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The Return of Spoon

I hauled myself out at six this morning, no Spoon. I had plenty to do in the garden (it’s a mess after six months of daily rain) so I hung out and pottered around and about 8:30, a blackberry bramble in the drive began to softly “bok?…bok? Bok?…bok?”

You’ll have to take my word for the question marks. She sounded puzzled. And, honestly, who among us has NOT woken up in a hedge mid-morning with no idea how she got there?

She was about six feet up a bramble, in a kind of hole. I had to get my gloves to lift her out or I would have been torn to bits.

She was safe enough up there. The polands generally go way high and are protected for the night. The danger is next morning, when they flap down to ground level. If there isn’t a human around to stink up the place and keep the foxes at bay, there’s a real risk.

Tonight, all my chickens are right where they should be. Perhaps I can get a decent night’s sleep and a bit of a late morning, for once. Have a good weekend, everyone! (As if weekends held any meaning).


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 27, 2020, 7:41 pm

Yes, those question marks carry great significance at times. With out cat, the difference between prrrt? and prrrt! is stark.

It’s good to hear that everything is in its place, except us of course. My own place right now, if given the choice, would be the local burgers ‘n’ beer joint enjoying those two offerings plus a large order of breaded and deep fried onion rings.

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: March 27, 2020, 7:48 pm

“who among us has NOT woken up in a hedge mid-morning with no idea how she got there”
Ooooohh yeah!
And weekends still hold meaning, so long as on weekends Weasel Resteses–note that that means we are all dependent on you to maintain a state of normalcy. Hang in there!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 27, 2020, 9:15 pm

Well if you other imaginary clowns won’t say it I will.

So! Weasel! All your chickenses have come home to roost!

In this case that’s actually good 🙂

Comment from PatAZ
Time: March 27, 2020, 9:53 pm

Funny you should mention burgers, Uncle Al. My daughter texted me earlier saying she was going to the store sometime this weekend and did I need anything. The first thing I thought of was a well done burger with onion, tomato, and mayo from Eddies. And an order of onion rings. They are better than BurgersnBeer.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: March 27, 2020, 11:35 pm

“‘who among us has NOT woken up in a hedge mid-morning with no idea how she got there?“

🤭 story of my youth

And glad you’re girl is home

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 28, 2020, 11:20 am

Well my days have certainly run together. I wish I had some kitties or chickens to keep me occupied (and I could use the chicken eggs). And I share the desire for a big juicy hamburger and some onion rings.

Yesterday I fried some tater-tots (I always have tater-tots in the freezer) to go with beans and cornbread. But the hamburger craving is strong. I hear Whataburger calling.

Re: “mayo” Last week we placed a grocery order to be picked up. Lots of substitutions, which we expected, but the Duke’s Mayonnaise was shorted. NO substitution—no Kraft or Hellmans or Best Foods. No mayonnaise at all. So we are rationing the remaining mayo!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 28, 2020, 1:59 pm

Deborah – the wife positively swears by Dukes and I can think of a couple trips in the ‘good old days’ to 3 of the 5 grocery places within 3 miles trying to find a jar.

Along with Try Me Tiger Sauce.

On the happy Coronabullcrap headlines – Daily Fail claims 1 New Yorker dies every 17 minutes (though they don’t specifically say FROM Coronavirus).

I leave the math for that as an exercise to the reader, but point out your answer has to be less than 450 deaths because that’s the count nationwide here in the US of Panic.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 28, 2020, 7:19 pm

@DurnedYankee – I’ve never understood the ardent dedication to Duke’s mayonnaise. It’s pretty good stuff, and I prefer it to other name brands, but once I spread it on a sandwich or dip my french fries or tater tots¹ in it, I can’t really tell much difference.

As for that NYC “one every 17 minutes” stat, the story just says 84 died yesterday. I guess that doesn’t sound sufficiently panic-inducing. I can just hear this in a City hospital…”Hey, pal, hurry up an’ kick da bucket! It’s been 19 minutes since the last one of youse guys croaked and yer screwing up our numbers.” Either that or, “Hold on, Mrs. Smythe, it’s been only 11 minutes since the last one. Please keep breathing for another six minutes.”

1. If you’ve never tried using mayo instead of ketchup for fried potato dipping, give it a go. IMO, it is SUPERIOR! But I have to admit that for tater tots 50:50 ketchup and sriracha is mighty good, too.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 28, 2020, 7:36 pm

Catchup and horseradish is pretty good too.

Uncle Al – I always like fun with numbers. Whenever they give me a number, not a percentage, I generally assume it’s because the percentage isn’t high enough to upset people in the correct way.
And then I do math to confirm it. I absolutely abhor math, but I abhor attempts to drive me about like a flock of sheep ever more.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 29, 2020, 4:20 pm

“who among us has NOT woken up in a hedge mid-morning with no idea how she got there”

With or without pants?

Comment from BJM
Time: March 29, 2020, 5:30 pm

@Deborah Have you tried Totwaffles? Just about the perfect way to fix them. Looks like we’re gonna be Totless for the duration of the plague…we et our stash and there are no frozen taters of any kind to be had. :>(

@Uncle Al..yes! sriracha and ketchup is excellent for dipping sweet potato fries too.

Now I’m jonesing for an In-N-Out animal.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 30, 2020, 2:45 am

BJM—Thank you 🙂 Tot Waffles!!! I’m in shock. How did I miss knowing about Tot Waffles? I can’t wait to surprise JavaMan.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 30, 2020, 5:27 pm

@Deborah…you’re welcome…dorm room cooking at its finest.

If you are finding food shelves empty try restaurants and food distributors. Of course I live the Central Valley home of milk & honey, virtually, so there are farmer/ranchers who sell direct too. A few of our local restaurants are selling not only take away, but fresh food boxes direct to keep their suppliers in business. The boxes vary by size and price, but they contain prime meat, and copious bags of veggies. I got a $70 box with 4 lb of hamburger, 2 -12 oz rib eyes, a 4 lb Tri-tip and a pound of bacon with potatoes, fresh mixed veggies and salad greens enough for a week for 2 people. A seafood distributor is doing the same from his warehouse. You, order, pay and are given a pickup time. You pull up to the door text a code and they put your box on a table and you fetch it. A local egg producer is selling direct too, by appt. God bless their little capitalist hearts.

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