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Friday the 13’th

This and That

Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 in South Africa, former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush along with President Obama attended the ceremony honoring Mandela.

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President Obama and his wife Michelle with former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura arriving in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

The Fidds, Lee, Ree (aka: Mary Agnes), Maggie, Simon, Cornelius and his Ladies (Chickens)

All well here on the Eastern Shore.  The chickens are still putting out about a dozen eggs a day. Quite a few neighbors and friends are rewarded for their output.

Maggie & Simon are socializing quite well. So far Simon has remained an inside cat. I think the chickens really appreciate the fact that he remains inside. The cat will attack anything that moves.

Kathy, Jeff & Abby

Congratulations to Abby for her acceptance to Mississippi State University.

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Congratulations to Abby for her acceptance to Mississippi State University class of 2017.

Sarah, Rachael & Tommy

All is well on this front, Sarah is busy with her job for Phillips Seafood.

Tommy is a freshman at The Salisbury School.

Today Rachael takes her last final exam for her last semester of class’ at Salisbury University. Come January she will begin her semester of student teaching and will graduate in May. She is looking at opportunities to teach in Europe for the summer.

Matt, Beth, David, Kevin, Jill & Rebecca

Matt has been through this past week, having had a teaching gig down in Little Creek, VA. It’s always great when we get to see the Fiddlers from the North. It also saved us a bundle in postage fees as he brought our Christmas gifts down and we sent ours back with him.

Last night Mary Agnes had a big pot of Navy Bean soup that had been cooking most of the day. The bone was from a big old ham we had leftover from Thanksgiving. Kathy and Abby joined us for dinner, kind of a mini family reunion.

Sam, Zed & Mia

We’re looking forward to the kids coming up from Mississippi for the Holidays. We shall see a big change in Mia now that she’s ten months old.

Other Family members, 1-2-3 Times Removed

Aunt Barbara Romspert and Carolyn  will be hosting the family Christmas party soon. This celebration has been going on for a number of years, nforty Eight that I remember anyway. I only missed one, that was Christmas of 1968 when I was in Iwakuni Japan.

 

 

Sports

Jeff and I were on opposite sides of the field last week for the Eagles v Lions game in the snow. Sorry for the loss Jeff. Of course Jeff was in Barbados and enjoying 82 deg. weather with Kathy.

Jeff and I were on opposite sides of the field last week for the Eagles v Lions game in the snow. Sorry for the loss Jeff. Of course Jeff was in Barbados and enjoying 82 deg. weather with Kathy.

Politics

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of American Adults think Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus.

Seventy-six percent (76%) are at least somewhat likely to make a charitable donation of some kind this year, including 57% who are Very Likely. This is the highest level of charitable giving measured in surveys since 2009.

Opinions (Mine & Others)

 

Irony

“We are told NOT to judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics.”

BUT on the other hand……. “We are also encouraged TO judge ALL

Gun Owners by the actions of a few lunatics.”

*Irony 2.*

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of

Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest

amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 47 million people as

of the most recent figures available in 2013.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S.

Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”

Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow

dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Food ( Blogs, Recipes & Info)

Set the perfect table

Forks to the left, knives and spoons to the right. The sharp side of the knife blade should be turned toward the dinner plate. Only include utensils in your place setting that will be used for the courses you are serving. “If you’re not serving soup or salad, you certainly don’t want an extra spoon or fork in your place setting,” Slatter says. “Not only will those get in the way and create extra work for you, the extra utensils may confuse your guests.”   

 

The bread plate goes on the left of the dinner plate, glasses on the right.

 

Wait to pour. Water glasses should be the only glasses filled before your guests arrive. Iced tea, wine and other beverages should be poured once everyone is seated. Wine glasses should be filled halfway, not to the rim.

 

Salad and bread should be the only food on the table when your guests arrive.

 

Are you the hostess with the mostest?

 

Remember, the hostess always sits last.

 

Passing isn’t just in football. Always pass food around the table counter clockwise to the right and refrain from serving yourself first. Always pass the salt and pepper as a set, even if you’re only asked for one.

 

Can your guests see each other? Sure those flowers you spent hours arranging for the centerpiece are pretty, but they will only get in the way if your guests have to crane their necks to see each other. Make sure your guests can look over any table adornments.

 

Be a gracious guest

 

“There is nothing more disruptive than a cell phone ringing at the dinner table,” says Slatter. “Turn your phone on vibrate, or better yet, don’t even bring it to the table. Holiday gatherings mark the time to enjoy the company of the people you are with, rather than ignore them by chatting with someone who’s not even there.”

 

Wait for the signal. Your hosts will let you know when it’s okay to begin eating. They may offer a blessing or statement or perhaps start by passing a dish.

 

If you’re not sure which utensil to use with each course, start on the outside and work in toward the dinner plate.

 

If you need to excuse yourself temporarily, gently place your napkin on your chair to indicate you will be coming back.

 

Signify you’re finished with the meal by placing your napkin to the left of the dinner plate, and your fork and knife side by side diagonally across your plate with the sharp side of the knife blade facing inward and the fork tines up.

 

“Another big question we hear concerns what to do if you accidently break a piece of the host’s dinnerware,” adds Slatter. “You should certainly offer to replace the broken piece especially if it has sentimental value for the host or hostess.”

 

Slatter says don’t lose hope if your host doesn’t know the name of the pattern or the manufacturer; you can always take advantage of Replacements’ free pattern identification service.

 

Setting the Table on Youtube

 

Medical

Winter is well and truly upon us. For many regions, this means miserable weather, less sunlight and darker days. Although we would much prefer our days to be filled with warmth and sunshine, many of us adapt to seasonal changes. But for others, the change in seasons may trigger a form of depression.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270059.php

 

A cold day in November, 2013

Where the chickens thrive, the dog and cat reside and the place were growing old together.

Where the chickens thrive, the dog and cat reside and the place we grow old together.

Local Happenings

Today 12/13 we awoke to a temp of 52 F, it’s now 3:30 PM and we’re looking at 39 F, a blustery north wind and grey sky’s. It’s snowed today in PA, in particular the Poconos. Not a lot mind you, but it did snow.

Today started 90 seconds of planking for the little women. She did nothing special that was picture worthy, so no photo today. Tomorrow, Wednesday, is a day of rest. Thursday and Friday will be 90 seconds also. She will be at the gym for 60 minutes of spinning though.

Jeff updated me on his return plans and will be arriving home on the 14’th late. He will take the Bay Runner Shuttle home and I’ll pick him up in Salisbury around 2300 hrs. It will be nice having him home for Thanksgiving. Needless to say, with today being 17 November, Jeff is home safe and sound.

Punk in Chunking Trophy

http://www.punkinchunkin.com/schedule

A Walk With Maggie

November 19’th

This mornings outing with Maggie, our five year old standard poodle was a bit of an adventure. I want to clarify that she is not a sissified poodle. No beauty parlor Do for my dog, no Sir, got her cut like a Labradoodle. I mean really, a Marine and retired State Trooper with a Poodle?

Well anyway, back to this mornings adventure. For those who don’t know, the area we live in is quite rural. At the present I’m house sitting and caring for two cats, Jane and Buffy. ( house siting pays for my toys) House sitting also keeps me busy while enjoying my retirement.

The house I’m sitting for at the moment sits on 15 or so acres adjacent to the Wicomico river on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It’s quite a woody tract of land and has a creek flowing out to the river on it. There are a lot local game and birds around here, especially squirrels, Maggie’s favorite chase. If only she could climb a tree.

I also want to add that Maggie has a tracking nose, as good as any so called hunting dog. As we started walking towards the river with the trail covered by falling leaves, Maggie’s nose went to work, she definitely was on to something. I wondered what she would kick up on this venture, a Turkey, Raccoon, Fox, Deer or just another squirrel?

As we passed the numerous out-buildings and sheds she increased her pace, slowly increasing the distance between us. It was cold, still and the sun just rising to our rear. The only sound was the crunch of fallen leaves under our feet.

Maggie stopped, staring straight ahead she began a stalk like approach to a unidentified object. She resembled a cat about to catch its prey. Her prey I noticed was a headless Goose decoy that I passed by several days earlier on another walk. Slowly she crept towards the prey, first one step, then another. Just several feet from her pry, the unexpected happened.

As Maggie took her last step before pouncing on the unsuspecting Goose, she steped on one end of a bowed fallen branch, covered by leaves. The other end of the branch lying adjacent to the decoy, rose in the air lifting the fallen leaves into Maggie’s face. Startled, with her tail tucked tightly under her, Maggie turned 180 degrees and with speed I’d never before seen, ran back to from where we started.

When I caught back up with her, her heart was beating rapidly and she welcomed my rubbing her head. It was one of the funniest sights I had ever seen. Definitely one of those, you had to be there moments. Perhaps, a sissified Poodle after all.

Maggie on the dock

Maggie on the dock

Maggie, waiting for a walk and a chase.

Maggie, waiting for a walk and a chase.

Meal Worms & Moths

No matter how clean you keep your kitchen, pests cans still cause problems in your pantry. They enter your home in a variety of ways and seek out improperly stored foods to lay eggs in. The eggs hatch into larva that look like worms, and they can spoil your food as they grow into full-fledged insects. The key to preventing worms in your food is to be proactive and make sure your flours and grains are stored properly as soon as you get home from the store. Want to get in great shape? Learn more about LIVESTRONG.COM’s nutrition and fitness program!

STORE PACKAGING

If you are going to be using a package of flour or grains within a short amount of time, it’s unlikely you will have problems with pantry pests as long as the packaging is intact, without tears or holes. However, cardboard, paper and plastic will not keep insects out of your food, so transfer your food to a heavy-duty container if you plan to store it for longer than a few weeks. Keep your shelves dry and free of crumbs, because moisture and open food attracts insects. Use older packages of food before newer ones and don’t store new packages next to older ones; if the older packages are infested with insects they can move to the new packaging.

CONTAINERS

The best way to prevent insects from invading your flours and grains is to store them in glass or metal containers. Very heavy-duty plastic will also work. Transfer your food to containers with tight-fitting lids, such as a screw-top lid or one with a substantial seal around it. If you’re sure the original packaging is free of insect infestation you can put it directly into a container. Look for webbing or holes on the package. It might be easier to empty your flour and grains into containers and provide a scoop for usage.

REFRIGERATING

Flours and grains store well in a refrigerator. This is a good option if you have continual problems with insects despite your best efforts. Store flour in a container with a good lid and tight seal to prevent moisture loss, which can affect the quality of the flour. White flour will store for up to a year in the refrigerator, while whole-wheat flour stays good for six to eight months, according to the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Corn meal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 18 months. White and brown rice also store well in the refrigerator.

FREEZING

Whole-wheat flour and brown rice actually benefit from being stored in the freezer because it slows the oils in them from going rancid, as they tend to do when stored for long periods at room temperature. White flour, whole-wheat flour and corn meal will keep in the freezer for up to two years. Store rice for up to a year in the freezer. Put your flours and grains in air-tight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags to prevent moisture problems.

No matter how clean you keep your kitchen, pests cans still cause problems in your pantry. They enter your home in a variety of ways and seek out improperly stored foods to lay eggs in. The eggs hatch into larva that look like worms, and they can spoil your food as they grow into full-fledged insects. The key to preventing worms in your food is to be proactive and make sure your flours and grains are stored properly as soon as you get home from the store. Want to get in great shape? Learn more about LIVESTRONG.COM’s nutrition and fitness program!

STORE PACKAGING

If you are going to be using a package of flour or grains within a short amount of time, it’s unlikely you will have problems with pantry pests as long as the packaging is intact, without tears or holes. However, cardboard, paper and plastic will not keep insects out of your food, so transfer your food to a heavy-duty container if you plan to store it for longer than a few weeks. Keep your shelves dry and free of crumbs, because moisture and open food attracts insects. Use older packages of food before newer ones and don’t store new packages next to older ones; if the older packages are infested with insects they can move to the new packaging.

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 imageAs you can tell I’m still in the construction process with this medium. It’s kind of like learning a new language, so please be patient.

11/12/13

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## 238’th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps
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## 238'th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps

## Where in the world is Jeff Berthiaume?

I heard from Jeff this morning and he was safely out of Iraq and in Aaman, Jordan. Jeff will be heading to London for a few days more of work before he comes home. Below are Jeff's departure and landing sites for those interested in following Jeff's travels.


# Our Week

Mary Agnes has entered the Plank Challenge at her gym, as has Kathryn and Sarah. I’ve been putting some pictures up on Facebook to capture some of the innovative locations of the Planking experience. Below are two, Kathryn at the Zoo and Mary Agnes Celebrating the Marine Corps birthday. Tune in to the Rooster’s next edition to see where Planking goes next.


Today we traveled to EVO for the Bennett H.S. band fundraiser. Food, Craft Beer, auctions and football on all the TVs. Eagles and Ravens won so it doesn’t get much better. http://evolutioncraftbrewing.com/home.aspx

https://sites.google.com/site/jamesmbennettband/dashboard 

Our granddaughter Abby has been a band member for the past four years. During Football season she twirls a flag. During the winter and spring she Plays the Clarinet in the concert band. At present Abby ‘s looking at and applying to colleges . She had a great visit to Mississippi State [http://msstate.edu](http://msstate.edu/) Do you think the fact her sister and brother in law are stationed 20 miles away has anything to do with it?

Speaking of Sam and Zed, and Mia of course, things are going well on their front. Zed still in flight school through mid December. Everyone is anxiously awaiting to hear what Type of Plane he will fly for USAF. Sam gets to go away for ten weeks of school in Biloxi, MS in January and babysitting for Mia will be shared by the Fiddler – Berthiaume clan in Maryland and the Davies clan in SE Oregon. This has the makings of some good words in the the Rooster. Send info Stacy and Elaine when it’s your turn.

The little Cow Girl will be nine months old November 16. Be sure to check out the Davies’ blog @ [http://sz2937.blogspot.com](http://sz2937.blogspot.com/) There are some great pictures on their site.

## The below is from Readers Digest.

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-amazing-uses-for-wd-40/?trkid=outbrain-all

## From Yahoo

http://shine.yahoo.com/pets/26-common-items-dangerous-cats-dogs-134200758.html

## Thus ends this issue.width

Monday October 28, 2013

imageYesterday saw the Combine back at work in the field surrounding our property. All day long the residual dust from the Soy Beans was blowing in the air. It was nice to see an open field once again. The hiding places for the Feral Cats, Fox and other critters who like chicken for a meal are now gone. A clear field of fire for the 4/10 now exists.

Last year saw the field covered with corn, early in the season while the corn was short, it made a nice surround. As the corn grew, claustrophobia began to set in. Before long the only view is to the street. It also made great cover for the ever stalking wild life.

On occasion we might see some winter wheat or a rye cover crop. During the dog days of winter it’s nice to see green fields, it’s great for the Psyche.

So, the week starts anew, cleaned the Chicken coop today, new chips on the floor and in the laying boxs.  The wife gave blood, organized an old friends, (no longer with us in the now world), sewing supplies and made a fine Pot Roast dinner with Sweet Potatoes.

Tonight we have Seattle & St.Louis on the gridiron. Yesterday of interest saw the Giants down my Eagles, a boring ass game. Of interest was Detroit pulling out their game against Dallas. That was one for my son in law, who at the moment should be in Iraq. And how about Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, good for you Andy.

The sun is set, chickens are locked up and safe for the night, dishes done, Dog and cat fed. Time to put the Blog to bed, Night All.