Thursday, November 20, 2008

Skywatch Friday #3 The Ozarks Sky

We had mostly cloudy nights this week but I was able to get a few pictures to share.

This was Sunday night's exceptional offering.

This was Monday night's sky, looks like a wool blanket to me.

This was Tuesday nights Big Sky.

Visit the Sky Watch Friday home page anytime after 7:30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Thursdays to see sky photos from around the world. You'll be glad you did.

Dog Tales

Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives:

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog's parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, "If I died, would you get another dog?"

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don't get mad. They just think it's interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.

And last, but not least:

14. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is it Chicken, No it's Pork Stew!

Today I planned on cooking some chicken soup so yesterday I pulled the frozen chicken out of the freezer and set in the refrigerator to thaw. Not looking at it much I also prepped some celery and onions to add. Well the jokes on me! I actually thawed out some Stew Pork! Well, you know they both are light in color....I don't even remember buying this pork!

So when I started today to cook and discovered I had the wrong meat I had to go looking for a different recipe. This is what I found and it looks yummy. My pot is on the stove, I don't have a slow cooker, but that's ok. I can smell this cooking and I think for chicken/pork stew it's going to be great!

By the way, I doubled the recipe so I can have lots of leftovers.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 rib celery sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 package (16-ounce) frozen mixed stew vegetables
  • 1 jar (4-oz size) sliced mushrooms drained well
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork, onion, celery, basil, rosemary and oregano; cook until pork is browned. Place pork mixture in slow cooker. Whisk flour with chicken broth; pour into slow cooker/Crock Pot. Stir in frozen vegetables and mushrooms. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours. About 15 minutes before serving, stir lemon juice, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice.
Serves 4.

This is where I got the recipe: Pork Stew with Vegetables

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pooch Tale

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.
He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

Three Grandmas

Three mischievous old Grandmas were sitting on a bench outside a nursing home.

When an old Grandpa walked by.

And one of the old Grandmas yelled out saying, We bet we can tell exactly how old you are.

The old man said, There is no way you can guess it, you old fools.

One of the old Grandmas said, Sure we can! Just drop your pants and under shorts and we can tell your exact age.

Embarrassed just a little, but anxious to prove they couldn't do it, he dropped his drawers.

The Grandmas asked him to first turn around a couple of times and to jump up and down several times.

Then they all piped up and said, You're 87 years old!

Standing with his pants down around his ankles, the old gent asked, How in the world did you guess?

Slapping their knees and grinning from ear to ear, the three old ladies happily yelled in unison

We were at your birthday party yesterday!

This is my Great Grandfather in his GAR uniform. Not a part of the joke, just thought I'd throw in his picture.