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Idle hands

Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at 1:06 am

Just ordered a preamp foot petal and a 10 foot guitar cord from Musician’s Friend. Maybe it will allow the Egee commiserate with the Behringer mixer. The preamp is a Behringer, so it has a better than average chance of being compatible with both mixer and amp. It also has a driver with three emulator options for amp styles. I wonder how much time I’ll waste on that. Like I need a third layer of Behringer FX.

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At least the price for the pair is less than the instrument microphone. They should arrive early week, if not Saturday.

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No wah wahs, I promise.

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It’s what happens after washing dishes. Get a modicum of energy and…

January procrastination

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 9:29 pm

I am deferring two chores, both in the kitchen: cooking and washing dishes. (One piece of microwaved cornbread is the total sum of the warm food for the day. It’s been Pringles and Reese’s Pieces otherwise, and not much of those.) I’ll probably get around to washing dishes when I run out of clean forks.

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Reese’s and Temptations: Myka will jump up on the desk and stare me down whenever I eat Reese’s Pieces, expecting tit for tat with Temptations (salmon). This is because the containers are very similar. My snacks are in a plastic jar with a flip lid (originally holding onion bits), Myka’s are in a Pounce jar, slightly shorter and narrower, but essentially the same dispenser. We snack together is her new rule. “You snack, I snack.”

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I am one pooped out volunteer. I don’t intend on doing anything that is not necessary, and not until it is necessary, for a few days to come. Been singing Madeline Kahn’s I’m Tired from Blazing Saddles.

back around

Posted on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 8:06 pm

LZB is waiting for my carcass. I’ve unloaded and mostly unpacked, made the store run, and with a couple of exceptions involving digestion, I am a lump.

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Myka did not mess with the oat grass, but her eyes were very wide when she got a face full of the eight inch tall sprouts as I watered the trays. She will get her reward shortly.

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Got bakery made cornbread, as I’m too tired to make my own. I have a little over four hours to eat my cornbread, black eyed peas, pastrami sandwich, and cheesecake. I’ll make it.

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Good to be home. It was nice to be of service when needed, but my bones are quite glad to stay put with a very low maintenance schedule. Letting the air out of the tires.

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Part of the turkey soup returned with me, but the jambalaya and risotto died in Bryan. I still won’t have to cook for a few days. Plenty in the fridge to occupy me without a thaw.

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!! Got the blackeyed peas, cornbread, pastrami and swiss, and cheesecake down the hatch before midnight. Close to the wire, but got it. Cold dog soup and rainbow pie.

Closing 2018

Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018 at 10:00 pm

2 hours 20 minutes to go in central time. Pops and booms in north Bryan Not looking for sparkles.

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Ellen got through surgery fine today. Sally will show and I’ll retrieve Doug. Then I’ll head home. I cleaned cages and fed everyone today. They’ll be able to handle it with local support.

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I pet Tuffy extensively, and I managed a little from Fluffy. Buffy remains elusive. Mama is clearly feral. Big Girl and Little Boy are doing well enough, but it is messy.

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All my chores are done. Pick up Doug tomorrow.

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Wondering if there is potting soil on the bathroom floor. Myka was eyeing the oat grass a little too intently when I left home.

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On to the flip side… 2019

Microwave weekend

Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:47 pm

The fajita turkey/veggie/rice soup and cheese risotto turned out quite well and are cohabiting the middle shelf of the fridge together, along with the jambalaya. Add a few alternatives to break up the routine, and they make for a very fine pick and choose microwave diet for the remainder of the year. I will see out the end of 2018 quite happily sated with a minimal effort.

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The warm weather was swept away by rain and wind today. A 15-20°F drop from the comfortable days of the first part of the week. It will be getting close to freezing a couple of nights next mid-week after the new year. But it will be bearable.

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So far, Myka has looked at the oat grass trays in the bathroom window, her nose knowing full well what they are. But they remain in place undisturbed. Alas, I have not harvested from them yet, as they are about two to three inches tall, shy of first cutting. A good crop thus far. Time will tell. The big pot is almost useless at this point. Between Kitty and light deprivation, it’s not going to last much longer. But I think the transition will be smooth, if Myka behaves.

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I have managed to keep the edema in check, but I’m not certain if it will last. So far, no appointment made. Time will tell. The compression socks and recliner have helped some, but not all the fluid has receded.

Jamba

Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 at 10:11 pm

The Christmas jambalaya turned out bravissimo. Turkey soup tomorrow. Risotto end of the week. Killing off the rest of the slab of pork loin in tacos before I get overwhelmed.

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It was a fairly quiet Christmas, other than barking dogs. It was comfortable, in the 70s. Not complaining. The recovery feels good.

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New trays of oat grass are poking their early heads out. I’m gambling on the bathroom window sill. We’ll see, once harvest starts. Myka is good on fixating sources. But then so is Kitty. I think it’s my best option, and if Myka shoots herself in the foot, it’s her loss to bear.

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All in all, a peaceful day here. Good chow. Nice weather. The creature comforts. Life rolls on.

Screams

Posted on Monday, December 24th, 2018 at 9:53 am

In my recent string of 1950s scifi movie viewings, I am impressed with the fondness of the directors for blood-curdling female screams. I just watched Carolyn Jones’ classic scream when she saw the palm wound on King Donnovan’s doppleganger in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. (Colorized) Cue music apprehension.

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About to head to HEB for rib eyes. I have until 8pm, but better in the morning, before the last minute crowd shows. Waiting for it to warm up a little. I’m glad that I have everything for my Christmas chicken/pork loin/shrimp/bay scallop jambalaya. I have just enough on the shopping list for the $10 minimum.

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The body is starting to come around, a little. Deep sleep investment. Hard to stay awake for any length of time. I’m not there yet, though. I’ll need to saw a few more logs before I hit perky.

SSSSsssss

Posted on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 6:23 pm

The air is coming out of 2018. My social obligations (using the term lightly) have come to an end. It’s been an active year in many ways, but the rest of it looks to be bland and sedentary. That is a blessing. I can sit back and recover. Aaaahhhhh.

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The solstice party was a hoot, though the music was a little loud at times. Not that it wasn’t good, it just got a little rowdy. But it was fun and then some. Lots of smiling familiar faces. An excess of food (many doggie bags were seen). I should have eaten more, but alas. I did put down a few shrimp, so I wasn’t exactly fasting. I actually brought brownies home. I probably should have put them out earlier. It was good seeing everyone. That is what makes for a good time.

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But all is well, despite the aches and stiffness. I have been looking forward to some unbroken rest. It usually stacks up in excess during January and February. But I am looking forward to a spell of idleness, let my body get back to status quo.

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Wondering if I can make space for more rib eyes. I’m down to the last one, and tomorrow is the last day of the Christmas sale. I’ll try.

Sassage gravy

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Just made some sausage gravy from the Brookshire Brothers market pan sausage.  It’s another comfort food for me, taking me back to the market sausage at Mariel’s in Montgomery.  I’ve got plenty of biscuits, gold potatoes, and wheat bread for the accompanying options.  So no store runs for items on which to pour it.  A couple of spuds cooking now.

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I have scrapped the boudin balls, as they didn’t meet my expectations.  So I decided to make a double batch of my fudge brownies on Friday, and the ingredients are in hand.  It’s been a long time since I cranked out a bunch of those yummy sugary mega-bombs.  It will be a less fuss for me at the party Saturday, more time for playing music.

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I’m not bummed about the multi-cooker purchase.  I can use it to fry fresh, skin on, gold potato fries with sea salt.  I even got ketchup today.  I know I will nuke far more spuds than fry, but the option is nice, as well as frozen foods that can be fried, like shrimp (another comfort food) or scallops.

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Having a bit of edema, gaining fluid weight at a steady pace, and I have sock bevels on my shins.  BP is also a little high.  I dread making a doctor appointment, but I might after the 25th if it keeps up.  Grrr.  My diet has been pretty good.  It’s the irbisartan, I’m pretty sure.  Kind of reminds me of the clonidine bout I had in the winter of ’14, but not as intense.

Birthdays

Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 7:09 am

Jill’s birthday was a lot of fun.  Plenty of friends there, and the music was fun.  The gumbo was impressive.  We had a good time.  Erin was the surprise star, a master on the fret board.  But still I had plenty of local exposure, and the Egee was well received.

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But I am tired again.  Not a deep tiredness, but tired nonetheless. I will rebound fairly quickly.  I didn’t seriously overdo it on anything.

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Solstice on the horizon now.  I expect that will be a hoot.

Fryer

Posted on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 10:26 pm

Got a 2 quart deep fat fryer (actually a small electric multi-cooker) to fry boudin balls for solstice.  The one thing that I need to order is a french fry cutter, the sliding tray type that has crossed blades.  I had one of these made back in the 60s, but…  I need to get a new one.  Until then, knife and cutting board.  Need to cook fries to deflavor the oil after cooking.  Starting with a gallon of peanut oil.  I have glass spaghetti sauce jars (large) to hold the used oil.  So I’m set up to fry some boudin balls tomorrow, as it’s too late to venture there tonight.

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Jill is having a birthday party tomorrow afternoon at the brewery, and I am invited.  So is the Egee, so I’ll be playing, among others.  Sam will be one of the musicians there, so I won’t be over-taxed.  I’ll probably have a short slot, if there are slots.

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Warming a little, 60s and 40s after tonight.  Not terribly inclement either.  Easy to get through.  If I can get rid of this lingering headache…  Not bad, but enough for ibuprofen.

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Decided to forego the fry cutter.  Everything that is under $70 is garbage.  $70 buys a lot of knife use.  I don’t plan on frying all that much.

Sedentariness

Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 12:49 am

The warm weather (75°F) has blown away.  I managed to bathe at the peak of tropical influxion, a nice long warm soak.  But this has gone with the wind, literally, 15 -20 mph, gusts to 30.  Currently 45°F, a 30 degree drop.  Good reason to snuggle down and cease excess activity.

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I have decided on boudin balls for solstice.  I’m thinking 3 dozen.

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Finally getting around to putting together a batch of my Mexican rice/refried black bean/avocado/cheese tacos.  I swore not to thaw anything until I made them, and I have eaten most of the ready alternatives.  Rice is on the stove.  I need an avocado or guacamole, so a store run tomorrow.  The list is fairly long to take advantage of some store coupons.

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Had an episode with the I/O on external drive 501, so I backed it up on 4002.  I’ll be doing a burn day before long to clean a sizable chunk of that off the catch all, before it gets too big to manage a failure.

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Plenty to do when the impetus hits me.

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P.S.

Got $9 off on coupons this morning, dropping a $49 basket load down to $40.  And I still have room in the freezer.  (Got bay scallops to boot, along with boudin balls, etouffe, cheesecake.)  But the guacamole will make the bean and rice tacos sing.  ♫

One more

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Another year under the belt.  Hasn’t stopped me yet.

Clear

Posted on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 9:27 pm

The rain stopped and moved on, now the cooler temps move in.  Myka’s grass is back inside, which means she’s on the desk staring me down politely.

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The days are moving toward solstice, still shrinking, sunset earlier, sunrise later.  Looking at a 60s/40s thing for the next few weeks through solstice.  Ran across the song Don’t Get Up from The Gong Show Movie.  A good tune for this holiday season.  It was earwigging, so I learned the chorus.

C G C C7 F Fm C A D G C

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The zipper on the alpaca is fixed.  (I am prone toward an emoticon of ecstatic bliss here.)  I now have a zipper repair kit that won’t stop.  Now I can forget the logistics that brought it together.  Ugh!

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I’m digging in for the winter.  Time will get me through to the spring.  I am well prepared for the cruise.

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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Go figure

Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 9:03 am

Yesterday, in frustration over the zipper sliders in limbo, I ordered more from a different location.  This morning, the original order arrived in Brenham from Houston, where it had been hanging out for a week, rent free.  Go figure.  Don’t see any way to cancel the order.  Oh well, it was only $9 for a 75¢ item.

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In the 30s last night.  I brought the remains of the sprouting oat grass inside, and Myka has been pestering me to no end.  Grrr.  Rascal.

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Not much else to convey.  Store run later for batteries (pre-paid pick up), prescriptions, and other stuff (including frozen Belgian waffles).  I will wait for it to warm up a bit.

Jambalaya night

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Got a batch of chicken, shrimp, and bbq pork loin jambalaya resting on the stove.  The weather is turning cooler, so it will be a nice warming dish for the next few days.

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Kitty attacked the planters with Myka’s oat grass, taking out at least 60% of it.  I’ll need to bring it in for the next few nights, so I may end up replanting, at least the small aluminum tray.  It got hit worst by the dirt digging cat.  I’ll probably sacrifice what remains of it to Myka and just start over fresh.  I was lucky to have a wire basket over the big one as a leaf shielding cage, which prevented total devastation..

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I broke down and ordered new zipper sliders, this time from Seattle, on the far coast.  Hopefully one of the two will eventually reach me.  Not particularly happy with USPS now.

Rustless

Posted on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 12:28 pm

I sanded down the rust spots on the truck (cab and hood) and sprayed them with converter.  One step closer to a waxed truck.  I don’t think I’ll get to polishing and waxing this weekend.  The weather is right, but I’m not quite up to the whole job in the next day and a half.  I need to do some more stripping with Purple Power, and that will probably be tomorrow at the car wash (again).  This is mostly for the roof of the cab and the camper shell, ladder work.  I need for the rust converter to set before I do that.  I may give the truck a once over with the car wash spray wax to seal it until I can get to the polishing.

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Zipper sliders are still in postal limbo in North Houston.  *Sigh*

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Risotto and sloppy joe in the fridge, plus a thawed bbq’ed pork loin section.  Plenty to keep me going.  The kitchen is fully stocked.  Jambalaya coming up next week for the cool snap.

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Enjoying the opened house.  Currently 75°F outside.  Myka is parked by the front window, taking in the view with full audio.

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The first of the oat grass sprouted.  Should be some leaves to feed Myka within the next few days.

Warming

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 2:01 am

The next six days will have highs in the 70s (maybe even 80s).  *Sigh*  I may even get a chance to detail the truck.

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Zipper sliders I ordered are in USPS limbo.  They showed as arriving at the North Houston station, awaiting approval, two days ago.  They should have been delivered yesterday.  Grrrr.

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One more bowl of soup left.  It helped me get through the cool snap.  I have enjoyed it thoroughly.  A shame that I can’t repeat it without making more turkey fajitas, which is not likely in the hear future.

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Enjoying the lazy spell.  Not getting anything done, but my body appreciates it.

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I’m back on the ice making routine, having run out of bag ice from the party.  It was nice while it lasted, but having the extra freezer space is nicer, not to mention needed.

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The AA batteries I got back in 2011 for the wireless microphones are finally running low.  I still have half of them in the package.  Using AAA far more often.  Only change is the new blood pressure monitor uses AAs.  Got a good deal on 48 AC Delco pack, delivery expected Monday.

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I could go to Music School today, but I think I’ll be lazy.  Maybe next week, I’ll be more prone to drive to play music.

Soup Saturday

Posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Turkey vegetable rice soup is on the stove.  Not yet seasoned, as I want to taste what the fajita injection did to the legs (which took a while to debone and dice properly) after it cooks awhile.  It will be in excess of a gallon.  Veggies are carrots, peas, green beans, corn, and baby limas.  And I got the right amount of rice this time.  A pretty good meal for cool weather, and a good use for part of the turkey stock (the part that wouldn’t fit in the freezer).

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I got the freezer rearranged today as well.  Everything is clumped.  Chicken leg quarters are the only thing I need to dig to get.  It is full, an excellent and balanced selection, and I have a lot of coasting to do before I shop for stuff to put in it.

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Besides laundry, nothing else happening.  Enjoying being lazy.  Doors and windows are open, savoring the last of the warm spell as it freshens the house with a gentle breeze.

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Planted some oat grass yesterday for Myka.  Along with the main planter, I am using the pound cake pans to make smaller trays that I can sacrifice to her splurging whim.  I will seed them periodically, since I have plenty of seed and pans available.

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Soup is very good, and a touch warmer as an aftertaste (cayenne) than expected, which is a good thing.  Unusual flavor, but quite an appealing mix, it works very well.  I’ll be grabbing seconds forthwith.  I will have no problem polishing this one off in short order.

Black Friday

Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2018 at 12:27 am

Hanging close to the vest, avoiding the commercialization binge, being a lazy recluse.  Not getting too excited about much.  Time to plant oat grass for Myka.  Ordered some Ceylon cinnamon.

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Pretty much recovered from the party.  Time to start dialing back the diet. Got a digital scale, much more accurate than the cheapie spring one.  It will be a battle of the freezer burn, eating everything while it’s still good without going overboard.  Thinking about a turkey vegetable soup, putting some of the stock to use to avoid needing to freeze it.

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Staying warm.  The alpaca is doing its job.  Drying up this weekend.

Post-partium

Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 7:59 pm

Well, I held my own for almost 30 hours.  I probably wold have stayed longer if not for my dentures wearing on my gums.  I needed to get them out of my mouth.  But I was tired when I got home and left the less valuable stuff in the truck to be unloaded this morning.  Fortunately, the load was light.

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Saturday was sunny and warm.  Sunday was wet and cool, but the sweater and poncho was more than a match for the weather.  I didn’t do a whole lot Saturday, being worn out from the turkey duties.  But the bands were good, none were too loud.  So I was pretty lazy and talked to friends and caught up on the news.  I waited for Sunday to do the fajitas, which I heated on George’s grill, a perfect solution.

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I didn’t eat as much as usual, since there wasn’t a good place to rinse the dentures after eating.  So I ate in spurts and missed out on a lot of good stuff.  I ate enough to sustain myself and tasted the best stuff, but I arrived home with a little room to spare.

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The freezer is full again, but that is mostly from the leftover ice, which should be used up in two or three days.  I need space for the turkey stock.  Maybe I can make a soup, which would help.

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There were a number of notable absences, especially musically, most of them related to health issues.  It is to be expected with our advancing age, but that doesn’t make it easy to take.

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It was a good party, but not up there with the best of them.  Definitely better than staying home.  There was plenty of fun, and it was good seeing everyone there.  So no complaints.  I played and sang plenty, but I didn’t wear out my fingers or vocal cords.

Turkey Fajitas WIP

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Thaw and inject fajita sauce in the bird, stuffing is saute’d sweet onion and bell pepper strips, wrap in bacon, cook, remove bacon and stuffing, and carve bird in strips.  Serve turkey, bacon, and stuffing on flour tortillas with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and Mexican mix shredded cheese.

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Saute’ing the stuffing in butter and a touch of marinade.

Turkey with stuffing.

 

 

 

Bacon wrapped in the oven.

Brazed for fajita sauce infusion, @ 2 hours.  Tempted to snitch bacon.

Done, removed carefully from oven.

Stripped of bacon and stuffing, dry pan.

The sides, bacon and stuffing.

 

The carcass is in the stock pot on the stove.  All other parts that were in the oven are in the fridge.  Pretty much on the schedule I envisioned, which is pretty slow.  I will be done by midnight.  Dishes are next.  Got a pretty good nibble cleaning the carcass.  It is yummy and pretty consistent on the fajita seasoning, tasty but not overpowering.  I would have no problem with this as a freezer staple.  I will keep the last cleaning, which is a fair portion of a quart ziplock.

Turkey fajitas

Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 9:50 pm

The first injection just took place in the thawed bird, and it sits under foil in a roasting pan in the fridge.  Tomorrow, the stuffing and the bacon wrapping and the roasting, followed by disassembly, carving, packaging, and boiling down the carcass to stock.  It will be a fairly full day to prep it for transport.  I have the kitchen ready for the process tomorrow.  The 7 hour cook time should give me ample time to prep and stage for the road.

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Departure will be Saturday, as soon as I can get things packed and rolling.  With a single overnight, packing will be minimum.  I figure 30 hours there and an hour transit each way.  Friday night will be too cold to play and sing, so a Saturday arrival before noon should work.  Fajitas and second serving on Saturday, music on Sunday.  Second serving is either tamales or cheesecake.  I’ll figure that out on Saturday morning when I get the guacamole.

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The cold snap is easing slowly.  It froze enough to nix the bugs and mosquitos.  So we don’t need any more of that for a while.

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I look forward to the party.  I also look forward to emerging from post party recovery. I am ready for a prolonged rested lazy spell.  Nothing quite like sitting around, doing nothing, by choice.  One or two events in December, maybe three.  I’ll just have to see how ambitious I get.

Unpacked

Posted on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 7:19 pm

The house is finally back in order.  Took long enough.  Everything is unpacked, all moved stuff is back in place, the floors are clean.  I have one box of stuff from storage that needs filing away, old photos and documents, but that is a project in and of itself.  As of now, I’m moved back in.  I can be lazy.

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Had a heavy train of thunderstorms roll through, so I haven’t gone shopping for fajita turkey stuff as planned.  But I can start a thaw in the sink and finish it in the fridge without worrying about salmonella.  And I won’t be attending on Friday because of the low temp (can’t sing and play music outside on a cold night), so I can move cooking back one day.  So the schedule has flex, as long as I get it by Tuesday.  No hurry for anything else.  Well stocked.

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Learning to use the new microwave, meal by meal.  I like the sensor reheat.  I’m impressed by how well it heats without having to guess a time, based on steam release.  Very clever.  I’ll be using it.

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I have a few days to be lazy, do what I like.  Not much to do except get ready for TRD.  I can live with that.