Sunday, February 15, 2009

Getting Ready Again

Beach umbrellaWhen Wendell saw just the kind of beach umbrella we wanted at Wal-Mart, he didn't hesitate to purchase it. We've envied people with these sturdy ones that are almost as good as the ones you rent with the places to sit under them for the price we have purchased one beach umbrella for. We already have our beach chairs and our little 50-cent pink table we purchased at a yard sale, so we'll be ready when the weather is perfect for our first day to lounge on the beach.

I'm sort of leaning toward the beach at Bahama Bob's instead of some of the public beaches we tried last year. It's really hard to decide because they all have their good points.

I still recommend this website, with its soothing surfside sounds to put you in the mood for going to the beach: Riobrands

Friday, February 13, 2009

Devil in Disguise

Good Housekeeping covers Smokeless Tobacco ProductsAs I began skimming through my latest issue of Good Housekeeping, a one-column piece on page 83 of the March 2009 issue caught my eye. It was about three new products developed by R. J. Reynolds as alternatives to smoking.

From Good Housekeeping

R. J. Reynolds promotes itself as principled, creative, dynamic and passionate. Frankly, I don't get it.

Camel Orbs aren't the only dissolvable tobacco product in this new line, each of which includes a warning that THIS PRODUCT MAY CAUSE MOUTH CANCER. There's also Camel Sticks and Strips. Even though all these products are hazardous to health, they should help Big Tobacco continue to earn $$$. Creative indeed!

New RJR products

My main concern does not have to do with adults who have been smokers for years. I am a former, now reformed, smoker myself. But can't you just picture how easy it will be for kids to use these products in secret instead of smoking or having to spit like chewing tobacco requires.

Various organizations are concerned, like I am, about kids never taking up the addictive tobacco habit in any form.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Baby

Saturday, February 07, 2009


White Chocolate Truffles

Last year I gave some very strong hints about wanting some chocolate for Valentine's. I didn't have to hint at all this year, and I already have my chocolate, as in White Chocolate Truffles.

Lindt & Sprungli master Swiss chocolatier has been in business since 1845! It's hard for me to imagine what it was like for someone making chocolate candy way back then.

Their website states: "Our Master Chocolatiers have offered passion and meticulous craftsmanship to create the finest chocolate. Our dedication and appreciation of chocolate was enhanced when the Swiss Master Chocolatier Rodolphe Lindt invented the first melting chocolate in 1879 with the creation of the conche.

They describe their truffles thusly:

"Inspired by our secret recipe, our Master Chocolatiers have created a chocolate masterpiece: Lindor Truffles. This delicious Lindt Chocolate Shell enrobes an irresistibly smooth filling. Once you break its shell, the filling will start to melt, and so will you."

Their truffle bags are available in milk, dark, white and assorted. The bag began with 12 truffles and now contains 11. Don't you admire my discipline?

The company who made the truffles appeared to be very involved in the history of chocolate, which began with a drink and progressed into candy. The history of this company is very long and complicated, and you can read about it at Lindt & Sprungli master Swiss chocolatier.

I can't say I "dream in chocolate" as they suggest, but if you like chocolate as much as I do, I'll bet your mouth is watering right now.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Ed's Seafood ShedEd's Seafood Shed is located on Battleship Parkway in Spanish Fort, Alabama, on Mobile Bay.

We arrived before our friend, and our server brought our drinks and a bowl of cole slaw. Their slaw is a coarsely shredded one with a light dressing. We ate as much as we were able of their fine food, which included a fried fish fillet with a side of garlic cheese grits and turnip greens, fried oysters, shrimp sandwich and a cup of Creole style gumbo, which they describe as starting with the roux and including shrimp, crabmeat, okra and tomatoes with a little kick.

So we have another one of the good Gulf Coast restaurants under our belts — so many good restaurants — so little time. :)

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Motorcycle Historian

Ed Youngblood's Moto HistoryIf research of my own blog is correct, this is my fifth post regarding my brother-in-law Jerry Hatfield. For easy reference, the other four are:
October 26 of 2007 · Flat Out! The Rollie Free Story
December 12 of 2007 · Recommended Reading
March 25 of 2008 · Proud As Punch
April 6 of 2008 · More Punch

If I haven’t mentioned it before, Jerry is the brother I never had because my only sibling is a sister. I think he and I may have a mutual admiration society going, which wouldn't be unusual, since we have known each other for so many years. I love the way he comes up with funny things to say, and I just about fall out in the floor laughing at some of his quips. Suffice it to say, I've always enjoyed being around him. I believe I've even heard him joke that if he hadn’t married his high school sweetheart Ella Jane, he might have married her sister.

When I read Ed Youngblood’s recent MotoHistory article (link below), I was certain it was the most comprehensive story I've ever seen about Jerry’s love affair with motorcycles. Larue Barnes’ article in the Cleburne Times-Review magazine is running neck-and-neck with it and may be my favorite just because it has so many large color photographs, smaller versions of which you will see in Ed Youngblood’s article.

Read Ed Youngblood’s recent MotoHistory article:
Jerry Hatfield: Motorcycle historian