Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tennessee Dogs

Since moving to Tennessee, I've observed many things or events that are foreign to me... and I feel it is my dubious pleasure to share them with you and inform you on unimportant satistics and such.

Here it goes.

Tennessee Dogs are different in the respect that most of them have a furosious side. And in the State of Tennessee you can mace a dog if you're walking by and he comes out to eat you.

Tennessee also allows tazoring too, but that's a blog for another time.

Tennessee dogs also like to visit with their friends, which is ironically what their masters like to do to. You don't believe me... try asking for directions and see how long it takes before you can get away. And the directions will be like this... Well go down to the corner where the tree fell down in 82' and then make a right at the house with the green car and if the sun is out you'll notice a large 2 story on your left...... and it goes on and on.

I have a blind neighbor dog named Scooby and he gets around better than the dogs that can see. I meant to get a picture for this blog.. but couldn't make it over to his house before writing this. The first time I saw him, he freaked me out because his eyes look like they are bulging out of his head. But he is the sweetest, lovingest dog I know. I also am amazed because Scooby and Dutch are friends. And if any of you don't know our Dutch, he doesn't make and keep friends easily.

Tennessee Dogs feel it is their God-given right to chase your car when passing their house... and many are quite proficient. They have a begin point and a stopping point and the trail to prove it.

Tennessee Dogs feel it is their right to initiate the new dog into the neighborhood. Snoop will confess to this... and after living in Alaska and never seeing or knowing what a dog fight was... he has changed his attitude towards life in general.

And lastly, Tennessee Dogs have a reputation and the dog bite stories to prove it. For example, I've had repairmen sit in my driveway and call me on the phone to come get my dogs who are sitting outside of their driver's side window. 

Yours Truly,
Java Girl

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cherries, Cherries and more Cherries

Since my mom is still recovering from her surgery I thought I, her eldest daughter, would write a blog in her stead and since we’ve had cherry season and all we did every day was think about cherries, I figured I would write about this.
Back on May 25th is when our cherry season started, so early on the 27th my sister and I drove to an orchard nearby to pick sweet cherries. In just under an hour we had picked 20 pounds and wondered what we would do with it all. Little did we know it would take less then a week to eat them up even after giving some to our pastor and friends. The latter have a sour cherry tree, so on the 28th I went cherry picking again. It took about an hour to pick the tree and then one of my friends and I each made a cherry pie. My first and boy, was it delicous! I just loved the whole process of picking, pitting and baking the cherries.

Here I am picking
Here’s my friend and I with the cherries we picked
The pie in the process of making..
The completion
Oh, and we also made cherry almond jelly. Mmmm... so good! To make this just follow your jelly recipe and then add some almond extract.
Here’s my sister stirring the pot.... as usual.
Then on the following Monday I went cherry picking for the last time with the same friends as on Saturday. I was able to bring home enough to make another pie. Though it wasn’t as good as the first. The trick is to cook it in the convection oven at a lower heat. This way it turns out like a pie is supposed to. Otherwise it’s more like a cobbler if you do it on just the regular oven setting.
Cherry season only lasts about a week here, so it has come to an end. I found out you can freeze cherries and if you sprinkle sugar over them it keeps them fresher longer. Wish I had picked a lot more cherries, because now they are quite pricey in the store.
I look forward to next cherry season!
Java Daughter #1

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Trouble With Lowes

My sweet Daughter #2 has a problem.... with Lowe's. Almost everytime she enters the store something happens.

For example... she was picking up grill parts for me one day and met this sales associate named Nancy. Nancy was very rude and obnoxious. So on her way to check out Daughter #2 called me and told me how she treated her. I advised her to tell the manager. She did and that was the end of that.

Then two months later... Daughter #2 was at Lowe's with her Uncle Andy and she saw Nancy.... Nancy gave her the stink eye. And of course she freaked out my sweet girl!

Nancy started me thinking, that maybe Lowe's is desperate and hires crazy menopausal woman to keep the store in order. 

Then several months later as Daughter #2 and I were checking out of Lowe's, we exited out the doors to find Nancy stopping us and questioning Daughter #2 on why to told the manager about what bad service she received from her. I (Mom) astonished by what was happening... finally told Nancy that she needed to question whether treating my daughter that way was very professional. She just stared at us as we went to our car and I decided that maybe Nancy needed to be reported again. Daughter #2 did and as she approached the counter, crazy Nancy appears and says to Daughter #2, "I know what your doing." Not to say the least, the woman simply freaked us both out. I then called the manager and told her what Nancy did. And that was the end of that.

Not to add insult to injury.... but today we were at Lowe's, Daughter #2 went in to purchase Round Up and she exited as I waited in the car. She unloaded the purchase and returned her cart to the racks. Then we noticed a police car following us as we drove to finish our errands. Sure enough.... he stops us!! And comes up to Daughter #2 window and asks to see our receipt for the Round Up..... I thought You've got to be kidding me!!! After the policeman apologized for stopping us.... I and Daughter #2 started to brainstorm why they would think she was stealing Round Up of all things.

As I sit here.... maybe the reason is that we get a military discount and I know I've used it way too much the last year... lawn tractor, refrigerator, dishwasher.....Round Up etc. Maybe this is a way to stop us from shopping there. Or maybe Nancy has a diabolical plan to destroy my youngest daughter. Maybe that Taser Gun we gave her will get some use. But I honesty don't think that I will get that sweet daughter of mine to ever step into Lowe's again.

So for all of you out there.... who want a peaceful, lovely, positive day.... we do too. But we've come to the conclusion that it won't be at Lowe's.

May I see your receipt?
Java Girl