Monthly Archives: September 2011

Music Unlimited

This music site is by or Sony if you wish.

I’ve been with Spotify for awhile now and really love it.  It provides me with new music releases, while offering everything else in the current and past market.  I have days and days worth of music.  I’ve made different lists for my different moods.  I can listen to radio with all of its talk and commercials. I’m not stuck listening to my music choices just on my computer, but I can take them with me in my phone.

If you’ve moved from Spotify to Music Unlimited and you’re glad you made the change, write and share your reasons why.  Otherwise, I’m not moving.  I’m a happy camper right where I am.


The Way Of Shadows / Brent Weeks

This is my first book about assassins.  It was like reading a period piece, but without the place really existing. It started great and ended with me wanting to read the second book.  It didn’t grab me by the shorts though and so I wonder what book about assassins would.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Make the chicken stock first. This is easier than it looks and tastes real good.

 Chicken Stock:

  • 1 whole free-range chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), rinsed, giblets discarded
  • 2 carrots, cut in large chunks
  • 3 celery stalks, cut in large chunks
  • 2 large white onions, quartered
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 1 turnip, halved
  • 1/4 bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  1. Place the chicken and vegetables in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Pour in only enough cold water to cover (about 3 quarts); too much will make the broth taste weak.
  3. Toss in the thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns, and allow it to slowly come to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, partially covered, until the chicken is done.
  5. As it cooks, skim any impurities that rise to the surface; add a little more water if necessary to keep the chicken covered while simmering.
  6. Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board.
  7. When its cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones; hand-shred the meat into a storage container.
  8. Carefully strain the stock through a fine sieve into another pot to remove the vegetable solids.
  9. Use the stock immediately or if you plan on storing it, place the pot in a sink full of ice water and stir to cool down the stock.
  10. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze.

Yield: 2 quarts



  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 quarts chicken stock, recipe follows
  • 8 ounces dried wide egg noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


  1. Place a soup pot over medium heat and coat with the oil.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf.
  3. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the liquid to a boil.
  5. Add the noodles and simmer for 5 minutes until tender.
  6. Fold in the chicken, and continue to simmer for another couple of minutes to heat through; season with salt and pepper.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

Word = dab-handed

1.Very proficient

He is dab-handed at cricket.


Spotify – Only Way To Do Music

Try it, you’ll love it.  It can be free or depending on what your needs are, cost a few $$.  Its totally worth it!!


Here Kitty Kitty

Well, I definitely had a boring day compared to what my dogs experienced.  Along the south side of my house is  “cat alley” where cats walk several times during the day.  Usually its just one cat at a time, but today two cats decided to traverse the area at the same time.  As the second cat approached the alley the phrase “going ballistic” came to mind as my two dogs began to bark feverously, while their little bodies shook as if we lived outside in the frigid cold.

As cats do, they hunched their backs, fur standing out everywhere and nobody moved…  on and on and on and on, nobody moved.  Of course the dogs didn’t notice that the cats had stopped and were eyeballing each other, deciding whether to continue on their own way or fight___  no the dogs only saw CATS and the excitement would not be stopped.

I wanted the noise to stop, but didn’t want to ruin their fun and so I left the room and finished getting ready for the day.  This took me all of ten or twelve minutes, but when I came back to the living room both dogs were dead asleep with no sign of life or any intention of saying good-bye to me as I left the house.  Exhaustion had taken over, but boy was it fun while the excitement lasted.  Just ask them.


Yard Prep For Winter

House before

I can’t believe that September is almost over.  October brings the cold and my yard is not ready for the winter.  I still have to paint the trimming and replace the garage seal.  I probably need to replace the seal around the doors also.  I’ve never replaced seals before and so that aught to be interesting.  … I’m going to paint the trim a dark charcoal and I’m not looking forward to the prep;  the scraping off the old paint, the sanding and then applying the two new coats.  Its white right now and I’ve wanted it changed for years and so I know when I’m done, I’ll be happy!!

Then there is the grass.  I’ve got a thistle problem that cropped up last year and really spread.  Its along the back fence.  I don’t mow my lawn and so imagine my surprise when I stepped on one and then noticed several more around me.  I bought the industrial weed killer that promises to eliminate thistle. It will kill the grass around it about six to eight inches, but who wants thistle and this will eliminate it for next year.  After I kill the weeds, I’ve got to do the winter lawn feed with minerals and iron so it will be green come spring time, and this needs to be done before October fifteenth when they turn off the secondary water.  Oh, and then I need to make sure the sprinkling system is drained so the pipes don’t freeze and crack this winter.

Must drain the lawn mowers, cover the cooler, put the yard equipment in the shed and get the snow blower ready.  I think that’s about everything.  Well, its everything I can think of right now.


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