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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #19

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #19

Eating Misjudgments or Possible Mistakes

Looking for something different for dinner other than twenty cans of Vienna Sausage and eleven cans of Cream of Chicken soup neatly contained within the food pantry, I decided to make a pot of Pinto Beans.. It has been years since I had a good bowl or two. So, after a overnight soaking of the beans …

I thought I would supplement my Pinto Bean dinner with a boiled egg. It struck me that instead of dirtying another pan needlessly, I would drop an egg in the slow cooking bean water which wasn’t that bad an idea since my future dinner was nearly complete. Along with the soaked beans, I had added beef seasoning, chopped red onions and the likes. The beans had a good while to cook before serving time and for sure, the egg would be boiled and ready to eat … so-to-speak.

In the gadget drawer, I found a pretty good old fashioned egg retriever …

I guess I was somewhat taken back by the curious color of the almost cleaned and ready to eat egg. I don’t remember from my younger years, Easter Eggs changing interior colors … just the outer shell. And they were dyed red, green, blue, yellow and the likes. Never saw an egg colored a shade of dry common dirt with greenish-yellow undertones. Very interesting.

The egg, despite its awkward, somewhat unappetizing appearance, was eatable. Yeah eatable … but I tried my best not to look at it or think about the noticeable and questionable taste. Maybe next time, when beans are on the menu, I will have some pre-boiled eggs that are pleasing to the eye and personal sensitivities. 

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The Old Guy … Images of Russell County Kentucky … #83

Images Of Russell County.

Visiting Blue Bird … Jamestown

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The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #18

.The Old Guy … Cooking Something Different … #18

Eating Mistakes

when I was married and now as a widower ... the magic has yet to arrive. 

I cannot, and have never been able to, make simple everyday run of the mill biscuits. I tried when I was single. Even more so when I was married … and now as a widower … the magic has yet to arrive. Believe me, I’ve been anticipating and listening for an unfamiliar knocking at the door. So, having been discouraged and humiliated repeatedly from attempting the baking arts, I accidently saw on the store baking items shelf a package mix promising fresh, hot and easy to make Southern biscuits. Throwing caution, and forty years of ridicule and failure to the wind, I bought a package.

The package instructions said add three quarters cup of milk to the mix and stir gently; don’t overmix. Continuing on … place the dough on a floured surface, roll to one half inch thickness and cut out biscuits … placing them in a four hundred fifty degree oven. Well … what that bunch of package instructions got me was nearly liquid dough that had the adhesive properties and longevity of wood paneling glue. Even after adding two handfuls of self-rising flour to the mixture, I was fighting a nightmare. One reason I didn’t take photographs was because I had the stuff all over me, the kitchen and floured board. I certainly didn’t want a camera I couldn’t let go of for a week. With a lot of effort and determination, I cut out two biscuits that quickly lost their Southern biscuit integrity, gave up and just added two pieces of remaining dough to the greased baking pan. Thankfully, I closed the oven door and backed away from the impending heartbreak. But I have to admit, the results would be better than expected after the nightmare preparation.

Three of the four biscuits were thin and only good for toasting. Of course, it is best not to forget them in the toaster oven. I nearly added to the tower of shame by accident when paying them no mind. Yeah, that would be a shame to toast burn my fresh, hot and easy to make Southern biscuits. 

Yeah … I’ve gotten used to thin & crispy breakfast biscuits though they aren’t that good with sausage gravy. And no … I wouldn’t recommend the  package mix of fresh, hot and easy to make Southern biscuits to anyone … sorry.

Yes it’s true, there have been other cooking mistakes … while working the photographs of this Blog Post … I forgot the rice cooking on the stove and it burned. I’ll have to soak the pan for a week. This disaster I won’t be able to eat.

 

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The Old Guy … The Near Last Photograph In The Camera …

The Near Last Photograph …

Lying in my hospital bed after two heart attacks in a week, I thought of a blog post I wrote years ago. Of course, my train of thought was after they stopped pulling frightfully long tubes out of me and my male type paraphernalia (my gosh was that super duper hold scotch tape?). The post was about my speculating on the last photograph that I would take before I checked out of this life of mine. The electronic image would be waiting there on the card. Waiting … for someone to discover and hopefully realize the possible importance of their discovery. Mind … I did say possible.

What would be the last photograph on the memory card be of?

I would like to think the photograph would be an image worthy of great prestige, personal achievement in the face of daunting hardships or unbridled acclaim. In essence … a photograph for the ages. Yeah, that sounds good.

Cousin Gene protesting another unauthorized Portrait

But that item of fantasy is quite a bit far fetched since bird photos, street portraits or small town landscapes don’t generally generate a lot of international notice or acclaim from the washed or unwashed masses. So, when I went from the hospital to the nursing home/rehab to finally my humble home, I had to see what my old faithful camera contained. I was quite interested in the memory card since I could not remember what had happened before and after my medical emergency.

Fortunately, my cameras had been gathered up by friends and family and stored for safety. 

Well, the last photograph on the memory card was of Cousin Gene sitting on my couch with his computer, protesting my taking yet another of many unauthorized photographs of his personage. The photograph seems fitting since he was the one who found me unconscious on the livingroom floor and his heroic efforts saved my life. 

The photograph remains special even if it is not the last photograph I will take during my independant photography career. It will remain special much like Cousin Gene. I cannot say or thank him enough for being a special friend and fellow co-conspirator in this life. 

Salute!

(in the background is super polite golf tournament type applause)

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The Old Guy … In My Opinion … #13

The Old Guy … In My Opinion …

Adapting to a new pet … or …

“When something like a two year old won’t pay you no mind …”

Kitchen Chair In The Hall … Kat does play in this chair but can’t get up on the kitchen table despite her unbelievable jumping ability. The other Kitchen Chair resides in the back bedroom and can be brought out as required for company. The hall chair blocks the attic stairs and has to be walked around when entering/leaving the kitchen (left) or the bathroom (right).

The Kitchen Table (bare of adorning oak chairs) which is off limits to small and large critters including Kat. The table is divided one half writing table/home office, and one half food preparation and food consumption area. It is very inconvenient to have to drag a chair in from the hall in order to sit at the table. I am working on another solution but seem stuck on a wealth of indecisions to choose from. And, I know, this is a temporary solution. I imagine when Kat gets larger she’ll be able to jump flat footed onto the table. Then comes Plan B whatever that will be.

Kat (conveying innocence)

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The Old Guy … Images of Russell County Kentucky … #82

Images Of Russell County.

A scarce Redheaded Woodpecker stops at the Sunflower feeder

Departing after lunch …

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The Old Guy … In My Opinion … #12

The Old Guy … In My Opinion … 

Welcome Spring … You’re late!

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