Tuesday 27 November 2018

Pecans, Oranges, and Sugar Cane

The job of the day today was to defrost the fridge freezer.  I think the door was left open a wee crack a few times and down here with the humidity, it doesn't take long for frost to build up.

Charlie loves eating ice so he was in heaven when I kept chucking him the ice from the freezer.  I often wonder if he gets a brain freeze??

Wasn't long and it was as good as new again.  Should last us for a while now..

Next project was to get the lumber out and replace the valance in the living room.  I thought the old one was ok but what do I know?

So we got out the lumber that we bought the other day and pulled out the saw and went to work.

Wasn't long and we had a new one up made out of rustic type wood.  We mounted it lower and put a lip on it so we had a shelf to put up pictures and stuff and they wouldn't shake off going down the road.

About 4 pm we heard a Jimmy Diesel coming down the road and we all knew it was a Bird!!  Roundtuit was back and as she turned in to the campground, Lessies played a rousing chorus of "She'll be comin round the mountain" in Bird fashion.  Nice to have our friends back after a week of hanging around with their daughter Rachel in New Orleans (Pronounced Naorlins).

They got all set up in the circle quickly and we all got together to catch up on their adventure.

Later in the afternoon another vehicle showed up and they began collecting pine needles.  I asked them what they were using them for and he said he does lots of yard care and he uses them for bedding in flower gardens.  They raked it all up in windrows and put it in garbage bags for transport.

When they were done, he came over and dumped some Pecans and some Satsuma oranges on Chucks mat. 

Satsuma is a type of orange grown locally and tastes very good. Chuck tried one out.

He also left a sugar cane stick for us to chew on.  It is sweet alright but not something that would catch on quick with me.  You just peel off a little bit of the soft inside and chew on it for a while.  Kinda like chewing tobacco only you don't have to spit!!

The pecans were quite tasty and Ed found his pecan cracker machine thingy so had to rig it up and try it out.  It actually worked quite nicely.  The Pecans are very tasty.

Put machine on the edge of the table

Place the Pecan in the metal holder

Hold the hammer back

Let it go and it snaps on to the metal metal cracker
And you have a cracked Pecan
They are very tender
We are going to have a fire tonight so Ed and Chuck went to gather firewood.  They found a big log so they found a good use for the hitch on the front of Ed's car.  Ingenious I thought.

Log on the front

Dropped it right by the fire
After dark we got the fire going but we didn't last long around it.  Even though it was a nice fire, the temperatures were dropping fast so Sue and I headed in for the night.

Ok, Ok, it wasn't that bad compared to the -25C back home, but chilly is chilly and we were chilly.  Here is the view out our window tonight as our circle is complete with Roundtuit back in it.


  1. Love the pecans and Satsumas are wonderful so tasty, We bought a pecan crake back in 2006 and use it all the time, works wonderful enjoy !

  2. Interesting way to move the log. Inventive I guess would be a good word for it. A hammer works well on the pecan's too. My friend I think you may be shape challenged. First you 'circled the wagons' by putting them in a straight line and now you've a 'circle' with a rig on each side. Wouldn't that be a square or even a rectangle? Hahaha....enjoy your stay in DeSoto National Forest.


    1. Hopefully we can make our "circle" into an octagon one day so we can fit you in for a few days of fun with us when our paths cross.

  3. I much prefer the new valance, very modern but rustic. That pecan cracker sounds dangerous! Ha ha, who yells 'fire!'?
    Looking at the log mover I do believe there is some red neck in that group of friends, hilarious but ingenious as most red necks are. My brother included.


Comments are always welcome here or if you wish you can comment on Facebook.