Crying in BMW beats a bicycle every old time

Five Rules of Life

1. Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a BMW than on a bicycle.

2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the fool’s name

3. Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again.

4. When in doubt, keep shooting until the magazine is empty.

5. Alcohol doesn’t solve any problem, but then again, neither does milk.


We had a gathering of the clan last weekend and, although it was busy and loud, everyone enjoyed it. The only memorable quote from said gathering was from Bill, better known as Pawpaw, after a freak little shower that lasted all of 35 seconds:

“It didn’t rain enough to get the dog wet!”

All weekend, everybody was going around quoting this in their best Jed Clampet voice to much merriment. Did I mention that it doesn’t take much to invoke merriment in our group?

We ate everything that wasn’t nailed down and it was all good. One of the definite highlights was this blueberry pie made by son Kyle. You will like it too, I promise .

Blueberry Pie

3/4 cup sugar

2-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2/3 cup water

5 cups f resh blueberr ies, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter (not margarine)

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

10-inch pie crust, blind baked and cooled

In medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon. Blend in water and 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries.

Bring to a boil, stirring and smashing half the berries (use a potato masher if you like). Boil, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick, a minute or so.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, butter, lemon juice and zest. Cool.

Fold in 2-1/2 cups blueberries, coating them well. Scoop into cooled baked pie shell. Arrange remaining cup of fresh berries over top.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours, or overnight if needed. Serve plain, or with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt or sift powdered sugar over top. Yummy!


Michelle Collier is always good for a belly laugh, a chuckle or, at the very least, a smile, on Facebook: Old age comes at a bad time. You finally know everything just in time to forget it!

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