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Yes ... it's chili up on my roof ...


I was thinking about that about an hour ago when I came down to stir the pot of chili I've been cooking today. Oh sure, I like chili any time, even in 90 degree heat ... but I won't brag about my chili - I do too much of that already.

Well, I began to think of why I share these little slices of my life, and the nice people I "talk to" electronically. I'm reminded that no matter how pathetic and hopeless my life is, that it's not going to stop them from giving me a little jab occasionally or poking me in the eye when I need it.

Recently, my sometimes cyber twin (we often think so much alike) Kat declined my recipe for my frosty lemon tea because she was afraid it might make her kids hyper. I wasn't in the least offended, and I understood completely. I thought back to another wonderful person, adorable, caring, and sensitive Kelly who took the opportunity to poke fun at my yellow table, the story of which I'll never divulge because I'd have all of you crying. I knew she was teasing (being honest but teasing). I had a nice laugh at that. And, of course, always alert and sometimes excruciatingly funny (sometimes just alert - sometimes just excruciating *lol*) Christine responded to my reporting about the recent heat wave by suggesting I do some of my cooking up on the roof. Hee hee hee! Oh, how I just love that girl! Uh, lady!!

Oh yes ... you all help keep me grounded, and for that I am so grateful. I know you do it because you suspect I like to play and have a sense of humor too ... which I do, and I love you all for not patronizing me just because of my pitiful condition. After all, I am an immensely lucky guy, considering I seem to have been cursed.

Anyway, here's a little something I cooked up especially for you guys, and all the other friends I have too who help me see the bright side of things:


Now, I brought up that frozen mug of frosty lemonade/tea last but it already began to defrost in the 100 degree plus heat over that black tar paper. I've been rebuilding the area over my breezeway so that it'll be water tight before I begin re-roofing the area over the main part of my home.

That lemonade/tea, btw, is crystallized throughout, almost like a slushy, made by my own natural special method (no food processors, etc), and so refreshing it makes you happy to be alive. I make a big jug of it every day for when I'm working.

The chili is a long-time specialty, slow-cooked and, if I'd had any red beans frozen from last week, I'd made a small batch of chili beans. I ate them all, however, and they were very good. Now, I think my little table actually looks pretty good but, if it makes you feel any better, the neighbors thought I was pretty funny up there eating my chili on my bright little table. Of course, it's nice to get any kind of reaction around here these days, so I'll take it.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this little post ... I can't do much to have real fun, but I try to make the best of things and have fun in my own way. And, of course, how I enjoy all my friends! I think they really understand me - sometimes.

I was feeling no pain, feeling good in my brain
I looked in her eyes, they were full of surprise
Last night, talking about last night
Last night, talking about last night




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Jun. 4th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
What is sprinkled on top of your chili? Green pepper, or avocado?

Jun. 4th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
No, that's chopped green onion tops. I have green pepper cooked in the chili itself and usually add a little raw red or yellow onion to garnish but I was out. I might put avocado the next time I make one of my wraps though.
Jun. 4th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a picture! May I join you on your roof for dinner sometime? I'm not keen on heights, but your food makes my mouth water, and I'm sure the discussion will alay my fears. *g*

And, I didn't realize it was lemonade/tea. It looks fantastic and thirst quenching for these hot days. If I ask sweetly, could you send me the recipe? Pretty please?

And, the cybertwin refrence made me smile wide. Everyone go awwww now. :) Thank you.
Jun. 4th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
You don't know how doing this post made me laugh and laugh. It's like I wanted people to go ... huh? What did he mean by that? Is this supposed to be funny? Sarcastic? I wonder if anyone will pick up on the tools and implements scattered around my little table. Of course, you know how demented I can be so even if you don't get it you know it's just me laughing (at myself mostly).

Oh, the recipe? Hhmmm, now that was the second time I'd been insulted so maybe I should think about this a little. ;) All seriousness aside, how badly do you want it? ***ROFWTIME***

Jun. 4th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, sug, you know I want it baaad! lol!
Jun. 4th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yipe!!! It must be hot down there in Georgia tonight.
Jun. 5th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
ROFLOL!!! Scare you? Be careful what you wish for... ;)
Jun. 5th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm never careful when I'm wishing ... but what did you think I was wishing for? I was jhust talking about the weather.
Jun. 5th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Should we talk about he weather?
Should we talk about the government?

Jun. 5th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Hee hee hee ... still on the R.E.M. kick, I see. You're quick! If I ever got married, I think I'd want to shock everyone and do some real outrageous choreography, like some Bob Fosse stuff like Steamed Heat ... except, I really can't dance. *LOL*
Jun. 5th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
See now, I think you're dancing very well. ;)
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
I can see why you would say that but actually you occasionally send my mind into many different directions ... unlike some people, I don't have a one-track mind. ;)

Jun. 5th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Neither do I. *g* Welcome to the ride.
Jun. 5th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
mmm that chili does look good.. as does the lemonade.

Just be careful up there and don't get overheated okay?
Jun. 5th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Yep, I'm the chili specialist here ... my dad made it for years when I was a kid and I make my own version. I like his a lot too ... it's more soupy and milder but very good too. He puts a secret ingredient in it to make it smoother but I can't say what it is.
Jun. 5th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Wait, how can it be chili and hot at the same time?
Jun. 5th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS ME! (I think) ... but I can't figure her out! **LOL**

Now, did you miss the little music reference? I'll tell you about it later if you want to listen ... also something I found while making a comment a little while ago to Marlene's recent post. **BIG CLUE**

Hope your day was a nice one. I always kind of enjoyed Sundays myself.
Jun. 5th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Other than the Traveling Wilburys tune, I did not see a music reference. The mind boggles....

My day was okay, though I didn't do as much as I should have. I didn't really wake up (meaning I didn't really get any energy) until about 6 pm! Now I'm looking forward to lying around with my trashy novel and going to sleep. So, good night!
Jun. 6th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
I forgot to mention in my other reply that I would like to hear about the music reference, when you have the opportunity and inclination. The only thing I could think of was "Fixing a Hole" by The Beatles, but I think that's too simple for what you have in mind.

Hope you're well (watch those roof nails!) and enjoying your erranding.
Jun. 6th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was no biggie ... sometimes I forget that these little flashes of remembrances and associations I find so interesting and meaningful are entertaining only to me most of the time. It's kind of a curse that the littlest of details sometimes gets me running off on a tangent so.

You are one of a few friends I have who do get my brain to percolating, however, and I saw that you were listening to End of the Line the other day. Well, I loved a lot of those TW songs and all the musicians individually too. I pulled out Vol. 1 and when I heard Last Night I thought, "I'll never meet Xeenie, but if I did, I'd pick Last Night to dance with her. **LOL** I'm a terrible dancer, btw.

I also met Jackson Browne many years ago, spoke to him briefly many times, and recalled a Roy Orbison TV concert with him and Springsteen and just about everybody called Roy Orbison - A Night in Black and White or something like that. Tom Waits (who was just visiting N.O. recently and sang a couple of songs sitting in with some Quarter musicians recently), Bonnie Raitt ( whose father was in The Pajama Game, my favorite musical with my favorite dancer Carol Haney), and Elvis Costello were there too. See how I mind runs? Anyway, I thought you might like to see the video if you hadn't already.

Anyway, later, when I arranged the tools and stuff in my chili picture, I included a carpenter's knife, and was thinking of the lyrics :

... she smiled and pulled out a knife
The partys just beginning she said, its your money or you life.

Just me being clever and abstruse, of course and giggling to myself (my best audience). You are such a tough girl, you know.

Now I also mentioned a post I directed Marlene to on my hot dog creation, and I noticed in the comments there that that was when you suggested (in your semi-tough city girl way) we join each others' friends lists. I started looking at a lot of the "conversations" you and Jeff and I had around that time and was cracking up ... not only the pun war and Tom Jones, but I Love Lucy, the Marquis de Sade, spooky Beatles tunes, etc., and etc. I was just feeling good and fortunate about knowing these two people who are so very sharp and such fun to be around.

Well, that's it. I ain't saying no more. I get like this occasionally and there's really no need to comment. I'm not looking for compliments ... just trying to give some.
I'm such an idiot!
Jun. 6th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Last Night is a great song, but I love most of that album. Not Alone Anymore just kills me. Too bad that TW's second album, Volume 3, suffered so from the absence of Roy Orbison. I don't know if that's the reason it's not as good as Vol. 1, but I'm sure it didn't help.

I wondered if I was the knife! I figured you'd say something about me being sharp. Or perhaps you saw somewhere that my dad is a retired butcher, so there's a connection there as well. Of course, I also thought I could be the broom, for the obvious witch connotations.

Anyway, thanks for all the good thoughts you send in my direction :)
Jun. 7th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh, Roy Orbison was really The King, or should have been. He just didn't have the look. You cannot hear any RO song and not know it's him.

Oh, yes ... I read your bio and remember you "talking" about your Dad and your short tenure at the meat-packing plant. I had fun working at a shrimp-packing plant when I was a teenager. They'd pick the workers they needed in the morning and pay you in cash at the end of the day. I was in heaven ... of course, no one could stand to be around me later. I guess not much has changed. **LOL**
Jun. 15th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
John and George have terrible fight
Here's another interesting pic you may enjoy. I don't have a scanner and shot it directly from the book, then cropped it. I'll just leave it up today for you to do with it as you wish.


Touché? **LOL**
Jun. 15th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: John and George have terrible fight
Oh, dear, that's horrible! Perhaps they need a nurse....
Jun. 15th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: John and George have terrible fight
I'll make a point
Of taking her away from you, yeah,
(watch what you do)

p.s. Excuse my lack of political correctness.
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
That chili looks good! I think it would be lethal if Melinda ate it, though.....
Jun. 5th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
I take that to mean you don't think it would be lethal to Melinda, otherwise you'd have asked me for the recipe.

Jun. 5th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
It would be lethal to everyone around her.....
Jun. 5th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
There you go again witht he food, good thing I had breakfast =).
Jun. 5th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh we sincerely enjoy you and all of your fun. We love the food you post too. Most of us keep drooling the day away with Ed around.

Jun. 6th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Yes we do Sis!
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
Now I hope all this tempting food doesn't push you into doing anything rash. Do you ever get a bite to eat at WalMart? I used to like some fries or a burger or hot dog occasionally when I shopped and they were half-way freshly cooked. Most of the time the cooks acted as though they didn't want to be bothered. Food always tastes a little better when you get it in a place you wouldn't expect to have food --- unless it's really awful, of course.
Jun. 5th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Cool beans!!! I love your icons. And your interestes are really great too. Awesome.
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: Hello
Thank you, oh child of the undead. :) You have a lot of unusual interests yourself for someone born in 1989 (no offense intended). I think that's great. What do you like about the 30's?
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello
Hum...what do I like about the 30's? I like the history of it. Studying about the Great Depression is sad but very interesting. The same thing about the rise of the Natzi party (and I hate Natzis) but it is so interesting to learn about them and what they did to people. I also love the movies. Universal monster movies starting coming out with Dracula and Frankenstein. Also, I like the other movies such as Gone With the Wind & The Wizard of Oz. Also Ganster movies came out and I enjoy those a lot. Ad the music, I love jazz. And last of all I like the style of clothing. I love that men wore suits a lot with hats. And they wore suspenders, that looked good. The hair styles were also great looking back then. Well...that's why I love the 30's.
Jun. 6th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Mmmmmm...chili and frosty lemon tea sounds tasty!!! I had a BBQ pulled pork sammich at Smokin' Woody's for lunch today with fries and coleslaw and that was tasty toooooo....
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, Linda. Now pulled pork is a favorite of mine too. I was on a kick where I'd cook a pork roast in my pressure cooker or crock pot, add a lot of seasonings and b-b-q sauce, and make barbeque sandwiches. Smokin' Woody's a great name. :)
Jun. 6th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
Wow that sounds good too...I should try that sometime!
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)

a workman’s lunch

E brings me things when I work out in the yard...

She's good to me like that.

Unlike you I would not be able to rely on friends and neighbors, etc.

BTW - Now I have Fruit Pies from The Crescent City to add to the woman's cravings.

Thanks - I had the apple - it was great.
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Uh, I'll just let that comment about the friends and neighbors pass. **lol** I'd be more than willing to trade the who kit and kaboodle for a doting wife (especially with deep pockets). *ROF* Fat chance!

Glad you liked the pie and even happier I could give E something else to obsess on. Anything to make the ladies happy, I always say. :) Did you really get to pick your own flavor fruit?
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)

She had one or more before she asked me if I wanted any... then I was ceeded the apple.

I love Nawlins - I will have to go get some Chickory now... geeze

Jun. 6th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Coffee and chicory (cafe au lait) and Hubig's Pie is very good together. You must know about cafe au lait, but if you don't know how it's made, it's half chicory coffe and half scalded milk plus sugar to taste. I had my cup of cafe au lait and biscuit to go off to kindergarten every morning. **LOL** Only in Louisiana.
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
I am very familiar with Cafe au Lait, though I must admit that I was under the impression that the Chickory was a distinctly New Orleans addition. I have made several trips to Cafe Du Monde, but I have to admit that I prefer Kaldi's.

I drank coffee in the morning when I was in early grade school as my doctor suggested. These were the days before Ritilan. The doc . . . Gino Zarbin - an old school Italian I could never understand, and still practices (but not taking new patients as he is quite old)... and whom I hold in near saint like status . . . correctly decided that it would help calm me down.
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
There are lots of theories about the use of chicory root, most involving hard times and stretching a precious and expensive commodity. Most people where I'm from prefer dark roast although the poorer people would buy chicory because it was less expensive. I've also read that in some areas of France, people have used chicory for hundreds of years because they like the flavor. A relative of mine used to drink RT Coffee which was probably close to a 50-50 mixture. It was like drinking mud. **LOL** I just looked to see if I still had a bag of CDM coffee and chicory but I threw the bag away. I think it's 20% chicory though ... just about right.
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