Mackenzie is a huge Tori Amos fan and has heard her in concert on several occasions.
Things you might not know about Tori Amos. Tori changes which songs she plays every single show and you never know what it will be… so there is always a setlist which is just a piece of paper with the order of songs printed on it.
In her concert in Dallas last weekend, Kenz and Luke were seated by the lights/audio guy and Kenz asked for the setlist. His response to someone else who asked after her was like… “Oh come on, I can’t give you that BEFORE the show… maybe afterwards but not before”. He looked at Kenz and said, “If you’re still here when the show was over, I can give it to you then.“ Mackenzie let him know that, of course, she would be there. My guess is she’d be about the last to leave.
So sure enough, as soon as the show was over, there must have been 10 different people rush to the lights/audio guy and say “Hey, can I have the setlist” and he said sorry but I’ve already promised it to this girl - and he gave it to Kenz! It’s not the hugest deal ever, obviously, since it’s just a piece of paper - but it is a big deal amongst fans and you can only get one from a couple different people at a concert - and he’s the most obvious. So unless you got backstage or have big connections with someone else, he’s your only hope and Kenz got it.
Jim from Milestone is here to remove the catalytic converter from the basement fireplace insert. He thinks it may draw better once it’s removed. I certainly hope so as I don’t want to have to paint again in my life time. Recently it took five coats of Valspar with additives (that means it was thick as paste) in this area to cover the results of Brit’s errant ways with his Boy Scout fires.
We’ve returned my vast collection of Virginia and Pennsylvania, etc. genealogy books back to their assigned place to the left of my computer. I’m out of space for any more family information except on my computer where the majority of my research resides. I wish there were a hard copy of all of it, but I gave up on it before I finished. I do have two published hardbound books for each of my grandchildren covering the Jury’s and Bourbon County Britton’s should they ever be interested in reading them, but it’s only a fraction of my material.
A weekend of nasty weather is heading this way and should make its presence known later this afternoon. Tomorrow is going to be a day of high winds that will keep us close to the fire with a good book. With that in mind, I have a Dutch oven full of split pea soup simmering on the stove.
I peeked at my Metapros totals for this month and see they are creeping over 155,000. I’ll know tomorrow as I don’t intend to stay up to 12:01 to find out. Thanks to all of you for making this another good month.
Here’s my split pea soup recipe, if you want to try it.
PEG’S SPLIT PEA SOUP….MY OWN INVENTION!
Amounts can vary according to your preference of flavors.
It makes a sizable amount, so find a big oven proof Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil in the Dutch Oven on top of the stove:
8 cups of water
very lean meaty ham shanks
3 bay leaves
Cook until the shanks/hocks/ham is done
You can also add a couple of small, very lean smoked ready to eat sausages, thinly sliced
1/2 small bunch of celery with some leaves, sliced thick
a pound or more of carrots, peeled and sliced thick
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 or 2 med. turnips, peeled and cubed
1# of split dry peas, rinsed thoroughly
2 chopped onions
8 to 10 large cloves of garlic, sliced
1 tsp. dry mustard
juice of 1 small lemon
heaping tablespoon of chicken base, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground pepper
a couple shakes of tabasco
Heat thoroughly on the stove then pop into the oven covered at 300 degrees for a couple of hours or until everything is done. You may want to adjust the seasonings, but usually this about does it.
Now, we usually eat a bowl or two just like this, but when it is very thick, because the dry peas make it that way, I add some heavy cream, canned milk or whole milk to thin it down. Then I chill it for later. You just have to adjust it the way you want it.
Hope you like it. It freezes well.