Archive for December, 2014

Canisters done

Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I’m done with modeling the canisters.  The last model of 2014.

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I’m ready to let 2015 arrive quietly.  I am partied out.  Food is ready for tomorrow, cornbread, black eyed peas, pastrami and Jarlsberg, and cheesecake.  A shot of Patron Anejo at midnight.  Plenty of quiet fireworks.

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Happy new year.

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Canister models

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Almost done with modeling the kitchen canisters in modo 8.  I still need to tweak a few loops to tighten up a few slopes, but it’s just about done.

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Ham and egg sammich

Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Made myself a ham, egg, and cheddar on honey wheat sandwich this evening.  It is hard not to like them.  A touch of yellow mustard gives it a plus that is sheer sloppy perfection.

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This is after a couple of days of sloppy joes (with a couple more to come).  The kitchen is easier to use now.

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I am going to try for black eyed peas and cornbread, as well as pastrami w/ swiss and cheesecake, which is my own tradition for New Year’s Day.  (I like pastrami and cheesecake.  Why not make it a tradition?)  I’ll be shopping for baking ingredients anyway….

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Got the kitchen utensils sorted from the storage box and washed and put away.  Not many were passed over, less than a quarter of them.  Had to eat some ibuprofen afterwards, being quite a chore.  But I have all the stove utensils in a white ceramic plant pot, the perfect size for holding them all within arm’s reach.

Canisters

Posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Found these on the front porch early this afternoon.  They must have been delivered late yesterday, as FedEx doesn’t deliver on Sundays.  Besides, the metal was cold, sign that it had been outside overnight on this cold and miserable day.

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They are stainless, precision made canisters of a no frill design.  No windows, handles, nameplates, engraving, etc.  Just simple stainless canisters with precision fitting stainless lids.  When empty, each canister fits inside the next largest like Russian dolls.  I will hold off on filling them until next month.  I’ve already spent over $300 on food this month, a small fraction of which I’ve managed to eat.  I don’t need to bake anything in the next few days.  I have the list of baking ingredients made out, though.

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Thanks to Sarah for these.  I mentioned that I was going to buy a new set, and she told me to pick out a set on Amazon and send her the url.  This set suited me well, and I’ll never have to buy another set unless there are extenuating circumstances.  These will last forever.

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I may try to model these in modo.  All I need is one canister and lid and then scale for the rest.

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$5 trick

Posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

My new wallet lost its virginity on a $5 purchase at HEB.  SOP, anti-climatic, but it’s done.  It’s an experienced wallet.

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A wet cold front hit home yesterday morning.  Temp in the 30’s all day, slow constant rain, not as windy as yesterday when it blew in, but still no fun to be exposed.  I kept Myka in today.

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Toby, the aging miniature schnauzer turned up missing yesterday.  An extensive search of the greater yard turned up no sign of him.  Strange.  We looked everywhere, and I mean everywhere.  Haven’t heard an update today.

Post non-holiday

Posted on Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Christmas was a non-holiday for me.  I did my celebrating on my birthday and Solstice, as described in previous posts, and Christmas was basically a day of recovery for me.  I had tamales and a turkey/bacon sandwich for the traditional foodstuffs, but mostly it was napping and watching movies on the laptop.

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So now is the holiday let down.  Humorously, the biggest issue is feeling the new wallet in my pocket, combined with the fact that I haven’t been away from the house to use it.  I have no need to buy anything.  Gas tank is full.  The only thing on the shopping list is cat food (dry) and gravy mix.  I won’t need either for days.  I can’t see going to the store just to use the wallet.  But it keeps crossing my mind, the impulse to change shoes and get in the truck and drive down Business 36 to 290, the nexus of Brenham’s discount shopping.

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I am sure the issue is one played out by tens of millions American males every year.  But I only get a wallet once every score, so it’s a once every twenty year event for me.  So why is it so existential for me?  This is even bigger than being in a Target packing lot on Black Friday, totally unaware of what I was getting into, and driving away as soon as I could get out of there.  (I have the caramels I was hunting there.  They came with the wallet, added to the order for free shipping.  How is that for irony?)

Crystal ware

Posted on Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 10:28 am

In modo 8.

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A parting of wallets

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Yesterday, the wallet I ordered from Amazon arrived, and it now resides in my pocket.  The old wallet has been retired, for obvious reasons.

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This is my third traveler’s wallet.  The first I acquired in the mid 70’s from a craft shop in Colorado.  It was definitely a hippy wallet.  The second (the tattered one shown below) was a Christmas present in the early 90’s.  Now my third one.  May it last twenty years, like its predecessors.

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Solstice mechanics

Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 7:56 am

Solstice is the day that the axis tilt plane of the earth aligns directly with the sun.  It is not necessarily the shortest or longest day of the year, depending on location.  It can be, but it might be off by a few days.  Nor is it necessarily the day of the  earliest/latest sunrise/sunset.

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Example for 2014, winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.  At my location on 12/21/14, sunrise was at 7:18 AM, and sunset was at 5:30 PM.  The latest sunrise will be at 7:23 AM from 1/3/15 to 1/17/15.  The earliest sunset was at 5:25 PM from 11/28/14 to 12/6/14.  So after solstice, the sunrise continues to be later while the sunset has already begun to be later.  These times represent a nautical sunrise, with nothing blocking the view of the horizon.  In other words, no hills, trees, buildings, etc.

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Now I can go back to hibernating.

Plop

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 11:48 am

Back from Bryan, an enjoyable, if somewhat taxing, visit.  Cleaned up the shop for Doug, still on the injured list.  It was no small cleanup.  But the party was enjoyable.  I wore out my pads and came close with my voice.  There was a whole swarm of complements, much to my surprise.  Miss Lette was there, first time to see her in 20 years.  It was fun.  Alicia and I sat in the shed after it shut down and reminisced about the shed’s role in our lives, until I mentioned that it was 4:40 AM.

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I had a good time this month, seeing friends I haven’t seen in some time.  It was a warming tour, lots of laughter, lots of hugs, lots of smiles.  It wore me down to a nub, but it regenerated my spirit.  No doggy bags, though.  I have tons of food already.

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Now I need to hibernate and let my body recover.  I am tired and sore and partied out, and smiling.  Let Christmas pass me by.  I’m content.

Back

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Back in Brenham, unloaded and mostly unpacked.  I have been given an extra day off this week, so it’s three days of laziness instead of two.  Instead of showing up on Wednesday to drive Doug on Thursday, I’ll be showing up on Thursday to feed the parrots while Doug is in Temple.

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Well, laundry tomorrow, so not totally lazy.  And a store run for a few things like bread and cookies.  And organize the kitchen for all the things I brought from storage.  But otherwise, totally lazy.

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The body is sore.  I worked hard partying in Austin/Elgin.

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On the gas price watch, I saw regular for $2.03/gal at the Shell station at US 290 and TX 6 in NW Houston.

Oy, what a great time.

Posted on Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Tail dragging. The CD release was great. Dozens of friends were there whom I haven’t seen in over a year, and I got to talk to them all. The music was fun, very tight and balanced, a very good performance. Lots of dancing and carrying on.

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The food has been fabulous and non-stop. All four days have seen me stuffed to the gills because the food was too good to quit with room available for desert. (Grouper, Enchiladas del Rio, home fried chicken, shrimp, venison steaks, and lots more.) That means that all the seven chocolate items I got for my birthday haven’t been touched. It was definitely a birthday worth leaving town for.  I haven’t played any music this trip, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any live music.  It just wasn’t jamming.

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I’m staying over an extra half day. It’s only an hour run there, but my arm got twisted to stay over one more night. Then I’m home for two days, then off to Bryan for Solstice. The first day will be a chauffeur trip for a friend’s doctor visit 90 minutes away. Then there will be a day and a half of party prep. Then the solstice party where I will play music.

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The I get to go back home and collapse into a post-partium stupor for the rest of the holidays.

The calm before the glide

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Heading to Elgin tomorrow morning.  I’ll be staying with Lyse for a few days then head into Austin for Wahine’s CD release.  Then back here to rest up for Solstice in Bryan next weekend.

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Myka is starting to fill out.  At seven months, she has gained a couple of  pounds of muscle.  She’s starting to look adult in stature.  The outdoor living is bulking her up, climbing trees and green houses, lots of chasing, leaping, and scampering.  It’s definitely showing, and her appetite has increased considerably as well.

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Well, this evening is a packing day.  Not packing heavy, but not packing light either.  Music, computer, and basics.

Warm spell played out

Posted on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

It reached 80°F on Friday.  What a joy.  But now it’s back to 50’s.  Ugh!

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Looks like I’ll be in Elgin for my birthday.  That will be fun, my birthday, Lyse’s birthday, Alicia’s CD release party in Austin.  And then the following weekend is in Bryan for Solstice.  Doug needs help on that, so I’ll go early.  Funds are a bit tight, but sufficient.   I’ll manage with the current gas prices.

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Internet was down for half a day, but as usual, I survived.  I have lots to keep me occupied, and I slept a lot.

Cooling oven

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Giving the oven a break,  12 packets with two or three meals worth in each in the freezer.  5 chicken and 7 pork.  I won’t have to roast again for weeks.  Feels good to eat freshly roasted meat that I season.  I need to go through my kitchen stuff in storage….  I have the essentials, but more would be nice.  I still have the spiral ham to divide and freeze.  Then I can be lazy again.

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The 3D Christmas scene is rather sparse this year, most of it German.  Lots of sites dropping the ritual.

Oven time

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Back in Brenham.

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Got the oven to working, finally.  After stocking up on food yesterday, I went back today and got chicken, pork chops, country ribs, cornbread mix, brownie mix, and more, along with an oven thermometer.  I had to rearrange the freezer to make room.  All that Blue Bell….  Around $175 in groceries in two days.  I’m not going hungry this month.  Chicken is currently in the oven.

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Saw Myka chasing a squirrel up a tree.  She is getting to be quite the yard guardian.  She was quite pleased to see me.  Her aggressiveness is at a lower level, so no claw clipping, yet.  She needs them for squirrel chasing.

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Looking at the month’s schedule.  Back to back weekend excursions.  First weekend (extended) will be Austin: birthday, Lyse’s birthday, Alicia’s CD release.  Then the following weekend at Bryan for Solstice.  Then I get to relax for the rest of the month.