New Flipping Coin

What this country needs is a new flipping coin. Watch any football game and you’ll see the officials get together with the captains of both teams for the coin toss. One official pulls out a coin and shows the two sides to the captains and explains which side is heads and which side is tails We, the watching public, have no idea what the coin looks like or if in fact the toss is on the up and up.

When I was much younger I once saw a coin that had a ladies head on one side and her kiester on the other side. Now, that coin made sense (cents – no pun intended) to me. But, I can see where that the use of that coin would bother everyone but  POTUS. So, we won’t push for the use of that coin.

What I purpose is that we have the U.S. Mint mint a new half-dollar that has Teddy Roosevelt on one side and Nathan Hale on the other. With this coin we could honor two great American patriots with one single coin. And, when anyone tosses a coin, no one needs to explain which side is which. All we would have to do is call ‘Teds’ or ‘Hales’!

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Tuna Barb-B-Q

If you can use tuna in a casserole (tuna casserole) or in a salad (tuna salad), why not use it in a Barb-B-Q. You’ve probably never thought of using tuna that way, have you? Try it. Your friends will begin to wonder what other strange concoctions you’ll come up with.

1/4 c water
2 Tbsp chopped onion
2 tbsp chopped green pepper
1/2 c chopped celery
1-1/2 c tomato juice
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard
salt and pepper
1 – 12 oz can tuna

Cook onion, pepper and celery in water. Mix the tomato juice, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper together and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and add flaked tuna. Simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is boiled away.

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Home Water Storage

I’m in the process of revamping my water storage system for our garden. In the past, I’ve relied on the well or have had to take a pump down to the river and pump the water directly to the garden whenever I watered. This year I’ve put in a 300 gallon storage tank that holds enough water for quite a few waterings. I use river water as the well water contains sediment that makes the soil look and act like concrete. But, garden water storage is not what this post is about, although it has gotten me to thinking about ‘household use’ water that is available in case of some type of emergency.

Three places around the house that already store potable water are the water heater, water pipes and ice-cube trays. Depending on what you have, water that isn’t safe to drink but can be used for other purposes include the toilet tank, water-bed and swimming pool.

FEMA recommends storing 1 gallon of water per person per day for two weeks. To save you doing the math, that’s 14 gallons for each person in your family or possibly others that will ‘crash your party’ in an emergency. Here are 8 water storage options for your home that will add to the previously listed storage sites.

  • Store-bought gallons of water
  • Single serve water bottles
  • Reused two-liter PETE bottles
  • Plastic, cube-shaped 3-1/2 gallon Waterbricks
  • Five-gallon hard plastic jugs
  • Bathtub water bladder
  • Plastic 30 to 55 gallon-drums
  • 160 to 320 gallon water storage tanks

I’m sure I’ve missed other storage options, but hopefully I’ve gotten you to thinking about this necessary emergency need.

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Good-bye Daddy

One evening, a small boy was overheard saying his nightly prayers. He finished with, “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma, good-bye Grandpa.” The very next day his Grandpa dropped dead from a heart attack.

A week or so later, the little boy was praying, “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, good-bye Grandma.” The next day his grandma was hit by a bus as she crossed a street. She didn’t feel a thing.

A few months  later, the same little boy was praying and said, “God bless Mommy, good-bye daddy.” Needless to say,  his father panicked. Extreme caution was practiced the next day on his way to and from work and while at work with everything he did. In fact, it took him forty-five minutes to make the usual ten-minute drive home that evening. His wife met him at the door when he finally arrive home with, “What do you think happened today, dear? The most awful thing. The mailman dropped dead on the front porch!”

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Sunscreen Reminders

After spending 3 hours out in the hot sun mowing the lawn, I decided that I need a reminder on the proper use of sunscreen. Then I thought, “What the heck, maybe others need the same reminder.” Here are 7 thoughts on sunscreen.

  • Apply sunscreen regularly – Recommendations are that you apply sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun. Reapply every two hours, every hour and a half if you are swimming or sweating.
  • Be generous – Use at least 1 ounce (a palm or shot glass full) to cover your arms, legs, neck and face.
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen – Look for the words “Broad Spectrum” on the label. A broad spectrum sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrates deep into skin and causes wrinkles and aging. UVB rays plays a big role in skin cancer development.
  • Use a minimum of SPF 30 – SPF 30 will block out 97% of UV rays.
  • Use a water-resistant sunscreen – if you are swimming, playing sports or working hard.
  • Remember – to apply to your ears, hands, feet and underarms.
  • Look at the expiration date – As sunscreen expires, make sure it has not expired before you use it.

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Onion Squares

If your garden is anything like ours, you end up with an abundance of onions and look for creative ways of serving them. Here is a recipe that uses onions and biscuit mix to make an onion dish your family will enjoy.

2 c sliced onions
2 c biscuit mix
3/4 c (3 oz) grated cheddar cheese
1/2 c sour cream
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 c milk
1/2 tsp salt

Sauté the sliced onions in melted butter until transparent (about 20 minutes). Mix the biscuit mix and cheese; stir in the milk to form a dough. After turning onto a lightly floured board, knead it for 30 seconds. Divide and put into two 8 inch square pans. Spread the sautéed onions on top and sprinkle with salt. Combine the egg and sour cream; spread over the onions. Bake at 345 degrees until well risen and browned (about 15 to 20 minutes). Cut into squares and serve while still warm.

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It Took Me A Minute

There may be places like this in other parts of the country, but the one we frequent is near Mount Crawford, Virginia.

The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount outlet store that features half a million new books at up to 90% off retail prices. The store offers 30,000 different titles in more than 60 categories which include fiction, history, health and self-help, children’s books, religion, science, sports, cooking, home and garden, crafts, art, reference, nature and outdoors, hunting and fishing, and the list goes on and on. Their 25,000 square foot store is ‘user friendly’ including benches throughout the store where the Pickle Queen can usually find me occupying one as I usually make my selections at a faster pace than her.

We noticed two school buses parked in the lot as we drove in and knew that there would be plenty of grade schoolers scurrying around the shelves of books. In a way, it’s difficult to enjoy shopping when there are close to 100 kids with their teachers and chaperones plus other shoppers, all trying to select books at the same time. But, over shadowing this is the knowledge that these kids are being exposed to and buying ‘real live’ books. It seems that each student has a set dollar amount that they may spend as you see them checking with their teachers as to how much money they have left and if their book selection is ok.

I had a small stack of books in my lap and was paging through one when the following occurred.

A small, red-headed young boy came up to a teacher who was standing next to my bench. He handed her a book and asked if he had enough money left to buy it. I couldn’t help but noticed the title, “Advise to Young Mothers.” I thought to myself, “How nice. He’s buying someone a gift.”

You could tell by looking at the teacher that she questioned his choice of books. “Why do you want this book?” she asked him.

“I just started collecting moths,” was his reply.

It took me a minute to see through his confusion.

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