Saturday, December 31, 2005

Do you like anything chocolate, as I do?
Christine, over at Coffee & tea has a great recipe for

Missouri Mud Balls

Chocolate!This week's Carnival of the Recipes will be all about balls, so for Chocolate Friday, I give you Missouri Mud Balls.

Click HERE to get the recipe.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Predictions for next year

Want something fun to do? For more details, go HERE to Mr. Completely's and make your predictions.

How To Speak Kiwi

Pissed aside - Chemical which kills insects

Thursday, December 29, 2005

RECIPE: Coon (Procyon lotor) Balls

COON (Procyon lotor) BALLS

Make in exact proportion

3 c. Bisquick
1 lb. Jimmy Dean "hot sausage"
1 lb. Cheddar cheese (sharp)
3 tbsp. hot green chili sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, let stand 30 mintues. Roll into balls. Bake at 350 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

I like the taste of sweet with Hot, so I sometimes have a sweet dipping sauce on the side.

Doggie Wisdom

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
-Ann Landers

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
-Will Rogers

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
-Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
-Andy Rooney

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare.
And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
-M. Acklam

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.
- Sigmund Freud

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
-Rita Rudner

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
-Robert Benchley

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
-James Thurber

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
-Joe Weinstein

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
-Anne Tyler

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
-Mark Twain

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Rain Again

Rain, rain, go away
Come back another day
Little Jenny wants to play.

Yes, it is raining again.
When I awoke early this morning, I was tempted to pull the blankets up over my head and stay in bed all day and listen to the rain on the roof. But if you want to play, you need to go to work once in a while to earn some of that green paper stuff to sustain your habit, like ammo for my gun, gardening stuff, and a good wine to drink, after I come back indoors, sighhhhhhh!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Gifts from Santa

The Christmas celebration is over, the gifts unwrapped the wonderful food eaten, and leftovers in the fridge to be enjoyed for the next couple of days.

Mr. Completely and I really get a kick out of watching Rocket enjoy his Christmas gifts.

This year Santa gave him some turkey, which you can see him enjoying, and a new 'string' toy, (a long piece of string with colorful ribbons tied to the end, and of course bunches of red and white tissue paper which he loves to shred and decorate the living room floor with.

Santa Knew I had been very good this past year and rewarded me with a new gun.I suspect he knew I was wanting a backup gun if my Beretta U22 Neos failed.

I've always liked the looks of the Spud gun. The heavy barrel, the military angle grip, some absolutely beautiful grip panels, all add to the esthetics. The JA-RU reputation for fine quality firearms certainly doesn't hurt either.

As I do with any new firearm, I disassembled it fully, cleaned it, lubed it, and became familiar with it's inside workings. Something I noticed was that the slide movement wasn't very smooth. It wasn't really very rough, but it just wasn't that Spud Gun "greased glass" sort of smoothness. Granted, this was nearly a new Spud Gun, so that certainly was a contributing factor.

While I had it apart, I polished the sliding surfaces on the slide and frame, and it was noticeably smoother. Still not as smooth as I would have liked, but a lot better than it was. Putting two or three thousand rounds through it probably would have improved it even more. It was definitely decent, just not what I would expect from something from JA-RU.

Weapon information stolen and edited, from Mr. Completely

Monday, December 26, 2005

The Day After

The Yuk face shows how I feel this morning!

We had a very nice Christmas dinner yesterday, prime rib, lobster, salad, sweet potatoes, creamy garlic mashed potatoes,vegetables, wonderful desserts and the best tasting wine.

Yep!! I over did everything, Where are the Tums?

I now now for sure I am getting OLD and need to be more careful what, and how much I can consume!
Ohhhh! and I have to work today. It is going to be a looooong day.

Saturday, December 24, 2005


No blogging tomorrow. I am going to be doing some baking in the morning to take with us when we go to share Christmas dinner with our friends, later on in the day.

We are going to be having Good Food, Good drinks (hic!) Good company and Good Fun.

I wish all my readers, Family, Friends, and people I do not know personally, A Very Merry Christmas, and Wonderful New Year.


Chrissy is almost here, I hope I get lots of lollies and a stubby.

Chrissy: Christmas

Lollies: Candy

Stubby: a small bottle of beer

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Politically Correct Version of 'The Night Before Christmas!'

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves"
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves
And labor conditions at the north pole Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E P A
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened"

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows
Rudolf was suing over unauthorised use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation
Demanding millions in over-due compensation

So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life
Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz
Demanding from now on her title was Ms

And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her
Nothing that might be construed to pollute
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot
Nothing that clamoured or made lots of noise
Nothing for just girls. Or just for boys
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific

No candy or sweets ... they were bad for the tooth
Nothing that seemed to embellish the truth
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was ecological

No baseball, no football ... someone could get hurt;
Besides; playing sports exposed kids to dirt
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away

So Santa just stood there, dishevelled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next
He tried to be merry, tried to be gay
But you've got to be careful with that word today
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found

Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right
A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue
Everyone, everywhere ... even you
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth ...
"May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth"

Monday, December 19, 2005

Weather Forecast

At last, the nose biting cold snap has passed.
No longer are we waking to frost coated trees and slick roads. This morning the temperature is up in the low 40's it is almost tee shirt weather, well OK, sweater weather.

Weather Forecast

To tell the weather, go to your back door and look for the dog. If the dog is at the door and he is wet, it's probably raining.

But if the dog is standing there really soaking wet, it is probably raining really hard.

If the dog's fur looks like it's been rubbed the wrong way, it's probably windy.

If the dog has snow on his back, it's probably snowing.

Of course, to be able to tell the weather like this, you have to leave the dog outside all the time, especially if you expect bad weather.

The Cat

Saturday, December 17, 2005


70th Edition of Carnival of Recipes is being hosted by Caltechgirl over at
Not Exactly Rocket Science.
There is a great selection of wonderful recipes for the holiday season.
Click HERE to check them out.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Thursday, December 15, 2005



These biscuits (cookies) were baked every Christmas by my mother, then by myself when I had a family. As for them being a ‘small treat,’ they are kinda’ like potato chips, who can stop at just one?
As most American recipes use cup measures, I suggest, if you do not have a scale, buy one of those small scales used to measure diet size portions. I found one at a dollar store.

Afghan Biscuits
Deceptively decadent chocolate biscuit ideal with coffee, after dinner or as a small treat. They have a similar texture to shortbread only better.

7 ounces butter
3 ounces sugar
6 ounces flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup corn flakes, slightly crushed after measuring.
1/2 cup desiccated coconut (needs to be unsweetened finely shredded) The brand I found was next to the sweetened flaked coconut, or sometimes found in the organic section.

1 1/2 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons hot water
Stir all together until smooth.

walnuts (to decorate) I don’t like walnuts so I leave them off

Cream softened butter and sugar, add sifted flour and cocoa. Stir in coconut and crushed corn flakes.
Put small spoonfuls on a greased oven tray and bake about 15 minutes at 350F
Leave them on the oven tray a few minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool.
When cold, ice and place piece of walnut on top of each biscuit.

After I ice mine, I dunk the icing side of each biscuit in some of the coconut

Thursday chuckle


An American Democrat

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.
You vote people into office that put a tax on your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax.
The people you voted for then take tax money, buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous and Barbara Streisand sings for you.

An American Republican

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.


You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.


You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.

Capitalism, American style

You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

Democracy, American style

You have two cows.
The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your' government.

Bureaucracy, American style

You have two cows.
The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, and then pours the milk down the drain.

Democracy, American style

The government promises to give you two cows if you vote for it.
After the election, the president is impeached for speculating in cow futures.
The press dubs the affair "Cowgate"


You have two cows.
Your lord takes some of the milk

Pure socialism

You have two cows.
The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows.
You have to take care of all the cows.
The government gives you as much milk as you need

Bureaucratic socialism

You have two cows.
The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows.
They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers.
You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers.
The government gives you as much milk and as many eggs as the regulations say you should need.


You have two cows.
The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

Pure communism

You have two cows.
Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

Russian communism

You have two cows.
You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk


You have two cows.
The government takes both and shoots you

Singaporean democracy

You have two cows.
The government fines you for keeping two unlicensed farm animals in an apartment


You have two cows.
The government takes both and drafts you

Pure democracy

You have two cows.
Your neighbors decide who gets the milk

Repreresentative democracy

You have two cows.
Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk

British democracy

You have two cows.
You feed them sheeps' brains and they go mad.
The government doesn't do anything.


You have two cows.
At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them.
Then it pays you not to milk them.
After that it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain.
Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows


You have two cows.
Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to kill you and take the cows


You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull

Hong Kong capitalism

You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly - listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother - in - law at the bank, then execute a debt / equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows.
The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company.
The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because the fung shui is bad.


You have two cows.
The government bans you from milking or killing them


You have two cows.
They get married and adopt a veal calf


You have two cows.
The government takes them and denies they ever existed.
Milk is banned

Political Correctness

You are associated with (the concept of "ownership" is a symbol of the phallo - centric, war - mongering, intolerant past) two differently - aged (but no less valuable to society) bovines of non - specified gender.

Counter Culture

Wow, dude, there's like... these two cows, man.
You got to have some of this milk.


you have two giraffes.
The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Our Christmas Tree

It is a shame that it is so difficult to get a really good picture of a christmas tree when it is all lit. This tree looks fantastic and the picture does not do it justice.

This year I decided to replace all the lights and have bought both white and blue lights. The blue lights are more towards the trunk of the tree, the white ones on the outer limbs.

Over the years I have collected many, many ornaments. Some from my visits to other states, some from other countries.

For a couple of years I decorated the tree in blues and burgundy, but then decided that I missed seeing all the wonderful decorations I have collected, so now our tree is loaded with as many decorations as I can fit on it. Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention, the tree is sitting in one of those rotating tree stands, so we can enjoy all the decorations as the tree slowly rotates.

Mr Completely and Rocket (our kitty) have helped me by staying out of the way while I decorated our tree.

Check out HERE what MR.C has to say.

Frosty Morning

Oh what a beautiful morning!

I stumbled out to the kitchen this morning to make the usual 'wake up' pot of coffee, glanced out the kitchen window, and was greeted by a beautiful pink tinted sky, frost covered pasture and frost on the roof of the neighbor's house.

Looks like we will have a cold, but clear day.

Now to go drink some more of my coffee before I have to leave for work.

Monday, December 12, 2005

TEST: Are you ready to have kids yet?

Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.
Obtain a 55 gallon box of Legos (or you may substitute roofing tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream because this would wake a child at night.
Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.
Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all the arms stay inside.
Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.
Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 3:00p.m. begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00p.m. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00p.m.Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00a.m. Set alarm for 5:00a.m. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.
Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and pot of paint, turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet paper tube and turn it into an attractive Christmas candle. Use only scotch tape and a piece of foil. Last, take a milk carton, a ping-pong ball, and an empty box of Cocoa Puffs. Make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower.
Forget the BMW and buy a station wagon. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a dime. Stick it into the cassette player. Take a family size package of chocolate chip cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There, perfect.
Obtain a large bean bag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it here for 9 months. Now remove 10 of the beans. And try not to notice your closet full of clothes. You won't be wearing them for a while.
Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training and child's table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

Saturday, December 10, 2005


Trouble in Shangrila, over at Dubious Wonder is hosting the carnival of recipes this week.
There is everything from brisket to chocolate bourbon balls.

Mouth watering recipes for you to try, CLICK HERE to see the recipes.

Friday, December 09, 2005

RECIPE: Italian Sausage Soup

1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, with casings removed.
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped.
1 (1pound) can chopped tomatoes with juice.
3 cups chicken broth.
1tsp. dried basil.
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni.
1/4 tsp. salt

Cook the sausage, in a 2 quart saucepan over moderate heat, using a spoon to break the meat into small pieces.
Add the onion and continue cooking, uncovered for 5 minutes, or until onion is soft.
Add the tomatoes, chicken broth and basil, and bring to a boil.
Stir in the macaroni and simmer, covered for 10 minutes, or until the macaroni is tender.
Add salt and serve.

I like to top each serving with about 2tbs. grated parmesan cheese, and have a nice crusty bread which has been sliced and a little cheese sprinkled over, then broiled until the cheese melts.

Erin's Party

Last night, the women I work with got together to have a special evening for Erin.

This beautiful young woman is leaving the spa to focus her energy on her pregnancy and upcoming motherhood.

We had a wonderful potluck dinner before a ritual was performed celebrating the transition from 'maiden to mother.'

Each of us brought three beads to the party, each bead signifying something special. We all took turns telling Erin what each bead meant and placed them in a bowl which was passed from woman to woman, until all the beads were in the bowl.The beads are to be strung together to form a necklace for Erin.

All of us had a very special time and all look forward to the arrival of Erin and Greg's new child in April.


SNARKY: mixture of sarcastic and nasty

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Another Milestone reached. It is so gratifying to know there are folks actually reading my blog. All I need now are more comments (nice ones of course) A huge Thank You to all my readers.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Christmas shopping

Yesterday it occured to me that Christmas was sneakin' up way too fast and I had better go get some shopping done.

Today was the perfect day to go fight the crowds!
When I looked out the window first thing this morning, I thought, " good, no snow, no frost, clear but cold day, no excuses , get moving" so I got moving.

I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised, there weren't all that many people in the stores yet, so I spent a great day wandering around all my favorite stores, buying gifts, and not once wanting to scowl at rude pushy shoppers.

Around 1pm I was hungry, so treated myself to lunch at the chinese buffet. I love this place, so many choices, I came out of the restaurant I think about 5lbs heavier. Mr.Completely tells me that the buffet style restaurants always make money off of me as I really do not eat all that much, Oh well! I eat what I want, and I am happy when I get done.

Sunday, December 04, 2005


Pin top shooting is done for the year and the scores have been tallied.

Rim Fire Optical Sight

1st. -- Mr. Completely (barely)
2nd. -- "Evil Al"
3rd. -- KeeWee (WOO HOO!!)

This is a very nice surprise and quite an honor. I shot against many very good shooters, I really do not know how I managed to be 3rd, must be the 'hare and tortoise' theory, I just plodded along!
Mr. Completely will tell you it was the coaching and gun smithing, there is some truth to his words.

Christmas Cookies

Mr. Completely has a recipe for Christmas cookies you just have to go read.
do not have a mouth full of coffee when you read the recipe.
Go Here to read.

Gonna Be A Bear

In this life I’m a woman. In my next life, I’d Like to come back as a bear.When you’re a Bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing But sleep for six months. I could deal with That.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat Yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

When you are a girl bear, you birth your Children (who are the size of walnuts) while You’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, Cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with That.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you are a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to Wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will Have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup, gonna be a bear.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Christmas Party

The Fishin' Club folk visiting before getting down to the serious job of eating all the great pot luck food.

Setting out all the Goodies

Just a few of the delicious desserts we had to choose from.

DK was so 'tickled' to win this Shimano rod and reel.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Fishin' Club Party

Tonight The fishin' Club is having it's Christmas pot luck party.

This club is a little different from some other clubs, in that, we have a board of directors who meet once a month and take care of all club business, so on club meeting nights we get right to the fun stuff.

At the meetings we have fishing reports, a guest speaker, and of course a raffle. all the raffle tickets which are not winners go into a pot, and at our Christmas pot luck there are three tickets drawn for great prizes.We have two smokers and a very nice fishing rod to give away.

THEN, there is the pot luck food, Oh! boy! Oh! Boy! we sure do eat well. The variety of dishes is fantastic, you name it, and it is usually there on one of the tables.

All going well, and I remember to take some photos in between visiting the food tables, filling my plate and eating, I may have some pictures to show you tomorrow.


Wet blanket: Someone who spoils the fun of others; someone who doesn't get into the swing of things, particularly at a social function.