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I Coulda Shoulda Bought PITTED Cherries

July 3, 2015

NEW: SOUND BEACHER’S 4TH PHOTOS BELOW.

Yes, I know, I said I was on a blogging hiatus over the weekend, but when the subject is as deep and thought-provoking as buying frozen already-pitted cherries versus fresh cherries that need to be pitted, well, it’s worth popping back in, right?

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One down, three hundred to go!

I’m making a cherry crisp, so many recipes from which to choose, so I “cobbled” (ha ha) together parts of Ina’s peach cobbler recipe but mostly The Tart Cherry Crumble recipe from The Kitchn. Of course, the problem is these aren’t tart cherries from Michigan, so only time and cooking will tell if it makes any difference.

I’ve bought farmer’s market peaches that already look perfect and plan something desserty with those. Any good ideas?

If you are cooking outside this weekend, chime in…. send me photos of your family BBQ, your family dog, fireworks, flags, food….whatever (almost whatever, Walt). Email them to me at eos friday at optonline dot net.

Earth Image sent in this beauty from Florida. Thanks EI!
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From Brick: Seems all watermelon is seedless. How can we have a “spit the seed” contest this weekend?

From Sound Beacher:
Went for a long bike ride looking for flags to stick with the theme, here’s what I got

Flag bunting with flowers and a flag
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Three in a tree
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Quiz:  Is it Union to the right?
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..or Union to the left?
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Quiz answer

Really liked this eagle and flag
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A sailboat all dressed in nautical flags
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Let Me Be the First…

July 3, 2015
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….to wish everyone a Happy and safe Fourth of July weekend. I’m taking a little blogging break until Monday, gathering with friends and family over the long weekend, starting today.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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The Scream Heard ‘Round the World!

July 2, 2015

TO READ 3:30PM UPDATE, SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE

UPDATE TODAY, JULY 3. SCROLL TO VERY BOTTOM

The landscapers just left and the guy who weed-whacks the back patio tapped on the door and said hey, there are some bees over there, pointing to one of the chairs. I said I knew, had seen some, and would spray later. I thanked him and he left.

I remembered I had a spray can of Bee Be Gone and figured I’d go out and take care of this little problem. I turned the chair over and before I could even think of spraying, hundreds of bees came darting out of the nest, at me. Dawg was right by my side and I was so afraid she’d get stung, I grabbed her collar and dragged her away from the chair, me SCREAMING my head off like the girly girl I am. I do not like bees, hornets, nor wasps (other than Mr. EOS).

I think for the one second my eyes weren’t closed, I saw yellow jackets, but honestly, I didn’t stop to inspect them. They were angry. Very angry. OBVIOUSLY the nest has been there for a long time, unnoticed, because we always sit at the other end of the patio. Good think this was unearthed before the whole gang shows up. I can’t even imagine what might have happened to any poor soul choosing that chair.

Anyone know what type of nest this is?

UPDATE:

Wasps, they are good old fashioned wasps. And they are all pretty much dead now, except for a few tough birds who haven’t gagged on the poison spray.

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This morning, early, I used Earth Image’s idea and took a putty knife (aka spatula) and plopped the nest into a trash bag. It was totally depleted of wasps, and the little I ripped it apart (I only LOOK stupid), the few wasps leftover were dead as doornails. One looked like the resting pose of Ho Chi Mihn.

Regular Little Rock Reader sent THIS amazingly brilliant product. Going to find me several of those come Monday. Brilliant. She says … We’ve had great luck with these things. They open up to a 3D paper and wire simulation of a wasp nest and have a string at the top for hanging. Apparently wasps are very territorial and will stay about 200′ away from others wasps’ nest. And this fake out works.

Who doesn’t love a good fake out!
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Pas de Duh?

July 1, 2015

If this is Wednesday, it must be Part Deux of the EOS Summer of Culcha’. Today, ballet, Cinderella at Lincoln Center.

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FREDERICK ASHTON’S BALLETIC TRIUMPH RETURNS FOR 2015

Captivating costume and an Art Deco-inspired set design works hand-in-hand with Sergei Prokofiev’s hauntingly beautiful score to make this American Ballet Theatre production of Cinderella a visual feast for both children and the most ardent of ballet enthusiasts alike.

I know zero about ballet or who is dancing today, but we decided to mix up the weekly events to include all forms of culture the city has to offer, maybe even taking in a baseball game one week! Plus, the ballet seats were relatively cheap. Granted, we’re sitting in the nose bleed section, but hey, maybe this is a good thing in case I fall asleep.

It was a long day yesterday, driving home AND talking Joe into running. He loved Cripes questions and said, when elected, his first job will be to absolve her from the sin of singing in the Quiet Car.

The storms here this morning were so loud that even Dawg went under the covers. She barked at the loudest booms of thunder. The power went on and off a few times as the storms rolled overhead, enough strength in the lightning that this morning my laptop said it didn’t recognize my AC adapter. I wonder if it got zapped?

Onward. Happy July 1!!!!!!! Where has the year gone???


Three seconds later and the fountain gushed high in the sky, scaring a half dozen tourists. Was pretty funny. Mean, but funny.

Actually, great seats. Please, fingers crossed for no fat head in Front of me.

Review: The ballet was extraordinarily beautiful, perfectly performed. Tons of children at the show and when I said that out loud, the woman next to me said you know why, don’t you? No. Children are free today!! Wow, how wonderful. Lots of grandmothers and grand daughters. Lots of older New York couples.Only one or two who didn’t listen to the rule and took photos during the show. The three-year old twins in front of us, one on the grandmother’s lap and one on the mother’s lap, were very good whisperers. An art that so many parents never teach kids.

Best decision of the trip was the car service. Dropped us off right in front. Was around the corner when the show was over. Aaaah.

Joe Called. Said He Needs My Advice.

June 29, 2015

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I’m leaving for Delaware to spend some time with my mom and I expect to meet up with Veep Biden at Buckley’s Tavern to chat about his decision to run for Prez. I’m sure he won’t announce until he knows how this Republican feels.

The local rag says Joe is weighing his options and as of this morning, Hunter the younger son, has given Joe the go-ahead. That leaves Jill and daughter Ashley to say yea or nay.

Mark my words. Joe will announce. And he’ll give Hillary a run for her money. I would much much much rather have Joe the candidate than Hillary. Joe may have foot-in-mouth disease but he loves America, loves his family, doesn’t hide behind a huge PR machine.

I’m taking suggestions for what questions I should pose Joe ……..got a good one?

I’ll be back tomorrow late.

Everywhere Over The Rainbow

June 29, 2015

Let me start by saying, over and over and over, so no one gets the wrong point here, I am all for the same sex marriage ruling. But where I draw the line is turning over your corporation logo to the single concept that you are inclusive to gays and lesbians. Personally, I’d rather know that from your HR department, in how you hire and fire, and not in such a public forum as your Twitter or Instagram logo. But that’s just me.

American Airlines went above and beyond, not only their social media logo, but their on-board TV screens (unless this is photoshopped, which it could be), but still, the idea.
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I note that United Airlines kept its logo and did what I think is the better approach – showed their employees involved in actual gay pride events that says United is less about PC show and more about the real deal. Again, that’s just me.
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Then I hit the brick wall of rainbows. Rainbow explosions. One too many for my head to accept.

WordPress transformed my internal pages into a rainbow festival, without asking me and without giving me the option to click on or off.  (this is what it looks like when I write a post)
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I went to complain at the WordPress forum sight and as you might imagine, lots of people were saying hey, make it optional, do not force us to see rainbow if we don’t want to. 
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The irony in WordPress forcing US to use the rainbow is that they refuse to acknowledge our comments and have shut down any and all threads related to the banner. (see red box above) In other words, if you don’t like the banner, tough cookies. Deal with it.

One clever blogger found a way to remove it, but it’s only until you refresh the page – then bam, it’s baaaaack.

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There it is again……………..

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I hope by today the rainbow logos start going away so the world can settle into talking about more important issues, like what on earth I am going to wear tomorrow, spending the day with my mother in Wilmington. 

My Face is Probably Flagged at All Barnes & Noble Stores

June 28, 2015

In an effort to do a nice thing for my sister’s upcoming birthday and her trip to Iran, I was on the hunt for books about Iran – historically, culturally, architecturally – any or all of the above.

Their tour is quite amazing – sold out besides, so they aren’t the only ones looking to see Iran.

Discover one of the world’s great civilizations on visits to exceptional museums, antiquities, mosques, and palaces.
Explore ancient Iran, from Tabriz, one of Iran’s historical capitals, to Shiraz, “city of roses and nightingales.” Begin in the northern city of Tabriz to explore the museums, Grand Bazaar, and Blue Mosque. Drive south of the city to see the troglodyte village of Kandovan, known for rock-houses created in a landscape similar to that of Cappadocia in Turkey. Travel to Ardebil to marvel at the magnificent mausoleum of Sheikh Saffi-eddin Ardebili. Visit Qazvin, whose Friday Mosque is one of the oldest in Iran, and Gonbad-e-Sultanieh, home to the 14th-century tomb of Uljaitu, the country’s last Il-Khanid ruler.

In Tehran, tour museums including the National Museum, with collections of pre-historic and ancient artifacts; the Abguineh Museum, known for its stunning pre-Islamic and Islamic glass and ceramics; and the impressive Carpet Museum. Spend a morning at the Golestan Palace Complex, dating from the 18th to early 20th century, and visit the National Jewels Museum, housed in the vaults of the Central Bank of Iran. In Isfahan, see the splendid Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the magnificent Friday Mosque. Conclude in Shiraz to tour some of the city’s celebrated gardens and visit the tombs of well-known Persian poets. On a full-day excursion, discover the ruins of 2,500-year-old Persepolis, the ceremonial city founded by Darius the Great.

I saw a few books of interest online but thought it would be more fun to walk through actual bookstore aisles, seeing which books might suit. Enter Stamford Town Center, Barnes & Noble

I went directly to their Search computer, typed in Iran. Entries 1 – 5, not pages 1 -5, entries 1-5, three of which were not available, one of which was available online only, and one, on the shelves, under History, Middle East.

Couldn’t find it anywhere in the ten book shelf of Middle East history so I went back to the computer and searched Persia: History, nothing. Back to the computer, re-entered Iran, this time the one book that was previously listed as On the Shelves, was poof, gone. not even on the list.

One last try, I searched Middle East history and culture and was sent back to the one measly shelf. By this time I saw two B&N employees hovering around me, no shit, really, and a third looking my way. I have this sneaking feeling my multi-layered search sent off a red flag behind the scenes.

No one asked me to leave, or asked me if they could help, so I left on my own, dejected, home to shop for all I want at Amazon.

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