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Friday, July 11, 2014

Catching Up

We had a really nice July 4th.
Quiet, no fireworks or whoopin' and hollerin'.  Just a nice cookout with Brad and Kami.
They supplied all the food and did the cooking too.  Zip and I didn't have to do anything but sit and watch and chat.

The Grill Master in action.

 Brad made his special burgers smothered in provolone cheese.  There are lots of secret ingredients in with the ground beef.  I know one of them is chopped salami.  These are really delish!
We had seasoned grilled corn on the cob, roasted potato slices and creamy coleslaw.  for dessert there was lemon cake with fresh strawberries.

Not a lot was happening on the addition this week.
The blocks for the foundation walls arrived on Monday, but the mason wasn't able to come until today.

He was able to lay one side of the walls today.  It's a slow meticulous job.
I took a picture through the back screen door but it didn't come out well.  Next time after more is finished, I'll walk around back and do a better job.

It's been hot and muggy this week.
I made one of my favorite hot weather salads for lunch.  It's a great thing to make at this time of year with both corn and tomatoes in season.

Corn and Black Bean Salad

1 1/2 cups fresh cooked corn cut off the cob
1 1/2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained. (one can is about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped, Vidalia onion also works fine
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomato
1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
salt and pepper

Mix it all together and chill before serving.  Makes about 6 one-cup servings.

I don't know what it is about cats pressing themselves between the window glass and the screen, but here's Reggie being a nut.   Our windows are hopeless for staying clean because there's always cat paw prints on both inside and outside.

In the end, the joy of loving cats outweighs all the little messes they make.  I couldn't live without them.  Right, Deiter???

Don't mess with me, Mom.  I'm on the laptop.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you're having a delightful summer.


  1. Nice Bar-B-Q... How fun it is to have someone do the grilling for you. It looks so yummy... Fresh corn makes my mouth water.

    You need a bigger lap top for that big baby. He's so big. I love his mitten paws.

    I watched fireworks on MPBN and it went on and on and on. Real fancy firework. Must have cost a bundle.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your new addition coming up. Keep us posted.
    Have a great weekend and stay well...

  2. A window cleaning van scraped along the side of our car recently, not too much damage but he agreed to clean our windows several times for free rather than go through insurance. This was great as they hadn't been cleaned properly for months (we are on the 2n and 3rd floors). Like you the insides were covered with paw and nose prints but we are seeing clearly out of them now, first time for months. lol

  3. Oh YUM! I think Brad and Kami need to start a restaurant! :-)
    Thanks for the Corn and Black Bean salad... I'm always looking for something different to bring with me to picnics.
    Waiting patiently to see more pics of the progress on the addition! :-)


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