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Friday, July 1, 2011

Shopping ~ Cowboy Caviar ~ PJ's Birthday

Good 45º sunny morning.

Yesterday I dropped the laptops with Turk. He seems to think there are too many processes running in each of them and looked like a couple of firewalls in action. We'll see in a day or so. Then to Brian's office to drop off a "Gulf War Veteran" sticker I got. Next The Grange for nyjer seed. Got a free 20# bag ... after you buy 10 bags of any kind of birdseed you get a free one! That was a $24 bag!!! Then to the Redwood Nursery and their plants were AWFUL! So, to Bi-Mart. Got basil, lemon balm, Italian parsley, lemon thyme, Greek oregano, and some wrinkled leaf basil. Off to the health food store for chewable Vitamin C's, and the post office to pick up a package.

When I got home I potted all the plants. Hint** when potting plants put a coffee filter in the bottom of the pot, keeps the dirt from coming out and lets the water run through!

I am always impressed every summer at the absolutely gorgeous hanging baskets of petunias in Grants Pass....

They are all over town and blooming like mad all summer long.

Now here's a recipe that is super good, easy, great for parties or not.... Dee made this for our last porch party. She said it's from Sunset Magazine.

2 T red wine vinegar
1 1/2 - 2 t. hot sauce (sriracha)
1 1/2 t. salad  oil
1 clove garlic minced or pressed
1/8 t. pepper
1 firm ripe avocado
1 can black-eyed peas
1 can white shoepeg corn
2/3 c. thin sliced green onions
2/3 c. chopped fine cilantro
1/2 pound coarse chopped Roma tomatoes
chips ...
Mix vinegar, hot sauce, oil, garlic, and pepper. Peel and pit and cut into small cubes the avocado. Drain and rinse the peas and corn. Add peas, corn, onion, cilantro, tomatoes and avocado. Mix gently to coat. Add salt to taste.
Use 'scoop' type chips, great on eggs, on salad.... Mmmmm...
Thanks Dee!

Dave and PJ came up in the late afternoon. Dave pounded the metal post into the ground, that I couldn't do Wednesday!

PJ and I sat on the porch with a glass of wine. Nice. Hit about 76º. How perfect is that?

Historically this date....
1908SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.

1963ZIP Codes are introduced for United States mail.
1979Sony introduces the Walkman.
1981 – The Wonderland Murders occurred in the early morning hours, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash.
And births this date include....
1916Olivia de Havilland, British-born actress
1931Leslie Caron, French actress  
In her book Thank Heaven she states that she became an American citizen—evidently based on her mother having been born in the United States—in time to vote for Obama for President. (!)

1934 – Jamie Farr, American actor

American television, film , and theater actor. He is best known for having played the role of cross-dressing Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Q. Klinger in the television sitcom M*A*S*H. this is funny because Jerry and Jim Klinger worked together at the Range!

1952Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor

He has vineyards and a winery. I bought some of his Chardonnay. It was good!
1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles's ex wife (d. 1997)
... and this is the birthday of Captain James Hellmold! He was a Deputy at Lakewood when I worked there. Super guy, good friend!

Happy Birthday Jimmy!!!

And today is a special birthday, my good buddy and BFF Pat, aka PJ.

.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸ ☆ ★ ☆ ¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆
╔╗╔╦══╦═╦═╦╗╔╗ ★Happy Birthday ★
║╚╝║══║═║═║╚╝║ ☆ ¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆
║╔╗║╔╗║╔╣╔╩╗╔╝ ★ ☆ PJ!!! ★ ☆
║╚╦╦═╣╚╣╚╦╝╠═╦╦╗☆ ¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆
...║╬║║╔╣╔╣║║╬║╬║║║.•*¨`*•. ☆ .•

All I know. Happy Friday. Ciao.
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
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