Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It's Wart Dude

Came across this in a box of old clothes the other day. It's a shirt I decorated for Michael when he was about 6 years old. He liked wart hogs. (Hey, who doesn't?)

Wart Dude was basically just drawn onto the shirt with puff-paint. (Remember puff-paint? Do they still make puff-paint?) Over time, some of the lines have fallen off. So I gave him a little makeover in Photoshop below.

Sing it with me like the Batman theme song:
Na na na na na na na na naaaa, Wart Duuude!!!

Backlit summer evenings

I know I've posted my neighbor's roses before, but I just can't resist them when the sun is setting behind them.

Same goes for my crepe myrtle tree. Summer has been a little "off" this year. Generally cooler than normal. Not that I'm complaining. But true to tradition, now that school is starting, it's hot.

We don't really have 4 seasons by the calendar. Summer lingers and fall sneaks by almost unnoticed, except for the shorter days and longer shadows. Even the leaves don't all get around to falling until winter. In winter, if we're lucky, we get rain, and with the rain comes a spring-like explosion of new growth (but still in winter.)

I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures and rain, eventually.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Vacation pictures

See it all on Flickr. Scenery and bugs. I didn't get all the descriptions for everything. There were too many for me to do it all in one go. I'll try to get back to it later.

Jerry took lots of pictures too, and the scenery stuff is bound to be better than mine. I've been bugging him to put them on his Flickr page. If he does, I'll link to them, too.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

With Tongue in Cheek

My blogs have been sputtering lately. Partly due to computer problems, but just as likely due to general inertia (laziness). Oh, and our vacation trip, which hopefully I will be posting about soon.

Anyway, in the midst of, and in spite of, my slacking online presence, I joined Facebook, mainly because my sons and my sisters are on it, and I thought it might be fun. And I haven't really kept up with that either. But Michael has created a just-for-fun, uh, group(?), cult(?) that he calls the Fellowship of the Rising Phoenix, and of course, I had to join it.

You can too, if you want.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Hot Dog Salad!

My sister served this really good salad at her barbecue today. Her daughter got the recipe from Rachael Ray. If you like hot dogs with all the fixin's, you'll love this:

1/4 cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons vinegar, (eyeball it )
1 rounded teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 of a 16-ounce sack shredded cabbage blend for slaw salads
1 romaine heart, shredded
2 vine ripe tomatoes, diced
3 large half sour or garlic pickles, chopped
Salt and pepper
8 pork or beef hot dogs, cut into 1-inch-thick slices on an angle

In the bottom of a large bowl, combine mustard, vinegar, sugar, and about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the onions, cabbage, romaine, tomatoes, and pickles and toss the salad. Season with salt and pepper, adjust seasonings, and reserve.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (1 turn of the pan) then arrange the sliced dogs in a single layer. Sear them a couple of minutes on each side. Remove to paper towels to drain.

Mound up the salad on plates, top with seared dogs, and serve.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Root canal, the saga continues....

So I was supposed to get my permanent crown on my root canal today, but I’ve been having pain in and around that tooth for the last few days, and I expressed my concerns to the dentist. He put me through various “tests” to see where the pain is coming from. This was done by hitting my tooth with a little hammer, making me bite down real hard on a cotton roll, and trying to twist my tooth right out of my head! Yes, all those things hurt!

He decided that he’d better not put the permanent crown on, in case I need to go back to the endodontist, and he finds he needs to go back into the canal. Lovely.

We’re supposed to leave for our vacation in a couple of days. I feel like I have a time bomb inside my mouth. What if it goes off while I’m 500 miles from home? The dentist thinks I’ll be OK to go on vacation, and just see the endo when I come home, but he gave me a prescription for an antibiotic, just in case I need it when we’re on the road. To make matters worse, I came home and googled "root canal problems" and read all kinds of horrible things that can go wrong. I wish I could "un-read" them!