…”Hot Tottie”!…

It’s been one of those long dreary Fall Days. Got a lot accomplished though. Just kickin’ back right now, in my La-z-boy, with a nice “Adult Beverage”! Served myself up a couple of shots of Amaretto in a Whisky Sippin’ Glass, ran it thru the Microwave to warm it up. A true “Hot Tottie”! If you haven’t enjoyed one you SHOULD! Aahhh…”Hold’em Hook”!….BG>

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…”So, yes I did!”…

It’s that time of year again. The “Holiday Season”! Turkey/Thanksgivin’ Day is this Thursday. I’m slowly gettin’ my chore list, I have been assigned, completed. Everything got vacuumed last Thursday. So when I took an “Ole Friend Fishin’ ” on Friday I didn’t get in trouble. Yesterday while my Bride was workin’ of some hand stitchin’ to try & get her New Fall Quilt finished I was takin’ care of the Washin’, Dryin’, Foldin’, & everything put away. Today’s agenda consisted of gettin’ all Six (6) of the Ceilin’ Fans upstairs vacuumed & cleaned off & replacin’ some of the light bulbs in the attached fixtures as needed. Got the ladder & vacuum cleaner put away & I didn’t even fall off of the ladder once. “DONE”! After scroungin’ around for somethin’ for lunch I just happened to find the last four (4) eggs in the frig. “Plop” went the butter into the skillet, cracked all four (4) of’em eggs gently, & got’em all in there without breakin’ any of the Yokes! After gently gettin’em rascals “over easy” in the skillet they platted up perfectly. A dash of Salt & Pepper to taste! Got me a couple of pieces of “White Loaf Bread”, for soppin’ up the runny yokes, like I did as a child, & a glass of Lemonade to wash it all down with. Remember how ya used to “lick the remainin’ runny yoke out of the plate, when your Mother wasn’t lookin”? Well, I’m home alone & No Body was lookin’. So, yes I did! Lunch is done, cleaned up & gotta head to the shower to defunk-a-fy myself. Hope you all have a wonderful day…”Hold’em Hook”!…BG>

…”I was completely shot!”…

WOW! What a day it was in the Game Of The Pigskin! My day started with “The Game Cocks” of The Lower Carolinas who survived their encounter with “The Gators” of Tallahassee. Seems the Gators found their way outta the Swamp & up to Columbia, SC. There they found more than they bargained for. Seems those “Carolina Game Cocks” got a little more of those Gator Tails than was expected! Those Gators slithered back to their Swamp after a close one, 23- 20 the Game Cocks of So. Carolina!This got me cranked for the day. The my focus shifted to Plains of Lower Alabama where the #1 Bull Dawgs from “The Peach State” sauntered into Jordan-Hare Stadium (check the pronunciation of that word “Jordan”) to gnaw on that Ole War Eagle, & yes it did fly. Well, that didn’t quite happen. ‘Em Ole Big Cats did some gnawin’ of they own! When all was said & done’ em Ole Puppies left the Plains ah squealing, havin’ lost that #1 rankin’, 40 -17 Tigers! As my day progressed I learned that The Trojans of Troy, AL (all found their way off of the shelves &) gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC to do some Bird Watchin’. As the game progressed & Ole “Chauncey the Chanticlee” (what ever that is?) lost many a feather durin’ that pluckin’ as he went down, 42-17 Trojans! Next up, the news broke that some Skyawks, from UT Martin, flew into the hen house of the Game Cocks of Jacksonville State, in the small little community of Jacksonville, AL. Well “Ole Cocky” was havin’ none of that! As “Ole Cocky” rounded up his flock & they began to peckin’ & spurin’ the hell out of’em Skyhawks. The whole time they was’a shewin’em back into the Hills of Tennessee, 14-7 Game Cocks! Now down near the Gulf Coast there was rumors of some hungry “Red Wolfs” from Arkansas St. (I ain’t never seen one of’em) was a creepin’ in for a fight with the “Jaguars” of South Alabama. And a fight they did get! That was a mistake on their behalf. Seems as though they lost that fight. Them Jags sent dem “RedWolfs” headin’ back to “Clinton Country” in need of some strokin’ & lickin’ (Easy Now!) of their wounds, 24-19 “Jags”! Then came the News outta San Antonio, TX that the “Dragons” of UAB, outa “The Ham in Alabama, went huntin’ for sump’en’ to roast. Seems like Ole “Rowdy the Roadrunner” had been doin’ some tauntin’. Now he can get by with that kinda behavior against an ole wore out “Wiley Coyote” but not a hungry “Dragon” (the Board of Directors tried to kill off AND FAILED!). Oh yeah “The Dragons” are now “BOWL ELIGIBLE” {{{ AGAIN }}}! As it turned out “Ole Rowdy” got his feathers scorched & his butt roasted! ‘Em “Dragons” just upped their stock even more (how’bout dat you rich ole foggies!), 24-19 UAB! Later in tha day came word of an invasion by “The Buccaneers” outta East Tennessee, (Johnson City to be exact) on that quaint Baptist College campus, Samford University, over there in “The Brook” (a burb of “The Ham”). But as it turned out the “Bull Dawgs” of Samford were have’n none of that. They got their hackles raised up & commenced to gnaw’n on the draggin’ butts of’em “Buccaneers” as they headed for their boats & sailed down Shades Creek, huntin’ their way to the Tenn-Tom Waterway, for a quick escape back hills of North East TN., 42-7 “Bull Dawgs”! It was now/then time for the LAST game of the evenin’, as far as I was concerned! Em “Ole (Nasty) Dawgs”, of “Hail State”, brought their “A Game” to their field. They let it be known from the git-go they were there to win!  But, “The Pachyderms from T-Town” had come to play too! It was one hell of a game. There was “Slobber Knockin’ ” takin’ place through out that game. Hell, ’em ole men in them Stripped Shirts even got run over a few times. They was a lotta hollerin goin’ on in my house, & the {{{{{ COLD }}}}} Beer had been flowin’ all the day long. I’m now out’a my easy chair, on my feet pitchin’ a fit, amongst others in my house! But!, as that ole Game Clock was’a windin’ down & that final Wave was’a ROLLIN’ in “The TIDE” bested ’em Dawgs from MS State, 31-24 BAMA! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}. I collapsed into my Lazy Boy for the last time, swagged down the remnants of my last {{{{{ COLD (now room temperature) ! }}}}} Beer of night. I was completely shot!…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…” A good day I must say!”…

Yesterday a friend of mine, my Son’s Father-in-law, texted me inquirin’ if I wanted to go for a Motorcycle ride. He was here this mornin’ @ 10:00 a.m., on his BMW Motorcycle, as we had agreed on. I had gotten the “Ole H-D” out of the basement (earlier) & was ready. We pulled out headin’ for the Talladega National Forrest in Heflin to ride the Scenic  Parkway Drive. Wow! Ya shoulda seen all of the dust that blew off of the Ole H-D. Not to mention the Spiders a trailin’ behind from their silky web strans. Just swingin’ in the breeze till they let loose or were just flung off. It was a beautiful day for a ride. We cruised the Back Roads all along the way. Our first real sight was on Raceway Boulivard as we rode past the Talladega (DEGA!) Raceway. There were a LOT of folks already set up in the Camp Grounds & traffic was backin’ up tryin’ to make it to their Special Sites. On to Oxford via Hwy 78E to the H-D Store as I needed to get some engine oil. Also had them check out a funny sound, they didn’t find anything though. While there I ran into an Ole Friend, a young lady who was a customer of mine @ Magic Chef durin’ my workin’ years, there. I gotta hug, ofcourse, as wwe caught up. Still pretty as ever! I also ran into the son of an Ole Friend, that I used to call on @ Russell Corporation, in Alexander City. Got to visit briefly with him as well. But NO HUGGIN! Just a good manly hand shake! Ya just never know who you’ll run into. Off to lunch we went @ a local BBQ restaurant. After an enjoyable lunch & visit we headed out to Heflin, AL  still riddin’ up Hwy 78E to the Scenic Parkway Drine for the Talladega National Forrest. It was a wonderful windin’ twistin’ ride. We stpped @ a Scenic Overview there, met & spoke with an Ole Marine from North GA. An interestin’ gentleman I must say. We parted ways with the Ole Marine & on to the top! AS we crested the top the Restaurant/Office Buildin’ was pretty busy so down we headed on down the back side of the mountain. We came out on Hwy 21 in Munford, headed on toward the City of Talladega, passed thru there an on back to the house in The Big Pell! That was a very enjoyable 100 mile roundtrip ride. My riddin’ mate for the day took a quick breather here then on back to The Ham for him. A good day I must say!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”it’ll be ready should we need it”…

It’s “GAME DAY”! Oh & Hurricane NATE is ah knockin’ on the the door of the Gulf Coast! I hope all you folks directly in it’s path are prepared. God be with you all. For us, here in “The Big Pell”, it looks as though we’re goin’ to get a Big Blow out of it tomorrow & for the next few days we’re also goin’ to have “a bad case of DAMP ASS” here. Thank goodness we don’t live in a low area. I’ll get the the Gen Set set up here in just a little while so it’ll be ready should we need it tomorrow. Y’all keep an eye & a ear out for the Weather Conditions & Warnin’s in your areas. I hope your College Teams fare well today. Unless your for em “Aggies”, Texas A&M! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE TOLL ! }}}}}…..BG>

…”It’s the little things in life”…

Yesterday mornin’ I was handed a Grocery List & was pointed in the direction of the Grocery Store. Well how hard can that be? As for me, well, that damn Grocery List always seem to get me in trouble. It seems like there are always items that come home that weren’t on that Grocery List! I realize I’m probably in the vast minority of people that this happens to. But as far as I was concerned it was a good shoppin’ trip. And as usual, I was reminded how simple of a list it was. I never claimed to be a good shopper anyway. From there my day rebounded. I received a return call from a friend (he’s a Financial Advisor) about lunch we had been tryin’ to set up for a while. I told him I was goin’ to be headin’ to “The Ham” for an evenin’ get together so we decided to meet 1/2 way along my route. I arrived a little early which is usual for me. To my good fortune I happened to run into a cousin of mine, that I hadn’t seen in a while, that had been havin’ lunch with some of her friends. We spent about 10 to 15 minutes catchin’ up on the others family & other topics as well. It was very enjoyable. The Financial Advisor arrived & my cousin left. Ya never know who you’ll run into! The Financial Advisor & I caught up over lunch. We weren’t there to discuss business just to catch up on each other. It was very relaxin’ to just talk. Business never came up! A short lunch seemed to turn into a 2 hour period of total relaxation. We bid each other a farewell as he had to return to the financial grind & I had time to burn, before my later engagement. So as fate would have it the Bass Pro Shops facility just happened to be along my route as well. So I popped  in there to kill a little time & see what I needed. After perusing the various departments & examinin’ items of interest, I exited there with the same amount of money, in my pocket, as I entered with. I headed back to “Ole Big Red”, my trusty old Expedition, cranked up my tunes & headed toward “The Ham” for my evenin’ get together. Again I was a little early as was one another friend who was there for for the evenin’ get together. As we were catchin’ up a couple of others arrived. Oh & by Couple I mean TWO (2) other friends arrived right on time. About an hour went by & another couple of folks came in. And again by couple I mean Two (2) other friends (husband & wife) joined us. The Six (6) of us laughed as we caught up, shared stories, & talked about others that weren’t there. those that were too busy, too tired, too sick, too poor, or too far away. Yeah, probably YOU! As the Witchin’ Hour, 8:00 p.m., drew near the small group thinned as usual. I departed shortly after the Witchin’ Hour myself as the last Two (husband & wife) were orderin’ them somethin to eat. It was just a handful of folks but an enjoyable evenin’. As “Ole Big Red” & I made our way back to “The Big Pell” I had all of the windows down, the Sun Roof open, my favorite Oldies Cranked Up just enjoyin’ the 70 degree evenin’ air whippin’ thru “Ole Big Red”, as it also sucked all of the dust out of it. The Moon was Full, Bright & there wasn’t a single cloud in sight. MY 45minute drive went by too quick as I found myself turnin’ into my driveway. I coasted down to where the Garbage Can is kept, hooked it to the trailer hitch & back up the 200 ft long driveway I went, so I wouldn’t have to do it before the sun comes up in the mornin’. It’s the little things in life. Good night all..”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”& back on the Stove”…

 Yesterday mornin’ had been some what normal. I got up at 4:30 a.m. while my Bride was gettin’ ready for work. Got the “Joe” to workin’ to deliver that Magical Elixir I now seem to require in the mornin’s. The alarm went off to let me know it was ready in just a short time. Poured my 1st Mug of the mornin’ so it could cool just a tad while I choked down a banana & a small cup of dry Cheerios “The Breakfast of Champions” around this house. Got Mug #2 for the road as I wet to work, yesterday was Friday, no excitement there. Got home poured up Mug #3 as the pot emptied out. I started to work on a 7qt Pot of Chili for today, “Game Day”! It’s a process, you other Chili cookers out there know of what I speak. As I was gettin’ my onions chopped up {{{ DING DONG ! }}}…Seems I was on the “Hit List” for a visit from the good folks from the local “Kingdoms Hall”. I was polite, told’em I didn’t want to shake hands as I was in the middle of Choppin’ Onions. They understood, I refused their print out greeted’em a good day & got back to my Onion Choppin’. I get all of my fixin’s thrown into my 7qt pot then simmer it for 4 hours at a minimum, stirrin’ as needed & add a cup of water, or so, occasionally as it needs some replaced. Got folks commin’ today & will had the Grands last night. Always look forward to that. The New/Next Generation of my genes. Now let THAT sink in! Today I’ll be prayin’ for Auburn, as they are from my State of Alabama, & cause I think they’re goin’ to need it. There’s a lot goin’ on down there on The Plains. But I’ll be hollerin’ “ROLL TIDE ROLL” as usual. Got to go, time to get the Chili out of the Frig & back on the Stove. {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>