Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Braves Trip Part 3

Well, the Braves lost 2 in a row to the Brewers. Tonight's game ended up being pretty exciting with the Braves trying to make a comeback in the bottom of the 9th. Even though they didn't win, we got to do quite a bit of "chopping" so that was fun.

Pa doing the "chop".

Game action - the view from our seats.

Chipper Jones had been out due to being injured, but we did get to see him come in as a pinch hitter. He got a base hit.

I thought this was a cool picture. I took it from our seats also. It's the logo over the jumbotron.

Pa, Steph, and Granny getting ready for the game.
All of us with our sunglasses on right before the game.
This is Tracie's favorite player, Jeff Francoeur. Jay diligently kept his game scorecard updated for the entire game.

As Ray Stevens Said, "I Run This Church for Loggers"

How many Gibsons does it take to cut down a tree? Well, this tree took three, Sam, Peanut and James. I had the camera ready in case it went on the shed or a vehicle and I could have video to send to America's Funniest Videos!

Sam does the sawing while Peanut and the dogs watch.
Nothing was harmed--just made a big noise and some dust.
They were very confident it would fall the right way, because no one bothered to move the truck. Of course, if things had gone bad it would have hit the house too!
Safely on the ground, now someone has to clean up!
And Sam and James left!

Braves Trip Part 2

Today we've been on a ballpark tour. We learned some interesting facts about Turner Field and had several photo ops to take advantage of during the tour.

This was where the Braves hold press conferences to announce trades and where the media conducts interviews after the games. Jay and Pa were available for questions, but I don't think they had to field very many.
This picture was taken from the Braves dugout. We are leaning up against the rails the players lean over to watch the game.
Here is Granny posing with the Atlanta skyline in the background.
This 42 foot Coke bottle (it's 42 feet in honor of Jackie Robinson) is made out of all baseball stuff - look closely and you can see bases at the bottom, then balls, gloves, bats, jersey's, etc. If the Braves get a home run or win the game it shoots out fireworks.
Pa and I were practicing catching fly balls in the same spot Hank Aaron hit his 715 record breaking home run.

Tracie - I will work on getting the picture you requested tonight at the game. Check back for Braves Trip Part 3 after the game tonight or sometime tomorrow.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Braves Trip Part 1

As you would probably imagine, it's been an eventful trip and we've not even been gone 24 hours. Jay actually hit a mockingbird on 111 right before we got to Sparta. You can see what was left of it when we stopped to get gas....

We made it to Chattanooga and had lunch with Tracie and Parker at Cracker Barrel. After lunch Parker played a game of checkers with Pa and Granny (mostly Pa).
Here's Jay (McCann) and Pa (Jones) on the way into the game tonight.
We had dinner at Skip and Pete's BBQ at Turner Field before the game. Pa and Jay had turkey legs and Granny and I had pork sandwiches.
The Braves lost 4-1...but we still had fun. Maybe they will win tomorrow.

Greetings from Kelsey

Kelsey says hello to her Mom and Dad who are in Atlanta with Pa and Granny watching the Braves tonight. Kelsey has been following Peanut every step he takes. She has napped most of the day, she must be tired from the weekend. Being a farm dog is hard! She did steal and eat the last cracker from a package I left open on the end table. At supper she had a few bits of chicken and cornbread.
Kelsey and Peanut resting on the sofa.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Corn Holein'

We held a Saturday afternoon corn hole tournament that ended up going until dark. I'm not sure if there was a clear cut winner, but in the final match Jay and I were beat by Dad and Pa.
Thanks to Mom and Jay's photography, I was able to find many different examples of corn hole throwing techniques:

The Peanut follow thru - practically guaranteed to get you on the board, and watch out if he has "sideboards".
Arthur and Sybil were on separate teams, Arthur started out as Dad's partner, but then traded him for me.
This is the Granny toss - notice the corn hole bag in the air on this one. It was probably a ringer, she threw two in a row!
Dad and Jay being official scorekeepers when they were not playing. Thanks to Pa Lyle for the sweet corn hole scorepost.
The J flat throw technique - Jay is the only player known to use this approach and at one point in his corn hole career it landed him 4 in the hole with one toss.
The Michael Jordan corn hole approach, hence the tongue. This technique requires serious concentration and a high skill level. It is guaranteed to get you on the board or in the hole every time.
The Pa Lyle high toss technique - notice the bag in the upper right corner.
The Delilah garden statue technique. A stiff right arm and leg are key when using the garden statue throwing approach. This, however, will often keep you from hitting the board, but it can sometimes put you right in the hole.

Saturday Lunch

Mom fixed delicious baked spaghetti for lunch on Saturday. Me, Mom, and Jay had baked spaghetti and salad for lunch. Dad had baked spaghetti and leftover pinto beans. We used Mom's new patio purchases for our delightful outdoor dining experience.

Baked Spaghetti

1 pound ground beef (browned)
1 jar of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce ( I use the chunky one )
1 can of diced tomatoes with basil
Mix together and let cook on medium until noodles are ready.

1/2 regular box of spaghetti noodles(Boil your spaghetti noodles in water until done) Drain water off noodles.

Mix both together in a baking dish (sprayed with Pam)....Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and sprinkle shredded mozarello cheese on top. Bake until cheese is browned on 375 degrees.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Happiest Day of the Year

Today is suppose to be the happiest day of the year. Here is an article that explains why:
Did anybody feel happier than usual today?

Carter is One!

Happy Birthday, Carter. Now that you are one, you will be on the golf cart with your cousins, next time they ride!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Thanks to Pa and Granny's gardening ability, we dined on this plate of squash for Wednesday night's dinner. We ate the whole thing! There were other items but this was the best! Wish you were here to share.
(During the preparation of this dish, no grease was spared and 3 squash were harmed)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Did you ever wonder?

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Does anal retentive have a hyphen?

If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?

When a cow laughs does milk come up its nose?

When you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn?

When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

How much deeper would the ocean be if all the sponges didn't live there?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Programming Note

I just noticed a commercial that said America's Got Talent will start again Tuesday night. You never know what you will see with that show!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Patio Dining

We had delicious Father's Day Dinner tonight. It was prepared by Jr. Master Chef Jay, under the watchful eye of Sr. Master Chef Peanut.

There was an entire grill full of food, but this is all that was left.

In addition to ribs and chicken we also had baked potatoes, baked beans, wheat rolls, and strawberry cheesecake with cool whip.

Parker and Abby's Play Day

On Saturday, Abby and Parker got a chance to play together at Granny and Great Aunt Carol's House. They were happy to see each other.
Parker loved playing with Abby's toys and she was very good at sharing.
Abby loves to climb on Granny Carol's stairs.
Like all young people they kept their cell phones near, just in case they needed to talk or text!

Every Kid Needs a Wagon

There's a wagon at Pa Lyle and Granny Lerion's house that belonged to my niece Katie. Parker likes to pull it around.He also likes to be pulled around.
He has been known to even take a nap in the wagon.
But yesterday his Mom showed him how you are really suppose to use the wagon:
1.Go to top of the hill
2. Give yourself a little push
And see how far you can go!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hot Legs and Cool Pants

Happy Anniversary, Peanut and Delilah.  They're life together started 34 years ago today.  They haven't changed much, huh? 

Splish, Splash

Parker has been playing with the water hose this morning at his Pa and Granny's house. I couldn't decide what he thought was more fun: spraying the hose or getting sprayed.