Saturday, January 31, 2009

Why I spend so much time on the computer

Case in point:
When I turned on my computer this morning, I notice an AP news headline that interested me: Birds cause emergency landings, aborted takeoffs

After reading that, I recalled an NFL-coach-turned-sports-commentator who has a fear of flying and doesn't fly to reach his weekly broadcast destination — in other words, I recalled everything but his name. A successful search quickly revealed the answer, after which I discovered this YouTube video:

Mind you, at this point I haven't read a single email. But I finally do decide to check that – and discover 17 new messages since 10:00 AM yesterday.

One of those emails was about the airplane that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River recently. I had already seen a slideshow on this and started looking for it on my computer to make sure the sender had seen it also.

Would you believe that two of the email Subject lines indicated the sender wanted me to return the email to them? Don't you wonder who starts all those kinds of emails? This might be a good time to remind readers that The Forward Stops Here.

Another email I opened shared an article about my motorcycle historian brother-in-law. (I love legit emails, particularly those that inspire me to blog about them.)

So after logging in to blogger, I visited recent posts of other blogs I've begun following.

You can stand by for that tomorrow. Meanwhile, how about you telling me why you spend so much time on the computer :-)

Since it's confession time, probably the main reason I spend so much time on the computer is, plain and simple, I'm an internet addict.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Why do people like to go to the beach? That's my question to you. I'd love to have your answers by a comment on my blog. I think the answers would be very interesting and revealing.

Favourite beach pictures

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Great Minds Think Alike

This photo was taken Dec. 6, 2008, the day of Mother's funeral in Cleburne. Don't you think it was quite a coincidence that Charlotte and I had on such similar outfits? Pretty unbelievable, huh?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pork Tenderloin for Breakfast

Here is a recipe for what we had for breakfast.


1 Pork Tenderloin
4 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Sweet Basil, Paprika, MSG to taste
2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
8 Ounces Water
1/2 Teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet

Trim all fat and membrane from the Tenderloin. Cut the Tenderloin into one-half inch rounds. Using a wide bladed knife, meat cleaver or drinking glass press the Pork pieces to where they are about a quarter of an inch think.

In a small, shallow bowl mix together the Flour and Spices. Heat Oil in a heavy skillet to medium hot. Dredge the Pork Tenderloin pieces in the Flour/Spice mixture. Shake off any excess. Fry Pork for about 3 minutes on each side. They should be golden brown. Remove Pork from the skillet and place on a warm plate. Keep about 2 Tablespoons of Oil in the hot skillet (some addition may have to be added). Add what flour is remaining to the skillet and make a roux. When the roux is brown in color add the water making a gravy. Add about 6 ounces of water at first and if the gravy is too thick use the other 2 ounces to thin it. Use a wire whisk to make the gravy smooth and be sure that all scrapings from the frying are used. Add the Kitchen Bouquet and whisk to mix. Reduce heat to low. Add the Pork back to the gravy, cover and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. Serve over hot biscuits.
  • I would use about 1/4 teaspoon or a little less of each spice to start until more or less meets your taste.
  • Kitchen Bouquet is a browning and seasoning sauce for meat, gravy and stews and is a trademark of the HV Food Products Co. of Oakland, CA

First 2009 Goldilocks Report

20 degrees - brrrr

You can always expect I'll mention it when the temps dip below freezing.

Both of us are having a hard time believing it's that cold here on the Gulf Coast. Our only outside thermometers are on the screened porch, and they registered 30ยบ this morning.

Okay so it's not always warm here, but it sure beats the heck outta lots of other places in January.

To help you stay warm wherever you are, here's a hug – because today is National Hugging Day.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I See The Morning Breaking

Sunday morning sunrise
I believe the Wells UMC Choir did this special music a couple of times in the last two years. I had not heard it before. It’s a traditional folk melody arranged by Douglas E. Wagner. Listen to the words…

I see the morning breaking through the valleys and the hills.
I see the morning breaking as I go, as I go.
I see the morning breaking through the valleys and the hills.
When I walk each day with Jesus by my side, by my side.

I feel the fresh wind blowing through the valleys and the hills.
I feel the fresh wind blowing as I go, as I go.
I feel the fresh wind blowing through the valleys and the hills.
When I walk each day with Jesus by my side, by my side.

I hear the sweetest music through the valleys and the hills.
I hear the sweetest music as I go, as I go.
I hear the sweetest music through the valleys and the hills,
When I walk each day with Jesus by my side, by my side.

When I walk each day with Jesus by my side.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Amaryllis revisited

After two months of Smitty's TLC, our first amaryllis is in full bloom with three blossoms:

First amaryllis, thanks to God's grace and Wendell's green thumb

Here's when we brought the bulbs home from the store two months ago:


Thursday, January 01, 2009

Stand By Me

This might just be a good way to start a new year.

This 5-minute video is from the documentary, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music. It is the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.

Bill Moyers interviewed Mark Johnson of the Playing For Change Movement. You can check out this interview by clicking on Bill Moyers' Interview with Mark Johnson. Perhaps his best quote:

" ... my ultimate thing would be that people understand that in a world with all this division, it's important for us to focus on our connections."

The goals of this movement are to help build schools, connect students, and inspire communities in need through music. Music is an international language. I think Mark Johnson is on to something big.

Another interpretation of "Stand By Me" could be for all of us to be there for the people who need us in 2009.

Postscript: I noted that Mark Johnson's and Jonathan Walls' first film, Playing for Change: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music, released in 2005, is currently available through Netflix. It's sitting in my No. 1 position in my Netflix queue, but it says there's a long wait.