Thursday, January 09, 2014

One day of fame

We should  consider ourselves fortunate if we have one day of fame in our lives.  Of course, that depends on what is considered fame.  Doing a good deed or giving someone a compliment might produce that day of fame for someone. 

I received an email this morning from Tom, retired postmaster at the Berryton Post Office.   He sent a link to a segment appearing on the national afternoon Shepard Smith Fox News show.  It was about the extreme cold weather.  One of the pictures was of a man breaking the ice for cattle.  The man in the picture was Tom’s daughter-in-law’s dad, Randy Cree, who lives between Topeka and Lawrence at Big Springs.  Big one day there.

My one day of fame was when my picture appeared on the front page of the Topeka Capital Journal on December 17, 1992.  Well, it was me in the picture, but most probably would not have known without reading the description underneath.  The  picture was picked up by the AP and appeared in newspapers all over the country.  It even appeared in the Armed Forces newspaper in Europe.  img212img213

Dan also had his one day of fame.  This was back when there were feral hogs in the Wakarusa Valley.  I had lots of posts about them, but here is one that tells of the big roundup.

It was during that time that there was a full page story in the Lawrence Journal World with Dan’s picture and his quotes. Here is his picture—one that shows my messy refrigerator and counter.  This story got picked up by the Kansas City Star.


So, there you are—one day of fame for both of us.  I am sure no one remembers either of these pictures or that it was us in the pictures. 

So, I’m back to that good deed or compliment—someone might remember who said kind words to them the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Thinking about Campfire cooking--

a sure sign of cabin fever.

One campfire meal we look forward to especially when we camp with our neighbors is “Milk Can Stew.”  Christi actually has a real milk can.  It works great. 

Since old fashioned milk cans are hard to find especially one in good enough shape to cook in, Dan ordered this alternative as one of my Christmas gifts.


Obviously, this is smaller than a regular milk can, but it makes enough for four people.  I’ve used it twice—I’m still learning. 

It is different on a stove than campfire so the first time I put everything in at once like Christi does,  it was too done, mushy.  The second time, I started with potatoes, carrots, a tablespoon of shrimp boil seasoning, brats and a can of beer. After about 15 minutes, maybe less,  I added all kinds of vegetables and another can of beer. After an additional 5-10 minutes, we stirred in a bag of precooked shrimp, just letting the hot soup thaw them . 

It all could be made in a soup pot, but the clamp on lid makes almost a pressure cooker situation.  There is a hole in the top, but it is tiny so the steam builds up—it cooks fast.  Like I said, I am anxious to try it on a campfire. 

Or, maybe on the stove in the basement.  We could crack open cold ones,  open the stove doors and watch the fire.  Not so bad, really. 

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Staying Warm

Dan decided it would take a lot of wood to keep us warm tonight…

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Two books for toasty reading by the fire

Of course, I don’t often “read” a book, I listen.  As I’ve said before, I get so much done around the house when I have a good book going in my little mp3 player.

I highly recommend the two I  listened to during the Holidays.

First, Sycamore Row by John Grisham.  I have not read all of his books, but Pelican Brief and The Firm are well known legal narratives.  If you read the reviewers on Amazon, Sycamore Row could be called a sequel to A Time to Kill.  Both are set in Clanton, Mississippi where Seth Hubbard is dying of lung cancer and takes his own life.  Jake Brigance, the young lawyer in the book A Time to Kill, is appointed by Seth to represent his expansive and lucrative will.  A will that bypasses his children for his black house keeper.  It is a well written story set around a trial that contests the will. 

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks is a love story.  However, I think men would enjoy meeting elderly Ira Levinson and his wife Ruth.  Their story parallels and eventually touches the lives of  Sophia Danko and Luke, a champion bull rider.  I like Nicholas Sparks novels because of their creative yet clean storyline. Read by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy, The Longest Ride is perfect for toasty reading.

For some reason, I have managed to check out four or five books from the library.  Good reading ahead for me.  I’ll keep you updated.