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Hoist The Colors

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I am a Blue Star Mother

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Insist on yourself; never imitate.

Your own gift you can present

every moment

with the cumulative force

of a whole life’s cultivation;

but of the adopted talent of another

you have only an extemporaneous

half possession.

That which each can do best,

none but his Maker can teach him.

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In The Market, As It Were

 

 

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A Pistol With One Shot

Ecstatically shooting everything in sight using my beloved Nikon D3100 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G prime lens.

Also capturing outrageous beauty left and right with my Nikon D7000 blissfully married to my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D AF prime glass. Don't be jeal.

And then there was the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom. We're done here.

Dying Is A Day Worth Living For

I am a taphophile

Word. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Great things are happening at

Find A Grave

If you don't believe me, click the pics.

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Dying is a wild night

and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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REMEMBRANCE

When I am gone

Please remember me

 As a heartfelt laugh,

 As a tenderness.

 Hold fast to the image of me

When my soul was on fire,

The light of love shining

Through my eyes.

Remember me when I was singing

And seemed to know my way.

Remember always

When we were together

And time stood still.

Remember most not what I did,

Or who I was;

Oh please remember me

For what I always desired to be:

A smile on the face of God.

David Robert Brooks
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 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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Keep To The Code

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You Want To Find This
The Promise Of Redemption

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I BELIEVED, AND THEREFORE HAVE I SPOKEN; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.

~ Ronald Reagan

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Not Without My Effects

My Compass Works Fine

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Tuesday
Aug142018

The pirate's pickle panic

This be a pickle post. That's because I'm a pickle freak.

There; I said it.

I drool just thinking about pickles. The sweeter, the better.

Oh wait. The sourer, the better.

Sweet and sour together -- with heat? 

BOOM.

Therein lies the problem. Apparently I'm a pushover for pickles.

However.

Attempting to mind my once-girlish waistline seems to be at odds with consuming pickles with as much sugar (read: carbs) per serving as a movie-size box of Junior Mints.

They look so innocent.

Let's take sweet baby gherkins. Vlasic, Mount Olive, whatever. Pick your poison.

I could stand by the sink and consume half a small jar (I have pickle forks) faster than Donald Trump sets the record straight with a tweet, assuring myself all the while, what's the big deal? They're all natural!

The much desired plant-based diet. Pickles fit the profile.

Then you get into all of the myriad flavor combinations there are out there in the pickle world, devised by folks who just can't seem to leave a pickle alone.

As for the pickle experience itself, I confess that I like heat. Not the kind that numbs your tongue and makes wisps of smoke emerge from your ears, but a more sneaky, less snarky kind.

Sort of medium heat. Like you get with Wickles: a wickedly delicious pickle.

Wickles! The very word! A clever portmanteau of wicked and pickles, the treat is nothing more (or less) than sweet pickle chips infused with heat from two big chili peppers dancing around in the jar with them.

I cannot get enough of Wickles. I make sure I have several jars on hand at all times. One would not like to run out. They're splendid with a nice bowl of egg salad. You don't even miss the bread. The bread you can't eat because you spent all your carbs on pickles.

Roaming Costco one day with my new membership card twinkling in my wallet, I went in search of the pickle aisle.

I wasn't exactly disappointed, but it didn't blow me away either. There were no Wickles but they did have a half-gallon (of course; this is Costco) jar of Famous Dave's Signature Spicy Pickle Chips. Billed as a unique blend of heat & sweet.

I went for it, of course, being, as we have already established, a sucker for the concept of sweet and heat combined in a pickle chip.

Like the Costco pickle aisle itself, these pickles don't make me dream of the next time I can justify opening the jar and putting away at least ten chips at one go.

But they're good. And no; I haven't eaten half the jar already. I gave some to Erica to take home for her and Chad to enjoy, and I filled another smaller jar to store in my main refrigerator, while keeping the nuclear reactor-sized jar outside in the garage fridge.

But then there's the pièce de résistance: on most days I will prefer this pickle over all others. I happened to see these one day while piratically plundering the pickle aisle at Walmart. 

In fact I was looking for Wickles, which, it turns out, Walmart doesn't carry except in the okra version. I don't do pickled okra. So I get my Wickles at Publix, where they're stocked in abundance.

But in lieu of scoring a few jars of Wickles that day at Walmart, I discovered Sam's Club Hot Spicy Maple Bourbon Fresh Pack Pickle Chips.

I must try those, I said, mentally piling them onto a grilled hamburger. I put a large jar into my cart. I could hardly wait to get home, hear the snap of the lid popping, and toss a pickle into my mouth for a taste test.

Now, if you're a teetotaler like me, you may be disturbed by the word bourbon. Don't be. There's none in it. I don't even know why the word is on there; it makes no sense.

Fake news.

What does make sense is the flavor of these pickle chips. I would on some days go so far as to say, I dare you to find a better pickle. The maple is mild; the sour is subtle; the sweet is spectacular.

A profoundly, practically perfect pickle. Not paltry, poky or pitiful but plump and palatable, potent and powerful. Not simply passable, but passionate. 

On other days, Wickles come to the fore and seem like the most spectacular pickle in the world to me.

It's a pickle-picking predicament.

Suffice it to say, on days that end in y, you will find me enjoying either Wickles or Spicy Maple Bourbon pickle chips, either in something or beside something or on something, or all by their onesies.

For the record, I also like plain bread-and-butter pickle chips. With no heat but just the right amount of sweet.

And by the way, you can make your own wicked pickles by adding two fresh chili peppers to an existing jar of bread and butter chips, and letting them hang out together for a while.

If you're the do-it-yourself type, that is. A pickle pioneer.

Sam's Club also offers a version called Mango Habanero. I have a jar, and they're okay -- much hotter than the maple bourbon kind -- but it will take me a while to finish them and I'm not likely to buy them again.

There's also a Thai Chili flavor in the same range, and while they may be delicious -- in fact, probably are -- for some reason that does not appeal to me and I'm afraid to commit.

If that flavor combination does sound scrumptious to you and you try them, please do report back. Thumbs up or down? We need to know.

Likewise if you are savvy as to another similar brand of pickles I should try, do tell.

Meanwhile, you'll find me practicing purposeful purchasing in the plucking of pleasant pickle presences from the plethora of products on offer in the marketplace.

Say that three times fast, then go have a pickle. Or ten.

And that is all for now.

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Reader Comments (7)

I must tell you, I was appalled and shocked when I first saw that word "Bourbon" on that pickle jar. I thought you had back-slide and was prepared to send an e-mail to Pastor.
Thank goodness for your explanation.
I have my grandma's recipe for bread and butter pickles--my sister cans them now, so anytime my jar gets empty, I just go visit her and steal another quart. They are sublime!!!!
I used to eat big Dill Pickles dipped in a glass of milk. For some reason, that salt, bitter taste was made more wonderful with milk.

August 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Well, of course I'm a pickle person - who isn't? However, no sweet for me. I like dill and especially No Frills Dills 1 g of carbs and passable sodium, delicious with a veggie sandwich (pickle on the side). I may have to look for Wickles in City Market. I wonder if they have them in the West? If I see them, I'll buy a jar and think of you as I eat them. Hope all is well, and you're beating the heat. Can you believe summer is almost over?

August 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

@Judy ... I know, right! I bought the bourbon pickles! But seriously, there's nothing remotely like bourbon in the ingredients list and although I don't technically know what bourbon tastes like, I think I'd notice that sort of twang in a pickle. It's in absentia. All good. Now you've got me wanting homemade bread and butter pickles. You are so sneaky. But a dill pickle in milk? You can have yours and mine too, haaaahaa xoxo

@Barb ... I hope you find Wickles! I think you'll be hooked immediately. And I love non-sweet pickles too, and have lots of them in the cupboard. It is WONDERFUL to "see" you, my friend, as you are never far from my thoughts for long. I dropped by your place yesterday and admired your gorgeous photos, especially those stick sculptures. I've had a wonderful summer and although it's waning, there's lots of good times still to be had. But I long for autumn and love every minute of it. xoxo

August 14, 2018 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Well, you've opened a whole new world for me! You will be appalled to hear that the only pickles I've ever consumed are gherkins and bread and butter! (I don't like dill) I never even knew some of these pickles existed. I love the name Wickles, and I hope I can find some around here!

August 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMari

@Mari ... oh, me too! Please let me know if you can't and I'll figure out a way to get some to you. A smuggled jar of Wickles would probably taste even better, haaahaha xoxo

August 14, 2018 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Well, I guess it's settled - you're a pickle pirate.

No dills for me, but there is a HUGE jar of dills on the counter for Patti since her sodium is very low.

Mom made crispy, sweet refrigerator pickles. Sure wish I had some now. :)

xoxo

August 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSally

@Sally ... I guess I am! A badge of honor I proudly wear. I wish I had a jar of your mom's fridge pickles. too. xoxo

August 15, 2018 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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