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Friday, June 24, 2011

Mr.& Mrs. Mall-ard ~ More on K Kristofferson ~ Pralines

Good 38º (yes...) clear morning.
As for the eaglets in Dacorah Iowa, they have fledged. The nest is empty and the tree branch where they flew from is empty. Next spring we will watch for eggs again!

Well, for crying out loud... yesterday I turned on the heat in the morning!  Heater is on again!!! Yesterday never got much over 70º and I wrapped up in my down comforter to watch TV! The day before I had on the AC! I have to say, living here in this part of the country the weather changes from day to day, hour to hour! As they say, "Oregon is the only place where you wear a jacket and shorts at the same time.... or the only place where you have on the heater in the morning and the AC in the afternoon." So true.
In the morning I had a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Mallard. They stopped in for a snack, shared it with Ms. Turkey Hen and Mr. Gray Squirrel.

Of course they had to navigate over the hose I left laying out there!

Such interesting colors on this Drake.
Didya ever hear the story of the Rabbit, Turtle, and Lizard? Well, one day they decide to set out and seek their fortune. They come across a plot of land and decide on farming. "We are going to need fertilizer" says the turtle. They decide the rabbit is to go and find some manure to fertilize their garden. The Rabbit sets off and comes back 4 months later to find a HUGE mansion with gardens and fountains everywhere. He knocks on the door and a snooty butler answers. " the lizard here?" The butler replies "Mr. Lizzzz-ZARD IS OUT IN THE YARD." "Well, is the turtle here?" "Mr Tur-TELL IS DOWN BY THE WELL."

Old joke, always loved it! We had a desert tortoise and named her Mrs. Tur-tell.

We also had visits from all the deers.... two bucks and 5 does...

If you read the email about Kris Kristofferson then you will enjoy the following from my email pal, Gator.....
In Memphis (1977), 4 of us sailors had to pull this jerk off of Rita Coolidge as he was loud, drunk, and man-handling the he** out of her just off-stage.  He is a true a**!  It didn't make the papers but everyone knew this guy was a loser !  He didn't stand a chance as we all loved Rita Coolidge.  Ha !  The Hotel and Club barred him from returning !
Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennessee. She is of Scottish and Cherokee Native American ancestry. (Like my Jerry!) Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973-1980. They have one daughter, Casey. Coolidge previously had romantic liaisons with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; her leaving Stills for Nash has been cited as a contributing factor behind the initial 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Coolidge now lives in Fallbrook, a small town in southern California.
Makes you wonder why she waited so long to divorce him! And, too bad the domestic abuse laws weren't in effect back then or it would have been "do not pass go, go directly to jail Mr. K." !

 Yesterday's errands included a trip to Grants Pass, stopped at Brian's office to drop off books for Kenzi who will get them today, The Grange for nyjer seed and wild birdseed and a deer block,
 (Now let's see if the deer find it before all the other critters do...

 Staples for printer ink, Real Deals to check their sale (of course bought some stuff... love that store!), PO to get boxes and envelopes to mail books, Ray's for food stuffs, ACE for cracked corn, the gas station (Union 76) for gas (duh) and was told by the owner/attendant that I was one of their favorite customers (because my gasoline total was $76!!?) and can park there for the Rooster Crow this weekend if I want to!, and the vet's for Maggie's pills. Whew.....
Came home and mowed. Patty wanted me to come up so I called her to tell her I was full of grass. She said she and Cliff had been mowing and weed-eating and they were full of grass too! Maggie and I went up for a toddy and sat on the porch. It got so cool it felt like Fall! What has happened, we skipped Spring, had Summer for a couple of days, and now it's Fall already????
Historically this date...
1916Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract.
1949 – The first Television Western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd.
1982 – "The Jakarta Incident": British Airways Flight 9 flies into a
cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.
  ... You have to read this. Amazing... The survival of 263 people on board this flight!!!
2007 – The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California, destroying over 200 structures in its first 48 hours.
And births this date include....
Well, fuey, a whole bunch of people share this birthday, but I'll be darned if any of them really struck a chord with me!  Our former child neighbor in Temple City, Lindsay, turns 30 today. OMG, she was a little doll baby, and still is!

Jerry nicknamed her Lindsay Windsay... and here with her fiancé, Steve...

All I know. Nuff said. My friend Joan is having surgery today. Thinking of her.... Chickee and Norm (former LASD) are passing through here today and we're going to hook up for a short visit before they head to Beaverton (near Portland). Aaron and Marie are in Morro Bay and heading this way. Won't be here, he estimates, until 10pm. That's Aaron, entrances late at night!! I'll probably be sleeping in my chair waiting..... Have a wonderful Friday!
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
June 24th
International Fairy Day
BUT....... it is also
National Pralines Day
Now, for the record, I am not a fan of the 'over the top southern accented' Paula Deen, BUT, she makes a mean praline!
Pralines in Europe: As originally inspired in France at the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte by the cook of the 17th-century sugar industrialist Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598–1675),[1][2] early pralines were whole almonds individually coated in caramelized sugar, as opposed to dark nougat, where a sheet of caramelized sugar covers many nuts.[3] Although the New World had been discovered and settled by this time, pecans and chocolate-producing cocoa (both native to the New World) were originally not ingredients in European pralines. The European chefs used local, easily available and relatively cheap ingredients: nuts such as almonds and hazelnuts.
Pralines in America:
French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the praline. Pralines have a creamy consistency, similar to fudge. It is usually made by combining sugar (often brown), butter, and cream or buttermilk in a pot on medium-high heat, and stirring constantly, until most of the water has evaporated and it has reached a thick texture with a brown color. Then it is usually dropped by spoonfuls onto waxpaper or a sheet of aluminum foil greased with butter, and left to cool