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Old 01-01-2012, 07:01 AM   #1061
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Also collard greens and cornbread along with the black eyed peas.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:46 AM   #1062
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Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For many years it has been my habit to tally up my expenses for the prior year and determine my net worth, first thing on new years day. Pretty exciting stuff! I think it is a throw back to being raised on a small farm.

The thing that struck me this year is that I am right where I was on the first day of 2010. Things showed some improvement on the first day of 2011 but then slid right back during the year. I think the economists who say we are not having a double dip recession are wrong, at least by my calculations!

Now I can start working on my "one day at a time" resolutions for diet, exercise etc... I mean how hard can it be? One day at a time, right?
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:21 PM   #1063
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Eating Cream of Wheat, cooking split peas in ham stock I made yesterday. Slow start today.

We broke our corkscrew last night, cheap pot metal, trying to open a bottle of Moscato d'asti. We finally gave up and had some sparkling cider. I need to go buy a new corkscrew so we can try out the Asti.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:26 PM   #1064
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Eating Cream of Wheat, cooking split peas in ham stock I made yesterday. Slow start today.

We broke our corkscrew last night, cheap pot metal, trying to open a bottle of Moscato d'asti. We finally gave up and had some sparkling cider. I need to go buy a new corkscrew so we can try out the Asti.
You only have one corkscrew!?
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #1065
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You only have one corkscrew!?
Our really nice one, about 25 years old, fell apart last year. The corkscrews on our Swiss Army Knives are not working on this cork. The replacement corkscrew, high end Swing-Away, broke. I guess I'll go see if I can afford a Rabbit corkscrew.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:47 PM   #1066
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When I worked in a restaurant many years ago, I was the only one who could open the wine properly with a corkscrew. Even the bartender had problems. And I don't even drink. I preferred the simple one. Handle with a corkscrew. Go figure.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:56 PM   #1067
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When I worked in a restaurant many years ago, I was the only one who could open the wine properly with a corkscrew. Even the bartender had problems. And I don't even drink. I preferred the simple one. Handle with a corkscrew. Go figure.
Personally, I don't care if we pick the cork out with an ice pick, but Shrek is determined to make a corkscrew work. This will be a big "WOW" for me...I had a glass of bubbly last week and plan on another today. I usually put about 4 months between drinks.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:59 PM   #1068
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No black-eyed peas, etc. here even though it is somewhat of a tradition for our region.

We had a nice, lazy breakfast and just finished a couple of pork barbecue sandwiches from the pork we brought home yesterday from our motorcycle ride.

Right now, I'm kicking back and setting my battle plan for the gifts I plan to make for our family as gifts next Christmas. I love doing this and can't wait to start on the afghan I've chosen to make for Glenn's mom and the hat for his son's wife. I made Dana, his son's wife, a beautiful knitted scarf this year, which she loved and promised to make a hat to match for next year. She was delighted.

Basically, we're having a lovely, relaxing day. It's quite windy (wind advisory has been issued by the NWS), so I'm glad we had our motorcycle ride yesterday.

In short, we're enjoying a pleasant "slide" into 2012.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:01 PM   #1069
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Eating Cream of Wheat, cooking split peas in ham stock I made yesterday. Slow start today.

We broke our corkscrew last night, cheap pot metal, trying to open a bottle of Moscato d'asti. We finally gave up and had some sparkling cider. I need to go buy a new corkscrew so we can try out the Asti.

astis always bring a festive atmosphere to the occasion, don't they? provided they can be uncorked, of course. i had this tall and rather enormous can of "chelada" (beer w/clamato juice, salt & lime) to go with my hoppin' john last night. i shoulda had some asti--i have a good sturdy and serviceable corkscrew.:) my hoppin' was rather lackluster, though the chelada, after i added worcestershire, tabasco, v8, celery salt and pepper to it, added a nice little kick to the meal. i don't know where i went wrong with the hj, especially since i like all the ingredients a lot. it was ok, but rather pedestrian i thought. maybe my expectations were too high. new year's i'm looking for excitement and fireworks....
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Personally, I don't care if we pick the cork out with an ice pick, but Shrek is determined to make a corkscrew work. This will be a big "WOW" for me...I had a glass of bubbly last week and plan on another today. I usually put about 4 months between drinks.
Wait a minute; are you opening a bottle of bubbly with a cork screw????

I saw that done with a bottle of Royale de Neuville in a Chinese restaurant once. It worked, but we all had to stifle giggles.
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