Tiny Festival

June 4, 2009

 

funnel cake

Today was the official start of Tiny Town’s annual festival. We have a carnival all week, but the main activities happen from tonight through Saturday night. It is tradition for Mother Nature to help celebrate by drenching the festival at least half the week. Every single year. Last year we got a flood. Thankfully, we’ve already gotten that out of the way this spring.

I have a booth reserved to sell my jewelry and suncatchers and intended to start selling today. After about half a dozen trips carrying everything, I discovered that the (festival committee provided) booth leaked. Right across the middle. Since most of my displays have a cardboard base, I decided to wait until tomorrow to start selling. Everyone says it’s not supposed to rain tomorrow. Yeah right.

Since Tiny Town has few choices for food, both sold in the grocery store and served in the restaurant, one of the things I look forward to the most during the festival (or all year) is the variety of food sold (at a ridiculously high price). I’ve had sweet ‘n sour chicken twice this week. Awesome. Especially since there are no Chinese restaurants near here and it has been about 3 years since I’ve been to a Chinese restaurant. Today was hot dogs and nachos (because of the rain there wasn’t much open by the time the booth fiasco was finished). Tonight is dessert night. Yummy, very bad-for-you festival treats.

Above is dad’s selection – funnel cake. For those who haven’t had a funnel cake, it’s basically fried dough with powdered sugar sprinkled (or dumped) on top. You can also add strawberries, apples, or (I forget the 3rd choice), but I like to keep it simple.

Below is my choice – elephant ear. For those who haven’t had an elephant ear, it’s basically fried dough with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.

elephant ear

 

Those are 9 inch plates. Yum.

Each year I look for something new to try. Last year it was a deep fried twinkie (meh), another year it was cheesecake on a stick (I thought it was going to be something besides just a chunk of cheesecake on a popsicle stick).

I’m looking forward to finding something new this year, in addition to my usuals – barbecue, bloomin’ onion, fried bologna sandwich, taco in a bag, long cheesy curly shoestring fries.

I’m also looking forward to no more rain this week.

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A little rain

May 4, 2009

 

 
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It’s that time of year again. Well, it’s always that time of year with our river, but even more so during the spring. It hasn’t been raining very hard, just a near constant drizzle for the past several days. It doesn’t take much though.

A few weeks ago I did a post where I explored the riverbank in my backyard. Here is a pic from that post showing a view of the riverbank.

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In my exploring post I showed a picture of the old abandoned bridge at the end of the street. Here is a pic showing the bridge from below:

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I’ve been taking some pictures of the bridge for a post I’ll do sometime later (probably much later now). Here is a photo from a little over 2 weeks ago from the side:

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This is from the side today:

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And a partial view from the front 2 weeks ago:

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And from the front today:

 
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It could be worse. (And may yet be worse since the river isn’t supposed to crest until tonight). About 11 months ago it was over the bridge and into the street. That is when the side of the bridge washed away.

Bless you Mother Nature!


Almost Sprung

March 10, 2009

 

The weather was so nice this weekend I thought I’d spend a little time in the backyard.

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These guys are a little late this year.

 

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Usually there is snow on the ground when I first see them.

 

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Though there is still time for a serious blizzard.

 

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Watch where you step!

 

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Looks like someone else found the snowdrops, too. (By someone I mean someTHING, cause I seriously hope there is not someONE going around taking dumps in my yard, though it wouldn’t be the first time.)

 


Brrrr

February 22, 2009

 

I’ve been working for 22 hours so I thought I’d take a break this morning. 

 view from the street

 

Hopefully before going to bed.

from the backyard

 

Looks like the neighborhood wildlife had fun in the snow this morning.

wild animal tracks

(The print at the lower right is mine. Aand someone wasn’t wearing any socks and someone got their shoes full of snow)

 

cold

Yeah. I’m going to bed.

I hope it snows all freaking day.


Finally!

November 18, 2008

snow and river

snowy trees


Last Chance Double Feature

August 29, 2008

 

THIS weekend is actually the last chance, but since I’m not planning to pay to sit through Clone Wars, LAST weekend was my last chance. Then it’s closed for the season.

What? Yeah, I don’t know why. They could at least wait until the end of summer. But then they would have to compete (only on Friday nights) with the only other thing to do around here starting this weekend – High School Football. I attended a lifetime of football games while I was in our High School Marching Band. Me=band geek.

This week’s picture isn’t much better than last time, but I did at least get a car for reference. Not a great size reference since the car is halfway between me and the screen. Actually it’s probably closer to me than halfway, but I don’t carry my measuring tape with me.

(click photo to view largeness)

It was really dark so I lightened it out more than normal. This perspective doesn’t really make it seem so impressive.

This (last) weekend’s double feature was Mamma Mia/Swing Vote.

This is not a review but let me just say that Mamma Mia was probably the most fun movie I’ve seen in a long time. I mean, it’s not going to win any of the big Oscars, or, you know, any of the Oscars, but it’s a nice, fun, cute, chick flicky, summer movie. And it helps if you like ABBA. I went out and bought the 2 CD + 1 DVD ABBA “Gold” Greatest Hits (59 tracks!). Where “went out and bought” actually means “sitting at my computer and ordering”. Because, seriously, Tiny Town has no place to buy music. And I know I could have downloaded it, but I’d rather have an actual CD. I’m old-fashioned like that.

I’ve been trying to find a pair of the silver thigh-high platform boots that Christine Baranski’s character wears. I can’t even find a picture of them. So then I started looking for just a pair of thigh-high boots that I like. Why? I don’t know. I have nowhere to wear them. I suppose I could wear them around the house. But that seems a little creepy. Right? I did however find a pair of knee-high platform boots that I’m pretty sure I’m going to make mine. Why? I don’t know. But I’m sure I will have a better chance of finding a place to wear them. Maybe. I don’t usually spend this much time deciding on a pair of shoes. I’ve only ever returned 1 pair of shoes, out of hundreds several that I’ve bought. I even have a deal where I only have to pay the $11 shipping charge. Only $11 total. Unfortunately, I didn’t have to sleep with anyone to get the deal.

My biggest problem (ha! how nice would it be if this was really a biggest problem) is deciding which color – white matte (too high school flag/rifle corps), white patent (too go go), pink patent (really, um, no & the laces are a different shade of pink so yuck), red patent (red is completely not my color, but with shoes it wouldn’t matter as much), black matte (I have 2 other pair of black matte boots), which leaves black patent. That’s probably the ideal choice. And now after a week I’ve finally talked myself into it. Thanks! You’ve really helped.

Now for Swing Vote. It was an OK to good movie. I think. I did an online focus group for this movie several months ago, so I’ve been waiting for it. (This is probably a spoiler, so be warned) I have issue with Kevin Costner’s character. Or his character’s lack of character. Yeah, I know it’s a movie. Yeah, it works out fine in the end (and I really did like the way it ended). And I NEVER do this, I’m sure there’s some kind of psychological reason for this. His character not only pissed me off, but completely disgusted me as well. And I’m pretty difficult to disgust! When your (12 year-old, though I thought she was younger) kid has to fix your (her parent’s) meals, get you (the parent) dressed, get you (the parent) up in time for your work and her school, drive you (the parent) home because you are passed out drunk, and on and on. Well, that’s just fucking pathetic. The tagline is “One ordinary guy is giving the candidates a reason to run.” If he is what’s considered an ordinary guy, we all ought to run. I guess this means that I had better taste in men than I thought! And that really is pathetic.

It’s just a movie, a summer movie, not a deep-philosophical-conversation-worthy movie.

 

Now for more shallow-ness

Drive-in Birkenstocks!

 (you don’t want this larger)

3 trips to the drive-in this summer, 3 time wearing these Birkenstocks.

Please ignore my scars, I try to. Oh, and the flash glare. Just block that out of your mind.


The Big Picture

August 15, 2008

For your viewing pleasure.

 drive-in 08/08/08

Actually it was for mine.

I had hoped that I could have a car in there as a size reference. Lucky me, it was very dead last Friday night. With an X-Files/The Happening double feature, there wasn’t a whole lot of interest in this area. Their loss.

You can see a slide and swing set at the bottom of the photo to help a little with the size (click to go to Flickr for a larger view). Yes, it’s very dark. Next weekend I’m hoping to take more pictures, and not wait until it’s dark, and not take it through my car windshield. I was going to lighten it but I liked the little bit of sunset you can see in the upper right corner (click to see it uncropped and larger at Flickr).

You can also see the speaker poles scattered throughout the bottom. Some of which actually have a speaker attached, though I don’t think any still have 2 attached. They do work, or at least the one in my spot works, but I still use the car radio, and I don’t put the speaker in my car window. The external speakers and the other car radios kind of add to the overall sound experience of the movie.

Next weekend is (I think) Swing Vote and Mamma Mia so there will probably a larger attendance. And hopefully more interesting (and lighter) pics.