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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

Posted:Sep 17, 2018 7:02 pm
Last Updated:Sep 17, 2018 11:22 pm

I've had a busy day and need to work to get the concrete forms set and the grade with fill sand, tie up the rebar and iron. a blog will be very late if I even get a chance to post... We have rain on the way.
A Busy Weekend
Posted:Sep 16, 2018 8:33 pm
Last Updated:Sep 17, 2018 6:54 pm

Most of the weekend I busied myself out in the Beemer Pad. I laid in the last course of cement blocks and grouted many of them after setting the connecting reinforcing iron. I set and connected the electrical too. The sump pump has to wait for the final formed pour for the proper elevation. That scanky looking broken block wall in the forefront is a retaining wall to hold the fill sand at the proper level and will be covered by the final slab. I set the rebar mat and poured the far slab today. If I get any time tomorrow I will try to remove the forms and get them set for the next pour after JD (with Ronnie's keen assistance) gets the angel iron cut and welded up for me. This next slab is critical for the top landing before descending down the steps into the pit. God help me to get this done and the ramp out before harvesting begins.
Monte Cristo Day!
Posted:Sep 16, 2018 8:14 pm
Last Updated:Sep 17, 2018 6:57 pm

One of the very latest additions to the National calendar is National Monte Cristo Day. It was submitted by Bennigan’s and proclaimed by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in June of 2015 The restaurant Bennigan’s is renowned across the globe for its World Famous Monte Cristo. . IF you have a Bennigan's locally this sandwich is a must try.

National Monte Cristo Day is observed tomorrow on September 17. This is a day to indulge and enjoy an excellent sandwich.

A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich. It is a variation of a French sandwich called a croque-monsieur. The Monte Cristo is also sometimes called French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, and French Toasted Cheese Sandwich.

The Monte Cristo is typically a savory sandwich rather than sweet. It is usually dipped in egg batter and either pan fried or deep fried. Variations may include sliced turkey and different types of cheese. It can be served grilled or open-faced and heated under a grill or broiler. It can also be sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with jam or preserves.
Happy Birthday !
Posted:Sep 15, 2018 7:19 pm
Last Updated:Sep 16, 2018 7:10 pm

Yes.... It's a Big Happy Birthday to our neighbors to the South. On September 16, 1810 the Mexican War of Independence began.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or “Cry of Dolores,” The revolutionary tract, so-named because it was publicly read by Hidalgo in the town of Dolores, called for the end of 300 years of Spanish rule in Mexico, redistribution of land, and racial equality. Thousands of Indians and mestizos flocked to Hidalgo’s banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and soon the peasant army was on the march to Mexico City.

In the early 19th century, Napoleon’s occupation of Spain led to the outbreak of revolts all across Spanish America. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla–“the father of Mexican independence”–launched the Mexican rebellion with his “Cry of Delores,” and his populist army came close to capturing the Mexican capital. Defeated at Calderón in January 1811, he fled north but was captured and executed. He was followed by other peasant leaders, however, such as José María Morelos y Pavón, Mariano Matamoros, and Vicente Guerrero, who all led armies of native and racially mixed revolutionaries against the Spanish and the Royalists.

Ironically, it was the Royalists–made up of Mexicans of Spanish descent and other conservatives–who ultimately brought about independence. In 1820, liberals took power in Spain, and the new government promised reforms to appease the Mexican revolutionaries. In response, Mexican conservatives called for independence as a means of maintaining their privileged position in Mexican society.

Agustín de Iturbide,

In early 1821, Agustín de Iturbide, the leader of the Royalist forces, negotiated the Plan of Iguala with Vicente Guerrero. Under the plan, Mexico would be established as an independent constitutional monarchy, the privileged position of the Catholic Church would be maintained, and Mexicans of Spanish descent would be regarded as equal to pure Spaniards. Mexicans of mixed or pure Indian blood would have lesser rights.

Guadalupe Victoria

Iturbide defeated the Royalist forces still opposed to independence, and the new Spanish viceroy, lacking money, provisions, and troops, was forced to accept Mexican independence. On August 24, 1821, Spanish Viceroy Juan de O’Donojú signed the Treaty of Córdoba, which approves a plan to make Mexico an independent constitutional monarchy. In 1822, as no Bourbon monarch to rule Mexico had been found, Iturbide was proclaimed the emperor of Mexico. However, his empire was short-lived, and in 1823 republican leaders Santa Anna and Guadalupe Victoria deposed Iturbide and set up a republic, with Guadalupe Victoria as its first president.

Santa Anna
Weekend Query ?????
Posted:Sep 14, 2018 8:25 pm
Last Updated:Sep 16, 2018 7:12 pm

Today while out shopping a special query came to mind.

It came to me that about the same time I needed glasses..........

I discovered the joy and pleasure of jacking off!

Do you think there is any connection to the old wive's tail about "Going Blind" if I keep doing it?????

YES ! Stop Jacking Off right now!'s OK to keep jacking off.
My Project
Posted:Sep 13, 2018 11:21 pm
Last Updated:Sep 15, 2018 12:59 pm

We'd started this baby out in our Beemer Pad before the 4th of July and JD getting hurt. It was supposed to be HIS ,, NOT My project. I don't do cement - blocks And mortar. It had to be dug by hand most of the way because the angle was too much for the skidloader. It's about 2' below our ground water so the base had to be poured then pumped out to work on it. JD got hurt just after the base was poured and I ended up setting the blocks and pouring the steps up and out. I have one more course of blocks to set Saturday, cutting the electrical outlets and the sump pump drain line into the blocks, grout in the re-enforcing rebar that tie into the floor then pour the floor tieing the whole dam thing together. There is an angel iron that sets into the perimeter so that the 2 X 12's covering it won't shift. This is why I been so dam worn out trying to get his shit done before harvesting coupled with my remodel project in town at my apartment complex. I am back-filling it with fill-sand but got tired... cxame in m,ade us dinner and fell asleep watching TV with JD.
Gold Coins Found !
Posted:Sep 12, 2018 9:10 pm
Last Updated:Sep 15, 2018 1:07 pm

You all know how I react when I hear about Hundreds Of Roman Gold Coins Being Found In Theater Basement!

Hundreds of ancient gold coins were found last week in the basement of a former theater in northern Italy. Archaeologists uncovered the jackpot in Como, on the border with Switzerland.

The coins date back to the late Roman Imperial times in the fourth or fifth century and were spilling out of a two-handled soapstone jar called an amphora, buried in the dirt.

Whoever placed the jar in that place "buried it in such a way that in case of danger they could go and retrieve it," said Maria Grazia Facchinetti, an expert in rare coins, according to CNN. "They were stacked in rolls similar to those seen in the bank today."

At a news conference, she said the coins have engravings of the emperors Honorius, Valentinian III, Leon I, Antonio and Libio Severo, and "do not go beyond 474 AD."

"All of this makes us think that the owner is not a private subject, rather it could be a public bank or deposit," Facchinetti said.

The Times of London reports that Luca Rinaldi, the local archaeology superintendent, said the coins had an "inestimable" value. "We are talking about an exceptional discovery," he said.

Archaeologists were digging through the basement of the historic Cressoni Theater, which closed in 1997. The Ministry of Culture said the excavation was being carried out within the "restructuring" of the theater, and Newsweek reports the site was being turned into residential apartments.

According to CNN, archaeologists also unearthed a gold bar inside a jar on the same site. The theater is not far from the Novum Comum forum area, according to CNN, where several other Roman artifacts have been discovered.

"We do not yet know in detail the historical and cultural significance of the find," Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli said in a press release. "But that area is proving to be a real treasure for our archaeology."

Bonisoli said the coins are a "discovery that fills me with pride." They are among several important Roman artifacts discovered in recent years.
Summertime Blues
Posted:Sep 12, 2018 8:09 pm
Last Updated:Sep 14, 2018 7:38 pm

I went down and scrounged up the last of the sweet corn and put it in the kettle to boil since it might be just a little chewy. Then I fired up the grill for a couple of steaks. When I went out to toss the steaks on..... we were outta gas.... sigh.... Dash back in the house for a plan "B" Julia Childes steak fried in butter then simmered in white wine. I can tell it is now the end of summer even though my car said it was 82 on the way home this afternoon. JD loved the steak and the Mutts gave me a 2 paws up on the bones.
Posted:Sep 12, 2018 7:43 pm
Last Updated:Sep 12, 2018 9:19 pm

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can in northern Minnesota.

Conservation officer Eric Benjamin with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was called Friday about a young male bear with its head stuck in an old 10-gallon milk can near Roseau (ROH'-zoh).

Benjamin says rescuers tried cooking oil to free the bear, but that didn't work, so they drilled three holes in the can so the panting bear could breathe.

After about two hours, Benjamin called the Roseau Fire Department, which used the Jaws of Life — normally used to extricate car accident victims — and a spreader to pry the can off.

Benjamin says the freed animal, seemingly healthy, ran into the woods.
National Chocolate Milkshake Day!
Posted:Sep 11, 2018 8:19 pm
Last Updated:Sep 15, 2018 1:05 pm

Tomorrow September 12 is National Chocolate Milkshake day. It is dedicated to the chocolate version of the frothy and thick drink, that is usually made with milk, ice cream, and flavored syrup.

Milkshakes were first mentioned in print in Britain in 1885, and may have contained whiskey at the time. By the turn of the 20th century, they were seen as being more wholesome, and the alcohol was replaced with syrups such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Another version of the milk shake, the malted milkshake, was invented in 1887. This shake added malted milk, which consists of a mixture of evaporated milk, wheat flour, and malted barley.

Other names for a milkshake include frappé, frosted, thick shake, and cabinet, which is the term used in Rhode Island. Milkshakes have traditionally been sold in many places: malt or soda shops, ice cream shops, diners, fast food restaurants, and other similar type of establishments.

Many times milkshakes are made with a blender using a stainless steel cup. As not all of the milkshake always fits in a glass, the stainless steel cup with the extra mixture is brought to the table with a spoon.

The day should be spent having a chocolate milkshake. It doesn't take much effort to make one at home. You could also go to an establishment in your city that makes milkshakes, or go to a place in your state that makes one of the best milkshakes.


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