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Monday, June 3, 2019

Observations of note, or not



My unit will be inspected this week, hopefully Wednesday. The earliest moving date I could get is next week, Thursday the 13th. Everything is packed, or ten minutes from being packed. I did have to locate and unpack the can opener, but why did I have to unpack the space heater? It’s supposed to be forty overnight, again, and sixty tomorrow!

I decided to try shopping during the week, to avoid the weekend congestion at Kriegers. My one off attempt leads me to believe Monday is not the day. In a grocery store where two carts cannot pass in the aisle, why does a shopper, a man, stand immobile for long minutes, facing the cheese case. I do have nothing to do and all day to do it, so I did not interrupt his reverie. The woman who stocks the case did, however, and I got my cheddar.

A butter comparison is on! In the same case as the $9/pound Kerry Gold, I found domestic butter. Not national brands like Land ‘O Lakes, but a local dairy selling butter for $5.59/pound. There was local butter that would fit my butter dish, but I have a nice round dish I can use when it’s unpacked. I suspect Kerry Gold will win my taste test hands down. It’s the yellow stuff! I will be impartial, however, and report soon.


My days really are boring. Talk about nothing to do and all day to do it! I could be weaving, except literally everything is packed. I could be sewing, but…., you get it, I’m sure. My neighbor has become employed, so no more weekday afternoons and the only people watching the movie. I am not pleased with management being so un-forthcoming about the process, and where it stands.

Leon Redbone died last week. He left us! He was not old enough to be done living. My parents and my grandmother were fans of tin pan alley. Especially mom and my grandmother, and there was Leon and his music augmenting my folk and rock and roll.

There was a little music theater near here, The Carousel Dinner Club. I took mom there for Leon a couple of times. I recall us seeing Camelot, with Robert Goulet (we are the backwater, you know!). I also remember listening to George Carlin drop the F-bomb and the crowd of grandmothers exhaled in what literally was a hiss. No dummy he, he spun on his heel and delivered a show that left grandmothers rolling in the aisle.  

We collected quite a nice set of sundae glasses, included in the price of the ticket. Sometimes backwater counts! Jan used them as the center of veggie platters, to hold dip.

And in the garden, iris, pinks and those little gold buttons that grow from a bulb.






52 comments:

  1. Cary and I like Redbone too, he was such a contrast to the other music of the time, which we loved too. Time, eh? It moves on, this time next century no one will remember us. And that's just fine.

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    1. How nice to see you back. Yeah, this decade is taking the piss out of me. However, I expect neither of us will leave first.

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  2. I expect you'll be glad when the move's finished.

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  3. Beautiful irises, Joanne! Tick tock on the move. I'm frustrated for you! Do you have any decent books to while away the hours? -Jenn

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    1. Packed, though I am rereading Michelle Obama at supper.

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  4. Leon Redbone was something special. I loved his song "Walking Stick." And you got to see George Carlin live? I AM SO JEALOUS!
    And you got sundae glasses too?
    Let's hear it for living in a backwater.
    They sell a type of butter here called Amish roll butter and yes, it comes in a big roll. I bought it once and it was good butter but damn- having that much butter just makes it too tempting to use too much. If I baked a lot I would definitely buy it.
    Won't you be so happy when this move is complete? I think we'll all be relieved for you.

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    1. I went a little overboard there. That pound will last a month.

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  5. those iris are gorgeous. snitch me one before you move if you can. as long as you are abandoning them. as for the butter, how nice that you can get butter made locally. it must be better than the brands if not as good as the irish gold.

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    1. I'll be happy to send you a spade full. Aunt Laura would be so proud.

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  6. May your butter taste divine. Ah, to have seen Carlin live...that must have been something special.

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    1. I don't think of myself as so old to have seen these people before your time. But that's just what it is! This was in the seventies, when his comedy reflected his disillusionment and outright disgust.

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  7. I see Kerry Gold at WalMart here but it's too expensive for my purse , HOWEVER, you are making me curious!!!

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  8. Still hoping the move goes smoothly. Your quest for butter is entertaining. The flowers still look delicate.

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  9. I had never heard of him but the other day the classical station advised us of his passing and played a selectiob of his music....now I'm a fan. The 13th is just around the corner...be here before you know it and you'll be all set up and weaving in no time.

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  10. My friend said that we should try the Kerry Gold butter and that for whatever reason, it was better for you (maybe made from grass fed cows?). We did... and liked it fine. But it's a bit more expensive than land o lakes. Think you get 2 sticks of Irish butter (1/2 lb) for the same price as 4 sticks (1 lb) LOL. And this last week Central Market was giving out samples of a New Zealand made butter...

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  11. I can hear it now. Man blocking the cheddar in aisle 3 please move on.
    I read somewhere online that Kerry Gold was banned in Wisconsin, the cheese state.

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    1. Yes, the state decided to enforce a 1950's labeling regulation. People went to Iowa or Nebraska to get Kerry Gold. The dispute was resolved a couple of years ago. Kerry Gold is the second largest selling brand in this country, behind only Land 'O Lakes. You never know what you might learn.

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  12. Good luck on the move.
    Love your garden glory.
    Enjoy your butter. Sometimes we NEED a treat.

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  13. I buy butter that I can't really afford too, because the taste is the best, I cut back on the unnecessary stuff like chocolate. I unpacked my small portable heater this week, I have the airconditioner warming the lounge room, but now winter has set in I need a heater to warm the bathroom air so I can shower in comfort.

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  14. Your Iris are great....I have very similar ones which I love because they are great and need so little care. Everything is lasting longer this year because it's so cool. I am a fan of Leon Redbone, his music and his style. He was too young to die, for sure. Be well, Joanne and may patience befriend you.

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    1. I call them ditch iris; they grow anywhere. They aren't the bearded variety, just plain blue, though I did see white, once.

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  15. Robert Goulet! I haven't thought of him in years. He was a big name in Canada and a beloved national son. "Camelot" was the high point of his career alright.

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    1. I think Camelot opened with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. I could never imagine Burton playing in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio.

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  16. All packed up and no place to go yet. May the time go by fast so you can have your moving day and then get settled in.

    Betty

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  17. I thought of you today, I went to the charity shop and saw someone's weaving that had come undone in here and there parts, Sorry to see that , nearly bought it just to give it a good home.
    We saw Carlin here too, he was pretty great but it was the end of his tour and he was tired so his performance was ...tired. Love him still.

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  18. I am fussy about butter. I only eat Lurpak from Denmark, as do many other millions of people around the world.

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    1. I'll give that a try, too. It's in the grocery.

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    2. Lurpak is very popular in Great Britain.

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  19. I'm sure you are going to love Kerry Gold cheese. I sure do and it's a treat for me to buy now and then. I had to go look up Leon Redbone because at first I thought he might be with the band Redbone. Seems I was familiar with at least one song which I like called 'Please Don't Think About Me When I'm Gone' and 'Walking Stick' in which I hear the Greek influence in his guitar playing and "I Ain't Got Nobody". Funny I did not know him by name as he no doubt will leave these and other songs as his legacy. You will need to get another book or two out of the library as MO's book won't last you long enough. All the best as you wait.

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    1. I guess that was/is 3 songs not one, lol. I was tired.

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  20. Hari OM
    Nearly there, Jo... it's that last wee stretch home that always seems the most tiring. (It proved so for me last week - have been down with a virus since I got back and only today getting back up to anything like par - though still have no voice!).

    For a long time I avoided butter, but since have been baking my own bread, nothing else will do! The main difference between white and yellow butter comes from the diet of the cows. Cows that consume green grass take in more beta carotene, which is what gives butter the yellow color. While cows that consume dried hay and grains lack Beta Carotene and hence their butter is white in colour. Generally speaking, there is not a large difference in taste, but the yellow stuff does tend to be higher in fat content.

    That's my lecture for today! YAM xx

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  21. So cold I put on my hoodie plus a blanket for an afternoon siesta yesterday.

    But I did get butter for $2.99. lol

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  22. Just over a week and you’ll be busy unpacking. I hope you can relax this week!

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  23. I saw Leon Redbone about ten years ago in our local renovated theater. He put on a great show. I also saw George Carlin many years ago and he was so irreverent, that quite a few people walked out. I was not one of them.

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  24. I would be happy to send you some of our 90+ humid degrees for some of your 40 degrees! Hurry up and wait. One of the many annoying parts of moving.

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  25. So frustrating to be packed and having to wait....
    My grandmother made her own butter and her own oatcakes. The combination was a great treat for us when we staryed at the farm as kids.

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  26. Those blue irises! Such a rare color to be found in nature.

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  27. I love blue flowers of any kind and those irises are stunners.

    Rest up so you'll have energy for the move! It's hard to wait.

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  28. Suspended in time rattles the nerves a little and still a week to go.

    Your garden looks wonderful.

    XO
    WWW

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  29. Robert Goulet in Camelot? Was he old, drunk Robert Goulet, or was he still handsome, not-so-drunk Robert Goulet?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'll guess he was between forty and fifty at the time. Where does that put him on the alcohol scale?

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  30. Tomorrow and tomorrow and Sunday glass's to boot. Can you go live at your local library all day?

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    1. MY local library is under remodel renovation, and all programs are being conducted at the town hall.

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  31. I always wonder why some shoppers are happily oblivious to the other shoppers trying to get past them, so absorbed are they in making exactly the right choice of cheese or pickle or whatever. Though having said that, the shoppers in my local supermarket are usually very aware of other shoppers and even apologetic for having mildly inconvenienced them.

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  32. If you've got to hang about waiting for a few days, it is at least a attractive time in the garden. The iris are much too lovely to leave all of them behind … you'll have to take some with you to your new garden.

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    1. My new garden will only be big pots. I may come and thin this frontage from time to time.

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  33. I hope, by the time I am typing this comment, that your new home has been successfully inspected and the moving will (finally) commence next week. Bureaucrats! I was/am a Leon Redbone fan of many years. He was one of a kind. I remember the Carousel Dinner Theater - give me backwater dives any day.

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  34. Kerry Gold--good stuff, good cooking memories.

    Leon Redbone was only late 60s, which is way too young in this time. We saw Camelot way back when he was gorgeous and married to Carole Lawrence.

    Moving day! So close, only a week away.

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