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Ping pong

Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 1:56 pm

The heat will run away tonight, but for now, the AC is running in 92°F weather. However, I’m not so sure that the office window will be opened, considering that rain and high winds may accompany the drop in temp. Tomorrow, the temp just keeps dropping.


The denim shirt I got has 33″ sleeves, which means good for a roll up sleeve, or give it to someone else. Myka destroyed the cardboard wrapper, so no sense in returning it. I have found the shirt I want at Home Depot, no less, $44. One or two a month, depending on the month. Four should suffice. 10 oz, tall size, 38″ sleeves, double flap pockets.



The Defense Lawyer Credo
“If the facts are against you, argue the law.
If the law is against you, argue the facts.
If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.”
Carl Sandberg


I am planning on restringing the Egee today, though not listing that in ink. It will be the first time. Alas, no pegs.

Rebounding heat

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 12:58 am

The rebound from the cool front is beginning to creep back into the scene, with highs about 90°F. It’s not a simply return, but the low pressure bulge created in front of a serious cold front scheduled to arrive Friday morning. The low Saturday morning is forecast to be around 50°F. But the office window stays open tonight.


The denim shirt was not what I wanted. I’m convinced that any $20 denim shirt is going to be a lightweight, on the stiff side, even though it’s all cotton. I have a feeling that I’ll be looking in the $40 range to find what I want. I feel like I may need to do some window shopping in BCS to find the right shirt, then order online for the best price.


Got a ground meat chopper today, a five bladed nylon utensil for separating ground meat into loose chunks (chili, sloppy joes, traditional tacos, sausage gravy, etc.), as well as mixing bowl contents (stuffing, boiled eggs, etc.) I expect to use it tonight making gravy.


Did a dust burn on the furnace, checking out the new thermostat. Works quite well, only a single ignition sequence, instead of the four or five the old one was performing to get running. The cool down takes quite a while after the flame goes out, before the fan shuts off though. Also got new filters. So it’s set for winter now. Got some ducting for the bathroom.


Broke down and got rib eyes while they were on sale. So instead of two in the freezer, I have five, plus a majority of another in the fridge. I wasn’t impressed until I saw the four pack buried at the bottom of the far right row. Being tall with long arms is sometimes an advantage. Nothing new goes in the freezer for a week or two.

Moon

Posted on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 6:19 am

A tough time for the Indian space program, their lunar lander failing communications 40 meters from the surface. For them, I post this 20 year old Photoshopped image.

Moongoose © Jerry Walsh 1975/1999


Got the shirts this morning on a 5 am store run. I went for the floor cleaner for mopping the kitchen and got the shirts on the same run. Also grabbed ziplocks and a couple of munchies, including personal microwave pizzas. Pharmacy will keep for when I feel like making a daylight run. I have until Friday before I’m skipping a dose.


Laundry (new shirts), kitchen floor, and cheese risotto are today’s chores. Reverse chronological order, I think. I got the fridge and microwave cleaned and the kitchen floor swept before trash went out yesterday. So the mopping is the last item in the kitchen onslaught.


The forecast gave up on running the heat out of Texas mid-month. The heat could be here all September. Bleech!


Getting used to the new truck key habit. It’s not reflexive yet, but I haven’t tried to put it in the wrong way yet.


Muk Luks are in town and scheduled for delivery this morning.

No show

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Well, my primary physician wasn’t in his office this morning when I showed up. Oh well, not that big a deal, I’m doing well. Nothing that can’t be expressed in a message.

9.5 lb pork loin


The pork loin was cooked last night and 7/8 of it now resides n the freezer. Myka approved.


My time is my own now. I need to figure out what to do with it.


New battery works well in the truck. Hopefully the weather will allow me to replace the alternator in the next few days.

Ribbees

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 12:13 pm
A pair of rib eyes.


I decided to broil a couple of rib eyes this morning.


I wasn’t up to replacing the alternator this morning, and I put in several solid hours of snooze time instead. It was an ideal morning for it weather-wise, but my body disagreed. And I give my body precedence. *Sigh*


I still need to fix eggs (w/ country style rib, potato, onion, bell pepper, tomato, cheese, avocado). If I don’t, the avocado will go south. I strongly dislike wasting avocados. (*sigh* I waited too long, avocado was gunky.)


Blood pressure is a little high, but within the range my doctor accepts. It’s not up in the class 2 range, staying well below.


Tomorrow, summer starts its return. It will be back by Saturday, with lows in the 70s and climbing. Tonight is the last of the 60s. Today is the last of the dew points in the 50s.

Oven

Posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 5:58 am
Country style pork ribs (5 lb.), cajun marinade, Myka approved.


Country style pork ribs, 5 pounds worth, marinated cajun, are in the oven at 350°F. Nautical twilight just began, fans blowing air through the house, venting the kitchen. My left hand has the distinct aroma of celery, despite washing it.


Not a whole lot else going on, other than holing up during the day. Watching movies, scanning the news, staying cool, passing time.

Old Tailless

Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 2:04 am

One of the older geckos here keeps losing his tail. Not sure how, be it bird, rodent, or another lizard. But he keeps losing it and regrowing it, identifiable by the stubbiness, a definite Δ to the diameter. And he runs off all the smaller ones with beautiful tails when he shows, grumpy old tailless thing that he is.


The La-Z-Boy is ready for surgery. Everything there in place. It will happen soon. It was 94°F yesterday, so I soaked in the tub instead.


Cheese risotto is the next dish to cook. I have grown to like it a good deal, and it’s a good way to use up a pint of milk.


New ice trays. Found them in a bargain bin at HEB. They are cheap, thin walled, and I’m not sure how durable at this point. They are extremely flexible, and a simple twist and flip empties the tray into the bin. No more frozen fingers from the silicone trays. Seven in the freezer, three in reserve, and I may grab a few more for insurance. The cubes are bigger than ones that the silicone trays make, a bit over twice the size, so they won’t melt as quickly. And the seven should fill the bin from empty. Just in time for summer.


New ice tray.


Now I need to do something with the freezer. I restocked the frozen nukeables. I had to thaw the gumbo and the last of the spare ribs to make room. And I still have a tray of chicken quarters to cook on Wednesday (rain in the forecast, cooler temps). I will be eating a lot this week.

Brisket

Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Brisket just started cooking, rubbed. (I can smell the rub on my right hand.) I figure 6 hours at 250°F. 4-10pm.


Myka is not feeling good, hiding in the front room, turns her nose up at gravy. It looks to be digestive, as she was in the litter box earlier, to no avail. She purrs when I pet her, but otherwise makes no attempt to move around, except once to hide in the closet. I’m hoping it passes quickly.


Light rain today, bringing cooler temps (60s, low 70s), which is why the brisket is being cooked today. No sense in doing it in the heat.


Heat is being dampened for about 4 hours by the passing rain (light, barely wet things down), plenty of downdraft ahead of it to chill things down. Wind will turn around from the south around dark, and we’ll be back to normal again.


Tender, juicy, and yummy.

Shave and…

Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 9:19 am
Snip, snip, snip, whack, whack, snip…


Just cut my hair. It was a week ahead of the 90°F forecast, but I have a doctor appointment tomorrow morning. I don’t have to worry about it for another year.


I determined that the irbesartan was causing the edema. I expect to be on a whole new array of meds except the atorvastatin (generic lipitor). All three of the most recent meds have had side effects that eventually reach a point that I can’t tolerate. I’d like to try valsartan again, as it seemed to be the friendliest, for the short while I took it before the recall.


I’ll pick up a fuse puller tomorrow, when I get my new meds, and get started on truck electrical diagnostics.


Killed off the alfredo. Have a section of pork loin and some turkey thawed. (I may need to get another pork loin when they go on sale again.) I may go for spaghetti tomorrow or Wednesday. But I expect to go light until then, steam some veggies.

Oven time

Posted on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 11:21 am

Cooked a batch of tempura chicken breast nuggets and sweet onion rings in the oven, and they are being followed by a batch of gold potato slices (like skin on fries). Most of the items will go in or back in the freezer. The nuggets and rings were battered for the party, but the frier didn’t make it, so they stayed home in the freezer until today. So everything is being baked while the morning is still moderately cool.


Went through several days of rain, multiple storm trains rolling through. Over 2.5 inches total. But the radar is clear all across Texas this morning. 60s this morning, low 70s approaching noon. Forecast for lower 80s this afternoon.


Redid the splash page on Vince’s site. First work I did on the site without Sarah. It is now a bare basic splash page with the color pencil conversion of an image from Vince’s Anderson Fair video, disc 2. Nothing quite like Photoshop.


It’s been fairly quiet this last week. A steady stream of little things taking me through the days. No shopping. Just hanging and watching time pass during the rainy week, talking Myka through the thunder.


Myka’s 5th birthday portrait.

Mental Samples from the Vampire Shift

Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 12:42 am
iPaddery

Back on the vampire shift for the most part, a sign that I am adapting to the coming summer ahead of time. And it is a different attitude than day shift. A bit more fanciful.


Vampire shift and I are no strangers. I got much of my best and voluminous work done in the dead of night. And adding music to it again is a real treat, filling the quiet with voice and strings. It puts me in touch with why I play, why I sing, a purity daytime doesn’t see.


And I do some of my most inspiring surfing at night. Keeping the distractions down is a plus. It’s easier to find and follow resonance at night. However, it is easier to assemble and configure during the day, making modular shifts of the house contents for function. (Didn’t get the audio mixer set up yet.)


But the night flows fanciful. It is a friend, a welcome friend. Texas is entering life after dark once again. A train rolls quietly through town.

Headphones

Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at 2:40 am

The bluetooth headphones I got from Amazon in August had the vinyl cushion cover come loose. I emailed the company about it, and over the course of three days and four emails, they offered to send me a new pair, no return required. That is something indeed, as I got it on sale, plus a coupon, with free shipping. Not sure when to expect them, but since the original pair is still working, no biggie. I can repair the original set with a soft ribbon and use it for travel, etc.


Working on the potato soup and jambalaya. Not complaining about either. I will also make a sausage gravy in a few days with the remainder of the milk.


Lows in the 60s, highs in the upper 70s/lower 80s. No need for the central heat or AC. Windows open during the day, which Myka enjoys. I need to get the screen door fixed. I have the screen and hardware cloth to bug and Myka proof it. I need to get a hand with it, as I don’t have all the needed tools for it on hand.


Myka’s 5th birthday is a week away. I’ll get her something special.

Well, I made a 3 am store run, pretty much had the store to myself, at least as a customer. Got Myka a super-wide scratch pad and some chicken pate with extra gravy for her birthday. The catnip is built into the cardboard, so none needed, but I have a packet left over, so I’ll supercharge it. It is her 5th birthday, so no holding back.

If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?


I have a suspicion that the rental neighbors have moved out. The dogs are gone, the vehicles are gone, a dining chair is on the curb for garbage. I did hear a baby crying on several occasions early this month, very quiet due to baffling, but distinctly so. So my suspicion is that the tiny house wasn’t big enough for a child, and they sought out a larger place to rent. So this means that I can play music around the clock until new tenants arrive. Recording at night is the quietest option.


Got some red ribbon to repair the headphones. It was a little wider than I had intended. And it’s a sheer mesh, not solid. But it is strong and should handle the job. It was in the front of the store and saved me a trip all the way to the far corner. It will do.

Plop

Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019 at 8:11 am

Back from Spring Fling. It was another good one, despite the power outage, rain, and cold wind that came with the cold front’s passing. Lots of the usual sanity offering joviality, music, and food. Lots of R&R to follow. Already put in a solid 9 hours of sleep in the first 10 hours back.


Not much energy in reserve, but I need to unload the truck. Taking care of the essentials at first in the 50°F morning, waiting for the 70s of the afternoon to continue. Not that I took that much with me.

Managed to get the truck emptied before noon. Wasn’t something that my body appreciated, but that was to be expected. Far more ice left over than I have room to freeze.


Need to make a quick store run, but not until my legs feel up to it.


Dining

Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 7:53 am

I got the dining chairs on Monday and got them assembled that evening. Nothing real special, but sturdy and solid. Heavy hardware is the key.

Myka posed for free.


Getting attenuated toward packing for Friday’s departure. Decided on marinating country style pork ribs and a couple of cheesecakes. The alpaca sweater got washed and is drying horizontally on the rack.


Sunny days, highs in the 80s, high spring. House open, short sleeves, my favorite time of the year.

Confessions of a Three Day Facebook User

Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 1:42 am

I just deleted the Facebook account that I created on April 1st. It was purely based on ulterior motives, to achieve an end, but alas in vain. It was as unpleasant as I thought it would be. No photos, no links, no posts, no bio, no decor, no friend requests, no nada, it was an unsuccessful attempt to transfer data from one iPad to another. It was one of the few things that wasn’t achieved in migration via iTunes. Facebook was supposed to be a solution. It wasn’t. In 30 days, it will be official.


So here I am, the owner of two iPads and two Macbooks. I was hoping to whittle that down an iPad, but not any time soon. Two reasons, the data, and the new holder isn’t as firm as it should be with the spring tension on the 9.7. It creeps ever so slowly in the direction of gravity, like a glacier, not seeable except for results over time. It would not do to have it let go during the middle of a performance. I will probably create some form of bottom lip for the holder or find a soft friction pad that would work.


I am starting to get a feel for the chair. If my femurs were any shorter, I wouldn’t be able to sit up in proper form. And the cushion being plump, it makes it hard to pull the calves back very far. And the legs are hence further recessed and kink the back of the knee. It’s hard to rest a foot atop a leg. A heel, toe to the floor, is the closest I can get in comfort. I’m sure I’ll find the best positions. But it’s a good moving chair, swivel and roll are both superior. I made a good move.


Chair

bbr

Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 7:23 pm
Two racks of baby back ribs.

Red Myka

Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 9:14 pm
Red Myka – iPad and Photoshop

Myka Flash

Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019 at 1:49 pm
More iPad/Photoshop action.

Still playing around with the new iPad. I think that I might get to like it as a tool.

Padded cell

Posted on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at 8:24 am

Well, I think I have the new iPad configured and fleshed out. I’m sure that there are plenty of options that need attention, but for the most point, it has what it needs and everything tests out. There are apps that no longer work on iOS 12, and some that didn’t transfer data during migration. But by and large, after 18 hours, it’s pretty much where I want it to be. There are new habits to learn. The Apple Pencil works very well. It’s nice to have iWork on board.


Myka has been happy in the LZB in my absence. I need to make something in the kitchen, as a diet of quick sandwiches is not a sustainable menu.


Triangulated


Selfie (iPad and Photoshop)

WET

Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Texas is wet.  A Pacific mass has wandered across Mexico and is dumping rain over 70% of the state.  It’s pretty much a constant moderate rain.  A couple of inches is what I expect, maybe a bit more.

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WordPress 5.0 released today.  Did all the backups, including the entire website.  I’m not sure that I like it.  It’s a little too modular for my taste.  At least the theme still works with it.  I will survive, but I’ll probably grumble a bit.

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Myka has been fixating on the LZB whenever I’m not in it.  The only time the chair is empty is if:

  1. I get up when she is in deep sleep.
  2. There is food or oat grass being served or the perception thereof.
  3. She is up running through the house from room to room.
  4. She is bored and pestering me.

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T

Posted on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 3:48 pm

T-bone

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mixed busy

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 8:20 pm

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

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

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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Winter

Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 12:18 am

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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ribs 2018

Posted on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10:54 pm

Mopped and popped, baby back 2018.

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