April 27 Tornadoes…

April 28, 2011

As you probably know, the South just got slammed with a series of brutal twisters (at least one of which was an EF5 — the most powerful.) The damage runs some 800 miles and the death toll now exceeds 250. According to Fox News, one entire small town was simply obliterated. The following photographs are from FEMA, and don’t even hint at the scope of the destruction…

If you would like to help, here are two trustworthy organizations:

Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.

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A REAL 15 Minute Meal…

April 28, 2011

Hi,

Cisco the blogging cat here…

Ya’ know those stinking TV shows that promise a 30 minute meal? You know, the ones that boast lobster, baked Alaskan, and stuffed shrimp all in half an hour? Bull! Here’s what a real, quick meal looks like…

Slam a frying pan on the stove, break out some express diced potatoes, ‘shrooms, and pre-cooked ham or chicken. Mangle ’em into bite sized pieces and toss in the pan… Then brown ’em good and call it done.

There… now that’s a cheap fast meal that will stick to your ribs…

Cisco the cat, stuffed by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


2nd Annual HSS Memorial Day Yard Sale and Potluck

April 24, 2011

Folks, the first big weekend of “the season” is almost upon us. Can you believe that Memorial Day is just around the corner? Ponchita and I find it difficult–let me tell you, it’s been a loooong winter for two cats!

Since state law requires that all liquor stores close on Memorial Day, why not use the outdoor space for something fun for the whole family and the whole town? Yes, that’s right, it’s time to remind you all that the 2nd Annual HSS Memorial Day Yard Sale and Potluck will be held on Monday, May 30.

Last year’s sale was a smashing success–we had over a dozen vendors, and hundreds of shoppers and buyers showed up! Plus, of course, the weather was perfect; we’re hoping for the same forecast this year.


Here’s the skinny:

Sellers: if you’d like to be a vendor, space for your table is $10, payable to Da Gizz on or before May 29. You have to bring your own table, but the sooner you pay, the better space you get!

Buyers: stop by early and often! While a lot of vendors were up and selling by 8:00am, some of our peddlars were setting up tables until about noon. So far, some of the merchandise you will see will be: kitchenwares (cast iron skillets, anyone?), CDs, tools, estate jewelry, vintage items, bakelite, gently used clothing, some very nice Polish Pottery, old books and magazines, handcrafts, garage items, tchotchkes, good antiques, junky antiques, and probably some plain old junk.And that’s just the beginning!

Food: we ask all vendors to bring a dish to share with each other and with the buyers. (Free food always brings ’em in!) Last year we had hotdogs, hamburgers, cookies, and treats of all kinds. Bottled water was available for purchase, as well.

We’ll be updating the blog as more vendors sign up, so check back frequently. If you’d like to stroll down memory lane, you can check out our write-up on last year’s sale here (with video!)

Two cats blogging and yard-saling!


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


$25,000,000.00 per Hour

April 21, 2011

Hey, Cisco and Ponchita the blogging cats here…

We heard a mind-numbing number today (we had to check to make sure it was real… It was/is…) The U.S. is now spending $25 million/hr to pay just the interest on our national debt… (Go ahead… Do the math…) To try to put this in perspective, let’s say that the pinheads in DC spent three months arguing over the latest budget. (We all know it was longer than that… But let’s just say it was three months…) While they fought to “save” $38 billion (again, we know that number is bloated and a fake) the U.S. had to pay out $54 billion in interest alone on our debt. And where did we come up with that money? We either borrowed it or printed it. No wonder S&P just busted our long-term economic status from “stable” to “negative”…

Something wicked this way comes… If this federal republic is to survive, we are going to need nothing short of a sea change in our politics and our very culture…

Stock up now…

Very worried by the racks,

Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Yet Another Must-See Cheesy Movie

April 17, 2011

Do you remember back when we told you about cheesy classics? Well, we done got another one for you. Witness the 2010 oddity, “Sherlock Holmes“.




In this misguided yet colorful effort, we’ve got Sherlock Holmes and his faithful (yet ever bumbling) cohort Dr. Watson trying to solve murder mysteries and in the process doing battle with a dinosaur, a giant octopus, and a dragon.

This is a “box wine movie” — ideal for occasional background fluff and giggles while you focus on playing cards with your friends… Back in the day of bongs and brownies, this would have been called “a goof“.

There are two reasons why I can’t tell you how this one comes out…
a.) I wouldn’t want you to miss the thrilling ending… and…
b.) I have no idea how it ended because I fell asleep.

Simply put, this is a must “almost see… ”


Not quite distracted by the racks,


Cisco and Ponchita, the blogging cats…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Not Building a Shaker Dining Table

April 12, 2011

OK,

So we’ve had a slight change in plans… Shaker out, farm in…

Of course, ours will look considerably different… We’ve got those nice wide antique planks, and we’ll probably go with turned legs. (Interesting note about the legs… A few years ago, I built a kitchen island, and discovered that the pre-turned legs were cheaper than the plane timber I needed to make them from scratch. No doubt that the turning was done in China shipped to Cape Cod… Sigh…) I don’t know if we’ll paint the table though; we certainly won’t paint the top…

Ah… Two cats in a workshop ‘wrastlin’ with wily wood and power tools… What could possibly go wrong?

By the racks and the band aid isle,

Two cats blogging


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Building a Shaker Dining Table

April 8, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging and woodworking cat here… We have a new project before us — namely building a Shaker table… (Do you remember the hutch project?) Right now, all we have are the 60 year old, 18″ wide rough boards for the table top…

But we can scrounge the rest from my over-sized stockpile of wood…

In general, here’s what we’re thinking about…

All told, the job isn’t that tough, but the devil is in the details… Will I need just one stretcher or two? Should I chip carve the stretcher(s) or leave plain? How do I join the two pieces of the table top and keep them flat without inviting a split? (I know that I’ll need floating battens and bread boards, but what size and how many?) How will I stain and seal?

You see the crazy stuff you get into on this blog???

Cisco in the sawdust,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.