Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday evening

Another glorious weekend here in southeast lower Michigan! mid 70's with a nice breeze all weekend, MSU won!, Michigan lost!, and I'm actually winning my fantasy week (thanks again, Dak).

Got out to Howell this morning, put almost a whole coat of paint on the front deck, finished the MSU Jambalaya, and got our Halloween candy.

Took a long nap this afternoon and now will be up late I am sure.

Thank You, Father for answered prayer.

We continue to lift up mom and dad and mom and dad, aunt Pam, Jeanie's dad, and all those suffering dis-ease. Be glorified through these circumstances, be glorified always and forever!

All praise and honor and glory to YOU, Holy Father, Son, and Spirit!

Wyandotte, by my nephew Carlos Luis



Lets buy a house somewhere in Wyandotte

Lets empty our pockets and give what we've got

Abandone this whole in the wall that we own

Let's go to Wyandotte buy us a home


Let's go buy a house somewhere far from this town

Where the roof isn't leaking - the waters' not brown

Far from that corner where someone got shot

Lets go and buy a home in Wyandotte


With a white epicket fence and a siding of brick

that old big bad wolf blows down all straws and sticks

Lets go buy a house some where far away from here

Where the air isnt toxic, it's fresh ...  and it's clear



Not a cabin or condo, apartment or flat

Just a nice place with Welcome spelled out on the mat

I'll find us a place where our family will roam

Let's go to Wyandotte and buy us a home









Friday, October 20, 2017

my garbage pickles from this years less than bountiful cucumber harvest have found their purpose:::

diced up in the tuna/mayo mix!

to die for.

if i had some good bread, i'd make a sandwich and take a picture of it.
as it is, i'll eat it out of the bowl with my fork and right along side my Aldi Original Shells and Cheese. ... *slight anticipatory drool*


Picked Jalapenos

EASY HOMEMADE PICKLED JALAPEÑOS

So easy. So spicy... you won't know what hit you!
Yield: 1 pint sized jar
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

15 large jalapeños, sliced, stems discarded
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium sauce pan combine the garlic, water, vinegar, sugar and salt.
Heat to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Once at a boil; add the sliced jalapenos pressing them so they are submerged under the pickling liquids. Remove the pot off of the heat and let them sit for 10-15 minutes.
Use tongs to transfer the jalapenos into a clean jar. Ladle the pickling juices over top until you've reached the top of the jar. Let cool at room temperature before securing a lid and popping them into the fridge.
I personally, would treat these as I would any opened jar of jalapenos. They should last a long while if kept refrigerated in the airtight jar.
Enjoy!
**REVISED: I've found that 20 medium jalapenos will fill a quart size jar. I upped the water and vinegar to 1-1/4 cups each. Sugar and salt stayed the same.

LES MISERABLES 10th Anniversary Dream Cast with Lyrics

'shay with a gauge and vanilla with a nine' ... did we really used to listen to this?!?








The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing

Glorious sunshine Friday morning phone already ringing, business to attend to, wants, needs, priorities, ...

Beautiful Savior~
Thank You for reminding me this morning what is important - that the 'what' is really 'who'.
All praise to You - Father, Son, Spirit!
 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good morning, Holy Spirit!
Fall afresh on us to-day; come, come, come...
More of You, less of me, More of Christ the world to see
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us
Come, come, come

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pizza Monday, pizza yestreday, and blimey if it don't look like pizza again to-day

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Warmer to-day, but the temps have been quite comfortable at night. With the windows open, I have been hearing coyotes way closer than I would like to think, and me without my .22LR to assist. The chipmunk eats the safflower but I have not actually seen him in the feeders for many moons. The pumpkin is not getting any larger or oranger so I will harvest him soon. Pork tenderloin on the grill tonight, pizza tomorrow, and perhaps chili with Moni on Thursday.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Subs

It is Friday close to the end of the work day and I am full of Jimmy Johns. Freaky fast is appropriate. It's almost as if I just hung up and I hear the nice young lady climbing the stairs to bring me my protein/produce/carbohydrate treat. I can devour them pretty fast, too. Very tasty, with the unknown white sauce and white cheese.
I am reminded right now of The Galley sub sandwiches, who provided us many lunches as undergrads right off campus in Kalamazoo MI. Their subs were big, and included pickles. I remember they had a menu on the wall with all the different choices that you could ponder while you waited your turn to order. I am sure I rarely (if ever) visited The Galley my first two years at WMU, as I had the unlimited pleasure of all-you-can-eat cafeteria plans those two years. From 6 in the am to 7 in the pm, I could sit in that large room and make myself fat with entrees, eggs or burgers cooked to order, a sandwich buffet open every day during lunch hours, soft-serve ice cream, fountain soda, coffee (went so well with my Marlboros), fruit and salad bar, and a desert table. We would often make a big sandwich, wrap it in a napkin, and slyly pack it in a backpack, to be taken up to the room for that late night snack. Evey night right before bedtime the halls were typically filled with the aroma of cannabis and toaster oven.
We would go to the cafeteria and play euchre while smoking and indulging in our favorite beverages. And the only thing that would keep us out of there was the free rental pool table in the 'game room'.
Near the front desk where we would trade our student ID for a rack of balls, it was also located off the stairwell that led to the cafeteria. So we got to see the entire dorm population coming and going to the cafeteria while we were earning the 'poolsharks' label so often yelled at us at parties.

'Hi, I'm David'
'You live in Eicher Hall?'
'Yeah, how'd you...'
'You guys are the poolsharks'
'Oh yeah **sheepish smile**'

We rarely played for money (few of us had much at all) but we sure got pretty good at bank shots.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Now Thank We All Our God

1. Now thank we all our God
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mother's arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

2. Oh, may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace
And guide us when perplexed
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.

3. All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns
With them in highest heaven:
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore!
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.



The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #36

by Martin Rinckart, 1586-1649
Text: Ecclus.50:22-24
Author: Martin Rinckart, 1636
Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1858
Titled: "Nun danket alle Gott"
Composer: Johann Crueger, 1648
Tune: "Nun danket alle Gott"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

Thursday, August 24, 2017



Sunrise over Lake Huron this morning; from Dad and Mom, on holiday

Thursday, August 17, 2017

On Eclipses and Such

On the afternoon of May 10, 1994, I was out on the lawn of West Highland Baptist Church in Milford, Michigan with my Earth Science class pondering the events of the day. The long-predicted solar eclipse that afternoon took us out of doors, but it was hidden by cloud cover, and it was good thing, too:  we had not the proper equipment to view the event, other than some paper frame diffraction glasses.

As we were lamenting the course of events, the clouds broke a bit, and with the shadow of the earth just off the center of the disk of the sun, we were able to watch the eclipse for several minutes through a layer of high thin clouds. Our eyes were saved and our appetites for this solar event was quenched, and life was good.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Heading into the last day of the work week, and so much up in the air...


My God~

I release all the concerns of my heart and leave them at the foot of the cross. I give them to YOU!

I praise You, as Creator and Sustainer of all, and as King of kings and LORD of lords.

Thank You for Your love, and thank You for the peace that passes understanding.

 All glory and honor and praise to YOU!

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

One of our favorite summer dishes - taco salad



Freshly picked from our garden

I started with 80 20 ground beef - abou t a pound and a half - in EVOO

Diced some yellow onion for flavor

Meanwhile, prepared the produce in a big bowl

Garden fresh green bell peppers

Garden fresh jalapeno peppers - no seeds in the dish this time

Added the vegetables to the meat

While the produce awaits...

Cooked until the burger is done all through...

Then drained the grease

Added about half a cup of chicken broth and my taco seasoning

chili powder, cumin, garlic, crushed red pepper, and ground black pepper

and about one large tablespoon of the secret ingredient - dark brown sugar. Shhhhhh

Allowed it to cool before adding to the produce, cheese, crushed corn chips and dressing

I used ranch and thousand island this time, with a couple shots of hot sauce (i forgot to get salsa aad face). It turned out pretty good, but not my best.

Around the yard on a beautiful COOL Saturday :-)






























Friday, August 4, 2017

Photography is an admirable art. I think it often takes much skill to capture a beautiful moment, face, sky, or scene. Sometimes the random ones are great, but I believe from a photo you can get the number of words spoken way over a thousand if you practice. The below, I thought, says alot. I am smitten with it.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

On a Tear
Photo by USATSICharlie Blackmon and Whitmore Funk make it six in a row against Beats by JAYS
Beats by JAYS (5 - 10) showed off the form that earned them the worst record in the league going into this period. They could not make it much of a game, losing to Whitmore Funk (13 - 2) 440.5 to 348.5. Beats by JAYS have now failed to top their projections in any of the past four weeks.
The game leaves both these teams streaking in opposite directions. Whitmore Funk is raking the field with their competition, winning their 6th in a row. The defeat puts Beats by JAYS on a three game losing streak.
Charlie Blackmon has been the key player throughout Whitmore Funk's winning streak, and came through again this period. Blackmon joined up with Jose Quintana and Anthony Rendon to produce 166 points. Blackmon scored 61.5 points, which were the most that any center fielder has collected this season. It's another fine effort from Blackmon, who is currently the best center fielder in the league.
Although Coach David B. got the win, he cannot have been happy with Tyler Chatwood's performance this period. Chatwood failed to show up, scoring -12 points. Coach David B. found out why he was available on the waiver wire this period.
Meanwhile, Jon Gray stuck out as the worst performer for Beats by JAYS, scoring -3 points. That's the fewest points that he's scored so far this year. Adding to their problems, Beats by JAYS's left fielder, Corey Dickerson, was the worst at his position this period.
Coach Matthew's lineup decisions earned their team points last period, and did again this period. They went with Ian Kennedy over the higher ranked J.A. Happ.
This decision boosted Beats by JAYS's final score by 15.5 points. It also gave Coach Matthew their 2nd perfect lineup, which is more than any other coach.
Although Beats by JAYS lost this game, on the bright side, Whitmore Funk was the hardest test they will face for a while. Their next three games are against sub .500 teams, starting with Scherzer's Brown Eye next period. That contest will be a rematch from period nine, when Beats by JAYS lost 315 to 286.5.
Meanwhile, Whitmore Funk will collide with Damon horns next period. The game will be a clash of the titans, as those are the two top teams in the league.
Thank You, LORD, for the most beautiful morning - of all the mornings since Creation - ever!
Thank You for a wonderful evening with my sweetie - for good food, and good beer, and good company.
Thank You for the restful time we were able to share.

And thank You for this new day, with new blessing from You to behold, and new opportunities to love Your children.

Grant me a heart like Yours.

Fill me with Your good Spirit.

 
 


Monday, July 24, 2017

Cooler - thankfully, it is finally cooler with less humidity.

Blessed be God forever!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Springwells Township, 1900

In House #342:
Michael Wutke, the white male Head born in Sept 1850, aged 49 years and married since he was 22, born in Germany as were his parents, immigrated in 1882 - 18 years in the States - with Naturalization Papers working as a Laborer in the RR industry, living in a House and can read, write, and speak English.
Aussa Wutke, the white female Wife born in Dec 1856 aged 43 married since age 22 having bore 9 children, 8 of them living. Born in Michigan, parents from Germany, can read, write, and speak English. Naturalization Papers from immigration in 1882 - 18 years in the States.
Atilie Wutke, 19 yo single daughter b Mar 1881 in MI
Herman Wutke, 15 yo single son b Jan 1885 in MI
Edward Wutke, 12 yo single son b May 1888 in MI
Helena Wutke, 9 yo single daughter b Nov 1890 in MI
Emma Wutke, 7 yo single daughter b May 1893 in MI
Rosa Wutke, 4 yo single daughter b Sept 1895 in MI
William Wutke, 2 yo single son b Feb 1898 in MI

In House #344:
William Wotke, the white male Head born July 1846 aged 53 years married since 25, born in Germany as were his parents and naturalized with papers in 1883 - 17 years in the States - working as a Laborer in the Car Shop industry, could read but not write and could speak English, and owned his home free and clears.
Anna Wotke, the shite female Wife born Sept 1851 48 yo married since 25 bore 6 children four of them living from Germany as were parents, immigrated in 1883 - 17 years ago - could read, write, and speak English.
William Wotke, the whit emale 23 yo son born in Aug 1876 in Germany as were his parents, immigration status Al since 1883 employed as a Farm laborer and could read, write, and speak English.
Adolf Wotke, the white male 20 yo son laborer in the Car shop industry could read, write, and speak English, immigrated in 1883
Otto Wotke, Oct 1886 in MI
Herman Wotke, Feb 1891 in MI

















Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thanking God right now for my mechanic neighbor Scott Willis and his FM.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Begonia Flowers

Begonias

On The Deck Planter


Geranium Red

Catmint

Salvia

Cone Flower

Day Lily - Happy Returns



Daisys

Dill Flowers The Bugs Love

The Cleome I Thought Was Cannabis