Archive for July, 2006

Beer Can Chicken

July 31, 2006

Tried beer can chicken yesterday. Treah and Justin got me the apparatus and cook book for Father’s Day and I finally had the time to try it out. The chicken was mounted on the beer can and the rub was applied. The chicken is shown here sitting on the table prior to its deployment to the grill. Busydingbat thought it looked pretty good and could not understand the need for grilling. Luckily, she is well-fed and her floor-sweeping belly keeps her from being able to leap up on the table. The chicken turned out good and its cousins will be used in future feasts.

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One and two and three, one and two and three, …….

July 29, 2006

This squirrel was determined to get into the bird feeder. Check out the determination on his face. Those sunflower seeds must be great to deserve this kind of effort. And, oh the indignity of being a male and leaving yourself exposed to the kitchen window!

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Bob, The Man, The Myth, The Legend

July 23, 2006

 Bob, The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Uncle Bob showed up to this month’s family reunion wearing a new t-shirt that said ‘Bob, The Man, The Myth, The Legend’. Yup, that pretty much sums up Uncle Bob. And teamed up with my dad for the umpeeen hundreth year in a row they are still the family horseshoe champs. Of course, Uncle Bob would not be ‘The Man’ he is today without his biggest cheerleader, my Aunt Artie, aka  ‘Bob’s Babe’.

Bob's Babe

Chief Takes the Driver’s Seat

July 22, 2006

 Apache the truck dog

My brother Eric’s dog, Chief, loves to occupy the truck when nobody is looking. We were working on my brother-in-law’s, Greg, new garage and Eric pulled his truck in with the window down so we would have a radio. Chief would instantly jump up through the open window and sit behind the wheel when we were not looking. Chief did not seem to have any desire to go anywhere – just wanted to sit behind the wheel and look sexy.

By the way, Chief is another one of Busydingbat’s enemies. Even though they have never met.

Metamorphose

July 10, 2006

While working on the grape arbor yesterday I kept noticing some sucker branches on the nearby apple tree. I kept vowing to bring the pruning shears back from the shop and cut them off. All day I kept looking at those suckers, which were only three or four feet away, but kept forgetting the pruning shears on my trip back from the shop. Finally, in midafternoon, I remembered them and upon getting back to the tree noticed the Cicada in this picture on one of the suckers. That guy metamorphosed just a few feet from me while I was working! Wish I had been paying closer attention. He must have just emerged since he had his wings outstretched for drying.

Cicada in the apple tree

Our 4th of July

July 5, 2006

Yup, the weather was REAL hot and we decided to pressure wash the deck. Susan took the first turn until ‘wristlock’ set in then Doug took over and finished. Next step is to bleach the deck and then reseal it. Hope the days we do those jobs are a tad bit cooler.

Washing the deck