Monday, October 4, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021

Book: Christmas in Plains

I thumbed through this book while staying in a rented house during last year’s vacation near Asheville, North Carolina.  I enjoyed recently reading Carter’s memories from boyhood as well as his adult family Christmas memories.  He included his four years in the White House, and I reminisced those historical years as I read.

There were a couple passages that caught my attention:

He explained that his father used to make sousemeat.  It was a “special” holiday meat that used up the aftermath of hog-killing time.

Sousemeat is a conglomeration of feet, ears, faces, and other parts that were cleaned thoroughly, boiled into a homogeneous glutinous consistency, seasoned heavily, and then formed into a large loaf.

He talked about raccoon and opossum hunting with neighboring black men.

‘Possums were scavengers and needed to be fed clean food for a week or two before they were good to eat.

I guess opossums were captured and taken home to be cared for until they were “good to eat.”

He remembered that Trivial Pursuit was a very popular game in 1980, and he proposed a question of his own:

Which former presidents, if any, are not buried within the continental limits of the United States?

Answer: Any living former president.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Fred and Grace

Two tropical storms are headed towards the U.S. coast.

Our paternal grandparents were named Fred and Grace.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


Breaky this morning:

And then immediately after taking this picture, my phone slipped from my fingers, and a corner of it dived into the center of the egg and splattered yolk all over the table.

The phone survived, but I was sure sorry to have to wipe up the yolk instead of eating it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Cake Dilemma

How the heck are you supposed to lick the beaters and the bowl?

>>>>>  DO NOT EAT RAW BATTER  <<<<<

Disregard the Best By date. It's only 7 months late.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Movie: An Affair to Remember

I love the end of this movie.  This line appealed to me this last time I watched the last half of the movie:

If you can paint, I can walk.

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr