Salsa

There’s something kinda strange about growing jalapenos in Bavaria.

Thanks to Mom, who sent me the seeds in early spring. Thanks to our incredible summer (which regrettably killed about 10.000 people in France) I have the largest Jalapenos I have ever had.

You see, it is impossible to get a decent salsa here. You can buy salsa ready made, but it just isn’t salsa. There is always a bunch of sugar in it and it is really thick, both of which salsa should not be.

So yeah, when I do tacos, I have to grow a few jalapenos first. Then, I take the last tomatoes of the season and make a two gallon pot of salsa which then lasts all year. I freeze the salsa in small portions so that there is always something ready when I need a jalapeno kick.

Will be carrying the laptop and webcam out and post a small video of my jalapenos here for mom.

(yes, I am kinda bored today somehow).

Last Weekend…

the dust from my floor sanding attack had just settled and been cleaned up and the house was, after three weeks, once again dust free.
I knew something was up when my father came over with a yardstick in his hand. He only does that when he is bored and looking to improve/repair/build something.

Here are the pics.

How to install a larger window

Step 1: Get the chainsaw,

Step 2: Just take out pieces of the wall,

Step 3: Smile for the camera,

Step 4: Enjoy the view!

The dust has, in the meanwhile settled again. 😉

Nine Fingers and a Virus

What a godawful week. My finger is now better, however, the ligament is a bit short so I am in phys rehab to get that finger back working. As if that wasn’t enough, I had to fight for three days to get rid of the Lovesan/Msblast virus which somehow found its way into my computer and constantly insisted on restarting the system every five minutes or so.

Am back.

And here is something really good (thanks Jen).

You Know You’re Living in the Year 2003 when…

1. Your reason for not staying in touch with family is because they do not have e-mail.

2. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

3. Your grandmother asks you to send her a JPEG file of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.

4. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.

5. Every commercial on television has a web site address at the bottom of the screen.

6. You buy a computer and 3 months later it’s out of date and sells for half the price you paid.

7. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your

life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go get it.

8. Using real money, instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase would be a hassle and take planning.

9. You just tried to enter your password on the microwave.

10. You consider second-day air delivery painfully slow.

11. Your dining room table is now your flat filing cabinet.

12. Your idea of being organized is multiple-colored Post-it notes.

13. You hear most of your jokes via e-mail instead of in person.

14. You get an extra phone line so you can get phone calls.

15. You disconnect from the Internet and get this awful feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.

16. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.

17. You wake up at 2 AM to go to the bathroom and check your E-mail on your way back to bed.

18. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. ; )

19. You’re reading this and nodding and laughing.

20. Even worse; you know exactly who you are going to forward this to…

Hey Folks!

Haven´t been posting much actually, cause being able to type with one hand isn´t a lot of fun.

It`s my own fault however, one should be more careful with newly purchased kitchen knives. Though the doctor did the sutures quite nicely actually.

Sutures will be removed on Wednesday, am confident that I will be somewhat better equipped to at least partially use the right hand at that point.

Aaaaaarrrrgggggghh!

The Difference between Ladies and Real Women

Subject: Ladies vs. Women

Ladies: If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix-me-up.”

Real Woman: If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that’s too damn bad. Please recite with me, The Real Women’s motto: “I made it and you will eat it and I don’t care how bad it tastes.”

Ladies: Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Real Woman: Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink. You might still have the headache, but who cares?

Ladies: Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Real Woman: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake. You are probably lying on the couch, with your feet up eating it anyway.

Ladies: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Real Woman: Buy boxed mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry for up to a year.

Ladies: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

Real Woman: Go to the bakery — they’ll even decorate it for you.
Ladies: Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

Real Woman: Sara Lee frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust, so I just don’t do it.

Ladies: If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Real Woman: Go ask the very cute neighbor guy to do it.

And finally the most important tip…

Ladies: Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Real Woman: Leftover wine??

A Poke With a Stick

I think Jen is trying to cheer up in light of her upcoming birthday, cause she sent me this:

The Perks of Being Over 40

– Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

– In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

– No one expects you to run into a burning building.

– People call at 9PM and ask, “Did I wake you?”.

– People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

– There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

– Things you buy now won’t wear out.

– You can eat dinner at 4PM.

– You can live without sex but not without glasses.

– You enjoy hearing about other peoples’ operations.

– You get into heated arguments about pension plans.

– You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.

– You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

– You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

– You sing along with elevator music.

– Your eyes won’t get much worse.

– Your health plan is beginning to pay off.

– Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

– Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.

– Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

Lolololol, grin.

Projects

I know, I know. I just haven’t been posting at all lately. However, the pictures below will give you a clue as to what I have been doing all week. My father and I expanded the loft in the house. We thought this was going to be a 1-2 day project. Yo.

We spent all of the first day just mounting and unmounting and remounting etc. etc. the support beams. By the time the floorboards were layed on the next day, I realized I was going to have to do some heavy duty sanding on the old floor, otherwise, I’d have half the room with a dark floor and half the room with a light floor.

So, all of Wednesday, I sanded, and sanded.

When it was finally finished, I decided to put some furniture upstairs that had been downstairs and vice versa. Chaos. Absolute chaos.

Now, most of the dust has been wiped away, below some of the pictures (and check out the finished loft at the bottom). Big hug and thanks to Paps for his untiring efforts 🙂

Ladder, up, ladder down…..

Chaos on both floors……

That dusty old dust……

(even visible on the camera lens on this picture)

These two were confused as heck about what was going on…….

Ain’t it a beauty!

The Summer of the Century

(somehow it seems).

We have had temperatures between 75-80° F since the beginning of May, sometimes even hotter, with very little rain.

There are huge cracks in the ground in the lawn. However, my roses and melons are loving this. I am too.

The next three weeks are mine – these are the three weeks I look forward to the entire year – three weeks with no obligations, no musts, just my jeans-cut-offs and my garden, three weeks barefoot and outside.

The vet said our dog is too fat. We’ve been giving him diet food rations for four months now and he just isn’t losing an ounce. Thinking this might be due to the fact that he lies around and sleeps all day (especially in the summer heat), I got my inliners out of the closet yesterday and put him through some fitness training. Ta da – even without breaking any of my bones, ain’t that amazing?

I have got to practice using those strange brakes, I think I loosened up at least four traffic signs trying to slow my pace on the way home………

Ravings of a Sane Lunatic

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