Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Whatever Wednesday

Can you believe it?  Two posts in one week!  I haven't been this "on top of things" for months.

I really don't have a lot to talk about, but I thought I'd stop in and just ramble.  I'm good at that.

Speaking of Rambling...  My father has written a book (some time ago).  It's a compilation of poetry and I think it's great!

It's titled Ramblings From The Barn

Most of the poems center around our customers at our little bar called The Barn.  His first poem was written for a lady who wanted him to make her a sign to hang on the wall with his other signs of our regulars and their monikers.  He chose to write her a poem instead of carving her a sign.

A Visitor To The Barn

This Irish lass walked into my place,
Sat down at the bar with a smile on her face
And asked if I would please take the trouble
To mix her a drink and, “Make it a double!”

“Well of course,” say I, “for that’s what I do,
Especially for girls as Irish as you.”
For her eyes were sweet blue and her hair it was red
And t’was the sound of the Irish in all that she said.

A more innocent girl you’d never meet
For was clear she was gentle, kindly and sweet,
And as she knocked down the drink and started to pay...
Six of my patrons got in the way!

Three of them were married and two were quite old,
One was quite young, but exceptionally bold.
“Don’t take her money,” I heard them each say
It seemed that all six of them wanted to pay.

Gently she smiled and raised up her hand
And, when it got quiet, she told them how grand
That they were to treat her this way,
But it seemed quite unfair if only one were to pay.

She couldn’t show favorites, that wouldn’t be nice,
So each bought her a double poured over some ice.
“And now you must join me,” she said with a grin,
“For the serious drinkin’s about to begin!”

She raised up her glass and gave them a toast
And I must confess that it was probably the most
Ribald and funny that I’d ever heard.
I wish I could remember all of the words.

The boys at the bar laughed ‘til they cried
And one of the old ones...Hell, he almost died!
The rest of my patrons all looked at each other
And loudly demanded she give them another.

 She threw back a double (to quench her thirst)
And delivered another (as good as the first)
When the laughter subsided and they’d dried up their tears,
Commenced the biggest damn party I’d seen in six years...!

There was laughter and music and plenty of noise
And whoopin’ and holler’en from the three married boys.
The two old ones were chasing some pretty gal
And the young one was trying to be everyone’s pal.

I was busy a runnin’ and serving away
When remember did I — t’was Saint Patty’s Day!
I laughed to myself for, as you can recall,
It was a sweet Irish lass that started it all.

I turned to the spot where she had been sittin’
To ask of her name before I was forgettin’.
Her bar stool was empty, the Irish girl gone,
But she’d left a napkin that she’d written on.

“I know you’re a wonderin’ just who I might be...
I’m a sweet Irish girl by the name of Katie.
I was here for a purpose and I know I was bold
To totally ignore the Traditions of Old”

“So we honor Old Erin and Saint Patty’s Day
And forgive my not takin’ the traditional pay.
Some milk and some cookies might have been nice,
But I’d rather a Double, poured over some ice...”

If you like this poem you can find more in his book.  It's only 99¢ for your Kindle!

Monday, August 22, 2011

What's up with that?

I know... I've been neglecting my blog lately.  I have tons of excuses but I won't bore you with them.  They are only excuses and I'm sure they are exactly the same as all the rest.

It's past time for me to post some sort of personal update.

The garden didn't get weeded nearly enough so the pictures didn't get taken as I'd hoped.  However, I've got some good sunflower pictures and my grapes... Ah, my grapes.  I'm so proud.  They have produced very well this year and they are actually edible right off the vine.  They are a bit tart, but still sweet enough I won't HAVE to juice them if I don't want to.

So pretty and yellow.  This picture was taken during the "magic hour" when the sun is just about to set and the lighting is really neat. 

It was also taken a while ago so the petals have already all dropped off and the seeds are forming.  It'll be time to pick them real soon.

These are my grapes.  I will probably pick them this evening.  The grapes are a lot more purple now.

Now for the wild life on the place!

The girls found this one morning and it has since emerged.  We missed all the excitement, but I think it's a monarch.

I think I posted a picture of another garden spider last year.  This one has a lot more black on her and it just makes her look that much more evil. 

Eeewwww... spiders. 

However, we leave these little gems alone.  They make the most beautiful webs and keep the bug numbers down.  Besides, she's outside.

So, there you have it.  My yard over the past couple of months.  How exciting. 

On a different note... I received a comment on my Suggest My Next Title page from KITCHENLIZZARD.  I went to her blog to check it out and she has the neatest recipe up for cucumber-mint-lemon cheesecake.  I think I'm going to give it a try and if you want to check it out you can find it here:  KITCHENLIZZARD Cucumber-Mint-Lemon Cheesecake

Friday, August 19, 2011

Featured Book - Into The Light

Into The Light
Darcia Helle 

Into The Light

Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can't manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and his life only gets stranger from there.

Max and Joe team up to find Max's killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other's lives in ways they never expected.

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