I’m back in the South where I belong. Where’s my fatback? Oh. It’s attached.

I have returned, without incident. Except for the part where my smoke alarm went off at 3:17 this morning. It just went off for maybe three horrifying, jarring beeps then stopped. And it was not the "I am running out of batteries" beep. It was the real thing.

So after being RIPPED from sleep, I had to lie there and think up horrid reasons why that happened. Was the fire smoldering and would start back up any second? Was there an intruder blowing smoke into the alarm so I'd get up, then he could hack me to bits? The whole thing was restful.

I did notice that both dogs and both kittens were sleeping with me–Anderson and Roger in a tight little kitten ball. They recovered from the smoke-alarm-alarm sooner than I did.

At any rate, I must scream off to work now, but before I go, here is what I did in Saginaw, other than visit 49330932444 people in 48 hours, and I cannot TELL you how I enjoy people emailing and calling, "I see you're coming to Saginaw for three hours! Any chance we can get together?" NO! There is NO CHANCE I can cram ONE MORE THING IN when I come back for these teensy visits. Why must people LIKE me?

Ring
I bought me a ring.

My Aunt Kathy has this ring, and her daughter my cousin Katie just loved it and used to borrow it all the time, so eventually my Aunt Kathy got one for her and for her other daughter, my cousin Maria. Everyone was sporting their pretty diamond all weekend and I said, I WANT ONE! so my aunt and I headed to the jewelry store and I swooped in and bought it. Like I'm rich or something.

Oh, it was on SALE. And they have this year-to-pay-it-with-no-interest thing. Look, any store in my hometown is just excited anyone is buying anything. They'll cut you a deal.

I just love it. I stared at it the whole way home on the plane. I am certain I did not look touched in the head.

Okay, my ring and I must go to work.

115 thoughts on “I’m back in the South where I belong. Where’s my fatback? Oh. It’s attached.

  1. I think it’s funny how the press has latched onto Pippa and is following her every move. She is gorgeous; every time I see her, I think of that green dress and nice rack. June, you should see if she’s on match.com.
    Pamela, I thought you lived in a very large city like NYC but I’m probably wrong there, maybe just work in a large city.
    Mozza, emailed you a scalloped corn casserole recipe that is a big hit at potlucks and gatherings. I know you manage a sweet Italian restaurant/bistro and have access to fantastic, creative food, but one never knows when they’re gonna come to the states and have to show up with a dish to share at a potluck.

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  2. It’s beautiful. It looks like an antique. I have a ring sort of like that that I found at a coin shop and an appraiser said he thought it was made in the 20s.

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  3. Jude, D’s dog sounds perfect for me. If you decide to go with Pippa, Ima marry him myself.
    I e-mailed Matze, my FIRST international e-mail!
    But he has not answered, and it’s been about 17 seconds. Now I’m crestfallen.

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  4. Great Ring! I knew I should have gone to the jewelers when I was there in February.
    Matze – Thx for advising on the holiday. I wondered why there was no trash out last night! I wish American holidays were like this – 2 in less than 2 weeks!

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  5. Great Ring! I knew I should have gone to the jewelers when I was there in February.
    Matze – Thx for advising on the holiday. I wondered why there was no trash out last night! I wish American holidays were like this – 2 in less than 2 weeks!

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  6. Great Ring! I knew I should have gone to the jewelers when I was there in February.
    Matze – Thx for advising on the holiday. I wondered why there was no trash out last night! I wish American holidays were like this – 2 in less than 2 weeks!

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  7. Welcome back, June. Gorgeous ring. I’m sad you didn’t get a picture of Anderson and Roger in a kitten ball.
    Joann, I thought poodles didn’t shed. Have they been having othe dogs over while you were out of town?
    Duffylou, sheepishly unpacking?

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  8. OJ, bet your recipe is a bit more along the “finer” lines than my midwestern corn casserole recipe. Although I do have a butterscotch cheesecake recipe that kicks arse.

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  9. Amish Annie and it goes fantastic with a pinot grigio, and it seems as if I need to get back to work instead of commenting about virtual food. says:

    It’s actually a recipe for butterscotch cheesecake BARS.

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  10. thank you for the great recipes and the nice emails! i got 5 so far, if anyone else wants to write me or send me a recipe, please do it!
    sachertorte82@gmx.at
    june has 8 milion readers, one would think i should get more than 5 emails, and dr. roberts, no, i am not interested in penis enlargement, also, i don’t want to meet,marry or buy a woman from thailand, THANK YOU.
    amanda, where are you ?
    amish annie, i always forgot to tell you what a nice idea the cookie buffet is, i told a friend about that and she thinks she will do that at the christening reception for her baby.

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  11. Click Mince Words with June. Faithful Reader Chief sent me the book ages ago and I read it. Then I forgot I read it, ordered it, started reading it this time and remembered. But I read it again. It was good.

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  12. Just ordered it and from the wonderous miracle of the Amazon Kindle I can start reading in just a little bit. Hooray!
    In case you are interested, I also ordered a book called “Red Market” that I heard about on npr. It seemed like a very interesting read about the market for organs, blood, and children slavery stuff. Nothing like some light summer reading, is there?

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  13. Beverly (I've read two other books since that one though and hope I can remember everything now.) says:

    Is this the book club discussion for All About Lu? I read it and liked it too.
    And June, I love that ring!

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  14. Pamela – I too have the smoke alarm problem. They put it on the highest point of the vaulted ceiling. Ladders do not reach (we’ve tried). I ponder this. I think it must be that the installers had a strongly developed aesthetic sense and wanted it as far out of sight as possible. Like people choosing white carpeting, they had no forethought about practicality.
    I dread the day it starts chirping. Don’t know what I’ll do.
    Matze Ball – Instead of emailing, I’m just sending you a shout-out right here on the Pie. Because that’s what June’s blog is for, of course–for me to talk to other Pie followers.

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  15. I have a divine recipe for cheesy scalloped potatoes if anyone is interested in that. They are TO.DIE.FOR. The best comfort food on the planet!
    I also make a killer thai lettuce cup thingy with marinated chicken, jasmine rice and shredded carrot. Topped with a homemade spicy peanut sauce and then I buy the sweet chili glaze to go on top. SOOOOOOO good!
    And then there’s the soy/brown sugar/fresh ginger reduction that you cook salmon in and then serve with asparagus spears and couscous. Pour the reduction over the whole thing. It maked grown men cry it’s so good!
    And then there are the sauteed shrimp tacos with a chili powder/lemon/cumin/red pepper flake sauce that I’m making tonight! We also have fresh lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, sour cream and black refried beans that go in the tacos.
    Can you tell I’m hungry?

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  16. My smoke alarm story – Mine was dying,chirping like tweety gone mad. There was this one night that I could only get half asleep and in my half asleep state, I kept thinking there was a bird flying around the downstairs that couldn’t get out of the house…I was agonizing about how to clean bird poop from off the upholstery. I mentioned my very dumb half dream to my daughter who in turn mentioned it to the dr who in turn decided I had anxiety issues and need medication…geez
    How about that matze?

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  17. June, even though you don’t cook, maybe you could have a Pieces of Wednesday wisdom or whatever it is called where we give our favorite recipes.

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  18. Sadie, that’s a good idea! Maybe we should do just that next time June needs a blog day off! She wouldn’t mind missing it.

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  19. Yup Barb and Laurie, will email recipes this evening.
    Pal, I’d love to have the recipe to the cheesy potatoes and thai lettuce cup thingie.
    visit90@aol.com
    Sadie, fantastic idea for Pieces of Wisdom. Also you should send Mazzo your lentil soup recipe. I still make it at least once a month, it’s that good!

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  20. Duffy-lou I was reading thru the comments and saw your “sheepishly unpacking” I gave a nosy gasp aloud. Dish.
    June, welcome back to the land of fried chicken, fried apples, fried potatoes and fried fatback. We missed you with all our little clogged hearts.
    Emailed Matze. Siren, are there baby foxies?
    Back to lurking. I always think of Lurch from Adams’ Family when I read/see/type that word. Wonder why?

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  21. June WILL kill us with the recipe exchange unless..she’s out on another date.
    All the food does sound wonderful!

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  22. Oh my word! I have been gone for what seems like forever. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed. LOVE the new kittens. Hopefully I can keep up a little better with my favorite blog.

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  23. Your smoke alarm story reminded me of a Jim Gaffigan bit. Why do I remember these useless things so well?
    You ever been asleep at night, and you’re awakened by a noise, and you’re convinced there is someone breaking into your house and they’re gonna kill ya? But instead of getting up, you just go back to bed.
    “Oh what is that a murderer? I gotta get some sleep, can’t kill me if I’m asleep!”
    That’d be embarrassing… you get to heaven: “Hey, how’d you die?”
    “Oh me? I was too lazy to get out of bed. Yeah, I heard the guy in the kitchen and I thought I had an hour.”

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  24. Smoke alarms…. phoooeeee… try out having sprinklers in your ceilings…. oh yeah… why are they slightly discolored? is it a shadow…. are they leaking… there are like 42 of them even in closets… I know they are leaking… I barely have time to read BBP… damnit Siren…. hmmmmm….

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  25. Smoke alarms…. phoooeeee… try out having sprinklers in your ceilings…. oh yeah… why are they slightly discolored? is it a shadow…. are they leaking… there are like 42 of them even in closets… I know they are leaking… I barely have time to read BBP… damnit Siren…. hmmmmm….

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  26. Smoke alarms…. phoooeeee… try out having sprinklers in your ceilings…. oh yeah… why are they slightly discolored? is it a shadow…. are they leaking… there are like 42 of them even in closets… I know they are leaking… I barely have time to read BBP… damnit Siren…. hmmmmm….

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  27. If we ever get around to a recipe Wednesday of wisdom I have a chocolate eclair cake to share. It’s super easy, June you could make it, no baking at all.
    I would like the lettuce cup and salmon recipe Pal if you wouldn’t mind. I would love to make a grown man cry…

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  28. Anita, you MUST share the eclair recipe for PoW if June ever decides to do it. No baking, what?!?

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  29. June…shopping with you would be a blast…you have exquisite taste!
    Amish Annie: I did indeed spend my first 39 years in NYC. I still commute there every day for work and often visit tons of family and friends. But in 2002 I moved to a mid-sized town in NJ and then to a TINY NJ town in 2009. It is a great place to live…more rural than suburban, with lots of farms and HORSES, and such, but with excellent schools, every modern convenience and every store you could possibly want to shop at located a mere few miles away (this is NJ, after all!) I did this for my kids and so that I can escape the big city and retreat to the quiet each day, but it is hard. Today I saw one other Black family at the recreation center and I couldn’t stop following them with my eyes!
    Unruly Hair: I think you are right about it being an aesthetic choice to put the smoke alarm where no one can see it on a vaulted ceiling…OR REACH IT! The chirping is intermittent but when it strikes, it is all I can do not to pull my eyelashes out one by one. Then…it stops…only to start back up a week later. CRAZYTOWN!

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  30. Well, well, well…I see that retail therapy thing that Aunt Kathy teaches is helping bring you out of your shell! Geeze, I leave you two alone for two (2) hours and look what trouble you get into.

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  31. Marzipan,
    I’m sending a recipe for pralines. Do you know what they are?
    They are yummy, Southern goodness!!
    Love your ring, June! I don’t know of this traveling to see relatives thing of which you speak. All of my relatives live right here in my city. That’s right, ALL OF THEM. Family reunions? Not necessary.

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  32. Marzipan,
    I’m sending a recipe for pralines. Do you know what they are?
    They are yummy, Southern goodness!!
    Love your ring, June! I don’t know of this traveling to see relatives thing of which you speak. All of my relatives live right here in my city. That’s right, ALL OF THEM. Family reunions? Not necessary.

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  33. Marzipan,
    I’m sending a recipe for pralines. Do you know what they are?
    They are yummy, Southern goodness!!
    Love your ring, June! I don’t know of this traveling to see relatives thing of which you speak. All of my relatives live right here in my city. That’s right, ALL OF THEM. Family reunions? Not necessary.

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  34. Ooooh, I like Sadie’s Pieces of Wisdom recipe idea!
    Also, Amish Annie? PLEASE send the butterscotch bar recipe! I want to make them NOW!!!!!!!!
    Matze – I’ll be emailing you a salmon recipe from the Pacific Northwest. Or, would you prefer a dessert? I’m easy, I’ll do either.

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  35. Ummmm…. yeah, I guess I should probably leave my email address if I want Amish Annie’s recipe. tvanvolkinburgh(at)yahoo(dot)com
    *slinks off sheepishly*

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  36. Mattie...wasn't really surprised he wants the divorce the day after getting his first pay check in 2 years! says:

    Hi all…I am late to the party but my husband filed for divorce this weekend and I went to the store and bought myself two charms for my Pandora bracelet. It didn’t make me feel better but I wanted to treat myself to something nice.

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