Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bits and Pieces

Ah, Sunday morning and coffee. The newspaper is read and Paula Deen is on the tube. I foresee a lazy day ahead.

Maybe, just maybe we'll take a ride, take in the flea market. I'd like to find a couple of citrus trees for my front yard. Perhaps a Satsuma orange, a Ruby Red grapefruit, and if I could spell Quamquat, one of those too. Yes, its a citrus, little fruit.

Little Bit went home last night. Her father is under the impression he has a right to spend time with her too.

It's warm here, 70's, frigging hot.

In a couple of weeks our group will spend the weekend out at our Boar's Nest. We'll work digging a trench for a power line. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and turn cold. It'd be nice to build a fire in our old woodstove and scent the building with pine and oak.

Evenings there, after the days activities are finished, are spent on the deck under the light of kerosene lamps, and if we're lucky, the song of coyotes as the deer browse at the edge of the swamp under a cold clear canopy of bright stars. We'll talk well into the night. We chat of future plans, family, food and firearms, our lives. As it is with a group of veterans we'll share past experiences, old wounds, and heal a few nightmares. We'll tease, poke and jab at each the other, all in fun of course.

If we're lucky, Duke won't do his nude 'rain dance' around the campfire.

Should be fun. 

Sweet Wife has shot one of her 'looks' my way which means it's time for me to get my butt in gear and take her to the flea market. She seeks cast iron 'loaf ' pans. Those little suckers which are used to bake small loaves of fruit or nut breads. I told her good luck. The old ones are rare.

As we say down here; ya'll have a good day.



  1. Tell your wife good luck for me. Most of my cookware is cast iron, and I love it.

    (one of my favorite pieces is my biscuit pan--makes great muffins)

    If it does happen to get cold, Duke may either choose not to do his naked rain dance (I hope there's alcohol involved in that decision-making process), or it may end up being more comic relief than train wreck. ;-p (sorry, Duke, couldn't resist)

  2. HH, we do love our cast about Duke. He has this old worn out loin clothe..deer hide I believe. He will, all of sudden, strip naked, slap on the piece of hide and just begin's weird. Once, he took ashes from the fire, still warm, and smeared them all over his sweaty body...before his dance. Looked like a democrat at a Clinton rally...minus the cigar. We took pictures. Insurance.

  3. I hope she finds her bread pans, I'm looking for the little corn bread corn cob shaped ones. :)

    have fun!

    (and how dare "dad" think Little Bit should spend time with him, silly daddy! It's the GRANDS all the way!! ;) lol!)

  4. The front porch is my favorite spot too. Have to try it with the kerosene lanterns...

  5. Ah. Duke sounds a lot like my imp's godfather--my husband's and my best friend.

    There's a reason we don't go camping with him.

  6. Duke, just remember that Stephen has to sleep sometime that weekend.....

  7. So you get the "Look" to?? That is the kiss of death, LOL. Enjoy the day. Its nice down here in the mouse kingdom.

  8. The wife said I could get either an apiary or apple orchard for Christmas. I think I might end up with 10 apple trees.

    Tell Duke he can come visit and do his rain dance in my yard-- Hopefully he will run off my crazy neighbor.

  9. Kellie, right on. Parents, they really think they're important. I have a few of those cornbread pans you seek...thanks.

    Craig, they give off just the right amount of light, not too bright with just enough glow to observe the night. Thanks.

    HH, Duke's not too bad, we keep him tied. Thank you.

    MSgtB, I will, you should join us. It's just work. Thanks.

    Matt, he knows what's best for him...I bite. Thanks.

    Rob, we did, nice drive and early dinner. Too hot here for me. Thanks.

    Mudbug, funny, I came across several Anna apple trees today. This variety was developed in Israel many years ago to withstand heat. It's the apple, that I'm aware of, which will grow in Florida. Duke would indeed scare the neighbors. Thanks.

  10. If you do get an Anna apple make sure you get a Dorset as well for pollination purposes. Lets just say I know my stuff, well enough to teach horticulture at the University. It is good to let the son borrow Little Bit, so he feels he is the parent! Hope Sweet Wife finds her Cast Iron. You guys have fun, but please kill any coyotes you hear! I have heard they are in abundance and taken down peoples livestock along with the deer that they do not eat!Errr Kill Them! Pretend they are Zombies, get rid of them! Thank you, your gun techniques should come in rather handy for this that I ask of you!!

  11. Stephen, tell the nice people who wears the loin clothe and barks at the moon. (if we keep this up they will really think we are window lickers)

  12. KingTOak, will do, and thanks. Sorry for the short answers but I'm about to fall asleep..thanks.

    Duke, I do. I've been outed. If they think that we're in trouble...

  13. Have a great one. I'm sure you guys both fight over the loincloth. :)

  14. 45er, we do fight over the loin clothe...I let him win. Thanks.