Thursday, May 28, 2015

My money would be on Bubba

The man is painting the deck now. From what I can see it will look much as it did before he started – but we will be much poorer.

He moves with the speed of a drunken snail dragging an elephant through a shag-pile carpet covered with molasses.

The lights which Joe put under our big tree work a treat - and I should imagine can seen from space. They go on at dusk and off at dawn. I would not be surprised if we get a ‘cease and desist’ order from NASA.

I am knitting small eye masks for the squirrels so that they can get some sleep at night.

I have ordered my Traeger and have received advice from Lenny about which pellets to use. There are just so many that it is very exciting thinking about the possibilities. I am studying my Myron Mixon book for ideas. He is a world class barbecuist.

Of course they have barbecuing contests here. They have every kind of contest here. On the weekend for the Indy 500 they had a bacon eating contest – which I must admit sounds pretty good.

There are also tractor pulling and hawg rasslin. It would not surprise me if there was a contest to see how far you can drive a squirrel with a Big Bertha. My money would be on Bubba Watson.

Tomorrow we have guests coming for dinner. These are the Australians who live a few blocks away and to whom we are somehow related. This is even too weird for me to come to grips with.

Anyhow I am making Hungarian Goulash soup using paprika I bought in Hungary. I am also making Patates Batasi which is a favorite Turkish dish. These are my go to dishes which are almost impossible to mess up. I said almost.


  1. Cooper has lots of nicknames, and 'Bubba', 'Bubba Bear', 'Snorty Horse' (for when he sneezes) are three frequent ones. I caLL him Bubba more often than anything, including Cooper. It took me a second or two to figure out the Big Bertha, because I first thought 'German artillery'.

  2. Mmmm....Patates Batasi sounds a bit of alright. I did a google search and it came up with all the times you've made this dish and that was about it. I think you might have made it up!
    Any chance you would share your recipe?

    1. *rofl* Love your G-search results! Only Badger ... ;-)

  3. I read recently that illuminating gardens all night is bad for birds, for many reasons. Here are a few sources:
    - Artificial Night Lighting Affects Dawn Song, Extra-Pair Siring Success, and Lay Date in Songbirds
    - The Fatal Light Awareness Program

  4. far could the German Big Bertha fire a squirrel.

    Freefalling: It is out of a cookbook - send me an email and I will forward it to you.

    Merisi: I will pass the info on to Cate who will get me one of those looks.

    1. Hmm, I am thinking Big Bertha might have put a squirrel into low earth orbit.

  5. Yep, followed along with Merisi and looked up the Patates B stuff and it all came back to you. Okay, lets have the recipe.

  6. fmc: Ok I will publish soon.