|Friday, April 18th, 2014|
I wondered why carrot slices from a can didn't taste like the carrots my mother made. I just assumed that it was the difference between canned and garden fresh. I had heard of buttered carrots, and it finally occurred to me that something should be added to the canned carrots. I added 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 2 tbs of margarine, and a little salt to season the margarine. The carrots taste great!
|Tuesday, February 18th, 2014|
|Monday, February 17th, 2014|
|Early Spring Action
I bought a fresh container of gasoline, fired up the mower, and did a little early lawn trimming. However, I soon hit a little stump hidden in a clump of grass and bent the mower blade. I'll work on that tomorrow.
|Saturday, January 11th, 2014|
|So How Hot Was It Today?
The high today was 75.2 (24 degrees C). The sky was clear blue, the sun was bright, and there was a light breeze. Great for outdoor activities.
|Just How Cold Did It Get?
Here on the upper Texas Gulf Coast my digital outdoor thermometer recorded a low of 29.5 degrees F. However, as I drove around at dawn that morning, my car inlet air temperature indicator showed temperatures of 26 to 29. My home temperature sensor may be protected from extreme conditions. It was cold enough for unprotected delicate plants to freeze. I hope they were killed.
|Monday, January 6th, 2014|
|Weather Report for the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas
A cool front came through last night. The low temperature at our house was about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold enough to freeze the water in the bird bath solid for the second time since Christmas. However, water in a metal pan on the ground had just a thin layer of ice. It was back above freezing by 9:00 a.m. and rose to about 40 in the afternoon. It's supposed to be even colder tomorrow with temperatures below freezing for up to 12 hours.
|Tuesday, December 24th, 2013|
|A Quiet December?
The water in the bird bath froze solid last night. My outdoor thermometer recorded a low of only 34 degrees. It's installed under the roof overhang on the north side of the house, and that would protect it from the cold, clear sky. The structure of the house may retain a little heat and that would keep the sensor warmer. The bird bath is under the open sky and well above the warmer ground, then evaporation from the water could drop the temperature a little. I'd still like to see the true temperature recorded on the thermometer.
Was December a slow month or was it occupied with church issues?
We will attend the church Christmas program tonight and then meet our children and some of our grandchildren at our daughter and son-in-law's house afterward for a Christmas gift exchange.
|Wednesday, November 27th, 2013|
|Some of the Activities of the Day
I started the laundry first thing this morning. When it was finished I took a shopping list to Wal-Mart to get the final ingredients for the dressing (stuffing), sweet potato casserole, and broccoli salad that we're taking as our part of the Thanksgiving dinner at John and Madi's tomorrow.
When I got back I cooked a big pan of cornbread for the dressing.
I went out to see that
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.
No that was the poem; we aren't that near the sea, and it wasn't the middle of the night. However, the sun WAS shinning with all his might, so I headed around the house for a 30-minute walk. There was about an inch of water still covering a low place on my trail, so I decided to shovel dirt from a nearby dirt pile to level the area. Thirty minutes of shoveling and leveling dirt burns more calories than walking anyway.
I warmed a can of chili for lunch.
We got a late call for Ann's apple cider punch, so it was back to Wal-Mart for cider and the other ingredients that make the punch.
I'll be up early to mix and bake the casserole, and by then Ann will have the dressing ready for the oven. It will be second so that it is piping hot when we leave for John and Madi's.
|Monday, September 16th, 2013|
|Saturday, August 31st, 2013|
|The Barracuda is still running well
We made a 30-mile circuit going through Friendswood, Alvin, and Manvel then back to central Pearland via the old Massey Highway then Bailey Rd to pass by the high schools with a loop through Independence Park.
|Monday, August 19th, 2013|
|Just for the Record
Once again I'll post high and low temperatures - it's a habit.
Highest daytime high for the first 18 days of August: 98.4
Lowest nighttime low for the first 18 nights of August: 72.3
|Tuesday, August 6th, 2013|
My favorite new music album is "A Holiday Carole"
by Carole King. Her daughter, Louise Goffin, helped with the production and wrote or arranged some of the songs. My son, Louis, gave me the album for Christmas 2011. It a while to get around to playing it, but it has music that is enjoyable all year long.
One of my favorite songs on the album is "Christmas Paradise." How can you not like a Christmas song that begins:
"Snow cones in the sun, and palm trees swaying;
Down on the beach Feliz Navidad is playing."
It includes this phrase: "Aqui en el Paraiso" which doesn't look like much, but really sounds nice with the song's melody.
The song contrasts the traditional Christmas things they are missing with things that might be part of a celebration in the tropics:
"No crackling fire or chestnuts roasting,
But we got some coconuts and rum for toasting.
Don't need a snowman; we'll build castles in the sand.
My Uncle Irving and Aunt Nila Skipper gave me a record player and some of their old 78 rpm music albums one Christmas long ago. I don't think I ever bought a new 78 rpm record though. Those 78 rpm record albums where like photograph albums except that instead of pages for photos, they had paper envelope pages that held a record. I think some of them may have held six records for a total of 12 songs. One of the albums they gave me was the Bing Crosby album of music from "Holiday Inn" which preceded "White Christmas."
I've seen the evolution of music albums, but have not moved on to mp3 or digital downloads.
After my computer time with coffee, I got up to do my walking exercise and noticed that the laundry basket was full, so I put that in the washer before I went out to walk.
I've been trying to walk at least 30 minutes every day except Sunday. Today I carried my “Good” dumbbells – 15 lbs each – for half of that 30 minutes, alternating rounds.
The laundry still wasn't ready for the dryer when I got back in, so I had an early lunch – leftover beans and cornbread from supper last night. I had warmed up the can of beans and crumbled some Jimmy Dean pre-cooked sausage patties in and added some Jalapeno peppers, but it didn't seem to make much difference in the taste.
Now it's time to put the clothes in the dryer. (Clothes don't do well drying outdoors here near the Gulf Coast; they tend to mildew before they get dry.
|Monday, August 5th, 2013|
|Temperature Reports Are Getting Old
However, since the weather report says it "feels like" 103 here in Pearland, I'll mention that my temperature sensor displays 94.3. The humidity certainly is high though, and it was a little higher than 94 around 3:00.
The highest daytime high the last half of July was 99.0 and the lowest nighttime low was 74.3.
I lost the record for the first half of July when I had to change batteries. However, I believe I saw a recorded high of 100.1.
Most days I notice a high of 96 to 98.
|Saturday, August 3rd, 2013|
|Thursday, August 1st, 2013|
|Grand Canyon Trip
I've put together another page of photographs from our Grand Canyon trip. This are from the train ride from Houston almost to El Paso.
Becky took this nice photo of the "Sunset" display sign at the Houston Amtrak Station.
to view the page.
|Saturday, July 27th, 2013|
|Grand Canyon Trip
were made on the beginning of the Bright Angel Trail down to the first tunnel. That is not very far.