Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fruit Baskets

It's nasty outside again today. I'd kind of like to go out and get some pictures of the area for anyone interested in looking at pictures from Alaska. However, there isn't much to see right now- dirty snow and rain, plus sheets of ice. We were supposed to have gotten six inches of snow in just a few hours today, but it didn't happen. Personally, I'm happy. The way things are going this year, it may be a brown Christmas. If anyone gets a bike they ought to be a happy camper.The poor kids who got sleds will be a little bummed out. Hopefully no one will try sledding down the graveled street. That could play havoc on your plastic sled. Maybe in Bizzaro world that's what they do- run a toboggan down a steep rocky cliff- but I wouldn't recommend it here. The very idea reminds me of Terry Shepard though. He's affectionately known as the Hobbit by his friends. He used to take a plastic sled and load it with groceries and mail and whatever else he had in his car  and pull it down the ramp, across the concrete dock to his boat. He didn't like to use a wagon because if the ramp was steep, like at low tide, he would lose control of it. With a sled it couldn't get away from him. Every so often he'd buy a new one, although I would think it would be hard to come by in August- even in Alaska. Anyway, I opted to do a blog on this fruit basket in lieu of a nice outdoors shot today. Jan's work place generously gave all the employees one. It was a little fuller, but I had to eat several of the mandarins and I used the Granny Smith apples for an apple crisp.  You know, we have about 150 square feet of counter space in the blasted kitchen, but somehow, just about every inch gets covered with something- toaster, coffeemaker, mail, breadbox, salt and pepper shakers(2 sets) canisters, cookbooks, a fruit bowl and now a fruit basket for crying out loud. I was cutting up the apples and something kept poking me in the elbow- it was the consarn pineapple. Why is it that if this fruit is supposed to be eaten it has stickers on it. I understand why nettles have stickers, you aren't supposed to eat them, but things like raspberries, blackberries, pineapples and I'm sure other tasty fruits are armed to the teeth. You can come and get the goodies, but you're going to pay the price. Oh well. I see that there may be a grapefruit in this basket too- yum. There's also a pear so green and hard you'd need the jaws of life to break off a piece. Why do they put those in there? Must be just for color. This particular basket has some almonds, Brazil nuts and a few hazel nuts in the shell too.  I guess they are there to give you something to do while the pear ripens. I think I'll show that pineapple who's boss. I'll cut it up and put it on a skewer for shishkabobs in a few days. I hope you all have a great Christmas. Hopefully I'll have something entertaining to report on my next post. As Tiny Tim said, "God bless us every one."

6 comments:

  1. Did you win the war w/the pineapple?

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  2. LOL Tom, couldn't you move the basket to the table?

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  3. Hi Camille- I haven't even attempted yet. I'm hoping it still has a few days of life in it. We still have chile that I made from a few days ago to eat and last night I bought pizza from the Misty Bay Lodge for your mom's birthday. It seems like the past week has been one,gassy, fattening, unhealthy meal after the other. My guts feel like I swallowed a washing machine and it's on spin cycle continuously. It would be a relief to have shishkabobs with maybe a baked potato...mmm. Sounds good.

    Hi Erika- I guess I could have moved the basket,but the thought never even crossed my mind.I'm not much of a multi-tasker. I would have had to have cleared a space elsewhere, and then I probably would have been distracted by something else, like putting a dishrag in the laundry, then I would have done a load of clothes, which would have meant I would probably have to fold laundry and put it away, at which time I would see that my bed needed made. In the interim, the apples I was cutting would have turned brown and unapealing, so I would have worried if the dessert would be ok( which by the way, it was) No, I'm better off not leaving the task at hand. I live a very undisciplined life.

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  4. Good blog dad. I'll make sure that I get some groceries or something to do some cooking while I'm there! Make some beans, cabbage, and get plenty of cheese! Will be a gassy good time! ;)

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  5. ohh....I'm just amused....think you must have some form of adult ADD...either that or Jen's rubbin off ya on ya...very comical..as always..love ya..AJ

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  6. Hi, sounds like you have had the fruit basket encounter from hell! At least you get to choose which piece of fruit you ate and those you could turn into juice! Fruit Gifts

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