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It got back into the upper 80s today, but I resisted turning on the AC and let the ambient temp with open windows carry through the day. It cost me a high E guitar string on the Egee. They are funky and need changing anyway. I suspect that the AC will be on tomorrow. Skimming 90°F for the next three days, dew point climbing back towards the 70s.

Chores are pretty much done. The new cotton/wool blend socks are in the washer, awaiting a load. And I’m about to make avocado spud, so a few dishes (cutting board, knife, fork). Need to sift the litter box. But everything else is done. Baked potato soup is coming up in the near future.

The selfie stick/tripod arrived. Works well enough to keep it as a tool. Bluetooth module is handy for remote. No further deliveries at the moment.

Sketch app and multiple layers in Photoshop.
And yes, that’s hair.

I got ground chuck, scallops, and other stuff for the freezer, so it’s about full again. Coconut Cream Pie Blue Bell too. I need to finish off the Strawberry Cheesecake, so I can get another before it goes out of production. Plenty in the fridge too. No need for a store run this weekend.

To the kitchen to make avocado spud…


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The dew point today got down to 43°F today, something I haven’t experienced since April. My drink does not sweat, not even a little. And the window to the office is open. 73°F at 8 pm. Toto, I don’t think we’re in summer anymore. Expecting 50s in the morning. Haven’t those since April either.

Office is open, which means that Myka can pester me whenever she pleases. She has no qualms about claiming the LZB. She can’t say no to a hammock either, even though time is limited until it cools further.

Made a store run this morning. Chips and Reese’s, brats and dogs, air filters for the furnace, and a cheap battery powered analog wall clock. It’s hanging where I can see it from the LZB, so I can be sure to know the time when I wake up, even if I don’t have on a watch.

Made a test run of the furnace. I heated it fully with the windows open, in case there was a dust burn. Nothing I could detect. It’s ready to roll when needed.

Stew is thawed, but thus far is untouched. I don’t think I’ll be able to say that come morning. The smoked turkey has been opened, or at least one of the two packs. Had chicken fajitas for an early dinner. I have room in the freezer, for a change. Maybe add ground chuck, as it’s on sale, and I’m getting low. Scallops, seafood would do. Need to start thinking turkey roast.

The second half of the new thermals arrived, so the two sets got washed with the regular load. Recycling is on the curb. House is clean. Only chore outstanding is the ice bin, and there is still a little left in there. Otherwise, I’m ahead of the game.

First serve

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The ping pong game that we call winter here has its first serve, the tropical bulge before the first cool front. 98°F for a high to end a summer that never saw triple digits. The cool front will be here tomorrow afternoon about 3 pm, a windy, blustery train from the north, with a modest chance of rain. 50s briefly on Thursday morning. Highs will be in the 80s for the week, lows in the 60s. Windows will be open often.

It’s time to fire up the furnace. Not at this moment, much too warm for the thermostat. I am thinking of buying a set of filters. I have some that are too short, but can be doubled or have cardboard taped on the edge. Vacuuming the closet will be done tonight.

I had pizza for a late lunch. The penne has been consumed. A pot pie is a prime candidate for dinner. I had chicken fajita tacos last night. Life from the freezer. I plan on thawing the remaining tub of stew for the front. And I may thaw a rib eye when that is finished. Regular cooking returns to the kitchen.

I have been gathering steam, getting a little more energized. A ways to go before I worry about stresses, but it is upward moving. Chores are done. A long soaking bath before the front and then laundry.

iOS 15 released today. Starting with the phone, as it has less to mess up.

Summer’s end

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Three days to equinox, three days to a drop in temperature, nights in the 50s. To celebrate, I ordered more wool socks and long johns. (They’re not in stores yet.) Weather to fix the truck is coming, and it’s needed, the voltage gauge keeps dropping.

My watchband broke last night, so I went and got a new watch this morning. A Casio with a 10 year battery and a 1 year strap. I think I have 4 watches with broken straps. Three are still running, one finally needs a new battery.

I missed the jam Thursday. I just wasn’t up for it on multiple fronts, prepping me, warming up, packing and transfer of instruments and stuff, performing. It just wasn’t in the cards.

Made a store run Friday, ended up with a multitude of odd details. Most notable was getting $100 cash back and getting one twenty and sixteen fives. There was no cash back on the watch sale this morning. *Sigh*

Been fairly low energy, though I have been keeping up with chores. Not much else. After the dissipation of tensions in response to Nicholas, there hasn’t been much ambition. Watching movies and stuff.

After the storm

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It actually rained while I was still under the whorl (barely), and the nearest other rain was 100 miles east. It got the street wet, but no run off. So I am placing Nicholas on the storm list. 24 hurricanes, 23 tropical storms.

I can sense a general tension in the populace, people preparing for a storm that went a different direction. And there was the windy overcast indicative of a tropical system that built on it. Unfulfilled adrenaline coursing through people’s veins, nowhere constructive for the tension to go.

I got the chicken prepped for the penne alfredo, but I haven’t made it yet. Skin and bones made it out with the trash. Cooking and washing the subsequent dishes are my only chores for the moment. In no hurry to see it done.

Myka has fallen in love with the LZB again. She avoided it all summer, and now she’s glued to it.

Ol’ Nick

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Nicholas became a hurricane a short while ago, 75 mph sustained. It is just offshore from Matagorda and is currently pointed at downtown Houston, tracking just west of Lake Jackson.

Here in town, except for a brief spell of eastern wind before sunset in the 20 mph range, you wouldn’t know that there was a storm in the area. Closest rains have been halfway to Houston. I am doubtful that we’ll see any rainfall this far inland. So are the local weather forecasters. Maybe tomorrow, but I’m not plunking down money on it. The wind is starting to pickup again as the storm moves closer.

I am thawing a couple of quarters of recipe chicken for penne alfredo. I have run out of thawed locally cooked food. I still have a tub of stew, when the urge strikes. And a stack of rib eyes. And pork tenderloin. And a package of pulled pork. And ham and turkey breast and ground chuck and… But they are all frozen. And there is plenty in the fridge that needs consuming.

Not a whole lot happening. Got ready for sitting tight, and now it looks like I’ll just be sitting. It reminds me that the worst facet of tropical systems can often be the boredom of the distraction.

I turned off the AC, but the office stays shut. The temperature outside is a couple of degrees cooler, and the dew point is dropping. However, I don’t want the breeze whipping through.


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Two consecutive nights that the office has been open. Myka took claim to the LZB for the first time since April. She senses the change coming in these last days of summer.

And we get to celebrate it with Nicholas, a graze from the dry side. 2-3 inches of rain over 3 days, 25% chance of tropical storm winds. Closest on Tuesday, Monday to Wednesday window. The rain wouldn’t hurt, no flood warnings nearby. It’s been a little dry this last week. I’m already ready for it. I might open the office tonight, if it doesn’t get too humid.

It’s been a slow weekend. Slept a lot. Took care of the horde overnight. (They all climbed in the same cage for cookies.) Chores are few and done in due course. Had two meals, avocado spud and eggs ackley (last serving), and they have left me with no appetite. Brisket sandwich is next, whenever I get hungry.

My pads don’t hurt, but they are sensitive. I’m glad I didn’t play more. It will be awhile before I return. They need work, more than I estimated.

Basically getting ready to sit around and wait for the weather to pass. Doesn’t take much effort.

Pads – fail

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My pads only lasted about 30 minutes of actual playing last night. And I wasn’t in particularly good form. But the company was good. And I brought home brisket, as they had run out of chili. And my body has been off pace since, tired, sore, comatose. I still haven’t unpacked the toy bag.

I played more percussion that anything else, rotating through the items, wood block, tamarind bones, spoons (cheaters), clapper, cabasa, cat guiro.

With brisket on the heels of the pulled pork, I needed bread, as well as produce, so I made a store run this morning. I’m now set for the weekend.

It is starting to cool a little. Dew point in the 50s. Winds out of the north and east. Moving the Gulf air out allows for cooler nights. Tonight is forecast for 63°F at the airport. About the same for in town. The office may get to be opened.

Charged both batteries on the truck. Voltage has dropped. Getting to be time to make the alternator swap. Brakes seem to be holding.

I get to sit the horde this weekend.

The office window opened at 11:15 pm CDT, first time since May. The AC is off, silent.

Osteo reflections

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Pernambuco (Brazilwood) is now protected, and I haven’t seen any other bones available anywhere for a while now. So I think I got one of the last available pair, by some fluke. And the canary has some nice burling. I may finish them with CrabCoat when I do the purpleheart. All three will have definite showcase character.

The tamarind pair are almost as intense as the magnum rosewood pair. And it gives the tamarind half-round the other end of a set. So definitely a good acquisition.

A good way to top the collection. The three bags are: minstrel, flats, everything else. I think it will work. All the zippers are easy to close. On the spoons, I may give the cheaters a bag.

Trash and laundry need to get done, preferably tonight, though the washer can wait. I’m pretty much up on things.

Eggs ackley, pot pie, pulled pork. Could have done much worse.


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51 – 56

Tamarind, pernambuco, canary, respectively.

Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.


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Finally got the eggs ackley made. They’re in the fridge. Now to do the dishes.

More bones

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I was playing bones, trying to keep my muscle tone for playing, and I went to Bone Dry Music with a question, and found that they are having a 75% discount, indication of a stock clearance sale. The selection was very much diminished, but I found three pair that I found desirable.

Pea Patch – Minstrel regular – Tamarind
Whamdiddle – Classic long – Canary
Whamdiddle – Classic long – Permambuco

I know, the last thing I need is more bones. I will need a third bag now (which I have on hand). But the price was right, and I can afford them. So I gave in to the impulse. What can I say?

I had full intention of making eggs ackley early this morning and ended up sleeping through the cool part of the night/day. There’s tomorrow, and I won’t starve in the meantime.

Fortunately, I’m on top of the chores. The warm weather today won’t bite into anything.

Paramhansa Yogananda, parlez-vous?

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It took me 50 years to catch the joke in Firesign Theater’s W C Field Forever, but I finally found true enlightenment. I woke from a dream with an earwig, which led me to a little better than two hours online research, including several versions of Mademoiselle from Armentières. I have to admit, it was the first time I ever encountered the phrase “takes a bath in a talcum can”. (Another 2 chorder. 1 5, ugh..)

One tub of stew is gone, as is the tub of risotto. I have another tub of stew in the fridge and one in the freezer. I wasn’t able to eat up the Blue Bell in time, so I’ll have room for a replacement. Coconut Cream Pie is still available, but I need to eat the last slice of coconut creme pie in the fridge. Lots of competition, with chocolate dipped macaroons, Pirolines, snickerdoodles, shortbread, Reese’s Pieces, mini white chocolates, Lindt truffles, and more. So with my sweet tooth more than satisfied, none of it is vanishing in a hurry. Concentrating on the fridge more.

Finally got a charge to my debit card from Apple when I made another small purchase. I guess they were hanging on to it. No emailed receipt yet.

A rain cloud rolling through, cooling things off. As is often the case, it dwindled as it reached town. Regardless, 78°F is preferable to 95°F.

Thinking about laundry again. A good time to dig around in the reserves, while it’s cooled down.


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If anything, it got a little warmer today. Not expecting immediate relief. A little rain took the edge off, trading temp for humidity.

Got the truck insurance paid today. No internet bill, so it’s survivable.

Didn’t have much of an appetite today. It was a long spell between breakfast and dinner and it didn’t bother me. I was going to do risotto for lunch, but I put that off until later tonight and had stew for dinner.

My guitar pads are doing better, but they’re not up to a full set yet. It may take another month of practice to build them back properly. So no jam tomorrow night.

Got a script and topped off with gas today. That ends my streak of store runs. Well stocked across the board.


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Klim is milk spelled backwards. The last of the milk in the fridge went toward cheese risotto. I finished right before it warmed up for the day. The stew utensils and crock are washed and put up. I have the risotto pot and cooking spoon soaking in the sink, waiting for a minute of my time. I won’t need to cook for a while.

I need to get Myka’s salad picked and serve it to her. Bath and laundry later today, otherwise, I’m on my own time.

Ida made landfall this afternoon. Grand Isle had a pretty intense tidal surge. No effect of it felt here.

Not much else going on this Sunday. Aside from cooking, pretty much a lazy day.

Stewy too

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7.5 liter crock

After a 32 hour delay… The stew is currently closing in on 9 hours of slow cooking. More beef than potatoes. No veggies (sweet peas, baby limas, green beans, more carrots, corn), tomato sauce, or flour yet, but they’ll be in there before long. I estimate this one could take as long as 14-16 hours to cook on low heat. Maybe longer.

I may end up sacrificing Blue Bell for freezer space. There will be three half gallon tubs and a partial after a bowlful. Add cheese risotto to the fridge, and there is a storage crisis. I can’t eat that fast.

I hear rumbling to the south west. The rain is moving from the east. Not enough fell to wet anything. But it was a relatively cool day for August. A good day to cook.

I am seeing a bill for AT&T, no refund credited. There will be a phone call Monday if it doesn’t change by then.

Veggies just went in the crock after a period of high heat and the veggies thawing. The heat is back to low. It will cook until the meat and potatoes are tender. Tomato sauce and flour go in about an hour before it finishes.

Another Saturday night at home.

With an hour to go.


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Texas style ribs were on sale for $3/lb, so I got 5.7 lbs. They’re essentially beef shoulder roast cut in one inch square boneless strips, and they make excellent stew meat cubes with minimal prep. I figured it was the way to tame the bag of gold potatoes that hasn’t been opened yet. I had to go back for beef broth, which I thought I had, but didn’t.

I meant to start the prep earlier tonight, but I fell asleep and didn’t turn on the fans to cool down the house. But I still have time to get the crock loaded and ready for slow cooking before it warms up.

It also means that the remainder of the milk will go toward cheese risotto. And there will be a batch of eggs ackley in there too. But not tonight. No hurry, as the fridge is still well stocked, and nothing in the fridge is near expiration.

It’s still August, and the days are still warm. At least it’s not hot. No triple digits this summer thus far.

Finances are uncertain starting in October. A number of COVID relief efforts are expiring after September. It doesn’t worry me, as I am doing well enough, even without the ones I receive. I’m paying attention, and there is hope, but nothing definitive yet. I wish AT&T would hurry up and show me a bill so I can verify the installation refund.

Ready for things to cool down so I can fix the truck, make it road worthy. I’m getting tired of sitting at home.

Por nada

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Lots of nothing going on. Big news, stop the presses, a store run this morning, flautas, fajitas, and Reese’s pieces.

Woke at 8 am and realized that I hadn’t put out the trash. Never mind that I had 4 hours or more to spare, it would delay the store run.

So a non-stop morning for an hour. I even caught a computer event on time.

Prior to that, three days of laziness. A few dishes, a couple of ice bin fillings, Myka pampering… There was a pharmacy run on Monday, with a Myka stock. Besides kibbles and wet food (a couple of new flavors to test), she got a couple of gravy pouches, a little pricey, but she loves it, and it doesn’t take much of it to ring her ding-a-ling.

Got a list of installations done, mostly updates. As of now, I’m current. Poking around in new versions, but not much. I’m still too frazzled from the assembly to be productive.

I have a diminishing infection on my left elbow pad. First time I’ve ever experienced one. Not bad, a little sore, but I got it drained, and it’s healing as the infection recedes.

That’s pretty much it for the last three days. The August mundanes. Staying cool in the cave. Sleeping too much at night.


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I have had laundry waiting for days. My intent is to add reserves that haven’t been washed in many months (or years) to freshen them. But the dirty clothes seem to be the only thing sitting in the washer. Now other chores are done. Ice bin stays stocked, food cooked, dishes washed, floors clean, hand washed poncho on the hanger rack, etc, etc. And laundry is an easy one, a few turns and pushes and folding is it. I just haven’t gotten to the point of digging up the reserves to add to the load. I’m just about ready to do a small load.

Part of the issue is the effort digging up reserves that were down a ways on the priority list. They could wait until autumn when it cools down a bit and I’m not in the office most of the time. It’s currently the warmest time of year, and the AC is welcoming. It’s also how I bagged the reserves with other stuff when cleaning the office. I need to box a bunch of it for storage, no small effort. All in all, it’s something that is logically suited for a different time of year. Ambition for the illogical is currently hampered. Pun is unfortunately intended.

I am managing to keep the time passing without too much distress. Finishing up a TV series. The audio processing collection is pretty much complete (sans sorting). Going through software and seeing how much of a learning curve I’m facing with upgrades, though it’s not as steep as what I’ve already encountered. Game playing eating time too. The new digital setup in the office can be productive when inspired and entertaining when I’m not. My needs are covered, and I can hole up and keep myself company. I’ve got email and chat and even an iPhone to keep the impacts on the walls down to a minimum. (Boing boing.)

While I may wish for late spring in the middle of a cold spell in winter, I never wish for the third week in August. At least it’s green this year.

And I couldn’t stand it any longer. I set the washer for medium load and ran it without adding any of the reserve. It’s just a load of dirty clothes. How novel…


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The old gravity defying trick.

This act of this brass barreled stylus defying gravity is simply a case of speaker magnets and a very thin stainless steel sleeve on an otherwise solid brass instrument. I am exceedingly glad that I never laid my credit cards on the laptop surface. The speakers are a class or two better than other laptop speakers, but I never suspected this degree of magnetic flux.

Just hand washed the alpaca poncho in the tub, and now it’s dripping over the tub. It will get moved to the folding drying rack when it has finished dripping off the water weight. I still need to do laundry, which involves digging up idle stuff to wash with the dirty clothes. Otherwise, chores are done. Plenty of ice in the bin, dishes and containers washed, kitchen floor clean, truck battery charged, even trimmed my toenails. Well, Myka needs pampering, but otherwise…

I intend on making sausage gravy tonight. Risotto later into the week ahead. Plenty of goodies to hold me over in the meantime. Had pizza last night.

I grabbed a few more gigs of VST plugs in the last 24 hours. Not worried about exceeding my 1T of bandwidth for the month. Two thirds of the way there with 4 days remaining. I’d be hard pressed to download the other third. I’m waiting to see how they treat the service charge refund on the next bill.

I am looking into financial changes in the months ahead, as COVID enactments expire and adjustments are discussed and made. I’m doing well enough for now, and things look hopeful. Hopeful is not certain. But it is hopeful, so no reason to be glum now.

The coming week looks to be on the warm side, a few upper 90s in a string. I’ll be in my cave, hopefully hybernating in the afternoons. I have plenty to keep me busy if I don’t.

Trundling on

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Rain from glancing storms dropped temperatures more than it made things wet. While welcome, safety concerns regarding the lightning hindered my schedule. Not that anything protested being delayed, everything involved something getting wet. The call to sleep was stronger than the will to do chores.

Piroulines arrived early, a fresh stock before the previous batch is exhausted.

Thawed sausage for gravy, now that I have milk on hand. I’ll probably make risotto as well. Potato salad is the only item on the middle shelf of the fridge that’s opened. Beanie weenies was lunch, finishing off the hotdogs.

Sent Apple $50 today. Can’t justify it, other than that I can afford it. The discount on the internet covered the software.

Summer trundles on.


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The audio processing is in place, cataloged, and backed up. All that is left is organizing for use. That will happen on the older laptop in due course. I’ve dedicated enough time to the project for the nonce. I still have hardware/DAW to iron out before I start using plugs and libraries. For now, I’m taking a break.

It rained today (Sunday), moderately, while areas nearby got much more. The rain storm dissipated, much like the armies of Lord of the Rings casting themselves against the walls of Helm’s Deep.

Down to spaghetti and potato salad, with the hotdogs opened for a couple of chili cheese dogs. I decided that it would have torpedoes the spaghetti program, so I just ate the chili with cheddar. I’ve decided to do beanie weenies with the rest of the dogs. Another “it’s been awhile”. Plenty more in reserve to be opened.

Staying in front of chores for the most part. Occasionally the dishes soak a little longer than necessary. There aren’t many chores to be done, so it’s an easy achievement. Laundry is a little slack, but still not a full load.

Made a quick store run. Mostly extraneous stuff, milk was about it for needed items, plus more flautas so I wouldn’t run out. Cookies, chocolate bottomed macaroons, chips, plus moth traps and New-Skin.

I ordered more vanilla Piroulines from Amazon too.

Today is a phone day. Storage rent and everything else that has been waiting.

Today is a lazy Monday.

Drop everything

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Let me rephrase that: Drag n drop everything. I finished the big guns that I wanted done with Disk Utility, a fairly tedious process for hundreds of folders. But for the large folder hierarchies, it’s hard to beat for verified accuracy, especially when you’re tossing the original. But for single pkg folders, it’s a waste of time. It’s too easy to replace from the internet. I switched to DropDMG and let them batch process. I got the last 120 folders done inside of 20 minutes.

Everything audio is off the internal drive. I have two transfers left, 275G and 112G. Then I get to sort everything by format, function, etc, so I can find what I need without having to do too much research. Then it will be done. But no more packaging, just moving.

Whew! It’s getting there.


SSD radial display

95°F outside, topping the warm region, edging into the a little bit hot zone. Not too bad in the kitchen, bearable at 87°F. Not particularly ideal for broiling, but bearable. Not that I’m hungry after an early spaghetti lunch.

August is half over.

Doughnut Friday

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I can’t remember the last time before this morning that I bought anything from Shipley Do-nuts. Memory says probably 80s or 90s in Conroe, but it might have been 00s in Bryan. A decade and some, at least. Could be more than three. An unnecessary indulgence, but what the heck.

Chicken salad is gone, and I’ve resumed the sketti train. Need to focus on the chili, though it’s the least expensive and easiest to sacrifice, if needed. I’ll see if any of the spuds are still edible. I think I’ll pass on the dogs for now.

Slow progress on the audio files, but progress nonetheless. I may be washing some of the reserves this weekend. Towels will be a big part of it. What else depends on how far I get.

Not a whole lot else going on. It’s summer.

Shorter days

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I have noticed that the sun is setting further south as the days grow shorter, especially in the morning. The house aligns 14° west of true north, aligning with the street. This means that the sun strikes the north side of the house on summer evenings. And with the neighbor’s war on shade, the sun has been coming in the window full tilt in the evening, making it difficult to read the computer screen. I was using a sheet of packing paper to shade the window for around an hour or two, being easier than working the roman curtain, with less wear and tear. With the angle of sunlight moving south in the evening, the paper is no longer necessary. Part of this is trees on the other street providing a big part of the reduction.

The shorter days don’t mean cooler days. It’s still in the 90s in the afternoon. We have another month before we expect to see a break in the temperature, if not longer. But that is nothing new, same ol’ same ol’.

Made a store run on Monday morning. Rib eyes were on sale, half price. Three 24 oz beauties caught my eye, and I brought them home. They’re in the freezer. Strawberries were also on sale, $1/lb. I pureed and froze two packs. Also got chicken salad, potato salad, produce, tamales, boudin, smoked turkey, provolone and gouda, flautas, and replacement spaghetti and sauce. The fridge is snug and the freezer is topologist approved. I need a bigger appetite.

I am making progress on audio processing stuff. Not heroic or historic or even concerted, but a bit here and there. I’m not going to wear myself out again like the first round. A little, when I feel like it, for as long as I feel like it. No pressing onward. It will get there. I have a good picture of the final product’s hierarchy. I know where I’m going with it, which helps.

Doing well, or what passes for doing well these days. No escaping the aches, pains, and limits in stamina. But I am caught up on chores and ahead of the curve. Vital signs are good. Plenty of sleep. But it’s summer. AC bound, minimal cooking, lots of sedentary existence, keeping focused on something to maintain a balanced mentality without strain. August will pass.

My pads are going through a peel. I need to soak them in coconut oil. Getting in a little playing, but not anything with power. They’re crumbling. A delayed reaction to the blow out. Good thing this happened in summer.