Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Feast......

Hi everybody, I hope you survived the Week-End. I ended up feeding about 10 people for Thanksgiving Dinner. Of course I could have feed 20!! Needless to say everyone took home an awesome G-Man Doggie Bag..hahaha
The top 2 pies are the homemade pumpkin pies, I put chopped pecans on one of them. Next pic are the pumpkin cheese cakes. Next is THE SPREAD!! Pirogi's, Green Bean casserole, Mashed and Sweet potato's, Sausage Stuffing, Turkey and Polish Sausage, and lump-free gravy ( can you dig the fancy gravy boat?)....
I'm showing a pic of my front yard because I plan on doing a "before and after" pic from today to tomorrow...The weather forecast is predicting 8-10 inches of snow for tonight Grrrrrrrrr!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday Flash 55.....

Things looked bleak for the Pilgrims.
Of the 110 that left England, only 50 survived the first Winter!
Had it not been for a Patuxet Indian named Squanto, they all would have perished.
Squanto spoke English!! (Learned from coastal fisherman ).
He taught the Pilgrims how to forage, plant, and harvest...
Thanksgiving honors their bounty!!
Dont'cha just LOVE the History Channel?
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55, please come tell The G-Man. I will visit, read, enjoy, comment, Then Book!!! So from the most stuffed host from coast to coast, have a Great Week-End...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thursday Portrait.....

Hellzapoppin at the Haynes Household on Thanksgiving Eve!!
The Bread is drying for the stuffing..
Mandy and I made Baklava
And for my portrait offering...Her Gay Cat Vaclav!!!
The turkey is thawing
Yet to be made tonight..
Pumpkin Cheese Cake
Pumpkin Bread
2 Pumpkin Pies
All made from the Pumpkin I cooked last night and mashed today!!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Very Tired Retro Wednesday.......

The big marble in the first pic, was my Grandmas.
She had it ever since her early childhood. She was born in 1903.
That long stone next to it is a wet-stone. I learned the value of keeping your knife sharp at an early age. In the "Thumb" of Michigan is a small community named Grindstone City. You could walk along the shore and pick up these stones like sea shells. This stone has been in our family for years, and it still works just fine....
The bottom 2 pics is why I'm so tired today, we had to broom our cars on the lot because of an overnight snow accumilation. Of course I came dressed for it....Most didn't. Grrrrrrrrrr.
Thanks to everyone that shared their family stuffing recipe'...You all ROCK!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Stuffing Anyone......?

Hi everybody...Is the stuffing one of your favorite things about Thanksgiving Dinner? It sure is mine...The night before Thanksgiving, we would take the roaster and break up several loaves of bread into small pieces, and put the pieces in the roaster then stick it in the oven overnight. We had a gas stove with a pilot light, and it was just warm enough to dry out the bread.
The next day boil on the stove for 5 minutes, 2 large chopped onions, 6 stalks thinly sliced celery, all this in 3 cups of water. In a separate frying pan sautee' 2 pounds of breakfast sausage until cooked thoroughly. Take the crumbled bread from the oven and dump both the pot of onion and celery, AND the sausage and drippings, into the bread. Season with salt and pepper, and sage and thyme, and mux it all up. You are now free to stuff the bird, and add the extra stuffing to a greased baking dish.
On a personal note, I really like sausage so I may use Bob Evans Savory Sage, and I may use 3 pounds instead of 2. This is the basic recipe', but over the years I have tweaked it on occassions just for kicks. You may add apples, or apricots, pecans, use corn bread, use bagged seasoned bread crumbs, add Turkey Broth. There is no right or wrong way!!!!!
Your family might be from the South, so you use corn bread. If you are from The East Coast, you may use oyster stuffing. If you are of Dutch ancestry you might use mashed potatos. You may use giblets. Your way is your way, but you know The G-Man LOVES to hear family secrets, so if you could please share your stuffing recipe' with me, I would be much obliged!!!!
C'Mon now, don't be shy......

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Madison Avenue Christmas.......

Hi everybody...Dont'cha just LOVE the Christmas Season?
And why do we not see these timeless Ads any other time of the year?
I'm gearing up for Turkey Day..How about you?
I pity the Fool that don't that don't have a Chia Pet......
Have a Great Week!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friday Flash 55 (Anniversary Edition)...

There are people that blog who are funny.
Some people blog for support.
Some people blog for money,
Some blogs talk only of sports.
We start blogs for various reasons,
For sillyness, sex, or romance.
Some people write, some people fight.
Some people type with no pants.
Mr. Know-it-All is two years old this Month!!!!!!!!
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55 this week, please come tell the G-Man.
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment..... Then Book!!! So from the most gracious host from coast to coast, have a Great Week-End!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thursday Portrait.......

I had a hankerin for some Home-Baked Bread today.
It tasted great, and the house smelled Grand.
But I think I should have kneaded it longer..
Oh well, practice makes perfect...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


In my opinion, the greatest 2 person card game is Cribbage!
I have a 1951 Drueke double trip Cribbage Board, I've had this as long as I can remember.
I also own a 1967 Pacific Game Company continuous track single trip board.
The top 2 pics were taken off of E-Bay. Some of the Drueke boards sell for as much as 299.00 Dollars. Of course mine are in the original box...And will NEVER be sold..
Fifteen-Two, Fifteen-Four, Fifteen-Six, a Pair is Eight, and Nibs makes Nine!!!
God I love this game...

Monday, November 17, 2008

What a Difference a Day Makes.....

Remember yesterday's post when it was just snow flurrying a bit?
The top pic is what I woke up to this morning.
I had dreaded coming into work today because our lot guy has gone deer-hunting for a week and that means that us burly sales staff sales people must go out and scrape and clean off all of the cars. But much to my glee, the town of Fenton where I work is only 20 miles south of Flint, and they were spared any accumilation!! Yay!!!!
It is a Happy Monday....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Doo Doo Doo, Lookin' Out my, Back Door.....

I don't feel much like being too thought provoking today, so here's a shot out my Back Door, and A shot out my Front Door...Either way it's Brrrrrrrrrrr Time.
I hope you all have a Great Week...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Friday Flash 55........

Pink or White, Yellow or Red.
Given in celebration, laid on the dead.
But You!!
My cold and lonely sentinel.
Persevering majestically through the wind,
the rain, the heat, the frost.
Your thorny daggers staunchly defend at all cost.
You are beautifully alert, protecting your yard.
Still standing guard!!!
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55, please come tell the G-Man. I will visit, read, enjoy, comment....Then Book!!! So from the most gracious host from coast to coast, Have a Great Week-End!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thursday Portrait.....

My Beautiful Birch Tree!!!
From green...To Fall colors...To bare!!
Are we thinking about Friday's Flash 55 kiddies?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Top left. Selective Service Meal Ticket from the trip to Fort Wayne as mentioned in the previous post.
Middle left. My Selective Service registration card when I turned 18.
Bottom left. My 1-S High School deferment.
Top right. My 2-S college deferment.
Bottom right. My 1-A NO DEFERMENT!!!!!!
The Pic...?
Google.... Alex Karras hahahaha.
(That was one of my high school nick-names)

VETERANS' DAY..........

ON THE 11th HOUR, OF THE 11th DAY, OF THE 11th MONTH, in 1918....Germany signed an Armistice with The Allies in a secluded railway boxcar in The Compiegne Forrest in Northern France, ending the hostilities and carnage of World War One. The Great War. The War to End All Wars!!!
We all know now what a foolish and idealistic statement that was...It was known as Armistice Day until 1954 when President Eisenhower signed a bill renaming it Veterans' Day. It is always celebrated on the 11th of November, unless the 11th is on a Sunday. Then it is celebrated on the following Monday. If the 11th is on a Saturday, then it is celebrated on the preceding Friday!!
In 1965, the Viet Nam war was just getting started. I was in 10th grade. We didn't know how long the war would last, and we were all hoping it would be over by the time we graduated...No such luck!! I remember like it was yesterday my buddy Smitty saying to me in class in our Senior Year, " did you hear about Dan Desco?" I said , "No, what?"...Smitty said, "he came home in a body bag!". I think thats when it finally hit me. We were going to the drive-in, playing football, watching Star-Trek on "Color TV", and our life-long friends were getting Jungle Rot and blown up by children.
To get out of the military draft, you went to college. The only drawback to that is you had to maintain a 2.0 gpa, and major in something else other than Fraternity Hi-Jinx and Euchre!!
So in 1969 I lost my 2-S student deferment and became 1-A. I was drafted and was sent to Fort Wayne in Detroit for my Induction Physical. Now you have to understand something, these were some very heavy war years, and they told us that you may not come back home right away. There was a chance that upon passing your physical, that you could immediately be sent to Fort Knox Kentucky for boot camp. I remember leaving the Post Office by bus that day, watching my Grandma crying on the sidewalk, not knowing when we would see each other again.
The induction physical was a crazy experiance. The place was a huge drafty (no pun intended) facility, and you were one of about 2000 young men shuffling about in nothing but your underwear, getting weighed, probed, poked, ande tested. At the end of the day I stood at attention in front of an old grizzled Army Doctor, as he very closely read my chart, he looked up at me, then down at my chart. Up at me, then down at my chart. Finally he said..."Son, normally we give you six months to take that lard off, but at 305 we'll give you a YEAR!! Uncle Sam can't use you right now..." So I was issued a 1-Y deferment, and was sent home. At the end of a year my family doctor was given a military form to send back to the Army. I weighed a robust 340#'s and was given a 4-F deferment...PERMANTLY DEFERRED!! I then went on a diet and lost 70 pounds..hehehe.
Let me say this...I would have went into the Military. I didn't have the guts to go to Canada!!
I respect every single person that ever served our country. My sister was in the Navy for 14 years. My brother Mark is retired from the Air Force, and my brother Matt is retired from the Navy.
BLESS YOU ALL, that are serving, or have served your Great Country!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Stay Home Baby.......

First of all let me say congratulations to The University of Michigan for beating Minnesota 29-6 in Saturday's battle for the Little Brown Jug.
In a very dismal and disappointing season, keeping a Michigan Tradition alive and successful is a small bright spot. As a Michigan Alumni and an avid fan, We have always been led to believe that the Jug was the oldest trophy in Division One Football. At the half during Saturday's game, a trivia question was asked, 'what was the oldest trophy in football'? Much to my amazement, the answer was The Territorial Cup, given away to the winner of the Arizona/Arizona State football game first in 1899!!
How can this be? Arizona wasn't even admitted to the Union till 1912!!!
You know what I say?.....BULL-SHIT!!!!
Have a Great Week...Peace...!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Friday Flash 55......

The psychiatrist leaned back, took out his pen and said, 'proceed'...
"Doc, my mother never breast fed me, she said she only liked me as a friend."
"I was so ugly, Mom had morning sickness AFTER I was born!"
"My bath toys were a toaster and a radio!!"
'I'm sorry Rodney...Did you say something?'
Hi everybody, you'll ALWAYS get respect from the most gracious host from coast to coast.
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55, please come tell the G-Man, I will visit, read, enjoy, comment, Then Book!!!
Have a Great Week-End.....

Thursday Portrait....

Hi everybody...Nothing out of the ordinary here, except that I'm enjoying the great out-of-doors, just before sunset, very comfortably, in a T-Shirt, on November 5th!!
See you all on Friday...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Retro Wednesday......

The first image on top was taken off of E-Bay.
One just like it that was made in Japan, was going for 25 Bucks.
Mine was Made in USA about 45-50 years ago.
And of course...New in the box!!
And mine has a metal cup...hehehehe
Camping Anyone?

Monday, November 3, 2008

At Last.............

These are the Presidential Candidates that I have voted for in every Presidential Election since 1968. Obama will complete this list about 8:00 am Tuesday Morning!!!
No matter who you may choose, please get out and VOTE!!!!!