Benton Garden Club to a good reception.

I am not sure you want to try this at home, but she reports she thinks it did the trick.


Me and Mini-Me

This is Daisy getting used to the intruder into her space.

Mini-Me, aka Gracie, is about 9 weeks old and already coming to her name, my whistle and following Daisy every where Daisy goes, which often times is everywhere I go.

Dog training has never been so easy!

A Mystery Solved and a Celebration

While I don’t obsess about my statistics (well, maybe just a little bit), one thing that has mystified me is where are the views of 2 or 3 of people who I know read my posts but don’t show up in the “views”?  Then I realized that they signed up to receive my posts by email and I just confirmed with WordPress they don’t count those as they can’t guarantee that the emails have been read.

I have been closing in on the benchmark of 2,000 views for a while being currently at 1,975 and with the inclusion of just these 3 followers being added am then at over 2,600 views!

As one of the many people who have always considered writing a book but never started it, I have found enjoyment in sharing micro-novellas with all of you.  It keeps me going when a reader let’s me know that they enjoy my writing style.

Thank all of you for joining in on the ‘ride’.


Mobile Bird Nest Update

My wife looked in our bird book to find out what variety of wren has built a next in the grill of our Explorer.  It turns out it is a Carolina Wren and includes the fact that they like to build nests in unusual places, i.e. the bumper of a car.

A Bird Nest on Wheels

For the second year in a row a bird has built a next in the grill of our Ford Explorer.  This year, even though we use it almost daily, she was able to lay eggs in between trips to the store.

I feel like we should submit this as an ad for “Eat More Chik’en”  with the nest right behind the BEEF tag.

As I took these pictures the mama flew off the nest, so I moved quickly although I doubt the eggs will hatch.

A Surprise Puppy

Last weekend I had planned for two events on Saturday but ended up with a third event that was a surprise acquisition.  A friend, and golf buddy, is recuperating from back surgery and I was going for a visit but added a stop to pick up a CO2 pistol I had on order.  Pat decided to join me as she really likes my friend and his wife.  As I thought Jack might like to see my new pistol that was the first stop. And the beginning of trouble.

The owner of the gun store has a friend who is an archer and handles the archery business that is part of the business.  That man, Ted, also breeds and trains Labrador retrievers. As we walked into the store there were Lab puppies underfoot practically everywhere. My wife quickly determined which ones were already taken and picked up a yellow female.  The puppy melted into her arms. Now this was an indication of trouble as we had already decided that we weren’t going to seriously consider another dog until we returned from our son’s wedding in California in July.

Things got stickier when the owner’s wife said she called that particular puppy ‘baby girl’ as she was so sweet and kind.  When my wife said while she was tempted, but she let the owner’s wife know of our plan for July. To which the woman replied, “I’ll take care of the puppy for that period of time”.

We left the store with not only my new pistol but also a new puppy as the clincher was Ted, the breeder informed us he was having a Saturday special discount for that day only.

We settled on the name Grace as Pat’s favorite actress was Grace Kelly.IMG_20170325_171321_587-1

Fried Chicken & Potato Salad²

Just the other day my wife and I were sitting around with Hugh Leigh and Gigi after dinner and Gigi shared a story about how HL proposed to her and surprise surprise, it involved food.

They had simply planned to have a picnic at the Vicksburg National Military Park.  Gigi prepared fried chicken and potato salad.  At the end of picnic Hugh Leigh said, “If any woman can make fried chicken and potato salad this good, I’ve got to marry her”.  Gigi thought he was kidding as he had asked her to marry him a couple of times and each time she thought he was kidding, but this time asked, “Are you serious?”  He said that he had been serious every time he had asked her. So, Gigi said yes.

HL said that he had to speak to her father for her hand and by Gigi’s account by the time he was done he was on his knees while asking for permission to marry his youngest daughter.

Meanwhile, Gigi was in the kitchen with her mother telling her the story of the proposal.  What had surprised HL was the potato salad his mother made was with mayo, but Gigi’s mother used a recipe with mustard in it giving a yellowish tint to the potato salad.  Gigi’s mother turned to her daughter and said, “Your father proposed to me at the Vicksburg National Military Park after we had a picnic of fried chicken and potato salad.”