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Avocado Revisited
Posted:Aug 16, 2017 2:50 am
Last Updated:Aug 17, 2017 5:23 am
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about Avocados

On the post I talked about am Avocado Cheesecake. THAT drew Mixed
Reactions Including "That's So wrong"

Well, I have to tell you, do not ever knock something until you have
tried it. I made one and I am going to make another one. I did it as a birthday
cake for a friend last weekend when they informed me that I really should make
one. There is none left- it lasted 24 hours!!!!

The second time I am going to use 3 avocados and remember to add the cream.

Posted:Aug 16, 2017 2:38 am
Last Updated:Aug 17, 2017 5:02 am
Thanks to pirates of yore and Christopher Columbus among others, the world now has


FUN FACT: Rum actually found it's way across the sea from it's origins on
Papua New Guinea, a neighbor to the north of Australia, where it was "domesticated" over 7000 years ago.

FUN FACT: Rum is one of the three great brown spirits, the others being brandy and whisky

FUN FACT: In Brazil they have Cachaca ( there is a squiggle on the bottom of the little "c" which is an distilled liquor from sugarcane juice. In this instance it is juice and actual rum comes from molasses. Cachaca is fresher tasting with and herbal cast and not as sweet as rum. Brazil has 30,000 cachaca distilleries

FUN FACT: Rum is actually a clear distilled liquid, a by-product of molasses production. After fermentation and distillation it is aged in oaken barrels. ( Side fact: Coopers make barrels)
Rum can be distilled anywhere as molasses can be shipped to cold climate countries for processing

FUN FACT: Of all the alcohols in the US that are "hard" rum is the third most popular after vodka and all the whiskeys put together.

FUN FACT: Rim can be drunk straight or mixed with various seltzers, sodas and even with milk or fruit juices.

FUN FACT: Part of the beginning of the American Revolution was begun when the
British taxed sugar, molasses and rum in the Sugar Act of 1764

FUN FACT: Rum was a forerunner in world trade long before oil. It was part of the alcoholic web of "trade and credit". Bacardi family relocated the rum headquarters from Cuba to the Bahamas in order to obtain British imperial trade preferences, followed by opening a distillery in Puerto Rico to get access to the American market.

FUN FACT: During prohibition, Americans went to Cuba to enjoy their rum. Bacardi
used this time to build its market share, and edged out old New England rum. When the 18th Amendment happened, Bacardi sold 60,000 shares to stockholders and gave away 60,000 cases of rum as well. This dry spell did not slow the rum giant down. They shipped huge quantities to the rum-runners for other areas of distribution.

FUN FACT: Bacardi tried to hide their Cuban beginnings until 1990 when the labels started saying it's origins were in Santiago de Cuba since 1862. There followed a period of dispute of many years with Pernod Ricard of France. The legalities of this made for interesting reading, but I was not able to paraphrase it to fit here. Suffice it to summarily state that the World Trade Organization felt the United States flouted
international trade agreements and many politicians had helped be accepting illegal campaign monies

1 oz light rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz banana liquer
1 oz blackberry liquer
1 oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
splash grenadine
Add all the above to a cocktail shaker willed with ice. Strain into a hurricane glass with more ice and add fruit slices on the rim
If You Are Near a NATIONAL PARK August 25
Posted:Aug 15, 2017 8:00 am
Last Updated:Aug 16, 2017 5:41 am
This is a cut and paste from my private email from Conde Nast Traveler:

You've had more than 50 days since summer began to step foot in a U.S. national park. But, if summer got away from you, fear not—there's still time to head outside. There are four more free admission days in 2017, and one of them is extra special. Why? The National Park Service turns 101 this month, and all of the country's national parks, monuments, and recreation areas will be free to explore on Friday, August 25. With more than 400 national parks in the U.S. and its territories, the park service has 120 parks that regularly charge admission fees, which range anywhere from $3 to $30. Lucky for us, those fees will be waived in just two weeks, as they are every year around this date.

If your local national park doesn't pique your interest, there's still time to head further afield. Alaska's Denali National Park recently announced that this year's litter of seven husky sled dog puppies has been born and is ready for visitors. Further south—much further, that is—you'll need to pack some sunscreen if you're interested in sandboarding in White Sands National Monument (New Mexico) or Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado). On the East Coast, make the three-and-a-half mile drive from Portland, Maine to the top of Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park for sunrise and spend the rest of the day exploring Jordan Pond and Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

If you can't make it outside on August 25, all hope isn't lost: you'll still get fee-free access to all national lands on National Public Lands Day (September 30) and Veterans Day Weekend (November 11-12). " end of copy

I am doing White Sands
Posted:Aug 15, 2017 6:58 am
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2017 1:42 pm
Wow where has August gone to.!!! Time for new ideas
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Hope you all are having a mellow asummer

#33 NORMAL- Symposium Late Entry
Posted:Aug 15, 2017 6:27 am
Last Updated:Aug 16, 2017 12:49 pm
The “New” Normal- what is it’s present make-up??
Well in Boston at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion it was two half drunk females three rows in front of me that felt standing up to watch the Moody Blues was fine even if their swaying bodies were obstructing everyone else’s view and interrupting others enjoyment. Their rude and crude vocal nastiness ensued after someone got an usher to make them go stand on the sidelines.

At Cold PLay in Gillette Stadium the “new” Normal was evidenced by a man dressed in what I was told was a wife-beater T-shirt and shorts with no underpants, playing handball in his pocket and patting the butts of any female that had to go past him to get to their seats.
And more evidence was right in front of me as a gaggle of females about 19-22 spent the entire concert taking pics of each other asses and emailing them to far flung places. One of them looked like she was trying out for Penthouse with her poses

The new normal also means that when you buy that new SUV be sure that the price doesn’t go up because you refused the optional directional wand package so no one behind you or facing you can see which way you think you are going to go. You may need that money for the bail bondsman after you cause your third accident in two days due to your persistent rudeness.

The new normal also means that if you are walking down the street, texting or talking on the cell that’s glued to your palm, you expect me to move over!! Not a chance buster. I sincerely hope you walk into that telephone pole and get a bloody or broken nose as payment for your rudeness.

The new normal also means that in inclement ( this word is another entire story) weather you contribute to traffic safety by driving 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. And the new normal means that you are doing it with no headlights on. So much for concern about road hazards.

The new normal means that in a restaurant you talk incessantly in a loud, gauche manner with food in your mouth that keeps popping out onto the table. It means you can wipe your nose
with the back of your hands or the napkin or even your shirt sleeve. The new normal also means that you are rude to the wait person and forget to say thank you or use please in a proper manner.

The New Normal is everything that we were brought to respect means NOTHING. No safety respect on the roads, no respect for others in a crowd, no respect for another person’s space.
No desire to become a better person. The New Normal is selfish and demands Instant Gratification. I ,at least like most of my generation, will do my part not become one of the New Normal. It is not very pretty and will leave this planet and the inhabitants in very poor shape
Just my Humble View
Sean Moeller 1985
Posted:Aug 15, 2017 4:04 am
Last Updated:Aug 16, 2017 6:26 am

FUN FACT: I celebrated this day early by not blogging over the weekend
( secretly I got lost getting home from Gordon Lightfoot)

FUN FACT: Sean Moeller was a 4th grader in 1985 and he is the founder of Relaxation Day. He told a Des Moines reporter that work and cleaning are not part of it!

FUN FACT: There are loads of things to do to RELAX:
Go for a walk on the beach
Pick blueberries
Read a book
Get a friend and go fishing
Make a picnic and go to the lake
Find RB's favorite spa and share it
Have a glass or Merlot

FUN FACT: I am not able to ascertain if this Sean Moeller and the Sean Moeller founder of Daytrotter recording studios are the same person. Pretty good chance
it is as all the "action is in Iowa". (Sean departed from Daytrotter in 2016, retaining a small shareholding. Groups like Mumford&Son got their start with him)

FUN FACT: This was much more fun that writing a lemon meringue pie blog, which is the food of the day

August 10th
Posted:Aug 10, 2017 8:07 am
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2017 2:41 am
Today honors the fifth state to join the union


FUN FACT: One of the original 13 colonies and one of the six New England States
it was first settled by puritans from Massachusetts in 1633. It became an industrial
center and supplied the Revolutionary Army with brass buttons for uniforms as
well as munitions.

FUN FACT: In area size it is the third smallest state, roughly 110 miles by 70 miles and it also ranks as one of the most densely populated ( 5544 square miles)

FUN FACT: It's name is Algonquin for "land on long tidal river"

FUN FACT: Roger Sherman is the only person to have signed the Declaration of
Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Continental Association as well as the
United States Constitution

FUN FACTS: Capital is Hartford
State Tree is Charter Oak
State Animal: Sperm Whale
State Flower: Mountain Laurel
State Bird: American Robin
Nathan Hale, Patriot who was hung at age 21
PT Barnum, ( entertainer ) circus creator
Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer
Samuel Colt, gun manufacturer
Katharine Hepburn, actress
George W Bush, 43rd president of the US
Annie Leibovitz, photographer
Carousel Museum- Bristol
Trolley Museum- Windsor
Sleeping Giant- New Haven
Dinosaur State Park - Rocky Hill
Pequabuck River Duck Race - Forestville
Renaissance Faire- Lebanon
Chowda Fest- Westport
Chocolate Expo- Hartford/Springfield
Turn The Page
Posted:Aug 9, 2017 5:56 am
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2017 2:41 am

FUN FACT: My local book store sent me coupons that are good for two weeks!!!

FUN FACT: The written word from BC 3rd century on clay tablets to papyrus hieroglyphs, to e-books and Nook HD, words have preserved cultures and carried knowledge throughout the world for centuries

FUN FACT: Remember making book covers out of brown paper bags???

FUN FACT: If you love to read, thank Johannes Gutenberg who invented the printing press in 1440 Ad { that's 52 years before Columbus sailed!! }

FUN FACT: What do books do: Let us escape the limits of time and space { they are the medium that carries us places we may never go and we can stay in our jammies }.
Books help us understand one another . Books are ALWAYS better than the movie.

FUN FACT: I know of several folks on here that are readers. two of them have Anais Nin Quotes on their profiles. I have 4 antique Nin volumes one goes back to at least 1944 and one was published in France by Nin when no one would print erotica

FUN FACT: One profile on here admits to using the local library and reads Sci-Fi
instead of castle hopping

FUN FACT: Another profile likes to read on her back deck with a glass of wine for

FUN FACT: I just gave away 2000 books and have more to go so you know I love to read. I cannot imagine my life without a book in it

On a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha
You can listen to the engine moanin' out its one-note song
You can think about the woman, or the girl you knew the night before

But your thoughts will soon be wandering the way they always do
When you're riding sixteen hours and there's nothing much to do
And you don't feel much like riding, you just wish the trip was through

Say, here I am, on a road again
There I am, up on the stage
Here I go, playing the star again
There I go, turn the page Bob Seger 1973
All That Glitters
Posted:Aug 9, 2017 3:46 am
Last Updated:Aug 10, 2017 8:40 am
This has to be read, laughed at and passed on. There is not a woman alive today who won't crack up over this!

I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week. Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am.

I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45 am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare. As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment.

I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away. I was a little surprised when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?" I didn't respond.

After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal. Some shopping, cleaning, cooking. After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, "Mommy, where's my washcloth?" I told her to get another one from the closet. She replied, "No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it."

NEVER going back to that doctor again! EVER!

Posted:Aug 8, 2017 5:16 am
Last Updated:Aug 9, 2017 4:06 am

FUN FACT: This was started in 1998 by the formation of
The Secret Society of Happy People- which encourages people all around the world to share their happy moments

FUN FACT: They have these mottos:
" Don't Even Think of Raining On My Parade"
"Happiness Happens"

FUN FACT: Their goal is for folks to express their happiness as loudly as they wish

FUN FACT: It started in Texas when Pamela Johnson and the internationally recognized
group challenged Ann Landers and her advice about not writing happy holiday notes.
As time went on the SSOHP gained recognition from 34 countries

FUN FACT: 19 states made proclamations giving August 8th National Happiness Day.
In 2000 August became Happiness Month

So no matter what is going on in your life Make Today HAPPY and share it with osmeone
Posted:Aug 6, 2017 12:46 pm
Last Updated:Aug 8, 2017 3:08 am
A direct copy and paste from Dictionary
" As with many slang and idiomatic phrases, the origin can be a bit unclear. The first recorded use of the phrase cut the mustard was by O. Henry in 1907, in a story called The Heart of the West: “I looked around and found a proposition that exactly cut the mustard”. The modern sense of the idiom is ‘to succeed; to have the ability to do something; to come up to expectations’, but the phrase is most often used in the negative form, as “can’t cut the mustard,” meaning ‘not able to handle the job’. The cut probably refers to harvesting the plant, so if one cannot cut the mustard, one cannot supply what is best. A phrase preceding cut the mustard is to be the mustard (c. 1903) meaning ‘to be special’ or ‘to be exactly what is needed’ withmustard being a slang term for importance. There is also another phrase keen as mustard meaning ‘very enthusiastic’."

Enjoy this answer to your question about mustard
Fireworks Under The Full Moon
Posted:Aug 6, 2017 10:12 am
Last Updated:Aug 9, 2017 6:10 am
It was HOT HOT HOT ( 89 F) when I got there and 69F when it was all over
All in all a marvelous night to see a musical performance unequaled!!

And man , there was NOTHING cold about the show. I have been to many
concerts over the years. There will not anything I go to see in the future that
will be able to top COLD PLAY!!!

Not only were they playing to their fans, they were really into giving fans
the very best!! There were fireworks with some songs, plus "cannon"s
showering the crowd with confetti cut into shapes to match the song ( butterflies, stars, birds etc).. Bracelets were handed out as you entered. These wonders flashed colored lights in time to certain songs!! I do not think my photos will do this justice.

At one song point there were balls bigger than beach balls, but smaller than spider
balls, thrown to the crowd and we played volleyball with them. Their chosen medley of old and new material was phenomenal.
FUN FACT: Coldplay originated from a disbanded group called "Starfish". The coldplay came from a child's book of collected poems " Child's Reflection: Cold Play

FUN FACT: Chris Martin's net worth is about $90 million
The man is hugely talented, singer , writer , lead guitar, piano

FUN FACT: This crowd was so wired I stood up for over two hours to watch this group
as no one wanted to sit, and we all were dancing

FUN FACT: Cold Play has released 7 studio albums, 4 live albums, 6 complications and 4 video, 42 singles

FUN FACT: Adventures of a Lifetime was absolutely powerful!!!

I just cannot due this performance justice on here so I am moving on to getting out of there!!
FUN FACT: Gillette Stadium- Home of Tom Brady and the Boston Patriots ( Chris thanked the Patriots for allowing the use of their locker room for Cold Play, plus joked about Brady's recent birthday- Chris counted 56 candles ) is a bitch to get out of!!

FUN FACT: Gillette Stadium seats 66,829 folks but as some of the seat had poor to zero view, the best guess was that there were close to 60,000 people in attendance...
so imagine the parking lots!!!

FUN FACT: The exit signs do not warn you about which exit goes north and which one goes south. So you guessed it- wrong one!!! FIVE lanes of cars all going North Spent 45 minutes going the wrong way and when the original entrance finally reappeared going the right way 90 minutes later!, cars were still trying to get out. Called major Traffic Fuck- Up. ( I will cover this in Normal Mode Later)
And now to see if I got any photos worth posting


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