Give Them Your Friendliest SmilePosted Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 9:53 PM
KaeLynn and my Great-Niece Allie. Being silly for the camera.
If someone is dogging your every footstep & challenging your sense of peace. Stop walking; Look them straight in the eye And Give Them Your Friendliest Smile!
I may never agree on politics or personal issues with many of you, but I will always respect that you have a different point of view.
Our Dad used to say that some people were full of beans. So are you a Mexican Jumping Bean? Or a Green Bean?
Are you needful or just a gassy irritant to someone's stomach?
Do we have to sort out the dirt and rocks from the bean sack before we can put the pot on to boil?
Bill Cosby used to ask kids if they wanted to be on The Green Bean Team. We all know that green beans are full of useful vitamins. They make our skin healthy and our hair shiny. They provide fiber to aid our digestion. They are useful, wonderful to look at and best of all they taste good.
A Mexican Jumping Bean is not really a bean, but a moth larva that has taken over the home of a type of bean pod. They are more a source of amusement and wonder instead of nutritious.
Pinto Beans and other hard beans have to be cleaned and sorted before they are packaged and put on the shelves in the grocery store. If you ever worked in a field, you know that they don't come out of the field all clean and rock free.
Hard beans take a while to cook. They can soak all day and be ready in two hours or you can put them in a crock pot with seasonings and a ham hock. Most cooks take the precaution to add a teaspoon of vinegar to prevent intestinal discomfort after consumption.
There are Butter Beans, Lima Beans, Soy Beans, Navy Beans and Red Beans. You can buy a whole package in the store with 16 different varieties to make a savory soup.
I used to work with a lady named Virginia and her comment about some customers was that "They didn't know beans from apple butter."
The greatest thing about beans is that most of them are nutritious if they are cooked right. You can add other ingredients to increase the flavor.
These are just random thoughts about people and beans. You might recognize yourself or a favorite dish in my comments. Or you might not.
It doesn't matter to me at all. I just wanted to remind myself that we can all make soup together and the ingredients don't have to be exactly the same.
I invite you to chime in with your comments if you have a favorite bean recipe to share. Personally, I don't believe that anything can surpass Green Beans and New Potatoes with some bacon.
Sometimes I think we just need to be silly and get our sense of humor back. Life and Death situations will always be just outside our door. What won't always be there--is the opportunity to Give Someone Our Friendliest Smile.
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.