Friday, November 30, 2007

Customers CAN be wrong -- this one threw in Evil to boot

Cutomers can be wrong, and nasty.  I was behind one today at checkout. 

Toilet Paper, Bread, Milk and Eggs can protect your from any weather emergency


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ha! Kroger sent me a survey!

Ha!  I just filled out an on-line marketing survey for guess which store?  Yep! Myfavoritestoreinthewholeworld Kroger.

The marketing company emailed me the link to the survey because I have a Kroger card, and use it. As I clicked my way through the series of questions, I kept waiting for a question along the lines of ...  do you, buy chance, keep a blog and record audio entries from the grocery store, from time to time?  They didn't think to ask that. LOL.

Why would they?  They did have a question that asked why I shopped there, I could have picked 3 answers, they got one.  Friendly helpful employees.  To me that matters more than prices, selection, deli, produce, bakery, pharmacy or whether or not they have seafood.  The Kroger stores in this area have the friendly helpful thing down.

Friendly helpful employees is why I shop the Kroger and why I can't think of one thing that the stores with the surly or pointedly disinterested employees could do to get me to shop there unless I HAVE to go there.


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Monday, November 26, 2007

New posts on my other blogs ...

Fabiola and I are starting to duke it out over Christmas.

Go here to ready My version

Go here to see what Fabiola has to say.

I will cut and paste my story here in the next day or two, but it is available now with just a click!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Fallen Leaves and Potato Salad

If you are taking some time this weekend to shop or start putting up your holiday decorations (or in my case -- wander aimlessly through the woods takin' pictures before putting up holiday decorations) AND you are local to Findlay, Tiffin, Fostoria or Carey -- Ohio, give yourself a break from cooking dinner tonight. Drive to 11 North Perry Street, New Riegel, Ohio. Paul's Market. Go back to the meat / deli counter. Ask for Lori's homemade potato salad.

Or homemade macaroni salad. Buy some. Pick-up somthing to go with it (I like ham for sandwiches, they also sell "ham chunks n slices" <-- that is what I call it, vacu packed in 2 or 3 pound packages another excellent excellent local product - no I mean it best ham I have ever tasted).

Now, I am a fair cook, been doing it for years, the fella grew up with a mother that could put together flavors like nobody's business. Evelyn was a great cook. Still, neither of us, on our best day, could come close to the (yes the rest of this post is going to be me enthusing about potato and macaroni salad) to the flavor of Lori's potato salad. Seriously. Little bit of mustard, little bit of pickle relish, boiled egg ... a zippy dressing that clings to the potatoes without going runny. Oh, and while the dressing has an amazing tangy sweet flavor it does not overwhelm the potato taste. I have no idea how she does it. I have been back 3 times to see if the first was just a fluke. Nope. Same wonderful salad every time.

Now, I am not just plugging a friend, I was in the store to pick up garlic knockers and ham chunks, went to the deli counter for potato salad, was asked if I had tried Lori's homemade salad, I said no - they spooned out a sample, I was forever hooked.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Something Other Than Beige ...

Best part of Thanksgiving? Left-overs. Left-over mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry / orange sauce. Pretty. And the two compliment each other taste-wise. Other than that, thinking about yesterday's two meals, the color of almost everything else was some form of beige. Turkey, gravy, potatoes, dressing a neutral palette if not neutral in taste.
Anyway. Sister J and I chatted on Wednesday evening. The conversation wandered here and there and one of the things she asked about was if I had done an audio entry from the grocery store while I did my shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. I didn't, mostly because I picked-up a thing or two every time I went shopping for the last month or so.
Why am I rambling?
Twinkie tiramisu. In my conversation with sister J. she mentioned that she was making and taking to her holiday feast tiramisu made using Twinkies instead of the sponge cake base. Somehow, I got the idea that it was a recipe associated with Disney, somehow. Possibly, it was just that I know my sis is the bigest Disney geek that ever lived and my brain just automatically attached the two ideas. Maybe. Regardless, It sounded really good. Really really good. I haven't eaten a Twinkie in years, I believe that they are going to be on the menu in the near future.
Recipe here once I pry it out of sister J.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thank --- full

Today I am thankful for two wonderful meals, one at Aunt G's one here.  Tomorrow I am going to ...  I was going to say something about regret, but yanno, I won't.  Because every single calorie was worth it. 

That and for the first year ever, I did not burn the bottoms of brown and serve rolls.  How did I manage that?  I didn't buy any. That way I couldn't try to brown them, then burn them, then throw them away.  One Thanksgiving tradition gone!

I did not make green bean casarole either.  I made it last year, no one ate it, I threw that out too.  So ex-nay on the green bean casarole too.

I forgot the black olives!  This, I just remembered.

I discovered that cranberry relish is much better if a couple of spoonfuls of orange marmalade are added with the water and sugar, before adding the fresh cranberries. 

I ate too much today. Tomorrow I will start decorating for Christmas.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hearing Voices

Had to work yesterday.  All day.  Out in the wind.  It Was a beautiful day though, for November, especially for November.  But my whole day was climb into the backhoe, load the dry floater (similar but not quite the same as my ag-gator)  six or seven scoops.  Out of the backhoe, into the floater, PTO engaged, first gear, floor it, turn on the chain drive, bounce over the field until the floater is empty, drive back to the loading spot, out of the floater, into the backhoe ...
Over and over and over again.  Deadly dull, crazy making repetition, then came distraction in the form of a voice.  Now I don't usually hear voices (except for Fabiola's -- but I have gotten good at ignoring her - mostly), back to the voices that I usually don't hear.  Never hear in fact.  Except today.
It could have been the voice of an angel, one sent to motivate and cheer.  That voice could have been a child angel, at least at first.  The angelic motivation started as a low whispered - zoom zoom.  But then the angelic child was joined, at first by a single male voice; deep, resonant then!  Oh Glory! An entire holy host of voices started singing a song of joy!
zoom zoom zoom,
zoom zoom zoom zoom!
Come-on people!  Sing it with me!  You know the tune!
zoom zoom zoom,
zoom zoom zoom zoom!
Ok, I wasn't hearing voices, it wasn't angels.  It was a Mazda car commercial.  But that choir of voices singing!  Strange but true, a commercial got me through an otherwise deadly dull day.
I love that commercial.  The car pictured is not flying down a highway, skidding sideways through parking lots, going airborn off of a ramp.  That car is doing none of the ubiquitous, over done and ridiculous, dangerous, illegal, things that almost evey other car commercial shows (then warns you to NOT do in tiny print at the bottom of the screen). 
That car is not even moving. 
The singing, the idea!  With this campaign from the first whispered zoom zoom to this last, glorious chorus of zoom zoom zoom Mazda has conveyed the idea that you can get the feeling of zoom zoom, without actually moving.   Can I hear an Amen?