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Monday, June 18, 2018

Porch and patio flowers...

Ma bought some new flowers (zinnia) at Lowes and planted them in pots out front and on the back patio.

The old flowers had been done for with the summer heat.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

jalapeƱos with pineapple...

I believe one of my sisters gave Pa this jar of Jalopy Jelly, jalapeƱos with pineapple, for either Father's Day, Christmas, or his birthday a couple of years or more ago, and it had been hidden in the back of the old pantry until we moved last year.

Pa isn't supposed to have spicy foods because of his acid reflux, so they'd been untouched until I ran out of the hot and sweet jarred jalapenos that I like and opened up this jar recently. They're pretty good, although being softer without any crunch or firmness compared to the ones I usually add to foods.

There are chunks of pineapple mixed in, but I haven't tried eating those, because of a previous experience with some pickles that had pineapple chunks, which were actually the core section that might impart some sweet pineapple flavor, but were too hard and fibrous to enjoy eating.

It took Ma and Pa over an hour to get home from church this Father's Day.  They'd stopped by Burger King and bought some of those Rodeo King burgers that Ma likes, along with some french fries to bring back to the house, but there was a train stopped on the tracks between there and home, and with it blocking traffic for some unknown reason, they had to turn around and find another route to get back to the crib.

The jalapenos added a nice bit of spiciness to the burger.  I still prefer the Whopper, but not complaining with a fast food treat that I normally can't afford to indulge in, especially a single burger that runs around $7. 

I didn't find a current website, so I don't know if Jalopy Jelly is still around or not, located up in Marietta, GA according to the label. I did find a Cooking Channel video for Jalopy Jelly on YouTube, from 2010, and a nutrition label from another website.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lost a filling...

One of my teeth has chipped, cracked, and started crumbling in the last couple of years (had root canal on it in 2004), and the filling fell out this afternoon after lunch (grilled cheese with ham). 

I guess I should consider myself lucky that the 'temp' filling lasted 14 years, since I never went back to get a cap/crown or whatever else they were supposed to do with it, after I got a look at the bill for the root canal. I believe I'm still making payments on that work...

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Deer in the neighborhood...

We've moved into this neighborhood a year ago this week, and this was the first time we'd seen deer here, a doe and fawn a couple of houses down, eating the neighbors flowers.

We had them show up occasionally in the old neighborhood, but with construction always around, they have fewer places to live/hide...

Monday, June 04, 2018

Snakes in season...


I was in the garage and Ma came in and asked if I heard her scream. I figured maybe one of those pesky wasps got a hold of her, but instead it turned out to be a tiny little baby snake.

She'd bought some new gutter down spout splash guards and when she picked one of the old ones up at the back corner of the house, there was the snake, just minding its own business. She found another under the splash guard on the other side of the house too, and a snake skin beside it.

I used a swifter stick to move both of the little guys to the edge of the treeline in the backyard. Not sure what kind of snakes they are, but they were striking at the swifter stick pretty aggressively, probably just upset at being evicted from the nice comfy spots they'd taken up residence in. Both were under a foot long, thereabouts.

Pictures are a bit blurry since I was barefoot and paranoid about stepping on any other slithery siblings that might be nearby, lol... 


A subreddit 'snakes' member ID'd them as 'brown snakes'. A Facebook friend had called 'em 'chicken snakes', and they would fall under that umbrella term that also includes a variety of snakes, like rat snakes, black snakes, corn snakes and many others. ;)