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Topic: Dogs/Cats/Horses .. they make us laugh!!!!
Posted: 03 Jul 2020 15:33


Topic: This or That
Posted: 03 Jul 2020 15:19

Rock Chick

Handwritten journal or Online blog?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 03 Jul 2020 09:53

It's hot here as well. An expected high of 95 today. I do miss my parent's pool.

I'm not a fan of fireworks, I have a severe phobia of unexpected loud noises. Professional fireworks displays I am okay with, but not the sudden loud noise of random neighbors lighting off personal fireworks.

I haven't been outside on the Fourth of July since I was a child. My family loves loud fireworks. I stay inside and cook.

Smoked, barbecue pork shoulder is on the menu. Haven't figured out the sides yet, except for coleslaw.

Going to go and do some gardening. I need to weed and harvest some basil to make pesto.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.


Topic: What’s for dinner?
Posted: 02 Jul 2020 15:08

Caprese Salad with a hot bacon dressing.

Freshly baked bread. I finally found some yeast.

What, please, is involved in making a hot bacon dressing?

It is delicious. The recipe calls for apple cider vinegar but I like to use balsamic

.Hot Bacon Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

4 medium heirloom tomatoes sliced
2 8-ounce balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 cup fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
hot bacon dressing
3 tablespoons bacon fat
1 garlic clove minced
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 slices bacon crumbled

Layer the tomatoes, mozzarella slices and fresh basil on a plate or platter however you would like. Season with the salt and the pepper. Drizzle with the hot bacon dressing serve immediately.
hot bacon dressing
Add the bacon grease, minced garlic, vinegar, sugar and mustard to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the dressing slightly emulsifies. Season with the salt and pepper. Before serving, add in the crumbled bacon. You can keep this over low heat while stirring occasionally until ready to serve. I suggest reheating it in a saucepan like so. This is the combo I’ve come to love over the years, but you can experiment with different vinegars, more bacon fat and other spices too!

Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Posted: 01 Jul 2020 20:02


Topic: What’s for dinner?
Posted: 01 Jul 2020 12:12

Caprese Salad with a hot bacon dressing.

Freshly baked bread. I finally found some yeast.

Topic: Your Mood In Pictures Or Gifs
Posted: 01 Jul 2020 12:03


Me too. I've been quite proficient so far in my procrastination this whole week.


Topic: What movie did you see in the theater or on DVD?
Posted: 01 Jul 2020 11:54

I have Eurovision on my list. While we were on vacation we watched Knives Out. I enjoyed it. It was entertaining and none of us guessed the outcome correctly.

I get notifications from Netflix about shows they think I might like. It suggested something called Warrior Nun (After waking up in a morgue, an orphaned teen discovers she now possesses superpowers as the chosen Halo-Bearer for a secret sect of demon-hunting nuns). Sounds like something I'd watch, lol.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 30 Jun 2020 17:18

In North Carolina restaurants had reopened with limited capacity. Same with stores. We didn't go out to eat but did get take away from restaurants twice that had curbside service. No shopping on this trip except to the grocery store. Everyone was wearing masks and I went early so not many people were in the store. I don't want to tempt fate.

Virginia is entering phase three on Wednesday. No limits on retail stores and restaurants can increase capacity. I am still waiting on my doctor's to have in-person visits. I've had two video appointments but that won't work for dermatology or a mammogram.

Not sure when my parent's retirement community will allow visitors again. That's been very hard on them. My father can not understand what is going on. At least he hasn't called me in the middle of the night to ask why I have abandoned them for a while. Those phone calls were not pleasant.

I'll have a lemonade and some cookies, please.

I hope everyone is having a good week.


Topic: What are you watching on TV
Posted: 30 Jun 2020 15:50

I really liked it. It has a Ripper Street vibe and that one was great. It lost some of it ooph for a bit, but I enjoyed it.

I'm currently in a show limbo.

I liked Ripper Street too. I watched the first two seasons of Whitechapel when it was on Netflix. I just found it again in Amazon Prime and Hulu. I think I'll rewatch it. I can't remember much about it.


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Recommended Read Learning to Fly

Dear Dad, I should have done this so much sooner but I am a procrastinator as you well know. Sharing my thoughts with you now is the very least I can offer. Soon you won't remember my words and perhaps not even my face. Fate is cruel, stealing your memories but leaving your body healthy and intact. From the time I was little I always felt safe with you. We had so much fun and not always...

Added 20 Sep 2017 | Category Memoirs | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 942 | 12 Comments

Recommended Read Snowstorm

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Added 27 Jan 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 886 | 10 Comments

See Saw Soul

my soul to use any word spirals around and I cry backed into a corner it just wants to fly it loves and hates longing for space to live in peace not run in circles and race envying others lives watching them spin happy and content why is my skin so thin a recipe for happiness does it even exist here the entirety of my life searching drowning in fear no more doctors nor pills a formula...

Added 05 Mar 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 743 | 7 Comments

Misery Loves Company

As a parent, you warn your kids about the dangers of the world.  Hopefully, they grow up safe and sound, after heeding your good advice. I had managed to do just that, I raised three boys to their mid-twenties and they are good men.  I proudly passed on my sense of humor and sarcastic outlook on life to them. I was not aware that I had passed on one other thing.  The idea that if you are...

Added 04 Nov 2017 | Category Memoirs | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 863 | 10 Comments

We Always Go On

You used to worship and love all parts of me, do you still? Easy to do when things were tight firm and new Staring in my mirror, I see So many scars, flaws, surely you do too? Approaching from behind a kiss placed at the base of my neck Shh, stop, now's not the time I feel your lips travel and taste their way down to a scar on my arm Lingering, I try to pull away from you Hands turn me...

Added 25 Apr 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 681 | 7 Comments

Heart Flutters

A heart flutters Sit, wait, watch wonder Window sill a bird mutters Eyes please open, see Fingers touch, pulse strong Light return to me Hours, days, each pass Smells assault from this place This surely not the last Beep, a small change Sounds, a voice says my name Feet running, feelings range Relief, guilt all mixed up Back to me, the bird leaves Confusion, I offer you a cup ...

Added 10 Mar 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 768 | 8 Comments


It often starts with a small sound Maybe a little putt, putt or a sigh Some nights a freight train comes round I'm tired and need sleep, but no, I cry I do have choices, move to another room A pillow over my head, maybe earplugs too It's worse now that everything is in bloom Allergies, apnea, find out, but no not you I wander through most days, eyes bleary Love only goes so far, until...

Added 15 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 763 | 7 Comments

We Remember

When I am ashes upon the shelf Will you remember me When you feel your skin tingle Will you remember me When you sense a breath in your ear Will you remember me When you see my toothbrush by the sink Will you remember me When you see my pictures Will you remember me I saw your name written in a book And I remembered I inhaled the scent from your clothes And I remembered ...

Added 28 Nov 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 702 | 7 Comments

Gillian and the Three Mole Stories

Mole Story One I can't recall when I first realized I had a mole under my arm. It was located in the center of my armpit. Early grade school is my best guess. For the most part, I was blissfully unaware of its presence. Doctors had assured my Mother that it was harmless and there was no need to remove it. It was in third grade that my awareness of it became more pronounced. In those...

Added 06 Jul 2017 | Category Memoirs | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 660 | 7 Comments

The Death of G-Man, Say it Isn't So

I wasn't raging my attire was making me cranky. The Glad lady shows poor manners and tries to undo my dress or so I thought. What is she doing? Through the haze that lingers in the air, I see my beloved fall to the floor. This can't be the end! "Sergeant do something! Zip up, do your job, call for help and arrest her." I continue to sob and not rage. But miracles do happen. I see my...

Added 03 Feb 2018 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 518 | 5 Comments

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