Archive for April, 2019


Posted on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at 12:00 am

Well, the tail light lens got in, and I installed it. Then I washed up and went on a store run. The primary target was a spiral cut ham on sale. However, they sold out, so I got a cheaper half ham that wasn’t sliced. So, no ham sandwiches. However, I did get the hambone for cooking black eyed peas, and I can get sliced ham in a smaller package as needed.

The main reason for the ham was for an Easter jambalaya, with shrimp and scallops, which I also got. I can slice and cube the ham easily, so not a real tragedy. I got it more for recipe than sandwiches. Still… grrr. After the jambalaya, I am thinking spaghetti.

I am finally coming around from the party. Still not exactly spry, but I can perform chores without a lot of tail dragging. Not that there is anything on the calendar. But I may turn my attention to detailing the truck. May… no promises.

Have a full tank of gas. Not planning on going anywhere soon. Sunny skies, low 80s, cool nights for the weekend. The house will be open a lot.


Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 7:02 pm

A time for nada. Had a rain blow through this morning (1.2″). Today was sunny and a north breeze (tough still in the 70s). Still sleeping more than my share, though I am coming around from recovery. Not venturing anywhere, taking the garbage out, checking the mail, and getting Myka oat grass is the sum of my outdoor adventures for the last three days. Done a little cooking, but not much. Mostly been snacking.

Downloaded the redacted Mueller report this afternoon, but I haven’t tackled it yet. Just a quick once over to see how much was redacted and for what reasons. Haven’t been paying much attention to the response yet. It will take time to absorb it before it’s a response in full.

I want to whack Walter for sticking Jon Byrd’s Just Another Gun in my ear. I like the melody and the chord progression, but the lyrics I don’t need in my head. “At least she knew I loved her before the gun went off.”

At least the laundry is done and no dishes in the sink. Having no ambition for doing things. But I will come around. I want to get the truck detailed in the next few weeks, while the weather is prime for doing such chores.


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.

Half packed

Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 3:04 am

Got half the baggage packed and laden on the truck. Sundries, digital, music, and cold stuff to gather in the morning. Eight hours to go by schedule. Not traveling heavy, taking only the essentials, so it shouldn’t be an issue to get rolling before noon.

Looking forward to the party. It should be a good time all around. Most of the food in the fridge is gone. One serving of limas left. Just finished off the baby back ribs. Those should put me to sleep and get me on a party schedule. I won’t have any problem thawing things out when I get back.

Not worried. Things will all work out. Not my first rodeo.

Party mode

Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 10:47 am

24 hours until scheduled departure. The fridge is looking thin, as it should. Logistics finalized. Nothing left but the packing, a store run, and a pre-party soak. Proper mental state has been established.

It will be a wet Saturday, especially in the morning. Friday night will be the best time for playing outdoors, weather-wise. I hope to get in my share then. Saturday morning will be a rainy indoor session.

Marinated country style ribs, brie and crackers, cheesecake, and Rolos will be my contribution.


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.


Posted on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 10:54 pm

Made a store run after dark. Not a big list, bread, provolone, cookies, cat treats. The gas station had run out of regular and plus, so they offered premium at regular price. I wish I had had room for more than 4 gallons.

I have been fighting fluid retention due to the meds, and today, I managed to drop eight pounds. I hope to maintain the momentum and drop even more fluid weight tomorrow.

Having a quiet weekend. Been staying in as the rain mostly passed to the west. Taylor got whomped, but we got less than 0.5 inches. Trying to get myself ready for the party next weekend. I plan on packing light.

Got the two iPads squared away, the duplicates eliminated, each with a full set of apps accordingly. I may download a few new ones on the 6th gen, but it won’t be any concerted effort to do so, just here and there.

I’ve decided to cook some baby limas, thawing ham for it. I should be able to kill that off by next weekend. The freezer actually has some space to spare, and the variety is excellent. I am starting to run a little low on pork loin, but not enough to buy another one yet. After all, I have all those baby back ribs that are essentially pork loin on the bone.

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.



Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 4:07 pm

The office chair arrived, and I wrestled all 53 pieces into place. It is a monster. Definitely a big and tall chair, and I barely qualify for either, considering the way the chair is built. Definitely in the heavy armor class, almost an LZB equal. But it is well cushioned and shaped. A few new habits to be learned, but it will last, I am sure. Now I need to get Myka not to be afraid of it. (She better not scratch it.)

I had hoped to go to Music School tonight, but the chair took precedence, and I’m just not up to a turn around. The party is nine days away, and I can handle my few errands there. So I am sitting around waiting for the Fling. All my purchases and bills are done, not spending money other than food and gas and party items, and very little of that, as I’m well stocked.

The house is open this afternoon. A tad humid, but otherwise enjoyable, especially after wrestling with chair assembly. The forecast looks as if the house will be open for quite a while. The cool weather looks to be a thing of the past. YEAH!!!

Not sure if I will be able to migrate the app data from the old iPad to the new one. The further I dig into the matter, the less it looks probable. I haven’t given up yet, but the hopes are dimming. The developer seems to be interested only in raking the money.

Not going to do much for the rest of the day. I have put in my quota for the day. My neck is acting up, and even the arnica isn’t fully curing it. It feels like it’s time to skip one dose of the Hydralazine. I may call in and talk to the doctor.


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