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Uncle B had a good Friday

Good Friday is when people traditionally planted their potatoes in this country. It’s about the right time of year, and it’s one day the poor bastards had off work.

So Uncle B planted our potatoes today, in one of the raised beds at the end of the garden. The Eastern boundary of our place is a stream (it’s actually a drainage ditch, but that’s a lousy name for a thing that has swans living in it). He was rocking out to Bach’s Goldberg Variation on the headphones, he looked up, and not a dozen feet away these two (and their mum) were cavorting about on the far bank in the sun.

At that moment, he declared it the Easteriest Easter EVAR.

Happy Good Friday, everyone, and stay safe this weekend!


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 10, 2020, 10:09 pm

You too! I’m sitting here drinking a White Russian, only made with orange tinted rum because we has no wodka.
I’ve never had a White Russian, and…well, since I concocted it with what was on hand, I STILL haven’t had one.

I have called this drink, an Orange Jamaican, and it’s, not great, but after a couple more I won’t notice.

Mrs Durned is “working”…good thing one of us does, that way I can drink Orange Jamaicans and look at photos of Boris Johnson, and cavorting lambs.

Happy Easter all!

Singing (to the tune of “Monday Monday”) – “Oh, Maundy, Thursday, how could you leave and not take me…….”

Comment from Teej
Time: April 10, 2020, 10:19 pm

Happy Good Friday to you too! Glad you have sun and other Easterish things.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 10, 2020, 10:25 pm

Are there any photos of Cavorting Boris Johnson? Oh, wait, there are.

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: April 10, 2020, 10:54 pm

Lovely! Uncle B, may that be a good omen! Happy Easter! to those who partake. And while I’m on the subject . . .Chad pesach sameach!

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 10, 2020, 11:01 pm

How did he get them to smile like that? Badger must know some good sheep jokes.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 10, 2020, 11:02 pm

As a medical person, I am among the few still employed in this country and have to work this weekend. But don’t feel too bad for me. Four months before I retire and I’m working only 2 days a week, earning double time with a weekend differential. I’ll come home to a meal cooked by my unemployed chef husband. I’ve never had it so good! Happy Easter all!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 11, 2020, 12:03 am

Happy Easter to all! May the Bunny bring you chocolates and may the Lamb bring you peace and joy!

Comment from OldFert
Time: April 11, 2020, 6:53 am

Happy Easter to all.

Oh, Stoaty — since you already have a dead pool, how about a contest where we guess when we’re allowed out and about again?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 11, 2020, 4:52 pm

Happy Easter my friends. Sweet little lambs are lucky little lambs, huh, not to be dinner guests. We won’t be going to church but will probably “meet” with our son and his family who live in Missouri—via Skype or Duo. Ain’t modern technology grand 🙂

I failed to plan ahead, so we will have a modest dinner tomorrow, but one of our favorites: Tacos! I had a Taco Epiphany this week, as in a sudden and striking realization. (I’m not being sacrilegious.)

A girlfriend taught me how to make tacos in 1968, and nothing I do has changed since then. I fry hamburger meat in a skillet, and add salt and pepper. I heat oil in a smaller skillet, for which to fry the fresh flat corn tortillas and fold them in half myself, then drain on newspaper covered in paper towels. JavaMan knife-shreds lettuce, cuts up tomatoes, grates sharp cheddar cheese, and slices a green onion for me if we have any. And he pours picante sauce into a little dish to set between us.

We can have tacos on the table in 20 minutes and build our own—one at a time, the way each wants. As we eat, the bottom of the taco gets soggy (unless you wolf them down the way my son used to do), because of the juicy meat, the juicy tomatoes and the picante sauce. The taco falls apart and you eat the rest with a spoon, and make another delicious taco.

My sudden and striking realization: use a leaf of lettuce to line the bottom of the taco shell, instead of shredding the lettuce. Duh. I’ve been making tacos for 52 years, and never thought to put a whole leaf of lettuce in FIRST. So an old dog can learn a new trick, and if you know a new trick, please share 🙂

Blessings to you all and your loved ones.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 11, 2020, 10:31 pm

My Latino step-mother-in-law fills the tortilla with the half-cooked hamburger and fries it together. If you like meat tacos with minimal other things it is the way to go, but there is not much room on top for the lettuce tomato sour cream salsa and cheese. I usually just go with cheese and hot sauce.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 11, 2020, 11:17 pm

Are y’all ready to get your immunity papers.

“Ihre Papiere bitte”

The more things change, the more they become like good old Germany.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 11, 2020, 11:19 pm

@pupster- the Hispanics in KS do tacos that way. A mixture of ground beef and peas in a tortilla and fried together. They serve them with grated cheese piled on the outside and a splash of picante sauce. When my husband was a police officer, he worked a beat in the Hispanic end of town for years. We were invited to many quinceaneras. The homemade tamales and tacos were just amazing!

Comment from dissent
Time: April 11, 2020, 11:30 pm

Bit early to be plantin’ potatoes hereabouts. May be getting a bit of snow in the next day or two.

But there’s booze in the blender,
And soon it will render,
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on ….

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 12, 2020, 1:48 pm

When y’all say ‘fried’ is this ‘deep fried’ I assume?

Comment from OldFert
Time: April 12, 2020, 2:54 pm

Sounds like Jack-in-the-Box tacos.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 12, 2020, 5:35 pm

Yah, big deep skillet of frying oil. I loved having my in-laws living with us, but the whole house smelled like a taqueria for years. She used the oven for enchiladas, everything else besides beans and rice was fried on the stovetop.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 12, 2020, 8:49 pm

Now I display my cheap yankee upbringing – no deep frying because that would have wasted oil….

How do you hold the tacos up in the skillet so they don’t flop over like a dead whale?

Comment from Drew45.8
Time: April 13, 2020, 12:49 pm

Durned – maybe you have to do a whole skillet full, line them up side by side so they don’t have room to tip? Or perhaps do one and hold the top with tongs?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 13, 2020, 10:16 pm

Now DurnedYankee, it will be far more like Soviet Russia than Germany. As they yearn for the “good old days” of their Messiahs – Lenin and Stalin. And now they have added Mousey Tongue to make a troika. Or their very own Holy Trinity!

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Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: April 26, 2020, 12:39 am

Sigh! 🙁

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