Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments are sponsored by Mrs4444.
Half-Past Kissin' Time

My mind is spinning as the week has been exceptionally busy. The entire month of February has been a blur. Thank God for Friday Fragments, where the minutiae of the week can be sorted and sent via the Gumbo blog.

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Yesterday, I visited the vet's office with my German shepherd. As I approached the building, I saw a convoy truck filled with barking guard dogs. Soldiers were everywhere. I thought,"What if Iggy reacts badly?" In this country, there's a good chance a soldier would shoot him for distracting or interfering with a soldier. Thank God, my dog followed instructions to walk, stay, and sit as we waited our turn as soldiers were also getting their guard dogs immunized, too.

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Did you know our city has a recycling plan? We put all trash in a bag by the curb, but recycling is performed by armies of the poor who rummage for plastic and metal scraps which they sell to survive. My heart never fails to have compassion on these desperate souls.

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This year I want to celebrate my birthday differently. On March 22, I will be fifty-one. I want to raise $510 ($10 for each year of my life) for charity. You can donate at CleanWater Zambia. More details are in an earlier post this week, Help Celebrate My Birthday. I am 1/2 way toward my goal. Who knows? With your help, we can overreach and help more people have fresh water.

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For breakfast today,  I will stop at a nearby bakery for a Honduran breakfast sandwich. What's in it? The popular sandwich is made of corn tortillas which holds a thin layer of refried beans, a smattering of sharp crumbled white cheese, and thin slices of ripe, cooked plantains. Delicious, or as we say, rico!

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Where was this picture taken? What strange group of earthlings buy this so-called food in large containers? Was it taken in Louisiana or Honduras? Take a guess, or if you are impatient, the answer is in the footer. 
Pickled Pigs Lips. Delicious? 


17 comments:

tckk said...

I think I'll pass on the Pickled Pig Lips! haha

lisleman said...

hope no one gets confused and gives you pickled pig lips for your birthday.
I guess the guard dogs get priority at the vet.

Laurie Matherne said...

Ha Ha! I do NOT want a giant jar of pickled pig lips. I love saying those words though very quickly - pickled pig lips, pickled pig lips. As far as the vet visit, I find that men with guns usually get priority at the vet, at the store, at the bank, or just about anywhere in Honduras.

Laurie Matherne said...

They don't look very appetizing do they? I have had pigs' feet added to pots of beans here. You don't eat the feet, thank God. They are added for extra flavor.

lisleman said...

ya that makes sense.
I bet Peter Piper preferred pickled pig lips.

Andean said...

Never even thought if pigs had such lips. Now I know. :)(

Kathy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)
Pickled pig lips? That's a new one to me!

Kim G said...

Looks like they didn't wipe off the lipstick before pickling those lips. They're oddly red.

Saludos,

Kim G
Boston, MA
Where little did we know that putting lipstick on a pig did indeed really happen, just before their lips get pickled.

Laurie Matherne said...

I heard of pickled pig lips from by brother-in-law in Louisiana, but I assumed he may have been joking. Apparently not.

Laurie Matherne said...

I would prefer to think the red dye is lipstick. I think not. I found this jar on a huge rack totally devoted to jars of these so-called foot item. Apparently, the food market expected to sell many jars that season.

Laurie Matherne said...

food not foot although pigs feet are sold too in various parts of the world.

Mrs4444 said...

Wow. There is no way I could get past the label! EW. The sandwich, though, sounds delicious! I'm really glad that Iggy knew to behave. Happy to help celebrate you: Good luck with your birthday goal :)

Laurie Matherne said...

Iggy and I had been practicing commands and obedience since I came home about a month ago. I am glad we had the practice beforehand.

Star Traci said...

What a great thing to do for your birthday! The "recycling" is sad. I used to see similar things at my FIL's restaurant years ago. People would jump in the dumpster and pull out cans and glass for recycling.
I'm glad your dog did well. What a terrible fear to have.
Traci

Laurie Matherne said...

Dear Traci, It is indeed sad to see the many people in Honduras who rummage for scraps as jobs are hard to come by in this region.

Mrs4444 said...

Hi Laurie. Just thought I'd let you know that starting on Friday, those linking up with FF will earn 5 entries for each link-up between then and the second Friday in May as part of a giveaway celebrating the 300th FF post next month. Stay tuned for a post describing the prizes and ways to enter. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

Laurie Matherne said...

Mrs4444, thanks for the heads up about your FF posts and giveaway. I am frightfully busy lately, but one never knows. I love to write.