6 – 0

October 16th, 2012

Great Gator Turnout in Nashville

We boogied on home from Black Mountain in time to ensure we arrived before Saturday’s Gator game against Vandy.  My Gators put together another underwhelming (per usual against Vandy) but workmanlike performance.  And now, our record is 6 – 0 (5-0 SEC), and ranked #2/#3 in the polls.

AND…..facing the Old Ball Coach and his SC Gamecocks on Saturday, fortunately for us, in The Swamp.  We Gators still love Steve Spurrier, except for one week a year…he’s a fierce opponent.

GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~ Blonde Gator

(photo from the Gainesville Sun)


Chilly in the Clouds

October 9th, 2012

Misty Mountain Morning ~ Black Mountain, North Carolina

~ Blonde Gator

14 – 6

October 7th, 2012

All is well in Gator Nation (photos from the G-Ville Sun).

Matt Elam Intercepts a Pass

Mike Gillislee on his way to the EndZone

GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!

~ Blonde Gator

Sorry, I Can’t Help Myself

September 22nd, 2012

From the UK Daily Mail:

~ Blonde Gator

GR8 G8R Years In A Row!!!!

September 15th, 2012

‘Nuff said.  Oh WAIT….”Fear the Orange Pants”.   ROTFLMAO!

~ Blonde Gator

P.S.  In the third view (20 seconds in)….be sure to watch the STANDS…..oops, empty again with 6:00 minutes left.

Oh My!

September 14th, 2012

~ Blonde Gator

Guatemala Volcano Erupts

September 13th, 2012

We drove past the Volcano Del Fuego (Volcano of Fire) on our way into and out of Antigua de Guatemala on our trip.  This is a picture that I took on our way out of town, Del Fuego is on the left as we departed the city (we were headed southwest), they were twin peaks, and both were smoking:

Twin (Volcanic) Peaks ~ Approach to Antigua

I think the pictures in this article (see 2nd pic from right) are taken from basically the same vantage point, on exit from Antigua which connects to the main highway that goes to Esqulinta and then to Guatemala City.   Antigua is without a doubt one of the most charming places I’ve ever been….a fabulous colonial city that was flattened (by an earthquake, go figure) in the early 1700′s.  If you ever get the chance to go there, it can’t be beat.  Super friendly people, great architecture, fabulous climate, and cheap accommodations.

There’s been quite a bit of seismic activity in the region of late, there was a big earthquake (7.1) in Costa Rica a few weeks ago, and another volcano just north of Managua, Nicaragua erupted last week.  It is a beautiful land, but hearing this news reminds me that Mother Nature is much bigger than any of us.

~ Blonde Gator

Fall is Just Around the Corner

September 9th, 2012

Late Friday night, I heard the train blow its crossing whistle about three miles away, which means the wind is from the west and a very tiny “cold” front had come through.  In South Florida, this doesn’t mean much in the way of dropping temperatures in September, but it does lessen the sauna-like humidity somewhat.  It is also the signal to get ready for growing season!

Fall is arriving in other areas of the country as well.  Iguana Man lived in Albuquerque, and has shared the tales of the Hatch, New Mexico Chile Festival, which happened last weekend.  Since we couldn’t go to New Mexico this year (but we’re going to Black Mountain, NC in a couple of weeks), we did the next best thing, and ordered 10 lbs. of Hatch Green Chilies.

They were beautiful when they arrived (although one had already turned red!):

Hatch Green Peppers, Freshly Arrived from New Mexico

So, after the Gator game yesterday (whew!), I fired up the grill and roasted off the peppers.  The key is to roasting the peppers is to keep them from becoming over-charred, but to make sure that all sides of the pepper are thoroughly blistered.  After grilling, place them in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, and let them steam until they’re cool enough to handle.  The peeling and de-seeding is pretty straight forward, although a bit messy and time consuming.  But well worth the effort:

Roasted, Peeled, and De-Seeded Hatch Peppers

So tonight we’ll be having some green chicken chili, and I’ll be bagging and freezing this seasonal delicacy for future use.  I promised the Island Girl I’d bring some to NC in a couple of weeks.  But before I go, I have to get my garden prepared, and get my specialty pepper and tomato seeds going, as well as replant my annual herbs.  Once the weather cools a bit, the growing season will truly get under way, and there’s a special bonus, too….the orchids start blooming again after their Death Valley summer (they grow like weeds but don’t bloom in the heat).

Bon Appetit

~ Blonde Gator

[Edit:  Green Chicken Chili Recipe ~ Delicioso!]

More Silly Stuff

September 3rd, 2012

The guy in the junkyard had me laughing so hard I was tearing up.  Enjoy!!!!

~ Blonde Gator

A Picture to Brighten the Day

September 2nd, 2012

From my NewsBusters friend, BuffNBone.

Would You Dare Cut In?

Not sure where or when this was taken, but probably after one of the cycling events George Bush annually holds for our disabled veterans.  Thank you for the smile, Mr. President & young American hero!

~ Blonde Gator