Saturday, May 14, 2016

Uh Oh ... 7 Years Bad Luck?

Of all the days to break a huge piece of glass, I get Friday the 13th!!  Do you only get 7 years bad luck for breaking a mirror??  I'm hoping that's the case after smashing my beautiful glass octopus yesterday.  He was sitting in a basket on top of a large glass bowl.  When I lifted the basket, everything fell out the bottom onto my hardwood floor with a CRASH!!  

I'm not sure quite how it happened, but my cut finger made a bloody mess of everything.  My first thought was ... oh no ... I'm barefoot and the second, lock up the puppies!!  Twenty minutes later my finger was wrapped and my Octopus in the trash.  )-:  I should have kept that rabbit's foot in my pocket!!  
Now that I was wide awake, I figured to give a good old college try at getting this huge TV into the back of my truck.  It took a little problem solving to get it out of the cabinet, as it's WAY too heavy to lift, or so I thought!!  I put a couple of boards across my horse corral wheelbarrow and maneuvered it out of the cabinet with a bang.  

Amazed that it didn't fall on the floor, I wheeled it out to the garage.  I quickly discovered there was no way I was going to lift it twelve inches into the back of my truck.  Maybe the Jeep is lower.  Honestly I don't know what came over me.  I had it all lined up .... and I just hefted it in.  WOW!!  Where did all THAT strength come from??  I totally surprised myself!!  I was so excited that I didn't have to call anyone to help!!  This morning I'll drop it off at the High School recycling center.
Since I was sort of on a roll, I've been wanting to try some barbecued chicken.  Everyone around here cooks bone-in thighs and they're delicious!!  Yes, they do look a little over done!!  I marinated them in something akin to Italian salad dressing, so I was pretty sure they wouldn't stick.  After lighting the grill, I turned it to low and threw them on.  YIKES!!  Call the Fire Department!!  They exploded into flames!!  This endeavor sure is harder than it looks!!  I ran for a water bottle and doused the flames, made sure it was on low and set the timer for 15 minutes.  PLEASE don't burn the house down!!

It's okay ... all that dark stuff just adds flavor!!  15 minutes later I scraped them off the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.  BOY were they DELICIOUS!!  I can't believe I did it!!  Perfectly cooked, tender and tasty!!  This is going to be a staple on my summer trip, hopefully minus a little of that blackness.
I passed up the antique show yesterday since most of what they sell are things I use every day, and to be honest, I can't fit any more furniture in my house.  Since closing down the apartment in Monterey and selling the ranch, my house is wall to wall "stuff".  Hopefully when I pass by there today on my way to the yarn shop in Modesto, my truck won't take a detour!!