It Is My Job To Exist As...

...a shining beacon of hope in the heartland


By: Juli Eklund

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Sunday, 12-Nov-2006 19:07 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Jepson Pottery

For Darwin's dining pleasure
Miss Struts thought it was super
Elmo doesn't care if you throw it on the floor, just feed him!
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Had the week from H-E-Double Toothpicks with our phone system at work, so Bonnie & I took ourselves off for a relaxing day of shopping and dining in Paxico & Maple Hill..

Now that the kitties are not self-regulating their food consumption and Elmo is on a special diet I can finally get the tres cool pet food dishes that Jepson Pottery makes. I bought a collection of them for my mom's kitties last Christmas. I also found mom's Christmas present for this year but for obvious reasons I am not posting the pictures that I took of it. No peeking Mom! There was a huge auction going on in Paxico because the lady who runs Mainstreet Antiques is retiring. I guess the kids all have their own careers so there is no one for her to pass it on to. She has a pretty nice collection spread over two full storefonts in Paxico and starting Saturday it all went on the block. It was so strange to be going through the shops and find signs here and there from the store owners saying they were over at the auction for a few minutes and if you could just wait until they returned to make your purchase or come over to the auction and holler for <insert store owner's name here>.

Since The Electric Cat closed down (it's now a Christmas decoration store) we had no choice but to slog out to Maple Hill and dine at Puffy's Steak and Icehouse. I always order the ribs there. They are so tender that I could eat them if I had no teeth. But today I didn't order the ribs. It's a steak house. I ordered the sirloin. Rare. Excellent cut of meat, cooked to perfection. I brought half of it home to finish up later.


Tuesday, 31-Oct-2006 19:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Trick or Treaters

Ghostly un-retouched
Here there be monsters
Ghostly with the Gamma turned up
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The best damn costume of the night was the kid that walked up as a dinner table. Don't know if it was plywood or styrofoam, but it was square with a hole cut in the center for his head. It was covered with a table cloth and there were four place settings complete with plates, cutlery, glasses, and a beverage pitcher. There was even a bowl of fake fruit. My freakin' camera batteries were dead! I tried to find him later when I'd remedied the situation, but no dice. It was freezing and I think the parents got tired of hearing "I'm cold, I'm cold," and took all their little darlings home for the night.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Real Ghosties~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~I really thought the little Iowa Cheerleader was gonna get her butt kicked~~~


Sunday, 29-Oct-2006 21:43 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sunset

Perfect end to a perfect day
Last night @ Boggs Landing on the Kansas River. Gorgeous. Peaceful.


Friday, 27-Oct-2006 20:15 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Conversations in my Head

You rake! You cad!
So this is the conversation that's being played in my head over and over and over. Mind you it's a conversation that has not and probably never will take place...


...Me: You know, you are really amazing. You have to tell me how you do it.
...Her: What?
...Me: That brand new rake I bought that you've already broken...It's barely a month old. That's a new personal best for you, isn't it?


Wednesday, 25-Oct-2006 20:38 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Is It Soup Yet?

Mmmm Mmmm Good
Grandma Elsie Grace's Hearty Potato Soup

No, she wasn't my grandma. She may not be anybody's grandma, merely a marketing ploy, but it is a Kansas based business so I'm inclined to think there really is/was an Elsie Grace. The powdered mix for this was a "polite" purchase. You know those. You've been poking around in this person's shop for hours looking at the eclectic mix of goods. Everything is really, really neat, but none of it is anything you can't live without so you buy something small and inexpensive as a way of thanking the shop keeper for letting you occupy air space in their little antique shop for the past three hours.

Now that the air has a distinct chill to it, it's finally soup weather again. I'm sure that on it's own, the mix makes a quite delightful soup. It's got a surprising spice kick to it instead of what I always tend to think of as Kansas-bland. It's a creamy soup, full of flavor.

Still, I had to add something chunky to make it a meal rather than an appetizer. Two cups cubed ham, and approx. 4 cups cubed, unpeeled white rose potatos. The potatos were boiled for 15 minutes in the water recommended on the package prior to adding the soup mix (thus retaining all the good stuff that would get tossed when you drain the water from boiled potatos). The ham was added approx 20 minutes before the recommended cooking time was up. I did have to add an extra two cups of water as the resulting soup was too thick after being chunk-i-fied.

Cooked according to package directions it probably makes a pre-entree course that feeds 6 - 8. Following my add-ins, you get a meal for 6. Total cook time from prep to table: 1 hour. Bon apetite!


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