Monday, September 30, 2013


Grilled Salmon
Bok Choy
Brown Rice
(still )

Koda on the trail

 A little bit of color starting to creep into the canopy - many more leaves on the trail, but still very unusually warm for the last day of September.

You killed Jesus! You bastards!

Iconic right wing craft store Hobby Lobby don't need no stinking Jews:

From Daily Kos via FB :
In the past few days two different friends told my wife they had gone into the new hobby lobby store in Marlboro, New Jersey and noticed that, although there already was a lot of Christmas merchandise available, there was none for the Jewish holiday of Chanukah (some people drop the "C" and spell it Hannukah.  Same holiday).

One of our friends entered the store, asked where the Chanukah goods were, was told there wouldn't be any, and asked why.  According to her, the answer was:
"We don't cater to you people"
Understandably irate, she called the home office, and was told, indifferently, that hobby lobby doesn't have Chanukah on its list of holidays.
Since I did not hear this ugly exchange with my own ears, I was not personally certain it was the case.  And that's not good enough for this blog.  So I just called the Marlboro hobby lobby and asked whether it would be stocking any Chanukah merchandise.  I was told it would not.  When I asked why, the answer - verbatim - was:
"Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he's a Christian, and those are his values"
FYI, I would guess that, in a five mile radius around the Marlboro store, a solid one-third of all residents are Jewish.  But, then again, what is the difference?  The reason hobby lobby won't sell Chanukah goods is unrelated to how many Jews are in the area,

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Pushing Summer

 This totally crazy  - knock wood - weather just goes on and on. October in Canada with the windows open and bare feet! Life is good.  So to the grill

Smokey Sticky Ribs
Chopped Salad


At Wegmans

WEEK 6 ( how did that happen ! )

44 - 41

Wow, a game for the ages. 
From Gameday being there, to the return of the periodical son, to the perfect weather, the do or die for UGA, the 3erd top ten team in a month, on and on, Athens, GA was the center of the college football universe. No one  - well , other than those Bayou Bengals - was disappointed. 

Coach Richt called for a RED OUT
and got one. Looked like a wall of red on tv


  1. ALABAMA 4-0
  2. Oregon 4 - 0
  3. Ohio State 5 - 0
  4. Clemson 4 - 0
  5. Stanford 4 - 0
  6. GEORGIA 3 - 1
  7. Louisville 4 - 0 
  8. Florida State 4 - 0
  9. TEXAS A&M
  10. Oklahoma
  11. L.S.U.
  13. UCLA
  14. Miami
  15. Northwestern
  16. Baylor
  17. Michigan
  18. Washington
  20. Oklahoma State
  21. Fresno State
  22. Texas Tech
  23. Northern Illinois
  24. Arizona State
  25. Nebraska

So we jumped unbeaten Louisville and FSU -
This could shape up to be a BIG mess of a November - IF IF IF .
If LSU beats Alabama on 11- 9
If Stanford beats Oregon on 11 - 7 
If either FSU or USC beats Clemson
I dont know enough about Michigan to know if they can take out Ohio State
Could be looking at 4 unbeaten teams come Thanksgiving weekend. Good news for Clemson, they dont have an SEC playoff ( ACC yes, but who cares )

R.E.M. - Maps and Legends (Wiesbaden, Germany 2003)

Thursday, September 26, 2013


" Healthy" Three Meat Chili

We are still in this hens teeth patch of perfect Indian Summer weather, I should have cooked out, but I was just craving chili. 


All most grown , size wise, Fletcher from next door came over for a quick visit this afternoon - and they were SO crazy, this was the best photo I got of them playing...

LATE ( like getting real close to last ) Season Farm Stand Run

It was late in coming in, but this season's produce has just been lovely, we are so lucky to have this right up the road! ( and that it is STILL around!  )

Which I have never really mastered cooking with -
but it was just so pretty I had to buy it

Peppers and Chilies 
for tonight's Chili

Remember Last November ?

Turns out there at 11:12 - that there was a clear winner.

Turns out that the current GOP in DC has a little bit of amnesia. As the country AGAIN heads towards the self induced cliff, the Tea Baggers are DEMANDING that the last election be negated.  From Ezra Kline at WaPo :In return for a one-year suspension of the debt ceiling, House Republicans are demanding a yearlong delay of Obamacare, Rep. Paul Ryan’s tax reform plan, the Keystone XL pipeline, more offshore oil drilling, more drilling on federally protected lands, rewriting of ash coal regulations, a suspension of the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate carbon emissions, more power over the regulatory process in general, reform of the federal employee retirement program, an overhaul of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations, more power over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s budget, repeal of the Social Services Block Grant, more means-testing in Medicare, repeal of the Public Health trust fund, and more.

Said Andrew Sullivan : Why not demand president Obama’s resignation while they’re at it?

Everything that Mitt Romney ran on and LOST the GOP now wants or they will hold their breath till they turn blue, taking the shaky economy down with them....

This is going to play out pretty fast this coming week - I don't see the President blinking on this one.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013



A horrible cheap piece of steak
Way to late in the season CORN
( had no flavor, at all ) 
Roasted Eggplant
( which were good ) 
( also good )

Seriously, Neil went to Burger King after this....

Daily Koda (s)

Really , just could not get any more perfect

Waiting at the farm stand

A full day
( and a hard life )


A box of Blue Hubbard!
I LOVE these colors
These dark green ones look almost black!

dinner ( Monday )

 Some good pals over for a quick Monday ! night supper
 Time to break out the Autumnal

  •  Roasted Chicken
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Red Cabbage w/apples and cinnamon
  • Tomatoes ( as long as they are there, we will be eating them...)

 I have gone a different way on roasting my chickens !

First bring the bird up to room temp for as long as  you can - they are all wrapped and such, so sitting out for a bit ( couple/few ) hours is NOT going to hurt anything. Paint with olive oil then season well inside and out - and season liberally - what ever you like plus salt and pepper. This is Old Bay, Ground Coriander and Garlic Powder , with veggies , onions, celery and carrots INSIDE the bird - Then put a slice of cut up bacon over the breast meat.
 Preheat to 375º and let him go for a good long time. I was blasting in a hot oven and cutting it down , cooking much faster, the low and slow is better. After it came out ( hour and forty five min ) I turned the oven up to 450º drizzled some melted butter over the bird and browned for just a few min...
A lovely time was had by all !

A fun little online COLOR test...

We have come a long way from this :

Found this today, and I did not do as well as I thought I would, BUT , I did it in a hurry, so take your time - and it helps to have a better than average computer.

The rent IS too damn high

( really )

THE EMMY'S ( at last )

Yes, I should have come home and done this with it all fresh BUT - the weather has just been off the charts nice, and I have not been wanting to sit here inside! (sorry, I know yall all like these  )

THE 2013 EMMY"s - sucked

A lovely night watching over with Dahn , but the show was just way way off, weak opening, not funny at all bits, the odd obsession with death - at long last we get to see that , as near a deity that N.P.H is, he too can lay an egg!
HERE is a list of the winners , if you have just not been paying any attention.
 You know, I watch A LOT of tv , really - but I guess all MSNBC, C-SPAN and random cooking shows, because I just did not know a lot of these. I really only watch ONE big 4 network show ( GLEE - I'm not too proud to go there ) and most of the HBO things are just to violent for me. Mad Men and Downton Abbey . Dr Who was not nominated for anything....

 Too top it all off there was LOTS and LOTS of bad fashion!

But let's start with what was good

Christian Sriano

 This is just off the charts pretty, very  - someone said she looked like a Sargent Painting, and she does. Perfect for her shape - just loved it.

Monique Lhuillier

 I do watch VEEP and love it, so I was very happy that she won like her 14th Emmy, and surly the first woman to win for three different shows. I have have a raving girl crush on here - google her dad if you need too....

Never a huge Marchesa fan, they are really getting away from the atomic origami style that made the ladies famous. This one was on most every list on Monday, both the good and bad, some folks hated it, thinking it was just too too ( "does it come with a watering can ") I love it, a tie with Christina as my favorite. Soft , pretty , F-ashion - just a home run
Ralph Lauren
 Yes this is VERY basic - and more Charlotte York that it needs to be, - but that is who she is, and if anyone is cut our for Ralph Lauren, its this lovely actress. So we are going here with what can come in the future from this duo and not so much this .
Atelier Versace
I think this may be a first with Heidi on our good list - and again, lots of folk hated this. With out the neck piece its just a sparkly Vegas gown - the turtle neck , besides making her look EVEN taller than her natural 9 feet, takes the dress to a level of excitement. 
Ralph Lauren
A VERY rare choice for me , especially on the red carpet, I don't even think of RL for events - but she is totally rocking this, and in a night where everything was either baby doll cute and lady like or an explosion of color, the ex Mrs Penn schools the new girls in old school take no prisoners - faux preppy dominatrix fashion.

( and there was a lot more bad than good, 
this is just the cream scum of the crop )

And so often some of you question my total dislike of children. The thing is I LIKE THIS DRESS - actually a lot, I really liked this entire line that my good pal Muiccia sent down ( she got a little bit cray cray for spring 14 , but why not )  But there is NOTHING right about this - Lena Dunham is not fat - nor is she ugly - not sure why she wanted to leave the house looking both. Tragic in a top 10 fail of all time.

Jenny Packham
HARD to believe that Jenny Packham is one of the Duchess of Cambridge's favorite designer looking at this HOT mess - horrible color on a horrible dress. It makes me sad.
Talk about making me sad, to put a k+b fave on the list -and again it did not have to go so wrong, this in a color or black even white would have been a stand out, but to wear a dress that is the color of silly putty - when your skin in one shade off silly putty is  - you guessed it - silly. Even in this bad choice above the bust is stunning.
Zac Posen

I just do not like Zac Posen - he never met an addition that he did not like.

Deadly Dames
VERY proud of herself for wearing a 60$ dress that she bought online to the EMMYS - NOT a horrible dress, in any way and she looks VERY good in it - but as the sluttiest mom in the PTA, not the Emmy's RC .
 Sort of went along with the theme of the evening - Let's all shit on Hollywood that made us freaking rich. I'm sure she is just still a bit bitter over the JK break up. That, and the shoes I bet are 700$. Grow up.

H/t TLo for the help on this years round up....

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Picture Man!

Impossible to get FOUR dogs to pose - could not even get three good. LOOK how BIG Dahn's puppy is getting!


First day of Autumn today, and it really felt like it - very nice and cool after yesterdays soggy mess. Did not keep Koda out of the water....

Was good to be out walking , we could not while we had the other dog. Things pick up speed now that it's late September - Fall falls fast this far north.


( or at least clinch the NL East )