How dry I am

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Beta has moved east. The wet stuff has stopped falling from the sky. Total came to right at 5″. We needed the rain, so no complaints for the good soaking. It was on the boring side to sit and watch rain for that long, but that was the only casualty.


I’ve had plenty of sleep, so maybe the eggs ackley won’t knock me out this morning. I need to get trash to the curb as soon as I get the gears spinning.


I’m starting to notice the sunrise getting later. Still dark, when it used to be sunshine at this time. Not noticing the earlier sunset as much.


A bit of a slow start for the day. A slow pace from sitting out the storm is still dominating my metabolism. Myka is not as patient.




Myka got her vaccinations while I sat out on the porch of the vet’s office. It was the solution to my dread of going into that tiny office during the pandemic. Granted, I wasn’t able to supervise. I warned them about rough treatment and her feral streak. They said she was frightened, but that it wasn’t too bad. I brought her home, fed her treats, grass, and wet food. So things settled pretty quickly, and she got to lie between my calves, chase geckos, and be at ease.


I made the order for the dowels. I figure $92 +sh. I will probably hear back tomorrow. Got all my finances nailed down. Still more to shed this month, but not that much. So not a big deal. I’ve got a week and a shopping list I can make grow as needed, depending on the shipping.


It will be a dry weekend, and the AC will likely return for four or five days. The rain was nice, needed to catch up on August and July. But its work is done, bring on the sun.


Thawed the last bag of the first batch of pulled pork to augment the eggs ackley and chicken/veggie soup. I realized the boudin stuffing was uncooked, and I wasn’t in the mood to fire up the oven. It’s in the freezer. A good swap, now that they stocked the boudin on the selves again.

Up to no good

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Up to no bad either. Up to nothing fits much better.


In excess of 4″ of rain thus far, the bulk of it this morning. No wind to speak of. It’s been wet, minor flooding in Houston. But by and large a very freaky storm of little consequence. It should be out of the area in another 24 hours, which is convenient for Myka’s vet appointment tomorrow afternoon.


The replacement wide flat bones from McNeela arrived today. Also found that MIS will be issuing a refund for the out of stock bones. Great, more mad money to spend. But really, I now have what bones I need to complete the set. Tomorrow, the vet bill will be paid, and I’ll have finances squared, if the storage rent shows up on the bank account. It hasn’t yet.


Got my dowel list ready. Waiting for the smoke to settle. If it all holds to estimate, I’ll need to burn $50 more in the next week.


The eggs ackley breakfast tacos keep putting me to sleep. Still need to make home fries, but I’ll wait until the rain is gone. Plenty to eat now without them, and the spuds are in good shape.


The store has DJs bodin again. None of the smoked yet, but I’m hopeful. I can breathe easily now.

Beta

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Light rains from Beta is all that have happened thus far. The second band has arrived. Less than 0.2 inches by radar summary. The storm seemed to lose its rain core, but it is building a new one this morning. Forecast has dropped rain expectation from 4″ to 1.5″. Wind down to 17 mph/G 23 at max. Fizzling expectations.


The soup turned out quite well. Just the right amount of rotini after they swelled. The broth is rich and everything is balanced. I scraped the first bowl for the last drop.


I think I finalized my dowel list, 31 pieces, 21 items. Waiting for finances to settle this week.




The rain totaled about 1″ thus far, as the day ends. No wind, no thunder, just on and off light rain, temps in the 70s. Definitely a fizzle. Closer to Houston, south of I-10, it’s wetter. I’m on the line where the bands fall apart.

Turn, turn, turn

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Beta looks like it will be spinning its way in this direction, then swerve to the east on landfall. Estimates show 3 to 6 inches of rain. Hourly forecast calls for 4 inches. Winds show less than 20 mph, gusts under 25 mph. Forecast now shows that it will remain a tropical storm and won’t reach hurricane strength. I am prepared for that.


Eggs ackley were made yesterday. I ran out of steam in the warm part of the day. I am aiming for the chicken soup today, possibly home fries too. Haven’t touched the sirloin or boudin yet. Not much of an appetite. Made do with a peanut butter and honey sandwich and a gouda sandwich.


Myka has her vet appointment for Wednesday at 2:25 pm. She will not appreciate that.


In the low 60s at the airport, 69°F here. Windows open. AC off. A quiet Sunday morning before dawn.




Beta made first cloud cover at 1:45 pm, the same time that the soup began to boil. Light rain about 10 miles to the south. So the dance begins. The soup smells good.

New Toys

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The bones and spoons arrived Friday, minus a pair of rosewood flat bones that was out of stock. I emailed MIS and ask for an equal value swap for tun wood oval bones in its stead. USPS made the delivery a drama, sending it on the wrong delivery route in the sort on Thursday, then not delivering yesterday, requiring me to call and having a call placed to the carrier, who came back.


The rosin also arrived, which works great straight with guitar picks. I plan on making grip was using the rosin mixed with beeswax. I’ll need to use a clave to shape an aluminum foil mold (with a bamboo handle).


I got the sirloin broiled Friday. Eggs ackley tonight. Chicken veggie soup with whole wheat rotini on Sunday. All times are subject to reality. Haven’t opened the DJ’s rice stuffing yet. I will probably freeze half of it when I do.


Got the storage paid. Donna got a new phone after her old one died. It’s a good thing I called back when I didn’t see the post on the bank account. It’s still not been posted, but that can take time.


I ordered a 6 pack of bank bags. The new spoons won’t fit in the bones bag with the new additions. So instead of waiting on the order of dowels (which hasn’t been made yet), I went ahead and ordered them.


The new iPad got upgraded to iPadOS 14. A few new adjustments and scads of updated apps. I had to repeatedly tell it that I did not want two step authentication for a pad that mostly sits at home.


Ruth Ginsberg passed away yesterday. I won’t express my disgust at some of the responses.

The Tour

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My package traveled over a large area of Brenham today. It just didn’t pass by here. This is the second time (first was last month) they’ve given my package to the wrong carrier for delivery. “…could not access the delivery location.” The spoons and bones will be here tomorrow. So will the rosin.


Not in any big hurry to do anything. Made my pharmacy/store run mid morning and after that, no ambition. Ice bin got filled, that’s about it. I got whole wheat rotini and frozen veggies for the chicken soup. I got a 2 lb package of DJ’s rice stuffing (boudin without the casing). It was the last thing of DJ’s on the shelf. I hope it’s a distribution issue and not a discontinuance issue. I have the sirloin ready to broil. It needs to get cooked. I also need to use the pork tenderloin. I should make an effort to cook tonight.


There are no more 90s in the forecast. 60s-80s. Some rain ahead next week. Time to get the truck ready for winter. I need to take it out on the road and blow out the pipes. I have a larger cooking window in the kitchen.


I found a website, an outlet that sells 15 sizes of dowels in 121 species of wood. Trouble written all over it. I’ve already made a list for 30 pieces. Tigerwood, leopardwood, ironwood, zebrawood, vermillion, ziricote, Madagascar ebony, snakewood, birdseye maple, bubinga, Honduran mahogany. *sigh* The problem is, I can afford it. Poor toy box.


I’m waiting on the storage rent to show in the bank. Got an immediate full voice mail box all day. The voice mail was there the next morning, but no response at the bank yet. I’ll be patient. Sometimes it takes a few days.

Again

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Made another bone order from MIS. One oval, boxwood. Three flat, rosewood, tigerwood, and vermillion. Spoons, vermillion. I expect this to be the final percussion order. I haven’t seen anything else that peaks my interest enough. Yes, I have seen lots of goodies that are pretty, but they would be redundant. I have taken the toy box expansion to its logical and not so logical conclusion. Enough noise is enough noise.


zzzzzzzzz… Dozed off. An overcast sunrise.


McNeela’s replacement bones haven’t arrived, so they are shipping another. If I get both pairs, I have offered to pay for the second one.


The MIS order has shipped. No delivery date estimate given yet. (*Saturday)


Myka’s oat grass seed arrived. Still too warm to plant, but there is still grass in the yard. So no hurry. I am stocked for winter.


I ordered a rosin bag (for the guitar case) and rosin powder to mix with beeswax for a grip wax. I have been having pick wander syndrome, and I think this will help, as well as insure that bones, spoons, and tippers don’t go flying off into the ether while playing.


I need to think about what to cook next. Sirloin has been a consistent option. But probably not today. Possibly tonight. Chicken will also get thawed. Seventeen quarters is more than an adequate stock. Penne alfredo is foremost in line.


HEB was out of DJ’s boudin. I hope it’s a temporary thing. It’s still in the online catalog. I would hate to see it dropped. Got bread, tortillas, chips, and cat litter last night.


Feeling better. I finally turned the corner on the digestive thing that plagued me for over a week. Getting some stamina back. No sign of the infection and the meds are not laying any heavy side effects on me at the moment. I look forward to feeling better for a while.
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Tigerwood bones.

Clave labor

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Made three oak claves today, from the 1.25″ dowel that was used to make the fat kicker. It was 36″, with the 12″ removed. That left 24″ that made three 8″ claves. Saw, sandpaper, danish oil. They are LOUD!
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Three oak claves join the toy box.


AC is back on. It was back in the low 90s today. Myka managed to sprawl out in the LZB. She got between my calves the one night I used a throw, and that probably got her re-oriented. She’s still in a don’t-touch-me fuss while in the chair. Brat.


A slow weekend. Improving, but I’m staying as compressed vertically as I can manage, keeping a low BP gradient. Staying on my feet too long takes its toll.

Unridged

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The high pressure ridge buckled at the tail end, and the cold front managed to push its way into central and east Texas. 63°F this morning. Back door is shut, but the front windows are open. Not quite sleeves weather.


The MIS shipment arrived this morning. (I think it was this morning, might have been late in the day yesterday, which was the last time I checked the regular mail, which had already arrived.) I had emailed USPS shortly before I found the package, asking where the package was, as the tracker page had said Status Not Available for a week. Oh well, they’re here.
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Pairs – Wooden percussion, 2 matching pieces each. 4 ebony, 2 rosewood, 1 tigerwood, 1 vermillion, 1 birch

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Cheaters – connected pairs, 3 rosewood, 1 mulberry


The cool air blew in at midnight. The back door was still open, and Myka was sitting there staring outside, smelling away. Then she was like lightning, scootching through the house, bouncing off the walls. Then she was back for another round. The door got shut. Brat.


The AC is off for the first time since early May. The office door is open, though not the window, at least yet. Myka can come and go as she pleases. The AC will return soon enough, but it’s a nice preview. Dew point is at 61°F. I can live with that.


Made chicken/cornbread dressing yesterday. Sage, thyme, marjoram, onion, celery, butter, chicken broth, 2 cups of diced chicken. Yummy.


Store run early yesterday, 2nd person in the door for the day. Produce, including a large avocado, a tad green, which will be perfect later today or tomorrow. I have marinated pork tenderloin thawed to go with spuds and TBD, with cheddar, as a base. I bought a smattering of other things. I still have room in the freezer for the 10 lb bag of chicken quarters I got, once they get roasted and cooled. Needless to say, I’ll be taking advantage of the cool snap in the kitchen.


Feeling a little better, but not back all the way.




Today is the first day since [my memory fails me], that I fired up the oven for two and a half hours at midday. Chicken is done, oven is off, half is bagged and in the fridge. Other half will be soon.


Next project, avocado. It’s almost perfect. It’s a large avocado, so I’m not going to add bulk to the base. No eggs or sautéing. Pork, spud, cheese, avocado. Try not to harm my stomach with excess bulk. I will make eggs ackley with the rest of the tenderloin in a couple of days. I have chicken dressing to consume.

Ridge

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A high pressure ridge is preventing the cold front from crossing Texas. Temps will drop in El Paso, but Dallas will only see minimal effects. A 3 to 4 degree cooling is all we’ll see here. At least it will take the edge off the warmth. This will be a normal September after all.


Started playing two-handed bones. I need to practice with the left hand, especially on alignment, but it definitely adds a dimension to the sound.


Still a little less than ambitious. My body is not firing on all cylinders. Lymph nodes still fussy, and some of it is side effects. Getting plenty of sleep, but the body wants more. So I’m not pressing it.

Last days of summer

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Yesterday did not reach 90°F. It got to 89°F at the airport (86°F outside the window), then the bottom dropped out by the thunderstorm that formed and skirted the east side of town. Last night was at 73°F for six hours. Forecast says we’ll break 90°F for the next three days, barely. Then 80°F and 75°F for highs on Wednesday and Thursday.


Another quiet weekend. Chores getting done. Same ol. Eating enough to get by, but not more. Low appetite spell in a cooking lull. My timing is superb. Pulled pork, beef and chicken fajita tacos, I could be doing much worse.


Ordered oat grass seed for Myka. I have an idea for distractions, tiny cups with only a couple of seeds each, let her shred it on a sheet of her packing paper. I’ll have the big planter outside with an optional hanging basket for freezes, and as an invasion guard when it’s outside. Also the aluminum bookends.


I have had a couple of side effect spells recently. Not enough to contact the doctor. And my digestion has been affected as well. Signs of a mild infection being rejected. Funky and low stamina, a few minor pains, this and that. Nothing out of the usual. Sleeping helps, but not completely. Part of being old, it takes longer to rebound. Not stopping me from maintaining.


Plans on the furnace cleaning in prep for autumn.

And summer ends with a splash

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Raining here, as it has in most places around here. Heat doesn’t leave Texas without a fight. Lot of flash and boom and whoosh to prove it. Raindrops splooshing in the runoff. A classic changing of the guard.


Replacement bones from McNeela got shipped on August 20th, today is the 11th business day (13th counting Saturdays), so the USPS is slowing mail.


I made the order with Musical Instrument Shoppe yesterday. They initiated tracking, but status is not active yet. So shipping is in progress, the box is closed. Two oval bones, vermillion and birch. One flat bones, one claves, and one spoons, all ebony. Pretty pretty, pretty noisy.


Surprise visit last night. Erin, Hannah, and Laura, spill over from the jam I missed, gave me the opportunity to show off the new toys. Had a good time and a boost of spirits.


Pulled pork, first batch, in the fridge. The rest comes from the freezer or cabinets. Fajita beef and chicken, shrimp, pot pie, pizzas, et al. I have sirloin and chicken cornbread dressing planned for next week when the temp breaks. Plenty to get me by without igniting gas. Maybe steamed veggies, but that’s a walk away process with an exhaust fan going.


Nothing demanding my time.

Payday

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I made a store run at 6 am, opening time, got a script refill. Got fajita meat, beef and chicken (cooked/frozen) for the end of the deep summer. About a week to go. Cheese danish, peanut butter, parmesan, ketchup, etc. Stuff that’s getting low.


I resisted making the order with Musical Instrument Shoppe. Three bones, two spoons, one claves (all are pairs, 12 pieces). Three ebony, two vermillion, one birch. I’ll order when the time feels right.


I skipped the bodhran treatment, what would have been the last of the break in routine. Having cut no corners, I feel that the skin is in very good condition. So the skin is now off the clock and on an as-needed status. However, my left elbow needs a treatment.


Myka will get a vet visit scheduled in about a week, when the weather breaks. She needs her vaccinations, which I’ve put off for a month. She’s an indoor cat, no contact with other animals. It’s been deep summer, afternoon vaccinations only, and COVID-19 has been pretty active. But the viral case rate is slowing considerably, and the weather is cooling down next week.


Killed off the alfredo and boudin today. Fajita will take main stage, and I’ll probably thaw a pulled pork. I need to work on the bread. Plenty of frozen diversions for variety. I’ll be ready to cook in a week, when it cools down. Sirloin comes to mind.


Got the wet chores behind me tonight. Down to litter box and trash to the curb. Easy night, which is good. Dew point at 80°F.

Adieu, August

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September is less than a day away. Payday, mad money cycle starts all over again. Myka’s vaccinations and more very pretty wood for the noisy toy box for starters. But for today, it’s still the end of the month, that quiet time when all is right with the world.


Half way through the shrimp/chicken whole wheat penne rigate alfredo. Haven’t chosen a successor yet. I’d thaw a sirloin steak if it was cooler. I may go get some fried chicken. Maybe not.


It looks like nine more days of full summer, according to the extended forecast. Nights will drop into the 60s, upper 90s will break to upper 80s. Won’t be long before it’s time to air out the alpaca.


Getting close on Staines’ The Logging Song. Kicking it up to bluegrass pace, as it was recorded. It’s been pre-empting the bodhran practice.

Oh, it must be raindrops

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I was napping at 7:30 pm, avoiding the triple digit weather, when I was wakened by noise, which I soon ascertained to be thunder. Moments later, it was joined by rain, then by heavier rain and closer lightning. 45 minutes later of steady downpour, storm total radar shows in excess of 3″ of rain. Then radar went down. But the storm is starting to let up, we’ve gotten past the red area on radar and into orange. Well, radar came back, and the total is above 4″, a possible 5″ before it’s done. Sure made up for Marco and Laura totally missing us.


I was surprised yesterday when the truck insurance bill was posted, the bill was $85 less than the previous bill. That left me with about $60 mad money to remove from the bank account. I ended up spending it on a grocery run at dawn. But alas, the internet bill that is usually due on the 28th has not shown yet. Maybe tomorrow it will show, and I can rest financially. Nothing on the shopping list.


The risotto is history. A little milk and I can make more, but not now. Tonight I have shrimp and chicken whole wheat penne alfredo planned. And with the rain dropping the temp into the mid 70s, it won’t take long to cool the kitchen. Fajita beef is an alternative from the freezer. I resorted to little impulse buying to finish off the mad money. No room in the freezer.


I got a flat steel bar to fix the foot rest on the LZB this morning, but the board is still working, so no rush. I also got a 100 sheet pack of 24 X 30″ packing paper for Myka. She had shredded the packing paper that came with the drumsticks into 10 pieces, so I figured that it serves a purpose that is worth the cost.


Still waiting on the replacement bones. No word that they’ve shipped. Also waiting for the truck insurance slips. Not in a big hurry for either.


The rain ended after 80 minutes, leaving well in excess of four inches.




The internet bill got paid, last bank transaction of the month. $11 under limit. Deposit is already there, waiting for Tuesday morning.

What good is waiting doing?

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Marco is now supposed to conk out around Houston/Galveston. That is one fickle minded tracking model. Haven’t seen one with a handle this hard to grasp in quite some time.


The cheese risotto has been made. The baked potato soup laid to rest. Last of the spuds in the eggs ackley, which won’t last much longer. I’ll be going to bread, rice, and pasta for a while.


I was bored yesterday. It doesn’t happen often, but some Sundays roll that way.

Still Waiting for September

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It appears that Marco will not be affecting the weather here this week, as it was previously forecast to track. Instead, Louisiana will get the brunt of it. And Laura. Back to back hurricanes for New Orleans and Mississippi.


Still waiting to see how things go as August wraps up. Nothing on the shopping list. My store runs have been complete. Still no figure on insurance. No burning projects. I downloaded yesterday, but that was as ambitious as I got. As close to same ol’ same ol’ as it gets.


Getting plenty of sleep.




Well, it seems Marco is coming this way after all, according to NOAA/NWS. It will make landfall south of New Orleans, skirt the Louisiana coast, then enter Texas as a depression. This time, it won’t be as strong or as wet, but it will be considerably closer. Half an inch of rain and 25 mph winds. Maybe.


Today was boring, so I slept. It’s still rather boring, but I am surviving it.

Waiting for September

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The heat is breaking. Finally. We’ll see 95-96°F a bit longer, but no triple digits in the forecast. Not much rain in the near future.


Had a problem paying storage rent, but it wasn’t on my end or the bank’s. It eventually got resolved and the money was transferred. I also tried to find out what I owe on truck insurance, and there is no bill yet.


Baked potato soup and eggs ackley are in the fridge. Brats and boudin to augment. Cheese risotto in the near future. The stew and cornbread are depleted.


I noticed a flaw in the Irish bones, a splinter at the edge that turns back to the edge, a knot chunk rather than a split. I’m going to attempt a repair with E6000. The crack is mostly hairline and not all the way through. I have gotten a feel for them, but they’re not as functional as the MIS bones. So it would be worth the effort to patch them.


I can make it all the way through The Logging Song without the sheet. Not every time, but I’m winding it up so I can put it to bed.




I emailed McNeela’s about the split in the bones, with photos attached, and they are sending me a new pair. No return necessary.

Toy box

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The percussion toy box is full. That is one noisy box. The whipper, spoons, and bones arrived from McNeela’s today.
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Top layer
Bottom layer


The mulberry spoons sound pretty much like the rosewood. I was expecting more difference in the two than the appearance. Not that I’m complaining. They are fun to play, and I have spares.


The bones from McNeela are flat bones, which are not as loud as the oval bones I got from MIS. They don’t play as easily, triplets not as smooth. They’ll be good for quiet sets, once I get the feel.


I was looking at the MIS website for reference, and I saw ebony claves. Why did I do that? And there are ebony spoons (not cheaters). Not this month.


It was a very pleasant morning, thanks to cloud cover, and I slept through it. No baked potato soup, but I got the pork loin thawed. I still have stew and cornbread to eradicate. No chores.

Missing link

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Got everything I needed to make cheese risotto. Ingredients have been missing from the grocery shelves, until last night. So now I’m grinning. Got bread, cornbread, milk, and butter as well, which was the main reason I went.


The store also had a stock of 95% efficient masks, so I got packs of kn95 and procedural (non-sterile surgical). So I’m reasonably well stocked on masks now, considering how seldom I venture forth into the social world.


Killed off the spaghetti, eggs ackley, working on a pack of boudin. Thawed out the last tub of stew, and I’ll be diving in later today, with cornbread. Appetite has been on the thin side, not unusual for the warmth we’re having in mid-August. About to hit triple digits at the airport. Not much ambition either, but the chores are getting done.


I have discovered that practicing both bodhran and bones has a specific order, bodhran first. It’s difficult to play the bodhran after playing bones. The muscles just don’t want to participate. The bones may look easy, but they are demanding. It’s even hard to type after playing the bones. (Clarifying that I can type, just that the soreness and fatigue make it nicer to just not use the fingers.)


I have been thinking about grabbing a bite out, chicken, burger, etc. But I never go. Idle thoughts. I like what I put in the fridge.

The heat is on…

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It will be on the warm side for the next five days, the peak of August. Get through this, and summer will start slowly winding down over the next three to nine weeks. But it will be sitting tight for a few days, holed up in the AC grotto.


Progressing a bit with the bones. Some of the bodhran techniques carry over, but there is a difference. I have found myself favoring the Irish style, reversed with a gap between index and middle fingers, the thumb pressing the fixed bone in place. It has better vectors than the traditional, and the base of the thumb doesn’t get in the way.


Trying to make food disappear, but summer has made appetite a bit scarce. Eggs ackley will disappear in a few hours, then it’s spaghetti, boudin, and brats. I’ll need a fresh loaf of bread, sooner than later. The last of the stew will be the next thaw. Freezer space is needed.


Finances looking good. Truck insurance at the end of the month is covered, with some mad money left over. Glad that I don’t have to find a reason to spend it elsewhere.

Bones

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The bones arrived mid-day. It was a little awkward at first, learning grip and alignment. There are at least eight variations for playing bones, but two seem to work the best for me. I’ve got three moves down for the Irish thumb fixed configuration. I like the ebony a little better than the tigerwood for tone, but not by a big margin. They are nice bones. Not bad progress for an hour of exploration.


Slept quite a bit today. Didn’t eat much. Got the script and cheddar, popcorn shrimp, fish, cookies, fabric softener, etc. early this morning. Plenty to eat and plenty to cook. Nothing on the shopping list but bread, and that is premature. Sketti for dinner. Lots of hanging and passing time. Seems like I’ve done this before.


Heat isn’t too bad during the afternoon, mid-90s, but the heat index has been brutal. Four more weeks or so and the sleeves will become the order of attire.


Got notice that the third McNeela order has shipped. Two spoons (rosewood and mulberry), rosewood bones, and whipper. I will be running out of room in the toy box.

Spoon!

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The spoons arrived, not quite what I hoped, a bit of a knockoff, but definitely usable, an adequate backup. I just ordered two more pairs of spoons (1 rosewood as backup, 1 mulberry) from McNeela. I saw a set of rosewood bones that look interesting, and another Ronin whipper, both ordered with the spoons. I have the money to spare. California bones are due tomorrow.


Store run tomorrow morning, 6 am. Pharmacy, a few groceries, a couple of other items. I was considering cash withdrawal, but I realized that I can pay auto insurance at the end of the month. So that takes most of the pressure off. Things are looking good.


I am not concerned now. Hoping to get the new laptop soon, a stimulus check away. That will keep me busy for a while. And a new La-Z-Boy is in the future. I can handle it with a modest cushion. I’m in good shape.


Mostly cruising away the hours. Not hurting. Not hurtling. Not hurrying. Taking care of what needs care taken, not fretting the rest, except for the Egee.

Ackley

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The eggs ackley got prepped and cooked in a single session, sitting on the stove, cooling for storage. Will power at the cutting boards, and no blood spilled. I may even roll a taco when my back is agreeable. The avocado is for later, as it’s still a touch green, and I’m not that hungry.


Spoons are out for delivery. Bones are still in limbo. Jammed and tore a portion of the base of my right thumbnail, just a few hours after thinking that I should trim the nail to avoid jamming it. Bones lessons will be limited until it heals, so just as well that they’re late.


Still trying to figure out where the mad money goes this month. I’m thinking a trip to Navasota to the bank to withdraw cash and cash the check. I just can’t think of anything to buy. But I’ll wait until there is room in the freezer for Popeye’s chicken.


Made a grocery run last night. I got everything except the popcorn shrimp, so I got frozen fish instead. Plenty of produce, scallops, replaced the spaghetti I’m about to consume over the next few days, pound cake, Goldfish, etc. I’m good for the weekend and then some.


Just more of getting through August. I need to quit sleeping at night until summer breaks. It’s eating into my prime working hours.

Buh bye, ribs…

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I just ate the last ribs in the house, bar my own anatomy and Myka’s. Baby back rib tacos (sans bone). *sigh* Oh well, loin, tenderloin, pulled, and ham will have to do for pork in the nonce. Sketti on the horizon.


I realized that I had not included an image of the rosewood spoons. Still waiting for delivery of spoons and bones, next two days are the targets.
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Got a small refund check from the insurance company. Virus milage adjustment. More mad money. I could buy a rotisserie chicken with it, or a double burger and onion rings. Not that I need to buy food.


Staying cool. Mid-90s outside. TV series still the mode.