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6/29/2009

MORE OF THIS AND THAT…

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 3:32 pm

There was a high speed vehicle chase in Dallas this afternoon lasting nearly an hour and a half.  I can’t believe that I watched it to its conclusion, but I did.  Crazy stuff.  And, it was on Fox News that I almost never watch.  I’ll have to rely on my granddaughter to see how it all ended and identify the driver of the car.  He was alive after a high impact collision, but will never see daylight after his day in court. Maybe he can bunk with Bernie Madoff.

The fireworks Saturday night were truly wonderful.  I can’t imagine anyone not loving every 18 minutes of it, or however long it lasted.  There were some new stunning displays this year that have become my new all-time favorites.  I’m sure Dane was smiling somewhere.  As we were leaving, someone in passing said, “Well, that was a yawn!”.  I guess we can’t please them all.

There are sharp differences in the way Democrats and Republicans view economic issues facing the country today; Republicans are much more likely to worry about taxes and federal control of business, while Democrats worry more about health insurance and unemployment.

A South Carolina newspaper, The State, received in December the steamy e-mails circulating between Gov. Sanford and Maria Chapur.  When Sanford landed in Atlanta after his AWOL trip to Argentina, he was unaware anyone knew of these e-mail messages or his whereabouts.  Without these letters in the hands of newspaper’s entrepid reporter, Gina Smith, who was the only reporter to predict he’d be landing in Atlanta, Sanford most likely would have stuck to his Appalachian hiking story and not been forced to reveal his true whereabouts and why he was there.  He’s too deep in muck not to resign.  It’s not the dalliance; it’s the hypocrisy and deception that matter.

Congressman Jerry Moran voted against THE AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT OF 2009.This comprehensive clean energy jobs plan will help rebuild our economy, make us more energy independent, and put America on the path to slashing global warming pollution 80 percent by 2050, something necessary to protect the planet for future generations. An unprecedented coalition of environmental, faith, community, labor, veterans, business, and other groups mounted one of the most vigorous grassroots campaigns in decades to move this critical legislation through the House.

It’s a stifling 100 degrees outside.  Ringo and I ran our errands to the postoffice, pay bills and the grocery store before the deep heat set in.  Allly reports I-70 is blistering hot.  I can only imagine as I remain cool inside my home.

Thanks for tuning in…

GIRLS’ TRIP WITH EVA

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 3:01 pm

This is a dream trip.  we’ve always been very pleased with the travel arrangements Eva Wallert has made for us.  I think traveling is beyond me now, but someone out there might be interested.
GIRLS’ TRIP …Mothers & Daughters, Sisters, Cousins, Girlfriends ….

Get-togethers with family and friends over the holidays can be lots of fun, but also a lot of work, stress, and very tiring !   So take your time getting everything put away, the decorations down, and the leftovers eaten…..We have the perfect recipe to unwind from a hectic, chaotic holiday season!

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6/28/2009

SHORT NOTE FROM MACKENZIE

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:36 am

If you do just 1 thing today, let it be this: educate yourself about the Stonewall Riots of June 28, 1969.  Today is the 40th anniversary and the fight still continues.  I’ll be participating in the Million Gay March of Texas for my family members and friends in the LGBT community, but most of all, for MYSELF, because I am willing to stand up as a straight ally and demand equal rights for all.

Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots

Google News (today lots of news covering 40th anniversary): http://news.google.com/news?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=stonewall+riots&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=BH9HSouBNouGMvXP-bIK&sa=X&oi=news_group&ct=title&resnum=305468545

6/27/2009

JOIN THE FUN TONIGHT AT THE REC CENTER

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Ellsworth, Kanopolis, Heritage turkeys/chickens — Peg Britton @ 11:28 am

The Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks display is tonight at 10:00 at the Rec Center.  Prior to the skyworks,  you can join family and friends for hot dogs, hamburgers and the yearly splurge in eating a funnel cake.  It’s an evening of fun for families, camaraderie and hanging out listening to music.  Don’t miss it.

Then ….get ready for FORT HARKER DAYS in  Kanopolis on July 10 & 11th and a  “Boot Scootin’ Good Time”.

It all starts on Friday, July 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a hamburger feed at Commanding Officer’s Quarters.   $5.00 donation per plate.   Sponsored by the Ellsworth County Historical Society.

You can recover from all this just in time to take part in the Wilson Czech Festival the end of July.  There is always something going on around here….so don’t let it escape your attention.

It’s only 87 degrees right now.  What a pleasant change from the recent heat wave.  My friend from Shreveport left today for Denver as her worldly treasures in her car that she’s relocating to Denver were being baked to death…computers, family pictures, electronic gizmo’s, CDs and stuff that isn’t supposed to be baked.  The “stuff” in her trunk was so hot we couldn’t even touch it.  She decided another day in our Kansas heat was too much to endure.  She made a good decision to move on but I miss her presence.

My friend, Lori in Denver, sent another side to the chicken story.  You can read about it here.  I do know what Ryon says is true.  I’ve struggled with him through his chicken  deaths and know how much care and attention he devotes to his flocks.  It is a constant battle as he won’t use the common preventative of constantly feeding his birds deadly chemicals as many do.  If he has to treat his birds for some illness, it’s only for a day or two.  A couple of friends of mine who are new to the chicken raising business have only a rare death now and then because the commercial feed they buy for them is loaded with  chemicals.  Read his comment in the following blog.  You’ll find it interesting.
Thanks for tuning in.

6/26/2009

FREE-RANGE CHICKENS…THE WAY TO GO…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:44 pm

There is a good reason that free-range chickens whose loving caretakers mix their own food for them make better food for us. My chicken expert, Ryon Carey, who raises lots of chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks, mixes all his own feed that is good for his flocks and others up the food chain as well. There is a reason why “store bought” chicken tastes terrible.

“Most people don’t know that the chicken they eat is laced with arsenic. The ice water or coffee they enjoy with their chicken may also be infused with arsenic. If they live on or near a farm, the air they breathe may be infected with arsenic dust as well.

“Why do our chicken, our water and our air contain arsenic? Because in the United States, most major poultry producers add an arsenic compound known as roxarsone to their chicken feed. Inorganic arsenic is a Class A carcinogen that has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and declines in brain function. Recent scientific findings show that most Americans are routinely exposed to between three and 11 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended safety limit.

“The poultry industry has been using the feed additive roxarsone — purportedly to fight parasites and increase growth in chickens — since the Food and Drug Administration approved it in 1944. Turns out that the arsenic additive promotes the growth of blood vessels in chicken, which makes the meat appear pinker and more attractive in its plastic wrap at the grocery store, but does little else. The arsenic additive does the same in human cells, fueling a growth process known as angiogenesis, a critical first step in many human diseases such as cancer.  “

Click here for the entire article in today’s Washington Post.

LIFE IS FULL OF NICE SURPRISES…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:31 pm

Guess who surprised the heck out of all of us this morning?  The airman had a long weekend and drove home to see the city Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks display tomorrow night and visit with family and friends.  What a joy he is.

Tyler and I had lunch at the Antique Mall where Todd joined us.  We sat next to “The Mayor” who said he’s had lot of farm reports of a bumper wheat crop…50 bushel wheat with good weight.

Ordinarily I’m not inclined to even enjoy, much less recommend, slightly raunchy movies, but here is an exception…The Hangover.  I laughed through the whole thing until my sides ached.  A row of men seated in front of us were either doubled up in their seats laughing or falling on the floor in spasms.  I gather they had experienced similar bachelor party weekends in Vegas.

Mackenzie reports that many of her friends say Up, a pixar movie, is really, really good.

“A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a Lost Land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, whose trying to get an assisting the elderly badge. Together, they embark in an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin.”  Sounds good to me.

My friend, Nancy, is arriving from Shreveport this afternoon and will stay the weekend.  She’s a delight to have around and I’m very much looking forward to her arrival.

Cathy May dropped by this morning with fresh green beans, new potatoes and a zucchini from Jeff’s garden.  Jeff is taking advantage of his long weekends from the reduced hours at Cashco to keep up with his vegetable garden.  Anne Grothusen was visiting relatives for a week and said she returned to find a garden full of weeds.  Meredith put tons of mulch on her gardens so she’s cool.

The heat is terrible.  It’s only 102 at the moment, but there is not a sign of a breeze. The air is getting stale and stagnant.  It is a rare day in June in Kansas when the wind isn’t blowing a gale, but lately there is not enough to turn a leaf.

There’s a new political parody from the internet animators known as JibJab and it pokes fun at President Obama. The video is titled “He’s Barack Obama” and it shows the president dressed up as a super hero as he tackles various issues.  The cartoon made its debut at Friday night’s 65th annual Radio and TV Correspondents Dinner in Washington…where the president was in attendance.  Click here to see the video on Kansas Jackass’s website.   It’s very good.

I’ve been a card carrying member of  ProKanDo for a long time.  Officially, it is now closed. Additionally, ProKanDo has not authorized any individual, entity or organization to utilize any part or portion of the organization.

Those of us who care deeply about such matters can continue to support women’s reproductive health issues by contributing to The George R. Tiller, M.D. Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Women’s Health. Contributions can be sent in care of the Wichita Community Foundation, 200 W. Douglas, S-250, Wichita, KS 67202.

There is much work to do in Kansas, as well as across the country and around the world regarding women’s health and rights. I feel compelled to keep up the good fight and encourage others to join.

Years ago I bought two very large bat houses and had Larry Griffith put them in our “forest” with his cherry picker.  They are well-positioned…one for the guys, the other for the females and wee ones.  Well, they may or may not be using their houses for habitat, but I know they are using mine.  The brown bats blend right in with our siding and you can hardly see them.  I finally had Kerry shoo them away this morning and he said one group of 25 or 30 exited the area above my bedroom window, their fave hangout, but there are five times that many who refused to budge.  Bats are good and eat a lot of insects, but they are just too close to my doors for my comfort.

Don’t forget the gala fireworks display and all the fun, food and games associated with it tomorrow evening at the Rec Center.  It’s always a great way to enjoy an evening with friends and celebrate the 4th a little early.

Time to close things down.  Thanks for tuning in…

6/25/2009

SIZZLING HEAT…AND HIGH PRICES…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 5:05 pm

An hour ago it was 106 with the heat index at 112.  Just minutes ago it was in the 90s.  Right now it registers “87″ degrees at the high school, which is a stone’s throw from where I am sitting.   The high today was 109.  For June, that’s very unusual.

It’s harvest time so let the combines roll.  The wheat looks very good and yields are good but mixed. Thunderstorms are gathering south of us and heading south which probably accounts for the weather change.

Someone climbed the water tower by the old hospital Friday night and spray painted obscenities directed at an individual on it.  That is inexcusable, thoughtless and reflective of the low standards of the person who painted it moreso than the subject of the scrawl.

The new medicine I’m taking for Lupus (or whatever I have!) is Mycophenolate.  It’s the generic for Cellcept, a drug used for patients undergoing kidney transplants.  It demolishes your immune system, I’m led to believe, but this is about the last good alternative for me.  Anyway, it’s expensive stuff, but if you shop around, there is sunlight.  Here’s what I have learned in the past few days.

My local pharmacist was giving me her “best deal” and charging me $400 for 60 pills, which is enough for one month.  That’s with my insurance.  She said she can’t even buy it for $200.
My Lupus doctor’s nurse in Salina said she could find it cheaper for me and did.  She said the Smith Center pharmacist said he’d sell it to me at his cost of $170.

Then she called again to say at Dillon’s on Crawford in Salina, it can be purchased….same med, 60 pills…for $117.17.   I needed it so Todd made a run to Salina to pick it up so I could get started on it in order to head north again.  Today, they called from the Dillon Pharmacy and said they had run it through my insurance and had a rebate for me of $40.77.  That brings the price down to $76.40 with my insurance.  Far better than $400.

Meantime, I have contacted my friend, Jim Cleland, who has a pharmacy in WaKeeney. He is reevaluating the prices of all the meds I’m taking. Perhaps you’ve seen his ad on CNN.  His price for 100 of the same med as mentioned above is $105.20.  He also said he was making money on it at that price.  So, Jim’s cost to me per pill is $1.05.  Dillon’s costs is $1.27 a pill.  Locally purchased would cost me $6.66 a pill.  All with my insurance.  I can’t afford to shop locally with this price differential.

A week from Saturday at the farmers’ market, you may see a new product that Ally is going to be selling.  I’ll let you know when it will be ready.  It’s a family favorite, but she’s making variations of it to see how people like it.

Our base jumping cousin jumped off a downtown Denver hotel last week, and claimed Ally jumped with him.  I knew better, but thought it was funny, since he did.  He’s one of the primere base jumpers in the U.S. which is a dizzy, conflicted thought.  He, along with a dozen other base jumpers, descended one after the other at midnight.  A policeman tried to arrest the first to land then glanced up and saw all the others coming down too and decided to let them all go.  I’m sure there are sports more dangerous than base jumping, but I can’t think of one right now.

Our friend, Sammy, is heading for Moscow on Saturday.  She’s assigned to the Kremlin.  She makes her opportunities and is seeing the world. She’ll go far.

And, here is Riley, the newest member of our dog family.  Shes a black Boxer and will join Rod and Genn’s Boxer sister, Tess, in a few weeks.  Let’s see…we have Ringo, Sam, Haley, Maggie, Tess, Riley and Bentley….and lots of cats.

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Meredith came by today.  I love to have her stop by as she can’t sit still…she is compelled to clean “something/anything” the minute she crosses the threshold.  I love it.  Today she did dishes, cleaned my stove, made me put stuff away that was just “sitting out”, and took out the trash.  We shared a piece of Karen’s sugar-free coconut cream pie she made for my birthday and Rich will get the rest for dinner.  I hope she stops by again tomorrow! Seriously, she’s been a lifesaver for me since I got sick. But…wellness is here and staying.

Now it’s 95 degrees again.  Go figger…..Thanks for tuning in….

WHAT IS LACKING FROM THIS PICTURE?

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:14 pm

Gov. Mark Sanford seems to have lost contact with reality.  Consider. On one hand, he’s day dreaming of becoming President of the United State, while at the same time and with the other hand, he’s wooing a “very dear friend of eight years” who happens not to be his wife or mother of his four sons.

His relationship with Miss Argentina started with him counseling her that she should go back to her husband and children because it’s “God’s law.”  From there on, things got very, very steamy and wacky. We’ll never hear the end of — “I spent the last five days of my life crying in Argentina”— on SNL and Letterman.

The drip, drip, drip of dalliance details in the Republican Christian conservative group continues.

Gov. Mark Sanford’s bizarre behavior of going AWOL and leaving the state of South Carolina without leadership, leading his staff into believing he was off meandering along the Appalachian Trail, abandoning his four sons on Father’s Day, then actually flying to Argentina to “cry for five days” with his beloved, is too much on the crazy side for most of us to accept as anything but bizarre.

This is the same Mark Sanford who voted for three of the four articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton.  It is revolting to watch his family values campaign video where he preaches family values and morality as his wife and four sons frolic around him.  He abused the same marriage rights he wants to deny to same-sex couples. He’s a first-class hypocrite and should resign from office.

Yesterday Mark Sanford looked positively shell-shocked during his free-range, rambling, directionless press conference.  The only positive thing about it was that he didn’t drag his innocent wife along with him, as did wide-stance Sen. Larry Craig, hooker-addicted Eliot Spitzer, and call-girl addicted Sen. David Vitter.  He did refer to her as a faithful workhorse and dutiful campaign manager…rather like a sweaty sock.  Jenny deserves better.

Add to the lingering mix, the messy life of Sen. John Ensign who had an affair with a staffer while her husband served as Ensign’s former chief-of-staff.  He even used funds inappropriately to boost her position, salary and those of her relatives.  Ensign is a member of the men’s Christian ministry, “Promise Keepers”, which is committed to building strong marriages. Sure.

Look at the messy, sordid lives of Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and hate talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh who some purport to be the leader/s of the conservative Republican Party.

There is something about this endless list of social conservatives, generally right wing hypocrites of the Republican persuasion, where extramarital affairs, gambling, alcohol abuse, prostitution and sexual pursuit of minors have taken a toll.

From their pulpits, they preach moral virtue, family values, right-to-life, marriage between only “one man and one woman” and abstinence from sex before marriage. Their world is 6,000 years old.  They push for religious legislation on these “family and moral values” despite public outcry to the absurdity of most of it. They are hypocrites of the highest order.

The typical “American” family isn’t picture perfect.  Misplaced memories and old movies rekindle the family image as a faithful, sober, hard-working father married to a stay-at-home devoted wife and mother where a passel of  happy, loved, well-educated, fulfilled children sit around the dinner table every night and exchange educational tidbits of knowledge. And no one gets into trouble.  I don’t know if there is such a thing as a typical American family any more or precisely how those “family values” are supposed to be applied to all.

Even Bobby Tindal, one of the brightest in the Republican Party, has his problems.

The fundamentals of the morality platform of the conservative Republican Party are violated on a whim.  Democrats certainly are not free of their share of scandals, but they don’t moralize and push for religious legislation on core family values then lead lives that are far afield from what they preach and insist on for others.   It’s no wonder Republicans have such long faces (except in Kansas and the Deep South).

The only thing absent from this picture is what?  Women. Women. Women.  Well, except for hapless Sarah Palin who seems to become embroiled in a new controversy each week.

Women have to work twice as hard in this country…maybe ten times as hard as men to reach the same status in politics and the corporate world.  Canada’s Supreme Court has five women out of nine members.  Our Supreme Court has one woman and eight men.  Women are vastly outnumbered in the Senate and Congress.  Women work too hard to get where they are to be led astray by the foolishness that captured all those men listed above.  We should be electing more qualified women to high office.  Jenny Sanford probably would have made a much better governor of South Carolina than her husband.  She left a good job on Wall Street to marry him and run his campaigns….and father his children.

And, Obama should equalize the bench and other high positions with qualified women as vacancies occur.  There are many other women like Olympia Snow and Barbara Boxer who would serve us well.  We should elect more women to render balance to our political structure.

Lastly, I’m weary of having the news dominated by the Sanford/Ensign-like hypocrisies. Indiscretions are one thing….but blatant hypocrisy is unforgivable.

6/23/2009

BIRTHDAY GIRL!

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:01 pm

Today my wonderful grandma turns 81! There are lots of reasons to celebrate, despite it being a difficult year on our family and on grandma’s health.  So everyone please leave comments wishing her Happy Birthday! Hopefully she got showered with funny cards and lots of phone calls, that’s her favorite way to spend her birthday, I think.  I’ll be calling once Luke gets home.

Hope it’s cooler in KS than it is in TX.  Supposed to be 100 today, UGH! Imagine giving birth on a hot day like this…. grandma’s mom had it rough, I’ll bet.

Love you grandma, happy birthday!

-Mackenzie

6/17/2009

BEER MARGARITAS

Filed under: recipes — Peg Britton @ 10:54 am

I’ve not tried these, but I hear from others it’s a very good drink.  This recipe comes from my friend, Deneen.

Beer Margaritas:
6 oz. frozen limeade concentrate
6 oz. tequila (cheap, expensive, who cares)…
4 oz. beer (whatever kind you like)
2 oz. orange juice (not concentrate)
2 cups ice cubes
Coarse salt, optional (for glasses)

Combine all ingredients (except salt) in a blender and process until smooth and slushy. Serve in salt-rimmed glasses if desired. NOTE: You can adjust the amount of tequila to suit your taste. I like it full blast, but my sister likes to use half the amount. ENJOY!!! These totally rock!

I double the above recipe.

FUNDRAISER FOR THE FAMILY CONNECTION

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 8:40 am

There will be a pancake feed fundraiser for the Ellsworth Family Connection on Saturday, June 20th from 7:00 to 11:00 am at the American Legion Post on old Highway 40.  A free will donation will be accepted.  Pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks will be served.

This will support the efforts to keep the Family Connection open to serve the families and guests of prison inmates.  State funding has been cut so other sources of income must be found to keep the project going.  Please attend, if possible, and encourage others to do so as well.

FROM THE TURKEY LADY…WHO IS NOW THE CHICKEN LADY

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:27 am

I have this one chicken that has decided she wants nothing to do with the other poultry on the farmette. She walks around all day staying far away from the rest of the gang. At nightfall she comes to the front porch and rests on the wrought iron table underneath the umbrella. I allow this even though I have to scrub and disinfect the table each night before enjoying my 5pm glass of wine. This has been going on now for several weeks.

This weekend, after the river festival, I had the whole family gang at my house to celebrate the ending of the festival, my sister’s great sales and my husband’s birthday. We had all finished dinner and were on the porch – drinks in hand chatting as the sun went down. And I’ll be – even though the table was surrounded by guests that chicken waited until someone got up from their chair. She then jumped up on the seat – jumped onto the arm and popped onto the table. She ignored everyone around her – as well as all the beer cans and wine glasses that she had to navigate through to get to her roosting spot in the middle of the table underneath the umbrella. No one had the heart to move her. So we just considered her the centerpiece for the remainder of the evening.

I would say that it is rather obvious that Ryon and I have different chickens!

6/15/2009

WELCOME TO ELLSWORTH NEW ECMC ADMINISTRATOR ROGER MASSE

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:57 pm

RON THORNBURGH DROPS OUT OF PRIMARY RACE…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 1:48 pm

Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh has dropped out of the GOP primary race.   U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback is the only other Republican who has registered for the slot  which makes it a forgone certainty he’ll be the Republican gubernatorial candidate.  He’s the only one with any money…and it will take about 5 million for anyone to seriously challenge Brownback.  I can’t imagine anyone who really knows Brownback to want him as the head of state government and leadership, but when there are no alternatives, I guess we get what we deserve.

Now…if only Bill Kurtis would throw his hat in the ring….

6/14/2009

JALAPENO-LIME CHICKEN

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 10:56 am

This recipe came from the ECMC and is one in a group of diabetic suggestions of authentic dishes made healthy.  Bob Harshbarger prepared this for a luncheon meeting I attended and it’s very good. It’s also very similar to Dane’s lemon chicken that he prepared often and we all enjoyed so much.

Jalapeno-Lime Chicken

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon grated lime peel

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Sliced jalapeno peppers and black olives (optional)

Combine olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno, cumin, lime peel, garlic and salt in a small bowl. Brush mixture on both sides of chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and marinated in refrigerator 30 minutes or up to 8 hours. Preheat grill to medium high. Grill chicken 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center. Garnish with jalapenos and black olives.

I like food well-seasoned and prepare enough marinade so that the chicken breasts are swimming in it.  I put it in a plastic bag and refrigerate 8 hours before throwing them on the grill.  I use the marinade to baste the chicken.  Good stuff.

6/13/2009

VERY SLOW DAY

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:20 pm

Todd is mowing my yard and Ally is attending the River Festival with Machelle V.  Yesterday Ally was with a different bunch of friends…same on Thursday nite…Kay, Patty, Lisa, Preston.  All the big River Festival fans are in Salina enjoying the music and having fun.

My turkey friend Patti is there and her feet are killing her.  Had it not been for the Greek food, she never would have lasted.  I hear they have the best Gyro’s ever. She’s helping with her sister’s jewelry booth # 10.  Here is a sample of Sandy Freeman’s Inclusions.

I’ve been dragging.

Todd reported that the scouts had a very good time and learned a lot at Camp Hansen.  They’ve rearranged the schedule from earlier summers which makes it much better for the campers.  It rained all week so they all came home with big smiles on their faces with soaked, smelly clothes!

It’s always sad when someone loses a son or daughter…no matter how old, or the circumstances.  Very sad.

Mackenzie has a “it’s a small world story” to blog when she has the time. It truly is a small world.

I bought two bags of gooseberries at the farmers’ market this morning.  Don Siemsen, who has the berries for sale, gave me his famous recipe for gooseberry cake.  I passed it  and the gooseberries on to Karen as I bet she’ll use half for the cake recipe and the rest in a sugar free pie.  Yum.

I’m taking the yard man and Karen to KCs for dinner tonight.  He’ll appreciate not having camp food.

Thanks for tuning in…

6/12/2009

4TH ANNUAL SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 11:21 am

I’m missing one of my favorite events today …the Symphony in the Flint Hills on the Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Company located between Florence and Strong City.  It brings together the best of Kansas one can experience in a single day.

What this all about?  Their website says it best:

Once a vast prairie covered one-third of our continent–an endless grassland teeming with bison, deer, antelope, fowl and wildflowers of every color. Today, an untouched piece of that prairie still exists in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

Each spring there is a gathering, a coming together of art, nature and the kindred souls who appreciate them both. For one evening, the meadowlark’s song is joined by a Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Before the plow tilled the surrounding lands, before train track split the endless sea of green, native grasses stood as high as a man’s chest on the tallgrass prairie. Here, where vast limestone and flint deposits made tilling impractical, the largest portion of virgin tallgrass prairie remains intact in the Kansas Flint Hills. This is where we gather.

The Flint Hills have many faces. Each year moving the symphony to different sites-traveling from county to county, we honor our beloved tallgrass prairie and our plains heritage with music as big as the western sky. You are invited to join us near Florence, Kansas on Saturday, June 13 to enjoy the Kansas City Symphony performing for the Fourth Annual Symphony in the Flint Hills 2009.

HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY DREW WILLIAM BRITTON.

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 11:11 am

Drew is celebrating his 23rd birthday in Kansas City today…dinner with family and friends.  I wish he could be here for one of his mom’s famous birthday meals including all his favorite foods and cherry pie.  Have a great day, Drew!

6/11/2009

RYON’S CHICKENS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:08 pm

Ryon arrived with a trunk full of chickens today, but there weren’t enough for all who had ordered them.  Some got partial orders, but that’s okay as he’ll be making another chicken run in a couple of weeks to fill out the other orders.  I’ll be on the next list, too.  Fresh chickens are hard to find.

The town seems empty as people head to the River Festival and the opening Jam Fest at Oakdale Park in Salina.  Ally reported she’s with a group of friends from Salina, Abilene and Ellsworth and they are enjoying a perfect night with lots good music and conversation.  It’s tempting…she said I could take the shuttle in, park myself in a chair and they’d bring me food!  I haven’t been since the Arrogant Worms performed.

Tomorrow is full of family birthdays: Grandson Drew will be 23, my grandniece Aimee Kippes Johnson is a few years older than Drew, and my cousin Ted Jury turns 81. I hope they all have wonderful birthdays.

Thanks for tuning in…

TERRORISTS WON’T WIN

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 6:15 pm

Dr. Tiller’s clinic is closed for good but another will take its place.  There can be no victory for terrorists like Scott Roedder or John von Brunn whose demented minds have spewed hate for years and years then finally formented into murder.  The world is full of very crazy people.

And, The Crazy Runs Deep.  Check out Mousie Cat’s blog here.
It’s not just in Kansas. Antiabortion would-be terrorists are all over the U.S. And they’re being funded by some deep-pocketed individuals…

Colorado “personhood law” backer linked to militant anti-abortion groups.

You’ll want to read this.  How do you feel about conferring constitutional rights to fertilized human eggs?

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