A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

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A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT



My reading choices are very eclectic. …

I dabble in a little of this and a little of that.

  • I enjoy mysteries.
  • Many times a great who-done-it murder is right up my alley.
  • I am not into many vampire-themed stories.
  • But a good over-world novel can sometimes hit the spot.

I enjoy character-series books …

  • Detectives …
  • Psychos …
  • Even stories that follow families through several generations

My favorite authors:

  • James Patterson
  • Sue Grafton
  • John Grisham
  • P. D. James
  • Dean Koontz
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Michael Connelly
  • J. A. Jance
  • Clive Cussler
  • Janet Evanovich
  • Lee Child
  • Lisa Scottoline

And I’m sure I missed one or two… or seventeen.



Written for FANDANGO ONE-WORD-CHALLENGES: DABBLE 

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NOT A HUSTLER, A THIEF

Grabbing-the-DodgeballIn conversation, a person was speaking of teh number of robo-calls they were receiving. “Those people are the new hustlers,” they said.

At first I thought that was an accurate statement, but now … not so much.

I have far more respect for a hustler: an aggressively enterprising person; a go-getter according to Google.

These phone-call invaders are scum.

  • They set-up a phone list and a remote-program does most of the scam.
  • They purchases (or stole) the phone numbers – no skill involved.
  • They probably bought (or stole) the program necessary for the calls.

A true hustler (from the respectable days) had to have an exquisite skill base of some sort. Whether they were a flimflamming artist at poker, of practicing thier chicanery around a pool table.

Even a artistry of a practiced pick-pocket can be appreciated.

I think all telephone scam artists should be lined-up along a concrete wall and pummeled with dodge balls by dodgeball ninja before have to serve thier sentences.



Written for FANDANGO ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: HUSTLE. 

… AND IT WAS AWESOME

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… AND IT WAS AWESOME



Several days ago, I posted a great recipe on how to cook a steak in a foil packet with buttered, herb-seasoned potatoes.

The potatoes were grand!

The steak… not as much to my liking.

So yesterday, I grilled in the skillet.

WHAT I DID …

A hot skillet with the bottom gently coated in olive oil,,,

A steak (approximately one-inch think) seasoned and grilled on one side for about three minutes…

 Flipped and seasoned, then grilled on the other for about three minutes.

Then flipped and peppered another minute…

Flipped and peppered another minute.

IT WAS AWESOME!!!

I will still do the potatoes in the foil packet…

But I will grill the steaks.

Next time, I think I will try a new marinade?



Written for FANDANGO ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: AWESOME. 

 

THAT WAS LUDICROUS

If you are watching teh NCAA BASEBALL WORLD SERIES, I hope you saw the ending innings of the West Virginia and Texas A & M game.

During the first seven innings, West Virginia was handing Texas A & M  a shellacking.

But then in inning seven, the Aggies hit a GRAND SLAM!

Now, it was a much closer game.

Then …

At the bottom of the ninth …

With two outs …

The last batter up had a 3-2 count …



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: LUDICROUS. 

TRYING NOT TO BE A SPENDTHRIFT



DIY SUET BLOCKS

Store-bought suet block = approximately $2.50 a block

Homemade suet blocks = approximately $16.00 for 30+ blocks.

And making them is a lot more fun!!!



If you are an ALL-YEAR CHRISTMAS TREE fan … here is another one for you.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: SPENDTHRIFT

VERBATIM – NOT WHAT IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE

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VERBATIM – NOT WHAT IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE



Eat your dinner.

Eat. You’re dinner.

I’m sorry I love you.

I’m sorry; I love you.

Let’s eat, Grandma.

Let’s eat Grandma.

That’s a picture of a man eating chicken.

That’s a picture of a man-eating chicken.

I love cooking, my dogs, and my family.

I love cooking my dogs and my family.

A woman without her man is nothing.

A woman: without her, man is nothing.

Twenty-five dollar bills.

Twenty five-dollar bills.

I want to thank my parents, Rosa Lee and God.

I want to thank my parents, Rosa Lee, and God.

Unable to eat diarrhea.

Unable to eat, diarrhea.

Today, we’re going to learn to cut and paste kids.

Today, we’re going to learn to cut and paste, kids.

Hunters, please use caution when hunting. Pedestrians using walking trails.

Hunters, please use caution when hunting pedestrians using walking trails.

Help a thief.

Help! A thief!


FYI: From one of my favorite lessons to teach: Commas Save Lives! 



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: VERBATIM

NEVER A HUMDRUM MOMENT

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NEVER A HUMDRUM MOMENT



Even on days when the weather hits ninety, and I am stuck inside, there are far too many things to enjoy for life to be humdrum!

More time to practice my piano lessons …

Or learn a new song on the ukulele.

Or for doing an additional chore or two.

Freshly made lemonade

Or sweet iced tea …

Baking peanut butter cookies …

Or homemade bread.

Time to hard boil eggs for a crisp salad for lunch …

Relaxing in the recliner with the pup in front of the air conditioner …

And then have a fling with a newly-arrived best-seller from the library

Or another Netflix binge …

But NEVER humdrum!



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: HUMDRUM.