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I like to use my BLOGS to keep my friends informed of the daily Mess(es) that are going on with us and adding items of interest others might find enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment. Bret

Scalloped Corn a la Bretty
Posted:Jun 25, 2019 9:18 pm
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2019 10:18 pm

1 can cream style corn, 1 can whole kernal corn DRAINED or 1 cup frozen corn. 2 city eggs, 1/4 +/- milk to rinse corn can, slightly over half a stack of the singles crackers CRUNCHED on top of the liquids stirred up, then mix a teaspoon of baking powder with about 1/2 cup of flour then toss on top of cracker crumbs and stir briskly. Pour into a well greased baking dish. I will melt like a 1/3 stick of butter in the dish in the nuker then smear it around Back at 350 about 45-55 mins .. bake potatoes to go with as long as you are running the oven... put them in before you start mixing the corn so they are done at the same time. IF you have used saltless crackers top with a sprinkle of Lawrey's seaed salt... if salted crackers use paprika

There you go Sal... requested and if anyone else would like to try it.

post script!!!

A variant I will make for like reunions / socials etc I will melt 1/2 stick of butter in a deeper casserole dish then dice up raw peeled potatoes like for hash brown and cover the bottom... This also works good when you just plan of tossing a steak on the grill and a salad....
>>> Carolina Crowd <<<
Posted:Jun 25, 2019 11:39 am
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2019 11:50 pm

A GOOD research blog might have considerable interest in here for local guys "In the Know" WAY back in the 1950's or 60's the US Airforce had a plane crash and LOST an atomic bomb somewhere in the bogs or swamps of one of the Carolinas.. did they ever find it? OR Is it leaking radiation all over the place?
Posted:Jun 24, 2019 9:33 pm
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2019 8:52 pm

JD is in bed, I have not let on exactly how I feel, hurt coupled with anger seething into a rage, whereby if these were a different era I would break out the battle ax and go beserking. A per I'd known since we were s and thought to be a friend's dad passed way over the weekend. I hurried around putting dinner in the oven so all would be ready for us to just clean up, eat, and go into the funeral parlor. The owner who also is an acquaintance from school and the community greeted me saying "good to see you. How you been?" I had laughingly replied "just visiting on this side and currently not in need of your services." We shook hands and proceeded in. I saw no other classmates, friends or family. So we cued up for the viewing. The first was his older brother "Mike" which I informed how much we enjoy the food at his restaurant when we are in that part of the state. Next was "Tommy" and his frumpy wife. Tom acted as if he didn't even know me as he introduced his wife and I "my friend" JD He stood there in his il-fitting, obviously purchased prior to his paunchy gut setting in suit unable to say anything. Many times we'd rode our bicycles out to my grandparents to eat cookies and shoot BB guns at toy soldiers. We'd not really stayed in close contact after graduation I went to ISU and he went to a business college. With nothing further to say and Tommy acting like he wished he never knew me I tugged at JD to move on down to the aunts and uncles then out the door. I kept the sympathy card with the money in my tailored CK sport coat figuring Tommy can just foot the bills on this one since he doesn't want to even know me in public anymore.
Posted:Jun 24, 2019 8:22 pm
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2019 9:23 pm

Taking a little time travel with this link >>> Ecstatic Friday Bidding <<< to a post a few days ago.....

A two day priority mail package arrived today with my coins!!!!!

Contrary to some vicious rumors started awhile back I guess I can still afford to add to our coin collection.

I quit doing the HAPPY DANCE ....

long enough to make us some ribeyes smothered in sauteed red,green, and yellow peppers & onions with baked potato, scalloped corn, salad., and dinner rolls.
Posted:Jun 23, 2019 7:08 pm
Last Updated:Jun 26, 2019 12:11 am

It's time for the WEEKEND SEX QUIZ!

NO skulking

or hiding either!

From a list of Celebs or friends, name one per you would want to sleep with if you were given the opportunity!!!!???

National Typewriter Day
Posted:Jun 22, 2019 8:31 pm
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2019 8:58 am

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down a typewriter and bleed."

Ernest Hemingway

There’s a sound we all know, even if we don’t quite recall it. It’s the mechanical clatter of a mechanical typewriter in action. It is reminiscent in the soulless tapping of keys on modern keyboards and recalled in the sounds of the elite of the keyboard world, the mechanical keyboard. None of them quite reach the splendor and grandeur of a typewriter in action. June 23rd Typewriter celebrates this humble device and the amazing pieces of literature it’s brought to us over the decades.

Typewriters were originally conceived of in 75 by an Italian print maker, though it never saw production (and to be fair it wasn’t QUITE a typewriter, but the vestiges were there). In we have patents in Britain from a Mr. Henry Mill that seems to be a typewriter from the design and was explicitly described as being intended for that purpose. It appears that at some point the device was actually made, though it never went into production and no examples of it exist today. Another example was designed in 1802 by Agostino Fantoni to help his blind sister write. Pietro Conti di Vilavegna invented yet another. It wasn’t until 1895 that a model went into actual production with the Ford Typewriter. From there the world has never looked back, and typewriters started finding their way into private homes and places of business alike.

Some of the most important classics of the last 0 years have been produced on a typewriter, including the earliest examples of Stephen King’s work, Ernest Hemingway, name a professional writer who wrote a piece of any significance, and odds are that they were written on a typewriter. Typewriter reminds us that while keyboards may be the key to modern literature, the world we live in was conceived on a typewriter.

See if someone you know has a typewriter, or dig your old one of your closet or attic. Spend some time learning to appreciate the sound of the typewriter and the style of writing it provides. You’ll soon find that the steady clacking of the keys encourages creativity, inspires greatness, and lends a form of satisfaction not found when writing on a modern keyboard. Who knows, this holiday may lead to you writing the next great classic!

Ecstatic Friday Bidding !
Posted:Jun 21, 2019 7:37 pm
Last Updated:Jun 24, 2019 7:55 pm

I finished up my usual Friday banking, shopping, and paying the help to dash home to bid on a SUPER coin listing I'd spotted with a considerable amount of silver at an extremely low price.

Poorly lit, displayed and incorrectly listed I about fainted when I seen it. In the upper right hand corner just exactly what I'd been seeking a virtually pristine silver crown (5 old shillings) of HRH Victoria!

The reverse features St. George slaying the dragon. These coins generally run $40-$50 with nicer ones like this easily fetching $125-$200 with the outside chance of $1,000. At even it's lowest there's $12.92 worth of silver there, however with the low mintage of only 161,000 I am happy to now own one.

This is a super low mintage of only 10,000 from Switzerland celebrating an 1865 William Tell archery contest! I had to search the net up & down to find this gem. It is 25 g of .835 silver ($10.41) with a price tag..... ***gets drum roll***
Avg: $346.65, High: $1,733.00. --- I was shitting bricks as the minutes counted down with only 1 other bidder----

Dead center is the 1876 French 5 francs with the Hercules group by the engraver: Augustin Dupré. Renown as one of Frances most beautiful designs it's higher mintages has kept the markets lower in the $25 - $50 range for 25 g of .900 fine silver ($11.09)

The bottom center is the 1903 Free Hanseatic city of Hamburg 5 Reichsmark. A 27.777 of .900 fine silver this low mintage coin is $12.32 of silver with only 319,000 made the price to get one in this fine condition is generally $200-$500 with worn ones still getting $40-$60 I had a heck of a time even getting a picture of it!

While the far left top is a Frederik IX 5 kroner from Denmark they only fetch $2- $5 in great shape. They are made of copper/nickle and have no real melt value.... BUT IT'S STILL DANISH to me.

Those two 1 peso coin do contain some .100 silver....The exact composition of those coins is .700 Copper, .100 Nickel, .100 Zinc and .100 Silver with a melt value of $.76 . Even with an astounding mintage the Morelos peso still on average gets $2-$5

There on the far right of the bottom row is an 1876 5 reichsmark of Wilhelm I it's 27.777 of .900 fine silver from the Berlin mint still commands a $40-$75 average price with it's good mintage of 2,098,368 pieces prior to Wilhelm's death.

So I am doing the HAPPY DANCE again tonight!
Doom, Despair, and Agony......
Posted:Jun 20, 2019 8:23 pm
Last Updated:Jun 22, 2019 11:10 am

So much for my "Day Off"

Spent half the day knocking down the long grass between rain storms!

The MAIN ACCOMPLISHMENT is the new driveway and landscaping for it is DONE! The grass is now coming up on the East wing !

We took some elevation shots and ran the string lines the West side is DONE as far as can be until the building is done and we ramp into it. I just sowed the grass seed and it is to RAIN AGAIN tonight/tomorrow morning

I was working and I kept getting this sweet fragrance... it was like WTF???? Then after the dew was off the grass and I started mowing I seen that our Catalpa trees are blooming.

The small orchid like clusters of blossoms have our lawn scented from one end to the other. I even planted one up in our pet cemetery for our past babies.
>>>HEY TEXANS ! <<<
Posted:Jun 19, 2019 7:43 pm
Last Updated:Jun 23, 2019 8:20 am

HAPPY 500 th Birthday to Corpus Christi !

The Bay and the city are named after the holiday- Corpus Christi.

On June 20th in 1519, Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda found a bay on what is now the southern coast of Texas. A city eventually grew there, the city and the bay were given the name Corpus Christi.

His map is the first known Texas history document and was the first map of the Gulf coast region of the U.S. The next year he was killed in a fight in Panuco, Mexico with Huastec Indians.

Posted:Jun 19, 2019 10:45 am
Last Updated:Jun 19, 2019 9:12 pm


I just got back with good news from Dewey, Cheatham & Howe!

Also my Banker!

a slight break in the rain too!

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