Thursday, August 20, 2015

Peanut Butter Fudge

This is the peanut butter fudge I remember from my childhood, the recipe is so very old, I learned it maybe sixty years ago from my uncle and it comes with strict directions.

This is also the peanut butter fudge my children will remember from their childhoods, and they learned the making of it, the ritual, the rules, just as I did.

2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
dash of salt
2 Tablespoons Karo

Cook over medium heat until it reaches soft ball stage. For testing this, you will need to keep a small bowl of water in the refrigerator because it must be cold for a proper test. After what you consider a proper length of time, half hour or so, remove a small amount of mixture and drop into cold water. If it immediately falls apart, it isnt ready. If you can gather it into a very loose "ball," this part is done. Turn off burner.

- these instructions must be followed exactly in order to prevent disturbing the molecules which will lead to "sugaring." A ruined batch of fudge.

Gently move pan to cold burner and let sit. Do not move the pan in any way, do not stir it, best to not even breathe around it. When the bottom of the pan is cool to the touch, the next and final step is ready. True it is difficult to judge the temp of the pan when you are not allowed to move it. Lay a finger on the pan down near the bottom. You should be able to tell if the pan is cool, COOL, not lukewarm.  If so, lift the pan gently and spread palm across the bottom. Cool?  Well then, proceed.

Add one cup of peanut butter and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and stir,  stir,  stir until just before it starts to set. You'll be able to judge this in due time. Pour onto buttered plate and allow to completely cool.  Or not.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Be Kind

"Being kind isn’t the same as being nice. It isn’t about superficial praise. It doesn’t mean dulling your opinions. And it shouldn’t diminish the passion with which you present them.
Being kind is fundamentally about taking responsibility for your impact on the people around you. It requires you be mindful of their feelings and considerate of the way your presence affects them."     ~Boz.Com

Friday, May 1, 2015

I'm thinking hey, gas prices have been almost reasonable for a while, wouldn't you think the cost of things would come down some to reflect that?

I would.

They haven't, in fact they've gone up again in the last month or so.  One tends to notice these things when one is living on a very sharp edge.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Things that happen after 70

When your waist disappears your pants won't stay up

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nineteen years

I do not mourn on this day more than any other, but I remember it.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When you are my age, 
you will regret only the ways 
you failed the people you love.
                             ~Ann Bauer

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"He who seeks revenge should prepare two graves."
~ Confucious

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Waking up in the dark, I don't know if it's morning now or still the night. The days pass so quickly though mine are mostly filled with silent wanderings about the house, I'd think my days would seem interminable.  But then there's the sleeping, it takes up so much time. A blessing, and a curse.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rod McKuen 1933 - 2015 I loved his work, perhaps "Sloopy" is one of my favorites - RIP

A Cat Named Sloopy

For a while
the only earth that Sloopy knew
      was in her sandbox.

Two rooms on Fifty-fifth Street
          were her domain.
Every night she’d sit in the window
among the avocado plants
waiting for me to come home
    ( my arms full of canned liver and love. )
We’d talk into the night then
 Contented but missing something.
She the earth she never knew
me the hills I ran
  while growing bent.

Sloopy should have been a cowboy’s cat
with prairies to run  not linoleum
and real-live catnip mice
No one to depend on but herself.

I never told her
     but in my mind
I was a midnight cowboy even then.
Riding my imaginary horse
down Forty-second Street,
going off with strangers
to live an hour-long cowboy’s life,
          but always coming home to Sloopy,
     who loved me best.

A dozen summers
we lived against the world.
An island on an island.
She’d comfort me with purring
I’d fatten her with smiles.

We grew rich on trust
needing not the beach or butterflies.

I had a friend named Ben
who painted buildings like Roualt men.  He went away.
My laughter tired Lillian
after a time
      she found a man who only smiled.
Only Sloopy stayed and stayed.

Nineteen fifty-nine.
Old men walk their dogs.
Some are walked so often
that their feet leave
          little pink tracks
in the soft gray snow.

Women fur on fur
           elegant and easy
only slightly pure
hailing cabs to take them
     round the block and back.
Who is not a love seeker
when December comes ?
Even children pray to Santa Claus.
I had my own love safe at home
and yet I stayed out all one night
           the next day too.

They must have thought me crazy
 screaming  Sloopy  Sloopy
as the snow came falling

down around me.

I was a madman
to have stayed away
  one minute more
than the appointed hour.
I’d like to think a golden cowboy
snatched her from the window sill,
    and safely saddlebagged
      she rode to Arizona.
She’s stalking lizards
in the cactus now perhaps
    bitter but free.

I’m bitter too
and not a free man anymore.

  Once was a time,
in New York’s jungle in a tree,
before I went into the world
in search of other kinds of love
nobody owned me but a cat named Sloopy.

  Looking back
perhaps she’s been
the only human thing
that ever gave back love to me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We hurried outside with our blankets and pillows and lay down at the end of the driveway. It was just after 4:00 a.m., the sky was black but filled with the radiance of billions of stars.

There was a bit of unrest, the ground was hard and the early chill crept under our pile of blankets. Hush now, lie back and just watch the sky.

A quick inhale of breath, look look, there's one and there's one and the sky was filled with meteors, long tails clashing and stretching across the sky. The restless fell still and then silence.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I quit smoking 15 years ago after nearly thirty years of filling all my spaces and that of others with stinking smoke. It was no big deal, I just quit. The secret is don't tell anyone you're quitting.

Someday though when it won't matter anymore, I'm going to sit down with a cup of steaming hot coffee and a Benson & Hedges, if they still make them. I'll cough and hack but then my lungs will recognize their old paramour and thief of time and settle down to it.

After all, cigarettes will never let you down. They may kill you, but if it's not that, it'll be something else - too much ice cream maybe, or not-so-subtle indifference and abandonment. In the end it doesn't matter, does it?