Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Der Biermeister

Old Sarge has acquired a new hobby. Unfortunately, it does not involve finishing drywall projects!

See, Young SGT has been brewing his own beer for awhile, (although I imagine operations are suspended while he is on his extended desert vacation getaway) and Old Sarge wanted to have a hobby in common with him. The $30 brew kit from Wal-Mart did not satisfy his curiousity, oh no. He ordered a set-up so that he can brew 5 gallons of beer at time.

My eyebrows nearly disappeared into my hairline at that.

Now, he has just bottled his first batch. There was a little left over, and we tasted it. It was flat, since the carbonation takes place in the bottling process, but...damn, it tasted like beer! Rather tasty beer at that!!

Old Sarge now has Batch #2, a lovely high alcohol Oktoberfest guaranteed to make you dance on a table to a polka band, in the fermenter.

Fast forward to today, I am only working a half day since Son #2 was flying into O'Hare and I had planned to pick him up. This is the first time we have seen him since he has been back from Iraq, mind you. I stopped at the Home Brew Shop in St. Charles, since I am killing time, and bought Old Sarge an extra carboy and a brewing book.

When we got home from the airport, Old Sarge met us on the sidewalk, gave Son #2 who has been in Iraq, did I mention, a handshake and heads for the back of the Explorer to get his surprize.

Thankfully, Son #2 and I had an hour and half in the car for me to warn him about the new obsession.

And for those interested, Batch #2 will be ready in time for my 50th birthday, I have the polka band booked already.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

I Am So Proud!

The Young SGT has been chosen NCO of the Month!

Way to go, honey!!!

He will get to come home for R & R in August, but has decided to stay in Texas to...well, anyway, I would have told him that folks in Illinois have sex too, but, that is no longer first hand information.
Damn it.

My new mantra- nine more months, nine more months. February will be a great month.

The Garden of Good Intentions

I do this every year.

When we moved into this house, the corner of our lot where the huge pine tree grows would grow nothing else but crab grass. So, I have tried every year to get a little flower bed going.
And every year, I let it go to weeds.


I am posting my good intentions this time, since I have just finished putting in more creeping phlox, and wild assortments of sweet peas, snapdragons, petunias of every color, vinca, impatiens, I can't even remember everything. I have rearranged my stepping stones and rocks (all services) and leveled off my WWII soldier.

Wish me luck.

In my other beds, I have gladiolas and sparaxis coming up, but sorry AWTM, I think the daffodils and iris have shriveled their pods in this chilly climate. But I'm still hoping!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Prayer Request Please

I know this site has been dark for awhile, and I promise that will improve shortly. But I was asked by the Young SGT to please include the family of SPC Alex Gonzalez in my prayers, and am passing along the request.

And it wouldn't hurt to include the Young SGT either. His heart is heavy, and he is tired.