- Let’s raise a fair-trade toast to National Coffee Day! (coolmompicks.com)
- Wake up and smell the coffee (newstalk.ie)
- I can’t quit you – ♥ Coffee (pulpsushi.typepad.com)
What could be better than a plate full of hot Pillsbury GRANDS® biscuits in the morning? Ten years ago, my answer would have been “Nothing.”
My-oh-my, the difference a few years can make! When I talk about grands nowadays, Pillsbury isn’t in the picture — except I do have an 18-month-old great-grand that giggles like Pillsbury’s Dough Boy when I poke her in the belly.
What can be better than a plateful of hot GRANDS biscuits? That’s real easy: an armful of great-granddaughters…
This photo was taken about six months or so ago, but it seems like yesterday to me. Their ages now are 19 months, four years and eight years. We figured out a few months ago that being in separate homes, spread out over more than 300 miles, made no sense at all. So we decided to try the extended family style of living that was a mainstay of this great country for about 300 years. We have a wonderful household consisting of four – that’s FOUR – generations. There’s me, my daughter and her husband, my granddaughter and her husband, and the three little ones. The grand great-grands are the fourth generation. Perfect!
We now live in a big 3-level house with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, plus Grandpa has his own stateroom alongside the house, connected but separate, with full bath. We have a big yard for the girls to run in, a large screened porch for when the skeeters get too hungry, a huge patio, and the really cool part – our backyard sits on a bayou that connects to Pensacola Bay (about 2 miles away as the dolphin swims).
I’m lovin’ my life, and I’d like to share it with you. If you like the way this blog is headed, just click on the “Follow My Blog” – and be sure to comment so I’ll know I’m headed in the right direction. I have a lot of years, a whole lot of the North America continent and a few islands here and there to look at again. I’d be pleased to take all of you with me as I blog. Y’all come along now, y’hear?
Tuesday I started rambling on about how there’s hard times a’comin’ because of how hot and dry it has been so far this year, and the way it will affect food prices for the next year or so. My family has a habit of thinking in longer terms than just next year. Some of us, anyway. My mom almost made it to the age of 100; missed it by five months. If I make it another 20 years, I’ll be a centenarian myself. Then I’ll have to get me one of those swords and a horse and chariot, I guess. But if I come even close to that, I’ll see things that I won’t like, and my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — and there are a whole bunch of them already — will certainly have their lifestyles changed greatly as they approach my age. Hopefully, there will be sustenance on this old “third rock from the sun” for them for another 60 or so years.
Here’s a short paragraph from one of those liberal rags that just exaggerate things, according to Rush Limbaugh and FOX News. but this time the Huffington Post is just quoting facts:
“The continental U.S. has just experienced the hottest 12 month period in recorded history. The West is on fire. The Maldives are going underwater and California can expect a sea level rise of six inches in less than 20 years. Scientists warn that climate change will bring an increase in heat waves, droughts, floods and worsening storms.”
Not a rosy forecast for our future, let alone our descendents’. You might want to sort of ease your kids, and theirs, into the idea of what they might expect. Scientists have been telling us for over 40 years, and we’ve done little to try to stop — or even slow down — atmospheric changes, so no reason to think the nations of the world will do anything now.
I promised — well, sorta promised — my co-editor last week that I would stay away from politics, and I intend to stick to that promise. Once in a while I might put a phrase or sentence in a post that refers to politics, but no specifics or names. (I hope Bill lets this caveat get past him.)
What I was thinking about, while sitting her on the porch under a ceiling fan, is how unusually hot it is here in the Deep South this year. Then I recalled either reading or seeing on the TV that folks living in the Midwest are taking vacations in Arizona to get away from the heat! I lived in the Southeast Arizona high desert for a couple summers, so I wish ‘em luck on that one. So far Tucson has had its hottest Spring and early Summer in eight years, and it’s only reached 107 degrees. Some spots in the Midwest hit temperatures above 110 degrees several times in May and June, with far higher humidity (and thus heat index) than they have in the Southwest, even in the current monsoon season.
Now I that with most of the folks living in air-conditioned homes and working in air-conditioned places it has been bearable — if you ignore the electric bills — but think about the farmers and ranchers having to work outside in that heat. And that’s not the half of it, either. Corn, wheat, soybean and hay fields are drying up. There is plenty of food on grocery shelves and prices haven’t gone up a whole lot so far, but what happens later? Farmers are plowing under fields of corn and soybeans that have shriveled in the hot sun without water. Ranchers are selling off their cows and calves because the ponds are drying up or are already dry. There is no corn for silage, and not enough grass for hay.
Feed lots have enough feed for the cattle right now, but when the new fall supplies don’t arrive, they’ll be selling beef and hogs real cheap. Expect meat prices to begin to fall in November and December when the feedlots and the ranchers and hog and chicken growers are getting rid of animals they won’t be able to feed, and there won’t be enough freezer space to store all of it. The butcher houses will be pumping out a whole lot more to the distributors than usual. Prices will have to fall and stores will lower prices in order to sell more.
But stock up on meat and eat well this coming holiday season. Fatten up, because what will happened to the supply and prices of meat and staple foods that rely on corn, wheat and soybeans will certainly make a tight spot in your food budget for next year!
I’ve only been bayou dock sittin’ for about three months. Before that, I did river dock sittin’ at Florida’s Fanning Springs State Park, on the banks of the Suwannee River.
The Suwannee River is one of the most active waterways in northern Florida, both for recreational boaters and spawning sturgeon. This is fun for the sturgeon, no doubt, but it can be extremely dangerous for boaters. During the winter, sturgeon choose to stay in the warmer Gulf of Mexico water, but starting in April they spend about eight months in the river. Part of the sturgeon mating ritual seems to be jumping out of the water to a height of six or more feet, with a resulting loud splash on landing. This display, apparently a means of locating a mate by making as big a splash as possible, is interesting to watch during the summer months. The estimated average weight of leaping sturgeons is about 40 pounds, but some as large as 8 feet long weighing 200 pounds have been seen.
Some folks think that the vibrations of a boat’s engine causes the fish to jump more in the vicinity of a speeding boat. A 35 or 40 pound sturgeon landing in a boat being operated at speeds of 25 mph or more can be dangerous. In 2006, signs were posted at all boat ramps on the river, warning boaters to operate their vessels at slow speeds. There have been several deaths and a good many serious injuries over the years from collisions with the big fish, which have hard, bony plates instead of scales. A year or so ago the rider of a jet ski was taken down by a jumping sturgeon, and last summer a lady was seriously injured when a sturgeon landed in her lap.
At that, Gulf sturgeon are pretty small, as their tribe goes. I just ran across this article in the Canadian issue of the HuffPost GREEN online publication. It was taken from the Canadian Press and tells of a huge sturgeon caught in Canada’s Fraser River last Monday. You can read about it and see a photo at the following link.