Cuffs and a Rose

Grayson had always heard tales of his great, great, great grandfather, William G. Braden. But they were always just that … tales, so long ago no one in the family really remembered. Stories embellished over the years and handed down from mother to son, father to daughter and re-embellished along the way. Oh well, he had his move to think about at the moment.

Grayson was heading with his wife and two young sons to a new job in the west, San Francisco. It was more than several days drive and he was not looking forward to it. There were great open spaces to cover and two boys sure to be bored and restless. Yes, a long drive indeed. But right now, he had a whole house to sort through and pack.

Grayson was born in this home, as was his father, and his grandfather. All of his family, except for a sister and brother were gone. His older sister and brother moved away last year when father died. Their life in Tennessee and their family story was about to become just a note in history.

Oh well, change is inevitable and it was time to move on. Time to see what the attic held in store. There was always so much dust and cobwebs that Grayson seldom ventured into the attic. But the house had been sold and he needed to clear everything out. He’d thought about an “estate sale”, but somehow he just didn’t have the energy, nor did he think that it would be time well spent. The best approach was to sort through the cobwebs and dust, donate anything that looked worthwhile and haul the rest to the dump. Yes, that would be the most expedient.

As expected, Grayson found mostly junk and nick-knacks. There was one unexpected surprise, an old spinning wheel in excellent condition for 100 years old. Finally, having cleaned out everything, it was time to sort thru the various boxes and trunks laid out in the yard, prior to their final resting place – the local landfill.

One huge trunk was quite heavy. Sifting through papers and old photos was a bit tedious, most of them were falling apart from years of storage. At the bottom of the chest, Grayson spotted an old satchel, somewhat stiff but still in good shape. Opening the satchel, Grayson found a drawing. It was a drawing by his great, great, great grandmother, Rachel. He could feel the excitement of such a find. A piece of his family history and in such wonderful condition. The drawing was of a beautiful rose entwined in handcuffs, how curious.

Within the satchel was also a small book. Opening the book, Grayson saw that it was Rachel’s diary. Rachel had just turned fifteen and had started her own journal. Her first entry was the one where she met a mysterious man.

That evening, Rachel was brushing the horses when she heard a noise in the back of the barn. As Rachel went to investigate, a young man stepped out from behind the hay bales and beseeched Rachel for some water. Clad in prison garb, with handcuffs, the young man assured Rachel he meant her no harm.

Half starved and thirsty, and looking quite forlorn, Rachel could not help but provide him with some sustenance and a bit of ale. As he ate, the man who would become Grayson’s great, great, great grandfather introduced himself as William Grayson Braden.

Grayson was ecstatic – he was named after the family patriarch.

William told Rachel of his escape adventure from the road gang. Listening to his tale of false arrest and swift imprisonment Rachel fell in love. William had worked for a short time as a butcher’s apprentice when he was sixteen, and earned the monicker “Billy the Butcher”.

Now Grayson knew where all of those tall tales originated.

Rachel drew the rose and handcuffs that night as she pondered her future. And, as they say, the rest is history.



This story was inspired by Shafali’s drawing from her most recent event, the Creativity Carnival. She gives participants cue-art to do something creative with. This is my response.

Thank you for reading,

Your Lazy Old Dog Tim


Microwave Corn on the Cob

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Everyone has their favorite recipe for corn on the cob. I guess I am no exception. However, I have never been particularly fond of soggy corn on the cob. You know, the kind that was over-boiled, and might as well have been mush on the cob. Then of course, there is always the chef that claims they have the perfect recipe, i.e. add milk to the water while your boiling the corn.

Personally, I think boiling the corn simply boils away all the great taste. Steaming the corn seems like a good idea, but you need a rather large pan and time… and of course some way to suck all that steam out of your kitchen. I kinda liked corn on the cob that was wrapped in foil and barbequed. But then, that means lighting up the BBQ if you just want good corn on the cob. And what do you do if you only want to make a single piece for yourself? All of the above is lot of work for a just a single corn on the cob.

While raising three boys on my own I needed to prepare food rather quickly, and the microwave oven was my best friend! This recipe for corn on the cob using the microwave is a piece of cake and the corn comes out nice and fresh and certainly not soggy. If you like your corn just a little “al dente” lighten up on the time in the microwave just a tad.

Easy Microwave Corn on the Cob
A quick, easy and delicious recipe for corn on the cob.
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  1. 6-8 pieces of corn on the cob
  2. 4 oz butter
  3. 2 oz olive oil
  4. garlic powder
  5. wax paper
  1. Prepare the “butter”. Use 2 parts butter to 1 part olive oil. I use a cube of butter (4 ozs) and 2 ozs of olive oil for 6 -8 corn pieces. Melt the butter/olive oil in the microwave (1 minute on high usually is more than enough) Stir after heating.
  2. Clean the corn.
  3. Tear off about 14” of wax paper from your roll. (use ONLY wax paper)
  4. Lay the corn in the center of the wax paper lengthwise.
  5. Using a large spoon, ladle the butter across the top of the corn (usually two spoonfuls).
  6. Dust the top of the corn with garlic powder. Roll the corn over 180°. Dust the corn on that side. Do not add more butter. There should already be enough drizzled down from your first application.
  7. Now wrap up the corn in the wax paper (roll the paper over it and twist the edges and fold the excess edges over the corn).
  8. It is ready for the microwave. 3 minutes on high for a single piece and it is done! For multiple pieces, I usually cook two at a time for 5 minutes and let them sit while I am cooking the rest.
  9. Unwrap the corn and add your favorite seasoning (salt, pepper, etc.). You will be amazed at the taste and the crispness of the corn. And it is very hot!
  1. I have tried adding the seasoning (i.e. salt, pepper, etc) in with the garlic powder, but the seasoning stays with the wax paper when you unwrap the corn. So from experience, I just season to taste after taking the corn out of the wax paper.
  2. An added benefit is you don't have to worry about buttering your corn! No more crazy making slathering with cold sticks of butter to get it evenly buttered....
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My wife (Meghan aka FireBonnet) suggested I join The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday #21 celebration this week with this recipe. So here I am!
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There was a sweet lass…

There was a sweet lass, who had a cute ass

But the curves in her blouse were the best in the house

Her cleavage was a delight in clothes she wore tight…..

And her nipples shown thru with abandon anew

Each night she would undress leaving nothing to guess

Her lover enchanted, he’d be put to the test

Her eyes twinkled, her hips swayed, and with breasts swinging free

With reckless abandon he said, “are those tits for me?”

Slow Screw in Sunny Mexico

When I was courting my wife, I created a drink for her which I salaciously called Slow Screw in Sunny Mexico.

Last week she brought it to the online Fiesta Friday party at The Novice Gardener and low and behold, it has now been featured on this witty cooking blog. My wife, Meghan aka FireBonnet’s original post is here.

Slow Screw in Sunny Mexico
Serves 1
A deceptively strong drink, with only the slightest taste of alcohol… your limbs will quickly melt and your words slightly slur… just enough to make everyone smile.
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  1. 1 ounce Galliano
  2. 1 ounce Tequila
  3. 1 ounce Tennessee Honey liqueur
  4. 7 ounces OJ (or to taste)
  1. Mix alcohol together
  2. Pour over ice
  3. Garnish it with an orange or lime slice, bright red cherry or whatever else tickles your fancy.
  1. Fresh squeezed orange juice gives a great depth of taste to the drink.
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Love Wanted

dog clip artA lady places an ad in the local paper under Love Wanted. She wants someone who won’t beat her, won’t leave her and will satisfy her sexually. She turns down all the many responses she gets.

One day the doorbell rings and there is a guy on her doormat without any arms or legs. “Yes, can I help you?” she asks.

“I’m here in response to the ad,” he replies.

She’s astonished! “How can you satisfy the ad?” she asks.

He replies, “I don’t have any arms so I can’t beat you, and I don’t have any legs so I can’t leave you.”

“What about the third part?” she asks.

He grins and says, “I rang the doorbell didn’t I?”