Monday, September 20, 2010

My Bad…

To use a phrase that I don’t even like because of it’s imbecilic over use but it seems to work in this context. 

To be real honest… I hit the wall.  And then the wall fell on me.  And then I had to cart the left-over garage sale stuff home and I was wiped O.U.T.  On the bright side I did get a bath.  The dogs haven’t yet gotten a bath but that’s good news for them.  They don’t like a bath.  Oh, they put up with it because I’m bigger than they are but they look at me like I’m beating them.  You want to talk hang dawg lookin’.  They love me when it’s over though.

I’ll get back on my family roll next time.  I had to do this special post for my regulars of 4 or 6 people that have heard about and watched (in a manner of speaking) my garden grow… from squash to tomatoes to my infamous okra. This is a guinea photo and an okra report…

Bro got a photos of the new guineas when they stopped by for a visit…

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guineas and okra 005 The new guineas, in making their rounds every day, like to come to the back porch and stop by for a visit.  They perch up on the railing and preen and visit a bit.  (First Photo)  The second group felt the railing was full so they fluffed and preened on the back steps.  They are so much fun to watch.  You some times think they don’t have a brain between them when they get startled and scatter like Henny Penny except they start yelling ‘chook, chook, chook’ like guineas on speed or what ever they call speed nowadays instead of Henny Penny’s famous spiel “ The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!”…  And Debbie you don’t need to tease me about nowadays… I do use it often and naturally if the situation warrants.  I sometimes feel as if I’m a dual personalitied person , part higher educated with very good English sliced and diced and mixed in with Okie idioms that can rear their ornery head at any moment… sometimes called up and sometimes they slip in the conversation on their own whim, unannounced.  I surprise my own self sometimes.  Usually it only happens when I’m tired, though.  I know, I know I’ve been tired a lot lately.

Meanwhile, check out this okra… Almost big enough to think about marrying…but not quite.  Okra this large is generally bad, woody and fiberous.  The marrying phrase is just a flip remark but look at the size of these puppies….

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guineas and okra 014 The okra has gotten this large in just a week.  Nobody has picked since I was out there last week and the okra up top is so big and heavy that it’s bending the stalks over.

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guineas and okra 017 Makes it easy to pick those 8 foot tall stalks without a ladder.guineas  9.13.2010 024 This is my redneck crown molding in the process of getting prettified, you know, fancyied up. First I put up 1”X8’  pine boards around the top of the walls, butted against the roof.  I personally like the simplicity of it but Cuz wanted to fancy it up a bit so she and Bro went to Lowe’s and decided on   3/4”  cove molding at the top and underneath the bottom of the board. No step for a stepper.  Got it up and cut and only hit one finger with a hammer hard enough to squirt blood… but not on the new paint job, thank God.

guineas  9.13.2010 025  In this corner you can see the border with trim on the left… unfancied on the right.  It’s  going to look awesome when finished and I need to get it finished to get off Cuz’s list.  She doesn’t like when jobs get drug out.  She one of those intelligent people that like some sense of order in her home.  Cuz, it’s almost over and I love you, even if I am slow. But I don’t want you to ever have to redo anything I fix and paint.  I like doing things as right as I know how and sometimes that takes longer… 

 

guineas  9.13.2010 029The green trim of the baseboard will be white, as will the window sills and the door facings and the crown.And the next time you get a ‘room’ report the floor will be clean.

Okay!  Carol and I are going to the fair tomorrow in OKC and I plan on getting my camera charged up to get photos to use at some point down the road.  So I hope this post has enough interest for you to forgive me for failing and falling outfor a couple of days of my challenge…

13 comments:

jojo said...

I almost bowed out today, I was just too darn tired, so don't worry about it.
My knowledge of Okra is zero but that looks rather large and obnoxious to me!! hahahaha, have fun at the fair ladies.

Debbie said...

Well, nowadays I just love reading your blog cause you're tired and I love it when you "talk tired". Much more interesting than intelligent talk! I'm Southern and can relate better :)

I also love your crown molding and would like to hire you to come to mine. Actually what I need is baseboards and trim. My brother is the same. He's been working on mine for 5 years. LOL

Who, my dear is going to eat all that okra?? Looks terrific!!

hetty said...

I've never seen okra that big! Heck, I've never seen okra growing at all - only in the supermarket. And I've never eaten it. I don't even know how to cook it. So who's bad now?

lifeshighway said...

Came over from Cindy's Clipboard. I must state for the record that even though I really don't like okra that was an impressive crop.

Also you must be very tolerant to have that many guineas.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

it is(okra) woody and useless when that big... at least any i have had has been... the guineas are precious love them...
love the house stuff wish i had the skills to do stuff like that... i haveso much that needs done!
love ya have fun at the fair!

Sara said...

You are forgiven. That okra is just begging to be pickled!!

darsden said...

I have never seen them critters before.
Wow, can't believe how good your garden looks...in September! You are one busy woman.

Debbie Jean said...

You are so forgiven dear. You make me tired, when I read your post and I am so jealous of your energy and spirit!!

I have not had any good fried okra since I moved north! You can hardly even find it in the grocery stores! Yours is impressive!!

You and Carol, enjoy the fair!!

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Reddirt Woman said...

Hi JoJo... Okra, when it gets big like that, gets real woody and fibrous... even worse than asparagus that is too overgrown. I'm proud that you've been able to hang in... it is way hard to do this every day sometimes. Life does have a tendency to mess in our playhouse. Love you J.J.

Reddirt Woman said...

Dang Debbie... here almost didn't
blog because of being tired and then get told by you that you like it when I talk tired so I'll talk tard more often... You pay for the molding,let me bring my mutts, feed me andgive me a bed to sleep on and I will come do it. Such a deal... If you hire me to come paint, I'll bring the okra. And my own diet Pepsi....lol

Hetty the best way, to my mind, to cook okra is to cut crosswise pieces, soak them in milk and then roll them in corn meal. Put you a cast iron skillet on the fire with about a quarter of an inch of oil hot almost to smoking. Throw a bunch of okra in and then turn down the fire to about medium hi for a while to get them started towards browning a bit then cover and turn the fire down to medium to cook for a bit until lightly browned. Or darker if you prefer more cruncy okra. Around here we eat it from lightly browned to almost burnt... That's how we love our okra. If you like Cajun food they cut up their okra crosswise and t'row it in the pan wit the gumbo... and then there are those that cut the tops off the pods and boils the whole pod with canned tomatoes, some also add garlic and onions to their stewed okra. Recipes abound if you are interested, just google.

Reddirt Woman said...

Welcome lifeshighway! We try to have things for non-okra lovers here to it's just you lucked out and got this post for your first visit. I hope you stop by for some of the other crazy stuff that gets put on here sometimes.

Laura I read your comment and picked up the phone and called my cousin to cut a bunch off and throw them out for the guineas. So we are going to find out if Okie guineas like their okra, too.
Tell you the same I told Debbie. You buy the stuff, let me bring my mutts with me, have a place for me to lay down my head and throw some food at me every now and then I'll come down and help.

Sara, even the neighbors are tired of okra. They've quit coming by to share. So we are going to find out if the okras make good guinea food.

Dar, You've never seen OKRA before... In Mississippi!!! Have you lived under a rock all of your life? Wish I'd known that... I'd have sent you some to try. I may yet. They way these plants are going, unless it freezes we will have okra into November...

Debbie Jean do you want me to send you and David a batch... not of those big hummers, but some of the good size? I still have flowers coming to head turning into baby okras.... I sent a mess to Rick at Organized Doodles and I can sure send some to you 'cause we are pretty much okrad out around here.

Roslyn said...

The only way I have had okra that is edible is breaded & deep fried-& since I don't eat fried stuff I don't eat okra-those look big enough to give me nightmares!

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