Friday, July 19, 2019

Sightings Around Town - July 2019 FOTW

Two years ago I had the privilege of meeting a young woman who was there at 9/11. From her apartment she watching as the plane hit and then the second. At first not realizing what was happening. 
She aided in the clean up, helped others and now is facing the end of her life because of her efforts. Due to the list being long and extensive let's just say her aliments are overwhelming. Getting dressed each day is a challenge. Is she complaining about her circumstance? Asking why me or shouting that she is deserving of anything? No. But she does have a positive attitude and still reaching out to others. What a testament she is. So if you believe and pray, I ask that you pray for Jodi.
So many walk around thinking they are entitled to things that they have not worked for, selfish and plain old rude. Well you should spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn from her giving caring loving spirit.
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 5 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. 
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes: 
Baking In A Tornado        
Never Ever Give Up Hope   
Menopausal Mother           
Bookworm in the Kitchen   

All in the same day...this pink SUV with brown leaves floating all over, interesting don't you think? Definitely different and easy to find in the parking lot that's for sure. I was headed to JoAnn Fabrics. I swear this guy is ALWAYS outside and so happy to see me. Oh wait, that's a mannequin. LOL Last stop before heading home? Lunch!! FINALLY FRIDAY tequila shots only $4! My first thought was, wait! HOW much are they normally? Geez, I can get a fifth for about $10 and then no worries about driving because I'll be home.
I've seen this SUV twice now. The headlights have BIG plastic eyelashes too.
 This popped up on my timeline memories for FB, seven years ago. I remember it too!
*If you are familiar with Jeff Foxworthy, then you understand "you know you're a redneck..."
Well, today I am "You know you live in the country when...(these are real folks, happened today) You are driving home and pass a fairly new Nissan car with a refrigerator tied to the top! You leave Foodlion and see that the jeep parked in front of you has a child peeing in the parking lot (they just came out of the store!) and last but not least, driving home I slow down for an animal crossing the road and it is A BLACK BEAR CUB!!!!!!!!!!! 
What a day!*
I had just picked up my son from work and we are sitting at the light in traffic.⇭⇭ I looked up and the SUV in front of me has this big ol' sign. LOL I said, well at least they are honest. 😄😄😄
I see this young lady all over town. Seems it is always at a grocery store. Each time I see her, her hair is ALWAYS two colors and each time different. She's actually very nice and is an InstaCart shopper.
I was headed down HWY 5 and look up, I said, NO WAY...yep. Two zero degree mowers on this trailer being pulled by a van. On those mowers are two guys...and you guessed it. They got on I-20!! The speed limit is 70 mph, it is 5 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon rush hour. I eased on to the interstate, this guy in front of me. It was windy and the trailer was swaying all over the road. I said OH H3LL NAH and went around him. NO way did I want that thing flipping in front of me with those guys back there. As I passed I saw the  van was loaded down, must have been well over 20 people inside of a 15 passenger van. WHERE were all the cops I normally see???? Not following that van I can tell ya that.
Can you see this??? My coffee plant has been doing so well and what do these ungrateful little varmints do?? They dig in it! Who? The squirrels. I feed those little buggers every stinking day and how do they repay me? By digging in my flowers and plants. UGH!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Greek Flavor Salad

I love salads and will get into a rut after a while. Same thing over and over and over. Anyone else guilty of this? By the way, salad isn't always about lettuce ya know. I have a post about "more than lettuce" salads HERE.

Looking on the grocery app, (which by the way I LOVE to shop this way. I can add to my list, delete, look for new items, schedule a time and day that works best for me, order, pull up, they load it and I'm off without ever setting foot in to the store) I'm browsing the pantry listings and see artichoke hearts. Now I'm thinking what can I do with those? Well any number of things. So I toss it in the cart, well virtually toss it in.

After a week, I see the can sitting in the pantry, oh yeah I forgot about those. Now what to do with them? Hmm could this be what I'm searching for to break this monotony?

I'll be honest, this salad was just okay to me but my husband loved it and ate almost the entire thing in one sitting.
Here it is, simple and easy. No muss no fuss.

Greek Flavor Salad
can of artichoke hearts, diced
tomato diced
onion diced
chick peas, one can drained and rinsed
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp parsley
salt to taste
mix rice wine vinegar/apple cider vinegar, approximately 1 TBSP each
Stir it all together in a bowl and chill. It was a great side dish to our grilled chicken.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Ride'em and Rope'em - UYW July 2019

Bob pulled the truck through the gate and rolled down the window. Jess smiled as she walked over to the truck.
"Hey sugar, how y'all today? Ya here to ride, rope or show?"
Bob grinned, "we here to ride suga".
She grimaced inside and said "well all right boys, what's the name?"

Jess handed Bob his number and told him to hang it from the rear-view mirror. Pulling through the gate down to where you see Clem standing by the orange cone he will direct you from there y’all have a good day.
As the next truck pulled up just could see the driver and she had to giggle just a little. Nice big shiny Dakota pick up, brand new trailer, and the rider look like he just stepped out of a magazine. When he rolled down his window she did laugh. Here he was complete with black hat shirt and boots with rhinestones.
Just giggled when she said well now you just a little dressed up for a rodeo don’t think their cowboy?

Michael gave her his his name and event he would be competing in. He just smiled and did not let her skepticism crush his enthusiasm for the passion of the rodeo.

Next in line was Will he was last year‘s winner and overall the most talented rodeo rider she had ever seen. And it didn’t hurt that he had three gorgeous sons with him.

This went on all day until the last of the entries had arrived. As Jess was walking back to the office she could smell the wonderful aroma of hamburger. It seems kind of cruel to her for the guys to be grilling burgers right next to the holding pen. She wondered if the cows in the stalls knew what the smell was. And wondered which state was worse, being hamburger or being roped all day.

Laying the clipboard on her desk she reached for her lunchbox. A bunch of the guys gave her grief over bringing lunch every day but this was the only affordable option that she had. She was young single and struggling to make ends meet. She would not buckle under the pressure of high priced rodeo food every day. However with everything that she did you would think that they would feed her for free at least once in a while.

Friday entries had all arrived and the rodeo arena, stands and parking lot were bustling with activity.

Jess was very touched this rodeo season as the owners had set up a special area for children. Not what you would call a petting zoo but more of a Cowboys and girls in training area. They were all so cute in their little boots and hats climbing onto the bales of hay holding their rope twirling it over their head and tossing with all their mind to get it around the neck of a very docile little calf.

That afternoon as she walked through the practice area she could hear the song and the laughter of the men long before she reached the activity. There was Michael surrounded by this bunch of yahoos while they were singing rhinestone cowboy and not letting him pass. This was the part of the rodeo that she did not like. The egos, the attitude, the heckling. They swore it was all in good fun but she saw it as a bunch of men Who had not grown up and were still the schoolyard bullies.

She heard Michael’s name over the loudspeaker and knew that his practice run was up next. So as quickly as she could she hurried to the group reached between two of the guys while grabbing Michael’s arm and pulling him through. Over her shoulder she tossed the words grow up boys! When they reach the gate she patted Michael on the shoulder and said ride him, row phone and give them hell boy! Show them what a rhinestone cowboy can really do.
And show them he did. The stands and the practice area became very quiet. Michael had been on old red, the biggest and meanest bowl of the rodeo, for a little over eight seconds! This was a huge deal and everybody jumped on the gates in the fence to get a better look at this rhinestone cowboy.
Michael completed in every event that day. And came in first place in all but one.
Bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, calf roping, steer roping, goat tying, and shoot dogging.

This was extremely impressive even to Will. He had always been top dog and now here was this young buck who came in all bright and shiny and stealing the limelight he was none too thrilled about plus he didn’t wanna lose that prize money. He counted on it to carry him through the year.

For a professional cowboy you could make up to 170,000 a year. We all was in that category. He had never seen or heard of this kid Michael so he knew he could not be one of the potential winners. But it sure looked like he was going to be. Today’s Grand prize was worth $10,000 in no way did he plan on losing that to this sparkling showboating pretty boy name Michael.

Michael sat in his truck taking a break from all the dust and heat. He could hear the roar of the crowd and feel the stomping of hooves as the second round of bull riding was underway. As he drifted in and out of sleep visions of the past toyed with his peace. A rope, the pain, the sweat, the heat, pushing his hat back off his face and wiping his brow he realized his past would not let him rest. Jumping out of the truck and walking back towards the corral lost in thought when he heard his name being called.

"Michael! Michael! Don't you keep walking like ya can't hear me boy!"
Damn...he stopped and slowly turned around. There stood the meanest man he had ever known. Butch, his mama's husband. How in the world had he found him?

Stay tuned...

Photo by Jordan Heinrichs on Unsplash
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
My words are: 
rodeo ~ affordable ~ hamburger ~ rhinestones ~ touched

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado             
Wandering Web Designer    
The Bergham Chronicles     
On the Border                 
Bookworm in the Kitchen  
Part-time Working Hockey Mom