Saturday, November 24, 2012

sights from Saturday

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats.
We're heading into winter with 17 = 3 bucks and 14 does.
Was cold and breezy today. The high was 34 degrees. We put in another $100 worth of hay in the loft today. Mike thinks we need one more load to be on the safe side, to get us through until early June.
Ancho and Bordeaux are 1/2 brothers out of dam, Caliente.

We love it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

no Black Friday shopping for me

Sister-inlaw Sandy and her faithful dog, Cain

This quilt includes James' (Mike's father that passed in Aug 2012) favorite Tshirts, Mike's mother, Mary, has it hanging on a wall at the top of the stairs in her home.

Mike and I ate at our favorite restaurant for lunch. I never need a menu, when I walk in, the staff knows I'm getting the soup-of-the-day and the daily special on the chalkboard. I like whatever the cook is in the mood to fix, its usually a pasta with lots of herb essence. How little Boone, a small university town, attracted these Italians, I'll never know, the food is not the usual predictable fare, especially if you order from the chalkboard. Amalfi of Boone  (828) 386-1137  957 Rivers St  Boone,NC28607

Back home, a new load of pumpkins that we picked up from Mary and Sandy's front yard.

BarbaraJean is recovering just fine until we have to shove pills down her throat - some antibiotics and a pain pill.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

camera found on Thanksgiving Day

This afternoon, we were heading to Tina's for dinner, and Mike finally found my camera stuffed down in my recliner. Yeah! I've been fretting about that camera for several days.
Mike and I ate a Thanksgiving meal at Mary's on Sunday, now we ate another one today at Tina's.  So we've been making out quite well. Tina and George's home is just a mile down the road from us. Mary and Sandy live below us, and Mike and I live up a goat path in a holler.

Regional Note: One feature of Upper Southern English and specifically of Appalachian English is its pronunciation of the final unstressed syllable in words such as hollow, window, and potato as (r). Holler, winder, and tater are merely variant pronunciations reflected in spelling. As a noun, holler has the specific meaning in the Appalachians of "a small valley between mountains": They live up in the holler underneath Big Bald Mountain.
Mike's oldest sister, Sherry, wasn't there. She and her husband, Charles, were out and about somewhere. Sherry lives in the same county but a few miles away.

Tina and George's oldest son, Savva, was with his wife, Steph, at her parents home in Durham, NC. They live up here in the same county too.

Demetre, the youngest son, was recovering from last night's wrestling match.

Do you see Demetre Kostis listed? He won the 138lb wrestling weight class at the tournament yesterday. He had to wrestle 3 opponents.

and look at him today with that black eye! Also, he got a bloody gash on his forehead during the semifinal and had a big wrap around his head during the final.

He was going with his uncle tonight at 9PM to WalMart's Black Friday shopping, we were kidding Demetre to tell his friends that he got that black eye from fighting with WalMart's Black Friday customers.
BarbaraJean is doing great after having her leg removed. I'll be able to get some photo's of her now that I've got my camera back.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tuxedo Cake, BJ leg, terriers

I have misplaced my camera. I like to blog at least once a week but you know me, my blogging mostly consists of photo's. I sure hope I can find my pocket-sized camera, been looking all over the place. ********************************************
Last night, the inlaws had their Thanksgiving. There was sooo much good food there, I finally had to quit stuffing myself. Stephanie, Savva's wife, made us a Tuxedo cake, not only is it pretty but very tasty. Mike has been talking about it ever since. I found a recipe online.

What You Need:
1pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 1/2pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2cup butter, softened
1-1/2tsp. vanilla
6cups powdered sugar
1/2 of 8-oz. tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
2oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
HEAT oven to 350°F.

step 1 PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round cake layers, blending dry pudding mix into batter before pouring into prepared pans. Cool 10 min. Loosen cakes from sides of pans with knife. Invert onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

step 2 MEANWHILE, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gradually beat in sugar.

step 3 CUT each cake layer horizontally in half. Stack on plate, spreading 3/4 cup cream cheese frosting between each layer. Spread remaining frosting onto top and side of cake.

step 4 MICROWAVE COOL WHIP and chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min., stirring after 1 min.; stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Cool 5 min. Pour over cake, letting excess drip down side. Store cake in refrigerator.
BarbaraJean had her leg-removed surgery today.  This morning, Mike drove her to our Vet's main office in Abington, VA.  Dr. Britt called a bit ago to say that the surgery was over and BJ was awake but on pain medicine. Don't know when BJ can come home yet, Dr. wants to watch her for a night ot two.

As Mike was leaving with BJ, we put Jack in the dog kennel with the Irish Terriers so he wouldn't chase after BarbaraJean. Mike drives away, a couple of minutes later, Jack had flipped the gate latch, letting himself and the TERRIERS out among the poultry and goats. TERRIERS don't play nice with poultry and goats and I'm already running late for work. In the end, thanksgoodness, I got the terriers penned back up and no harm was done, whew!

I think one-eyed Jack could bust out of Ft. Knox, I really do.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

yes, more pumpkins

See that beautiful flat back on Hootie?