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July 29, 2014

Warming up








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July 22, 2014

Wish I were there!


St. Maarten
St. Kitts
The Dominican Republic

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July 20, 2014

Some people miss getting a Darwin award by only a smidgen.

It seems a man in Seattle saw a spider in his laundry room.



Not having a blowtorch handy, he decided to improvise... using a can of spray paint and a lighter in the suburban home he rented. According to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore, "I don't want to encourage people to do this, but that's what he did. The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling."

The man, realizing his mistake, made valiant efforts to douse the flames, but they quickly extended to the attic.  The fire department ultimately succeeded in extinguishing the blaze, but not before it caused $60,000 in damage to the home.

According to Moore, "I'm pretty sure the spider did not survive this fire. The whole wall went."

I assume the eviction notice will be arriving at the Red Cross shelter where our unwitting arsonist is staying.

Don't believe me? Read more about it here.

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July 17, 2014

DANGER - NEW EMAIL VIRUS!!!

 I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus.
Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.
It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1955.


Symptoms:
1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.
                               Done that!

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail!
                               That too!

3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person .
                               Yep!

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.
                               Aha!

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.
                               Well darn!

6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished.
                               Oh, no not again!

7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND."
                               And I just hate that!

8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE."
                               Oh No!

IT IS CALLED THE "C-NILE VIRUS."

Have I already sent this to you? Or did you send it to me?

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July 11, 2014

Seafood chowder, the easy way.

Today I had some leftover shrimp and scallops in the frig as well as some leftover crab frozen and awaiting inspiration. I decided to make a seafood chowder. I was surprised when I looked for recipes, because they involved significantly more time and effort than I had to spare today. I tinkered with a recipe I found online and it was (frankly) delicious. Here's the recipe - give it a try!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 stalk celery, minced
1 small onion, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
3 tablespoons flour
3 1/2 cups milk
2 cans condensed cream of potato soup (don't dilute)
1 1/2 lbs of seafood, i.e. shrimp, scallops, clams, or crab, or a mixture of your favorite seafood to total 1 ½ lbs

Directions:
Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over low heat, then sauté celery and onion til tender.Add the spices and flour and mix until smooth.
Add milk and soup and stir frequently til hot and thick. While you're waiting, clean and chop the seafood into bite-size pieces.
When the soup is nice and hot, add the seafood and stir on medium heat until seafood is cooked through, then serve.

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July 9, 2014

You think YOU have trouble waking up in the morning?


(Of course 3:30 AM is WAY too early for civilized folks to get up, IMHO, so I can definitely relate!!

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July 6, 2014

Broccoli Pasta Salad

 Mmmm good!

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped pecans
8 oz of bow-tie pasta
1 lb. fresh broccoli
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

Roast pecans for about 5-7 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven, stirring halfway through to bring out the flavor.
Cook pasta per package directions.
Cut broccoli florets from the stems using a small paring knife.
Whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, onion, red wine vinegar and salt in a large bowl. Add the broccoli, hot cooked pasta and grape, then stir to coat. Cover & refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Cook up bacon and break into crumbles.
Right before serving mix in bacon and pecans.

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