Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
We are never alone. Even when we do not know it, our Father is protecting us...He is sitting on the stump beside us. All we have to do is reach out to Him.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand
With heads bowed over this hallowed land
Tall, gaunt, giant spirits stand
Remembering cannon and marching band.
"We waited till the enemy closed,
Then we fired, they were disposed
That was the tact at Bunker Hill
I remember the screaming horses still
A graveyard now of unconquered will"
"We had dug deep protective trenches,
The enemy in our sights, only inches.
Then the smell of new mown hay
And the deadly smell of mustard spray
They carried so many of us away"
"When moving through the jungle vines
Watch every step for hidden mines
When each step may be your last
Now tangled memories of the past,
Solemn flags flown half-mast"
Hear these stories the veterans tell
Of midnight fires and smoky hell
Their common cry is "No defeat"
But with apathy they can't compete
History of actions incomplete
The veteran spirits gather here
To whisper of war and yesteryear
This is where their spirits stand
Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand.
Poetry by Sean Mc Kelvy
All rights reserved under copyright laws
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Sunday, May 25, 2008
So here it is:
Perfect White Bread
1 package active dry yeast or
1 cake compressed yeast
1/4 cup water
2 cups milk, scalded
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon shortening
6 to 6 1/4 cups sifted
all purpose flour
Oven 400 degrees
Soften active dry yeast in warm water (110 degrees) or compressed yeast in lukewarm water (85 degrees). Combine hot milk, the sugar, salt and shortening. Cool to lukewarm.
Stir in 2 cups of the flour; beat well. Add the softened yeast; mix. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough.
Turn out on lightly floured surface; knead till smooth and satiny (8 to 10 minutes).
Punch down. Let rise again till double (about 45 minutes).
Cut dough in 2 portions. Shape each in smooth ball; cover and let rest 10 minutes. Shape in loaves. place in 2 greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 - inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise till double ( about 1 hour). Bake in hot oven (400 degrees) 35 minutes or till done. If tops brown too fast, cover loaves with foil last 20 minutes.
J.D. took the camera for a walk while I was seeing the Doctor and got some good pictures of the park with everything in bloom. The Feast of the Flowering Moon is going on this weekend and he got some good photos of that too. I am going to put a slide show together this afternoon or tomorrow for him and he will be posting it on his blog.... So be sure to check them out at J.D.'s Soapbox in the next day or two.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
If tomorrow all the things were gone
From the lakes of Minnesota
I'm proud to be an American
I first saw him on a park bench
By Mark A. Wright, HMC(SS)
Have a blessed day ~Jo
Friday, May 23, 2008
Well it is none other than Alley Oop and friend.~*~*~*~*~*~
I did a clip of one of the songs they sang.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Yes, honestly its true!
She pressed 'control' and 'enter'
And disappeared from view.
It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm.
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.
I've searched through the recycle bin
And files of every kind;
I've even used the Internet,
But nothing did I find.
In desperation, I asked Jeeves
My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative,
Not a thing was found 'online.'
So, if inside your 'Inbox,'
My Grandma you should see,
Please 'Copy,''Scan' and 'Paste' her
And send her back to me.
This is a tribute to all the Grandmas who have been fearless and . . . .
learned to use the Computer.....
They are the greatest!!!
When the television is on I pretty much mentally tune out most of the commercials that come on. I do this mainly because if they aren't just plain annoying, then they are insulting my intellegence by using 20 something year old actresses to try and sell the public on some sort of facial cream that will return that youthful look to your face. There are some commercials that I find beneficial though. Recently they have been advertising a new diabetic medication called Januvia. They gave a web site as well as a phone number to call to get further information. I went to the Januvia web site and was impressed with what I read. They have quite a few useful tools that you might like to try out, as well as a lot of good recipes. I have an appointment for Diabetic Boot Camp on Friday, so I thought I might discuss this new drug with Dr. Lee and see what she thinks. I'll let you know what I find out.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I really do think Chris missed his calling. He is a wonderful cook.
I had never eaten grilled pineapple before. I love pineapple any way, but straight off of the grill is a whole new taste treat.
Chris also prepared pork loin with his own blend of spices as a rub before they went on the grill. The grilled new potatoes were mixed with red, yellow and green bell peppers and chopped onions and cooked with a dab of olive oil.
I have learned that when there is cooking going on the best place to be is standing close to the cook and you will most likely be asked to sample something. Melody was upstairs in the kitchen cooking up some delicious mac and cheese and a wonderful green salad. It can wear a person out running from one cook to the other for those samples.
Seth and Alley Oop
Our camera shy Alley Oop As usual Melody out did herself.
Wishing you a blessed day. ~Jo
Monday, May 19, 2008
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.
Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital." He continued, let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities. "And that's when he began to explain this theory of a "thousand marbles."
This is one that has been around for a while, but I still find a lot of meaning to the words. They are words that anyone can read and apply to their own lives. My wish for you today is that you have far more Saturdays to share with your loved ones than you have marbles. ~Jo
Sunday, May 18, 2008
While Greg was here we went shopping and bought a new rock for me to wash clothes with. It was a difficult choice, but I finally found just the right rock for laundry purposes. Just joking of course. We did go washer shopping though. I basically knew what I wanted before we even got there. As luck would have it, we got one of those sales persons that is as aggravating as a mosquito that you want to swat at and say "Shoooo". All that I wanted just a simple washer, without all of the bells and whistles that many washers come with now. Nothing would do this little guy than to try to sell us a front loading brand spanking new washer that does every thing but fold your clothes for you. I think the matching dryer does that. After the message sank into his thick little head that he wasn't going to sell us the top of the line washer on the show room floor, it didn't take long to get the transaction completed, the washer loaded on the truck and we were on our way home.
This garden always looks a little ragged until things really get to growing. We are still having temperatures over night in the 40s so it will be a while before things really take off and start growing. This is what I have left to do in this garden.
It will be a nice little oasis when I get it finished. Then I will only have two more established gardens to work on, but they are small and shouldn't need a lot done to them. The biggest chore ahead is to decide where I am going to put a small vegetable garden and get that started. I think it is in our best interest to grow some of these vegetables ourselves. When I picked up a loaf of bread the other day at the store and saw the price for it was $2.29 it made me sick. I gathered up the ingredients that I need and will be baking our bread myself and it should end up only costing us only a fraction of what it cost at the store. A gallon of milk is running neck and neck with the cost of a gallon of gas. Perhaps the next thing we need to purchase is a goat or a milk cow. It would have to be cheaper than buying the milk at the store.
The kids have planned my Mother's Day celebration for today. I am looking forward to being together with all of our "Yankee children and grandchildren".
Until tomorrow..... ~Jo