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July Fourth Festivities

What’s for Dinner?

Despite the 109° patio temperature this afternoon, we ventured outdoors to grill up some beef tenderloin steaks and roasted/grilled corn on the cob. The Better Half prepared “crashed” potatoes (microwave baked Yukon taters smashed with butter, sour cream and shredded cheese) to go with the meal.

We are about five miles away from the park where fireworks are scheduled to be launched at around 9PM, but we can see some of the higher rockets from the courtyard out front. This will be under a waxing Gibbous moon and the summer triangle with the Milky Way beyond. The night sky is usually spectacular to see out here, fireworks or not.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I’m told that Churches are soft targets for potential Islamic terrorist attacks this Christmas season. I say that parishioners should carry the necessary countermeasures against such threats should the need arise to fend off those Satanic attacks. God Bless us this Christmas season and through the new year.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

New Flags for July 4th

New FlagsSince the flags on our flagpole have been exposed to the elements for over a year now, you could see them starting to become frayed and more than a little threadbare in places. We had spares new in the wrappers standing by, so we took down the old ones and launched the new ones seen in the (clickable) image to the right.

This coming week, The Better Half and I will be taking a couple of bags of crushed aluminum cans to the local American Legion Post, so at that time I will place the used flags in their charge for proper destruction.

Fathers Day

Fathers Day Dinner

The Better Half and I had a nice, quiet Fathers Day holiday at home today. The (clickable) image above is of our afternoon dinner plate consisting of beef tenderloin steaks, bacon-wrapped asparagus and crushed petite potatoes with cheese and sour cream topping.

I grilled the steaks and the asparagus bundles outdoors today in spite of the triple digit temperature here in the desert. I was OK with the heat and had plenty of ice cold water at my disposal as I worked over the grill for the twenty minutes or so that it took to get the food properly cooked.

Of course, dinner was OUTSTANDING! Happy Fathers Day!

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day is honored in remembrance of fallen patriots serving the United States of America. Their sacrifice to protect freedom is not forgotten in our household.

Memorial Day 1982, President Ronald Reagan offered these words in honor of Patriots interred at Arlington National Cemetery:

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. Yet, we must try to honor them not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

2012-05-24-alexander-4.jpg Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.

It is this, beyond the controversy and the congressional debate, beyond the blizzard of budget numbers and the complexity of modern weapons systems, that motivates us in our search for security and peace. … The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery.

One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GIs of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. … I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: “O! say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” That is what we must all ask.

God bless the men and women who gave all for our country.

Photo and President Reagan’s remarks courtesy of The Patriot Post.

Spring Weather, Spring Chores

Upper Creek

Today is one of those days that makes the local chamber of commerce very happy; the high temperature reached 80° with light wind and mostly cloudless skies. That’s good with regard to some folks in Colorado that had to cancel Easter sunrise services due to a blizzard. One can easily see why Wickenburg and other Arizona communities attract snowbirds.

You can see our afternoon blue sky in the (clickable) image above. The image, itself, is a view of the completed portion of the upper creek bed that we are shoring up with rocks for the monsoon rainfall runoff expected this coming summer. There is another forty feet of creek bed below the image that still is under construction. The creek is needed so the runoff is safely confined to the low areas and away from The Better Half’s Rock and Cactus Garden.

We have more projects targeted for spring time; there is an aggressive and obnoxious, thorny bush growing next to the east property line that TBH wants removed. There are also a couple of cholla cacti and one more beavertail out front to be removed before they get out of hand.

The chores are a good thing, though, since they keep us active and moving around in our retirement. Plus there are the endorphins associated with getting these little jobs done. :D

What’s For Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Better Half and I decided to take a break from the traditional turkey dinner and throw in a twist; our dinner consisted of Pork Loin Roulade with Spinach Gratin, Andouille Stuffing and a Baked Sweet Potato. The Roulade started out as a 2½ pound pork loin roast; we then butterflied the roast and rolled it up with stuffing in the middle.

Next, we put the Roulade in the oven at 400° for an hour. When we took the roast out, it looked delicious, and it certainly was. Regardless of the break with tradition, we ate our fill and then took a walk to settle things. Clickable images.

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday as much as we did.

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