“Ball Park” Weiners

Since coming “out of the pantry” re my love of Spam, I’ll confess today that I also think that “Ball Park” weiners (aka franks) make a fine paper plate lunch, too. They’re even more convenient than Spam — just rip one of the individually wrapped weiners off the pack of eight, put it in the microwave (leave it in its self-venting wrapper), and 25-30 seconds later, it’s done! Box says “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” The box also says “Ingredients: Beef and pork, mechanically separated turkey, water, corn syrup . . . .” Now, I’m wondering what exactly is in “mechanically separated turkey.” Oh well, if I’m not feeling very well in a couple of hours, I’ll let you know.

September appears to be a very popular birthday month — in addition to Betty’s birthday on the 10th, here is a BIG “Happy Birthday” to:
Eric Guentzel (belated greeting to him — he was ONE on Sept. 8 )
Carol Godwin (my long-time friend since grade school) — Sept. 11
“Dad” (Carl) Palmer — Sept. 12, 1920 – Jan. 11, 1998
Grandson Keegan — Sept. 16
“Daddy” (Gus) McCoy — Sept. 20, 1915 – July 1, 2002 (Still miss him so much!)
Nephew Justin Metzger — Sept. 23
Grand-daughter McKenna — Sept. 27

My good friend, Judy Mega, just missed the September month by a couple of days — belated birthday greetings to her on August 30. So glad that my two school buddies finally caught up with me — welcome to social security!

Probably shouldn’t do this, but it’s interesting to count backwards nine months to see what might have been going on to prompt these birth dates — and guess what — it would be December — Christmas — time to be “jolly.” When I count back for my birth date in June, it comes up September (my dad’s birthday month — hmmm). Interesting that Terry’s birthday is also in June and that his dad’s birthday month was also nine months before that — tee hee. Now, my children will do this and learn that our April anniversary is nine months before Kelby’s January birthday. Can’t explain Randal’s June birthday — except to say we were newlyweds (married 5 months in September) and probably not looking much at the calendar. Enough of this, I guess!

Tonight is STAN night — big problem, however ’cause Ann and Nick are gone. They took off in “Flyer” (their RV) and should be out of Texas by now. So, I’m going to cook tonight. Yes, “cook.” I’ll fix “rouladen” — a German dish; we picked up some rouladen (very thinly sliced steak) at a wonderful meat market in New Braunfels on our way home from a glass show in San Antonio last Saturday. We also bought some strip steaks, and Terry grilled those for us on Saturday night — excellent! They were enjoyed even more so as we watched our Texas Longhorns (rated #2) beat the Ohio State Buckeyes (rated #4) — a very exciting football game! Attendance at the Ohio stadium was over 100,000 and Texas fans were only allowed about 4,000 tickets — so, our little splashes of burnt orange hopefully made some big waves when the game ended! Way to go, Horns!