Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Angry Butterscotch

It was hot as a blacksmith's hammer today, but when I looked at the Weather Channel, it looks like most of the country is in the same boat.
Jilda fried up some green tomatoes, onions, and okra tonight. She served it with green lima's, hominy, and a pone of cornbread. Can you say yummy?
All out dogs become extremely interested in us when we sit down to eat.
Tonight was no different, but then all of a sudden, one of our old dogs Astro, hops up and heads out. I thought that was strange so I followed him and he headed for the closet. Thunder, I thought.
We flipped on the local weather and it showed thunderstorms heading for us. Astro is a better forecaster than most of the folks you see on TV.
I stepped out on the deck and a spit of rain dappled the deck. Off in the distance I could hear thunder. 
The sky was the color, of angry butterscotch, though you can't really tell it from this picture. Everything had an erie yellowish/orange tint.
I hope the rain moves on in because the heat is taking its toll on the plant life. 


  1. We had some rain on Mon. and I was so hoping it would continue this week. A chance everday I guess..but the heat is here to stay until relief hits on Mon....I promised I wouldn't complain this summer about the weather after the awful winter we had..I put duck tape on my mouth today.

  2. We are desperate for rain here. It's been well over 2 months since we've had anything.

  3. Would you like some rain? I can offer you plenty. We have had a surfeit here...

    Excuse me for asking, but I'm just a southern-hemisphere Antipodean: "What's a pone?"

  4. This is for Alexia -- who asked what exactly a corn pone is -- corn pone is a type of cornbread made from a thick, malleable cornmeal dough and baked in a cast iron pan over an open fire using butter, margarine, or cooking oil. Corn pones have been a staple of Southern U.S. cuisine, and have been discussed by many American writers, including Mark Twain. In the Appalachian Mountains, cornbread cooked in a round iron skillet is still referred to as a "pone" of cornbread.

  5. Thank you, Jen! I've seen the term of course, in a number of books - but (lazily, I suppose) never bothered to find out exactly what it was. Your explanation was excellent - much fuller and better than Google's would have been ;)

  6. It was 111 degrees here with the heat index yesterday. Some rain would be nice. It's supposed to stay this hot at least through the weekend.
    I'd love to do some yard work but it's just too hot.
    Love Di ♥

  7. A pone of cornbread!! I'm intrigued and very very hungry!!

    Yay for beautiful Astro!!

    I hope the rains from here go there too! LOL!! Take care

  8. 'Angry Butterscotch'. Awesome.

  9. Love, Love, Love your story! I had a Grandmother exactly like Astro. Her forecasting skills weren't as honed, but with the first bolt of lightning she hightailed it to her walk-in linen closet to 'sort' and 'fold'!

    To this day I have to restrain myself from folding laundry during a storm...


  10. I water somewhere in the yard every day and still it is all stressed. We are over 20" behind in our rainfall.

  11. I noticed the color of the sky on my side of town as well. It was a eery light that took me back to a similar evening when I was a boy in Jackson's Gap, Ala.

  12. Yaya, Barb, Ellen I feel for y'all. When the weather breaks here, it breaks. This morning we got over 4 inches of rain in a few hours. The plants in my garden needed snorkels.
    @ Jen, thanks. I couldn't have said it better myself.
    Jilda's cornbread is corn meal mixed with an egg, buttermilk, and other ingredients cooked in a cast iron skillet that's as black as antracite coal and old as the earth itself.

  13. We are right there with you, buddy. Hotter 'n blue blazes here, too.

    Hope you get the rain. Ours isn't due until about Nov. 15th!


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