View of Watertown New York from Thompson Park

Saturday, April 29, 2017

sorry but i'm on the tomato kick today (see below)
the first of the hybrids were just coming out when i was maybe 12 or 13, and dad planted some, but before that they were all, own seed, no hybrids, and to tell the true there were a bit ugly, most were 4 lobs, not even close to a regular shape, but boy were they tasty..........fresh picked, washed at the outside tap........1 big bite........then a shake of salt and pepper, and a dash of apple cider vinegar.....a real treat after a couple of hours of mowing the near to an acre of grass with a push gas lawn mower....and if truth be told very few of the radishes and spring onions ever got to mom's kitchen either.....there are times when i sometimes long for those days long ago.......muck out the chicken coup....wheelbarrow to the compost pile.....cut some grass.......and a stop at the garden for a snack.....tomatoes, green onions, maybe a radish.....or maybe a few wild strawberries from the fields....old memories are flooding back the older i get......
again with my lunch, a nice grinder roll, rare roast beef, a little Italian dressing, a mixture of mayo, horseradish, a touch of garlic/chili sauce, salt, pepper, oops forgot the slices of heirloom tomato....yum.
 quiet day, don't think i'll walk today......
the tomatoes take me back to my childhood..(of course some say i never really left my childhood  behind)  I grew up rural, large garden, most years 4 dozen tomato plants ( and since we're talking 60+ years ago and according to the definition those tomatoes  qualify as 'heirloom') why so many plants, mom loved to can vegetables
we had a shelve over the outside faucet...salt, pepper, and vinegar (in containers of course) much of the vegetables from the garden never made it to kitchen.....but the heirloom tomatoes, take me back to a time and a place a long time ago, when life was......well....... simple

Friday, April 28, 2017

High 50'sF to low 60'sF.......light wind and partial sun/clouds........for me a perfect day for a walk, could of waited but it was the kind of weather I love.......
I had a gourmet lunch, well that is if you grew up in eastern Erie county outside Buffalo NY, in a rural area where the two most common ethnic groups were German and eastern European.......
Knockwurst ( although in German would be Knackwurst), baked beans, and of course sauerkraut......

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spent some time today doing a tad of editing, and added a few new links, and some other things......
But one thing got me to thinking the etymology of foot and mouth disease aka putting your foot in you mouth.....from hoof and mouth disease, and an old British "putting your foot in it".....because of the period of history this phase comes from, i'm wondering if for sake of not being rude, they delete the sh from the it.........hey I'm just spit balling here..........
I've probably I mentioned this before but as the old saying goes:
"They say " the second thing that goes when you grow older is your memory, and for the life of me I can't remember the first thing?' "
I have decided if I have a good idea, but can't deal with it right then to write it down
Four problems i see with this however:
1) i have to remember to write it down
2)  i have to find a pad and pen
3) If i do the above, then i have to remember where i put the pad
4) and even if i did all of the above there is 1 more problem:
    4a) why in the name of Abigail Adams.....did i write it down in the first place

Sunday, April 23, 2017

something struck me as a little odd if not flat wrong a Snapple ad that basically said that the "Nigerian Scam" started in the 1800's and the scammers needed social security numbers, now i admit the ad was funny but.........see on the left a link to 'social security numbers'......they weren't issued until i know it was funny, and given leave for artistic licence not with standing i half expect to see something on line stating the historical fact that the "Nigerian Scam" has it's origins in a telegraph message in the 1800's, appearing somewhere in social media any day now........oy vey

God’s Covenant With Noah  

Genesis Chapter 9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being

MY thoughts

the above is in response to the article on the left about the "True Human Diet", whether or not this was a new Covenant or a repeat of an old one...can't for sure say one way or another..........or whether or not all antediluvian  humans were vegetarians but it is plausible  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

 On the left you will find two articles, one about a statement by Pope Francis, the other reports a poll the results are more people believe in ghosts and aliens then God.........and unlike his predecessor Pope Francis did not support or even mention intelligent design.........but i can't honestly say that anything here surprises me, except maybe that one of the statements was by  Pope Francis........
 I not only believe in intelligent design, and that what was created was created mature, on the other hand i don't dismiss out of hand evolution, macro-evolution, i have my doubts, but micro evolution i believe happened, may even still to the Big Bang Theory........something obviously happen......but was it just a physical event, or was it the creation event.........???.........
 If you look down in the footer, you will find other articles I've written that give my position on creation

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 a post on a friend's face book page got me to thinking, about a series of events that happened across several years.....(be fore warned this could end up an autobiographical novella)
I turned 21 just after the Johnson/Goldwater election, (remember voting age at that time 21)......but when i registered to vote chose the NYS Conservative forward several years, knew the man who was the county chairman of the party and he asked if i would be the ward committeeman and forward a few more years, and i was asked to fill a slot on the executive board, of the powers in local elections is to endorse candidates for office......about a years or so later....the story beginning
 Two candidates came before us, looking for our endorsement for county DA:
Candidate #1 was female, already had the Democratic/Liberal lines.......good undergrad school, good law school and had worked as an ADA.....
Candidate #2 male, already had the Republican/Right To Life lines........mediocre undergrad school, and a no name law lawyer......little criminal law experience
It should seem that the choice was clear....except
The female Pro-Choice
The male Pro-Life
and despite my best arguments that this issue was moot, it would have little if no bearing on criminal cases.....and don't forget she was more qualified for the job........
the party endorsed the male on a 5 to 2 vote
i resigned, and the one who voted with me resigned
i voted for her thru many election cycles
and she did a good job for several years
thus ended my foray in to politics

If the above didn't make my point, allow me to state simply
when it comes to choices, this is not a custom world, we have to most times "pick of the rack"......and take what fits best........maybe not a perfect fit.......but then it is an imperfect world

Sunday, April 16, 2017

i with great anticipation awaited the premiere of "Iron Chef Gauntlet" i loved the original "Iron Chef"  from Japan, and also "iron Chef America".........but my verdict on "Iron Chef Gauntlet" is still to come, from my point of view it's a crasis between "Iron Chef America" and the food channel show the "Next Iron Chef" two shows meet at a intersection and welded together........i'll keep watching.....but........
 I'm having a minor crises, for the last 3 or 4 years I've been using the same Analgesic Gel, I've been getting it within about a five minute walk, apparently they are not carrying it anymore, there is one other place in town but it's out of my walking range, and it would be a devastating result if their didn't have it i guess that i must go on the hunt for a replacement.....if you had my knees, shoulders, back and neck you can understand the need for me to find a different product that works.....
 Nice spring day, picked up some things i needed........the rest of the day has been spent very quietly.....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

 tonight while reading posts on Face Book i found a post that supported a hypothesis i had never heard before, whether for better or worse, it's in a topic that is flat in my wheel house, i know where to find on line all of the research tools to test said conclusions were that it doesn't reach the level of proof to even give it thought to even consider that it's even plausible......but here is the problem I've been mulling if this was on a scholarly page i probably would attack the findings.......but let's face it, if you attacked every post on face book that was at the very least naive, or at the worst just flat wrong......that's probably all I'd be doing and that's not why I'm on face book......I'm there to connect with old and current friends.......
(Please Note: i did not go into any details, and that was a conscience act....)

Friday, April 14, 2017

just a quiet, lovely spring day, rain is predicted for the PM tomorrow and most of Easter Day, took a short walk and picked up a few things that i needed to get thru to Monday if i can't walk the next 2 days
 have messed a little on my blogs.....added a few new links.....nothing done to the actual layout........

Thursday, April 13, 2017

 Awoke this morning in a fog, not the weather outside which was a beautiful, sunny, warm spring day, had no real reason to walk, no place i needed to go, but walked anyway...but then for me, sometimes the best reason to do something is, pure whimsy.......
birds singing, Seagulls dumpster diving, woodchuck running, if you've never seen a woodchuck running away from of the 10 funny things i know....
 so back to my rooms, messed a bit with the layout and theme of "Troll's Poetry Corner" also added a new poem...........

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

[note: it's a little spooky what will sometimes raise to the surface of the quagmire in what is laughingly referred to as my mind, or  at least what once was my mind]
a memory from many years ago:
when i was in my early 20's i used to run 20K races......this one was the "Sauerkraut Festival Run" hay no  in Phelps New York......every where you look below that little town, were fields of cabbages......
 To continue, i was running with this guy Dom, who ran for Rochester A.C..........on the corner where we turned was this old Hotel/bar .....probably built in the late 1800s........anyways that had a wrap around front porch complete with rocking chairs filled with beer drinking good old boy farmers........
 so as we past one of the guys on the porch yells "What you guys doing running away from your wives?"
 now Dom was a bit of a  wise ass, and always had a quick come back..his reply was 
" No we're running away from your wive"
said I "Are you crazy"
said  Dom "don't worry we can out run them"
said I "Dom they have pickup trucks"
[ Dom's reply has been deleted.......i don't use that kind of language here"
fortunately  they didn't follow us.........

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

( I have decided that my time is better spent here, than traipsing around Facebook...i may give an occasionally add a like, a funny reply or maybe even a snide one......but I've decided to take out my warped sense of humor and maybe even so vitriol here........)
on my walk today saw the first pair of ducks I've seen this's still early and i'm hoping that this years number of ducks and geese will be near to last years numbers........just enjoy watching the little ones run around.........haven't seen any of the groundhogs.....aka. woodchucks yet......

Monday, April 10, 2017

i could give many sound reasons for why i walked today:
1) i was afraid that i might run out of somethings because the forecast for tomorrow is rain (not)
2) i wanted to check on the 3 ponds nearby to see if more geese had come back (true but thin)
3) i could probably fabricate several other excuses, oops i mean reasons........however
truth be told
it was 69*F and sunny, just a few wispy clouds, and a little wind......spring at least for today has was great to not have to layer and bundle up.........and just enjoy the warmer weather and just enjoy the walk.......

Sunday, April 9, 2017

 Anyone who has read this blog before knows i have a burning desire to bore all my readers with my walks.......the weather up here is finally getting to be a nice spring, and today was a beautiful day....and except for a short walk to see if the pair of Canada Geese which spend time in  the pond just north of me were feeding.....but they were a no show.......i waiting to see the arrival of the goslings, but will still be a few weeks.........last year there were 7 pair of adults and between 25 and 30 little ones......
 but as to the walk, old age can be a bitch.........beautiful warm sunny spring day and all i can say about my legs today was that they reached from my hips to the soles of my feet.....was cold yesterday but the legs were good so walked twice and stocked up so i really don't need to walk until mid by then i trust that the legs will co-operate.........
 As part of the on going construction [ some may say de-construction] of this blog, I have decided to include 3 posts from one of my now extinct blogs "Under the Bridge"[you can find them in  the footers at the bottom of the page].......that blog was more aimed at commentary about political and religious/biblical/social issue [or as some might say my rants].......and to be honest I've basically lost interest in politics......i may still from time to time comment on social/biblical issues......except for the poetry which will still appear on "Troll's Poetry Corner" [link on the left}.........what will result is to bring this going on 15 years project to what it was conceived of [ or is that ill conceived of] in the beginning, that is, a "garbage dump" so to speak for what ever comes out of my very varied, and completely warped mind......although none of the links to the best of my recollection ever appeared on another of my extinct blogs, a links blog "Trollie Hangs Ten".......I've added a bunch.....links that is......[ however my recollection could be questioned]

Saturday, April 8, 2017

 The last re-design lasted about 36 hours........i'm at it again........didn't like the way the new theme showed some of the text.......and decided i needed 3 columns widths............but knowing me my theme and layout tend to have a very short 'shelf life'.....
{i should just post a sign  here that reads, "Hard Hat Zone: site under construction!"}
{ after very little thought, and far less common sense, see on the left}

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I've been playing around tonight with the layout of my happens from time to time for the going on 15 years this has been around.......i can never leave well enough alone but on the right you will find a new header......."Now Playing".........actually it's not new to this blog..........but i deleted it one of the times i re-did the layout........but decided to bring it back......
 The Faure Requiem.......on a short list of my favorite liturgical pieces I've ever sung......but one time is special to me....i was singing with NorthCountry Choral Society at the time, we generally sang with a small instrumental ensemble and my D who was in High School at the time was in the ensemble......neat experience......
 It is my intention from time to time add to the "Now Playing" list, [been re-named "Favorite Music"]