Sunday, May 31, 2009
Lyman wanted something to show friends in Ohio and New York.
I guess I could have loosened that creaky tripod.
This picture was taken farther downstream, a piece down the road from the cemeteries. The river crested last week.
This is one view of the Mississippi River from the new section of the Natchez National Cemetery.
Had Charles not lived last year -- and there were times we thought he might not -- he wanted his ashes buried up here as close to the river as possible. And still does, when his time comes.
Friday, May 29, 2009
It's Big Daddy's 90th birthday tomorrow. He doesn't like cake, so it's scratch banana pudding for all 25 residents at the assisted living center and whatever guests arrive.
Staff, too. Lyman's brother is bringing some pies.
UPDATE: Kitchen hand, the recipe I'll be using is a lot like this one.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
It's a shame that I should have to ask this question about a Southern staple.
UPDATE: Vidalia good cook Dot Ware suggests assembling the pudding up to meringue the day before, then whipping up and baking the meringue on top in the morning. That's a plan.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 (10-oz.) packages fresh cauliflower florets
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
Cook curry powder and red pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 1 minute. Add cauliflower, onion, and salt, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is crisp-tender. Reduce heat to low; add 6 Tbsp. water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or just until cauliflower is tender.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
What I would prefer is the old-style European expanding string bag like, perhaps, these. As a retail clerk in the past, I'd prefer something that makes the management more comfortable than the canvas and other opaque bags that can conceal shoplifting.
I also don't want to pay a premium price for something that's "eco-friendly," or pay shipping for something that should come at the dollar store for about four bucks.
(Thanks, kitchen hand.)
She had a bad go there for a bit when she developed tendonitis in her foot. She tells her mother that running in boots is killing.
Graduation is scheduled for June 5.
UPDATE: Far as I know, she's the first woman in the family to do military service. She's 24.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
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Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Judith Martin, Miss Manners
One day when I was a little girl with blonde ringlets, my father said, "I can picture you as an old lady, wearing high collars and a bun and tyrannizing over future generations."
And I thought to myself, "My daddy understands me."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
So I found a soft, pretty throw for Mother's Day in a pearl blue. She likes blues.
And a pretty, girly card.
Happy Mother's Day, Girl.
(Maybe my wicked stepmother's day present can be one in rust. Or that deep, deep red. Yes, the red.)
UPDATE: Had to settle for that cozy rust. Matches our patio table at the beach.
Friday, May 08, 2009
No, Janis. No, no.
Oddly enough, these beads for rosaries made the best match in blue.
The shells are coming from an eBay seller.
All for just over $15, which is cheaper than a trip to Baton Rouge.
UPDATE: eebeads just shipped.
Trim India is an exporter. The minimum order I can make is 96.xx yards, and I must pay shipping from India. I could trim every pillow in the complex with that amount of fringe, and send some to all my readers for yours, too.
So, on my first day at home, a lazy one, I looked all over the Internets for proper wooden beads and shells. Let me tell you, hons, there are bazillions of both out there.
Then yesterday I visited our local craft store, which doesn't have the right beads, but had plenty that I could finger to determine the sizes I need. 6mm on the blues, and 4mm for the plains.
The shells are small Ark seashells, about 1/2 inch. Those are usually sold in bulk by weight or volume.
Might as well order.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Y'all, I cleaned this tabletop with LA Awesome cleaner earlier today, but it didn't do enough, so applied some Dollar General bathroom cleaner with bleach. It turned the top this mottled orange color.
What can I do?
UPDATE: I've talked to Jim at Werzalit, the maker of the tabletop. He's going to ask his tech guys and get back to me.
Target kept the same pattern, all right, but changed the quality of the flatware. The pieces to the left in each pair are the new stuff, on the right the old.
The new stuff has been hollowed out on the back to use less metal. Look closely at those salad forks.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Whatever you want, sweet Nancy. "How did you do that," I asked. "I used to be a librarian. I know how to find things," she said. She hadn't seen the fringe. She worked on a description.
I'll take a couple of strands off the ends of the pillows to fill in the gaps, and hunky dory for the summer. Buy a couple yards for safekeeping.
Along 63, a mile or two from the intersection with I-10, is Heritage Funeral Home. It's a small building. On the front lawn, to the right of the building, is a selection of stone markers for graves.
Couldn't they put them somewhere else, as in behind and to the right? They aren't marking Aunt Tilda's grave there.
When Candy told me about the pillows she designed for the love seat, I thought, "Trouble on the seashore."
Those beads and shells beg to be tugged at, chewed on, and picked off.
So I went to the shop where she had the pillows made to find more trim. Nada. "It's an old trim that we won't be having anymore."
So it looks like a trip to Michaels in Pensacola for craft supplies this afternoon. If I can find the parts, it should be easy enough to add the missing strands. If I can find the parts.
UPDATE: The other thing I can do is clip them all off. The pillows won't look "bad" without them, just not as much fun.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
They use a mix made and bottled here at Orange Beach -- this one. The bartender kicked it up a bit with a splash of Tabasco.
I picked up a cheap toaster today at Walmart that was hot enough to burn my finger when I touched the exterior while it was working. That goes back. It's plainly dangerous.
Toaster shopping might be hard. I want a trim, white two-slice toaster that won't take up much counter space. Most that I see are bulky.
I found some good plastic glasses today that I didn't have to spend six bucks apiece for, but the short glasses are broad for little hands. I might go to a dollar store to pick up a cheerful few for young'uns. We have regulars from Denham Springs, LA, with little ones.
Friday, May 01, 2009
We have 10 glasses, 3 of one set, 3 of another, and four that I don't recognize. I think I'll pop for a set of
I have about 10 short/rocks/juice glasses of mixed heritage, too.
UPDATE: The toaster works, but looks pretty ratty. Replace.
Need more flatware. I hope Target still carries the same pattern. (Yeah, right.)
Baking sheets look dreadful.
On the good side, the man who has been working for us did a great job installing the HDTV (with DVD player) in the other bedroom on the wall and a brand new water heater, which could save a ton of misery not too many years hence. Money, too.
Possum, hon, I find your interest in swimsuits a little odd, but who am I to say? Here you are.
Do you want a pic of Lyman's, too?