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Archive for June, 2019

Karl The Fog

Posted by terrepruitt on June 24, 2019

We recently had a friend visit from out of the country. So we played tourists and went to San Francisco one day during his visit. It had been really hot earlier in the week, but the days he was here it cooled down a little. In The City, it cooled down enough that the fog came back. Did you know the fog has a name? The fog in San Francisco is named Karl. While I knew that I didn’t know why. I only knew it because one time years ago my husband mentioned it and since I didn’t believe him I looked it up – and, yes, Karl is the name of the fog.

When I looked it up I discovered he had a Twitter account. @KarlTheFog That was good enough for me. Just having looked up (when our friend was here) why he was called Karl I discovered according to Quora, “the name is a reference to the giant Karl in the Tim Burton movie Big Fish.” And KQED, reported that “the name became so well established that Karl was even used as a clue on” the TV game show Jeopardy.

Like ALL things, some people love it and some people hate it. I think it is hilarious. I love Karl. I love him because he is a naturally cooling element and I love his sense of humor. He is darn funny fog! SFGate has a few screen shots of his humor.

Oh, and he has recently published a book. Aptly named Karl the Fog.

So, now you know, if you didn’t already.

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Pink Peonies

Posted by terrepruitt on June 21, 2019

Our friends had these on their table. Just gorgeous. Probably one of a handful of flowers I can name.

Peonies for the Friday Photo.

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Oriole In The Bath

Posted by terrepruitt on June 19, 2019

Once a month after stretch class, on the last Thursday of the month, a group of us meets for coffee. Sometimes it is a very small group and sometimes it is much bigger, but it is a way for us to keep in touch and for us to check in with each other. Sometimes after yoga on Tuesdays we go for lunch. At a recent lunch the conversation came around to birds – it was a very windy, crazy, fun-filled path that got us to birds, and I was telling them about our bird bath. A couple of us stated that we love to watch the birds bathe. If you have seen any of my bathing bird posts you know I love to watch them. Because how the conversation started I wanted to show them a picture of our bird bath. Then I remembered I had a video of an oriole bathing. Then I was kind of sad because none of my students had seen it, then I realized I had tweeted it and not posted it on my blog. So . . . I decided to post it here to share.

You know how I love to watch birds bathe. They just seem to enjoy it with all that fluttering and hopping around. Since the orioles are so cautious I was super happy to catch one in the bath. It is a quick bath, but still pretty cool. I do actually have another video of an oriole bathing, but I will post this one first.

Such a gorgeous color.  So very yellow.  Perhaps they are feeling a little more comfortable since they’ve come back for a few years now . . . if, in fact, these are the same birds.

We keep the bird bath bath clean and full.  I don’t do either (clean it or fill it) as much as my hubby.  We love to have birds visit so we make it as inviting as possible.

Do you like to watch birds bathe?  And drink?

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Interesting Statistics

Posted by terrepruitt on June 17, 2019

So recently I was looking up things about Twitter and I came across some statistics and things I thought were interesting. First from Hootsuite’s 28 Twitter Statistics All Marketers Need to Know in 2019:

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–The most popular emoji on Twitter in 2018 was the laugh-cry face
–326 million people use Twitter every month
–80% of Twitter’s users aren’t American
–40% of users say they’ve made a purchase because of an influencer’s tweet
–The best time to tweet is 3 p.m. on weekdays
–Tweets with a GIF get 55% more engagement
–93% of Twitter videos are viewed on mobile

I need to remember that 3 pm on weekdays is the best time to tweet. Also I need to remember the GIF stat, I don’t like them so I have never tweeted one.

And Market.us has a lot of information in Twitter Statistics and Facts 2019 including these tidbits that interested me:

–In 2019, in a minute on the Internet, 87,500 individuals are on Twitter.
–#barcamp: The first hashtag ever used on Twitter.
–125M: Average number of hashtags Tweeted per day.
–#TheWalkingDead: Most Tweeted about TV hashtag of all time.
–Total of 1.3 billion accounts have been created
–80% of active users access the site via mobile.
–Katy Perry has the most followers at over 106m, followed by Justin Bieber and then Barack Obama
–Taylor Swift and Liam Payne are the most influential women and men on Twitter
–83% of the world’s leaders are on Twitter.
–During the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, 618,725 tweets were sent in a single minute.
–92% of companies Tweet more than once a day, 42% Tweet 1–5 times a day, and 19% Tweet 6–10 times a day

I found these things interesting. You may want to know more about Twitter’s history and finances and so do look at the articles.

Having noticed a loss of followers I had found some information on the internet stating that Twitter was deactivating and deleting a lot of accounts. They were going after fake accounts and underage people having accounts, also some that were inactive. I recently had a “suggested follow” of an account that hadn’t tweeted since 2016. I think suggested follows are annoying in the first place and that really confirmed my thoughts.

I liked Twitter better when it was just a stream of tweets, but now the stream is broken up by the suggested follows, as I already mentioned, and promoted tweets.

Well, as I said, I was looking up some information and came across this stuff that I found interesting. I always like to share stuff that interests me. I like to see if it interests anyone else.

Are you on Twitter? Do you tweet? What tidbit do you find most interesting from the ones above?

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Karl Cuts Off One Of The Golden Gate Towers

Posted by terrepruitt on June 14, 2019

Today we went to San Francisco and played tourist with a guest we have visiting from another country. It was a nice day.

Here is a picture of one of the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge being “cut off” by Karl for my Friday Photo.

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Strongly Recommended Reads – Listens, Actually

Posted by terrepruitt on June 10, 2019

In past posts I have mentioned: my husband getting Audible and listening to books and he and I discussing the books we were listening to.

Well, I wanted to post about the books we have been listening too. First we listened to a series of “Renegade” books by J.N. Chaney. Six books about a Renegade named Jace Hughes. He takes “almost any job that comes his way, no matter the situation. But that all changes when he meets a nun looking for safe passage out of the system.” It is a six book series (so far) about their adventures. It is very good made all the better by Luke Daniels performance.

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Sad to be done – for now, J.S. Morin promises

Then we moved onto a Galaxy Outlaws which is part of the Black Ocean series. I can’t tell how many books are in it. It is on Audible as an 8 part download with 138 chapters. The collection is touted as being all 16 missions with 6 stowaways. Stowaways are little breakaway stories. It totals over 80 hours. It is a very fun series of books. The characters are just like all your favorite characters – meaning you love them and you don’t. You love them, but they might do stupid and/or frustrating things . . . depends on what type of shows you usually watch and books you read. These guys are a ragtag group of characters.

After the Galaxy Outlaw series there are two more, Astral Prime, which is four “missions” that total over eight hours. It doesn’t have the same characters in it as the Galaxy Outlaws series, but it is a somewhat related story in that you hear of some of the characters from Black Ocean.  After Astral Prime there is another series called Mercy for Hire it has at least two of the original characters from Galaxy Outlaws, although both not my favorites.

It is always really hard to “let go” of characters that authors have created that you really love and enjoy. I just want J.S. Morin to keep writing about the Galaxy Outlaws. The “captain” of the Mobius and his ragtag crew. There are “cat” and “dog” people and other great races. And this set of books has yet another great narrator in Mikael Naramore. He does a great job bringing each one to life.

At the time I initially wrote this (5.27.19) I was in the middle of Astral Prime. I have since finished Astral Prime and Mercy for Hire. I loved the entire Black Ocean series. J.S. Morin really makes some lovable characters. Even though I am not a fan of the main character in Mercy for Hire Mr. Morin added a new character that I love so much I can’t even tell you – not without spoilers. You will have to read/hear for yourself.

I love that Mikael Naramore has read all of the books so far. As I said, he is great.

Both the Renegade series and the Black Ocean series are somewhat along the lines of Firefly. In fact that is what J.S. Morin was trying to do. He was trying to meet the desire of those who loved Firefly but give us something different – in space. What he managed to do was leave us just like Joss did — wanting more. But with my post on Facebook showing all the books finished he commented that there are more to come. More Astral Prime and more Mercy for Hire.  That is exciting.  I am counting on that meaning more of my favorite characters.

I know there are thousands of books to listen to on Audible and millions of books available to read, with so many it is sometimes hard to pick one. So, if you are a fan of fun, quirky science-fiction then download or pick up a copy of either of these series and you will not be disappointed. I say grab both.

If you are not a fan of science-fiction AT ALL, but want to try a new genre I say go for the Black Ocean Series.  There are times while listening that you will forget it is science fiction it is very down-to-earth and the you will love the characters.  “Two thumbs skyward, Buddy!”

What types of books do you like to read? Do you like to listen to books?

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Where Is Nessa?

Posted by terrepruitt on June 7, 2019

This is a picture of two cats. Teagan walked over Nessa to get to where she is.  It gets HOT in that window, I don’t understand why Nessa likes to be under the blanket when it is hot.

Friday Photo of two cats.  🙂

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Stuffed Grape Leaves Part 4 – Avgolemono Sauce

Posted by terrepruitt on June 5, 2019

Since my hubby loves Avgolemono Soup, I thought I would make some as sauce for the stuffed grape leaves since I recently experienced my family serving sauce with the dolmathes.  I actually didn’t make the SOUP because I didn’t add chicken or orzo. I would like it thicker as a sauce, but it was very runny. It tasted fine.

I did look at a recipe for this because I didn’t know how to reduce the ingredients to make a small portion. I bet there are several ways to make it.  I used

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Lemon-Egg Sauce / Avgolemono Sauce

2 eggs
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 cup of broth used to cook the stuffed grape leaves
salt
pepper

Mix the eggs using a hand mixer.  Mix for about 5 minutes. Slowly – while still mixing – add the lemon juice. Then even slower – while still mixing – add the broth. The hot broth needs to be added to the eggs very slowly otherwise the eggs will cook. So the eggs get tempered by adding the hot liquid slow. Then add salt and pepper.

Pour the sauce into a pot heat it up to just BEFORE boiling. Turn down the heat and let it cook for about 5 minutes.

Place the grape leaves on a plate and spoon some sauce on top of them.

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Stuffed Grape Leaves Series:

Stuffed Grape Leaves Part 1 – The Idea

Stuffed Grape Leaves Part 2 – Prepping The Fresh Grape Leaves

Stuffed Grape Leaves Part 3 – Stuffing And Cooking The Stuffed Grape Leaves

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Stuffed Grape Leaves Part 3 – Stuffing And Cooking The Stuffed Grape Leaves

Posted by terrepruitt on June 3, 2019

Since there are so many names and so many versions of stuffed grape leaves, and while I would like to think I am cooking a Greek version of them, I think that traditionally dolmades (or whatever) don’t have lamb in them. So . . . I am calling what I made Stuffed Grape Leaves.

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Stuffed Grape Leaves – How I Made Them

30 grape leaves for stuffing – prepped, see previous post
4 or 5 grape leaves for the bottom of the pot (enough to put at least one layer on the bottom)*
1 lb of ground lamb
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1/2 large onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
.66 ounces dill
six cups of broth
olive oil***

Chop the onion. Chop the dill. In a large bowl mix the lamb, rice, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and dill.***

Place a grape leaf (or put a few out) on your work surface with the smooth side down (you will be placing the stuffing on the “ribbed” side).

Depending on the size of the leaves use about a tablespoon or so of the mixture and place it on a leaf at the bottom (stem area). It is easier to roll the leaf if the mixture is sort of cigar stub shape. Fold over the sides of the leaf then the bottom (where the stem was) then roll from the bottom. Remember not to roll too tight because the rice will expand during cooking. Place the rolled grape leaf seam side down.

Cover the bottom of the pot with grape leaves. Since they won’t fit perfectly you will end up with overlapping leaves, that is perfect as you want to insulate the stuffed grape leaves from the bottom of the pot.

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After you have all the stuffed grape leaves in the pot, pour some olive oil on top of them splashing a little onto each roll, then you want to weight them down, not smoosh them, but weight them down. You can use a plate (or two, if need be) or a lid. Then pour in six cups of broth, I used chicken broth.

Bring the broth to a soft boil, then lower the heat and let cook for about 60 minutes. Depending on the size of the rolls, I would check them at 50 minutes. The rolls I made were HUGE so I waited to check them after 60 minutes, then I cooked them for 10 more.

Once they are thoroughly cooked serve them hot or cold.

 

*I used leaves straight off the vine for the bottom of the pot. I washed them, but I did not blanch them. The leaves I used were HUGE (one leaf pretty much covered the entire bottom) so I only used three or four to give it good insulation.

**I used more rice than this, but it was too much so I am going to try 1 3/4 cup

***I did not use any oil IN the mixture, but I am planning on putting a little in next time

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I see me making adjustments to this recipe as I go along. This was just my first time winging it. I kept saying as I was making the stuffing, “I think I used too many onions.” And my husband kept making comments about the recipe. I kept having to tell him, “There is no recipe. I am not following a recipe! The ones I saw had mint and/or cinnamon and/or pine nuts in them so I was just trying to figure something out.”

As I mentioned I did not put oil in them, but looking at a recipe after I made them I saw one person did. I think I might do that next time. I don’t know. My husband said they were fine. I never really know, though because he likes pretty much everything. I tried a tiny taste of the stuffing, but not the grape leaf.

This is part 3 of 4 – Stuffed Grape Leaves Part 3 – Stuffing And Cooking The Stuffed Grape Leaves

Next . . . the lemon sauce . . . kinda like the soup.

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You can see the difference in the blanched leaves.

 

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They were bigger than the ones my husband normally eats.  His eyes lit up when we saw how large they were.

He enjoyed them for days.  He said that he did not taste a difference between the leaves.  He could tell that some were barely blanched and some were “well” blanched.

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