Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Time Change, Banana Bread and Chicken Soup

Spent an hour turning back clocks, stoves, coffee pots, Ipads, computers and Iphones that had already automatically reset. Stoves and coffee pots and alarm clocks are all a lot smarter than they used to be, but apparently I'm not.

Caught on when the sun rose today at 5:41 and it was at 7:41 yesterday. Spent another hour correcting the original time screw up then made banana bread and chicken soup.

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Armadillos and Alligators

We're accustomed to exotic birds and animals in the back yard, but the armadillo was a surprise.

It dug a large burrow under our air conditioning unit. There are at least 21 species of armadillos in the Americas including the Pink Fairy and the Giant armadillo which can weigh over 100 pounds. I know you aren't supposed to capitalize species (except for different types of apples..go figure) but I don't care.

The armadillo doesn't tolerate cold well due to lack of body fat, but the nine-banded species has beeb observed as far north as Illinois.

The armadillo has rudimentary peg-like teeth with no enamel, suited to eating worms, grubs and soft plants.

Armadillos are super diggers. I saw one once dig a hole and disappear into it in just a few seconds.

We also have soft shell turtles in the back yard.

The air conditioner is behind the Staghorn, which should not be capitalized..

Mrs. Phred takes a ride.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Comprehensive National Intelligence Test Underway

Early voting started in Florida at 8:30 this morning. I got there at 7:30 and stood at attention reading a Robert Crais novel on my Kindle App until the doors opened.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former- . Albert Einstein

About 8:20 I was joined by some other early voters and the line began to form.

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”― George Carlin

I'm not telling how I voted.

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.- Mahatma Gandhi

It's not nice to make fun of people low IQs. We are all born with a potential and can't really change what we have all that much except possibly by hard work and education.

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.-Adolph Hitler

The fact isthat  50% of all Americans have an IQ of less than 100. That may not be true of people from England. They sound much smarter when they talk.... OH!... Wait!...Didn't they just vote for Brexit?

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, 21 October 2016

As American as Apple Pie

Sarasota, Florida

Can you bake an apple pie, Bobby boy, Bobby boy?
Can you bake an apple pie charming Bobby?

We're back in the Condo in Sarasota. The RV is in the shop due to the accident on US 15 up in Pennsylvania. A concrete construction barrier jumped out and scraped five of our basement doors and tore up our hot water heater. Hopefully it will be fixed when we are due to move back to Sun & Fun in November.

I'm amusing myself today with a crock pot dinner and a home made apple pie. To be completely honest I bought the crusts in the frozen section of the grocery store. Beside the crusts I used the following ingredients, mixed together in a big bowl:

cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
cup sugar
tablespoons all-purpose flour
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground nutmeg
tablespoon lemon juice

On my morning walk in Benderson Park, I ran into a 5K Zombie race. The kids run the path with red ribbons tucked into shorts and the zombies try to grab the ribbons.

This zombie appears to be munching on a severed leg.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Chicken and Yellow Rice

Watkins Glen, New York

- Five chicken thighs with skin and bones
- One pound Vigo yellow rice
- Two ounces chopped pimentos
- one can green peas
- one onion

Brown the chicken thighs and saute the onions and set aside.. Cut the chicken off the bone into small chunks and cook with the yellow rice, chicken and onions according to the rice directions. Add the peas and pimentos the last two minutes and serve..

After eating the chicken and yellow rice we take the four mile round trip hike at Watkins Glen. At the end you can hear the race cars up on the hill.

Glen stream has carved this gorge over the last 10,000 years since the glaciers retreated.

We've been hanging around watching the leave slowly change to yellow, orange and red. We'll hang in here hitting the wineries until the colors peak.

We are finding we like some special white grapes developed by Cornell University. Our favorites so far are Melody and Seyval Blanc.

Mrs. Phred has salmon tacos