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Thursday, July 7, 2011


Do little zombie monkeys get together and and say: 'Hey, Maria doesn't have enough to do. Let's break some stuff, hide her tools, and remind her she's not twenty anymore.' Whew! I feel like I've been chasing myself all week.

Truck update: Would you believe the car mechanic found nothing wrong with my truck? The only thing he found amiss was the radiator cap wedged in between some doohickies.

We're speculating, but earlier in the week, I had had the oil changed and it's possible whoever checked the fluids didn't put the cap on tight. As I was driving around, it might've rattled around enough to blow out and wedge itself--leaving me with glycol splattered all over the engine and an overheated car.

I'm glad it wasn't serious, but now Greg is bugging me to get a  new car. My truck's warranty is nearly expired. My warranty isn't looking so good either. 

Speaking of Greg: We had a fantastic dinner out for his birthday, and splurged on Oysters Pappadeaux, frog legs, crawfish bisque, redfish in wine sauce, and a Greek salad. It was probably the best meal we've ever had out.

He deserved it. I worked the poor guy to skinny-bones that day because we were so far behind on our homestead projects. I hated that we couldn't take the day off. No one should have to work on his birthday.

Indie Tour update: I created a nice little badge for the blog tour.  Le quirky, no? My dad had a car like this, only ours was blue and white and a four-door. Darn thing was built like a tank and could hold a passel of kids.

I've started on my guest posts--though Barbara Ann Wright nearly gave me a stroke when we got our dates mixed up. Thanks, Barbara. I needed more gray hair on my head.

Writing these posts have really been useful to me because I'm beginning to see what I did right and what I can do better for next time. I hope it does the same for you.

Cover Contest: Embrace The Shadows had put the cover for Apocalypse Rising in a cover contest and it won! Thank you for voting for it. And thank you Embrace The Shadows for running the contest.

Homestead: We have been running into a series of problems with the goat pen. When we stretched the barbed wire, one of the posts shifted, twisting the other three sides. Now we're forced to add more bracing. The fence isn't so much to keep the goats in. It's to keep the predators (coyotes) out. This has turned out to be a lot more work than we expected. I just want it done.

The garden has slowed down because of the heat, so I let the chicks have at it. You should've seen them after they devoured a ton of weeds and bugs. They were so fat and lazy I nearly had to roll them back into their pen. They had a blast though. I'll do this a few more times. It'll help defray my feed costs.

So that's my report at my end, what's new at yours? Can you recall the best meal you ever had out?


Mike Keyton said...

I love your 'Little House on the Prairie Tales'. Love the food more. I briefly salivated but have since wiped the keyboard. Do chickens salivate? Did you check when you rolled them back into the pen? Or where you salivating seeing them as future roast dinners. Rambling. Sorry.

DRC said...

What is it with radiator caps? Mine car is off the road at the moment too, and one of the problems was the Radiator cap. The thread had worn and so it didn't tighten or seal, which didn't help matters when the car decided to over-heat.

Best meal I've had? Hmm...I'd say it was a simple roast in a random pub we found on the Isle of Wight in April. It was to die for...(need to stop drowling everytime I think of

Angelina Rain said...

Sounds like you had a very busy week. I can't wait for this blog tour of yours and for great info I'm sure I'll find in it.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I don't think chickens salivate, but they do get the deer-in-the-headlights look when faced with enormous dining options. (me too)

DRC: I'm sorry you had the same problem. What a pain these are. I was carless for days. Hope yours didn't incur too much damage.

Angelina: I'd settle for less busy. :)

Raelyn Barclay said...

Maybe that apocalyptic dust storm Liz had sent the zombies to you?

Glad you and Greg had a nice celebration for his birthday. Sounds like you both needed it.

Looking forward to the tour :)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Hah! I can totally imagine fat little chicks, rolling around like balls. And good thing the truck wasn't busted up

Krista D. Ball said...

What do you mean, not 20 anymore? You're barely a day over 19. Now, get back to work.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I like to keep you on your toes. ^_^ The best meal I ever had out was in Washington state at a little place on the coast. Best. Steak. Ever.

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: It took me a while to figure out what your comment meant since I hadn't read many blogs today. I have a feeling zombie monkeys predate the apocalypse. They're the descendents of the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz.

Sarah: They were hilarious. You could almost hear them groan, "I shouldn't have eaten the whole thing."

Krista: Sadly the only thing still 19 on my body are my blue jeans.

Barbara: Every time I eat a fabulous meal, I weep at my lack of cooking skills.

Misha said...

I like the badge. Very cool.

Don't you just hate it when things act broken but you can't find the cause? Such a pain. >_<

Good luck with the goat pen!

jackie b central texas said...

Best meal ever was in a little hole in the wall place that no longer exists in San Antonio, my husband and I were on our honeymoon and we ate at Tiny's Mexican Restaurant where they served the most melt in your mouth beef fajitas and the best drunken beans and the lightest homemade flour tortillas and smoothest Mexican Rice that I have had in my life! That was almost 30 years ago and I am still salivating after eating the same meal many times can say with no doubt that one was the most rememberable.

I miss going to Pappa's and Pappadeaux's outside Houston, could go to the one's in Austin but who drives over 100 miles to eat out these days, not us!

Sorry about all the woes, glad the vehicle debacle worked out with no loss of vehicle itself and Maria congrats on making your honey work on his birthday as there are no words for how mean that was!

BTW loved the mental picture of the chickens after their "feasting" pig out, I think that was the most fun part of the whole post.

PS if you are getting any send some rain storms our way, we are dying here in our area of Texas from the heat and dry weather.

Maria Zannini said...

Misha: Thanks! The logo was a last minute idea that went much faster than the goat pen.

Jackie: Isn't it sad when places we love close down? It's like losing a friend.

No rain by us. I was hoping I could borrow a few rain clouds from you. LOL.

Shelley Munro said...

My hubby is an awesome cook and many of my favorite meals appear in our own kitchen. I'm spoiled that way.

Your week was a lot more interesting than mine, although it sounds as if you could have done without some of the excitment. We've had lots of rain. I'll send you some!

Ellie Garratt said...

You have had a busy week! The meal sounded delicious - I love anything seafood.

The badge is very cool!

Ellie Garratt

Shirley Wells said...

Good grief, you've been busy. I've had a fairly boring week but, hey, I like boring now and again. :)

That meal sounds wonderful. I'm drooling at the thought of it.

Have a great weekend!

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: Sometimes I think kitchens are wasted on me. LOL.

And yes, we'll take any rain you can spare.

Ellie: I'm still trying to figure out how to fit a fish pond on our property.

Shirley: I would gladly take boring about now. I'm pooped!