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9/7/2013

MOUNTAINEER STEAK AND TRIMMINGS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Drew Britton, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:15 pm

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That looks like a 24 oz. Porterhouse steak that Drew is cutting into.  I bet there is nothing left on his plates when he is finished.  He’s very lean and tough as a result of climbing all those 14,000 footers.  He burns an incredible amount of calories and you just can’t fill him up.  See how correctly he holds his knife and folk?  YAY…years of training came through. 

That’s a steak he’ll remember, Ally.
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THIS AND THAT FROM THE PALACE…

It’s difficult for me to keep up with my blog when so much is going on around here.  Today Karen came by early to help “settle me in” my new apartment.  The big move went well,  thanks to family and friends, but stuff and things needed to be rearranged and dispersed.  We tossed a few items, but most things were intended for a place here and now they have found their proper niche.

Karen and Todd picked out a wonderful quilt for my bed that Karen delivered today.  I just love it and it fits to the floor the way I could only hope that it would.  A dust ruffle wouldn’t work so this is perfect.   It’s light weight so I can manage it…and it lends a feminine touch to my brass bed and the room.  Once I get the LeRoy Neiman Delecroix Tiger hung above my desk, that is on loan from Tyler, my room will it will be just the way I want it…desks, computer, MUSIC, dressers, clothes, and the most comfortable bed in the world, all next to but apart from my living room.

We got rid of all the boxes and arranged my spare computer table that is now a desk for all desk stuff.  Marian Adrian, the previous resident in this apartment, left the table and a chair for me.  It’s perfect for all my desk gadgetry, stationery, cards, note papers, scratch paper and odds and ends.  Lynn gave me her old computer table that is too small for my computer but is perfect as a med dispensing table.  It is perfect for that and very convenient.  With it,  I’m not inclined to be tardy taking my meds.

Ann and Terry Headrick stopped by yesterday for a chat and to take a peek at my digs.  They have several shops with old and new merchandise scattered around Salina and Abilene so they are on the alert for a living room chair for me.  And, I have friends here who are on the lookout for a chair or two and a like-new dining room table that is slightly larger than the one I now have.  That should round out my furnishing for #218.  My friends have been most helpful with very good suggestions.

And…my neighbors, the same above mentioned friends, have stopped by to watch the progress…Hazel, Mabelle, Amy, Margie, Dorothy and Joy.  I have great neighbors.  Mabelle just came by to tell me how much she likes my apartment…and my art work…but added, “I don’t understand it at all…but I like it”.

Karen and I went out for lunch.  I was hungry for “burnt ends” so we went to the Hickory Hut, which has great barbecue.  Last night Kim and I went to Jalisco’s Mexican restaurant, which is also good.  I like their combination plates, particularly #21 which is a tamale, 2 chile Rellenos and a guacamole tostada.  I always bring some home for the next day, which comes in handy.  This time of year I have no shortage of things to fix for my dinner…good tomatoes, little cucumbers, onions, peaches, pears and you can’t beat the roasted chickens from Sam’s for flavor and price.

Grandson Tyler is visiting friends in CA and is driving the coastal highway from Sacramento south.  Drew is visiting Ally in Vail right now.  She’s fixing him a steak for dinner…after a swim.  Todd is attending the K-State football game.  Karen is off to KC and a very special baby shower tomorrow.  Everyone is busy, and happily so.

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It looks like granddaughter Mackenzie and Ty are attending a gathering of Asychrony employees at the City Museum in St. Louis.

I’m reading Hitch 22 and it’s due back to the library next week so I have to get busy and finish it.   It’s one I can’t renew so I better get to it.  For anyone who likes the writings of Christopher Hitchens, I highly recommend it.  It’s not an easy read but very good and worth the effort.

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9/2/2013

JOHN CLEESE HAS IT ABOUT RIGHT….THE ENGLISH ARE FEELING THE PINCH….

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:22 pm

“The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ’s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

– John Cleese - British writer, actor and tall person.

WEEKEND OF SOCIAL EVENTS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ally Britton, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 8:17 am

Saturday Joy hosted a “welcome to 2 west party” for me attended by my friends in the hood….Margie, Dorothy, Amy, and Hazel.  Joy has a gorgeous apartment and her kitchen is the envy of everyone in the Palace.  It’s “huge”, well-equipped and goes useless as she doesn’t cook.  But she turned out some wickedly wonderful snacks and wine for the party.  It was great fun.  These woman have become very good friends and I enjoy them a lot.  I’ve known Margie and Amy for years, but the others I only met after moving to the Palace.

Last night Ally fixed dinner for the two of us (our belated birthdays party) and my neighbor, Hazel.  It was special…lobster, fresh green beans wonderfully seasoned, beautiful tossed romaine salad with red raspberries and other treats, Hazel’s special bread and chocolate lava cake.  It was delicious….and my first effort at entertaining in this apartment.  I couldn’t do it without Ally’s help.  I have a very small kitchen, but she managed quite nicely.  She found the lids to my pans that have been missing since I lived Ellsworth.  I knew they had to be here somewhere.

Last Thursday the Palace  bus took a group of us to Ellsworth to have dinner at Pretty Boy Floyd’s.  It was a great evening, a lot of fun and it was nice to see Mark and Josie again.  Whenever we want to do something like that, we just request it and if there are enough who want to go, they take us….no extra charge.   Karen Larsen, the activities director, arranges it and drives the bus.  Next month a trip to the Brookville Hotel is planned.  We’ve been to the Swedish Crown, the Ellsworth Steak House, Olive Garden and Linger Longer a couple of times.

Every day I thank my lucky stars that I am living here in the Palace.  Considering my age and health issues, I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be.  That’s the same attitude my friends here have as well.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I love living here and I particularly like my new apartment.  The rooms are large and comfortable and I have space to move about without running into something.  As soon as they hang my paintings, I’ll feel settled in.

My sister’s grandson  and his wife, Mack and Heeran, will be here next weekend.  I’m looking forward to having them spend the night. I hope they arrive when the Korean Restaurant is open so we can go there to eat. I know they would enjoy it.

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