Posted on | April 20, 2014 | Comments Off
The best part of Easter, in my opinion, is the Easter dinner. I like seeing the kids have fun with hunting eggs and getting Easter baskets, but ever since I can remember I’ve always enjoyed the family gathered around the dining room table for Easter dinner.
My folks always have a whole for Easter – even when it is only a few people coming for dinner. They eat on that ham for a week and this is one dinner where leftovers are always appreciated. I like to have scalloped potatoes but some people prefer sweet potatoes. And I like something to do with pineapple – either pineapple spoonbread or pineapple cake or ambrosia – or all of those!
This year we had a nice pasta dish with the ham. It was like macaroni and cheese, except it used cheddar cheese and stewed tomatoes with fresh basil. The cheese sauce was not creamy like the traditional mac and cheese. Cheddar cheese is usually stringy with it gets hot – but it tastes great! We also had grilled asparagus instead of the traditional green bean casserole. That was a nice change and the asparagus went well with the mac and cheese dish.
I had to settle for pineapple upside down cake this year to get my pineapple in there. That was delicious – it went really well with a hot cup of coffee about an hour after we stuffed ourselves with the main dinner.
So what did you have for Easter dinner?
Posted on | March 5, 2014 | Comments Off
This winter has been way too cold and way too much ice and snow for my taste. I am seriously starting to think about moving further south to get away from this nasty weather. I’m so over winter already – I’m done with the coldness and the bad traffic messes and the worries about trees falling from the weight of the ice. And when the power goes out during storms that is the worst time to lose your electricity. Can’t do anything but light a couple of candles and wait… and wait… and wait… and sometimes I just give up and go on to bed.
Posted on | February 7, 2014 | Comments Off
Last night was the last night of the Tonight Show starring Jay Leno. If you remember, Leno said goodbye once before, after after a very short run with Conan as his replacement, Conan was fired and Leno came back.
I don’t know what all back room bullshit went on with Conan not getting a decent shot at hosting that show, but to bring back Leno was an insult I really lot respect for Leno after that. I don’t think I watched his show since then, although I will admit that I tuned in last night for about 20 minutes to watch Leno’s last goodbye.
So now Leno is retired and a new show is going to take it’s place, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. I think it is especially cool that they shut down the California studios and moved the show to New York City. Although Leno had access to all the Hollywood stars, I think enough of them that want the exposure will find a way to get to NYC and back to be on Fallon’s show.
Posted on | January 8, 2014 | Comments Off
As much as I love Facebook, I still have to use other ways to keep in touch with family and friends, like via email and even phone calls. But mostly I rely on Facebook private messages and comments on my status updates. I try to check my newsfeed at least 3 or 4 times a day so I don’t get too far behind.
Ever since I signed up for Facebook, I have been trying to re-connect with friends, especially kids that I grew up with and people that I used to work with in my first few jobs. I have been able to find a lot of them on Facebook, but LinkedIn has helped a lot and even just putting their name in Google search has helped me locate a few.
It’s been very satisfying to re-connect with people and find out that they are doing well, they are happy, and they have new families or new houses or new jobs. Whatever. To be honest, I’ve only heard a couple of sad reports since I started trying to re-connect with old friends. A few guys that I went to high school with have passed away. That was a kind of a shock, but I guess we don’t all live long lives.
The most tragic story was an old buddy that used to go on double dates with me who got into drugs and overdosed. His sister told me about it when I managed to find her on Facebook and not her brother. I was pretty tore up about that one. I never would have expected Tim to get into drugs in a million years. I wonder what happened to make him turn to drugs. So sad.
Posted on | November 3, 2013 | Comments Off
With this crazy weather we have lately, the pumpkins that we bought and carved for the Halloween holiday have totally rotted and are full of mold. I had to throw one in the trash on Thursday morning just to get rid of the damn thing on trash day and not have it lit on Halloween night.
Turns out we didn’t even have a Halloween on Thursday night, because we had storms, hail, tornadoes and all hell broke loose around here. So Halloween was postponed until Friday. By then both pumpkins had rotted so horribly that I had to toss the second one in the garbage, too. Our porch was bare for the trick or treaters, but I know all those little fuckers wanted was the free candy. I’m pretty sure they didn’t give a fuck if we had pumpkins lit or rotted ones.keep looking »