John spotted a snake in our yard today…. called me out… turns out it was a rattler, about three feet long – just a small one. It didn’t rattle, let us admire it for a short while, and then slithered off after it got sick of the attention. The pattern on the back almost looked like a green tinge instead of brown – it was actually very pretty. 🙂

In other news, mostly for his new job, John bought a cheap-o citrus juicer (they don’t have one in the kitchen where he works – manually squeezing lemons for juice just ONCE convinced him that it was a wise investment – LOL) – to test it out we got a couple of lemons and made some delicious lemonade – it’s amazing how little sugar you truly need in lemonade. You might even not need ANY with sweeter lemons. (Tom? You’re the lemon expert – have an opinion? Yes, “lemon expert” – just one of your many titles!) Watching how easily the lemons got juiced in this five dollar contraption really made me wonder why people buy electric juicers – seems like it’s a bit over the top with very little advantage, if any? Maybe less pulp gets in, but maybe not – but it’s still a lot of electricity and you still have to exert pressure, maybe even more than in the little manual one? *shrug*

John also bought a mandolin today and is going to wrangle up a ‘tune’ of thinly sliced fried potatoes this evening. (No, not THAT kind of mandolin, THIS kind, only not this specific one, the ten bucks at Target kind.) My mom had a mandolin, but I always just thought of it as the ‘slicer’ and it was only a few years ago that I finally put the correct name with it – and hers didn’t have the safety grip, but I don’t remember ever cutting myself on it – go figure. I was also remembering some of the other doodads mom has, like a cast iron meat grinder (that I’m pretty sure she hasn’t used in twenty years) and a food mill that she used for making homemade tomato sauce and strawberry jelly, but not at the same time. 😉 Mmmm… my mom’s homemade strawberry jelly ruined me for any kind of commercial brand for YEARS. LOL.

Anyway – those were today’s unrelated experiences and food reminiscences. Thank you for your attention to these matters. *grin*

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