Friday, January 11, 2013

Baked Potatoes and Slim Jims

Jilda's still under the weather from her treatment this week and she kept saying all afternoon, "I don't want anything to eat this evening." Some folks might actually think that she didn't want anything to eat this evening, but after almost 39 years, I'm now able to decode statements like this.
When she said, "I don't want anything to eat this evening" what that actually meant was "Get out of my face or I will carve you up with a paring knife and leave your body parts twitching in the kitchen."
I know it's a subtle difference but a significant one.
I kept at my work and every so often I'd go in to check on her. Then around five, she said, "I wish I had a baked potato."
Bingo. I tossed Ol' Buddy in the truck and headed down to the produce stand in Sumiton which is 11 miles away. I picked up some baking potatoes as big as twin chihuahuas. While I was at it, I scarfed up some sweet/tart apples which are her favorite.
At the register, I picked up a couple of 18" long Slim Jims and settled up at the register.  I don't eat Slim Jims, but they are Ol' Buddy's favorite treat.
Once in the truck, I bit off a chunk and handed it to the little mongrel. He almost took my index finger off at the second joint. Did I mention that Slim Jims are his favorite treat?
Anyhow I called to say were were headed home, and Jilda fired up the oven so it would be ready when we got home.
Tonight we watched Crazy Stupid Love and ate our potatoes. I think the starch made her feel better.
Life is good.


  1. I am glad something tasted good to her. Often during treatment-NOTHING tastes good. Glad you were able to keep your finger- you might want to try fork feeding the old boy next time!;>)

  2. Aren't you a sweetheart of a hubby! I'm glad the evening turned out well. I'm gonna try to make some of those mashed turnips with butter tomorrow night hope mine turn out as well as Jilda's! Have a great weekend!

  3. One of the many reasons I love reading your blog, Rick, is that I learn so many new words from it. My vocabulary increases with almost every post! I thought I 'spoke' American English, having lived in the USA for a year, but the way you speak (and you speak as you write, I suspect) is always intriguing and interesting. Now, thanks to Google, I know what a Slim Jim is!!

    Have a good evening :)

  4. Rick, you're a good husband to Jilda.
    Baked potatoes are the best.

  5. Rick! OMyGOSH, I about died laughing at "the body parts".

  6. excuse me, uchmm, "body parts twitching in the kitchen" I'm still wiping away my tears of laughter.

  7. Lovely ;) life is good indeed!

  8. I am glad you fixed the baked potato for Jilda. Life is good!

  9. I have enjoyed reading through many of your posts. Especially enjoyed the video "A Few Minutes of Perfection". Hope the rains have let up. Best wishes, Tammy

  10. I have enjoyed reading through many of your posts. Especially enjoyed the video "A Few Minutes of Perfection". Hope the rains have let up. Best wishes, Tammy

  11. You are a good husband and dog daddy!
    It's nice when you have been married long enough to read between the lines. We are finally getting there...
    I hope your sweet wife feels better soon!

  12. Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving the nice comment. I enjoyed reading a bit about your life and look forward to hearing more.

  13. You are the sweetest hubby. I have been with my husband for 5 years and he is starting to learn that time of the month when I generally want to chew off his head.
    You are an amazing man and funny too ;-)

  14. This literally moved me to tears. I think the powerful connections require no words, but the ones that know the words will come if you take the time to wait transcend "powerful".

    Happy thoughts to both of you!

  15. I like Jilda's sense of humor.
    I will try those turnips since my hubby wants to try new things

  16. You are a wonderful man to go out of your way for potatoes. I am glad Jilda felt better.
    Nothing worse than having to deal with poison in your body to kill worse poison so you can live.
    Every time I think of taking pills it kills me. But you either take them or suffer and every minute can seem like an hour.
    My dog is the same. When he grabs something and you wince and yell OUCH! The next bite is extra gentle as he is afraid he'll hurt you. lol

  17. I love Crazy Stupid Love. Oh, that Ryan Gosling.


  18. Hey Rick. I nominated your blog for an award: the addictive blog award. Come to my blog and take a peek.

  19. Sounds like a pretty good night. That's a sweet movie.
    Nice of you to run to the store, and to share your Slim Jim!

  20. Thanks all for your kind words, but I can promise you that in the scheme of things, she's done a lot more for me than I have for her. That's just the way she is.

  21. Anonymous6:52 PM

    So very nice to meet you; thanks for visiting my blog. I see we have many common blog friends.
    So happy your wife enjoyed the potato and I know how dogs love to go for a ride, especially when there is a treat involved.
    Blessings to you and your wife this weekend.
    Mildred, Georgia

  22. What a wonderful blog - I loved your post and have to say, my dog loves Slim Jims too - almost as much as my little girl! It was one of her favorite Christmas gifts, a big box of them ;)
    Thank you for your visit - I look forward to reading more,

  23. This made me smile all the way through it. Yes, Life... gotta live it!

  24. It's funny how you can decode your wife's comments after so many years of marriage!


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