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11/30/2009

ALLY AND RINGO HIT THE LINKS FOR BRIT…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Tyler Britton USAF, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 6:09 pm

Brit spent more time on the golf course than anywhere else.  Or so I remember.  He loved golf more than anything…or so I remember.  Seriously, it was his passion and it made his life complete.  We honor that.

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Ally and Ringo had a very good day.

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This was one of Brit’s favorite golf holes.

Ally played a round of golf in memory of her dad this beautiful afternoon.  Ally was very much on her game after a year’s absence from the links with five over par.  Ringo  ran around in circles and spent some of the time riding with Ally.  He’s now “exhausticated”.

Tyler was going to play in San Antonio but it rained all day.  Drew and Todd were relocating Drew’s “stuff” in KC or they would have played too.

Memories of Brit are very much alive.

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Ally’s second shot landed left of the flag.

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Mr. Ringo.

Thanks for tuning in…

TWO-THIRDS OF CHICKEN TESTED HARBOR DANGEROUS BACTERIA

Filed under: print news, Heritage turkeys/chickens — Peg Britton @ 1:34 pm

Consumer Reports’ latest test of fresh, whole broilers bought in 22 states reveals that two-thirds of birds tested harbored salmonella and/or campylobacter, the leading bacterial causes of food-borne disease. The report reveals that organic “air-chilled” broilers were among the cleanest and that Perdue was found to be the cleanest of the brand-name chicken. Tyson and Foster Farms chickens were found to be the most contaminated. The report is available, free online (note, you have to click through the side bars to the left of the story) and in the January 2010 issue of the magazine.

For the rest of the story.

This story was brought to my attention by Ryon Carey, the “chicken guy”, who, along with Good Shepherd and other farmers, raise their own chickens, grind their own chicken feed without the addition of antibiotics and send clean chickens/turkeys to market.

HERE’S WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO OVER THE WEEKEND…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:49 am

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Lighting ceremony in WaKeeney Saturday evening.  Santa arrived amid the throngs of children…the Christmas tree was ablaze with hundreds of lights. The town was packed with more people than I’ve seen in rural Kansas for ages.

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The local saloon and eatery in WaKeeney was packed during the time we were there with no signs of letting up.  It was a restauranteur’s delight and the gathering place for families after the lighting ceremony.

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My friend, Angela Bates, participated in the Kansas Originals Christmas Open House yesterday in Wilson.  She’s written a new children’s book that is quite popular.

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Laura McClure, Osborne, president of the Kansas Originals board of directors, and Marge Lawson, right, manager of the Kansas Originals operations.

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Marvin Bush attended the Kansas Originals open house.  He’s in the process of gathering material together for another publication on railroad history.

I missed the Cat Backers open house and soup supper, but I understand it was hugely successful.  There were many events to participate in over the weekend to lend support to local effort.  I hope you participated too.

Thanks for tuning in…

NATIONAL GIN AND TONIC TOAST DAY

Filed under: prairie musings, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 6:56 am

Brit died a year ago today and Ally said it best on Facebook:

Today is National Gin and Tonic Toast Day! My best friend and dad will be gone a year today…where does time go? I plan on hitting some golf balls and having a gin a tonic, or two. Give dad a cheer…he’s buying! You’re missed immensely dad, but you’ll never be gone. RIP and go easy.
Yesterday was the day in 2004 that Dane had his first stroke. It was then I learned that it was not “if” he might have another, but when.  Much has transpired since then so it seems a very long time ago…each day lasted forever.

CHRISTMAS BEAUTIES….HARRIS AND BOISVERT HOUSES

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 6:51 am

There are some beautiful holiday light displays in the area.  I haven’t scoped  all of them yet but two you don’t want to miss are east and west of Ellswoth located on highway 40: Herbie and Phyllis Harris’ house just east of Carneiro and Robin and Brian Boisvert’s house near Blackwolf.  You can’t miss either one of them as they are spectacular.

“CARDIOPULMONARY TECH OF THE YEAR”

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 6:44 am

Airman Tyler Britton was named “Cardiopulmonary Tech of the Year” at the San Antonio Military Medical Center South Wilford Hall.

Congratulations, Tyler.  That’s a huge accomplishment.

11/28/2009

ANOTHER ROAD TRIP…

Filed under: prairie musings, Sandra Stenzel — Peg Britton @ 8:52 am

A friend and I are heading west today to visit a mutual friend of long standing who lives near WaKeeney.  We haven’t had a good visit in a long time so we’re looking forward to seeing her.

It’s also a day of celebration in WaKeeney.  There is a fair of some kind at the fairgrounds in WaKeeney with 50 or more vendors displaying “really cool” items,  according to our friend.

And the famous lighting ceremony in the downtown area is at 6:00 pm.  They erect a huge Christmas tree at the major intersection of downtown WaKeeney and string lights from it to all reaches of the downtown area.  It’s pretty impressive.

Ringo was invited to go along, but he has an appointment at StarBarks for a “do”.  He needs it.

So….I’m off.  I hope you have a very pleasant day as well.

Thanks for tuning in…

11/27/2009

CHICKIE ON THE RUN…

Filed under: prairie musings, Heritage turkeys/chickens, Jesse Manning — Peg Britton @ 6:45 pm

Jesse Manning, Ally and I made a run to Lindsborg today for free-range chicken eggs. The place to find such treasures is on Ryon Carey’s farm south of town.  As we need dozens and dozens of eggs to make Rom Pope for the Christmas holidays, Ryon had ample hens to respond to our request. Ryon calls our secret concoction “Crème Brûlée with Vodka”.

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Ally got sidetracked over an old bottle she found in Ryon’s yard.

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Ally and Jesse explore the chicken ranch… the many varieties of chickens, turkeys, geese, rabbits and a goat or two.

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Jesse and moi in one of Ryon’s many chicken houses.  They all have piped in music, heating and the comforts of home.  We preferred the classical music in this one where the hens seemed a classy lot although a bit stuffy.

I call Ryon the “chicken guy”, or my “chicken friend”, but he’s far more than that.  He raises heritage chickens and turkeys of some of the world’s rarest breeds.  There are only a few remaining birds of some breeds.  If it were not for farmers like Ryon, these breeds would be lost.  Ryon is foremost an art dealer-collector and probably more knowledgeable about Birger Sandzen than anyone walking.  He’s a history buff, does corporate taxes, sings, is a gourmet cook, preserves old buildings, never throws anything away and is chair of the McPherson County Democrats.  Among other things.

Thanks for tuning in…

TIAHRT ETHICS PROBE DOCUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE IN PUBLIC DOMAIN…

Filed under: political musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 11:36 am

For all who are interested in the Jerry Moran vs Todd Tiahrt U.S. Senate race, you’ll be better informed by reading a post on the Kansas First blog written today by Levi Henry.

Late last month, the Washington Post revealed that it was in possession of a leaked document from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) detailing ongoing investigations of more than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Included as one of the members of Congress under investigation was KS-04 Congressman Todd Tiahrt, who is currently engaged in a run for the United States Senate against KS-01 Congressman Jerry Moran to replace Sam Brownback in the Senate.

Forward Kansas has obtained a copy of the document, now available in the public domain from WikiLeaks.  The document is lacking in much detail, but on page 7 of 24, it clearly states that Tiahrt is under an OCE probe for:

“Accepting contributions or other items of value from PMA’s PAC in exchange for an official act.”

It’s an interesting read, particularly for those of us who believe Jerry Moran is a much better candidate for the job than Tiahrt.

ERRED….

Filed under: prairie musings, Samantha Finke — Peg Britton @ 11:21 am

Sammy stopped by the other day and, among other things, pointed out she didn’t get to ride on Air Force One after all.  It seems her bag was on board and the flight was about ready to leave when the decision was made not to stop in Wichita to refuel.  Wichita was Sammy’s destination so she and her quickly retrieved bag from the cargo area were left standing on the tarmac.  She added that she has been on the plane before, but never in flight.  Maybe next time, Sammy.

SUSAN CROWE…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 10:07 am

Many of you remember Susan Crowe, the singer/songwriter from Halifax, who has visited and performed in Ellsworth.  She, John Reichman and Linda Kidder entertained us at the PAC one evening with an outstanding concert.  They also gave a special performance for all our school students.  It was a wonderful occasion having them here.

Another time she and Heather Bishop visited us and the two performed at the Abilene Country Club when Ally was the manager.

Susan has been the recipient of many awards for her songwriting and performances, the latest a Canadian Folk Music Award…English Songwriter of the Year.

Susan has a new website and a new CD out this year, Greytown.  That follows four other CDs:  Book of Days, A Pilgrim’s Mirror, The Door to the River and This Far From Home.  They are all favorites of mine and if you stop in to see me, you can usually hear Susan singing to me through my ipod and Bose system or from iTunes on my computer.  She is everywhere.

Since she travels frequently to Europe and across Canada, she has some interesting blogs you might want to follow.

GREAT LEFTOVERS FROM YESTERDAY…

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 8:56 am

I opened the refrigerator door carefully this morning to retrieve my coffee.  I was afraid all the leftovers might land in my lap, so to speak.  I have enough of everything we had yesterday to last the winter… which may have been the point for Karen and Ally fixing so much.

The five of us had a good time visiting and watching the turkey bake and other good things being conjured up on the stove.  After I had finished my plate of food and wanted no more, it occurred to me I forgot to put any turkey on my plate so  I’m really looking forward to a turkey sandwich today.  It’s the only time I like fluffy white bread…with turkey, mayo and lettuce.  There are lots of leftover cooked turnips that everyone left for me.

Drew got a later start to return to K.C. than he wanted as the turkey took longer to cook than expected.  He had to go to work early this morning.   His bank job doesn’t correlate in anyway to “banker’s hours” as it’s open 7 days a week 12 hours a day and his hours of work are about as unpredictable and  irregular as you can make them. He had a car full of leftovers and was happy about that as he doesn’t get off work until after 7:00 pm each night and cooking is not foremost in his mind at that hour.

It’s going to be a wonderful day again today. The sun is shining and the temperature is supposed  to be 67 degrees.  It will be a good day for being outside, running errands and just sitting in the sun on the front porch.

I wonder at the number of early risers who participate in Black Friday shopping. I’m not a “shopper” anyway as I figure what I have is already too much and has “plenty of wear” left in it.  The thought of crawling out of bed at 4:00 am is enough to make me cringe, but those who love it, really love the challenge.

Thanks for tuning in…

CELSIUS VERSUS FAHRENHEIT…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:28 am

Here’s a review of that hard to remember conversion of Celcius to Fahrenheit from Answers.com:

What’s normal body temperature in degrees Celsius? In Celsius, the normal body temperature is considered to be 37 degrees — that’s 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The Celsius temperature scale is named for the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, who was born on this date in 1701; the scale is also called centigrade, since it is a 100-degrees based scale, with 0 as the freezing point of water and 100 as its boiling point. In 1742, Anders Celsius developed the temperature scale, originally proposing that the freezing point be 100 degrees and the boiling point be 0 degrees. The numbers were inverted a few years later, at the suggestion of botanist Carolus Linnaeus. The Celsius temperature scale is currently used in most places in the world, with the United States being a notable exception. To convert temperatures from Fahrenheit to Celsius, subtract 32 degrees from the Fahrenheit temperature and multiply the result by 5/9.

To convert from Farenheit to Celsius, use this equation:
C=(F-32) x 5/9
To convert from Celsius to Farenheit, use this equation:
F=(9/5 x C) + 32

Here’s a trick for converting Celsius to Farenheit in your head:

1) double the Celsius temperature
2) subtract one tenth of this value
3) add 32

So, for instance, let’s use 30 degrees C as an example.
1) double the Celsius temperature (2 x 30 = 60)
2) subtract one tenth of this value (60 - 6 = 54)
3) add 32 (54 + 32 = 86 degrees)

We could get in step with the rest of the world and use the Celsius scale rather than trying to remember this.

Quote: “It doesn’t matter what temperature the room is, it’s always room temperature.” — Steven Wright

11/26/2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL…

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 8:55 am

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Half of our family members will be gathering today to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. We wish Mackenzie and Luke, Tyler, Rod and Genn could be here with us as holidays are never quite complete without everyone being gathered together.  There are some chairs that were recently filled by family members  who are no longer with us and remain empty this year.  Holidays are all bittersweet and become more so the older one becomes.

The pièce de résistance  is being infused with the flavors of celery, onions, herbs and white wine and the cooking process brings wonderful odors wafting throughout the kitchen. The menu also includes dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, escaloped oysters, baked cranberry relish, peas, fresh green beans, cranberry salad, crescent rolls, pecan and pumpkin pie. And a side of turnips for me.

I need to move on and get the kitchen in order before the serious cooks arrive.  I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

As the wonderful odors of a turkey cooking fill our kitchen, thoughts of others who are far less fortunate overwhelm us.  There are too many hungry and disadvantaged children in the world who need our help.  I believe in the premise that the efforts of one person can make a difference, but we are frustrated with the thought of how one can make a difference when the need is so great.  Everyone deserves shelter, food, health care and an education and the responsibility of providing that rests with all of us.

Thanks for tuning in…

DON PANZER’S EXCITING ADVENTURE…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 8:01 am

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Carol, Syd, and Don Panzer were able to watch the shuttle launch last Monday at Cape Canaveral.  They were really impressed at the “WOW!” effect.  The photo was taken by Don.

11/25/2009

A 1993 TAURUS MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU….

Filed under: prairie musings, Video — Peg Britton @ 1:26 pm


Ford Unveils New Car For Cash-Strapped Buyers: The 1993 Taurus

From the Onion.

BLAST OFF DAY…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, recipes — Peg Britton @ 8:32 am

Today is blast off cooking day to get everything prepared for tomorrow.  My kitchen is going to be busy with our head chef making dressing, salads and other good things for tomorrow.

I’ve contributed my part with baked cranberries, another marvelous way to present cranberries. The cranberries are mixed with sugar, a dash of cinnamon, both orange and grapefruit marmalade and toasted English walnuts then slowly baked for an hour or more.  We serve them cold, but I suppose you could heat them up again if you wanted to.  They are delicious either way.

Yesterday the staples came out of my incision.  Yay.  I only have one “hang grenade” left and will have it removed next week.  It can’t be too soon to suit me.

The reception for Heather Barta was very nice and well attended.  The bank lobby was crowded with her friends all day long.  She’s been a “fixture” there since the early 60s and I’ll miss seeing her on a regular basis.

Our friend, Sammy, had an opportunity to hop a ride on Air Force One to Wichita. Isn’t that just about the coolest thing ever?  Now she’s off to Europe again with more press arrangements to be made.

They have started installing the personalized bricks on the sidewalks in the downtown area.  I found several of ours yesterday located in front of the bank. It’s a nice way to memorialize family and friends.

There appears to be statewide grass roots opposition by Democrats to the selection of Tom Wiggans as their candidate for governor.  It’s hard to understand how anyone can think someone living in California, who only recently bought a house in Overland Park, can be elected by Kansans.  His family isn’t moving here. That makes him a carpetbagger and Kansans will see through that.

Ringo and I have lots of chores today.  He’s waiting for me to ask him if he wants to go get the mail.  When he hears the word “mail”, he jumps up and down and heads for the back door.  His feet just spin on the hardwood floors.  He’s so funny.

Thanks for tuning in…

11/24/2009

HEATHER BARTA…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 7:51 am

Heather is retiring from CSB and T after working there forty some years…many in the trust department.  She is going to be missed for many reasons.  She is one of the few remaining faces from days of yore.

There will be a reception in her honor at CSB and T from 10 to 4:00 today.  Last night I got the inside scoop on the good food they are serving.  Stop in, if you can, and wish Heather the best in her retirement.

11/23/2009

ECMC CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE TREES

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 1:06 pm

The Ellsworth County Medical Center is providing “Christmas remembrance trees” again this year. They have three live trees in front of the Hospital and Rural Health Center that  will be decorated with lights and memorial cards.

The trees were purchased from the Frank Kester memorial fund. Last year there were approximately 75 names appearing on the trees.

All anyone has to do to have a name added to a tree is to contact Doug Stefek either by telephone 785-472-5028 extension 307 or  dstefek@ewmed.hpmin.com.

Information contained on the memorial card is the name of the deceased and the name of who requested the memorial.

There is no cost but if you care to make a donation, contact Doug Stefek.

HAPPY 84TH BIRTHDAY TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 10:31 am

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Roy P. Britton

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