Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Nope. That would be weird, even for me.
Day before yesterday I was thinking about my Dad a lot. I was thinking about the stuff we used to do and the things he liked and didn't like and all the things I wish I'd done for him and all the things I wish I'd said (or hadn't said). You know, all those things that pass through your head when you think about someone you loved and lost. One of the things that I was remembering was how much my Daddy used to love to eat BBQ at this crazy place that sits way back in the woods right outside of Conroe, Texas.
We used to have a little saying:
"If you can find it, you deserve to eat it."
Old Man Early cooked BBQ there for so long that, I swear, you can smell the place long before you get there. (And gettin' there 'aint easy, trust me on that.)
Mr. Early is gone now just like my sweet Daddy, but his kids still cook that BBQ.
The next thing I'm about to say might rile you up. These are fightin' words in Texas, I do know that, but I'm gonna say them anyway:
Early's has the best chipped beef sandwich in all of Texas.
If you don't believe me just take a road trip some weekend and find out for yourself.
Drive on back in those piney woods and try to find it. Course, I guess in this day of GPS and IPhones and whatnots it won't be so hard to find. I say just drive to Conroe and start asking around like the "good old days." When (and if) you get there grab some BBQ, a freezing cold Budweiser and go sit out under the big trees and see if I'm not right.
And while you're there send up a little prayer to my Daddy. And one for my cousin, Ann, who used to love to sit out there too. Also, if you see our old friends (and Early's regulars), Kris and Michael McBride, tell them that I miss them.
In case you're still confused, the pig's name is Early.
This way I stuck to the pig theme, but I also get to think of my Daddy and the fun we had over there at that tiny BBQ joint in the woods.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The first year we were here (this is our third summer) we saw one peach, but the birds got to it first.
Oh, hmmm, well, that's the flower from back in April. I didn't get a picture of the peach on the tree. I wanted to snatch it before the birds could eat it and then FinnigantheCurious snatched it from me before I could eat it.
It got eaten is the moral of the story.
I'm going out on a limb (pun, y'all!) and predict five for next year. That might just be enough for homemade ice cream.
Or a peach margarita if Jackdaddy doesn't snatch that from me.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Corn! I've tried to grow corn before, but every time I start reading about how you have to propagate them and ammonium nitrate and pH and blah blah blah, my eyes just glaze over and I have to lie down with a wet rag on my head (as my mama always says). This year I just threw some seeds in the bed, put some Natural Gardener fertilizer on them (because I had a bag and it seemed like a good idea) and I water them every now and then. Man, I really want some fresh corn. It's still growing. I'm not sure if I'll get corn, but considering that they're still alive, I have a good feeling about it.