Picasso’s Sneakers

imageMy son got me again. He slipped his new school shoes out, getting them mud-caked the afternoon before the first day of fifth-grade classes.  I didn’t’the notice it until late in the afternoon. As we were indulging ourselves in poverty at the time, they were the only decent pair he had To wear to school.  Hurriedly, I threw them in the washer, then got Continue reading

A blast from the past

Reblogged from Pensitivity after she read my story about Ralphie the Rat


Going through an old foot locker, I came across an old scrapbook of poetry I’d written in the 80s.

Thought I’d share this one with you as it’s based on a true story:

A Cat’s Delight

(Written 15th August 1983)

Dad brought us home a puppy,

A tiny ball of skin,

It must have cost a packet as

His wallet looked awfully thin.

A bald chihuahua pedigree,

Which looked more like a rat,

One thing was for certain,

It didn’t impress the cat!

We put it in a shoebox

Padded out with cotton wool,

A dish of milk and Farley’s

Then put it somewhere cool.

We made sure he was comfy,

And off to bed we went,

Thinking of the price of it,

How much our Dad had spent.

Next day we got up early,

Before the crack of dawn,

To look in on ‘our baby’…

Oh no! The…

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Doo Doo Bossier

GullibleIn college, I suppose I was just a bit slow to catch on when Bud and his cousin Freddie kept talking about a guy in one of their classes named “Doo Doo Bossier.”  I was always hearing, “Doo Doo did so and so.” or “Wait till you hear what Doo Doo did now!” Continue reading

Y’all Come! I Made Teacakes

PatioThis interferes with my word, especially with iced tea and good company.  Come right over.  Just took some teacakes out of the oven.

Grandma’s Teacakes

(Yield about three dozen   2 ” cookies)

These are soft and keep well a day or so, if you have any left.  Don’t count on it.

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

3 cups self-rising flour  (if you use all-purpose, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt per cup to substitute)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (may substitute almond or lemon extract)

sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg if desired

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Cream butter and sugar till smooth.  Add beaten eggs one at a time. then vanilla.  Mix dry ingredients, then stir in 1 cup at a time for first 2 cups.  Dough will be getting very thick.  Add 1/2 cup dry mix and blend in.  Will be almost consistency of Play-Do.  Sprinkle most of last 1/2 cup of flour on blended mix to coat. Lift and dust bowl with remainder, to use to keep dough from sticking to your fingers.  Roll into 1″ ball.  Place on greased cookie sheet, leaving plenty of room to spread.  I can get about 5 rows of 3. If you put them closer, they will run together. tea cakes Place one pan on top rack and one pan one second rack of oven.  Set timer for 7 minutes.  At 7 minutes alternate placement, putting cookies from bottom rack on top and those from top on bottom.  Set for 5 more minutes.  May need another couple of minutes so that centers have puffed up.  Teacakes are done when they are just getting golden around edges and tops have risen nicely.  Do not let them get brown on top or they will get hard as rocks. They burn quickly.

Cookies will fall a little and get cracks as they cool.  You may have to test a time or two to get just right.  Err on side of caution until you figure out just how you like them.