Monthly Archives: September 2009

Ramble on… do do doo…

I’ve had Led Zeppelin stuck in my head for days, and why? All due to the adorableness that is Ramble. When Deb started looking for a new home for Ramble, I offered to snap him up. And then a second MVFF Groupie chimed in… and another… and another. The truth is he’s just too cute [...]

It was a breezy day in…

*drum roll* The shawl was finished before the wedding! The wedding was beautiful… the weather was perfect… and the Snowball’s Chance in Hell shawl was finished AND blocked 4 days before my brother and Julie tied the knot. This might possibly be my biggest knitting coup to date! The Specs: Pattern is Ishbel by Ysolda… [...]

It’s Fall!

My most favorite time of year, second only to winter. And, I'm back. I'm not sure what happened other than summer. Quite a lot of the time I was a bit of a mess due to work stuff, but that's mostly settled down. More about that at another time.

There's been knitting, and Ravelry, and meeting sheep, and knitting, and discovering that part of the sheetrock in my leaky utility room was on the floor. (I have a rather wonky plan about that...I'll let you know if it works. But it will be awhile because it just keeps raining)

All of that recedes as FALL becomes real. Leaves beginning to turn. Delightfully unseasonable temperatures which make me sing (badly, but that's the way it is). And yesterday......oh one of my favorite things.

The Oklahoma State Fair! I do so love the fair. I hear people say "oh it's not as good as it used to be" or "I used to go but haven't been in years". I dunno, to me it's still magical! All those jars of canned goods. Quilts. Tatting. Knitting. 4H Projects. The midway barkers. The food...Indian Tacos. Gyros. Cinnamon Rolls. Caramel Apples. Turkey Legs. Funnel Cakes. Corn Dogs. Corn on the Cob. We won't discuss what all I ate. Let me just say that supper was an impossibility.

For the last several years I've been lucky enough to go on Senior Citizen Day. Which means I get in free. Free is a good thing and there really are good things about getting older. Although I was a bit sad that this year a lady just gave me my entry pass as I walked towards the gate. No more carding :-(

Grabbing a corn dog first thing (oh I forgot. I wasn't going to talk about food) right after I entered the gate, I was off to see the sights. And such sights there were. I spent a long time looking at antique John Deere tractors. When I was a little girl in Ohio, my best friend down the road had a daddy who was the county Ag agent. And as such, he brought home toy tractors given to him by dealers. And I LOVED the JDs. I really thought being grown up would mean you could have all the blue tweedy covered Nancy Drews AND your own John Deere green tractor. I got the Nancy Drews, but the closest I got to one of those green beasts was painting a shed roof with John Deere green.

There were so many pretty things in the Hobbies, Arts and Crafts building. Spun wool, beautiful quilts, jars of fruit so pretty that they looked unreal.

And the vendors...oh my gosh, so many free things being given away. I signed so many tickets..surely they will pick me!

Now you might think that going on Sr. Citizen Day would mean that the crowds would be free of youngsters, teens etc. Not so, but I didn't see even one incident of unpleasantness. Oh wait, there was one. In a building with lots of vendors, I paused at a booth offering sterling silver jewelry. I was interested in the rings as they had larger sizes and I have big fingers. As I waited my turn to browse behind 3 ladies, I noticed a woman in a power wheelchair farther down the counter. She told the seller that she wanted to see sterling rings, and he indicated the area where the 3 ladies were. I thought I would let her in in front of me, since I am a nice person. But not to worry. She put that chair in gear and practically mowed down the 3 women, saying "I need to see these". They jumped back in alarm and Ms. Chair Person began to happily try on rings.

The ubiquitous yard sticks were everywhere, but I resisted. I have plenty from earlier was a great temptation though.

The vineyard section of the Made in Oklahoma building was ummm nice. And yes, a bottle came home with me. Must support local agriculture. And, I even know someone that grows grapes for one of the vineyards. Yes, that's the reason it came home with me.

One of my favorite things to do is to tour the mobile homes. If I didn't live in tornado alley, I'd surely have me one. I find them fascinating and much better designed as far as space goes than most stick built homes. One couple and I played house in one, talking about where we'd put the dining table, and how one bedroom could be for her hobbies and he could have another and then a bedroom to sleep in. I'm not so attracted to some of the huge showplace types. Hello? A Grecian arch in your living room?? Not for me.

And then, off to the barns. The great big show barn had a barnyard nursery section. Baby chicks pecking their way out. This year I did share with a lady that some of them were just resting from their endeavors, not dead..and thankfully they raised their little heads after a bit, got to their feet, and got on with their chicken lives. There were HUGE sows with their newborn litters, one is due today but I have to go to work. AND, there were little kids. Goat kids. Now, since I spent much of my spring glued to the came at Susie Gibbs CSA fiber farm watching little angora goats being born, I was sad that I didn't actually get to touch them. One of the vet people was holding a two day old kid. O.M.G. what a delicious softness. And I swear the little guy was smiling at all the attention.

There were others in the pens with their mothers all snuggled down happily. When I finally moved on from the nurseries, I entered another barn to visit with the Express Clydesdales. Massive, majestic, and oh so gentle. Then off to stumble across a 4H or FFA goat show. Not sure which. And I do hope those kids actually learned from the judge. I've never heard anyone speak that fast except at auctions. And wow..there were surely a lot of different kinds of goats. From the pygmies to goats with names longer than I can type.

Such a fun day. And after about 5 hours of walking, I called it quits and headed for home. And the heating pad and the muscle relaxers. Well worth every step.

Look! A flying pig!

Two posts in a matter of days?? What’s wrong here? A sign of the apocalypse, perhaps? Of Elvis sightings? Aliens? Now I know you all come here for my quick wit and sparkling personality so none of you will mind the serious lack of photos in this entry… *listens to browser windows shutting all over [...]

So damn lucky



DMB, Wednesday Sep 9 2009, Greek Theatre

there is no such thing as a bad dmb show, but they seemed a little flat last nite. maybe it's to do with dave's problems with his voice. he honestly didn't sound too bad, just had some troubles with the higher notes, which is not unusual towards the end of the summer anyway. i think the album was a little ambitious with his range and overestimated dave's ability to consistently reproduce that range night after night on the tour. it also seemed like boyd wasn't feeling too well, he kept his hoodie up the whole night and seemed a little low energy.

i really miss 'roi. jeff coffin is a great sax player, but it sounds like he's been imposing a little more of his personality to the songs and his playing style is a little too punchy and bombastic for some of the stuff that 'roi used to play. 'roi had such a soft, soulful touch.

this was the pot smokingist crowd i've ever seen (smelled) at a dmb show...and that's saying something. seriously, it was like being in the inside of a bong. we were way far back in section b (about dead center, though) and the crowd is definitely different back there. lots of people coming in and out of their seats and talking the whole damned time. very distracting.

Don’t Drink the Water * - always know it's going to be a good show when they start with this
Stay Or Leave * - first time i've seen this with the full band. it's a heartbreaking song but i love it.
Seven * - dave struggled on the high parts, but it was still great. i love this song
You Might Die Trying * - always happy to hear this one, as it has some personal meaning for me
Shake Me Like a Monkey * - great energy. sounds a little flat compared to the album version, which is really super produced
Lying In the Hands of God *+ -oh. my. god. sublime. the song with just the guys was great on its own and then nestor torres' flute jam (that sounds weird to say) took this into a whole other realm.
Why I Am * - loved it. great energy. happy to celebrate 'roi.
Crush * - the crowd loves singing this one. the sax-guitar battle was fairly intense.
Funny The Way It Is * - can i admit i don't really love this song?
Squirm * - downright rad. great song. great lyrics. great intensity from dave. don't think this will be a fan favorite, judging from all the chatting that was going on around me.
Where Are You Going * - to get another beer.
Alligator Pie * - love this song about new orleans.
Dancing Nancies * - what can i say about nancies? always love it - after hearing this song live for the first time, i knew i was hooked, so it's very nostalgic.
So Damn Lucky * - i don't love the album version of this, but it's great live. have a feeling they throw more of dave's solo stuff in for timmy.
You and Me * - a sweet song. you could hear all the girls (including me) go "awww" at the opening notes. i think this could be big whiskey's crash.
Grey Street * - always love this and it was great.
Jimi Thing * - always a great way to end a set. disappointed dave didn't let the crowd sing the first verse by ourselves.


Baby Blue ~ - dave by himself. when i saw the little guitar, i knew he was going to play it. it is such a sad song, i usually skip it on the album, but amazing to see him sing it live. he flubbed the lyrics at the beginning, but that's why we love him.
The Maker * - probably the best version of this song i've heard from them yet.
Tripping Billies * - was really glad to hear this since i had been humming the opening lines all day. always a great way to end a show.

Show Notes:
* Jeff Coffin
+ Nestor Torres
~ Dave Solo

so, #28 tonite. here's hopin' for best of what's around, two step and/or #41! love you guys no matter what!

it’s dave-mas!

Originally uploaded by lornababy

dmb week starts in about 9 hours. can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!

When did Buffalo Grow Wings?

I don't know, and I'm sure if you really WANT to know, you could look it up on what my son fondly refers to as the "interwebs". I do know that the Anchor Bar in Buffalo is credited with the "invention" of the Buffalo Wing, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In case you've been living under a rock (or just don't care), the largest (only?) Chicken Wing Festival EVER is held in Buffalo New York. As the fiancee of a competitive eater, of course, that's one event that's on our calendar beginning in June or so, when the signups go up on the website (

Short history of the Buffalo Wing Festival (stolen directly from the website listed above): The idea for the festival came from a movie called Osmosis Jones. Bill Murray starred as a compulsive eater with a goal of attending the Super Bowl of junk food, The National Buffalo Wing Festival. Ironically, there wasn't one.

That is when native Buffalonian Drew Cerza, now affectionately known as the Wing King decided to make it happen back in 2002. This is a case of Real Life knocking off Hollywood!

Official attendance for the two day event totaled some 92,000, which compares to 78,000 last year. In addition, Saturday set a single day attendance record of 52,000 attendees. Yes, we were 4 of those. It seemed a good idea at the time to take everyone to Buffalo, and then drop the boy-child off at school in Boston on the way home. Which isn't really "on the way home" from Buffalo. It wasn't our best idea ever, but that's a story for another venue.

The Wing Festival is always loads of fun, honestly. There's a ton of stuff for kids to do in their own pavilion and there are vendors from all over, competing for top honors in sauce taste, creativity and who-all knows what else. We, of course, are there for the wing-eating contest held on Saturday and the Buffet Bowl, held on Sunday. Long story short, Sonya Thomas won both events. No surprise there. Bill didn't come in last for either event, which is always a good thing. There were some surprises, like Sean Gordon hitting third place, beating Pat Bertoletti.

So here's how our merry little band spent our food dollars this weekend...

Wing Festival: Food is available by ticket only, and you get three wings per 2 tickets. Other types of food cost more tickets, but if you're there for the wings, you can eat pretty well on $10 or $20. Our picks:

Barber's Buffalo Chicken Fingers (3 tickets), which were tender and moist, breaded and baked in a spicy bread crumb mixture. Best thing I tasted all day!

O'Connell's Buffalo Mac and Cheese (3 tickets), which was creamy and tasty. Not too spicy, and contained all the traditional "buffalo wing" ingedients, from celery to shredded carrot. I'm not a huge fan of cooked celery, but it didn't flavor the dish *too* much and was cut large enough to pick it out.

Falletta's Buffalo Chicken Rice Ball (3 tickets), was an AMAZINGLY good combination of rice, chicken and buffalo seasonings, molded into a ball the size of your fist. TOTALLY worth the tickets, filling and really a taste treat. My son's choice, and a damn fine one, too!

Wing Zone's lemon pepper wings (3 wings for 2 tickets) were to DIE for! Not to spicy, not too bland, coated in a lemon glaze sauce and cracked pepper. Their teriyaki and mild sauce were also amazing!!

Outside the Festival
The Anchor Bar (
OK, ok, so it's a bit of a tourist trap, and the last time we were up there, we walked in, looked around and walked out. There was a line out the door, and since we'd just spent the day eating wings, we didn't see a reason to eat more. This time, we had tables reserved, and didn't have to wait in line. Good idea. Eaters present included US Male Dave Goldstein, Buffalo Jim Reeves, Pat Deep Dish Bertoletti, Eric Badlands Booker, Tim Gravy Brown, Russ the Black Hole Keeler, Wild Bill Myers, Big Brian Subich and I'm sure I'm forgetting SOMEONE....I should have written it down when I was there.

BUT...we were also graced with the presence of the bass player from the GooGoo Dolls, Robby Takac!!! From what I understand, he's a competitive eating uber-fan, and he lives in Buffalo. He runs a charity called Music is Art ( which fosters music in the community, and amongst young people. From their website - Music is Art is based on the basic belief that everyone should have the opportunity to find their musical voice. MiA is dedicated to connecting music and the community to ensure all types of music are recognized as an important part of our culture. He is SUCH a nice guy, gracious and down-to-earth. He was kind enough to pose for pictures with my kids, separately, after the event on Sunday.

ANYHOW - on to the food. I caved and ate the Anchor Bar wings - an order of 10 was $10.00. They came with loads of celery and the Anchor Bar's blue cheese, which is awesome. The sauce has a hint of garlic, and the wings were plenty covered in it - nice and tender, just enough sauce (they weren't drowning and they weren't dry).

Bill chose the Roast Beef on Weck, which while good, wasn't as good as the one from Charlie the Butcher. I liked the flavor, but not having the Charlie's sandwich to compare to, couldn't say one way or the other. $9 for the sandwich, which wasn't a bad price - it was thickly piled with beef and the roll was soft and tasty.

My son chose the appetizer sampler platter, which he thoroughly enjoyed. A mix of items -
2 potato skins, 2 pizza logs, 2 jalapeno poppers and 2 mozarella sticks. $12 for the platter, and more than enough for a meal for one, if you're not up for wings or another of the entree choices.
My daughter had an order of the pizza logs. Pepperoni pizza wrapped into a taquito-style presentation. A little greasy, but that's the nature of the beast. She enjoyed them, but wished she had been able to order the children's portion. The adult portion contained a few too many for her delicate appetite. $11.00 for 6.

Onion Rings - YUM!! All I'm going to say is thick cut, beer battered and fried to perfection.

Ted's Hot Dogs (
Stopped here for lunch on Sunday before the Buffet Bowl. If you like hot dogs, THIS is the place to get them! Foot longs with foot long buns, grilled over charcoal, just like your family barbecue master makes them! Have it with chili and cheese, add some onions, and for the adventurous, the Ted's Sauce, which is a little sweet, but comes back with a spicy kick. They call it hot sauce, and it is, but it's stealthy. Sneaks up on you. A single, regular hot dog is $2.15 and you can add relish, onions, mustard, ketchup and pickles (dill spears...awesome!). A foot long costs $3.45, and chili and cheese are a little extra, but WELL worth it. Fries are natural and shoesting cut, crisp and really flavorful. A great addition. Natural casing hotdogs from Sahlen's. Nice snap and fabulous flavor. I'm not a HUGE hot dog lover, but I like a good one, and these are good ones!

Last stop - on the way home from Boston - Rein's Deli in Vernon, CT ( Along the lines of Harold's NY Deli, the sandwiches are stuffed and the atmosphere is New York. Plenty of half-sour pickles set on the table (1 per person when you sit down, but as many as you like when you ask for more), and a great selection of NY Deli style food. Ruebens and Rachels, corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, chopped liver, Nova lox, you name it, it's on the menu. Find the menu here:

Any sandwich can be ordered regular style or "Fresser", which is overstuffed. Prices are very reasonable for the size and quality of the meal.

I had a pastrami rachel. Meat was amazing, cheese grilled to perfection, and the cole slaw is NOT your run-of-the mill slaw. Nice and flavorful, with a little hint of onion, I think. Russian dressing is served on the side, and it's just enough to slather it on and enjoy a great taste treat!

Bill chose the corned beef and chopped liver. Now - I am NOT a liver lover. Wouldn't ever order it out ANYWHERE. Couldn't PAY me enough to eat it! But, by the same token, I like the liver spread at Charlie Browns, I like liverwurst, and, well - I liked the spread here at Rein's, too. It was a *tinch* heavy on the liver, but hey...that's what it is, right? I wouldn't have chosen it, but I could have eaten it.

And finally, the girly chose a chicken breast sandwich that you customize with your choice of cheese and veggie condiments (all a la carte, though). Served on a soft roll. She ate the whole thing, and that's a feat for her, so it MUST have been good! Lunch for 3 (one regular sandwich, one fresser, the chicken, a double order of pickles and 3 drinks) was about $35 before tip. They also have a huge deli counter from which you can order lunch meats and other Jewish deliciacies. A neat experience, even if there wasn't a pickle bar.

SO - it was a whirlwind weekend. Two contests, 21 hours in the car, move a young man into his dorm room and still get everyone home in time to go back to work and school. Gotta love it.