Saturday, February 28, 2015


Our good pal Rob is back in town for a bit and on his on, so we invited him over for dinner and a movie. For some reason I was craving old school gumbo.

 Brown your sausage and  well seasoned chicken ( boneless thighs in my case ) 
then in the same pot start your roux.

I'm slowing down , this was only a two beer roux, but they were large Guinness
 When you get this dark, you dump in your veg and cook a bit, then add back the meat and spices. Ill do the whole recipe tomorrow.
 Nice salad with fennel, oranges, oil cured black olives and red onion

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo


Daily Koda

 A happy dog with a bone.


Sure enough, it was

( story from the Democrat and Chronicle  )

Friday, February 27, 2015


Onion and Mushroom Frittata

( Low Carb and Lent Worthy )

Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky............

Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky
Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky
Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky
Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky
Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky
Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky
Daily Koda, Really Cold, Bright Blue Sky

Ill be real happy Sunday when February is over.

not a clue

 Out and about today we came across several of these dump trucks, full of snow. Sure in Boston and maybe in downtown Rochester they have to cart the snow away because there is no place to put it, but this is right in Pittsford, where there is plenty of room. I had never seen this before.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Daily Koda

He's in there somewhere !


From CNN
The $150,000 pearl-studded gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o to Sunday's Academy Awards was stolen Wednesday from her hotel room in West Hollywood, California.
Detectives on Thursday were investigating the theft at the London, a luxury hotel just off Sunset Boulevard, said Lt. William Nash of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The theft was first reported by TMZ.
Nyong'o made an immediate fashion splash when she hit the Oscars red carpet in the plunging custom Calvin Klein gown encrusted with 6,000 white Akoya pearls. Fortune estimated the value of the pearls alone at $150,000.
The gleaming ensemble landed Nyong'o on many Oscars best-dressed lists. Gushed the Los Angeles Times, "How can you not be impressed by the workmanship on this pearl-palooza?"
Representatives for the actress had no immediate comment on the theft. 
    After earning an MFA from Yale Drama School, Nyong'o won a best supporting actress Oscar last year for her first major film role in "12 Years a Slave." She is set to co-star in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens," due in December.
    Nyong'o told Yahoo! that she helped guide the design of the gown.
    "It was so much fun to create this dress," she said on the red carpet. "We talked about it being fluid and liquid. I wanted it to be an homage to the sea."
    In a prepared statement, representatives for the London hotel said, "This is a terribly unfortunate situation and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation."


    Banksy Goes Undercover In Gaza To Support Struggling Palestinians



    A total 
    LOOKS 10 , DANCE 3

    Really you have rarely seen as beautiful a science fiction adventure film - every detail is just near perfect, a true feast for the eye, and we say it in only 2 D - but the story is as lame as the film is stunning. Blah, blah, simi vampires , Russian maids, half men dog things and it goes from there, but worth it almost just to see the amazing effects. 

    Then lunch, splitting soup and salad
    Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

     A basket of Dragon Fruit

     and a little bit of a promise from Wegmans that Spring really will get here, sometime....


    How did it ever get in ?

    Folks in the deep South getting a taste of life in Mendon 

    Sex Pistols R 4 ....


    Very few people can hold on to a long over notion as well as I can!


    To no ones surprise and from what I can tell no ones outrage the ATLANTA Braves move to the suburbs is back in the news again, just in time for spring training. Covered here almost ad nauseam the Braves are moving, what is it 14 miles, 12 miles up I-75 to a whole new world of presumed whiteness of greater Cobb County. 

    The brand new Suntrust mall ballpark has been ground broke and things are moving along nicely for a 2017 first pitch - BUT, how to get the good Martaless folks of greater Cobb to the mall ballpark - since the Grand Canyon of I-285 looms between all the parking and the peanuts and hot dogs . You build a bridge. And really to listen to the powers that be there in Cobb county it is only going to take 9 million dollars and just a tad of distress and the money will come from children's bake sales.

    From the AJC : Cobb County is asking engineering firms to design a double-decker bridge over Interstate 285 that would allow fans to come and go from the new Atlanta Braves stadium via a circulator bus on the top span and a pedestrian walkway on the bottom.That’s the latest plan in the ever-evolving project — and the county still has no idea how much it will cost or how it will be funded.
    The Request For Proposal was released just three months after Cobb transportation officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the circulator bus had been removed from the bridge design. Designing it to support a transit vehicle would be too expensive, the officials said.At the time, the 1,100-foot bridge — spanning the interstate, Galleria Drive and Circle 75 Parkway — was going to be a single span.
    The AJC first reported in November that the county will be responsible for funding at least half of the bridge’s cost, despite Commission Chairman Tim Lee’s repeated assurances that no local tax money would be used for its construction. That information was revealed in an application the county submitted for the project with the Atlanta Regional Commission. The newspaper reviewed hundreds of pages of emails, reports, artist renderings and conceptual drawings for that story.
    Lee acknowledged during a Monday town hall meeting that local tax dollars will help fund the bridge.

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015


    All caught up - not sure what exactly happen to get me so behind in blogging, something I don't like to do - just busy I guess....


    Black Beans
    ( tiny bit of brown rice ) 


    And I know you all want to move here after hearing me rant about winter all season long.


     We woke up this morning to one of those perfect way Northern days, full sunshine from horizon to horizon - and that only in this time of year blue. So bright that with out sunglasses it hurts your eyes, and not horrible cold, meaning it was 10 or something .
     We got our first good walks in too long today , going out several times and down the trail for a ways.

     The roads are totally clear of ice and snow..

    This afternoon we took our walk around Mendon, trying to get to the creek in our back yard by going around the block and coming in through the church , but the snow was just to deep, neither of us could get through

     It was over my knees...

    A boys gotta eat ...

    and the extra cash you know will come in handy planning that wedding ...

    The Tuesday that wasn't .

    Y'all really did not miss much
     It did get into the mid 20's after a record cold night and you would have thought it was a full out SPRING day the number of people out and about in Mendon....

    Pork Roast
    Red Cabbage 
    Butter Beans

    ( low carb )

    The race to the bottom ....

    Monday, February 23, 2015


    Really beat after my day of keeping the light lit in the American torch of justice.

    Will update you all tomorrow, in the meantime enjoy a lovely video of
     Koda and the BFF running in snow.


    " and I'm proud to be an 'Mercian...."

    To have seen me the entire weekend before this Monday, you would have thought I was marching off to war, I so so did not want to do this , at all. But Neil talked me into it, " winter, nothing else going on ...etc.." and in the end I am glad he did, it was pretty painless and I did not get picked on my case.

     No trouble getting into downtown Rochester that morning , and the wait to be assigned was not long at all. NY State does things different now and for every case they have, there were five this day, 42 people are called in - one case, serve or not, and you are done for years......

     I had to wait in the court room all day while the CHATTY judge asked questions and then both lawyers - it was such a good thing I was not picked, it was a stupid DUI case and I would have totally hung the woman out to dry. I did not even know you could go to trial for DUI....

     It was a beautiful COLD day downtown

     Court is held in the HALL OF JUSTICE ... really

    OSCAR ! - the morning after


    All in all I thought the show was more than just a little flat - not sure why, maybe just to much for NHP to pull off - OR that it started off on such a snarky tone, which might be fine for TV or even BROADWAY, but this is the Academy Awards. We come to the Oscars because we love the movies, and want them to be lionized and praised, not cut down in a cheap tawdry way. A lot of his shtick just plain old did not work....

    I was totally fine with all the winners , and losers, save that one song I really wanted to win, but then the world would have been deprived of Chris Pine's lone TV Indian like single tear. Nothing jaw droopingly tragic on the red carpet - there are so so many fashion blogs now, not like when the k=b first kicked off.....

     We had a lovely time over at Dahn and David's
     I swear they have more snow than we do
    ( Mendon is Magic )
    and Koda had a great time playing with his buddies
     naps were taken during some of the duller awards

    sorry about the delay in getting this blogged.