Wednesday, July 21, 2010



2 cups chopped fresh and tastiest tomatoes you can afford

1 cup chopped green pepper

3 teaspoons grated garlic

1 cup minced parsley or 1/2 cup minced cilantro

1/2 cup finely diced onion

2 avocados, diced

1 quart spicy V-8

salt and pepper to taste

1 package thawed colossal cooked shrimp

juice of two limes

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Chill for at least an hour and serve with crusty bread.

Friday, July 02, 2010


In the summer, we eat dinner outside almost everyday. It's amazing to sit out there talking from 6 p.m. until almost sundown. I appreciate warm weather more since we first moved to Michigan.

Last summer, I enjoyed having people over for dinner every week and listened to Sheryl Crow at an outdoor concert. We went to Lake Interlochen to visit friends at their cabin and went up to Traverse City. I rode my bike a lot to the store and also to the YMCA for my swim work out.

This summer, I'm looking forward to canoeing, camping and riding my bike on Mackinac Island with Dennis. I want to go to the park every day, if possible, to picnic and read by the river. I also want to take a nap in the shade. And swim like crazy. Life is sweet.

A Satisfied Mind

How many times have you heard someone say
If I had his money I'd do things my way
Hmm, but little they know
Hmm, it's so hard to find
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.

Hmm, once I was wading in fortune and fame
Everything that I dreamed of to get a start in life's game
But suddenly it happened
Hmm, I lost every dime
But I'm richer by far with a satisfied mind.

Hmm, when my life is over and my time has run out
My friends and my love ones
I'll leave there ain't no doubt
But one thing for certain
When it comes my time
I'll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.

--Joe "Red" Hayes and Jack Rhodes