Archive for December, 2018

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

Change of plans

Posted on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

Well, I won’t be home for New Year’s after all, I’ll be in Bryan tending critters. Ellen broke her hip and will be having surgery on Monday morning. I’ll be there from Sunday through Tuesday, less than 48 hours. I won’t need to take off until tomorrow afternoon, arrive before dark to be introduced to the new dogs, etc.

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I’ll need to eat up the risotto, because it won’t last that long. The partial soup too. I can take the full soup with me, as well as the rest of the jambalaya. Pastrami and cheesecake too. I’ll probably get my black eyed peas and cornbread from an eatery or HEB.

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I’ll leave music stuff here. I don’t expect to be playing. Computers will go. Basically clothes, meds, digital, and food. Grab a bag of ice. Ultra-light, won’t take me long to pack.

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*Sigh* Life is never what is expected.

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.