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Friday, July 31, 2009

What's on the Grill @ the Ponderosa

Tonight it's hot dogs with the secret sauce and rib eye steak with just butter and a touch of secret sauce! To go along with this we had baked potatoes and baked beans. For later, there is some cheese cake I made in honor of National Cheesecake Day yesterday! It was just the right thing to do to join in this celebration!

What's ON your fridge Friday

This picture of Tracie, it's one of my favorites. It was made when she was in high school. Wonder if she can still do a cart wheel?

Feeding Fish and Rescuing Goats

After supper on the Ponderosa it's a nightly ritual to go and feed the fish in the Ponderosa Pond.
They eat bread or crackers or chips or biscuits-- anything you want to throw in. They even seem to like doritos! There are two large catfish that will come to the top of the water and grab big pieces of whatever is being tossed.
I tried to show you. . .
but I was too slow, and this is all I got.
You can only see the shadow they really are there.
At the pond you can hear the goats in the barn nearby. Last night we heard crying, so we went to the rescue. This one was really stuck.
It managed to get stuck in two fences.

It was really happy to be rescued! It leapt for joy!
Did you know if you use a flash while making pictures of goats, you do not get red-eye
You get blue eyes! Seriously! I don't know if red-eye reduction will remove blue eye!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What's Blooming on the Ponderosa

Purple Pansies
I planted these in a window box container hanging from the deck just before Easter and they are still going strong.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday's Blast from the Past Photo

A trip to Rugby--sometime around 1986

Friday, July 24, 2009

What 's ON your fridge Friday?

This magnet, from an art exhibit we once saw at the Frist Center. In case you don't recognize this painting it is called The Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre Auguste Renoir.
This concludes your art lesson for today!

What should we do today?

This morning I was awake, but not up, and thinking about what I should do. More cleaning was about to win, when the phone rang. It was a nice lady and tax client who grows two gardens calling to ask if we would like to buy a bushel of green beans. This solved my problem about what to do today!
With the help of my able assistant who did most of the breaking, while I multi-tasked the washing and blanching, we were able to freeze 15 quarts of beans. We are all set for the winter! It didn't even take the whole day, there was plenty of time left for blogging and laundry! The cleaning can wait until another day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The War on Moles

mole |mōl| noun a small burrowing insectivorous mammal with dark velvety fur, a long muzzle, and very small eyes.

It's war on the Ponderosa. The moles are leaving these places all over our yard. We have used insecticide. (moles eat grubs and you have to get rid of the grubs!) But it is really expensive when your yard is as large as ours.
Peanut has stomped the hills down.

Even Parker got in on the act

But it still looks like a battlefield
You better watch it moles, he's scratching his head and coming up with a plan.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What's Blooming on the Ponderosa

In several locations

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday's Blast from the Past Photo

How cool can you be?
On our way to Ghost Town in the Sky, Maggie Valley, NC
Sometime in the early 90's
My hands are gripping the bar because I am afraid of heights, behind my big sunglasses are looks of fear and terror!

Friday, July 17, 2009

What's ON your fridge Friday

A cartoon to remind us that sometimes we are completely oblivious!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


This is the end of a day of fine dining on the Ponderosa!

What's on the grill @ the Ponderosa

Because we got up early and worked hard for a couple of hours. We decided to have a larger than usual lunch.
See below:
Yes, it was just as good as it looks. Most of them were eaten. It was a whole rack of ribs, with generous amounts of the secret sauce applied.
Wish you were here, you could join in, but now it is time for a nap!

Because it is not really a secret here's what's in the secret sauce. It's enough to marinate the ribs and brush on during cooking.
Secret Sauce
2 cups of apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons of salt
3 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons of Cooking wine or sherry
1 Tablespoon of Tabasco sauce

What's Blooming on the Ponderosa

Queen Anne's Lace
It's everywhere, taking over the pastures!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Waiting on Me. .

There it is-- my job for tomorrow morning. I can see it right off the deck while I eat corn and blog! In case you do not recognize the black buckets, it's driveway sealer. Looks like there are 8 buckets this time. One is filled with sand. You can get very warm doing this job, that is why I will get up early. You probably will just be getting up when I finish!
This will not finish the job, we already spread 12 buckets. If you need to learn a new skill--the proper way to seal a driveway just come on down. I will let you use my squeegee!

What's IN your fridge Mondays

A disclaimer about these posts, they may cause you to crave something that you see. For instance, I saw my neighbors eating a blizzard two weeks ago and I still haven't stopped thinking about it.

Jay commented on my what's On your fridge Fridays post, that he would like to see what's In the fridge. I thought this was a good suggestion. So, I went to see. We had left the Ponderosa for supplies today, so it was hard to pick. And since we are all about what can we eat next, here on the Ponderosa, I will share just one of the great items in my fridge, well two!
There's some good stuff strawberries and whipped creme, ribs ready for the grill, but I chose these two lovely ears of corn to share. They are straight from the patch. Just pulled this morning! They have been sitting in the fridge today waiting for supper time.

Here is one ready to eat. It has been boiled to perfection and the appropriate amounts of salt and butter have been added. The corn is joined by another item already in my fridge, green beans. They are delicious themselves but when combined with the tomatoes and corn they are very, very tasty! Now before you lessen the distance between your house and the Ponderosa, let me show you what happened to the corn.
This is all that is left--it's gone--no kernels were spared.
What's in your fridge this Monday?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday's Blast from the Past Photo

Summer 1979
Do you recognize these three?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Dogs Take a Road Trip

Today we decided to do a job we had been dreading. Both dogs needed to get a rabies vaccine. They are not used to wearing leashes. We decided to put them in the backseat area of the truck and let them be loose. So Peanut tried to get them to come to the truck.
Piper cooperated.
Shrek did not.

The trip there was uneventful but smelly, Piper and Shrek took turns looking out the window. When we got to Albany the vet assistant came outside and gave the shots in the truck and we returned home. . .

Where Piper decided she did not want to leave the comfort of the truck and stayed there until Peanut went out with the vacuum and made her get out. Both dogs are safe from rabies and no one escaped on the trip-- so all is good.

What's on Your Fridge Friday

My fridge is full of pictures and clippings and it also holds the calendar where we keep the events of our life in order. On Fridays, I want to feature a close-up of one of those items--feel free to comment or tell me what's on your fridge.

This is one of Peanut's favorite photos! It was taken at Dollywood after a press conference announcing the formation of the Governor's Books Foundation to help our county pay for the Imagination Library. We were invited to be Dolly's guests that day!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Commentary on Chickens!

Comments about my glass chicken have made me want to clarify my stand on chickens! First, when I found such a gorgeous piece I should have bought one for all of you, but in my excitement I only purchased one! I apologize to all of you!!!! I was very selfish.

Now, here's my take on chickens. I like decorative chickens. I believe a decorative rooster in your kitchen is suppose to be good luck. I like to eat chickens. I like them fried or grilled, in salads, or on sandwiches! You name it. Zaxby's has some of the best chicken!

On the other hand I hate live chickens--the kind who flag you! (Garrison uses flag instead of flog when he talks about his real chickens). I am afraid of them! My grandmother caused this when I was very young and she took me with her to the chicken house to gather the eggs. This woman had no fear of chickens! She marched right in and starting flinging them off their nests. This caused much flapping of wings and very scary chicken noises. They came out right over my little head, so I learned to cringe in fear at the side of the chicken house while she gathered the eggs in her apron!

Another traumatic thing that occurred at her house was when it came lunch or supper she marched right out into the yard, where there was always a group of hens scratching and pecking and leaving chicken poop, and grabbed one. She then proceeded to wring its neck! It was quick- she did it with a flip of her wrist but it was not a pretty sight. I will not detail what happened to that chicken next, but it is a wonder that I can even eat chicken.

Well, you can see how childhood trauma follows you into adulthood. Thanks for letting me share but I have to go marinate some chicken tenders for dinner!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday's adventures

This morning we left home about 8:30 on a quest to get groceries, because we didn't really have anything to eat! We needed one of everything! We drank Pepsi for breakfast. We had no milk, no cokes. . . nothing. Our plan was to go to Monticello, hit the Walmart and return to the Ponderosa.
On the way there we decided to just drive to Somerset. We thought it was too hot to work outside anyway that we would just go look around and have some lunch!
I need to warn you here, if you go to Somerset they have completely re-done the road and you must cross the bridge drive a little ways and then do a loop backward--anyway you could figure it out!
We stopped first at the mall and I was lucky enough to find a new pair of pants to replace my favorite pair that Peanut ruined in the wash. He was trying to be helpful, but washing my clothes with towels creates lint balls that just can't be removed. He has since seen the error of his ways and stopped helping with the laundry like I had requested 30 years ago! It was a little crowded in the mall for Tuesday morning because it was Senior Citizen Discount day and many ladies older than myself were taking advantage of the 20 % discount. You had to be 60 so I did not get to play!
Golden Corral was our next stop where we had a very filling lunch and sampled most of the desserts. This activity may have hindered my Wii fit progress!
Our next stop was at a store called HomeWorx. We had stopped there before and found some unique things, but today everything was 40% off. Much time was spent browsing the aisles and looking at everything from boots to tools. The best thing we got here, was a new straw hat for Peanut! We were thinking we had some pretty good deals when we came upon a store called Mighty Dollar.
Now, my mom had told me about going in one in Russell Springs, KY and she had seen the one in Somerset one day, so on her recommendation we pulled in!
Again we spent a long time browsing the aisles where everything is a dollar! I got a little carried away in the scrapbook aisle and Peanut found some great office supplies, but my dear readers the treasure of the day is this glass chicken! I thought is was very cool. Even the cashier was enthralled and showed it to the other cashiers who also admired it. It now has a special place on our back deck!

And it was only $1.00!
We did make it back to Walmart and grab a few groceries but they paled in comparison to our other treasures which I will not name or picture here, because I know you would be jealous!
Happy Tuesday from the Ponderosa.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The King Visits

The King of the Ponderosa visited for a few days. He logged a few miles on his tractor each day, ate lots of brownies, skipped naps and kept his P-pa and Nana busy, but he made it home just in time to go to the big 4th of July fireworks show, where he got a little wet, but liked the explosions!