Spring rain

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It’s the first day of the year in my memory that the glasses (containing an iced beverage) are sweating.  Mid 70s, light rain for much of the afternoon.  Feels good to be out of layers.

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Still dealing with a number of small details on Vince’s site.  Added a video, that I converted from DVD and edited, converted from a copied VHS cassette, shot on a home video tape camera in 1994.  Interesting.

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I don’t think that there is much else going on at the moment.  Still winding down.  Played a little music with Julie today.

Freewheeling Fringy

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The freewheeling gears are still spinning.  Vince’s site is completed and launched, but the brain is still cranking.  The weeks spent on it, not to mention the months of original learning curve in 2017, has given me a whole new perspective on HTML.  And I will say that the $99 spent on muse-themes.com was well worth it.

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T-bone is on sale for $4/lb, and I’m ignoring it.  I need the freezer space for chicken, which is running out.  Besides, I still have plenty of rib eye and sirloin.

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Weather is warming up into the 70s, more days than not.  Another early spring.  Summer birds are returning.  Trees are budding and blooming.  Nice to be able to open up the house and wear nothing on the sleeves.

Still busy

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Still working on Vince’s site.  I’m hoping that the last of the brain benders are behind me, but I’m not counting chickens yet.  So far, everyone is happy with the results.

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Not much else going on.  Food has been supportive of work.  The mashed baked potatoes turned out quite tasty.  It will be several days yet before another thaw.

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Looking to make music school this week.  It will be in the 70s on Wednesday.

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Got to within a hair of freezing last night.  Found a way to keep Myka out of the oats when I need to bring them inside, using a hanging wire basket.  She does love them, she spent quite some time eyeing them last night, trying to figure out a way to reach them.

mixed busy

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Back on Vince’s site today.  Looking at two or three more days.  Today was mostly the big picture, creating new pages, placing widgets, etc, but also a few details, and more expected tonight.

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Went to Bryan yesterday for a follow-up with the ophthalmologist.  My vision, especially in my left eye has improved markedly.  The incision has healed quite well, nothing but a pretty report.  No more appointments for a year.  All the rest of the medical appointments will be local.

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Was busy in the kitchen today.  Chicken/broccoli/rice was lunch.  I wanted to clean out the kitchen this morning before I took the garbage to the curb, so I was busy.  Tenderized and marinated sirloin just came out of the broiler.  (Yum.  I am getting addicted to this.)  And I just cooked up a batch of spuds for mashed potatoes, which I haven’t made in ages.  They will go well with the sirloin.

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Base Fin

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Done with the content loading on the site, Now it’s all responsive adjustments and tweaking. So to celebrate, I went this way: broiled rib eye
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Fizzle

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Made a lot of progress on Vince’s site the last couple of days, getting the hardest parts behind me.  The learning curves, html babel, puffy eyes, and scrambled brains are receding, but not entirely gone.  While the bulk is done, it probably won’t be finished until some time in February, as Sarah undergoes stem cell transplant next week.  But most everything is on the pages and just needs responsive layouts and tweaking.  The hard part is done.  Whew.

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The weather isn’t quite as warm as it was, but it also isn’t freezing in the 10 day forecast.  I can deal with that.  February looks to be an early spring, much like last year, though the Gulf isn’t as warm as it was last year.

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Got a portable Canon flatbed scanner this week.  It’s not a top of the line scanner, but the price was right for as seldom as I need one.  I haven’t had the time, energy, and focus to install the software to run it yet.  I’ll probably give it a shake down next week.  It’s USB powered/LED lit, so it can operate on the run from the laptop battery.

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Sketti is gone, multi-thaw in progress.  Steak, chicken, ribs, brats…

Warmth

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Well, the deep freeze is over, taking the sleet residuals with it.  Days are back in the 70s, doors and windows open to let in the southerly breeze off the Gulf of Mexico.  The steak is also gone, finished off with eggs and toast.

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In a spaghetti cycle.

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Got a toaster and an ultralight vacuum cleaner, both definitely bargains.

Winter

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In the middle of a 30 hour freeze.  My response to the duty of keeping the pipes from popping is this,

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Tenderized, marinated, broiled sirloin taco meat.

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surprise

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I found out today that the rest of Vince’s site is being designed in the next couple of weeks.  Just when I thought I was getting a break…

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Subscribed to muse-themes.com today.  Just what I needed, more learning curve…

Digital adaptation

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The learning curve is an amazing thing, starts as opaque and ends up as transparent.  I finished the media kit for Vince’s CD release, which now is slated for April 3rd.  Still more work to do, but all of that is stuff I already know how to do.

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I never did like CSS, XML, and Javascript protocols.  Paper-head technology turned phone-head.  But it’s the future.  What is more annoying than the protocol is those who have learned the curve who insist that one’s fundamentally sound html is ghastly inferior.  They fail to see three things about fringewood.com.

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  1. I don’t cater to people who use phones.  I cater to desktop artists.  Photoshop, 3D, software you do’t see on a phone.  Phones don’t deal with zip archives.  I don’t need a website that is phone friendly.
  2. My website is a hobby site.  I don’t expect any income directly from these pages.  I don’t post my commercial stuff except maybe once in a blue moon, and never more than a small detail.  (Speaking of which, we have back to back blue moons in January and March of this year.)  Why would I want to redesign it in order to make more money with it?
  3. And the implication that I am incapable of creating competitive websites is a little irritating.  I can still handwrite code when the editor gets fussy.

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I like my site just as it is.  Yeah, the 3D is outdated.  But it’s what I shared, my pound of flesh in return on display.  Like I said, hobby site.  I doubt that fringewood.com will ever go to css and xml, beyond the blog and galleries.  At least I have the decency to use php when I do.

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The site is comfortable, where it belongs, on the desktop, a little piece of history.

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That said, the eye is doing well, focus is better.  No more antibiotic gel treatments.

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Will be assembling code for the rest of the month.

Eye surgery

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I had my appointment with the ophthalmologist yesterday, Julie driving me, which was advantageous.  I was expecting a five minute introductory visit, but that notion vanished quickly once I was in the exam room.

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I was given a top to bottom, front to back eye and vision exam by the nurse.  While I was made aware of the deficits of my current vision state, I was not given a prescription for glasses.  Everything was logged in the computer, and when the ophthalmologist finally arrived, he looked at the figures, then my eye, then ran a couple more eye examinations.  After seven or eight minutes in the room, he asked, “Do you want the growth removed today?”  I paused about 1.6 minutes, thinking of Julie, who wasn’t expecting this long of a wait either, and said “Yeah.”

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So after waiting a few minutes while he took care of another patient, the surgery got underway.  Prep took a couple of minutes.  Anesthetic was local only and it wasn’t entirely effective, especially toward the back, which was last to be severed.  And the growth had been there long enough to develop its own vascular system.  So much of the surgery time was dedicated to stemming the flow of blood.

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In the end, after a lot of patience and stoicism, the surgery was completed, the growth placed in a specimen bottle for a biopsy, and me pressing a gauze to the wound to stop the final light bleeding.  After a quick visit, the homeward journey was made, and I came up with the song lyric, “I left a piece of myself in Bryan today.”  Never mind that it was technically in College Station, but the rhythm is all wrong.

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So I’m at home, healing nicely.  The trauma and ordeals from the last couple of days are behind me after a nice solid sleep.  Time to get ready for slice and dice #3, oral  And because of the all in one visit event yesterday, it will be sooner rather than later.  That suits me, because the clutch repair and social engagements in December bumped its spot on the schedule.  I need to consult insurance about confusing statements that I’ve received in the last couple of months.  But that is the final barrier to beginning the end of my butchery.

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Two down, one to go.

ribs 2018

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Mopped and popped, baby back 2018.

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Adios 2017

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Bidding 2017 quietly farewell.  Freezing outside, north wind 18 mph/g30.  Chicken/veggie/rice soup is on the stove.  Got fresh long johns on.  Bring it on.

Closure

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I couldn’t end the year without a new mesh, a fountain.

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retiring the 2017 card

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Today is the final display date for the 2017 holiday card.

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ho ho

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It’s Christmas Eve, and my fingers are sore from playing last night at the solstice celebration.  Julie and I went early and worked the afternoon, then partied into the wee hours of the morning.  That makes twice (Music School and Solstice) that I have pressed my fingers to the limit playing music.  But it was a lot of fun to be playing that much.

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It has been fun socializing, but it’s time to hunker down and ride out the cool weather that has taken residence in the neighborhood.  I have plenty to do to keep me occupied here at home, not to mention the medical visits and procedures coming up in January.

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I have plenty to eat in the fridge, a nice selection of items from the freezer thawed and ready to eat.  And there is plenty of produce to go along with it.  I need to use up the milk too.  Of note, I did get to eat one of the prime ribs this time around, sharing it with Julie.  I’m tempted to go get another pack, as today is the last day they’re on special.

Farewell Richard

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Richard Dobson passed away yesterday in Switzerland.  I feel very fortunate to have seen him as much as I did during his final visit to Texas.  And it was an honor to have played music with him at TRD.   He will be missed, and his music will live on in those who knew him.  A wake is being planned, but no word yet on when and where.

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No dental visits yet.  I’ve been working with Sarah to get the press kit ready for Vince’s new CD OJO.  Muse is turning out to be a pleaser, but I still need to learn a few tricks in its interactive formatting.

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December looks to be on the cool side, but the seasonal forecast is for a very mild January and February.  The second alpaca sweater and the alpaca poncho are much appreciated this winter.  (I like my other new toys too.  The tenderized and marinated sirloin is very yummy.)

67

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Morning of the 67th.  I was half expecting to be in Elgin today to celebrate, but that fell through.  And I appreciate being home and the chance to be lazy.  The last of the smoked boudin is being thawed.  (Discontinued production.)

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The clutch on the truck is fixed, and it feels more like a racing machine now.  It was over $200 more than I expected, but that is mostly due to the heavy duty parts being more expensive.  Still…  But it rolls well.  I just need to gain the habit of using the hair trigger.

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Package from Amazon due today.  Silicon ice cube trays, meat tenderizer.  I got some sirloin on sale to test the tenderizer.  Second alpaca sweater due on Wednesday.  It was the second to last one available.  I was waiting on a better selection of colors with a restocking, but that failed to materialize, so I grabbed just before they were history.

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Tomorrow, I make contact with the first dentist on my list.  But today, I laze.

 

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Schnee

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Ugh, it’s snowing.  (Truck will be ready to pick up tomorrow morning.)

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Clutch

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Clutch started slipping on the pickup, so it’s staying parked, while I sit out the weekend at home.  Rained today, with more on the way, so just as well.  Truck goes in the shop tomorrow.  Better here than sitting idle at the shop for the weekend.

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Got started on Vince’s site overhaul, though only lightly thus far.  But I did get the footer graphic made, Vince’s V² by Vince Pawless.  It will lend itself to the text links and credits well.

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Well stocked for the week, with rain and cold weather in the forecast.  Starting to make a dent in the freezer.

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All in all, I’m doing well.  Digestion still an issue, but not debilitating.  Otherwise I have energy, focus, and inspiration, so I can’t complain.

Party, Aftermath, and Beyond

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Well, the party was a lot of fun.  Hudathunket?  As with any major party, it was a lot of good music, a lot of good food, a lot of smiles, a lot of fond memories.  One long exhausted state back home.

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I’ll probably remember the Sunday morning ladies’ choir the most, though there was a whole lot more to be remembered.  It was a good one.

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Slept 12 of the first 14 hours back home.  Slowly made my way back.  Nothing atypical, except maybe how sore my abs were (and not from the surgery, but as in line with the rest of my body complaining).

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Chicken/shrimp/andouille jambalaya for Thanksgiving.  I didn’t need any more turkey after last weekend.  (But I would have cooked one if I had the freezer space available.)

TRD jr

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Waiting for the sun to rise to start packing in earnest.  There’s not a lot to pack.  Cooking utensils and cutlery, clothing, bedding, musical, food and ice, meds & first aid, and misc.

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Tonight will be my main musical sessions, while it’s still warm.  Looking forward to it.  I’ve been saving my fingers all week, and they have had three good sessions recently to toughen the pads.  So I should be good for several hours.

Final day of rest

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Today is the final day for gathering steam.  Tomorrow, I head to Webberville to release the serving table for the party from storage.  Then Friday I depart for the party in the afternoon.  Packing and loading will fill the 24 hours between jaunts.

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I have pretty much decided on ribs, pork loin, and cheesecake as my contributions.  I don’t think the caramel corn will arrive in time.

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Weather looks good for Friday, but the norther will come rolling through on Saturday with some stout winds and dropping lows.  I don’t think I’ll last until Monday, as Sunday night looks to be quite chilly.  At least the chance of rain is minimal.  I will pack warm.  I plan on wearing my fingers down to the bone playing music on Friday night while it’s still warm.

Get Stupid

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Tomorrow I should get my restrictions lifted at my 2 pm appoint with my surgeon.  Then I can be stupid again.  17 hours to stupid.

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Finally got squared with the kitchen, preventing any spoilage.  I have a few recipes to make this week, chicken/broccoli/rice being the next.  I am thinking about an upright mini-freezer (5 cu ft), if I can figure out where to plug it in.  I want a turkey and spiral cut ham!

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Weather has warmed, enough to ignore the central heat.  Aaaaaahhhh.

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Gearing up mentally for the party next weekend.

Cookin’

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Made the cream of baked potato and broccoli soup w/ bacon, onion, roasted garlic, lightly spiced, and topped with mild cheddar (chives and sour cream optional).  Also cooked the pork loin and rearranged the freezer to be able to hold it.  Made some pork loin fried rice with the portion I kept in the fridge.

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Broke down and got a flat of chicken leg quarters.  It wasn’t as cheap per pound as a 10 lb bag, but this might fit in the freezer, where as the bag definitely wouldn’t.  Maybe I can make space in the freezer for the Christmas turkey and ham sales.  But hey, I have recipe chicken now.

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Feeling better over all.  The clonidine still makes me drowsy about an hour after I take it, and I’m still napping when I’m not out doing things.  I still need to work on my stamina and metabolism, but I am capable, especially when I’m out and about.  It’s mostly sitting around the house that I am prone to sleepiness and idleness.  But I am still limited on what I can do while on an active streak.  It will take time to get back to full steam, but not being limited in what I am allowed to lift and do will help.  I feel a pang every now and then, but it doesn’t last, and it’s barely noticeable.

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2.5 days to stupid.