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Friday, June 17, 2011

Of Cruising and Cooking

I'm not a big risk taker. Yet I certainly admire those brave souls who are willing to step outside their comfort zone and take a chance. So when my friend, Linda O'Connell, over at Write From the Heart told me about her friend's new ambition, I couldn't resist checking it out.

Jean Ellen Whatley is an award winning journalist who decided to leave the grind of a regular job, pack up her pup, Libby, and cruise across the country and back again. She and Libby plan to visit dog parks along the way and share the stories of the people and pets they meet. I'm sure you'll be as interested in reading their adventues as I will, so check out the launch of her new blog, Off The Leash, Road Stories With My Dog.

Keep your eyes open, all you Critter Alley readers. Perhaps you'll run into Jean and Libby at a dog park near you!

Here at home, we have an unexciting weekend ahead. Indy is snoozing and Bogey is guarding the yard against potential bird or squirrel invasions.

Father's Day is only a few days away, and that makes me think about my dad. He passed away more than 30 years ago at the age of 46. So very young...

Dad's greatest joy was to barbecue. He was a master chef with a talent for creating the most tasty pork steaks I've ever had. And just like the mailman, neither rain, snow, or sleet kept him from cooking over an open fire. Here's proof positive:

This scene hung on the wall in my mom's house for years. I recently reframed it. The picture reminds me of a Norman Rockwell portrait...a sweet, funny, everyday moment captured forever.

Dad's barbecue tools were the most heavy duty utensils that money could buy. They were so durable, in fact, that Hubby is now the proud owner of the tongs. He uses them every time he barbecues and they still can turn over one heck of a pork steak.

Happy Father's Day! And Dad, hope you and Mom have enough pork steaks to feed all those angels!


Talking-Dogs said...

Wonderful photo of your dad! Now, that's dedication :-)

The Daily Pip said...

I will definitely be checking out that new blog. My mom would quit her job and take off in a second, but papa would not be so happy with her if she did this!

Thanks for sharing the picture and memories of your father with us!

Your pal, Pip

BECKY said...

Lovely post, Pat! I read about Jean, too, on Linda's blog. If only I had the funds to support myself and Vern...I'd like to do the same thing..but in a much smaller area...and time-span!

Your tribute to your dad is beautiful. I didn't know he passed away so young. It's great that you have wonderful memories, though...and still using the tongs!
I had to laugh about the "pork steak" references....I've heard a few times that the St Louis area (and I guess KC) is the only part of the country that has them, cooks them, knows anything about them!

Fireblossom said...

Mercy, my mouth is watering!

AFA the trip, I can't help wondering if that's very safe, just a woman and a pup traveling that far alone.

Go, Bogey! Keep those squirrels elsewhere!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Drat! I can't see the photo. I guess I need to login again with Explorer instead of Firefox. *sigh* I'll be back!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Explorer allowed me to see your picture, but it messed up the format of my blog. *sigh* Google prefers Firefox, I guess, but so many pictures don't show up with Firefox. Very frustrating.

Love that pic! Your Dad really was a grill lover. He went above and beyond. LOL Wonderful memory. Thanks for sharing.

Julia Williams said...

Packing up and taking off on a cross country road trip with the dog sounds like a fun thing to do...her blog will surely be filled with interesting stories.

Donna Volkenannt said...

Hi Pat,
How lovely!
What special memories of your dad. Thanks for sharing them. It is so cool that your hubby has your dad's cooking thongs.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Two French Bulldogs said...

what a nice post for dad
Benny & Lily

Anonymous said...

That is a wonderful photo of your Dad! Determinately BBQing away in the rain :) What a great guy! :D

Mom says your friend's road story looks rather interesting. She only wishes her blog was set up so she could follow like other blogs vs. the RSS feed. Wishing her well on her travels!

Waggin at ya,

Cherie K. Miller said...

Happy Father's day - Dropping by on the blog hop today.That's what the world needs today - another talking cat - but it's cute! Stop by my blog to see a cat say "Let me in" at his owner's window.

Cattis said...

Lovely pic. My dad will have to wait until November for Father's day.