Saturday, October 31, 2015

Apple Strudel (jpr)

1st edition...rated 3 out of 5 stars. Needs work on crust, baking time, and a rethink on the filling. Berry sauce was gooood!

2nd edition coming to a blog near you in a couple of weeks.



ps I do not agree with all his political views but I can laugh with them.

Friday, October 30, 2015

So this guy gets on a plane see and.......

Neil Thomas Douglas boarded a flight on Thursday night and came face-to-face with his doppelganger.   The photographer explained that when he boarded the Ryanair flight to Galway via London Stansted there was already someone sitting in his seat.  "There was a dude already on my seat. When the guy looked up, I thought: 'He looks like me'." But the pair were later to encounter a further coincidence when they checked into the same hotel in Galway.  "Later that night, I went to the pub and again, there was my twin. Total weirdness. We had a laugh and a pint."

Kirsty Gallacher

Scottish lass what brings the soccer news on Sky Sports, UK.

jpr: Hoot man!

Fall in the mountains

  My sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
Robert Frost

Thursday, October 29, 2015

passing by New England Graveyard

 (1st wife)s, Lucy (2nd wife) and Daniel (husband)  Hine.

The man was born before the War of Independence and died during the Civil War

michele laroque

The French girl next door!

jpr: see the comedy "The Closet" (mature topics).

country church in fall

Come to the church by the WildwoodOh, come to the church in the valeNo spot is so dear to my childhoodAs the little brown church in the vale
How sweet on a clear Sabbath morningTo listen to the clear ringing bellsIts tones, so sweetly are callingOh, come to the church in the vale.

There close by the side of that loved one'Neath the tree where the wild flowers bloomWhen farewell hymns shall be chantedI shall rest  by her side in the tomb.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween comments

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
~Scottish Saying

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ~George Carlin


Coming to a hill side near u!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

anna galiena

The woman speaks Italian, English, Spanish, and French..

jpr :every boy needs a beauty such as she in their Jr High class.

the Autumn forest

"Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe,
in whose world such beauty exists."
~ Jewish prayer.

Monday, October 26, 2015

horseless headsman

jpr"The best ad ever....makes me feel as a child again.

FALL by Aileen Fisher

The last of October
We lock the garden gate.
"The flowers alive all withered
That used to stand straight.
The last of October
We put the swings away
And the porch looks deserted
Where we like to play.
The last of October
The birds have all flown,
The screens are in the attic,
The sand pile's all gone;
Everything is put away
Before it starts to snow---
I wonder if the ladybugs
Have any place to go.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

linda ronstadt

Her songs remain beautiful!

Calendula October's birth flower

Just as each month has a birthstone, each month also has a birth flower. Each birth flower also has a special symbolic meaning that results from the flower’s specific type and color.

The brilliant and unusual calendula represents October birthdays because its broad, colorful flowers follow the path of the sun throughout the day, soaking up all remaining sunlight left in Autumn. October birthdays are also known for being warm, receptive people who are easy going and easy to talk to.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced 'sau-en). The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of winter. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead opened. On the night of October 31st, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs. All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween.

Friday, October 23, 2015

'Fall, leaves, fall' by Emily Bronte

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night's decay
Ushers in a drearier day.


2 tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
8 oz. can crescent rolls (refrigerated)
1 lg. apple (Ida Red or other baking apple), peeled, cored, and cut into 8 slices
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. whipping cream
1 tbsp. almond extract
1 egg
1/2 c. sliced almonds (optional)
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon; blend well. Separate dough into 8 triangles; sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over each. Gently press sugar mixture into each triangle. Tuck in edges around apple slice. Roll up, starting at wide end, roll to opposite point. Seal all seams. Place, tip side down, in ungreased 9 inch pie pan, placing long side of 7 filled crescents around outside edge of dish and 1 in center. bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
In small bowl, using wire whisk, combine 1/2 cup sugar, whipping cream, almond extract, and egg until well blended. Spoon sauce mixture evenly over partially baked rolls. Sprinkle with almonds and cinnamon. Bake an additional 13 to 18 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cover top of pan with foil during last 5 minutes of baking time if necessary to prevent excessive browning. Serve warm. Great with ice cream.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Halloween idea

This is done with power tools.

Some Notorius Red heads

Judas Iscariot
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme
Lizzie Borden
Oliver Cromwell
Vladimir Lenin
Malcolm X
David King of Israel

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The difference in lighting/light is part of the problem

Not likely that anyone other than me will like this painting.  I had fun doing it and love to look at it.  The brushstrokes don't show well in the photo but in reality I think they're amazing, knowing that fondness is purely self-centered.
"Not Far From Mulkeen's"
9' x12', acrylic

U S Grant

"Find your enemy. Get at him as soon as you can, and strike him as hard as you can. And keep moving on." U S Grant

jpr; Similar quotes were made by Patton and Rommel in WWII.

Snow Moon over the Plains

jpr: My kingdom for a prairie.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dame Catherine Cookson DBE

(née McMullen) (27 June 1906 – 11 June 1998) was a British author. She became the United Kingdom's most widely read novelist, with sales topping 100 million, while retaining a relatively low profile in the world of celebrity writers.

jp: I'am a devoted and inspired fan!

Monday, October 19, 2015

How to Take Photos of Art Work (2)

I still have no clue, so this is an approximation of the painting I did of Geese in North Carolina toolin around in the winter.  The colors and tones are slightly different in the photo.  That aggravates me but I will keep trying different things until someone lets me know better.
" Geese PLEESE!"
6' x 9', acrylic

Sara Palin?

Caught in an unguarded moment, the Hindu tilak mark is seen on the former Governor of Alaska's head confirming rumors of her true identity. Reports have long circulated that the woman was actually born in Ballywood, India. She is believed to be Sarajee, the orphaned daughter of Indian movie mogul, B N Ravi who along with his wife tragically died in an elephant stampede.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

How to Take Photos of Artwork...

I wish the hell I knew!  Other painters tell me its easy but I've not yet made a decent photo of any of my work.  Oh yeah by the way: if there is uncharacteristic global warming (and though the science "community" voted that there is while numerous other esteemed scientists reject the idea), it is less than certain that human impact is in any way significant.  Yet we're gonna fix something that may not be a problem; or one that we cannot have any effect on.  One science mag (not The Onion) published that if Humans used up all the fossil fuel that there is, the sea level would rise 200 feet. That's kind of like saying that the Hulk could beat up Superman if he exercised a lot more.  It makes me giggle at the thought.  And I wanna take clear sharper images of paintings and don't know how, though I've tried many techniques.  Maybe i need a new camera or a new me.
Help me!  I'm stuck in an inaccurate photo of my painting.
(12' x 14.5'; Acrylic; title: "Non Photogenic Cat Painting of a Place I Used to Be Long Ago, Cat Also")

Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop?

church bulletins

Don't let worry kill you - let the church help.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

The rosebud on the alter this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Julius Belzer.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.

Today's Sermon: HOW MUCH CAN A MAN DRINK? with hymns from a full choir.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

Future SS Payees of America

My Physics Class...their research on solar astronomy was published!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Cyrano de Bergerac

Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duelist. He is now best remembered for the works of fiction which have been woven, often very loosely, around his life story, most notably the 1897 play by Edmond Rostand. In these fictional works he is featured with an overly large nose, which people would travel from miles around to see. Portraits suggest that he did have a big nose, though not nearly as large as described in Rostand's play and the subsequent works about him. His work furnished models and ideas for subsequent writers.

Emma Chambers

Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley:

Alice "A painter once asked me to take my cloths off and pose for him."

Vicar. "Did you do it?"

Alice. "Yes! It was very exciting...he was painting the kitchen at the time."

Friday, October 16, 2015

On the Death of John Paul the Great

On 31 March 2005 following a urinary tract infection, Pope John Paul II developed septic shock, a widespread form of infection with a very high fever and profoundly low blood pressure. In accordance with his wishes to die in the Vatican, he was given care there. Later that day, Vatican sources announced that John Paul II had been given the Anointing of the Sick by his friend and secretary Stanisław Dziwisz. During the final days of the Pope's life, the lights were kept burning through the night where he lay in the Papal apartment on the top floor of the Apostolic Palace. Tens of thousands of people assembled and held vigil in St. Peter's Square and the surrounding streets for two days. Upon hearing of this, the dying pope was said to have stated: "I have searched for you, and now you have come to me, and I thank you.

On Saturday 2 April 2005, at about 15:30 CEST, John Paul II spoke his final words, "pozwólcie mi odejść do domu Ojca", ("Let me depart to the house of the Father"), to his aides, and fell into a coma about four hours later

Fido's Grave

Thursday, October 15, 2015

vicar of dibley

Welsh-Irish ancestry.

Mathew 25 :34-36

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Mother Theresa of Calcutta was asked...what is the one thing God will hold us accountable for at the last judgement? The above was her answer.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Why husbands are always correct?

Dear writer,

Alas it is the bane of manhood to help the woman in computaional difficulty.
Hence the man in mankind.
Hence the masculine word ruler.
Hence the su in supreme.

Hope this answers ur ?


Appalachian Apple Stack Cake

Dried Apple Stack Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cooked dried apples
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar; add beaten egg, molasses, buttermilk, and mix well. Sift flour, soda, salt, and ginger into a big mixing bowl. Make hole in center of dry ingredients and pour in creamed mix, stirring until well blended. Add vanilla, stir well, and roll out dough as you would for a piecrust. Cut to fit 9-inch pan or cast-iron skillet (this amount of dough will make 7 layers). Bake layers for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. When cool, stack layers with spiced, sweetened old-fashioned dried apples. (See recipe below.) Spread between layers and smooth around sides and top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired, or beat egg whites into a meringue and spread on outside of cake. You may brown the meringue if desired. Prepare cake at least a day before serving it and put in refrigerator (it will keep several days, if necessary, in a cool place). To serve, slice into very thin layers.
Cooked Dried Apples*
Put 1 pound apples in heavy pan and cover with cold water. You may need to add water several times to keep apples from sticking to pan. Cook until soft enough to mash. While still hot, mash apples and add 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon cloves, and 1 teaspoon allspice.
If dried apples are not available, cook several pounds cooking apples with a little water. Add spices and sugars as listed above, and cook until mixture is very thick.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

the Irish Selkie

Image from the Irish movie "Ondine"

The selkies are gentle creatures who are seals by day but men and women by night. They are also called water kelpies, seal people or selchies. In their mortal form the selkies are described as posessing an unearthly beauty with dark hair and eyes.

Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sense of the world is short,
Long and various the report,
To love and be beloved;
Men and gods have not outlearned it,
And how oft soe'er they've turned it,
'Tis not to be improved.

Monday, October 12, 2015

sandra bullock

She stars in the movie "The Lake House". This is one of the most imaginative, captivating productions in film. It is pure classico. See it!

new planet discovered

Recently NASA outsourced the largest update of the Hubble space telescope yet to a former socialist communist county. The directional mirrors were replaced and re-aliened. The immediate consequence was the acquisition by Hubble of the above never seen before image of a distant planet in our galaxy. More planets are expected to be located.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

When at night I go to sleep

When at night I go to sleep
Fourteen angels watch do keep
Two my head are guarding
Two my feet are guiding
Two are on my right hand
Two are on my left hand
Two who warmly cover
Two who o'er me hover
Two to whom 'tis given
To guide my steps to Heaven.

by Engelbert Humperdinck

real reason for the great wall

Built by man!

Friday, October 9, 2015

the neighborhood

These guys are all over the place! Is someone dumping them in my backyard?

help for the house wife

When one finds it necessary to fling an object in the home, remembering the above rule of physics is of help. Drag is always a problem for the moving projectile's flight in hitting a elusive target. As the schematic indicates, spin changes the path of the missile. What is under appreciated by most infuriated females is that spin enhances speed and range of the weapon. No spin has even greater drag resulting in dramatic loss in ranging and accuracy. The conclusion is given. Spin should be used but practice is necessary.

Good luck!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

the koreas

The result of democracy!

great wall

"There in the mist, enormous, majestic, silent and terrible, stood the Great Wall of China. Solitary, with the indifference of nature herself, it crept up the mountain side and slipped down to the depth of the valley. " - W. Somerset Maugham,

the apple tree

Thanks Johnny

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Enchanted with Amy Adams

Jpr: a film not fit for demons

historical fact

After the Battle of Gettysburg, the discarded rifles were collected and sent to Washington to be inspected and reissued. Some 37,574 rifles were recovered. They found 24,000were still loaded; 6,000 had one round in the barrel; 12,000 had two rounds in the barrel; 6,000 had three to ten rounds in the barrel. One rifle had been stuffed to the top with twenty-three rounds in the barrel.

Monday, October 5, 2015

From Art Linkletter

"How did you like your first week at school?"
He said, "I ain't goin' back."
"Why not?"
"I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk."

Some thoughts on dogs

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make us whole."

-Roger Caras


by Billy Collins

The way the dog trots out the front door
every morning
without a hat or an umbrella,
without any money
or the keys to her doghouse
never fails to fill the saucer of my heart
with milky admiration.

Who provides a finer example
of a life without encumbrance—
Thoreau in his curtainless hut
with a single plate, a single spoon?
Gandhi with his staff and his holy diapers?

Off she goes into the material world
with nothing but her brown coat
and her modest blue collar,
following only her wet nose,
the twin portals of her steady breathing,
followed only by the plume of her tail.
If only she did not shove the cat aside
every morning
and eat all his food
what a model of self-containment she
would be,
what a paragon of earthly detachment.
If only she were not so eager
for a rub behind the ears,
so acrobatic in her welcomes,
if only I were not her god.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wile E ?

Saw a Coyote in the rear parking lot of the Town Center Mall, downtown Ashland, Ky. Looked nearly identical to the one pictured. At first I saw the tail and thought it was a fox but when I got a side view there was not doubt. To get to the parking lot it had to cross a busy two-way street.  It maneuvered confidently and easily through the cars.  It was a busy area and the coyote was calm and self-assured.  

Ancient Indian Proverb

"Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children."

My dream of mother

The past eve my mother entered my dream.
It was the first since her passing.
A dark presence not a sharpen image appeared.

She came with a great sorrow.

I asked if there was anything to be done that would end her deep sadness. There was no reply, just her continuance to share a heavy grief.

Needless to say I examined my life to see if all was in order by her values. So it seems to be mostly correct but for aging. The dream left a sense of inevitability that a sorrow looms that shall have to be accepted.

My prayers of petition being sent.

Update: seems my mother's sorrow was for former daughter in law...this sorrow continues to this day.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Exorcism, Still Around.

A Vatican-recognized university is offering a course in exorcism and demonic possession for a second year, concerned about the devil's lure.  The opening class of the "Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation" on Thursday at the Pontifical Academy Regina Apostolorum featured lectures about liturgical and spiritual aspects of Satanism and problems related to exorcism. "The aim of this course is to express a clear vision of the phenomenon," said Italian Bishop Andrea Gemma, a leading exorcist who delivered the opening lecture.  "Devil's action is much more common than people may think," Gemma said, adding that he performs at least four exorcisms a week. "Exorcism ... is an important prayer of the church to help those who believe to be, or who really are suffering from a diabolic infestation. ‘ Lectures, which will be broadcast via video to other pontifical institutes, focus on subjects that range from theological and historical aspects of Satanism to legal and medical issues. In 2005, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter requiring every US bishop to designate an exorcist.  Regular training conferences are held in Rome.