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There is nothing like a delicious bowl of soup, stew or chili on a cold day.  It’s not really cold here today but it’s overcast and cool and looks like the beginning of the Autumn season,  so I was thinking of a good vegetable/beef stew.  Yum!  Just sounds good about now.  Of course you can’t have stew, soup or chili without a BIG slice of hot cornbread, fresh from the oven, with a big dollop of butter.  Have a good day and cook up something yummy.  I think I will.  🙂

Corn Chowder

Beef Stew

Yummy Chili

And of course….CORNBREAD!

Enjoy yourself!

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This article in the Washington Post (By Jane Black Washington Post Staff Writer) answers a question I’ve had all summer…What happened to watermelons with seeds? I have had discussions with people about this. 🙂  I don’t like the seedless variety.  They are not as sweet!  Oh! Why do people have to mess with something so good? 

I have not printed the whole article, just a few snippets.

The iconic, black-studded watermelon wedge appears destined to become a slice of vanished Americana. If that sounds alarmist, try to remember the last time you had to spit out a grape seed.

Still, as the end of summer looms, I can’t help but mourn the inevitable disappearance of the black-dotted red watermelon. In part, it is a wistfulness for a classic American fruit and its traditions. Without seeds, there can be no seed-spitting contests such as the one in Luling, Tex., home to an iconic watermelon water tower, or the one in Pardeeville, Wis., where the rules are strictly enforced: No professional tobacco spitters. Denture wearers must abide by the judge’s decision if their teeth go farther than the seed.

Though there is some debate about it, the flavor of old-time watermelons might also be in jeopardy. And what a flavor to lose! In “Pudd’nhead Wilson,” Mark Twain described the true Southern watermelon as “a boon apart . . . when one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat.” Convenience, whether it’s a smaller size, a fruit without seeds or year-round availability, always seems to extract a price. And if that sounds alarmist, try to remember the last great tomato you bought at a supermarket.

I see the trend at local grocery stores. I haven’t found any seeded melons at my local Safeway this summer or at the nearby Whole Foods Market, though a staff member there told me that they sometimes carry organic watermelons with seeds.

The most reliable place to find old-school watermelons is the farmers market. That is not because of any bias in favor of old-fashioned varieties. It’s because seedless watermelons are more difficult and expensive to grow. Their seeds are most successful when germinated in a greenhouse rather than outdoors, and farmers must buy hybrid seeds for the pollinator plants. More than half of the watermelons grown at Montross, Va.-based Garner Produce, a regular at Washington markets, are seeded. At Spring Valley Farm and Orchard in Morgan, W.Va., 60 percent of the melons have seeds. “It’s easier,” said Joe Heischman, a co-manager of the farm. “But I think the seeded ones also taste better. When we put out samples of both, people always say the seeded ones are sweeter.”

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Tuesday Night, December 16th, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m. the guests began to arrive at the home of Ron and Margie Abbott (Tulare, California).  Ministers and their wives from the San Diego area all the way up to the Sacramento and Bay Area came together for a great time of fun, food and fellowship.  What a great time we all had.  We ate and talked and talked and talked.  And laughed, and laughed some more.  Played a couple of crazy games together, thanks to Mickey Grogan.  We heard some very good “stories” from Gary Harding and Bill Parkey.  🙂  The meal was superb with salad, roast beef (bear meat), vegetables, chili beans that were awesome and the many desserts of which I tried to stay away from ( but I did taste the fudge).  🙂  Mmmm….good.  Then to top the evening off, Bobbie (Shoemake) sat down at the piano and we all gathered ’round to sing some Christmas Carols under the “direction” of Bill Parkey.  A great big shout out to Ron and Margie for their hospitality in opening their beautiful home to all of us.  We had a great time. 🙂  Merry Christmas!

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Yesterday we were able to go up to San Francisco and spend some time with Gene, Karla (my sister), Cameron and Chad. We had a super great time. It is always fun to be with them. Nathaniel was able to take off a few hours early, so he met us up there too. Danelle was able to go with us. We ate, and ate some more. We went across the Golden Gate. The marine layer was already coming in but it was still beautiful. It is really weird to not be able to see the top of the “towers” of the bridge as you’re driving across. They were completely covered up by the fog. However, when we got across to the other side the sun was shining bright. I never get tired of seeing the beauty from the “other” side of the bridge. 🙂 We ate lunch at La Terrasse in the Presidio. That was quite an experience. We couldn’t really read the menu but we managed to get some good food here. We then went down the “crookedest street” in the world. That is always rather breathtaking (not going down, going up)! You feel like you are going to fall off the face of the earth while you wait on the very steep incline. 🙂 Then, we went to the hotel lobby and hung out, drank coffee and just talked and talked and laughed. Matt got there, after driving up after work and then we went to eat at Scoma’s. This is one of our favorite places in San Francisco to eat. They have great seafood. When we was finished eating and began paying the bill, Matt all of sudden said, “Oh no! My wallet!” He had quite a bit of cash in it, etc. We all searched and searched. The waiters, bus boys, people at the next table was all looking for the wallet. We finally determined that it had been pick-pocketed so I paid his and Danelle’s tab with one of my credit cards. Well, needless to say that was not a good feeling for the end of our day. After we said our goodbyes to Gene and Karla and the boys we walked to our car. My phone rang and Danelle said, “We found the wallet!” It had been left in their car. LOL Well, we all felt much better of course. All’s well that ends well. Right? And yes Matt paid me back. 🙂

I always enjoy my time with family since they all live in Texas. Gene and Karla, I’m glad you chose San Francisco for your family vacation this year. 🙂

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DSC_0559 Nathaniel, Cameron, Karla, Chad, Gene, on the Golden Gate.


DSC_0567 At La Terrasse

DSC_0568 Cruise Ship, heading out to sea.


DSC_0578 Just walking around. Having Fun!


DSC_0582 You just had to be there.


DSC_0591 At Scoma’s

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Okay, So this morning for some reason I am missing my mother terribly. How do you explain it? I don’t know. Instead of sitting around and getting remorseful I thought, what would mother eat right now if she was here with me. Since I was hungry I guess that’s why I thought that. 🙂 I headed to the kitchen to see what was available and there it was. Bacon, bread, tomato, lettuce, cheese, pickles and corn chips.  Mother loved a good BLT sandwich. I proceeded to make myself an incredible BLT and ate a pickle and corn chips with it. The only difference was I drank a Diet Coke.  Mother would have drank a Diet Dr. Pepper. 🙂 Why you can miss someone so intensely after so many years (7), I’ll never know. I just know that you never get over losing a loved one. You just learn how to cope and that’s what I did today. It may sound funny, but it made me feel better. 🙂

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Wishing you a HAPPY July 4th. Have fun with family and friends and remember those who have made our country so great. Even though it’s not perfect, I’m still proud to be an American.

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As we celebrate the Fourth Of July, with our Fireworks,


hamburgers and hot dogs,
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Let’s remember what this day is all about..

Don’t let us forget those brave men and women who fought and died so that we might have the freedoms we enjoy so much today.

American Flag

I don’t know about you, but I still get “goose bumps” when I hear the song, “God Bless America”, or when I stand and “Pledge Allegiance To The Flag”.
So enjoy the holiday, but don’t forget those that made it possible.


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We made it to Houston about 8:30 p.m. (Texas Time) After getting our rental car we then stopped and got a bite to eat at Pappa’s Seafood.  Nathan had the crawfish platter and I just had fried shrimp.  This isn’t just any fried shrimp though.  I don’t know how to explain it.  You just have to eat it to understand.  🙂  We headed up Lufkin Way.  We got here about midnight and lo and behold when we walked into the lobby of our hotel there was a snake right in the lobby area. 😦  Yes! A real live snake. Nathan had a conniption. LOL  Those of you that know him, know that he is deathly afraid of snakes.  The lady at the desk called for maintenance and he refused to come.  He said, “that is a deadly animal and I’m not coming to get it.”  LOL  I don’t know what they finally did.  I’m sure it’s gone by now.  I wish I could have gotten to my camera but it was packed and in the car and I was frozen in place. 🙂  Quite a welcome I’d say.

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Yesterday afternoon when my phone started “ringing” the song, “That’s what Friends are For” I went to pick it up knowing that the voice I heard on the other end would be a friend. Sure enough it was. Bobbie was calling to see if Nathan and I could meet her and Bro. Shoemake over in Carmel for dinner later on. They had a room over there and was spending a night or two. I said that I would check with Nathan and see. He said yes. So later on we hopped in the car and drove over to Carmel and met the Shoemakes at Bahama Billy’s and had a great time of good food and good fellowship. We entered the restaurant at 7: p.m. and didn’t exit until 10: p.m. 🙂 I think the restaurant personnel was wondering if we brought suitcases to stay all night. Oh well, time flies when you’re having fun. 🙂


Me, Bobbie and Bro. Shoemake


Bobbie, Bro. Shoemake, Nathan

Sorry for the blur. My camera couldn’t figure out who to focus on. 🙂

Is this better in sepia?

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This morning when I awoke I was hungry for good peanut brittle.  Not the kind you buy in the store.  They just can’t seem to make it right.  So…..I proceeded to get my old candy pot out along with my other peanut brittle making “tools” and make me some brittle.  I was not disappointed.  Mmmmmmm……good.


So, I guess I’ve had enough fun for today. I’m off to more important things.  Have fun this week-end and make some candy or something.  Blessings!

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Friday after Thanksgiving Nathan and Gary went bird hunting.  They both got two pheasants.  As boys they would hunt all the time up in Washington so this was really fun for them since they haven’t hunted together for so many years.  Gary took some pictures while they were out there so hopefully I will have them soon and be able to post them here.  This photo is of Nathan getting ready to go.


Today was a good time in our service.  Another one of the boys that was baptized at our “Back to School Bash” in the park was there with his grandmother.  You may remember me telling about J.J. and his dad?  They have been coming faithfully since the bash and J.J. has invited this other boy every Sunday since then and they finally came.  They both really enjoyed the service.  We will see what God has in store for them.  Halleluljah!  Nathan preached a great message on “Having Confidence in the Leadership of the Spirit”. 

After service we went to Chili’s because I was craving the “Peppercorn Burger” with a side of jalapenos.   Why do you get such cravings?  Probably because it didn’t have any thing to do with TURKEY.  Then we came home and built our first fire of the season and  read for awhile until I got on here.  I am reading the book, “The Tipping Point” by: Malcolm Gladwell.  Very interesting.

100_2987.jpg  First fire of the season

Hopefully tomorrow I will start decorating for Christmas.  I usually have it done by now but, well……….I just don’t.  I guess I’m getting lazy.  Well, I did put my Christmas Wreath on the front door so that counts for something I guess.  And I did buy my 2007 Christmas Bear.  I started collecting Christmas Bears in 2000 and it has been fun.  They look so cute sitting under the tree before the gifts take their place and then again after the gifts are opened.

Okay, that is enough ramblings for a Thanksgiving Week-End.  Blessings!

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