Category Archives: A HYBRID COUNTRY LIFE

Slashing Homeowners Insurance Costs: Part II

The Aftereffects Of A Recent Hurricane When Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle of Florida in October of 2018, I feared that the integrity of my home would be seriously tested by the anticipated wind gusts for my area. Yes, we did have strong winds and horrific rainfall, but there was no resultant damage to my power lines or metal roof. But there could have been. One of my neighbors had a tree fall on the electrical service lines to their house. They had to wait much longer […]

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Reconstruction Era Chicken Stew

What You Got In The House? I decided on the very day that I wrote this blog that I wanted some comfort food. I had subjected my stomach to three straight days of either spaghetti and meatballs with tomato based sauce or a meatball sandwich with the same. That much acidic infiltration into my intestines made me feel somewhat uncomfortable, to say the least. I had been avoiding those types of meals for so long, I had the misguided impetus to give them a shot one more […]

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My Nine Year Old Laptop With Broken Case

Sad State Of Affairs My son Eric. who runs a computer repair shop in Canton, New York, headed up the acquisition of a new laptop computer for me in the year 2010. I have been using it for the last 10 years. He was able to get a good deal for me for about $700. The only major improvements he made to it in that span of time was to upgrade the RAM and Hard Drive periodically. The last upgrade included a 1 Terabyte Solid State Hard […]

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Le Chant Des Bayous

Une Sortie A Minuit The night be clear, all calm about My feet did trod , me had no doubt That I might reach le bateau o mine To float her fast and feel sublime   The moon be full and oh so bright It did mos shine tru out dis night The waters still, no breeze to stir Bayou mine be dere for her   Adelaide do left me, that fo sure My heart do break, there be no cure I comes alone by heya to […]

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Ignacio Nachos To Go

Birthdom I read in a narrative I gleaned from Wikipedia that Nachos originated in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. In 1943, the wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass were in Piedras Negras on a shopping trip for the day and arrived at the Victory Club restaurant after it had closed for the day. The Maître d’Hôtel,  Ignacio “El Nacho” Anaya, created a new snack for them with what little he had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya […]

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In Search Of The Perfect Burger: Part II

Rehash On January 21st, 2019 I published my personal dissertation on searching for the Perfect Burger (In Search Of The Perfect Burger: Part I). As of this date, I still haven’t found a place that serves one. At least not in this day and age. We have a restaurant here called Ed’s Restaurant that serves a burger called the Pub Burger that is the best one in town, but it still depends heavily on the condiments it is served with. The size of the patty is such […]

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Storm Survival Stratagies: Fresh Thinking

In Retrospect Writing in two previous blogs about hurricanes, “Hurricanes And The Country House” and “Storms Affecting Your Budget“, I received inspiration for creating them from Hurricane Michael in the midst of that deadly storm and the aftermath that followed. In spite of high winds going over the top of our house, we only experienced a 48 hour power outage. Our neighbors weren’t so fortunate. A tree fell and took out their overhead power line. Except for the lack of capable cooking equipment, I felt we were […]

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Corona Croissant Creations

Top Choice Breakfast Entree I love croissants. But only the ones made with butter. A crispy large hot croissant with ham, eggs, and cheese is one of my top 5 breakfasts that I love to have in the morning. But if they are not made just the way I like them, they become more like gut fillers than a delectable feast. For the longest time, I had been used to fast food restaurant or pre-made frozen store bought versions. Then one day I was on a construction […]

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A Corona Virus Easter: Technically Challenged

Image of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross furnished by 2028 End.com prophecy website. The interactive iPhone artwork by Stephen Key. Stir Crazy I spent quite a while talking to my brother this past Easter Sunday. He is holed up in his second home with other members of his family in Pass Christian, Mississippi due to a self quarantine measure he and they set in place for the past 3 weeks. I asked him if he was going stir crazy and he unabashedly admitted that he was. […]

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Electronic Device Dependence

My Electronic Cyber Pals Through The Looking Glass I have finally come to the point I am virtually dependent on my Laptop, Cell Phone, and Tablet Style devices to connect with people or other computer systems, for that matter. If I forget to take my cell phone with me when I leave the house, I just turn around and go back and get it. Since it is the only way I can reach the outside world with my actual voice (sans face to face contact), I feel […]

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