Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lucy is my new neighbor


Yes...Lucy is my new neighbor...and she is a special breed of dog which goes back a long way...She is a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog...That's right...You can look up her breed on the internet...Full grown she should weigh around 90 to 100 lbs...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Save the Myrtles


My friend Linda lives amidst a massive road widening project near the airport. Although she sacrificed two large crepe myrtles in the process, the roots sproated out "baby myrtles" en mass. The construction crew offered to dig these up with their backhoe. I volunteered to show off my horticultural talents to pot these for later re-planting and here are the results below............

Check out the white circled area...


Linda gets out her phone camera as they bring in the backhoe ...




Aren't backhoes wonderful? It sure beats digging them up with a shovel...


A mix of potting and top soil and prayer ...

Future Farmers of America...move over...hehe

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm dog sitting Lucy

My neighbors have asked me to feed their new puppy (Lucy) every morning for a week while they are on vacation...I have the mornng shift...meaning  have to feed her when the sun starts to rise...cause she's hungry...Well I have no trouble getting up early at my age so this isn't a chore for me...They have a lovely garden up there and I have brought my cell phone camera to play on Lucy an some beautiful flowers...Check these out...
Here's Lucy...












I took these with my phone camera (Sony Ericcson 8 mp)  Please click on them to enlarge them...


Monday, September 13, 2010

1977 Photo of Sutro Tower in San Francisco

This a digital copy I made of a photo I took from a helicopter in San Francisco in 1977, when I had a photo shoot there...I had hired the helicopter for one hour and my photo shoot was ten miles south of S/F...It only took me 15 minutes to take the photos I needed then (I was doing an aerial shot of a school named Nueva in Hillsborough)...I asked the pilot if we could could fly up to S/F so I could take some shots of this tower...The reason I wanted to do this was because my brother John was then working for the company which fabricated this tower in Columbia, SC and shipped it in pieces to S/F for construction...When I returned to Columbia...I had a 16 x 20 color print made of it which I gave to my brother to hang in his office...It was a big hit there and his boss wanted to know how he came by it...When he found out I took it ...he ordered a copy for himself...That wast back in 1977... 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Uncle Ron's 2-2-2-2-2 Pancakes Recipe

My World Famous

2-2-2-2-2
Pancake  Recipe...


2-Tbsp White Vinegar
2-Cups Milk
2-Large Eggs
2-Cups Self Rising Flour
2-Tblsp Butter

First...

Take:
2 tbsps of white vinegar
Add them to 2 cups of whole milk (1 or 2 % is okay)
and stir...
Let stand 4-5 minutes so the vinegar can sour the milk...(Home made Buttermilk)

Then  crack 2 large eggs into the milk...
and stir...
(use a fork to break the yokes)

Then add 2 cups of self rising flour to a large bowl
(you don't have to sift it)

Now
add your milk/vinegar/egg mixture to the flour
and stir...

Last but not least,take 2 tablespoons of butter
and liquify them in a microwave
or in a sauce pan on the stove ...
The butter will help the cakes from sticking and also add extra flovor...

Then let the butter  cool...

Then stir butter into the pancake mix...

Note...I don't add anything else to this mix including sugar...
Baking powder and salt are in the self rising floor...

Now if you haven't already done it...
Heat up your frying pan (I prefer a large electric steel or teflon one) on high...

When it's heated up...

Test your fry pan by dripping some water on it...If the water bubbles into little bubbles which dance on it ...then you are ready to make a test cake...Pour 2 tablespoons of batter to the pan...let them fry till you see bubbles popping on them and their edges start to turn brown...now turn it over and fry on the other side...Make sure both sides are golden brown...
Now taste your sample cake with a little butter and syrup on it...

Mmmmmm...Mmmmm...Good!

Now you can make at least 12-6 inch pancakes...

Here is a photo of some I made the other day.....



You know they gotta be good...

Let's go make some!