Rachael Ray How I Love You

In general I love Rachael Ray… always interesting.  She must work out a lot given the meals she fixes.

Like Rachael Ray, I also love our road crews!  WAY TO GO keeping our main roads salted… I say this in response to the wonderful comments we’ve received on the previous post about how our roads seem to be in better condition than our neighboring city’s roads.

Today.  I’m debating whether I should wrestle the kitchen away from the mother-in-law for dinner.  If I do, what can I put on the menu that’s not too hard to make and affordable?  It seem like a great day for a big pot of soup … maybe clean the leftover veggies out of the fridge and make some stone soup.

Stone soup:  put whatever you can find in a pot of boiling water like leftover corn, green beans, peas… even broccoli or cabbage.  Add some celery and carrots and onions.  Fill it out (if you’re a meat eater) with chicken, turkey, hamburger, or beef tips.  Season with some salt & pepper.   Eat.

Maybe I’ll bake a chicken.  Or make some lasagna.  I don’t know.  What do you think?

Open Thread: What Do You Want for Christmas?

Steve wants us to stop kicking the dead mule, so let’s try to talk about something new! What do you want for Christmas? What should Steve get for Christmas? Discuss!


SHIVER In My Bones Just Thinking About the Weather…

Quick!  The lyrics are from…

Okay I’m not really going to tell you.  However I did want to mention that we have a yard sale link here on TiLaV.  I’ve moved it over to the left hand side of the page (under Sites of Interest) since it seems to have disappeared off the top of the page.

I’m hoping the weather will be nice this weekend for a yard sale scheduled at 1534 Ridgemont Drive.  From 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., you will fine baby items including crib, mattress, car seat, and girl’s clothes, and some home decor items.

So… it’s FRIDAY!  What’s on your mind?

OPEN THREAD FRIDAY: Swearing-In Date Set

The Swearing-In of the new Mayor of LaVergne and Board of Aldermen has been confirmed for Thursday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Are you planning to attend?  If yes, go to the city’s web page and take part in the poll so they can determine if the regular meeting room space will be adequate for this special event.

I am looking forward to hearing from Mayor Elect Mosley and the Board members to hear more about their immediate plans for the city and the long-term ideas.

What would be the first five things you would do as a newly elected city official?   I would:

  1. Audit audit audit the financial records of the city.
  2. Meet with as many city employees as possible along with department heads to hear their concerns and ideas (and also meet with the H.R. director to structure a method to review the performance of city workers, and subsequently reward the outstanding workers or dismiss those who have embraced mediocrity).
  3. Go back to the flooded areas and see what has been done to prevent future flooding on behalf of those families hardest hit, what has NOT been done, and then make sure it’s done.
  4. OPEN COMMENTS at meetings so that the board can still conduct business, but residents may still voice concerns in a democratic way without having to get on the schedule 24 hours in advance of a meeting.
  5. Get codes to get all those trashy looking advertising signs picked up.  Find a way to – in the future – charge $5 or $10 p/sign to the owners and collect!

And you?  What are some of your ideas?  OPEN THREAD!

Great Weekend to Camp

Here’s a l’il bit o’nothing for your Friday.  I’m 0ff to go camping for the weekend, so talk amongst yourselves… if your comment goes into “moderation” I won’t be back until Sunday to look (unless I have cell phone reception where I’m going).

Meanwhile, some Friday topics to discuss:

Lots of discussion on the article about Mr. Ash over at the DNJ.

If you haven’t tried the new L’il Cakes cupcake store next to CiCi’s, you MUST.  The Italian cream cupcakes are amazing. Cupcakes cost about $3’ish each (more or less).

My friend was bitten by a neighborhood dog while jogging.  It’s true.  I have friends who jog.

I told Mayor Erwin today that he’s LaVergne’s version of Jeff Fisher… what with his moustache and rugged good looks.  He poo-poo’d me.  Hanging out at the polling site is a wonderful way to get to know the people running for office… it’s been a lot of fun.

Finally, give someone an unexpected hug today.  I heard last night that one of my favorite cooks from Bridgestone Arena (where I work to raise money for a non-profit) died in a car crash on Saturday after he clocked out.  He leaves behind a sick wife and two children under the age of three.  Life is so precious and can sometimes be too short and too tragic.  Make every moment count.  Give someone an unexpected hug today.  Rest in peace, Brian.


Open Thread Friday: What’s on Your Mind?

Glorious fall colors!  High school wonkiness. Politicking. Voting. Price of gas keeps going up.  Cupcakes.  Laundry.  Deer legs and dogs. Chilean miner rescue.  6:00 a.m. alarm. And where in the world is that pee smell coming from.  Now you know what’s on my mind. What’s on yours?