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    S & W 642

    This is my Smith & Wesson 642. It is a snub-nosed 38 special. After I took it to the range a few times, I stopped using it because of the strong recoil and the blistering of the space beteen my thumb and my index finger. I didn't want to give up on the gun so I searched the internet for a solution. From youtube to discussion forums, the recoil from this little gun was discussed. At one forum, it was mentioned to change the original grip to a Hogue grip. The problem with the original grip is that it just had grips for the sides. As a result, the area between my thumb and index finger was left to deal with the recoil directly from the frame. For example, listen to this youtube guy talk about the recoil. The Hogue grip has a lot of rubber with open air inside the grip between the thumb and index area. I expected it to work at the range. This morning I tried it with the new Hogue grip and was very pleased. Most of the recoil was soaked up by the Hogue grip that I linked. The Hogue grip is very simple to install. Just unscrew the original grips and install the upper part of the grip on the frame. After that, you have a small piece that you must push over the original pin. The instructions tell you to install it with a 38 special casing. I just forced it on using a hard surface.
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    Slice of Cake-Bread

    This is a slice of the cake-bread I made last night. It tastes good even after I used the wrong amount of buttermilk. You can see the layer of sugar and cinnamon in the bread.
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    Cinnamon Cake-Bread

    I wanted cinnamon bread last night so I found this recipe. Then I made a mistake and used 1 cup of buttermilk instead of 2 cups called for in the recipe. The cake-bread just isn't bread. You will see that the comments varied widely on the recipe page. My cake-bread was dark because I put half of the cinnamon in the batter and then placed the rest in a layer between two pours in the pan. I would not put the cinnamon in the batter but save it for the cinnamon layers poured into the pan. Also, I would put the correct amount of buttermilk in the batter and reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.
  4. Lily in a festive ribbon wishing you a Merry Christmas. Fourth in the same litter as her brother Blue Jay.
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    Chocolate Sugar Cookies

    I made these cookies the day before Thanksgiving because I had the ingredients on hand. They are called chocolate sugar cookies. The recipe called for brown sugar which I wasn't sure about. However, now I am sure about them. I used Hershey's Cocoa as the chocolate. The other ingredients included white sugar and vanilla.
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    To Help a Mockingbird

    When I first retired, I planted 200 shrubs, 90 rose bushes, and filled wooded terraces in the back of the house with about 15 truckloads of top soil and mushroom soil. One day, while I was working behind the house planting in a lower terraced garden, a Northern Mockingbird began screaming at me from the roof of my home. At first, I just looked up at the mockingbird. Then I screamed back because the bird wouldn't stop. This is where the crazy part of the story begins. I remember birders telling me about bluebirds coming to their windows to let them know they wanted some food. I thought that was nonsense until I dealt with this mockingbird. The mockingbird had a nest about 2 feet off of the ground in one of my rose bushes. As I looked towards a cherry tree on the other side of the rose bushes, the mockingbird flew to that cherry tree and kept squaking at me. By now, I thought the mockingbird might be asking for my help. I told you it would sound crazy. I ran to the top of the rose garden where I could survey my land from the woods to the cherry tree. There, at the edge of the woods, was the mockingbird's problem. It was a cat that was threatening the mockingbird's nest. As I ran towards the cat in an effort to scare it away, the mockingbird followed me and landed in a tree above the cat. After the cat was scared away, the mockingbird returned to its nest. Problem solved. I had helped a mockingbird. The next day, I needed to mulch the rose garden where the mockingbird's nest was. Mockingbirds protect their nests by flying at people who get too close for the mockingbird's comfort. However, I wanted to get that garden mulched. Would the mockingbird and her mate tolerate me or would they attack me? I moved around the nest on my hands and knees spreading mulch but being careful to never look directly at the nest. I talked gently while I was mulching and waited for the attack. It never came. I guess the mockingbirds recognized me and decided I was not a threat. Over the next several years, I had mockingbird nests in my yard every Summer. I listened to the chicks chirping at feeding time. Sometimes, I saw the chicks leave their nest and walk through the grass until they could perch on something above the ground. They always made a single peep as they travelled to let their parents know where they were. When I heard the peeps off of the ground, I knew the chicks had reached safety.
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    Blue Jay's Toy Basket

    Every time I go to the pet store I check on toys. Having 2 dogs from the same litter, I pick up a toy for each of them. Some of the toys survive the beating they take. Among them are the orange crab, the striped bow ties (aka) bones, dragons, and doughnuts. They and over 20 others are in Blue Jay's toy backet.
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    Farfalle with Pesto Sauce.

    Some time ago, I made my first pesto sauce. Since I just wanted to try something with the pesto sauce, I warmed up some farfalle. Then I put a nice portion of Parmigiana cheese on it. By the way, I just received the Termini Bros. circular this week. Now, I can look up some new recipes to try.
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    Kung Pao Chicken

    When I worked in D. C., we would eat in the Chinese section of the city. Two of my favorite dishes was Kung Pao Chicken and Bourbon Chicken. Of course together with hot and sour soup. Hmmm, maybe I'll make bourbon chicken next.
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    Chocolate Babka

    I bake thins to see if I can bake it and how it tastes. This is called chocolate babka. It's ok. However, I'm tired of semi-sweet chocolate. I like milk chocolate. Here is the recipe for chocolate babka.
  11. This is the Ruger GP 100 I bought used. It is absolutely wonderful. Since I had 38 special ammo I used that on Wednesday and barely felt any recoil. It's a tank. I bought the gun when it was 2 months old. It was hardly used and you could smell the Hopee's cleaner used on it from the original owner. This is definitely something special. I'm no Match Champion but this gun makes you feel like one. The gun is made for 357 magnum ammo and it is capable of shooting that caliber all day. That's a move up from 38 special but you know I'm going to buy some for it.
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    Ruger Mark IV Target

    This is the Ruger Mark IV Target Model 40159. It requires 22 lr ammo. The 22 is 4.6 cents a round compared to 18.5 cents a round for 9 mm and over 30 cents a round for 38 special. At the .139 lower price per round than 9 mm, I can pay for the gun within a year. That is why I bought it. I tried it this past Wednesday and it was great. With the weight of the gun, there is very little recoil. I didn't feel it. Out of 100 rounds, I had 89 in the middle of the target and the other 11 inside the eight. It's beautiful too and it comes in several models.
  13. I bought the Ruger GP 100 Match Champion, 357 Magnum, Model 1754 for $699. There is a nice story to go with the purchase. I went in to look at it and it was spotless. It smelled like Hoppee's bore cleaner--which is a good thing. I checked its vital parts and everything looked good. Then they told me it was traded in by one of their best customers. They told me the seller buys a gun uses it a bit and then trades it in for another gun. That customer purchased the 1754 in September 2019 and traded it in during October 2019. It was two months old. While I was there, my Ruger Mark IV came in. I'll load them in the Gallery soon. Tomorrow, I take the 2 additions to my small arsenal to the range and try them out.
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    Blue Belt

    This is my newest belt--a blue belt. I test this month and, if I pass, I will get a light blue stripe.
  15. It looks like the only difference is the 1754 has and the 1755 has Same MSRP of $969. My gun range offers it at $834.99. The offered lightly used version is $699. I was planning to get the Model 1771 that doesn't have the upgrades at $742.99 next year.
  16. I had the link going to Ruger's 1755. I changed it to the correct model--the 1754. I'm going to look at it in a few hours. I think it's going to be an early Christmas.
  17. I've been offered the above gun -- slightly used in the case -- for $699. I am planning to buy the regular Ruger GP 100 sometime next year. You can find all about this gun at Ruger's site. I have a Glock 19 Gen 5, Smith & Wesson Performance Center 642, and am picking up a Ruger Mark IV this week--22lr ammo is a lot cheaper that 9 mm and 38 special ammo. Do you think this is a deal? The Local gun range sells guns new at $80 under MSRP. I hope to look at the gun tomorrow.
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    My July 2018

    Thank you Joel, I just saw your post. Surgery went well December 13, 2018. They placed a catheter in me and I made them take it out the next day.
  19. This is my second gun, a Smith & Wesson Performance Center 642. It is a 38 snub-nosed revolver that takes 38 special, ammo. I wanted a revolver and this is it. If you look at all the reviews on youtube of it, you will see that the reviewers love it and mention that it has a kick (recoil) to it. It has an excellent trigger pull thanks to the Performance Center at Smith & Wesson. However, as all the reviewers mention, it does have a kick. I'm going to the range this week for my 4th time with the 642. Her name is Ginger.
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    Glock 19 Gen 5

    This was my first gun. I took training at my local Gun Range and bought this a few weeks later. After a little over a year, I'm pretty good with this. For this gun, I use Blazer Brass. After 1,100 rounds of this ammo, I have had no problems. I call him Heinz.
  21. It was 1993 and I was getting the 6-month service done on my new home in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D. C. A large fellow was there to do the work. I told him I was getting my first dog soon and tears filled his eyes. He told me: I'll never get another dog. His dog had recently died and his remembering him brought tears to his eyes. As I had planned, I picked up my first dog that year. I named him Ambrose for Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside of Civil War fame. The General had some successes and some failures. His failures were at Fredericksburg, Virginia and Antietam, Maryland. I had one rule for our home with Ambrose and that was we would never mention those two battles. Ambrose was a wonderful dog, loved everyone, played hard, and lived until January 2010 when he died in my new home in the Pennsylvania countryside. Like the fellow that did the work in my new home in 1993, I promised myself that: I'll never get another dog. Within three weeks, I was searching the internet for black poodles. I just wanted to look, of course. Then I found this little angel of a dog in Maryland. I decided to drive out to where he was just for a look, of course. There I found 4 black, baby poodles. The one I drove out to see was as cute as a dog could be. However, his sister climbed up my sweater and licked my nose. She just kept doing that. Oh my! I put a deposit down on both of them and picked them up two weeks later. The breeder's Mother named them Blue Jay (male) and Lily (female). After thinking about it, I kept their names. Lily was the 4th born in her litter and Blue Jay was the 7th. Brother and Sister from the same litter. I was happy about that because I wanted them to have each other when I was not here. I put them in the crate in the back seat of my car for the ride home. Lily began to whimper but Blue Jay was there for her. Within a few minutes, Lily was calm. It took me some time to accept Blue Jay and Lily as Ambrose's rightful successor, but I did. They will be 10 years old in January of 2020. Lily is the alpha dog and loves her walks. Blue Jay loves his toys and wants to play all the time. I buy 2 toys whenever I buy toys, one for each of them. However, Blue Jay always ends up with both. However, he isn't that interested in walks. They have nearly opposite personalities but eat out of the same bowl together and are very close. At this moment, they are both sitting in the loft, looking up he street, and barking at anything they see moving. Lily has a shrill voice and Blue Jay has a deeper voice. Lily barks first and Blue Jay backs her up. In a moment, I'm going to get Blue Jay for his walk. Lily had her walk an hour earlier but Blue Jay would rather sit in the loft with Lily and patrol the street from there. Both dogs love their me but love each other more. And that's just the way I want it.
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    Apple Mousse Cake

    I was thinking about candy apples and wondered if I could make apple mousse. It was easy. Get some granny smith apples, make a puree, and mix the puree with whipped heavy cream. To offset the tart taste of the apple mousse, I used milk chocolate for the ganache instead of semi-sweet chocolate. The milk chocolate ganache didn't set as well as I had hoped. The cake used semi-sweet chocolate and some instant coffee crystals. I used a stand mixer instead of hand-mixing and it added air to the mix and made it taller than I expected.
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