Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Yo toda via espero un milagro
Yo toda via te espero a ti
The sunlight is fading
The longest shadows have been cast
Like songs from a siren
Hurricanes from the past
And I am a failure
Defeated every time
So let me lie here
A sidewalk for the shrine

I am so lonely
They say you were lonely too
Dear God be my savior
I wait for you

My broken spirit
Is trembling slow
Park bench for a throne now
My blanket is the snow
And I'm being haunted
By long forgotten dreams
For hurricanes have
The bluest eyes I've ever seen

I am pining for your mercy
For this storm to break
Lord you are my comfort
The hope for which I wait

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It is Tuesday the 14th of February, in the year of our LORD twenty and seventeen. There is no snow on the ground, nor is there any coming our way to-day - the sun shines beautifully over Whitmore Lake!
We have been blessed with little snow so far this winter - much less than normal for these parts - and mostly warmer temperatures than normal. I've had to plug in the halogen light near the pipes only for two stretches of time, each about two weeks as I remember. As I get older and fatter, I detest shoveling snow more and more. I still find the scenery breathtaking when we get a fresh dusting: the pines covered like in a painting, the little bird tracks near our feeders, the rooftops all white below stacks releasing wood-burning smoke. I am nostalgic that way. But I surely do not long for icy roads and cleaning off vehicles.
We also had a wind attack Sunday night. I thought the house might be swept up into the air and I might see Miss Gulch traveling in mid air on her bicycle. Thankfully, no siding, gutters, skirting, or shingles were laying around the yard Monday morning.
The Super Bowl has been played and I will be drafting my fantasy baseball team soon. 
My dad is having a knee replaced at the end of the month.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Praise the LORD!

Father, I praise You this morning, for the sun is bright, and You a LORD of the UNIVERSE!

I praise You for Your creation

I praise You for Your plan

I praise You for Your Son

I praise You for Your Spirit

I praise You for Your Word

I praise You for Your Church

I praise You because You alone are worthy of praise!!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday 2017

I already cooked the chicken for our chicken mozzarella. Back and forth between Frozen and The Negotiator. Otie playing with my hood strings. FOX interview with VP Pence, then Chris Wallace with Terry Howie, Jimmy, and Michael.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Recipe #12, Cottage Pie

Back in the kitchen last night, with a recipe we both have enjoyed in the past. Thanks again to our hero Ree, aka The Pioneer Woman, who continually shows us how much fun you can have in the kitchen. With minor alterations, this is our Cottage Pie (as opposed to Shepherd's Pie, which calls for ground lamb. Actually, we've made this at different times with pork, beef, turkey, and lamb and all seem to work just fine).

There are two distinct layers to this dish, both added before baking: the meat/vegetable lower layer, and the whipped potato upper. I started boiling the potatoes first, and by the time they were ready, the meat/vegetable mix was also ready.

6 good sized Michigan potatoes
2 cloves garlic
pinch of salt
one half brick of cream cheese
a cup of sour cream
one half stick of butter
pinch of black pepper
shredded Colby Jack 

one pound of ground chuck
about two thirds cup diced carrots
about one half cup diced celery
one yellow onion diced
about one half cup diced green pepper
about four ounces sliced mushrooms
one bag and a half (we had a half bag in the freezer from a while ago) of Kroger frozen mixed vegetables
one large tablespoon flour
one teaspoon of fresh thyme
three tablespoons butter
one large tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
one cup of beef broth
one small can of tomato sauce

Chunk up the potatoes with skins on and boil with salt and garlic. When a fork goes in easily, drain the water, smash with a smasher, add the cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and pepper. They won't be as fluid as you normally like them, but the stiff consistency without milk is just perfect for this dish.

Simultaneously (or at the same time, if you will) brown the meat and drain the grease.
Add the carrots and celery and allow to soften - five or ten minutes. Then add the rest of the fresh vegetables for another five minutes or so.

Add the frozen vegetables, flour, thyme, butter, Worcestershire, broth, and tomato sauce.
Let this simmer until the liquid reduces - maybe ten minutes.

Pam up your favorite 13x9 bake pan, set your oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour in the meat/veggie mixture, then top with the potatoes. I also added a couple handfuls of Colby Jack to the top, and then baked until bubbly and the tops of the taters and cheese brown a bit. Mine went for 35 minutes.

The thicker potatoes tend to stay separate from the veggie/meat bottom - more so than when the potatoes are runnier. The tomato and tang from the Worcestershire bring a bold distinctness to this dish. And the vegetables stay firm if you don't overwork them before you bake everything.

Pax Christi vobiscum