• I’d never dreamed this life. I would have never believed it could be mine.

  • Just some random pictures taken during a trip to see my best friend in Nashville who had recently moved to the mountains of East Tennessee. I never did get used to where she lived on the side of a hill, but […]

    • Very nice pictures of East Tennessee. Seeing pictures of places you’ve never been to always look different than how your imagination paints them.

  • Ok Jules….I circled the comet.

    Also we drove up the mountain again tonight earlier to hopefully see the meteor shower …and unfortunately we met up with the clouds. My pictures have been horrible […]

    • OK. . .now you point it out I see it. I did look at that in your first picture but thought it was a smudge on the lens. And furthermore, my eyesight isn’t as good as it once was – so I’m sticking with that excuse! So how did the comet look to the naked eye rather than through a camera lens?

  • The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking in a an hour or two and we are talking about driving up the mountain to watch for a bit.

    When my sons were little we would bundle them up…pack snacks and throw our […]

    • ok…just got back and I only saw 6 meteors when we read it would be 100 an hour. So we are going to go again tomorrow earlier. And I took my fancier camera and when I got there discovered my batteries were low and about to die. So….it was just a nice trip up the mountain. It was warm and dry up there.

    • I see no comet. . .where is it?

  • I saw this story on my local news but was unable to get it to post here. I found this video with the same people on Youtube. Audio is horrible but worth trying to listen. Would be fun renovating one of these old […]

  • I was just talking to a friend about things we really REALLY miss and can’t wait to get back to. One being…LIVE MUSIC. Live music does wonderful things for our Spirits. All music in all forms is […]

  • I was going to say he was /is so ahead of his time. But he really isn’t. He is just teaching what is right in front of us.

  • A song with a unique sound song by a great song writer.

    I hope you enjoy it!!!

    • Hi Friend 🙂
      LOVE Leonard. So Unique and so talented.
      Beautiful Sunday music.

      • Thanks, glad you like it. There is just something about his voice that is great. Here is an example of what I mean when I saw “the sound” pulls me.

        • For me….voices are so important. And I know it’s a shallow part of me….but I LOVE when a man has a deep unique voice. To me….that’s manly. I know…I know…I hate that I say that…but it is what attracts me. And when a man with a deep voice sings…I am drawn to them like a moth to the light. I have a story about some California Native Traditional singers that are AMAZING. I melt with one in particular. Oh…and my sons all have beautiful deep voices like their father. :::sigh:::

  • Sounds so similar to Bon Iver. Beautiful piece.

  • Monica wrote a new post, Ozzy's Daughter? 1 week ago

    She’s beautiful. She looks like a young Sharon. I knew they had another daughter who didn’t want to be filmed but I didn’t know she was in the music business.

    Also… a commenter on Youtube pointed out “Goth […]

  • Hmmmm……

    • Jules replied 1 week ago


      • Yeah….. I heard the song while driving the other day …don’t know if THIS was the song because I saw the name Oliver Tree. So I wanted to look more into this artist and found a crazy character.

  • Monica wrote a new post, Bison 1 week, 1 day ago

    Bison meat taste so good. It is becoming more and more popular especially since we just had a small meat shortage. Costco was selling ground Bison meat next to the empty Ground Beef section. Costco has been […]

    • I have never eaten a Bison and by the look of them they could probably eat me!

      I like plain meat recipes with plenty of added flavour – usually made with tons of garlic and onion.

      Mince Lamb or Beef Potato Bake:

      1lb of mince Lamb/Beef.
      2 small onions finely chopped.
      Garlic to taste – I use 4-5 finely chopped cloves depending on their size.
      Tin chopped tomatoes.
      6 – 8 potatoes peeled and sliced thinly.
      2 Table spoons tomato puree.
      Salt & pepper.
      Lamb or Beef stock. Use the whole stock cube but reduce the water to half pint.

      Dry fry the mince with the onions and garlic until the meat is browned.
      Add the salt & pepper.
      Add the tomato puree.
      Add the chopped tomatoes.
      Add the stock.

      Reduce the cooking time to half or less (I cook it for about 10 minutes) it will cook thoroughly when transferred to the oven.

      Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly.

      Set the oven to gas mark 6 / 204 C.

      Lightly grease an ovenproof dish and pour the meat mixture into it.
      Cover the meat mixture evenly with the sliced potatoes making a decorative pattern. Lightly brush some oil over them with a sprinkling of salt & pepper.

      Bake in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until the potatoes have browned.

      Serve with your choice of vegetables.

      • Monica replied 6 days ago

        THIS is such an easy recipe. My household doesn’t eat lamb or goat. My sons prefer simple things. But we have a local steakhouse that serves Lamb Lollipops which I LOVE.

        I am going to copy this recipe to try when my other son comes home in a few weeks. He is the only son who loves new foods.
        And Bison are humongous and beautiful.

    • The recipe is a base which can be easily adapted to personal taste. You could also add herbs if you like. A couple of swigs of Worcestershire sauce is also good.

  • It’s so simple yet so good.

    I remember my mother making us fried egg sandwiches on white bread with mustard when we would go to the drive In movies. My sisters would make brown bags full of buttered […]

    • That’s one of the all time classics. My version includes melted cheese with either pickle or brown sauce. Also, the egg has to be cooked just right so that when you bite into the sandwich the egg yolk oozes out the sides and gives you egg face!

      • Egg face 😀 Your version sounds good….but I don’t know about the brown sauce. what is it?

        • Brown sauce is one of those things that’s hard to describe, but I’m sure you’ve got it over there. You have tomato sauce which is red, and you have brown sauce which is brown. The taste is a lot stronger and compliments many foods depending on your taste. One popular brand over here is made by HP – or as it’s usually known as – HP Sauce.

          If you search the net for brown sauce this is what you get back regarding ingredients.

          Ingredients include a varying combination of tomatoes, molasses, dates, apples, tamarind, spices, vinegar, and sometimes raisins. The taste is either tart or sweet with a peppery taste similar to that of Worcestershire sauce.

          • Interesting. I was going to say Brown Gravy…but brown gravy has a beef base. We have a cute little UK market down the hill…I will check to see if they have it. Its a condiment it seems. Like our Ketchup or hot sauce.

    • Sorry, have to say that I love nuts, popcorn and a lot of the other things mentioned, but fried eggs not so much, in or out of a sandwich. I may have told you before that my mother had some health issues when I was growing in, and my father would make breakfast.

      Well, he fried the bacon first, and then fried the eggs in the bacon grease at the same temperature. The result would be a black crust around the egg, and I would have a problem getting it down…so the only way I like eggs is scambled. To this day I don’t like regular fried eggs, or boiled eggs (that one I did to myself by eating about 16 full eggs with mayonise ie deviled eggs) at one sitting)

      I am weird about some foods….for example, I don’t like cheese sandwiches either, and peanut butter is ONLY eatable with crackers, never bread, With bread it is just too gummy..

      I told ya I was weird. 🙂

      • UNACCEPTABLE!!!!
        Alright…..I can let this slide cause I can see where you’re coming from. Your poor father couldn’t cook. Nothing wrong with using the bacon grease to cook the eggs…he just used the wrong temp. My mother use to poor the bacon grease into a can and she would scoop some out for frying potatoes or she would scoop some into a hot bowl of rice. Anyhow….I have had a crispy egg or two in my life.But not from my mother….she prides herself in being able to cook eggs perfectly. And I love boiled eggs. Especially when they are soft boiled. And I also love an egg salad sandwich which is hard to find anywhere. So….what were you doing eating 16 deviled eggs in one seating? Were they really REALLY delicious? Maybe you need to try a different kind of Deviled Egg to open your mind up to them again? There was a little place here that served their Deviled Eggs with spinach mixed in and bacon bits drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
        Now…about that peanut butter issue. I get it…..which is why I usually make a really crispy toast to put it on. I maybe have toast once a month….and if I am going to have toast I like to use the country French loaf where I have to slice my own pieces. That way I can cut it thick and toast it dark. I also use natural peanut butter or almond butter that I mix with maple syrup and I add chopped pecans and walnuts. You can also throw in some raisins or Craisins. So my peanut butter is thick and has texture with a bit of flavor with the maple. So burn your toast and spread some of this peanut/almond butter on it 🙂
        I don’t know about cheese sandwiches…..its been YEARS since I had one. I usually keep crackers on hand for those times I want cheese. But I love a good crispy grilled cheese ….I can’t pass up.
        Oh…back to eggs. You said you like scrambled eggs? Well….I learned from Jacque Pepin via his cooking show how to cook the perfect scrambled eggs. You start with butter in the pan……whip the eggs add salt n pepper and pour into the pan. You keep mixing it until it is almost cooked….and you add a scoop of sour scream and take off heat. Add more salt and pepper if needed and its beautiful and creamy.

        And you are not weird…..we all just have our food quirks. Well….maybe a little weird. You hold a grudge against food. Ha!

        • Yeah, I will just not eat eggs, except those I go to Waffle House and get scrambled. 🙂 Oh and I eat lots and lots of peanut butter…..just with crackers instead of bread. I have lived for about 50 years like that, I think I can struggle on….LOL

      • Ewww! Fried egg with a crusty edge is enough to put anyone off for life. . .what am I saying – it did, didn’t it?

        Eggs cooked like that usually mean they have spent too long in a hot pan and come out all rubbery and disgusting; no cigar for anyone who cooks like that. Cooking eggs is such a simple thing but like anything in the culinary world, there is an art to it. No broad brush strokes here – only fine detail.

        • Well, to give him the perfect out, he was cooking on an old wood stove so there wasn’t much way to change the temperature. But I am fine with scrambled eggs that don’t develop a crust, especially a black crust that sort of tastes like coffee grounds. 🙂

  • Ok, I am the person that once told my teacher that I had no real interest in art. The problem, as I saw it, was that I couldn’t draw worth a darn. Couldn’t even, as I put it, draw a straight line. Well, that […]

    • What editing software did you use?

      • I don’t remember anymore….it was done over the course of several years, on different computer and not all the same systems even. Lunapix is one of the programs used, and at one I was using gimp.

  • I can’t stop watching them. I envy these people who can live off the grid and grow their own food and hunt not only to survive but to make a living. I really would love a cabin way out there.

    And there are so […]

  • I found this Hulu series so fun and interesting. Padma explores the history of food in America. How almost everything we eat stems from another country. I said “almost” everything because she also visits Native […]

    • Just the clip made me hungry…shame on you. 😛

      • THATS one thing I don’t like about these shows…..you get cravings for what they are eating.
        But I am tempted to create a list of places to stop on road trips.

    • I ‘eat up’ most food/cookery shows on TV – especially the shows that deal with origins of ingredients. This show looks pretty cosmopolitan in its approach. Definitely something I would watch if it ever came over here.

      We have a show over here called “The Hairy Bikers.” Two men travelling around the world on motorbikes sampling and cooking the local cuisine. They’ve literally been everywhere and are always fun to watch.

      • I would love to watch that show. I wonder if it’s on Brit Box.
        I watched a show years ago that I absolutely enjoyed. Long Way Round….and Long Way Down …with Ewan McGregor and Charley Borman. They rode their motorbikes on these long trips …all recorded. I LOVED it. Not much about food though. But these motorcycle shows always appeal to me because I wanted to get one for YEARS and travel a bit here and there.

    • Yes. . .I saw that one too.

      And again. Yes, the Hairy Bikers are on Brit Box.

  • Yes, I am talking about Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. This is one of my favorite songs. Thought I would share it here. Freddy Mercury reminds me of a friend of mine that passed away about 30 years ago, and has a […]

    • This song brings back memories. I had to stop playing it because it made me cry. Not really sad tears…just made me think of my handicapped brother.
      When we were young…we would travel to South Dakota in the summer for family reunions and other things. And we had 2 station wagons and all 9 of us would pack up and drive. And in the Station wagon my brother drove….he would play this tape. I think I knew all the lyrics to their songs because he would rewind and play them again and again.

      • I had a friend who, in my mind, looked like Freddy that died of AIDS back then and every time I look at Freddy, i remember him, I will confess that I found both men very very attractive. But in addition, I love this song because of the sounds more even than the words.

        • Uh huh…I get the liking the music more so than the lyrics. I am sorry about your friend. Freddy was very vibrant.

          • I found him very attractive, and my friend, at least in my memory, looked a lot like him. 🙂

    • This was the moment when Queen showed to the world that there was something more to popular music than the bog-standard rubbish we had all got used to hearing. The song and methodology in creating it was a seminal wake up call for listeners and musicians alike. The song never shows its age and has a timeless quality that all the classics possess.

      I love the moment in “Wayne’s World” when they’re driving in the car listening to this song and start freaking out during the rock opera sequence.

  • Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

    A backward poet writes inverse. 

    A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking. 

    Dijon vu – the same mustard as before. 

    Practice safe eating – […]

  • Mypen posted an update 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Words is a bloodless fight, yet it kills a person emotionally and mentally.

  • Mypen posted an update 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I don’t react every curse, name-call, and cuss, but it doesn’t mean it never hurts me. I just convinced myself not to cry and just pretend there’s nothing I heard.

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