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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. Mallard ~ Geese & Turkeys ~ Mom & Dad ~ No Crab ~ Brandy Alexander

Good 37º foggy morning.
Here is Grants Pass again.... totally fogged in..

"Chance" of rain tomorrow. Sun did come out again yesterday. Warmed up a lot. Left the front and dining room doors open for the most part. Then got cold when the sun went down so had a fire in the wood stove! Bruiser down by the stove and Dude keeping his distance! 

Yesterday was "hurry up and accomplish nothing day"! Sigh... First on the list was letting Dude out to do his "thing" after breakfast. He normally runs up into the trees, does "it" and runs back. Nope. Not yesterday. I waited and waited. Called and whistled. Finally I see him. He's on the other property on the other side of a fence. Swell. I put my little Nikon camera in my pocket, got in the golf cart, and headed up towards the pond. Just past the pond he appeared. Screeeech. Made a quick turn and headed back to the house, Dude running next to me. Got back and no camera in pocket! YIKES. I figured it slipped out when I made that quick turn around. Went back. Yep, there it was. RELIEF!!! In the pond was Mr. and Mrs. Mallard...

The water is back. Yeah. Because of the draught it was looking just about empty even though it's fed by an underground spring. Guess there wasn't any water in the spring! Now it's filled again. 
Then there was a big commotion... geese honking and turkeys gobbling. I counted 23 Canadian Geese out there, some on the barn roof. There had to be 20+ Wild Texas Turkeys in the pasture...

Eventually all 23 of the geese were on the barn roof!
My video skills are not the best, but this will give you an idea..
89 years ago today Leslie Laney and Margaret Mills
eloped from Bisbee Arizona

to Tombstone Arizona..
(the picture is the court house where they got their
marriage license).

and were married.


19 years later (after 2 previous children, Betty and Marion) Susan Leslie was born. Taaa daaa.....

                            I miss you Mom and Dad! So much!!! ♥♥
Historically this date
1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
1930 – 3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
1957 – Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
1971 – Apollo programApollo 14 – Astronauts Alan ShepardStuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on theMoon.
2001 – In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 overLockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
...............and then those high court morons let him go!
And births this date include....
1872 – Zane Grey, American novelist (d. 1939)
His home in Avalon on Catalina Island, turned into a hotel, was a favorite place for Jerry and I to stay. Whatta view!
1902 – Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)
1919 – Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (d. 1972)
1934 – James Franciscus, American actor (d. 1991)
1937 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)
Died from lung cancer....  damn cigarettes!
1947 – Nolan Ryan, American baseball player
1959 – Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor

1981 – Justin Timberlake, American singer
Dinner tonight was supposed to be the Elk's All You Can Eat Crab Feed.

Brian called and said it was in the paper yesterday the feed had been canceled due to lack of crab. Apparently the crabbers can't find any as the earthquakes along the Oregon coast have chased them off~! DANG! Was soooooooooooo looking forward to that dinner. Also disappointed were the rest of the group... Dee & Dale, Kathy & Tom, Jennifer & Mike.... 

I always take the "tools" for the crab... scissors, crab crackers, and picks. They all get washed in the dishwasher and then purified in rubbing alcohol. 

I found a long time ago that instead of  "cracking" the crab, it's so much easier and more efficient to cut the legs open with scissors! Guess I'll put them all away now.  :o(

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
January 31st
Brandy Alexander Day
Ingredients Per Serving
  • 1-1/2 ounces brandy
  • 1 ounce dark creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    A Brandy Alexander cocktail. Photo courtesy
    1. Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes.
    2. Add brandy, creme de cacao and half-and-half; shake well.
    3. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.

    Add a scoop of chocolate or vanilla ice cream and serve in a globe wine goblet or other alternative to a martini glass.


    Friday, January 30, 2015

    SUN! ~ Murphy's Laws ~ Sugar Fox ~ Oatmeal Waffle Cookies ~ My Mom ~ Cat On Leash ~ Applejack ~ Quinoa/Thai Rice & Veggies

    Good 36º foggy morning. The sun came out yesterday and it was awesome! According to Jeannie it came out in Grants Pass (finally) about 3pm. It was beautiful here

    and in Medford.... 

    Got this from Derry Benedict (former LASD..worked Temple with Jerry) ....
    Corollaries to Murphy's Law
    1. Law of Mechanical Repair -
       After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin
       to itch and you'll have to go to the rest room.
     2. Law of Gravity - 
       Any  tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least
       accessible place in the universe. 

     3. Law of Probability -
       The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the
       stupidity of your act.
    Jennifer's pal, Mike Hannan (former RR Fire Chief) and I were discussing her dog Sugar Fox. Sugar Fox is an American Indian dog but Mike and I agreed she certainly looks like she's got more wolf in her ...  Sugar Fox:


    For those of you with waffle irons.... I posted this a few years ago...
    The waffle iron and cookie dough. Oatmeal cookie dough!
    (A dollop of ice cream on top or an ice cream sandwich!)

    The package of dough calls for 1 T water, but I put in 5 T water. Made it easier to work with. Drop by spoonfuls on the hot iron and bake 7 minutes. I experimented with size and the larger size came off the iron easier. OH BOY ARE THEY GOOD! Next is peanut butter cookies!

    1835 – In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States,Richard Lawrence attempts to shoot president Andrew Jackson, but fails and is subdued by a crowd, including several congressmen.

    1847 – Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco.

    1994 ... today marks the 21st year my Mother, Margaret Laney, has been gone. So miss her still today. She never got to know my grandbabies; Alex, Jack, Tucker, and Sami. Such a shame! She was a beautiful person inside and out. LOVE YOU MOM! ♥

    And births this year include....
    1882 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician, 44th Governor of New York, and 32nd President of the United States (d. 1945)

    1914 – John Ireland, Canadian actor (d. 1992)

    1914 – David Wayne, American actor (d. 1995)


    1922 – Dick Martin, American comedian (d. 2008)


    1925 – Dorothy Malone, American actress


    1930 – Gene Hackman, American actor


    1937 – Vanessa Redgrave, English actress

    1941 – Dick Cheney, American politician, 7th White House Chief of Staff, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, 17th United States Secretary of Defense and 46th Vice President of the United States
    Ok, saw a couple friends shared this video on FB so had to show you. I was laughing soooooooooooo hard. Putting a leash on a cat for the first time.....

    PJ and Dave take their cat for a walk on a leash all the time. But not this cat...
    There are a few more videos on YouTube like this if you type "cat on leash" in the search window you can watch them all. So funny. Even Bruiser liked watching!
    Yesterday was a yearly trip to my rehumatologist/allergist. Down to Medford....I was given the big OK and then off to get a blood test. Stopped in the liquor store on the way home to get some of that Crown Royal Apple... but the gal told me you can't find it anywhere in So. Oregon. Sold out! Will be a couple weeks until they get more in. So............... instead I bought some Yukon Jack Applejack!
    It smells like Granny Smith Apples! And it tastes like HEAVEN!!!! Wow, good stuff!!!

    For dinner I wanted something without meat... so I mixed some quinoa and red Thai rice in my rice cooker... added a little infused olive oil along with the water and some garlic sea salt ..

    Then I chopped up some vegetables, put them in the frying pan with some whole snapeas, and enough water to steam them lid on, then lid off and evaporated the water and added in some olive oil...

    I stir fried the veggies and then added in the cooked quinoa and rice and some fresh spinach...

    Next was a couple cans of sliced mushrooms... and some cheese..

    Stirred it all up and heated through and voilá ... dinner!
    That and a glass of wine and a fire in the wood stove and some stupid shows on TV!
    Oh, and speaking of wine... I wore my new sweatshirt to the doc's yesterday. Everyone loved it!

    All I know. Happy TGIF. Nuff said. Ciao.
    xo Sue Mom Bobo
    January 30th
    National Croissant Day


    A rich, buttery, crescent-shaped roll made of puff pastry that layers yeast dough with butter (known as laminating). Stories of the roll being made in the shape of the crescent of the Turkish flag, after the defeat of the Turks in the Siege of Vienna in 1683, are a perpetuated myth. Recipes for croissants do not appear in recipe books until the early 1900s, according to the
    Oxford Companion To Food, and the earliest French reference is in 1853. The croissant is descendant of the Austriankipfel, a crescent roll that was brought to Paris in 1938 or 1939 by August Zang, an Austrian military officer. The kipfel was ultimately interpreted into puff pastry by the French, where it achieved immortality as the croissant. You can read this history in Jim Chevallier’s book, August Zang and the French Croissant: How Viennoisserie Came To France (Kindle edition).