Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday Bluesday

Albert Collins' "My Woman Has a Black Cat Bone" is the song for today. Seems appropriate for the upcoming Halloween festivities. You may remember Albert Collins from the movie, Adventures in Babysitting. He was the man who declared, "nobody leaves this place without singing the blues", and thus we were given the Babysitting Blues. Funny thing about that movie, it was set in Oak Park and parts of Chicago yet most of the movie was filmed in Toronto.
It is that time of year when pumpkins take over. Seriously, if pumpkins were alien invaders most humans would just let them invade, it's sad really. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread there's probably pumpkin flavoured toothpaste. If not there will be now. There's nothing wrong with loving on the pumpkins. If you're super interested in knowing everything there is to know about pumpkins here's a great place to start. http://www.allaboutpumpkins.com/ What's all this talk about pumpkins for anyways? I've been fortunate enough to go painting in an apple orchard recently and the owners also grow pumpkins, among other things. The last time I was at the orchard I decided to purchase some smaller squash and odd shaped gourds to use in a still life. While deciding on which ones to buy I came across pumpkins for pie making. They're smaller than the ones used for making jack-o-lanterns and from the recipes I've found are more difficult to use than just opening a can from the store. Oh well, it will be an adventure. I'm also sharing a link to a pumpkin recipe that I make quite often. Yea, I realise it's a Paula Dean recipe and if you're still hating on her then fine, but you're missing out on a great recipe. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes Perhaps "gooey butter cakes" isn't the best name, but they are delicious.
The book I read this week, The Tunnel by Robert Byrne. The story was really exciting and the whole way through it was easy to imagine it being made into a movie. The tunnel is a train tunnel that's supposed to be built underground/underwater connecting England to France. In the start of the story it's about the construction companies fighting for the job and the men who will be in charge. On top of that there's a group of IRA members who are looking for a way to be free from England. Well, not just them, they want all of Ireland to be free. This tunnel provides three major story lines in this one book but it never gets confusing. All three stories/major characters pull together nicely and it's a great read if you're into action and espionage type stuff. The author was born in Dubuque, Iowa, graduated college with a degree in civil engineering (which no doubt helped with the technical jargon in this book) and is also Billiard Congress of American Hall of fame instructor of pool and carom billiards (pocketless pool). Certainly a man of many talents.
  Here's the daily doodle. I saw this view and thought it would be fun to try. If my doodling is too hard to understand it's a view through a window looking through another window. This is exactly why I do doodles, to practice and work out any problems with the composition. "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." -Aristotle