Blizzards I’ve Known and Loved, Cajun Scrapple, Peeps, Words of Wisdom, Spam and 22,400 Eggs

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the East Wing.

It was a good blizzard, but not a great blizzard, the one they called the blizzard of 2011. Actually from the East Wing’s point of view, the prior blizzard seemed to pile the snow much  higher. In fact my west drive way is yet to be plowed out from that blizzard. That was when the snow plow guy got stuck and had to have help to rescue the snow plow. Now I don’t care who ya are, when the snow plow gets stuck, ya got yourself a real old fashion blizzard going on out there.

 And so we only have one driveway available  until springtime comes to the valley and melts the west driveway back into drivability. Now that’s  really cool word, that drivability, I didn’t even know if it’s a word or not  till I typed it and Sophia, the official spell cat checker of the East Wing, approved it’s use. Drivability, shoo .  I’m not sure if that cat’s right or not but she approved, and so I use. Drivability, a word  used with spell cat checker approval.

 The other blizzard I’m talking ‘bout’s the one when the East Wing filled up with smoke and the She turned the whole house into the smoke house while cooking meat for our Bub’s BBQ at Demotte. It was our  most memorable  blizzard. It was when the Smoke House Rules were first introduced to the East Wing. A Wind Tunnel thru the house, exiting via the East Wing.

Did ya hear the ole groundhog didn’t see his shadow, well whooptee do!  Sure hope the spring come next week. But don’t hold your breath.  We talked ‘bout Groundhog Day stuff already, but and interesting side line is the fact that only 16 times from 1887 has the Groundhog NOT seen his shadow. Now does that tell ya something or what? No it don’t, it’s just dumb winter talk ‘bout a  rodent who hibernates during this time of the year, and some  drunks from Pennsylvania digging ‘em up way too early in the year just to make a big deal ‘bout that shadow thing.

Remember this Groundhog Day deal comes from the same state that gives us Scrapple, and we all know how important Scrapple is to putting this nation back to work. In fact, I think that non profit organization ya may have heard ‘bout, that “Feed the Children” organization,  it’s primarily based on the premise that Scrapple  can solve world hunger.  Now I’m just joking ‘bout Scrapple, I ate the stuff, and liked it.  Scrapple is somewhere between Potted Meat and Spam. And I like ‘em all, But keep in mind, I’m hillbilly and I like easy. Scrapple, the official meat of Pennsylvania.

 After eating with the Cajuns, ya don’t worry ‘bout eating Scrapple. But one thing for sure if Scrapple was in south Louisiana, they’d put spices on it, more specifically they’d put  file on it, ‘cause ton a lot of stuff down there in the delta,  a hundred miles south of New Orleans.   Oh I almost forgot to tell ya, that  file stuff is a spice made from dried, then ground up sassafras leaves, and goes exceedingly well with prime Pennsylvania Scrapple.

Now if ya gona talk ‘bout hibernation this time of the year, then ya gotta talk ‘bout the peeps. Those little tiny green frogs, smaller than a quarter, ‘bout 15 cents worth, who make the pretty music of the spring time night time. Those little peeps. They make their own antifreeze ya know, those little peeps. One heart beat every 3 minutes, one breath every 4 minutes keeps the peeps alive during that cold, cold deep freeze of the wintertime.  Dark as a dungeon, down there where the peeps survive. Those peeps down there under only the dead grass and leaves fallen from the trees  last autumn. Those cold, cold  frozen to near death peeps of winter, clinging to that very, very last thin thread of life in the peep world. Frozen almost solid Peeps. Somewhere between life and death, those Peeps, in the twilight zone. If ya could put ‘em on sticks they’d be Peepscycles

They’re  just waiting for the warm of the sunshine to wake ‘em up.  To thaw ‘em out.  Just waiting to come back to live, so cold down there under those  old leaves and grasses of last year, and so, so ready, those peeps, just waiting for the sunshine to warm ‘em up and bring ‘em back from the brink..  And ya know what they do when the sun warms ‘em up. Why they look for girl friends the very first thing. Those little rascal peeps. The sounds of springtime.  I can hardly wait for the sounds of peeps. Springtime music by creatures smaller than your thumb. Musical Peeps.

I’d not heard the sound of Peeps for many years, and  in January 2010 I got new and more advanced hearing aid systems  and guess what, I heard the peeps!  I heard the Peeps for the first time since I was a kid.

So last springtime I went outside many evenings and sat in the darkness of the East Wing Garden, me and Pup Baby, and we listened to the sounds of spring. The Peeps. Magic to my ears. The sounds of  springtime returned to my life. I love Peeps, those little frogs ya don’t see, just hear. Little green Peeps, smaller than your thumb. Little Rascals, Little Peeps.

I’ve just finished yet another book on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.  Now if ya only know ‘bout Thomas Jefferson as the 3rd president of the United States, you’ve missed out knowing  ‘bout  one of the most intelligent men of the century. That century when these United States were born.

Thomas Jefferson studied the previous failed attempts at creating government of the people thru out the world.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, Gods  laws and the nature of man.  That seems to be way more than what most people understand today.  Jefferson  was capable of handling the job at hand.  At age 33,  Thomas Jefferson wrote, without speech writers or teleprompters,  the Declaration of Independence, also  without word processors or spell checkers.

Thomas Jefferson, the intellect of that gang traitors who started the American Revolution. That same gang of traitors that created these United States. Jefferson hung out with the likes of such low lives as George Washington, Ben Franklin, Patrick Henry and I’m sure others of equally questionable character.

   One time when  John F. Kennedy was President, he  held a dinner in the White House for a group of intellects from around the country. President Kennedy said “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” Kennedy knew the intellectual level of Thomas Jefferson. It seems as if no one on the current political landscape  knows or gives a damn ‘bout the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson. That is truly sad for all of us and sad for the whole world.

Here is just a small sample of words of wisdom from Thomas Jefferson, should you disagree with ‘em, please let me know. I’d be most interested in your reasoning for disagreement with Thomas Jefferson.

 “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe”.

With that statement in mind, Whatta ya think ‘bout Detroit? Or for that matter, how ‘bout the politics in Chicago?

 “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”.

 Currently the Federal Government has mandated that our society shall provide 99 weeks of unemployment payments. I can’t help but wonder is that 99 weeks (1.9 years)  of free money a disincentive to seeking employment. It just seems it could be to some, or so says Sophia The Republican Cat.

“ It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world”.

 The current national debt of the United Sates exceed 14 trillion dollars.  A number too large to comprehend by even those who keep track of such tings. The major holder of the American debt  in the form of US Treasury Notes is China.  They get their the money from Wal-Mart then turn ‘round and buy all the Treasury Notes from the United States. In a way it didn’t cost China anything to buy our country’s future, they just bought it with the profit they made from selling goods to Wal-Mart. Now is this a shame-on-us or what?

“ I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

  The national health care issue, passed into law in 2010, is the single most expensive law ever created  in the history of the United States. It is intended to take care of us.

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

Government regulations for every aspect of our lives. If ya’ve never owned a business, ya just don’t know. If ya have, ya know.  There is no way to convince a non business person of  the negative impact the government has on business in the United States. Such impact has to be experienced to be believed.

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

 Ask Mayor Daily in Chicago how he feels ‘bout this one.

“ The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

 Some think it can never happen in the United States, others think it can.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the NRA is a beacon to protect such rights of the people.

“ The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

 It’s being demonstrated in Egypt as we watch the mayhem . There may come a time when our tree of liberty may need to be refreshed, I hope not, I pray it not be so, but it may, someday in the future……

“ To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

How ‘bout the National Endowment For the Arts. Did ya know the National Endowment For the Arts  paid a guy to put his urine in a jar and call it a piece of artwork?  Did ya ever pee in a bottle? Did your government ever pay ya to pee in that bottle? Some people just  have all the luck. I never got paid for peeing in a bottle either. “course I never asked before I peed if I’s getting paid. Should’ve asked. Damn it.  Did ya ever look closely at much of the work of the EPA?  You’d be surprised. In 1976 the Department of Energy was created with a mandate from congress to rid this nation from dependence on foreign oil. How’s that one working out for us?

In 1802 Thomas Jefferson said “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

 Banks too big to fail. Auto manufactures too big to fail.  Insurance companies too big to fail. What ever happened to the idea, too little to fail? Who gives a damn ‘bout the little people in our society, Is it the government, the banks,  or the spirit of Thomas Jefferson?

Ya might have guessed, I’m a big fan of Thomas Jefferson. I consider him to be the strongest light in the history of this country.  Should this nation ever fail, it will fail much along the lines of which Thomas Jefferson warned us all. And we let it happen.

Remember when the only junk mail was in the real mailbox out there by the road. Ya knew even before ya opened it that it was junk, but ya opened it anyways. Some things just never change. Along comes the internet and shortly behind comes email and shortly behind email comes junk mail. Junk email’s  called Spam, don’t know why it’s called Spam, it just is.

I like Spam, ‘course I’ve already told ya that I like Scrapple. I wouldn’t even be opposed to Spam, Scrapple and scrambled eggs. I sounds like a breakfast plan for the future.

My email system is set up to eliminate most all the junk stuff that comes toward the East Wing.  I don’t opt to delete it in mass, I choose to segregate it and look it over first. And much like the junk mail from the box out by the road, I open some of it up just for fun. Now I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “an offer ya can’t refuse” . The She’s relatives, Italian, they use that one a lot, well it came today and so  it said:

Dear Robert,

Did you know that at this very moment, there is probably undiscovered treasure waiting to be revealed in your very own backyard? It’s true!

Imagine stepping out your back door and finding a bounty that could feed your family for life … save you tons of money … conserve energy and help the planet … and bring you a lifetime of pleasure, satisfaction, and fresh, mouthwatering flavor. Wouldn’t you call that a real treasure?

Well now, the riches of gardening success are yours to claim! Sparkling jars of cherries, peaches, tomatoes, and green beans … golden pools of sweet, luscious honey … jewel-like raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries … all of these and so much more can be yours, from as little as ¼ acre of yard!

• 2,000+ pounds of vegetables! • 100 pounds of honey! • 60 pounds of fruit! • 75 pounds of nuts!

• 50 pounds of wheat! • 1,400 eggs! • Even 280 pounds of pork!

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Now the East Wing sits on 5 acres on one side of the road and 40 on the other, so I’m doing the math on just the home side. All I need is ¼ acre to get these results, what if I devote just four acres to this project? 32,000 pounds of vegetables. 1600 pounds of honey. 960 pounds of fruit. 1200 pounds of nuts. 800 pounds of wheat,  22,400 eggs. And even 4,480 pounds of pork.

Why of course I clicked to purchase. How often do ya have an opportunity to get 22,400 eggs for just $18.96 plus S&H? I think it’s the S&H, that’s where they get ya, that S&H, and make all their money.

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From the East Wing, Blizzards I’ve know & loved, Cajun Scrapple,  Peeps, Words of Wisdom, Spam & 22,400 eggs.

I Wish You Well,