Purple Rain meets Purple Power

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The cherry laurel berries that the robins processed have been removed from the truck. About $4 in quarters and $1.50 worth of Purple Power were put to use on the truck at the car wash around noon. The biggest effort was stripping the layer of environmental grunge that had accumulated over a number of years, on the roof of the camper shell. From ground level, it wasn’t visible, but looking down from a multi-story building, it was rather funky.


Squeezing the spray bottle, scrubbing with the brush, and handling the power wash nozzle, some 40 steady minutes worth, did a number on my hands and arms. (No playing music now.) Even ibuprofen doesn’t fully block it. But the roof went from 0% to 97% visible, and from any distance, it looks clean now. I may go back another day and finish the job, but the primary purpose, removing the purple rain and gunk, was achieved. Clean enough for a Texas truck.


Polished off the eggs ackley this morning. It was about 6 tacos worth, but it had been in the fridge long enough. I cleaned the plate. The sausage gravy and chicken/broccoli rice got finished off yesterday. Chicken penne alfredo and cheese risotto coming up before long. Ample items to apply to bread in the fridge. Smoked turkey/bacon/provolone sandwiches, brats, boudin, chili cheese dogs, plus pork tamales. No hurry to light a fire.


Windows are open. 74°F. Chance of rain tomorrow. It will be mild this week, not quite warm enough for windows after Sunday, but not harsh.


Deliveries are all slow. Called storage today, let them know only one payment went through. A pokey January. Still waiting on word from Brookshire’s on the vaccine.

*sigh*

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The waiting is finally over.


Made a light store run. Forgot to get cheddar on the last one. Also got cookies. Now I am in good shape for the month, as long as the storage rent for January shows up on my account.


Chores are done for the day. Still need to treat the bodhran skin. Otherwise, a slow afternoon. Windows are shut, 60°F outside. Holding off on washing the truck.


Myka loves the indoor pate with greens in it. It vanishes, and she wants more before the end of the day.




The bodhran has been treated with all three applications. It just needs time to soak in and a rub down to remove the excess.


Having a quiet evening, mostly going over the news. That it’s pretty boring is a relief.

MM

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Mad money is handled for the month, provided that the storage rental goes through and the internet bill shows on time. Yesterday was MLK, a bank holiday, so everything is hanging as pending. Today should hopefully tell. It’s been an odd month financially. Not difficult, just odd.


Got a step stool, new bins for Myka’s kibbles, 9V batteries for the Egee, LED bulbs, a TP hanger, a third thermometer, etc. I also ordered a USB-C to 4 USB hub for the coming MBP. The fridge is well stocked. I won’t need to shop until next month, except maybe for perishables. Four deliveries outstanding, strings, poncho, CrabCoat, and hub.


It’s a relatively warm evening, low 60s. Chance of rain and mid-70s today. I may not need to wash the truck, if there’s enough rain. Tomorrow will be cooler, then warm again on Thursday. The ping pong game is in progress.


I think the bodhran will be treated today. Seems like a good day for it, warm and humid to relax the skin. My hand is ready for it.

Poncho and Ackley

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I plunked down $100 of mad money on another alpaca poncho, same style as the grey one, but in the color blue jean. It will be my public poncho, matching my denim pants and shirt, the grey will be my at home kick around, and the blue/brown stripes will be reserved for parties and performances.


Eggs ackley (6 egg) is sitting on the stovetop, cooling off for packing. Chicken/broccoli rice is in the fridge. That leaves sausage gravy to make.


Chores are done for the nonce, except washing the skillet and spatula that are currently occupied on the stove.


The windows are open, 69°F, mild breeze from the north. A few of the robins remain, too many for washing the truck yet. Most of remaining intact berries are on the ground, shaken loose during the feast. The birds are not paying attention to them thus far.


First payment for storage went through. YEAH!!! Waiting for the second.




The gravy has been placed in the fridge, giving me a trio of options for primary entrees, with half a dozen alternatives to give variety. No chores outstanding, kitchen time is fulfilled.


I ordered the CrabCoat satin for finishing the purpleheart bones. I look forward to refinishing the bones to bring out the vibrant purple grain and keep it from fading to brown under UV exposure. That gives me three deliveries in progress. Only the strings have tracking yet, and it’s a hybrid and won’t show immediately.

Coup de gras

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Coup de gras translates to blow of fat. That brings to mind striking someone with a pork belly. Coup de grâce translates to blow of mercy, or “death blow”. And is properly pronounced [cooed grass].


I mention this because robins are flocking around the house eating the cherry laurel seeds, and consequently bombing the yard in a continuous process. The seeds are very rich in cyanide (CN), as are the leaves, but it is not hydrogenated, which is what makes it poisonous (HCN). A couple have hit the oat grass, so Myka’s salad is “cooed grass”. I have to be careful not to feed her any tainted blades.


I mentioned coup de gras because I have been prepping chicken and pork loin for cooking. (Chicken/broccoli rice and eggs ackley, with sausage gravy to follow.) I had to wash a lot of gras off my hands.


Once the robins depart, I will take the truck to the car wash and get rid of the unsightly purple dots. They are quite fearless when after the berries. I can get within eight feet of them at eye level without a problem. That makes it difficult to shoo them away. They love gorging on those berries.


About 65°F outside the window. It’s not quite warm enough to open the windows. It’s sunny, with hazy blue skies. A nice Saturday afternoon, even though it’s dangerous to go outside and enjoy it. That is, unless one has a pair of wide rosewood minstrel bones in one’s hand.


I made a store run last night, close to $70, but not nearly enough to deal with the mad money. Stocked up on paper plate reserves, and I got cat food. I got deli mesquite smoked turkey and sliced provolone and gouda, brats, bread, flautas, Reese’s, pot pies, etc. Not a big haul, but enough to fill most of the gaps in the kitchen. I will not go hungry for a long time.


Made a call to storage, and said if the problem with the credit card mechanics weren’t solved to call me back this morning. No return call, so I am waiting for the entries to show on the bank account. I don’t need two months rent added to mad money.


To whittle down the mad money a bit, I ordered four sets of Martin strings for the Egee. I discovered that it was a good thing that I downloaded the MF app for the iPad, as the new website shopping cart they have doesn’t work on my laptops. I can check the order on the laptop, but that’s it. A sure sign that I will be upgrading laptops soon. I should get some more 9V batteries soon. The last one is in the tuner. That gives me six or seven months to stock up.


Signed up with Brookshire Bros. for COVID vaccine. Seems to be the only public source in town. Now I wait.

Windows

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70°F, sunny, and the windows are open. I had to wear Myka down for a nap. It was that or be pestered all day.


10 days and no response from the dowel guy. I give up.


The hand is doing well. It’s background now. I can prep and treat a bodhran skin. Back to SOP.


I’m about to cook something, not sure what. Chicken is thawed, joining sirloin and pork loin. And there is a half gallon of milk to be used. So that much is set. There rest… it will come.


Feeling well. No complaints. No hesitation, no hurry.

Healing

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The hand is showing marked improvement. Only one bite, one of the deep ones has shown any sign of infection, and it was treated aggressively at first appearance. Draining, medicating, heating pad, sleeping. Doing better. I’m using the hand fairly regularly, just avoiding the high stress stuff. I’ll be prepping in the kitchen before long.


Myka is back in my graces, back to the usual routine. Most of the time. No carte blanche.


The snow melted, but some of the ice remains in the nooks and crannies. Myka’s oats survived. But one of the cherry laurels toppled from the weight of the ice, the roots giving way. A crew will get after it.


No response on the dowels after a week. I’m about to write off the order. No sign of the storage rent on the account either. No more bones, maxed out. Mad money is going to be tricky this month. I may be looking at a bank trip to cash the check and withdraw some from the account. Other than MBP adaptors, no idea what to buy.


Been working on the freezer. I finally achieved a sparse middle shelf in the fridge, tamales and pork loin. Started thawing a few things for when I’m back to wielding a blade, sirloin, boudin, with chicken quarters to follow. But I have been going through pizza, fajita chicken, popcorn shrimp, pot pie, etc, while healing. Easy fix, easy eat.


I have managed to play the tun flat bones a little with my right hand. They’re light enough not to stress anything. No guitar or bodhran yet, but it will get there.


Still watching and waiting for a chance to get vaccinated.

Mending

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There is still some swelling and deep soreness from the first and deepest bite, in the thumb muscle. I may give it one more heat treatment, just to be on the safe side. But the rest of the wounds are healing relatively well. Still not making any music, though.


I’m not cooking either. Plenty to eat in the freezer that doesn’t require firing up the stove or oven. I’m mostly taking it easy, giving my immune system top priority on the resources. It’s paying off, considering the extent of the damage. Aggressive healing techniques help.


The rain has been been constantly off and on since midnight, roughly 0.75″ total this far. No real heavy rain, but some moderate showers in the mix. Holding around 40°F. Two hours before the forecasted start of the snow. Not sure if it will be cold enough, as the hourly forecast says it should be in the mid-30s now. Time will tell. I’d just as soon see it rain.


I haven’t cut Myka any slack yet, though she has been requesting treats, attention, and forgiveness. I don’t think that she is fully repentant yet. She is still feles non grata.


Yuck.

Cat in jail

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Myka saw the neighbors’ cat outside, then turned and viciously attacked my right hand. These are the worst wounds she has ever laid on me. She is spending time in jail. Needless to say, I am not pleased.


I washed thoroughly and deep, treated with antibiotic gel, then placed it in a nitrile glove. I got in the LZB and wrapped the hand in my heating pad to create a localize fever. I think that I saved myself a trip to the emergency room for antibiotics.


I won’t be playing bones for a few days.
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Topside


Snow in the forecast tomorrow PM into Monday morning. Bleeeeech!

50 bones

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The four pair of flats arrived today, rosewood, tun, sisham, and boxwood. That gives me 50 bones > 25 pairs > 9 sets and 7 pairs. They fit snuggly in two bank deposit bags.

The whole shebang.

Doh!

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The canceled order wasn’t canceled. The flat bones should still be shipped soon, if not already on their way. The canceled order was me checking to see the shipping cost on the 27th. The actual order was on the 31st. Never mind!


And I ordered a pair of rosewood flats from Lark in the Morning (cheaper there undiscounted because of shipping), which had previously been unavailable. That will make 25 pair (9 sets + 7 pairs).


I am doing well. A few days of light grazing has allowed things to even out. The digestive pressure is relaxing. Still relatively saturated, but not quite as intently. I need to eat cheese, way too much stock on hand. I need to thin it out.


Mr. Avocado showed up on my front porch. I’ll have to drag him to the next party, with a bunch of avocados.

Canceled order

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I got the three pairs of bones in the mail today from Bone Dry, mahogany and teak in the Half-Round, and the replacement maple Percy Danforths. All arrived in one box, which solves the mystery of the prolonged label created message on tracking. The mahogany are richer and louder than I expected. The teak are considerably quieter than anticipated, though I had read that they were low key. Good nighttime practice bones. The maple are pretty much what I expect, mellow, warm, but full. Nice and lightweight. A pair of maple flats might be a nice idea for a set.


However, the three pair of Lark in the Morning FlatWorld bones in tun, sisham, and boxwood got canceled by MIS without an explanation. I emailed them, requesting a reason. A refund is scheduled, the charge is still pending on my account. Not sure if I can order from LitM, if they are the reason for the cancelation. Their website says that they are still shipping, but no date given on the message.


I also emailed a query on the dowel order. It’s been 104 days since I placed the order, 75 days since I last had a response.


75°F this afternoon, calm, sunny. It prompted a warm soak in the tub.


Still no rent on the storage. I’m tempted to call. But it’s Monday, don’t be too eager.


Not eating much. Enjoying it. Bread and cornbread are the focus, don’t let them spoil. Peas are gone, tamales too. Brats and boudin waiting to be opened. Probably pastrami tonight.

Dol-drums and bones

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Today is the second day that I was not forced to override my lack of appetite. I must say, it has been a relief to nibble and graze and not worry about food spoilage (except maybe bread and cornbread). I had haddock and popcorn shrimp last night to satisfy the seafood itch after weeks of absence.


I made a store run late last night. The store was fairly empty, not unexpected. I got litter and cat food, strainers, lime juice, cookies, more fish and shrimp (dinner almost did in my supply), and a few other things. I don’t expect to be buying much food this month, mostly perishables.


I have been studying about various finishes for wood that are very UV protective and don’t dull the musical tone of the wood. I want my purpleheart bones to be dazzling purple, not brown, and still sound sweet. I have found a crystalac exterior top coat called CrabCoat, ultra UV protection, seawater proof. Another option, requiring repeated applications, is Howard SunShield, which I can get locally. It is beeswax and carnauba wax as a base, which should help the grip, and can be used with shellac. I haven’t ordered or bought anything yet. I’m still in research mode.


The Half-Round bones are in Texas. No sign of the maple minstrels, so I assume they are in the same shipment, they got overlooked, or USPS is in shock from the holidays and pandemic. The Lark in the Morning flats were processed on my account, so I assume they are shipping. I expect LitM to be shipping them for MIS, so not sure if there will be tracking.


Windows were open for a couple of hours this afternoon. More expected in the days ahead. Still on the cool side at night. Myka has been enjoying the hammock several times a day. She has also been camped out next to the window in the front room, a view, a soft cushion, and elevation off the floor. Not to mention, privacy when she wants it.


Chores have been sparse, the usual. Minimal dishes, ice bin… Nothing heavy or intense. Just letting the air out.


I my treat the bodhran tomorrow. It could use a full treatment.


The world goes back to normal tomorrow. The holidays have been over for me for a couple of days. Tomorrow, the long weekend is over, the holidays history.

Post-holidia

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January 2nd, the sound of the air escaping is clearly audible. It’s almost as loud as the cowbell I rang for four seconds at midnight NYE/NYD.


I ate the tamales, black-eyed peas, cornbread, a pastrami/gruyere sandwich, and cheesecake, so I should have good luck this year. I also cleared out most of the 2020 food (two slices of Hershey’s chocolate creme pie were granted temporal transcendence) from the fridge.


I found the websites that gives info for vaccine distribution, so that I can make a quick application when they become available.


USPS tracking has been the pits for the last few days.


Time to switch from holiday hanging around to regular hanging around.

Last bones of 2020

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I just ordered Lark in the Morning flat bones in tun, sisham, and boxwood, to make the matching minstrel sets (four of a given wood) for R/L hand playing. These are the last bones I intend on ordering, bringing the collection up to 24 pair.


That said, I have been eyeing the Whamdiddle cocolobo @ $40 + s&h. Shame on me. When the six outstanding orders arrive, the collection will be:

Lark in the Morning
Minstrel and flat sets
Ebony
Padauk
Tigerwood
Red Sisham
Tun
Boxwood

Minstrel
Birch

Percy Danfoth
Minstrel
Maple
Red Oak

Pea Patch
Minstrel
Rosewood (wide)

Whamdiddle
Purpleheart

Half-Round
Tamarind
Teak
Mahogany

Shooting Star
Flat
Ziricote

McNeela Irish
Flat wrapped set
Rosewood

Joe Birl
Notched minstrel
Maple


Quite a collection. The Birl were the only ones I didn’t order (sent by mistake), but I like the maple voice. I have learned how to best use the Shooting Star, though I feel a little conscious with them, not from body memory. Part of that is that they’re hand-made, no two exactly alike. But I like the ziricote voice.


2021 will be learning all the voices to memory. With eight pair, it wasn’t that big of a challenge. But now it’s a much wider array. Not only are there sets, but a wider range of variants and cross mixes out-the-ears. Knowing which four pieces of wood to grab for a given song will take time.


There have been vaccines delivered to the state facility south of town, but I haven’t seen any sign of public distribution yet. Some counties have been going public, but those are mostly the most populated. I have my eyes open.


It’s cold and rainy. Temperature dropped 20°, 79°F to 59°F in under an hour. It started raining at sunset. Nothing all that heavy, but constant.


Today is hard drive maintenance day, ship all the dated data off to the external drives, update the copyright on the site, etc. Twice a year duties. Then I’m ready for the new year.

money

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Two deposits waiting to clear the bank, retirement and stimulus. Retirement clears tonight, the stimulus on Monday morning.


I haven’t been charged for December storage because of the challenge. The banks are discussing it. Because of that, I paid the internet bill and ordered the half round bones (teak and mahogany). That got me $1 under the limit. I’ll order the three pair of flats tomorrow (sisham, tun, boxwood). Next week, I’ll try contacting the dowel maker again.


Made a store run last night. Sirloin pastrami, smoke gruyere, Jarlsberg, cornbread, cheese cake for NYD, and I replenished the cupboard and got produce. I couldn’t resist the large avocado on sale. I am dealing with nutritional saturation.


Windows are open for the last time this year, and for the foreseeable future. Enjoying the 78° while I can. I plan on a soak while I can still enjoy it.


34 hours of 2020 left.

Bonny bones

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Got the five new pairs of bones. Well, take that back. Four new pairs and a pair of Joe Birl maple bones instead of the Percy Danforth maple bones. I emailed Bone Dry Music, and a pair of the Percy Danforth bones have been packaged and are ready to ship. I get to keep the Joe Birl, which I don’t particularly like. The notches are a good gimmick for those who constantly drop them, but they don’t allow for as much tuning, and they don’t swing very well.


The Percy Danforth red oak minstrels are tinnier than I expected, very bright (brighter than the padauk), but not very deep. Still, they fit a niche not yet filled. The Whamdiddle purpleheart are also tinnier than expected, but deep like ebony. They carry easily in a noisy environment, though the surface is a little on the rough side, not as polished as the rest of the collection. The Shooting Star ziricote sound nice, but I’m not too thrilled with the design. They’re not all that easy to play. I don’t think I’ll be buying any more of that brand. The Half-Round tamarind are enjoyable, deep but not excessively bright, a good balanced voice, and I like the way they play.
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Ziricote, purpleheart, tamarind, red oak, Joe Birl maple.


The minstrel bag is full. Not sure if the maple bones will fit. I may need to remove the Joe Birl bones. I am finding myself contemplating getting a pair of the Half-Round in teak and mahogany. The clearance price is right. And they’d go in the flat bone bag.


I get paid Wednesday/Thursday midnight, COLA goes into effect. I was thinking Thursday/Friday, but New Year’s Day is a holiday. Doh! Not sure if the storage rent will go through in time, but I’m not worried if it goes over a day or two. Client check is in hand. Not sure when I’ll head to the bank.


If the dowels bill get paid in January, and I get the matching flat bones and Half-Round, that’s around $220 out of the $490 mad money. If the stimulus gets bumped to $2k, then the MacBook Pro can happen in the coming month. If not, I’m looking at February.


Still fighting the fridge. But I am getting the upper hand. I have no choice, with NYD coming this way. Shopping early tomorrow morning for supplies. Pastrami, Jarlsberg, cornbread, cheesecake. I may use a can of black-eyed peas, rather than cook up a full batch, just to cut down on the volume. I can’t keep eating like this, even if I’m not gaining weight.

Dressing

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The turkey/veggie/cornbread dressing casserole (part 2) is in the fridge. It’s heavy on the turkey and just as yummy as the first. I got the stock up to a full tilt boil to make sure that nothing which might have grown in it reached the oven. It was on the fridge shelf for a while. Didn’t affect the taste. Plenty of bacon left.


Making a dent in the fridge, albeit slowly. Store run planned Wednesday morning early for NYD supplies.


The new bones are on their way to Texas, wheels rolling.


Stimulus bill got passed, $600, which should expand the bank limit high enough to purchase a 16″ MacBook Pro. So that is in the calculations, but not rushing to buy, as long as the Intel chips are still available. Waiting to see if there are further developments before taking the plunge.


Still no word back from the email I sent to the dowel guy two weeks ago. I ordered them 97 days ago. Still no bill. A fun wildcard still, but I can let it go if need be.


Windows are open in the afternoons again, for a few days. Gulf breeze.

Bonehead

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I just ordered five pair of bones from Bone Dry Music.
Percy Danforth Minstrel Maple
Percy Danforth Minstrel Red Oak
Half-Round Tamarind
Shooting Star Flat Ziricote
Whamdiddle Purpleheart


Two of these are from the list of four sets of minstrel bones that I didn’t order in November. (One of those are sold out.) The other three are exploration in wood and styles that I haven’t tried yet, but my research tells me that I made good choices all the way around. (It was the tamarind that tipped the scales.) And I got the five to avoid shipping fees, which aren’t cheap. It was and wasn’t a frivolous impulsive action. Impulsive, yes; frivolous, no. Or is that, Impulsive, no; frivolous, yes? Yes, yes? Heck, it’s Christmas, and I’m not in debt.


I am also considering Lark in the Morning flat bones in tun, sisham, and boxwood to match the minstrels of the same wood. I have come to the conclusion that I can use flat bones with my left hand better than minstrel. Grip, weight, actions, I think I’ll do better. And having six matching pairs will give me a better mix and match set of options for L & R. But not this month. I need to play with what I’ve got on hand first to decide.


Today’s purchase sealed the mad money, without the internet being paid before pay day. And the stimulus check debacle just killed all short term fiscal projections, so I’m not rueful. I’m just ashamed of myself (a little, not something I can’t endure with a smile). All told, I’ll have one heck of a heirloom collection. Blame it on the pandemic.


I got stuck house sitting the horde for the next two days.


The split pea soup is yummy. Opened the gourmet tamales this morning. Eggs ackley, marinated sirloin, and pulled pork have at least a couple more days each. I may make the dressing casserole on Monday or Tuesday.


The cold is durable, now that the 40 mph wind gusts have calmed. Last night was a little daunting.
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Jet stream yesterday

Half gallon

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I have a half gallon of split pea soup waiting to cool down a bit more before seeing fridge time. The spaghetti made a large exit (2 small or 1 large), and dishes are washed except for the soup pot, and it’s soaking.


I still have trash to gather, litter box the big thing there. The soup bone, fridge clearance, etc. has already been trashed. Won’t take long.


Tomorrow, bring the bin off the curb, fill the ice bin, do laundry. Sounds strangely familiar. ♫ And you don’t know if it’s deja vu or something you have seen. Richard Dobson – Hum of the Wheels


I’ve started playing bones to random iTunes, seeing what I can generate in time. It’s music I know, so it’s not totally spontaneous, but a random challenge nonetheless. It is speeding progress of the rapid transitions.


Today is forecast for mid-70s, then a shift to northerly winds and cooler temps. Other than Sunday, the outlook is on the cool side through the end of the year. No freezing, no open windows. I expect to have a cat on my calves.

Winter

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I got the eggs ackley made a few minutes before solstice, the last entree of autumn. Split pea soup will be the first of winter. Add spaghetti, pulled pork, and sirloin tacos. Variety will be brats, boudin, and tamales.


Caught up on chores. Ham is in the freezer, ham bone in the fridge for split pea. Ice bin is full. Dishes done. No laundry. Floors are swept. Etc, etc. Everything is squared away. I have a license to be lazy.


And now the days get longer.




Made a store run when I went to get a script refill. I got a 16 quart stainless soup pot, a set of batter bowls (spouts and handles on mixing bowls: 5.4, 3.7, and 2.6 quarts), and a non-stick jumbo turner (made for big pancakes, but will handle 12 oz burgers securely). I also got Myka new treats, which she loves voraciously.


Mad money is down to $34. I can relax with that and eight days to go. NYD supplies will eat that easily. If I get a bill on dowels, I won’t have a problem.


Windows were open all afternoon, and should be again tomorrow and Wednesday. Very nice, and Myka was thrilled. Christmas eve and day will be on the cool side, but a small warm up for the weekend.


Spaghetti sauce is starting to get low. One heavy or two light servings, adjusting pasta accordingly. I am expecting to make split pea tomorrow. The ham bone was scraped of fat and is ready to go, around half a pound of meat on the bone.

Sale!

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There are four 20 oz rib eyes in the freezer. They wouldn’t fit in quart freezer bags, but a little shifting of the pork tenderloins found a freezer foot print sufficient to hold them without displacing the Blue Bell.


I got to the store, and when I saw the rib eye roast, the freezer said, “Don’t you dare bring home no 20 lb roast!” Seven ribs, meaning a self cut would have produced seven 48 oz steaks. The five pounds I got was perfect to fill the steak section full. They cost a bit more per pound, but it was the only solution for affordable rib eyes in the freezer.


The half ham was 6.6 lb. I think I can fit it in by removing a bag of pulled pork and having a meaty ham bone for split pea soup. I won’t need to thaw turkey for a second cornbread dressing casserole just yet. I will cut up the ham today.


So the happy holiday store run worked out. And I won’t need to make another store run this week. I will need a refill on one script next weekend.


Still no word on the exotic dowels. Today marks 90 days since I made the order. And there has been no response to the email I sent a week ago. I would still love to have them, but I could also survive if it falls through.


Solstice is 20 hours away. Woohooo!




The bank negated both payments to storage. Looks like I’ll have to pay again. *sigh*


The table arrived. Definitely larger, but not quite as stable, though it has snap pins to keep the table from folding or unfolding, which help. Definitely nice to have on hand, and it sits nicely with the other table in the slot next to the fridge.


Litter box, dishes, ham sectioning, eggs ackley, more dishes are my chores for the day. Not a heavy load, but not lazy town either.

Begging to be tacos

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Marinated sirloin, begging to be tacos.
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Broiled.

Table

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Well, intent on the two folding tables, I decided to buy one that is a bit larger (twice the surface area). Delivery due on Christmas eve. (I’d be surprised.)
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11 slats


Started in on the spaghetti. Didn’t make the eggs ackley for the avocado, the spud, pork tenderloin, cheddar combo did as well in its place. Ackley will follow. A couple of sirloin halves thawing for marinated tacos, making room for the rib eyes. Ham has me puzzled. Maybe an 8 lb shank.


Been a cool day. A short one too. Didn’t do a lot of excess today, stuck with what was suitable.




The table is due Monday, according to FedEx.


Storage rent got charged twice to my bank account, but only once on the billing end. Unusual. But my bank is running a challenge check on it, 7 to 10 days.

Stretching the depths

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Deep in the December stretch, days getting shortest, weather cooler. Solstice is five days away.


Getting into the next phase in the kitchen, spaghetti and eggs ackley. Bones from the baby back ribs, half a Popeye’s spicy, plus stuff from the freezer that got sacrificed for space and freezer burn (ham was the only victim) all made the trash before curb time. Big trash bag this week from the freezer shuffle. The ice bin slides smoothly now, after losing the slab of bacon as a base. The shelf was spun 180°. The pork tenderloins turned out well.
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4.5 pounds


Emailed the dowel guy, waiting for a response. It’s been 82 days since I made the order. The fate of the mad money hangs in the balance.


HEB has rib eye roast on sale for $3.77/lb, as if I had freezer space to spare. Lobster tails, $5 each. The nerve!


Got the knit caps and styrofoam head. The knit caps are like the old one, but not the same mass or density. I may need to run it through the washer on hot to mat the yarn. And the head is a little smaller than mine, the hat is loose, even with a sweat band. But it holds the hat well, allowing the brim to relax in its proper shape.


I got a remote (in-oven) meat thermometer, 3 ft cord on the probe. Stays in the roast, etc and gives a real time reading with an alarm for when it reaches done temp. It will be used, but not in the near future. It will be a while before I crank up the oven again.


Hanging close, staying safe, waiting for a vaccination notice.