Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scared White…

PEN1466The power must’ve blinked or gone out last night which is pretty common around here. The wind was ferocious last night.  I gave up setting my conventional clocks years ago. 

My computers were in a state of full disarray half booted and hung up.  I pressed the power button to reboot my writing and browsing computer and it said the boot manager was missing.  My heart sunk to the floor as that usually foretells disaster. That is never, ever a good sign.  I booted into the BIOS and changed the boot arrangement  to boot with my solid state drive and the computer fired right up after that.  You have never seen a more relieved and happy soul. I said “hot damn!” when Windows 7 was loading.

Mom, in secretary fashion, called me this morning with several subjects to talk about and tasks to take care of.  It was time for a fresh new pair of contacts for me and she put them in with my Cokes. 

“Now, change those contacts,” mom told me. “We don’t want your eyes falling out of their sockets.”

Maggie also needed to take her heart worm medications which were also in with my Cokes, and mom said she put out my two Helen to-go plates on the porch.  I was delighted when both plates were filled to the brim with food. I’ve got some hamburger buns and I am going to make several delicious hamburgers with the ground beef patties on each plate.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Paula Cole - "The Hard Way"

Helen Fridays…

Helen didn’t finish cooking until after four and I was about to starve to death waiting! lol  It is a miserably dire, cold and wet day here, and Helen’s piping hot Southern meal hit the spot.  We had hamburger patties simmered in gravy, peas and boiled okra, yellow summer squash, creamed potatoes, steamed broccoli with lemon and butter, and cornbread.

Helen Friday 4-18-2014

“Take the trash out for me, baby,” Helen said as I headed out the backdoor with my plate of food.

Mom stood at the backdoor worried that I couldn’t carry it all.  It just happened to pour rain as I ran down the steps and flung mom and dad’s trash in the bin and closed it.

Do I Take the Plunge?


1338048025_the-elder-scrolls-onlineA new videogame came out today that I am very interested in.  My only problem?  I fear I will get addicted to it and you also have to pay $15 a month to play.  It is a MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game) called The Elder Scrolls Online. This is very similar to the game I’ve been playing for months called The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim except Skyrim was not online and you didn’t have to pay a monthly fee.

I think I will wait and see what happens to the early adopters. Many times these new MMORPGs can be very buggy for the first few months after release.

Or I Could Play This…

Goat Simulator 2014 (2014) PC [ENG] (Coffee Stain Studios)

5dc443aa1e6c6514b8acff761385dd43d31bf36aGoat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.

There are over 10,000 people downloading this off bit torrent as I write this.

Funny Advertisements…

This ad has been showing up prominently on the websites I visit.  It just cracks me up and I smile every time I see it. One of my browser cookies must be showing that I've been visiting websites about mental illness. Listen, if you look anything like this guy or have his symptoms, go to the doctor and don’t click the ad. Capish? lol


Damn You Mother! (laughs out loud)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         So, I was sound asleep at six this morning when the phone rang. It was the perfect morning to sleep as it was pouring rain outside.  I could hear the rain dripping off my eaves.  Maggie vigorously jumped off the bed and ran straight into my computer room where the phone is kept. 

“Hello?” I asked with a sleepy sound to my voice worried something terrible had happened overnight.

“I’ve forgotten my hair appointment!” mom exclaimed with an extreme sense of urgency. “What time is it there?”

It was a classic Martha moment.

“Mom, it is 6am in the morning,” I replied huffily, but I couldn’t help but grin. 

“Oh, I am all mixed up,” my mother said when she looked at her bedside alarm clock.

“Set your alarm clock and go back to bed,” I told her kindly.

Well, I was up then and couldn’t go back to sleep.  Thank God for computers on these early mornings as there was nothing on the television. I escaped into Skyrim: Dragonborn for about three hours completing quests I had left to languish.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Luscious Jackson Naked Eye

The Jimmy Fallon of the Trade…

Easy%20Beef%20BurritosWe get the very same waiter every time.  Mom and Sandra just adore him and much flirting goes on.  He looks just like a Mexican Jimmy Fallon.

“Same as always?” he said with a opportunistic grin and a strong Mexican accent as he stood at our table.

Mom and Mrs. Sandra get the same thing every week. I usually tend to be more adventurous. I almost got the buffalo chicken platter which is one of the Chef specialties, but changed my mind.

“I’ll take the number nine,” I told our waiter and handed him my menu.

The number nine is two beef burritos, Spanish rice, and refried beans with cheese.

“I’ll be right back out with your meals,” the waiter said and crisply turned to head for the kitchen.

My burritos were supremely delicious – filled with lots of deliciously seasoned ground beef.  I ate every last bite that was on my plate. I am not a big fan of beans, but I do enjoy them when they are cooked well and seasoned right. My refried beans and cheese were also delicious.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMom waddled back to the car with her walker with me by her side. I was juggling a to-go plate with two drinks, but managed none-the-less.

Now, mom is on a diet and she knows my father has lost seven pounds.  This has encouraged her to start dieting in earnest again this week. They are sort of in a good natured competition. Still, that didn’t stop us from using her Sonic gift card to get two large chocolate shakes tonight. I smiled when my mother asked me if we could go to Sonic.

Stiff Upper Lip as the Brits Would Say…

I just talked to my mother on the phone and she implored me into going tonight. 

“It wouldn’t be the same without you,” she said. “And Mrs. Sandra loves for you to come!”

So it seems I will be eating at the Mexican restaurant after all.  I got to thinking about mom and the possibility of her falling while walking and decided I better tag along. I will be the director of the walker tonight and make sure it is always nearby. 

Well Outfitted in Reverential Gear…

Well, I managed to get the clothes I needed.  Mom tagged along and was my “support group”.  Dad is driving quite a ways to the Funeral Home in Dadeville, Alabama to take care of odds and ends as he called them.

reuben-sandwichesMy favorite fast food restaurant is Arby’s so I stopped as we left Wal-Mart and got a giant roast beef sandwich for lunch and mom got a Rueben.

“I could've eaten two of those,” my mother said as she says she feels ravenous on her new diet. 

Life goes on as Mrs. Sandra called to confirm we will be eating at the Mexican restaurant tonight. In all actuality, I think I may stay at home tonight and get my mother to bring me something.

In Reverence…

newharmonyDad called me at 4am and told me Myrtis had passed away in her sleep. He sounded really shook up and somber – he was much closer to Myrtis than I having grown up with her as a child.  It wasn’t thirty minutes later that mom called me as well unaware that dad had called.  I couldn’t sleep after that and just stayed up and listened to music while I browsed the web waiting on the sun to rise.  Maggie lay at my feet seemingly knowing something was wrong for me to be up so early and for so many early phone calls.

Now, I must gather myself for a funeral.  I am about to leave to head for Wal-Mart to look for some khaki pants, navy blue socks and a white button up shirt. Dad and mom are telling me strongly not to go – that they don’t want me to get mentally off kilter, but I must go. She was my dear grandmother’s baby sister.

The graveside service is going to be at New Harmony.  A little abandoned Presbyterian church at the dirt crossroads near Waverly, Alabama.

New Harmony Presbyterian Church

This church was constituted in 1838, and is located in SW Chambers County near Waverly. Monthly services are no longer held. Many early pioneer settlers and their descendants are buried in the adjoining cemetery. Photographed 2003.

For years as a child, we would go to New Harmony for Homecoming. Everyone would bring potluck dishes and we would eat and then hear a service by a guest pastor.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Closing Time at Andrew’s House…

closing-timeIt is that time of the evening where I pull all the curtains and blinds closed.  I also put on a comfortable soft cotton t-shirt and my well worn and ultra comfortable boxers. A clean pair of ankle socks adorn my feet.  I will soon brush my teeth and head to bed after I listen to just one more music track which usually turns into several more. I will catch myself slumped over my keyboard dozing off.

Maggie is asleep on the couch as we speak, but as I turn out all the lights, she will migrate to my bedroom and the bed.  The Mags and I can do some serious sleeping these days. Maggie will probably wake me one time tonight when she has to potty, but that is about it.  Next thing I know, I will open my eyes and dawn has arrived.