Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Magic of Cats – A Complaint

How is it that cats can lounge in one spot for nine hours straight, then, when they get an upset tummy over the period of a few minutes, they manage to project their vomit in every single room of the house?



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Porterhouse in the House – A Carnivore’s Delight

Of late my partner keeps picking out different frozen dinners to try. In theory I welcome these meat and potato combinations even though trying to limit my intake of starchy vegetables. But the protein is inevitably some 'mechanically separated' (look it up if you dare) chicken/pork/beef by-product/soy amalgamated patty of mush, though I ate every bite out of deference to the animals' sacrifice. And I didn’t even know anyone could give mashed potatoes the consistency of Silly Putty.

So on the way home from swimming at the YMCA Saturday I stopped by a meat market. My initial craving was for a seldom available deli item called souse. Unlike the pre-digested looking lumps from our latest frozen dinners, these less cherished meats don’t pretend to be anything other than what they are.

Souse is essentially head cheese with the bite of vinegar. The cold cut’s unique flavor and texture take me back to childhood, when Mom and I had the souse all to ourselves. ~grin~ We didn’t complain.

Waiting for my savory treat to be packaged, I looked toward the butchery case. There I saw the most beautiful cuts of porterhouse steak. Yes, they were expensive. But now that we know the proper technique for home cooking (as long as you don’t mind your home smelling of smoke for a few days), I could justify the expenditure.

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I intended to take before and after photographs of the porterhouse. Unfortunately, my inner lion took over the moment I opened the butcher paper and I forgot all about grabbing the camera. At least I took time to follow all the cooking instructions, like letting the raw meat come to room temperature and even allowing the cooked food to 'rest' after final removal from the oven!

Have you ever tasted head cheese or souse?


Monday, November 20, 2017

Positive Sparks Monday – Words From Willie Nelson

To quote Annie of McGuffy’sReader, the bright spirited blog where she started Sparks Mondays, "I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!"

I’m really enjoying the website Brainy Quote. Today, like last Monday, I decided to go with a musician. Thank you for these wise words, Mr. Nelson.

Won't you join us?


Sunday, November 19, 2017


During National Novel Writing Month I like to update my word count on the official website throughout daily writing time. Yesterday I entered the wrong number and didn’t notice until later, when I found this:

Do you think I could write fifty thousand words between November 18 and the thirtieth?


I don’t think so. But believe me, some folks I’ve met could.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Impulse Buy

On a normal day I find it quite easy to ignore advertisements online. Then Facebook showed an ad for this dress. I couldn’t resist, and hope the outfit doesn't look too much like a costume.
I Do Need Some New Clothes...
I ordered the dress a size larger than is hopefully (!) needed because I’ll likely need to have it altered for length, anyway, since I’m quite petite. And so I decided to go bigger in case the sizing runs small. Too many times I’ve ordered clothing online and found the fit snug (even shoes!).

The garment also comes in blue, purple, and green in place of the orange. Do you think I made the right choice?


Friday, November 17, 2017

Bogart’s, Here I Come

My newest favorite rock band Palaye Royale is currently in France. Meanwhile, the other day they announced 2018 US tour dates. On March 29th they are coming to Bogart’s, a venue in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I’m so stoked.

I thought they would be headlining, but instead Pop Evil (whom I saw open for Avenged Sevenfold) is the headlining act. That’s okay, I plan to haunt PR’s merchandising table after their set concludes.

Cleveland, Fort Wayne, and Even Detroit Aren't That Far
Hmmm... Road Trip, Anyone?
Is it creepy for a middle aged woman to want to hang out with guys in their late twenties?

Update: Twenty-five minutes, three reboots, one headache, and an anxiety attack later I have my e-ticket to see Palaye Royale open for Pop Evil. Geez. I think I preferred standing in the snow to receive a proper paper ticket to fumbling with all this stupid tech. I can't even print the darn thing out and will have to take my partner's smart phone to the show.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Comma Comma Comma Comma Comma Chameleon

Sorry about the bad pun for those of you familiar with the music of Boy George. And thanks to whoever created this meme.

Do you prefer the Oxford or standard comma?