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Everything posted by Chris

  1. LOL!! I’ll always accept and drink a beer offered in friendship, even if it’s swill. But this is one beer I’d turn my nose at.
  2. How To Make Homemade Ice Cream

    Well good, because looking t the price of a new one, we’re not buying a new one anytime soon. They’re like $300!! Speaking if ice cream, Injust tried some raspberry balsamic vinegar over French vanilla ice cream. Damn good!!
  3. PBS's POV: "Farmsteaders"

    I finally got around to watching this PBS documentary and it was well worth it. Available for free on the PBS app:
  4. How To Make Homemade Ice Cream

    I seem to remember the family making homemade ice cream at my grandmother’s house just down the road when I was a kid. Using ice from the creek I think? Theyre not cheap, but I’m kinda tempted to buy an ice cream maker just for something to do. Strawberry-rhubarb comes to mind.
  5. I’d drink direct from the Chemung River first.
  6. Says the billionaire who doesn’t have to lift a finger.
  7. Bookworms

    I've been really burning through some books lately, and just loaded about 20 more on the e-reader.
  8. Lehman's Tour

    One of these days I'm gonna make the trip out there. With a pick up truck and a LOT of money.
  9. I didn't watch last night because quite frankly, I don't care and I knew there would be endless talk about it on the morning news. However two moments are making the headlines. One is the president's "snub" of Nancy Pelosi's offered handshake. And perhaps it was intentional, but I'm not so sure. If you watch the clip, you'll see he doesn't shake Pence's hand either. It appears to me he simply handed off the copies of his speech to each and moved on: It's entirely possible he didn't see her reaching out. However, I think the real and newest low in American politics came when:
  10. I’m torn between answering and leaving you in suspense. LOL But in this case I’m referring to Trump. Not that I hold Pelosi in high, or any other level of esteem.
  11. "Damned Dogs"

    It’s been about a month since we had to finally have our family dog, Ginger, euthanized and able to share some thoughts about the old hound. While we were never sure just how old she was, somewhere towards the high end of 12-14, she was obviously old when we parted ways. And while her mind was relatively sharp ( although sometimes she stood in front of the refrigerator and barked when she needed to go out ) the sad truth is that her body was failing. Arthritis, an enlarged heart, chronic cough… as the vet said, we knew it was time. We got Ginger from the Elmira Animal Shelter after I saw an ad in the paper. I’d been wanting a beagle, and one day there she was. I went to visit her, later returned with my wife, and then a few days later she was home with us. Over the past seven years she made up for whatever hard life she may have had before she was at the shelter. She often got a little something we were eating and developed a special love for pizza. If one of the boys were sitting in "her spot' next to their mother on the couch, she would bark and fuss until they moved. In short, she had it pretty good here. Now I don’t want to paint any fairy tale pictures about her time with us; it wasn’t always easy. Truth is, she was a difficult dog at times. We were assured she was housebroke. She wasn't. I may or may not have texted the director of the shelter, and old friend of mine, and told him he was getting her back if she peed on someone’s bed one more time. She must have heard me though, because with that threat combined with a promise of being allowed on the furniture if she caught on, one day like magic she got the message. Also she was listed as spayed. Well, someone at Cornell missed a tube, because she went into heat. Back to the vet for that. The 2012 newspaper pic that started it all. She got in the garbage, had farts noxious enough to gag a maggot, begged at the table, and, as she got older would eat her own poop if we didn’t pay attention. No amount of supplements or preventatives could seem to assuage her love of a frozen turd on a cold Winter’s morn. Woe unto those who let her lick their face. And for the past year or so she’d be up at night about every two hours unless medicated enough to knock ME out. ( Seriously. Valium, Trazadone, Benadryl, melatonin… a couple more I forget now. ) Even the vet admitted, she’d been a complicated dog. Still we loved her. She was a pain in the ass, but still, she was our pain in the ass. I never liked using the term “rescue” when asked where we got her. It was more a work of fate that we came into each others’ lives when we did. She needed someone to love her, and I needed something to motivate me to do something I’d long stopped doing, but loved: going for long walks daily. Makes you wonder exactly who rescued who. But despite all those difficulties, when the decision was finally made, it was honestly one of the hardest experiences we’ve ever gone through. Like, you know on an intellectual level that yeah, having a dog put down plain sucks. However until you experience it… I know we aren’t the first to have done it, but it was the first time for us. Rather than bury her in the cold, wet ground, we had her cremated. Well worth the money if you ask me, and she’s in a pretty little wooden box that we intended to put in the ground when things get warmer. However a part of me is okay with that little box being on the mantlepiece, so we’ll see. It's funny how they come into your life and when you're not looking become such a big part of it, and how much it hurts when they leave. Life isn't the same around here now, even a month later. I still eat my breakfast, which I would share with her every day, the same as when she was here. I catch myself thinking, “I need to get home and let the dog out.” I look for her on the couch sometimes when I walk in the room. Like one of this site's long time members once wrote in a bittersweet way that sums it up well: "Damned dogs." But you know I have to admit, it’s nice to not nearly trip and fall over her as I’m cooking supper. Yet I still have to remind myself that I now have to bend down and clean up the dropped food because she’s not there to get it the moment it hits the floor. Although as I type this, I could swear her box just shifted when I dropped a crumb. Strange… *Extra special THANK YOU to Dr Delaney, Dr Speek, and every single person on the staff at Compassionate Companion Care in Elmira. Not only for the years of excellent care for Ginger, but the added care and compassion shown other family in the final days and after. You ladies are awesome.
  12. Maple Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

    Reminds me of the Jim Gaffigan sketch about how everything is better with bacon. Like magic dust, “ bippity boppity bacon”.
  13. These look good!! INGREDIENTS: 8 slices bacon, diced 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup unsalted butter, frozen 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 6 tablespoons maple syrup, divided 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. In a large bowl, combine bacon, flour, cheese, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Grate butter using the large holes of a box grater. Stir into the flour mixture. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk and 4 tablespoons maple syrup. Add to the flour mixture and stir using a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 1 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut out 12 rounds using a 2 to 2 1/2-inch biscuit or cookie cutter. Place biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet; place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove biscuits from freezer. Place into oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup and butter. Serve biscuits warm, brushed with the maple-butter mixture. SOURCE
  14. Netflix Drops Teaser For "Stranger Things" Season 4

    It was pretty obvious from the last scene of the last episode really.
  15. Netflix Drops Teaser For "Stranger Things" Season 4

    Yeah, no suspense left there! But then we knew he wasn’t dead.
  16. Any bets on how long till he joins Sessions under the bus?
  17. Random Chat

    Got the rope on my winch replaced to get the four wheeler plow back in service, and somehow broke another part on the plow itself. Sheared a piece of steel clean off. I shook my fist at the sky, as you can well imagine. I called the dealer where I got it from, and long story short they said to bring the plow up to the shop, they will see if they can get the manufacturer to replace it free of charge. Apparently Warn brand is pretty good about that. So here's hoping... Fortunately there's no significant snow on the horizon. Sub-zero temps for the first time this Winter are coming tonight. We've been pretty fortunate, but even one below zero night sucks. Especially getting up to go take care of the neighbor's horses!
  18. Yep. I recall listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson on “Opie and Anthony”. They asked him if there were intelligent life in space, why hadn’t they reached out to us? His answer amounted to, when was the last time you tried to have a conversation with an ant on the sidewalk? Because for all we know, that’s how an intelligent life form from somewhere out there may view us. As advanced as we are, we may be absolute primaries in comparison.
  19. Bookworms

    Ok. How is it so far?
  20. Can’t hurt, but you better hope they’re not trying to order take in with us on the menu!
  21. I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.-George Bernard Shaw
  22. Election 2020

    Well honestly, I’d be happy to see someone better come along.
  23. I’m not disagreeing with you Karen. My point was Pilosi’s action took things to an even further low. “Ascribing blame where warranted” as you said. Citing yet more crass behavior by Trump doesn’t change the fact it was, as I said, even more divisive and she was wrong. I stand by my original point, that it was a new low.
  24. Random Chat