Nov 30th 2016 09:17 am Green Ham and Eggs

Tackling controversy again at from 2001, discussing the healthy diet.

Well, better late than never, right? I hope you will agree. Except for a handful of problematic cases, which I am working to resolve by day’s end, all the rewards claimed during the recent “Kickstarter” campaign have shipped. But for one glaring exception, that is. The new book, tentatively entitled “Arlo & Janis After Dark.” I promised the book would ship in November, but I have failed. Fulfilling the rewards for your generous contributions generally has been more daunting than I’d anticipated. I’m not complaining, mind you, but everything has taken longer than planned, and I apologize for that. I’ve been putting off this conversation hoping to make as much progress as possible, but here it is Nov. 30. Having said all that, one reason for the delay is, I am trying to do a good job on the new book. I did not want to toss off a sloppy pamphlet just to satisfy my obligation to the many who chose to receive the book. Actually, I am excited about the project and think it will be something worthwhile. Obviously, this wouldn’t be the problem it is if it weren’t the holiday season. I know a lot of the books are intended as gifts, and I feel badly. It will be the first of next year before the books ship. I am hoping sometime in January, and that seems reasonable based on where things stand now. I know you will remember, the entire “Kickstarter” campaign is for a good cause, and come winter, when all this other truly is behind me, I am going to share with you the progress that you are making possible at “the parsonage.” Thank you for doing your part, and I apologize for not doing mine in a more timely fashion.

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117 Responses to “Green Ham and Eggs”

  1. Bill in Paducah on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:35 am #

    I’d fire the mail crew if I was you…


  2. sandcastler™ on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:40 am #

    Threaten to move your operation to Mexico…

  3. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:51 am #

    I was going to say most of us will be happy to receive it at any time. You’ve no 8dea how long it took to get my friend’s book done similarly.

    Then I saw comments above.

  4. Mark Jackson on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Take the time to do it right.

  5. sandcastler™ on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:58 am #

    Jackie, there were always a few who sat in the back of the classroom. Can’t say what excuse Bill is claiming. ;-)

  6. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:04 am #

    Back to stripper names, got to thinking about the French Quarter when I lived there in late 1960s. Lived on Orleans in block between Royal and Bourbon.

    Had Pooh (buried there), Tigger and Kahlil.

    Which sounds worse/better Pooh Orleans, Tigger Orleans or Kahlil Orleans?

    Wait, this is making me think of long dead pets.

  7. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:08 am #

    Tennessee city where a cousin and his wife live was hit by a confirmed tornado last night. Trees down, roofs damaged, almost half of city without power. Unable to reach him, but latest report of only one person with minor injury from storm is encouraging.

  8. Smigz on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Jimmy, today’s real-time strip: following the antics of Ludwig beats talking about the neighbors! And please, don’t be so hard on yourself about the new book; I’m sure everyone understands.

    Jackie, it’s hard to give up a boat you love, but perhaps think of how someone will now care for and enjoy it, make lasting memories on it. Those are my thoughts about the boat my Dad built, that some other little girl in a red sweater is getting her sleeves wet with lake water, reaching for water lilies over the side.

    Morphy is either a night owl or insomniac.

  9. Smigz on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:13 am #

    Ghost, does your cousin have both cell and landline? Sometimes landlines are working when cells aren’t.

  10. Mark in TTown on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:18 am #

    Ghost, read story about a month back about a family who couldn’t reach an elderly relative after a storm. They finally called a pizza delivery place and had pizza sent to relative with request that delivery person put said relative on their phone so they could check on them. Odd way to go about it, but it worked.

  11. Dave on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:39 am #

    We have faith and patience.

  12. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Cats or real faith and patience?

    Florists have been known to do that, find and confirm people are OK. Before cell phones and Internet it was hard to reach people but florists always can. Few people refuse floral deliveries.

    However, florists have sometime been process servers and hit men with a vase of flowers in their hands. See the reason above. Few people refuse floral deliveries.

    Just made big pot of onion, pepper, sausage and meat sauce to put on some pasta for my workmen. Have to put some fresh herbs and parmesan cheese at last minute.

  13. TruckerRon on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I suppose I could rant and complain about the book’s delay, but I’ve given up on complaining and whining (or as my Brit friends would say, whinging). Why? It doesn’t improve the situation or make anyone, including me, feel better. And JJ’s report makes it clear that he’s working on the book, striving to make it well worth my time to wait. So, Jimmy, here’s to you for the years of pleasure you’ve given me through A&J, and may you continue to enjoy creating your little masterpieces for years to come!

  14. Ray on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Kickstarter products always take longer than the original estimate. Veteran kickstarter supporters are used to this.

  15. Llee on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Jimmy, you are doing fine! The book will be great when it comes. THanks for everything you ALREADY have done for us. :)

    Shoot, I backed something 2 years ago that still hasn’t come!

  16. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 30 Nov 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    Sorry that some planned on JJ’s books for Christmas gifts, but can easily imagine the glitches our esteemed cartoonist has been experiencing. Hang in there, y’all. If the book becomes generally available in the future, I’d suppose there would be another round of demand.
    Meanwhile, I hope JJ’s tactile abilities get back up to snuff. We can’t have more of his “feeling badly”, now, can we?

  17. Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 30 Nov 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    JJ, just a suggestion. For those who planned the A&J AD book as a Christmas present, why not offer a copy of a note, signed by our favorite author, promising delivery after the New Year? This way, the happy gift recipients will still have something special to open Christmas morning.

  18. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 30 Nov 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    Good idea, Blinky; I second the motion.
    Correcting myself: above quotation should be “feel badly”.

  19. sandcastler™ on 30 Nov 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Blinky, is truely a Wonder Wombat for the suggestion.

  20. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    Everyone liked the peppers and meat sauce, even on the healthy whole grain pasta. Hint, if you do not like taste of whole grain pastas, up the heat in sauce with red pepper flakes, hot pepper slices, lots of herbs and seasoning. Can’t taste the healthy through all that spiciness.

    Still cleaning out big upright freezer and throwing away, defrosting all the ice, washing drawers and shelves. Have a dishwasher full of containers, etc. Running one and another to go. Trying to use up vegetables and stuff still good.

    Found a lot of shelled pecans in bags. We will have pecan pies I suppose. Making bread pudding with some French bread from freezer.

    Depressed women have been known to clean freezers but it is seldom a suicidal act unless they electrocuted themselves trying to pry out packages of food stuck in ice. More like homicidal thoughts toward minion who was paid to do this and didn’t.

  21. Mark from Maine on 30 Nov 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    No problem JJ. We’ll wait. Best of luck!

  22. Bookworm on 30 Nov 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    JJ, next spring would be just fine, or whenever you can get it done. I don’t want the A&J comics to suffer, nor would I want the work on the parsonage to slack off, since I plan to come see it when it’s done. You have a heck of a lot on your plate, so take your time.

    I grew up in one of the Tennessee towns where tornadoes hit, Tullahoma. Just sold the old house last year, since my parents both died recently. Haven’t been able to find out exactly where the tornadoes hit yet. Also have relatives in Alabama where other tornadoes hit. Scary stuff.

  23. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 30 Nov 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    I have no issue with whole grain pasta, but I do have one with extra spiciness. I really try to cook with seasoning, but never too spicy. I can put pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce on the table for those who want to “kick it up” a notch.

  24. emb on 30 Nov 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Iago, that’s a neat name for a cat. Wonder if anybody names their boys that. Once wrote something re a predatory assoc. pastor whom I called Iago. Iago now in dictionary.

    Inch of snow last night, high around 34F. ‘Twill have to stay at or below 32 for it to stay. Haven’t seen Sol since driving home from Deerwood Sunday, and that only sporadically. Not fond of winter, but try to lv. a small footprint.

    c x-p: Glad I’m not the only pedant on board. Particularly enjoy folks who ‘feel nauseous’. Only some of them look nauseous.


  25. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Agree on all above. I want to come see parsonage too and attend a service in your church. Honestly if you wanted us to volunteer I would come for that. I have raised money for churches before but never worked on one.

    Remember that Disney movie with all the odd ball parishioners working to save their church? I loved it, Cloris Leachman was always in beauty shop or nail salon with her little dog and her convertible top fell on her hands and broke all her nails?

    Mark will tell us name of movie I am sure but my point is the Village is probably as diverse as that cast was. We are
    Just wanting to help you.

  26. Mark in TTown on 30 Nov 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Never saw that one, Jackie. Mostly I prefer Disney’s animated movies.

  27. Mark in TTown on 30 Nov 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    I think this might be it: The North Avenue Irregulars

  28. Mark in TTown on 30 Nov 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    The nailbreaking scene:

  29. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    Yep, that’s the one Mark. Funniest nail breaking scene I ever saw. I used to think of it often, especially when I was selling Lincolns. That is a Lincoln Continental convertible she is driving in this scene.

    But the church was Presbyterian not same as Jimmy’s church.

  30. Smigz on 30 Nov 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    Mark Twain, the first true American voice in literature, was born on this day in 1835.

  31. Old Bear on 30 Nov 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Daffy Broadway (or Van Ripen till I was a year old)

    saw two large flocks of geese heading North this morning.

  32. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Freezer #1 in kitchen is working, organized and clean at bottom of new fridge. Ditto fridge.

    Freezer #2 is upright in laundry room. It is clean, empty and dry. Door will not shut tightly which is why all the ice build up I am sure.

    Anyone have any idea how to fix that? Is it the gasket seal that needs replacing to keep door closed?

    Freezer #3 is in laundry and still full of stuff from #1 and #2 and needs to be emptied and stuff moved to #2 that is to be kept. Rest needs to go into trash.

    Should I hold off moving stuff until door fixed?

  33. Letty Showum on 30 Nov 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    I find it disgusting the way you fine Village people have poked fun at exotic dancers. For Shame!

  34. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    What? We have exotic dancers among us? Bad enough we have three card carrying nudists and probably some who aren’t carded. Wait, one of them is moi.

  35. emb on 30 Nov 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    I didn’t poke fun of Yvonne Ménard. She was scrumptious. B-cup I’d guess, lean, tallish, mischievous face. Mid-late 80s now, if still with us. Hope she salted away enough when she was young.


  36. Lost in A**2 on 30 Nov 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    I’d fix the door before putting the freezer back in service.

  37. Charlotte in NH on 30 Nov 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    You could Google how to replace freezer door gasket, but after reading it, call an appliance repair person. Not a DIY in my opinion.

  38. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 30 Nov 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    Sorry to change the mood abruptly, but my cousin Nancy needs prayers, healing thoughts, positive energy, whatever you’ve got – probably for a miracle. This is the one whose face was basically rebuilt due to sinus cancer. She was just about to complete several weeks of chemo and proton therapy and now has suffered a stroke. The next 48 hours will be crucial. Thank you.

  39. Rick in Shermantown, OH on 30 Nov 2016 at 8:11 pm #


    Did Jimmy have a “kinda sorta pre-order” for the new book, and I missed it?

  40. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    Doing so. Posted on Facebook. Love you Ruth Anne.

    I will see if I can get hold of appliance repairmen. Around here they say, “Just load it in your pickup and bring it down here” which is 25 miles away.

    Maybe Tony’s other brother Darrell will come down this week. He is maintenance at some big housing place. The freezer is all clean and dry, the other freezer is working and stuff in it is frozen solid.

  41. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Cooking up stuff that needs used up..Tomorrow is cheese stuffed ravioli with mushroom and artichoke creamy red sauce, green peas, rolls and bread pudding.

    Maybe green salad? I know I spoil every one but they take care of me. Extra benefits.

  42. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Donation to parsonage building fund got the new book autographed. Bet it isn’t too late.

  43. sandcastler™ on 30 Nov 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Jackie having freezer problems, while we are just in the freezer. Current temp is 11°C forecast down to 4°C overnight. Stay war peeps.

  44. emb on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    My! We’ve not gone below 15° F yet, I think. Year we came, ’58, it reached -10° in the Cities, where we visited niece and family for TG in St. Louis Pk. [they later built and moved to Minnetonka, not on the lake but near]. When we got back to Bji, it had gone to -34°, and Lake B. had frozen over. Stark intro to the great north woods.

    Parts of that inch we got this last night have melted. Peace,

  45. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    And exactly why are y’all living in Canada and how far up north? Gary is in Ottawa I know but I didn’t think you’d move to Canada like some threatened to do. I bet Canada wants you! In a good way to want, not wanted.

    Yes, Jackie had both fridge and freezer problems. I need to see if #3 freezer is the Jimmy Buffet freezer with the bullet hole shot through the lid. It is full of a lot of whole chickens I was told, plus they shoved a lot of contents of kitchen into it.

    Just picked out another quart of pecans I found in #2 freezer still in shell. Definitely making chocolate pecan pie.

    And why were eggs 68 cents a dozen at grocery tonight? Is there a market glut? And is this why Debbe is shut down?

  46. emb on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    ‘… poke fun at Yvonne’, not ‘of Yvonne’. Sheesh.

  47. TruckerRon on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:12 pm #

    sandcastler™, those temps don’t look so bad here given that 11°C is about 52°F and 4°C is about 39°F. We’re heading for 18°F here.

  48. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Did not notice that. Maybe Sand meant the lower number and typed wrong?

  49. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:23 pm #

    While making fun of exotic dancers, I just noticed that the music on Pandora is from an album Air on A G String.

  50. Mark in TTown on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:29 pm #

    With the current air temps, a G-string would be a bit airish, as my grandmother used to say. The airish, not the G-string, as she would never have mentioned such a thing in front of me.I really miss her at this time of year. Christmas was her favorite holiday and as she got older I would put up her decorations for her.

  51. Mindy from Indy on 30 Nov 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    Popping in briefly. Grandma is doing well; her face has a large black glob where the glue and blood dried, but is actually okay – she just looks like a scary movie extra.

    Marie, on the other hand, has turned for the worse, and I am really not sure why. Her vitals are basically okay, but she has suddenly decided she is ready to go. Last rites, communion, good-byes, thank yous, and family all called in. She is willing herself to shut down. Sad affair, but she is more than ready. I am just really glad I am on vacation this week.

    And I have an uncle who went home with hospice care today.

    Not how I planned my vaction to go. Please spare a thought for the hurting. Both sides will likely not have much cheer this holiday season.

  52. Old Bear on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:01 pm #

    GM Debbe

    I accidentally went shopping on an empty stomach,
    Now I am the proud owner of Isle 4 :)

  53. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    Losing your family at Christmas is something you just don’t get over I think. Certainly I will send comforting thoughts for you and yours Mindy.

  54. Old Bear on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:14 pm #

    Instead of 1000 Island Dressing on your Ruben
    use Bleu Cheese And Horse Radish Sauce.

    Cream Cheese and Horse Radish about 50/50 to taste
    let sit over night
    Put a dollop in center of slice of hard salami
    Roll in to a cone – hold together with a tooth pick.

    I also might add a slice of sweet pickle, or sharp cheese,
    (just big enough to fit in large end of roll up)
    or slice of Pimento Olive (1 olive 3 roll ups)
    or Walnut piece.

    These are always a hit at parties

  55. Old Bear on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:17 pm #

    Mindy From Indy – Prayers for you and yours

  56. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    Here is the original The Stripper from 1962 with a vintage 1962 exotic dancers. Song was #1 forever that year.

  57. Jacqueline Monies on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    Same song but better strippers

  58. TruckerRon on 01 Dec 2016 at 12:00 am #

    I wonder how many times my family watched “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” on TV? I grew up with no idea that in the full theatrical version had a topless scene at the end.

  59. TruckerRon on 01 Dec 2016 at 12:21 am #

    Delete that “in”.

  60. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 01 Dec 2016 at 3:52 am #

    Prayers for all needing, or merely wanting, them.

    OB, those snacks sound totally wonderful!

  61. Ken from Framingham on 01 Dec 2016 at 6:04 am #

    Jimmy, I wonder if (and hope) you will print some extra copies of the new “After Dark” book. I chose a different reward at he time of the campaign, but since the book will be coming out late, I feel my budget is recovered enough to spring for the book also…

  62. domaucan1 on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Blessings for everyone who wants or needs them. God bless us v ery one. God bless the USA.

  63. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:34 am #

    I used to do horseradish cream cheese roll ups using thin sliced roast beef from deli. For party trays I am sure they were smaller but I made them in full size of roast beef slices rolled for picnics and days out on boat. I know they had something green in them that stuck out ends of picnic rolls but to save me I don’t remember.

    Not lettuce but maybe green onion or parsley or fresh dill? I am thinking green onion for flavors?

  64. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:34 am #

    I used to do horseradish cream cheese roll ups using thin sliced roast beef from deli. For party trays I am sure they were smaller but I made them in full size of roast beef slices rolled for picnics and days out on boat. I know they had something green in them that stuck out ends of picnic rolls but to save me I don’t remember.

    Not lettuce but maybe green onion or parsley or fresh dill? I am thinking green onion for flavors?

  65. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:49 am #

    Oh dear, my post showed up twice. Here is an interesting article from a book review on National Public Radio of Gypsy Rose Lee, the most famous stripper of all time.

    I loved the comment at end about Eleanor Roosevelt coming in second to Gypsy in a Time Magazine poll and sending her a telegram saying “May your bare ass always be shining.”

    I can see that happening. Both ladies.

  66. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Some more history to go with our strippers, the movie Blaze starring Paul Newman as Governor Earl Long of Louisiana, based on true events but fictionalized.

    Like most people from Winn Parish, Louisiana I am related to Uncle Earl but not as an uncle. As near as I can tell from genealogy research I am related to Earl Long and Huey Long as cousins from more than one direction.
    Sounds about right for people from those piney woods. They were brothers of course.

    My grandfather referred to them as Cousin Earl and Cousin Huey, their mother was my grandfather’s aunt, that is certain. I always joked we were even related to Uncle Earl’s hound dogs for whom he remains immortalized.

  67. emb on 01 Dec 2016 at 9:33 am #

    Today’s TIP BlogSpot: Don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    About G.R. Lee: In June ’55, two fellow [married at the time] U MI grad students and I saw her do an act in Reno, en route home from mtgs. on the West Coast. Her schtick that night was to appear [and stay] fully clothed, and then dress an initially scantily clad younger woman. She was good.

    Elaine had been with us at the mtgs., touring, and critter trapping [legally] in CA, but had to fly back early to be at work at U MI hospital in Ann Arbor. She was 2 mo. pregnant w/ our firstborn, and got sick when the plane landed at Midway, Chicago, where the ambient temp was much higher than it had been in Frisco. Have probably mentioned that here years ago.

    We did more legal critter trapping in NV and maybe other states. A Belding’s and a Golden Mantled ground squirrel remained ‘pets’ for a few years, seemingly content and +/- handle-able. Peace,

  68. Debbe on 01 Dec 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Good morning Villagers…

    Yes, Jackie, that is why Debbe is home….glut in the egg market. Cheaper to buy eggs than feed the egg laying hens. Too cold to go into hen house…39 degrees out there…

    I found it…found the umbrella on Just maybe I’ll win a umbrella :)

    I think there is a infamous hound dog cemetery….think I’ll google that.


  69. Debbe on 01 Dec 2016 at 9:43 am #

    found it:

  70. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Have been to the Coon Dog Cemetery in Northwest Alabama quite a few years ago, about twenty some. It has gotten better known and marked now but it was up a dir t road up a mountain back then and not marked. I got directions by going to nearest country church I saw with a parking lot full of pickups full of gun racks and men in hunting apparel out in church yard spitting. They gave me precise directions.

    I spent over an hour there walking and reading memorials and crying. My mama and cousin would not get out of car.

    Some of most heart rending grave markings I have ever read.

    Raised in the great Southern tradition of twenty hound dogs on the porch and out in yard. My mama’s last two hounds are buried in my back yard and outlived her.

    Voodoo, my Catahoula curr is a descendent of the legendary cattle and hog dogs of Winn Parish, Louisiana that my ancestors bred. They are now a recognized breed and shown in dog shows, the state dog of Louisiana.

  71. Smigz on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Ruth Anne, I’m praying for Nancy and for your family. She must be a strong, strong woman to have come this far.

  72. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Did you see that Reta Grimsley, JJ’s ex-wife is quoted in the coon dog article?

    Qklahoma to the southeast is a coon hunting mecca in our mountains. My insurance agent breeds and shows Treeing Walkers, a breed od pure coon dog. As opposed to Running Walkers which my family used to hunt deer.
    A Treeing Walker is a hound trained to only trail coons and no other animal. They run, whooping and baying for hours across the mountains and woods in the dark. It is a distinctive sound to hear them. You can pick out your own dog’s voice.

    Of course, Running Walkers do the same, only in daylight and only deer. Not same breed of dogs.

    My mother and family kept and used Blue Ticks, Red Bones and other hound breeds. She could tell the voices of particular dogs and say who was in lead, which way they were running. Dogs were supposed to bring deer across certain points where hunters were starioned. This has been terminated in many areas in favor of “still hunting”.

  73. Smigz on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Oh, Mindy! Prayers for your family and you, too. This year has been such a sad one.

  74. Mindy from Indy on 01 Dec 2016 at 11:14 am #

    The long wait continues.

    Jackie – my uncle fixed their old freezer by attaching a proper latch to the outside of the door.

  75. Mindy from Indy on 01 Dec 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Thank you all for the wishes.

  76. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 11:31 am #

    Mindy I have been where you are today. It is so heart wrenching and my heart goes out to you. Take care of yourself my friend. It is a time when we don’t eat or sleep properly and we stress our souls and our bodies to a breaking point.

    Workmen think it is an electric cord that had slipped down. They got door firmly shut and then urned it on. I had looked at door and thought of outside latch. Some people do that against theft too.

    This was new freezer bought just before Mike and mama died. I think pecans in brown bag were some she was picking out the week she died. I finished them and threw hulls and ruined pecans out to squirrels. When she wasn’t shooting squirrels in season she loved them and fed them. There is one living in pecan tree just over mama’s apartment.

    Hadn’t been cleaned obviously in two years. Spotless now.

    Mushroom sauce on for cheese stuffed raviola. Wish I could share it with you.

  77. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    Cheese ravioli in tomato mushroom sauce big hit. Bread pudding turned into Cajun blackened pecan banana raisin maple syrup pudding because my yard help didn’t think it was done but we ate it anyway.

    Planning artichoke spinach cream pasta for tomorrow. I am using up a bunch of stuff out of deep freezers and pantry. We are all gaining weight and jeans tight.

  78. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Lady Mindy: Late to the Village today, but know that you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. As noted before, been there, got the t-shirt (along with others here).

    2016 just keeps going higher and higher on the Suck-o-Meter, doesn’t it?

  79. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    From the Department of Lord Love a Duck:

    I certainly hope this doesn’t adversely affect the VA dentist’s or his bosses’ bonuses. Oh, wait…it probably will not.

  80. Jacqueline Monies on 01 Dec 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Hello Ghost, have you been involved in the tornado responses and damaged areas of Mississippi? You disappeared about time they began hitting.

    Still can’t get anyone to talk to me in Mississippi about my truck that got hit. I keep remembering you saying that no good deed goes unpunished. I may just give up soon and go make arrangements personally which is what it looks like I am expected to do.

    Have to write ad copy tonight for my boats I am selling. I stopped repairs on Stella already and made arrangements to have her shown. She was featured this month in Wooden Boat Magazine as one of the new 2017 Small Boat Magazine amateur built boats which would normally have made me really happy. I hope it will help sell her.

    Have already made arrangements to give away some of my smaller boats and the two I was funding down in Texas. Trying to view this as a chasmic mistake and proceed on after I throw enough stuff in gully to cross it.

  81. emb on 01 Dec 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    That BlogSpot painting may be Henningsen’s ‘The wounded worker.’ I found that title in a list of his paintings, but with no accompanying examples.

  82. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Ref today’s TIP, I recall reading that up until about 1900, one was statistically more likely to die if one went into hospital rather than being treated at home, due to the lack of proper sanitation and infection control measures in many if not most hospitals.

    Of course, also see article above about the VA medical center.

  83. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    Jackie, you got no response from the MHP office in New Albany, or the response was not helpful?

  84. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    I tried calling again. I am writing tonight. I was cutting them some slack because I figured they had been busy with all the storms. There just is nothing coming up on a search and they keep telling me at the district office that everyone has trouble with system and to just keep trying.

    So, I have put in the data over and over to no avail. I write and point this out tonight. Thirty days is more than a gracious allowance.

  85. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Jackie, you paid good money to Allstate (as I well know, with my renewal on Trigger coming due in two weeks) to handle all that for you. The idea that you’d have to travel cross-country to do someone else’s job for them, or to make them do their job themselves, torques my jaw.

    If you don’t get the info you need from MHP or from the web site in about a week, let me know and I’ll make a couple of calls. Meanwhile, were I you, I’d be building a damned fire under my agent’s tuckus to be the advocate I’m paying him to be.

  86. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    Yes, I insure two vehicles, my property and an umbrella liability and several boats. I am a good customer and have never had a car wreck. I don’t understand why it is so difficult to get this or why no accident report has been filed.

    By the way, the nice tow truck driver who was so sweet to me turns out to also own as a separate company the body shop in New Albany who does all the body work for the local Ford dealership who has no body shop. Do you know any informants in New Albany, Mississippi who could say if he is good? He is sweet and handsome but very married. His wife just survived a terrible brain aneurysm and we had lovely discussion of miracles and God’s hand, not to mention people endangering others as my hit and run driver did.

    He is good Christian and ethical person I feel. He just told me about body shop yesterday, I did not know.

  87. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    Ghost darling, you own Bullet, I own Trigger. I will refrain from the refrain from the country song about horses and saddles.

    You and your exotic dancers made me think about those days living in the Quarter and walking past all the working girls, the ones working the clubs inside and the ones working the streets outside. So far away, so far away.

    And Blaze with Paul Newman as Uncle Earl was both funny and well acted. Hadn’t thought of him much except the Uncle Earl’s Coon Dog Days there in Winn Parish. He was such an embarrassment I hated to say I was from Louisiana in those days.

  88. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    Sorry; a little angry when I typed that…and feeling bad for Trigger. :)

    You’ve heard, of course, that Uncle Earl was a creature of the special interests that put him into the Governor’s office. It is said that one day a leaf blew in his office window and landed on his desk. He signed it.

  89. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    BTW, anyone who hasn’t read Warren’s “All the King’s Men” should. And probably watch the movie. (The original 1949 one.)

  90. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Yes, he was of course. I said he embarrassed me. I would not admit being related to the Longs until I was very far removed. It is hard to be from Winn Parish and not be related to all, so entertwined are the threads. His mother was my grandfather’s cousin.

    I had a policy to never date anyone from Winn Parish nor anyone who shared any of the base family names. I began to do more serious genealogy in my 50s and discovered I had dated a few cousins anyway. There were approximately 25 family names who came to that area in 1800-1805 from South Carolina. As my librarian aunt always said, we started marrying each other in the colonies before the Revolution and just kept it up for 200 more years.

    I noticed my mother and all her sisters married men from distant states, save one. Then my mama married her cousin, double cousin, my step father.

    We stayed in Mississippi long enough to marry a few and bury a few. You will probably turn out to be a long lost relative from those Mississippi branches, Ghost. We are too alike.

  91. TruckerRon on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    While my family has included all sorts of bad boys, none of them have held public office.

  92. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    T. Harry Williams did a fantastic biography called Huey Long. I think it is best ever written about Huey. I think All the King’s Men equally excellent.

    Being from where I came from, we lived with the Long legends, the You Are My Sunshine governor Jimmy Davis and later embarrassments. Running for office on a slogan of “Often indicted, never convicted” is downright arrogant.

    There is an opera about Huey based on All the King’s Men I believe. I was at opening night but I was too tired to remember much.

  93. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:30 pm #

    Other than the fact I’m six two and you’re about five foot nothing, I guess that’s possible, Jackie. :)

    Many of us in the South have to be fearless, masochistic, or both, to go climbing our family trees.

  94. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    Here is the link to the Opera Willie Stark, commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera in 1981. It was based on All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. I was at the opening night and I cannot figure out why I was so bloody tired in 1981, as I had not yet become a florist then.

    I had wonderful boxes front row grand tier. Oh, to relive those days again.

  95. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    Everyone else in my family is taller than me. I am the family munchkin. My Aunt Darlyn was 5 foot 11 inches and most of the males were tall football players.

    Climbing family trees intrigued me. I found bastards, slaves, murderers, suicides, all sorts of bad behavior but I also found ancestors I admired who did courageous things, not necessarily famous things, just courageous.

  96. Old Bear on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    You are not the only one that I have heard having trouble with Allstate -
    Blood from a stone comes to mind.
    There was a severe hail storm a few years back covered a wide area.
    Allstate was last company to settle on damages.

    Will try the Cream Cheese Horse Radish with the slices beef but I think it needs the fat
    against the tang of the horse radish.
    Will try chives & green onion too.

    Found Smoked Gruyere was a good garnish.

  97. Old Bear on 01 Dec 2016 at 10:57 pm #

    GM Debbe
    Why don’t I have any tattoos?
    For the same reason
    you don’t put a
    bumper sticker on a

  98. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Dec 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    You know that might have been dill sprigs I used? I have not given a finger foods party in 30 years. I used to use this at all my parties and then I just stopped. I used to do a similar roll up with ham and cream cheese which was sweet. I am thinking I used chutney in that one.

    I stopped giving parties not cooking.

    Yes, I think it is Allstate too.. I got the whiff that the adjuster was protecting Allstars and didn’t care about me at all.

    If you want a killer appetizer I will give you mustard green bites, amazing buttery tiny pies. Make a butter pie crust mix, roll out and cut into rounds with a large biscuit cutter. Do not use instant, butter.

    Filling is tiny shreds of mustard greens including stems. Cook thick bacon, a pound. Crumble bacon, use some of bacon fat to sautee a large onion, tiny mince, add mustard greens and wilt, pepper and salt, put bacon back in.

    Heap teaspoons or more onto each crust round and seal over edges like a tiny hand pie. These can be frozen and held for baking until needed. Bake in 375 oven until golden and crisp.

  99. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Dec 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    Debbe (Stripper Name still unknown) ;) Last night, I was going to play you something good from 1985, but I couldn’t find anything good from 1985. (I told you that decade was a wash for music.) So here’s something that’s good from a later date.

    “He was born to love me,
    “I was raised to be his fool, his fool.”

    I wonder if anyone has ever said that about me.

  100. Jacqueline Monies on 02 Dec 2016 at 12:18 am #

    Pokies in today’s new strip.

    Ghost and other males will be so happy.

  101. Morphy on 02 Dec 2016 at 12:45 am #

    Jimmy, I don’t know if it happened to Rob Harrell in real life; but over in adam@home he has the excuse “the printers did it.” I know you have an upstanding way, so it bothers you. But as others have noted, four months wouldn’t be much in the kickstarter world.

    Max Uriarte of Terminal Lance took years on his kickstarter for The White Donkey, a graphic novel that got him on national television, among other accolades.

    When it’s good, most don’t care how long it takes. Especially for a good cause. Other people remind me of Veruca Salt crying, “But Daddy, I want it NOW!”

    Restructure and remodeling is even more prone to delays in my world. Hope ‘the parsonage’ has become everything hoped for by all involved.

  102. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Dec 2016 at 1:11 am #

    Ordinarily, I’m not much for cartoon recycling, but for pokies, I’ll make an exception.

    I have to say that Janis seems to have become much more nonchalant about “displaying” than she was a few years ago.

  103. Morphy on 02 Dec 2016 at 2:02 am #

    Smigz, I’m a temporary night owl I guess. A change in schedule puts me out of synch with prior habits. It happens from time to time. Each instance is a new adaptation to prevent boredom. Current demands are that I be available when others are not, so live interaction is reduced. Stopping by the village is an activity that allows for being alert, without the consuming distraction of a plot-line. And it’s easy to locate where I left off without being compulsory. Most villagers conform to the four contiguous U.S. time zones, but the village itself does not. Beauty of the always-on internet.

  104. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 02 Dec 2016 at 7:18 am #

    So I emailed a copy of today’s strip to my wife and just said that Jimmy is a “brother from another mother”

    Based on my kiss goodbye to her this morning, her response was OMG

  105. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 02 Dec 2016 at 7:22 am #

    Old Bear, I once when out on a group run and normally a couple of ladies that had qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials would blow by me in the first quarter to half mile. One snowy night they did not pass me until a little over a mile in the run. I told them that SUVs have better traction that Corvettes. (Living in Michigan we use American made vehicles). I am with you on the tattoos.

  106. Jacqueline Monies on 02 Dec 2016 at 8:42 am #

    I see so many BAD tattoos here in Oklahoma, crudely done, black inks. There are colorful ones with some artistic merit that I can sincerely say are beautifully done. They cost about as much as a sports car, so you see few of these.

    No tattoos, the relationship ended before I made that mistake. Artist inks wash off if done with drafting pens on skin.

    Ghost your memory amazes me. Or do you efficiently file the cartoons of Janis with subject matter titles? Either way is still amazing. Gotta love you.

  107. Jacqueline Monies on 02 Dec 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Wait, people RUN on snowy nights?

  108. emb on 02 Dec 2016 at 9:28 am #

    Clicked Lowell Thomas from Jackie’s item about Stark, above.

    We listened to him every weekday evening, cannot remember which station, 15 min. commentary, probably 12 min. + commercial breaks for Blue Sunoco gasoline. Republican, but nothing like most GOP today. [Mom was a New Deal Democrat.] Good voice. He and FDR each had an amateur baseball team; one [I think FDR's] was the ’9 Old Men’. Watched them play at Thomas’s home on Quaker Hill, nr. Pawling [later famous / Norman Vincent Peale]. Have written here / visiting aunt nr Pawling, ’30s and early ’40s. Pawling is on the E edge of Duchess Co., FDR’s estate at Hyde Park at the W edge, on the Hudson. Will check that online. Peace,

  109. Smigz on 02 Dec 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Jimmy, I’m sure today’s topic is a perennial favorite among couples. It sure is a common one!

    Prayers continuing for all those in need of them.

    A few days ago, emb mentioned the name “Iago.” It showed up in yesterday’s “Frazz” strip, too. Wow! I can go years without seeing a reference to the name except for the Bard’s. Next I’ll be seeing “Nanki-Poo”!

    I’ve been eating pickled garlic cloves (and sucking on Zicam lozenges, for good measure) the last several days to ward off what wants to become a cold. I like pickled garlic and eat it at other times anyway, just more when I think a cold is coming on. Who else out there has off-beat cold or flu treatments?

  110. Smigz on 02 Dec 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Rats, emb! I only remember Thomas’ travel programs on television…would have loved to hear him on the radio. N.B. Why is it “on the radio” but “on television”?

  111. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 02 Dec 2016 at 9:40 am #

    I don’t recall ever slipping either. Ran in below zero weather and layered up. I was sweating underneath. So cold that the snot freezes but once you get inside, you better have a tissue.

  112. emb on 02 Dec 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Right county but wrong spelling. ‘Dutchess.’ I knew better, but goofed.

    Was reminded that HP is also home of the Culinary Inst. of America, a 4-yr school for chefs. I know one; his wife was a Masters [or Ph.D. of Pastoral Care or Counseling?] student at Garrett-Evangelical Theol. School on the Northwestern U. campus in Evanston, IL, while I was a visiting scholar [devout UMC evolutionary biologist] there, W qtr. ’93. Still exchange yuletide letters w/ them. They both work in the NW Chicagoland area.


  113. Jacqueline Monies on 02 Dec 2016 at 10:03 am #

    I think I know why I didn’t remember much about Willie Stark opera. The New York Times opera critic came down and REALLY hated it, wrote scathing negative review. It must have been awful, I don’t even remember the sets!

    You know those Hound dogs I talked about yesterday? They used to tie onions and garlic around their necks to ward off diseases of the hounds. Given that my mama and granny were prone to folk medicine I am surprised they didn’t tie around my neck in a poultice. Wait, zip remember some weird ones.

  114. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Dec 2016 at 10:11 am #

    I don’t recall ever hearing of pickled garlic, Li’l Smigz. And if I had, it’s not likely I would have thought of using it as a cold prophylactic. (I’ll resist making any snarky remarks about “cold prophylactics”, and the rest of you should, too.) Although I do add a single clove of garlic to each bottle of hot pepper sauce I make.

  115. Jacqueline Monies on 02 Dec 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Ghost I probably still have a million left in assets if that is your required minimum. This house and property are about half that however.

    Just talking about Little Ghost with my animal and garden yard help. She loves him. He had turned into a butterfly turkey of black and white cuteness. How is your diet doing? I have turned into a horrible back slider and going back to exercise and healthy eating is part of my get life back together plan.

  116. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Dec 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Speaking of folk remedies (and I may have told this story here), a physician of my acquaintance once told me an elderly male patient of his presented at clinic with a necklace made of diced Irish potatoes strung on twine. When he asked the patient’s wife what that was about, she told him it was a charm to prevent fever.

    “Then it’s not working very well,” he told her. “He’s running a temp of over 103.”

    “But just think what it might be without the charm,” she said.

    You just can’t assail logic like that, I guess.

  117. Jacqueline Monies on 02 Dec 2016 at 11:09 am #

    My mama’s favorite folk cures were vinegar turpentine, gasoline and burnt linen paper. You were definitely pungent if you let her douse you.

    Gotta love little towns. Gasoline, car wash, bank, post office, feed store, grocery store and hardware store all on about a four block area. All errands I am running. Oh and fried chicken for my workmen for lunch.

    Love it. Everyone knows me and knows my name.