Esther’s photos

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I added the photos of Esther’s Follies that I scanned for the new book about the history of Esther’s to the photo section.  Click the Esther’s button up top.

http://photo.fringewood.com/

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I will be staying on in Elgin for the most part of the rest of the month and for February (house sitting again).  I’m off to Brenham this weekend, with a stop in Bryan.  Looking forward to replenishing the boudin stock here.  Lots of errands to run.

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Tomorrow, I head north to Taylor and get the muffler fixed.  Then I head west to Pflugerville to purchase a refurb 2009 MacBook Pro.  It will fill the bill for html design and browsing with up to date software until I can get the production machine.  I can afford the monster now, but internet inadequacies here have me delaying the purchase even further.  (And I’m paying the service contract not to use the FiOS.)

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But life rolls on.  Rib-eye tacos, all sorts of goodies.  Down to three surviving items from the freezer.  Things could be much worse.

Still waiting

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The days keep rolling by and I am still waiting to head home.  It’s been two months since I left for the Thanksgiving party.

wink

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Made a GIF of Myka winking every three minutes.  (Yes, you have to watch it for three minutes to see it wink.)

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Okay, okay, you only have to wait 5 seconds for this one.

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2017

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The New Year’s party was definitely fun.  Lots of energy.  Myka got out and refused to come back in until I woke at 5:30 am, and she was at the door wanting in, after everything had settled.  She was not used to that sort of energy level and definitely anxious being inside.  There were fireworks and firearms going off everywhere, and lots of hooting and hollering.

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I have two to three more days here.  The fridge is being replaced, so I am awaiting word that it’s installed and running.  The old one died, taking with it everything in it.  All those rib eyes that I never got to eat, along with the  ribs, loins, tenderloins, steaks, chicken, ham, and everything else.  What a waste.  If I had only been there when it failed…

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Not a lot to do at this point except wait.  I was ready to make the transition home, so I’m just biding time.  I got all the new year digital duties done, but I badly need to do a burn session when I get back.

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The MacBook Pro is still on course, though delayed a few days.  Trying not to spend any money that I don’t have to.

Staying over

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I’ll be in Elgin for New Year’s.  I’m staying over a few extra days to see the new year in before heading back to Brenham.  Stopped packing yesterday, fortunately I hadn’t gotten too far when plans changed.

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It’s considerably cooler today, a brisk wind out of the north dropping the temp inside a bit.  Yesterday’s 80’s won’t be around again for a while, but neither will freezing temps.  Myka has opted to stay inside this morning, as I haven’t been out to keep her company in this blustery weather.

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One fringe benefit is that the extended stay allowed me to order takeout from Morelia’s.  Enchiladas Del Mar and Cajun Pasta, two of my favorites.  Dining on the porch here yesterday in the 82°F gentle breeze with Myka buzzing around my ankles was a delight that helped end the year properly.

T – 3 days

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Starting to gear up on the logistics of heading back to Brenham, what goes where now, what has to wait for packing, errands to run.  The holidays have slowed things, but there is still ample time to get everything done.

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It got up to 84°F today.  Whew!

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Tabbed Killing Time in Texas today.  Not that hard to learn from having played it Donnie so many times.  And I can do it in E (capo) as the original or in C as I’m used to doing.

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Thawed out one of the packs of pulled pork for Christmas Day.  That stuff is yummy.

Winding down

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Less than a week left in the remote operations.  Starting to plan for the packing, the shopping, etc.  Got the quilt and blanket washed yesterday.  Myka loves the quilt folded into a cat bed.

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I still need to swap out the muffler.  I have let myself become distracted on a daily basis.  A chance of rain in the forecast for the next five days, so doing the muffler myself is iffy now.

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I need to make a run to the storage unit.  I may do that today.

Holiday card 2016

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Finally got my greeting card made and distributed.

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Pulled

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The pulled pork got made today, and it turned out yummy, everyone wanting seconds.  The Bowmans and Donnie Green and Sharon showed up for an afternoon jam session, and we had a very good time celebrating Lyse’s birthday in absentia.

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Got yet another batch of homemade cookies for my birthday.

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Didn’t get all my chores done today.  I dozed off after getting everything in order.

Birthday blues

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Another one of those birthdays where I didn’t hide well enough.  Numerous cat scratches and a bite atop my head, and it looks like Myka is an indoor cat again.  A shame.

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Pulled pork got delayed, but I think I’ll get it going tonight.

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Grumble, grumble.

Myka’s day out

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Myka spent the majority of daylight outdoors for the first time in almost a year.  She came in at 4 pm and slept like a rock until after 8 pm.  The first three days in Elgin were full of details, and I managed to get Myka outside after she became comfortable with the inside.  Now it’s a constant mewling to be let out.

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She also got to meet Yobi and Jango.  She stayed beside me when Jingo started his charge, and I wagged him off with a finger within two steps. So I’m hoping there can be peaceful co-existence.

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Making pulled pork for tomorrow.

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Got a muffler for the truck.  The front collar came off.  Haven’t installed it yet.

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As I said, days with many details.  I could go on and on.  On the back side of a cold front.  It was cool in Grandmas when we had 30 mph winds with 40 mph gusts and a wind chill in the 20’s.  The heater has been throttled back.

packing again

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In the process of getting ready to head west tomorrow with Myka in tow for the first time.  Truck is ready to roll.  I just need to get stuff back into it, plus Myka’s needs for three weeks.

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Still not 100%, a lingering set of very mild symptoms that sap my energy more than I appreciate.  Temp is consistently subnormal.  The symptoms only show up now and then, nothing steady or debilitating, but stamina is not back yet.

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Tomorrow, I’ll be in Elgin, and I can kick back and let Myka explore the outdoors.

another bug

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Back in Brenham for a short spell.  Getting over the sinus virus that took me out of circulation for a number of days.  Still a little lingering bit of symptoms.  Hit my sinuses first, then my throat.  It tried to get in my lungs, but it ran out of steam.  It won’t quite go away, but at least I have some energy.  That sends the 2016 illness span to over four months total, and there is still another month to go.

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So the stay in Austin was not quite as peppy as it might have been if I had only the party to recover from.  But I made it through it.  And I fund the source too.  Now the turn around is back to Elgin for three weeks, through the holidays.

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Still looking forward to being peppy.  I’m hoping that it’s not far off.  I have Myka to transport.  It’s only an hour, but I’m not looking forward to it.  But maybe she will enjoy being outside a bit.

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Truck needs some attention, nothing critical yet, but there are symptoms.  I’ve got the funds, butI need the MacBook Pro if I’m going to get any work done.  I’ve been obsolete far too long.

Post-partium

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It has been several years since I had to recover from a major party.  The party was fun.  Lots of music, plenty of food, lots of fond familiar faces.  Lots of exercise, guitar pad blisters, blown voice, all sorts of aches and pains.  But it was lots of fun.

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And recovery is taking about the same schedule as usual.  Slept like a hibernating bear, ached something awful.  But one difference is an elevated blood pressure that just doesn’t want to go away.

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Staying indoors today, avoiding Black Friday anything.  Got plenty of food, so there is no need to go anywhere.  I may go to the Apple Store on Monday to check out the details on the MacBook Pro.  No need to do it now.

Party prep

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Getting started on party prep.  There will be music a week from now.  Wednesday is departure date.  Trying to eat up the perishable stuff.

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Got my license renewed on Wednesday.  It should be here when I come back to swap out the load between Austin and Elgin.  New photo…  My eyes checked out better than they did 12 years ago, especially the left one.  That is encouraging.

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Sleep schedule has gotten real funky.

Bryan turnaround

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Music School, Vince and Sarah, conversations, migas, truck testing, and plenty more made the Bryan run a force to be overwhelming when I got back home.  It was lights out in very short order.  But it was fun and advantageous.

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So, things are sort of getting back to normal, except my sleep schedule. And the ibuprofen use.  But I think I needed it for as a warm up for the party in two weeks.

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Finally got to see the MacAir that came close to being mine.  But I have to say that it ended up going to the best possible place.

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Counting the days until this disgraceful election comes to an end.

Ping Pong

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The winter ping pong game has begun, the alternating warm and cool weather patterns we have for what passes as a season.  60’s to 80’s for the next week.  It looks like Halloween will be a mild one.

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Politics has been interesting, watching the growing rejection of a demagogue by the American people.  Breitbart is beginning to realize that maybe they aren’t the will of the US people after all.  I’ll be glad when it’s over.

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I have fully settled on purchasing the MacBook Pro in December.  It makes more sense financially.

Journals

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Finished construction on Vince’s Journals package, so I’m finally off the clock on that project.  For something that simple, it turned out quite well.

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In the 40’s tonight, so I cranked up the oven and cooked a pizza.  One quarter gone.  Freezer is less than 10% available space, even with the pizza removed.  Every time I open it, I want to thaw something.  Ugh!

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Put my mukluks on tonight.  And the central heat kicked on for the first time this fall.  I seem to be handling it reasonably well so far.  I do like the cheap ottoman under the desk (small plastic storage box).  It makes a nice little pocket off the floor for my feet.

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I’m thinking that December wold be a better time to get the MacBook Pro.  My finances would be a lot more forgiving then.

Ribz

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Thawed and cooked the two racks of spare ribs in the freezer, replacing them with two more racks (individually wrapped this time).  One of the racks had Rib Tickler rub and the other mesquite bbq sauce.  12 packs of ribs will go in the freezer, should last me a while.

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ribs

smoke cleared

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Got AT&T paid in cash today, avoiding any chance of autopay.  And it was nice paying the adjusted bill that my call to customer service facilitated.  So that is taken care of.

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Got more rib eye steaks today, last day of the sale.  I think I can afford to ignore steaks on sale now.  In the freezer, uncooked: 6 rib eyes, 2 T-bone, 4 sirloins, plus 1 pork loin, 2 pork tenderloins, 2 spare ribs, 2 baby back ribs, 2 lb ground chuck, 2 – 1 pound packs of pan sausage.  Cooked: 1 T-bone, 3/4 porkloin (in 6 – 1 lb sections), 10 recipe chicken quarters, 1 ham (9 sections), 2 – 1.5 pound sections of baby back ribs, 2 links of beef sausage, 1 pound of recipe shrimp.  There’s probably something I’m over looking.  There are other things in the freezer, but not butcher shop stuff.  (Ice cream, strawberry puree, breaded shrimp, breaded chicken, stir fry, onion rings, curly fries, and more.) Freezer is about 88% full now.

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The black kitten is running all over the yard now, and she stops by to say hi now, hoping for treats and pets.

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A/C is off for a few days, but it will be back on.  I need to fire up the furnace and burn off the dust while the house is open and airing.

ping pong

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Well, the A/C is back on, dew points back up in the 70’s, highs in the low 90’s.

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Started working on Vince’s journals for a presentation at the end of the month.  Got all the images reattached properly.  Waiting to hear back from Sarah.

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Still no adjustment on the internet bill.  I am ready to go heel to toe with them.  They will not auto-pay it out of my account without my permission.  I will block them at the bank if it comes to that.

more corporate blues

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Well, now AT&T is trying to bill me $99 for internet installation, when I was quoted $49.  I am not going to let them get away with it.

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Gaining steam.  The drier weather is helping, as is a medication free body.  I finally managed to dump the medication residues from my body after going three weeks without any.  They sure must have liked me to hang around so long.  I need to work on my guitar pads, as they have faded a bit in the last couple of months.

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The kitchen is cranking these days, the cool weather making it bearable to be cranking out the large recipes.  Spaghetti sauce and sausage/potato starter have been making for fewer times to eat each day, with larger servings.  I’m not complaining.

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Been nice having the A/C off and the windows open.  Myka likes it more than me.  Enjoy the mild weather while lasts.

Close call

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I ordered the MacBook Pro this morning, and talk about a close shave…

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I had given up on getting the new laptop this month, as the budget margin was just too close.  But Wednesday evening, just shy of midnight, I discovered that it was on sale again at Best Buy, $200 off.  I did some quick calculations and said, I can do this.  I had 24 hours to kill.  (Twiddling thumbs, hoping the sale would last.)

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So I waited until just after midnight this morning, after the direct deposit was placed on my account, to place the order.  However, the amount was a couple of hundred over my card’s limit.  So the verification of the card failed.  I grabbed a few hours sleep, then called the bank first thing and inquired.  About an hour later I get the return call from the bank, purchase was cleared for acceptance.

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I went to the site and updated the credit card info (same info), and then it was accepted, the order went through with the sale price.  All is right with the world, except that I’m considerably poorer.

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Then I go back to the product page a few minutes after the order was confirmed, and the MacBook Pro is no longer on sale.  Talk about cutting it close!  The slightest hesitation on my part would have sunk the whole sale, and I’d have been waiting for at least another month.

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Anyway, I’ll be looking for it on Tuesday.  It requires a signature to receive, so I will be watching the tracking closely.

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Well, the transaction was paused by the security watch on the card, so Best Buy cancelled the order.  The money will be refunded to my account some time in the coming week.

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I knew it was too good to be true.

Hopeless

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I’ll never be able to use a terabyte of bandwidth in a month.  I have given up hope, only managing a 15% pace.  I hang my head in shame.

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I am otherwise happy with the new connection.  It does what I ask of it.

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Still a little roughness to work off in getting back my steam.  These drugs are not quick to exit my system.  Woke during a liver dump, and it was a horrid experience, dizzy, nauseous, high blood pressure, a real bell ringer.  But the body absorbed it in a few hours, though I’m still dragging and achy from it.  I just want to get rid of it all.  I’m tired of it.

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Weather at the turning point today.  The front passed through, wind out of the north.  Waiting for the dew point to drop before I turn off the A/C and open the windows.  But summer has departed Texas.

nanas in the mist

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Went out this morning to roll up the extension cord for the wifi range extender, and found these growing right off the back porch, just out of reach.

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nanas