General Discussion, Sunday, March 8, 2020

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    It’s a robbin’ red breast?

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  2. Lucille says:

    Stellars…

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ sportsfans!

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  4. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ everyone. I woke up to what I guess was a woodpecker banging away. But, it was so loud! Must have been on the building. That little birdie at the top of the page sure made me laugh when I saw it. LOL 🙂 Hope everyone has a sunny bright day.

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    Lil bird reminded me that years ago one of Czarina’s charges found a baby bird on the ground and brought it into her office. Long-short, she ended up taking it home. We had no idea of what it was and less of an idea how to care for it so we went to the internet and lo, it grew and prospered. Turned out it was a starling and we were its flock – we named it Mr Bord.

    We used a large dog crate as its cage when we were gone but it was out and with us when we were home. Where we went in the house, it went. When we were on the couch it was right there with us, hopping from shoulder to shoulder, peking at what we were eating or drinking. If it liked what we were drinking, especially carbonated, Mr Bird would do a little hoppy dance.

    He’d fly thru the house and play with the cats – they never bothered him – and was particularly in to playing with the dog. The two times he actually got out he’d fly up about 40 or 50 feet in a big circle then come right back to us. We were his flock.

    Starlings are mimics, and they can imitate others’ sounds, most likely as a social issue. He had something of a scratchy call but also mimicked the squeaky gate, the car chirp, my cell ring and Czarina’s dry cough. He’d use it to let us know where he was and that he was ‘with’ us. His flock was us, the dogs and the cat and he was happy.

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    • stella says:

      Love that story!

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    • JTR says:

      My silly bird can mimic the dryer door squeak! He will also share our food, and seems miffed if we forget to bring him a bit. He will be happy with a bean!

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      • czarina33 says:

        Until Czar found he could order them in the mail (pre-Amazon) I had to drive to a town across the river, 14 miles each way, to buy him live mealworms.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Poor birds…they’re smart but they taste good. I think I’ve mentioned an old Cajun sergeant in my unit many years ago who go on PT runs with us and point out various songbirds and how to cook them.

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    • Menagerie says:

      One of the places I worked used to have a customer we called Bird Woman. She was probably late fifties/early sixties in age, dressed kind of old hippy style, and she had very unkept hair. It was kind of like she intended to have dreads but just gave up the effort, same with the color, which was a faded, dull dyed color.

      Every time she came in she had at least one, sometimes two, little birds in her hair, and they stayed there, not flying around or leaving her. They also crapped in her hair and down her back and she never acted as if she knew they did it.

      Every employee in the store, me included, came out of the woodwork to see Bird Woman. The kids who worked there had told me all about her when I went to work there, and I thought I would never get to see her. It was a big time when she came in.

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  6. Lucille says:

    “Operation Rolling Thunder was the code name for an American aerial bombing campaign during the Vietnam War. U.S. military aircraft attacked targets throughout North Vietnam from March 1965 to October 1968.

    “These are the Thunderchief F-105 Air Force pilots of Operation Rolling Thunder.”
    Cade Martin Photography
    https://cademartin.com/overwar/

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Johnson ended Rolling Thunder the day before Czarina’s birthday in 1968, giving the North a breather that allowed them to regroup, rearm and pick up the tempo of the war.It was part of the US’s long ‘surrender to the North without surrendering to the North’ process.

      The Administration thought the campaign wasn’t working and that we could never beat the North by bombing them but about 3 years later Nixon put the B-52s up over the North and bombed them right into the peace talks.

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  7. auscitizenmom says:

    Stella, a while back you told us about Better Than Bullion and I bought some and used it a few times. Yesterday I was trying to make something out of some leftover frozen mushroom soup, a chicken breast, and some egg noodles. I think it might have been pretty bland, but I remember the B.T Bullion and put a spoonful in it. It was amazing. I couldn’t believe how good it turned out. And, I had it leftover tonight and I think it might have even been better. 🙂

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    • stella says:

      Glad you liked it. I think it’s a good product.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I love it. It’s hard to find the ‘ham’ variety but it does great with things like red eye gravy. I keep the chicken, beef and vegetable varieties around for stews, soups and gravies to pick up the flavor. It;s far superior to regular bullion.

        Have you tried Badia’s ‘Sazon Completa’?

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        • stella says:

          No, I haven’t, but recently ran across it in a recipe.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            It’s become a ‘go-to’ instead of salt in a lot of stuff. I put some bacon grease in a big frypan, put some garlic (a lot, actually) in to simmer, and then dump a big bag of fresh spinach in to simmer down. I put a little chicken stock in to help it steam and to prevent burning, cover it and let it cook down. I finish it with some Sazon instead of salt.

            I experimented and tried it with canned spinach last night, drained the spinach until it was dry and used the chicken stock to help flavor it and keep it from scorching. It was sort of mushyish but tasted fine, it’ll work in a pinch but fresh is better.

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    • Menagerie says:

      I use that stuff all the time. Soups, casseroles, it has become a staple. I especially like to use the vegetable flavored one during Lent.

      If you like tomato soup you can purée a can of fire roasted tomatoes, add some of the BTB and water, and some very finely chopped onion and celery if desired. I pre cook those a little, simmer the mixture, season to taste, especially with preferably fresh basil at the end, but dried will do. Best tomato soup ever. Serve with some grated Parmesan and you have a luscious soup.

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