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Life in the Center of France
Thursday, March 27, 2014
  Hello, it's been a while...

Better than ever after Sonic tweeked my settings from afar. Nice work Sonic Support. Well, so what has been happening about the Old Town? Some party has purchased the old Christ Scientist Church, a historic and very old clapboard building right on Main Street in downtown Suisun. They are going to make a Furneral Parlor of the old girl much to many neighbors chigrin, especially ours. It turns out that Funeral Parlors LOWER one's home values by upwards of 15% according to a real estate person of note. Why is my question? I mean, people die, these facilities deal with it...a business that needs doing place to place. In this case it backs right up to Old Town Suisun, an area chock full of century old houses, mostly well maintained. 15% is 15%, that's quite a hit for a single business to be responcible for I agree. Again, I ask why? Oh the traffic will be real, the limo parade on a Saturday will be exceptionally awful, Limos stopping to pick up folks and drop others off, no they have no parking lot. The local restaurants (many) take up a majority of the parking most days around noon and, of course in the evening, they won't like it at all for that impacts their business directly. "Oh Marsha, there's no place to park, lets go somewhere else" it's quite possible. Then there's the likelihood of cars parking where we residents park, a majority of homes herein do not have driveways or garages, therefore we park on the street with both our cars. If they people attending a funeral need parking 1 bock away they are going to take up whatever spaces there are, residents be damned. Extra deliveries too, day and night just add to the mix of traffic. Well, atleast it'll smell good most of the time with all those sweet smelling flowers. My eldest daughter is coming for a short vacation just for a visit. We're really excited. We, of course saw here last year but then was then and now is now. It'll be a ball! Take care, HNLute
 
Sunday, March 02, 2014
  And TODAY....
Up at 5:30 again, thanks to the Kindle of Kats, Abii, Mucca and our resident Kat Scientist Cara Cat-Tour, hurr makeup already in place.  She slept the night away, tucked on my left side, head tucked into my armpit, whiskers bristling.  Turned on the bathroom sink and tub to a slow drip to both confound my readers in Southern California (a drought you know plus the perennial "water wars") and Fresno/Clovis. Nah, Nah, Nah to all of you desert dwellers.  That done I approach the Kitchen of Purgatory where the cleaning never stops to begin the mornings wipe down and garbage collection.  Two loads of recyclables later I tie up the garbage in it's bag and take it to the garbage can like a good male camel burden animal or beast.  I too spit.

Then on to other matters.  I'll bake a pie this morning to use those month old Fuji apples before they go to mushy hell.  I am not fixed to a certain recipe for my baking habits.  I bake MY way which, at times, yields something worth eating, sometimes a doorstop or various colors of hockey pucks.  Here's my newly found one...seems impeccable to me...we shall see.  First, I peel the apples with my handy apple peeler machine.  Does a fine job quickly.  Then as I dump the precious cargo into the water bath to keep their color (why do I do this?) I realize I need a lemon or two to complete my apple pie and that water.  So a few days ago I spied a neighborhood lemon tree with limbs of yellow beauties hanging over a fence, they will be mine!  I walk down to the vacant lot and yes...there they are about 8 feet up and yes they are invading this space nicely.  I see and grab the low lying fruit...3 each, none big, none quite as nice as those farther up but these will do the task of keeping those apples looking good until the oven gets done with them.  Next time I'll bring a small ladder.

One Apple Pie

Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch pie       
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
 
 
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