Monday, September 29, 2008

Still Waiting

See that knife up there? It`s my favorite knife, it`s been my favorite knife for 30 years.

You might ask, why is she writing a post about a stupid knife? Well, i`ll tell you why.

It has earned a place of honor in my home, besides, what survives 30 years without change? Save for the little melted spot on the handle, this knife is as sharp as it was the day i bought it.

Skip and I were at the mall, doing what young couples do at the mall, shopping till we dropped when we stumbled upon a display in the mall hall. A man was showing the amazing sharpness of these knives. It`s the knife that can cut a cow in half, was their advertizing motto. Well, who would`nt want a knife that can cut a cow in half? You never know when you might have to. I bought two. I gave one to my Mother, incase she, you know, found a cow.

When the kids were growing up, and i had lost my knife, or rather misplaced it, i`d ask, who took my knife that can cut a cow in half? Well, it always turned up, and i`d be all happy again. So this knife has always been known by that long name.

No cow has crossed my path in all these years, not one, nor did one ever cross paths with my Mother. So, i can`t swear that this knife will cut a cow in half, all i can say is, it has never failed me while cutting anything in half, and it is my favorite bread cutting knife, ahhh such clean edges it makes!

So i dedicate this blog to my favorite knife, and, of course, i am still waiting for that damn cow.

Friday, September 26, 2008

This Ones For Sulli

Sulli asked a question in my comment section, i will try to answer. Is it true that Obama removed the flag from the outside of his campaign plane? Below is Obamas plane before the renovations. See the big flag? Perhaps when flying to dangerous countries this flag would stand out like a sore thumb and become one heck of a target? That was my first thought. This Is Obamas plane after renovations. See that little round red, white and blue thing on the tail? Kind of looks like a flag, kinda, but it is smaller, and not quite as noticible. I kind of like it.

Below is McCains campaign plane. Now, i know my eyes are`nt so good but, can anyone see anything resembling a flag on this plane?

As for Obama refusing to place his hand over his heart, well, it sounds rediculous, and no one can tell me why he refuses to, so, i don`t think i can believe that one.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A First For Me

Well, i just did something i have never done in my life.

I went here tonight, After reading Nutmegs post, i decided to volunteer for the Obama Campaign.

This really creeps me out when i say this, and trust me i don`t say this very often , but here goes. (gulps) I have been alive for over half a century, ( yuck, i just got goosebumps) in that half century, i have never felt so dissapointed, so fearful, and so utterly devastated by what our country has become in these last 8 years. The sorriest part of all of this is, i voted for bush, eight years ago, so i feel my share of responsibility and guilt for the state of our country.

My only excuse for voting for this man is..........i was menopausal at the time. I have been a life long Democrat, so, by doing such an insane thing, well, there is only that one excuse. But, now i`m over that, i`m sane again, well, somewhat, and ready for battle.

So, i followed Nutmegs links to volunteering and now i am just waiting for a call to duty. I strongly feel the need to do something no matter how small, for my childrens, and my grandchildrens futures.

Gosh, now i`m silently singing to myself, Onward Democratic Soldiers, Marching off to War..............I am so ready to serve! Are you?

Monday, September 22, 2008

German Apple Cake

This is a delicious cake i stumbled upon when i was looking for apple recipes, and it is so good, i have made two of these cakes, they go very fast. It makes a large cake, and depending on your love of apples, you can use more apples than what is called for, or less.
You can see some of the apples in this picture, The only thing i changed in the original recipe, is that i added Cinnamon and Nutmeg, I can`t imagine apple anything without cinnamon and nutmeg, but the choice is yours. This recipe came from an old cookbook from the 60`s , called Homemakers Cookbook.

German Apple Cake
3 Cups Sugar
1/2 pound butter
2 eggs
1 Cup milk
dash of vanilla ( i used a tsp.)
4 Cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
5 big apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla, beat. Stir in milk. flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well.
Put half the dough in a greased 9x 13x2 5/8 greased cake pan, add apples, cover apples with remaining dough, sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar, generously.
Bake at 350 for an hour and thirty minutes. This may vary, start checking cake afer an hour by sticking a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean, it`s done. This is wonderful warm from the oven and smothered with whipped cream, or served cold.
Does it get any easier than that?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Apple Time

Those apples above? They are`nt my apples, but mine looked alot like the red ones. I can`t show you my apples because, That man i am married too, deleted them off the camera. The neighbor called and asked if we wanted any apples, ummmmmmm YES was the reply. His tree was doing amazingly and they had taken all they could. So, Skip went over and brought 2 bags home. We began peeling, freezing, and baking immediately.
See that pie above? That is`nt my pie, cuz, well, you know the story, but this is exactly what my pie looked like. I don`t want to brag or anything, but, i make a mighty fine crust. You all know the secret to a great pie crust don`t you? Don`t mix with your hands, use a pastry cutter or fork and spoon. Warming the shortening makes for a tough crust. Anyway, the pie was delicious.

This pie above is *like* the pie top skip made for one of the pies. it turned out beautifully, i am too impatient to make this pie top. We gave this pie to his sister. We also made apple crisp, which is now in the freezer to consume at a later date. I will tell you about my German Apple Cake tomarrow..........scrumptious!

I hope those pies make your mouths water!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Favorite Season

Even though we wait, and we wait, and then we wait some more for spring to arrive up her in Northern Mn, And we truely enjoy our summers, there is really no better season than Fall for me. So yesterday, we went looking for it.
Everyday, we see more reds and golds and soon it will be absolutely gorgeous out side. These woods smelled of fall, soon the leaves will be crunching under our feet.

That Is Flynn, and his buddy Skip, Flynn loves these walks through the woods. He is in the process of being whistle trained, and this is where skip takes him for his training. Everytime the whistle blows, he comes running, knowing there is a little treat for when he comes. He has done great, but now he keeps us in his sight, just incase we blow the whistle, he won`t have far to run. Smart pooch that one.

Sprnkles of color. And that redheaded flash at the right bottom of the picture, i think Flynn was looking for a tree. He recently learned how to lift his leg, so, he`s gone a little bonkers with the trees.

This was a little path up a big hill. It is actually a 4-wheeler trail.

We sat here and rested a bit, once there used to be a house around this chimney, long long ago. But, is`nt the chimney pretty? It has turned it`self into a plant holder, it`s holding wild rose bushes.

So, this is where we went yesterday, we finally felt good enough to get out and about.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Ahead Of My Time

I watched the Pamela Anderson Biography today. That`s what illness does to a person i guess.
Anyway, i was a Pamela Anderson wannabe way before there was a Pamela Anderson, about 46 years ago or so.
I wanted boobs, and i wanted them to be big, i was 8 ish.
Ok, so i did`nt go the the drastic measures Pamela did, we did`nt have silicone implants back then, so i went with the less drastic measure.................toilet paper.
My girlfriend Linda who lived across the street decided we wanted to look good for our bike ride. We confiscated our mothers bra, loaded it down with toilet paper, doned a nice tight fitting shirt, and went for our ride, up and down our street. We were`nt allowed to go any further.
But i remember the pride we felt that day. We rode our bikes with a straight back, our chests pushed out, heads held high. Up the street, down the street, over and over . Sunshine warm on our backs, boobies sticking out, almost like Pamela Andersons.
The one thing we did`nt count on, was my mother glancing out the window, to see her little girl flaunting................her new rack.
The party was over so fast, it made our heads spin. Forced to hand over our toilet paper, give back our bras, and grasp for an answer as to why we would do such a thing? After our scolding, we took to our bikes again but, our rides were never quite as hmmmm.......exhilerating as those few moments in the sun.
I should have known what was going to happen, it is`nt like it had been my first experience at being ..........well, whatever it was i was being. The same thing happened a couple years earlier when she glanced out the window and saw me twirling and twirling in my dress...........with no panties on.
yeah, i was a little minx.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Culprit

Bailey had a little head cold. The usual stuff, stuffy nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, aggravating cough.......we all felt so bad for her, we hugged and kissed on her...........


Her Mom got sick.


Her Sister got sick.


The Father got sick.


her Auntie got sick.


Her Grandma got sick. (Me)

Now, her Grandfather is sick.

So, i have been recuperating............and crocheting a rug. Gotta do something while i`m doing nothing.

Take care all, tis the season for colds.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lets Celebrate

Thank goodness the conventions are over, now onto the good stuff, the debates! It has been so long since i have been this excited over an election. I mean, lets face it, the past has had some pretty aweful choices for candidates.

I watched both Democratic and Republican Conventions, and i have to say, the Dems came out on top. Many of their speakers brought excitement. As for the Republicans, it seemed boring, and repetitive. Sarah Palin was the only excitement of the whole convention. She gave a great speech, but not great enough to sway me from Obama.

If i hear one more time how McCain was a POW, i will pull out my hair, and i don`t have that much hair, so that would be a really bad thing.

Anyway, see you at the debates!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ho Hum


Why is the Republican National Convention, so boring?


The bigger question is, why are there no black people at the convention? Ok, i take that back, after watching for 1 hour, i saw one black woman, and possibly a black man. I find this very odd.

Each night i was engrossed in the Democratic Convention, spellbound by the speakers, they blew me away. The speakers are boring me to tears. Skip suggested this was because, we are democrats, i thought about it, but no, that is`nt it. They jare ust simply bore me to tears. perhaps Sarah Palin will liven things up a bit.

More importantly, why are there no black people at this convention? The Democratic Convention there were many. I am just very curious about this, to me it is glaringly telling.

Ok, gotta run, Sarah will be on soon.