name='description'/> the Katydid on Love, Home and Health: National Storytelling Convention Coming Up...AND My First Homemade Barbecue

Saturday, July 6, 2013

National Storytelling Convention Coming Up...AND My First Homemade Barbecue

 The 2013 National Storytelling Festival will be held October 4, 5, and 6, 2013 in Jonesborough, Tennessee






You know what I think I'd like to do?  I think I'd like to jump up and spiffy up the house...catch up the laundry room...and just sit down with the clicker and chill...for about 2 days.   And not only not leave the driveway...but not even leave the porch...I'm just tired...tired of worrying...tired of running...tired of always having something waiting on me.

I don't know where Billy gets his energy...that rascal will go outside and fire up that chain saw in 90 degree temps...and work like a turk for about 6-8 hours...If he's not cleaning around the property line...he's cutting firewood for the winter.....I don't know where he gets his stamina OR his desire to DO this...but I just don't have that gene...or whatever it is...in ME.

Now I LOVE LOVE LOVE...to clean and foo foo around the house...and I've really got a lot done this week...that amalaki and those blueberries have just given me energy out the wazoo and I'm able to focus SO SO much better and stay on track...but I'm just burnt out on trouble...and I know we had that little break this spring...but  I just need another one  :-) ...and I don't want to drive 8 or 12 or 14 hours...to GET it...and then run here and there to see this and that...I just want to twitch my nose like Samantha Stevens and the house be completely done...and the 30 gallon of blueberries be in the freezer and the 12 dozen ears of corn too...and THEN... I just want to plop down and it just be...'Billy and me'...for about 2 days...doing absolutely nothing and going absolutely no where....aaaaaaaaahhh Just the thought...sounds SO nice...

A few years ago...and maybe it's been 8 or 9 years...but we went to the National Storytelling Convention in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  I've always loved storytelling...and I accidentally heard about this ...and asked Billy if we could go and he said yes.......

Jonesborough is a tiny little town in the hills of Tennessee...and each October...they have the most gooshie little festival there.....They have big and little tents setting here and there with storytellers....and bales of hay stacked here and there...and old wagons...here and there..all with storytellers...and THOUSANDS of people...just moseying around...listening to people...sometimes in costume...tell stories...some real...some made up...at each of these settings.  There are ghost stories...civil war stories...tall tales and short tales....and it was just heavenly.

There was an old medicine man and his wife....standing at a stage coach and they were in their colorful 'period' outfits....and the old man was telling about this magic tonic...that would cure you of anything.....People were gathered around his wagon...and he was easily....the best storyteller there...because he had a way of telling a story...like the Cookin Cajun guy....remember him?  
But this old medicine man at the storytelling convention...was telling his story about his magic tonic...and he looked over at Billy standing in the crowd and he just walked over and pulled Billy out of the crowd to help him with his 'show'.  Now THAT'S a geezer who's little light shines...when he stands out in a crow of 200 people....hahaha 
But we just had a great time at that storytelling convention...and I'd love to go back there this fall...and maybe we will...Our vacation spree of 2013 hasn't gone very well...we'll just have to see....shall we pray...geezer, geezer...take me awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy 

www.storytellingcenter.net/festival

Changing the subject....
Now I'm not quite ready for competition yet...but Evan is a professional chef and he also does barbecue competitions...and I've always ALWAYS wanted to know how to make my own barbecue.  So he couldn't give me all of his secrets...but he gave me a few pointers and I ran to Big Johns earlier this week and bought a Pork Bottom (don't want to say that crude word for bottom)....and Thursday morning...I put that rascal on and I baked it in the oven on very low for about 3 hours and then I set it in the 'quiet end' of our smoker grill...and I put on the hickory hips and the mesquite chips and the this and that...and I had already rubbed that rascal down with my own rub mix before I baked it in the oven.....but I AM TELLING YOU THE TRUTH....IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!   I only smoked mine on the grill for about 8 hours....it's supposed to be much longer...but I forgot to wrap it in foil...I HAD set it in a foil PAN and those drippings just cooked out of it and ooooooooooooooooooh my goodness...HEAVENLY!!!   So I'm going to try it AGAIN the first of the week....I'd LOVE to become a great barbecue maker....and I'm going to give that...my best shot.

Well I'd better get going....have to do some work at the church today...and don't know what else after that.....

I hope you all have a super duper...grand and groovy .. fantabulous day....make love...not war!

"Tis a gift to be simple....'tis a gift to be free...'tis a gift to come down..where we ought to be....And when we find ourselves in the place that's just right...'twill be in the valley of love and delight"....

This has been a birdseye view from Round Knob Canyon and the world of the katydid...until next time...you are loved...

And this is the very medicine man that pulled Billy out of the crowd that day....he was the best part of the day....sooooooooooooooo funny...




And this is one of the many tents full of storytellers and listeners...this goes on all day for 3 days....