Archive for July, 2019


Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 8:11 am

Posting from a newly installed clone of the boot drive of my MacBook Pro. I was fortunate to create a USB stick clone on July 4th, and I used it to repair directory damage on the 23rd. I again used it on the 28th to restore the internal hard drive from a base erasure and rewrite of the partitioning.

I suddenly found that my cookie manager wouldn’t launch, and a clean delete and installation (with all support files saved) showed that it wouldn’t handshake with Safari. Console showed that it wouldn’t accept a null statement in a shared library. The choice was to try and repair the system using files from the clone or replace the system. I opted for the latter for two reasons: 1) the stick clone was operating properly, 2) with the erasure, it defragged the drive that was becoming Finder fussy.

I effectively lost a few weeks of data on the system, but no big deal. I dumped the caches for Safari, backed up the iPads, and made a few minor updates. I did a backup of the drive to the 8T, so I didn’t truly lose anything, but I haven’t drawn anything from it yet. I replaced key user data folders to the stick before the restoration, so all I lost was a couple of software updates and some machine data. I was methodical to minimize and recover the loss.

So far, so good. I will probably replace the software updates in the next day or two. And I recovered an extra 10G on the drive.

So now I get to make a store run. I was hoping to buy a battery for the truck today, but the online store says they are out of stock. The next best alternative is an extra $70. I’m hoping the battery lasts long enough for them to be back in stock. I’m hoping I don’t need to charge it this morning before the run. (Nope, charger connected.)

The nice cool front has ended. Dew point is currently 76°F. Bleeech.

Got the cheapie battery ($57) for the interim. It has a 1 year free replacement warranty, it will get me through the transition, and they should have the 5 year warranty batteries in stock when it dies. It will get me by and by.

Also got everything on the shopping list, though I will no doubt go back tomorrow for sale items. Alternator, too, at least the front end. I put some mileage on the dogs today. My back is fussing when I move, but all the cold stuff is put up. Not in a huge rush on the rest. It’s already topped 90°F at noon.

Got a couple of nice prime sirloins. I could have gotten more, but these are 1.5 lb (24 oz) each. That is enough.

I am resting for the rest of the afternoon.


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.


Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Had the office open to the breeze this morning, 70°F with a dew point in the 50s. It’s nice to open the room to some fresh air. Myka enjoyed the open door and open window too.

But the office is closed back up, and the AC is on, as the temps rise into the 80s for the PM. But I expect a repeat tomorrow morning. So I’m not having any great sorrow yet.

Took two rib eyes out to broil tonight. One will go back in the freezer for August. The other will get devoured fairly quickly. One more chunk of the country style rib still exists in the fridge, which is getting pretty thin.

Tomorrow should be alternator day. I need to go over to AutoZone again for a question, I might do that this afternoon. It might have been today, but I was watching a stream from Congress, like many people.

The celebrex is working pretty well, but there are still limits to how long that I can stay on my feet.


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.


Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 5:29 pm

The celebrex is working after six 12 hour doses, making a difference. It’s not 100% effective, but up there. It takes a series of doses, six to seven, to be most effective, as it accumulates in the blood stream with a 12 hour “half-life”. It takes about three days to clear the system fully. I can still feel some pain in my back with a prolonged stress before a dose is scheduled. But overall, it’s doing its job of keeping me on my feet.

Still warm and humid, a typical Gulf summer peaking. 97°F now. It’s doing its job of keeping me off my feet during the afternoon.

Finishing off the black eyed peas and cornbread. About half the fettuccine alfredo is gone. Baby back ribs and pork tenderloin are still in progress of being eaten. Tonight, cheese risotto will be made, and country style pork ribs ($1/lb) will be marinated (cajun). Not going hungry, but not gorging either.

Not much else to report. No progress on the truck, weather too oppressive. Hibernating during the day as much as possible.


Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 9:36 am
The pea green is 95% to 100% relative humidity.

Temp and dew point are at 82°F, again. Gee, thanks, Barry.

The good news is that Barry siphoned off a fair chunk of the excess heat in the Gulf, which will reduce the chance of another Harvey happening this year.

Just got back from AutoZone. They have the warranty data on the alternator on their computer. It is a DL7744, as I suspected. All I need to do is pull it, take it in, and swap it. If I get the celebrex this evening, I should be able to walk it over, 300 yards there and 300 yards back. An early morning chore. I expect the new one to be on before this weekend, fates willing.

Making a chicken/broccoli/cauliflower fettuccine alfredo today. I need to do prep before it gets too warm. Doesn’t take long to cook it. Plenty else to eat, brats, pastrami, baby back ribs, pork tenderloin, a bunch of cheeses, and more.

Hopefully my scripts will be in today, and I’ll only have to try three times to get them. I expect a sunset run. I am not going to sit at 36 @ 290, waiting for a green light in 150°F concrete heat.


Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Saw the doctor today, got prescribed a mild diuretic and Celebrex for my back. Waiting for the temp outside to drop to go get them. They had to be ordered from another location and they hadn’t arrived when I went over this morning.

Haven’t gotten over to AutoZone about the alternator warranty. Medicine took precedent. Time is not a big issue at the moment.

It’s warm out there at the solar concrete realm of 36 @ 290. Got to 97°F in the shade today. Heat index of 109°F. Dew point at 78°F. Thanks, Barry. I think we got a couple of drops.

Another eight weeks of summer to go. Life creeps forward through the warmth. Sleep as much as possible during the heat of the day. Some days are better than others. Texas summer nights… an old friend.

At least I got in my store run today. Found salmon pate with extra gravy for Myka. That should punch her ticket tomorrow.

Sun heading downward.


Posted on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 7:23 am

Got a store run to make. Not a big one, and I wouldn’t fall to harm if I didn’t go today. I might spend a few extra bucks in the long run. I’ve got until tonight to make up my mind on just how lazy I want to be today.

Myka has bounced back from her vaccinations. She is pestering me for treats again. Typical rebound.

No progress on the truck since the new determination. (^See above.^)

Ice bowl

Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 6:10 am

Myka has learned the joys of ice water. She continues to tank up heavily whenever I drop a few ice cubes in fresh water in her water bowl. She is officially a big fan now.

I managed to find that I need a new alternator on the truck. The rectifier bridge was one of the sources of the low resistance across the battery terminals. Pulling the plug dropped the draw when the power distribution box was disconnected. The PDB is still a problem, somewhere between there and the key switch is the second short. Meter readings are making much more sense with the two issues segregated.

The good news is that the alternator is the one I got at AutoZone a couple of years ago, and it has a lifetime warranty. So, unless I need a new battery (pro-rated warranty expires in September) or the key switch is the problem with the PDB, this issue will not cost a lot of dinero. It ate a lot of time and effort, but not actual greenbacks. Not sure if I want to deal with the serpentine belt to replace the alternator myself. Nothing I haven’t done before, but it depends on the warranty details and what sort of deal I can get on labor.

I got the disconnections reconnected, and the truck is back in limited local service again. Now that I have a good idea of the actual issues, I’m not in a huge hurry. The low this morning is 78°F with a 76°F dew point. Not nearly as agreeable as yesterday morning was for outdoor labor.

Only things on my schedule today are taking trash to the curb this morning and soaking in the tub during the heat of the day (the part in which I’m awake).

Myka is starting to come around from the vaccination reaction. She is still not very spunky, but she is more active and more focused on treats. I’m glad to see her coming around.

Inverted prune

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 8:34 am

Okay, I haven’t gotten very far this morning on the truck. I have instead spent time on the work space. I parked the truck nose first, and I pruned the star jasmine and the intertwined to clear the sides and overhead. It will be a better parking lot as well when I park rear first, nose to the road. Placed a better marker for parking alignment.

Tool kits are out, ready to use in disassembly and reassembly. I’ve done a number of things with the meter, made a few decisions on the path to take this morning. I’m currently resting my back, waiting for the ibuprofen to kick in. But it is a good morning to be tackling the next progress. Dew point and temps are down, a pretty morning.

I still need to boil some eggs, when I knock off of working on the truck.

This afternoon will be a soak in the tub, get clean from climbing around under the hood.

Looks like Barry will hit New Orleans on Saturday. Not expecting anything here.


Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 7:30 am

Nothing worse when cooking sausage to make gravy, than opening the flour canister to find weevils. Quick $10 store run.

Myka doesn’t want to come into the office, so I turned the carrier around where she can’t see the cage door. If that doesn’t work, I’ll throw it in a trash bag and cover it with shoes.

Got two four packs of HEB 3 cup storage canisters, rectangular instead of round, kind of tall and slim, which will make for good freezer storage. And the bodies and lids are the same colors. Important thing, the depth makes them better for spooning the puree. It’s an adaptation that I can make.

Catching my breath before I get back to the gravy. Mid70s at the moment. Other than the 100% humidity, it’s a good time to cook.

Cat vax

Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 4:04 pm

Myka got her annual vaccinations today. She was more resistive than I’ve ever seen her, claws and teeth bared, probably due to the way she was restrained. And she got car sick on the way over, which didn’t help, nor did the long wait (they were busy). But that is over now, and she is back home and got her wet food.

A good thing that I had plenty in the bank. The prices have gone up. But it wasn’t a burden, well within budget this month. And I have the Advantage Multi.

So now I only need to worry about my own medical visit on Monday morning. It won’t be nearly as warm as it was this afternoon, nor as expensive. Until then, my time is my own. And I should eat something. I held off eating, like Myka, but for me it was to keep from getting sleepy and missing the appointment. Now I can eat and snooze away.

Sausage gravy is tonight’s endeavor, so I can make a dent in the bag of spuds. The camembert is history, shifting over to the brie. The tenderloin has one more serving, a sandwich. I have brats and pastrami as fall backs. Plenty in the freezer too. Thinking about a chicken penne (whole wheat) alfredo.


Posted on Saturday, July 6th, 2019 at 2:13 am

For a summer lunch, I highly recommend few slices of a bbq’ed marinated pork tenderloin, cooked medium, served cold, with a chunk of camembert, and a small dish of sauted vegetables, on club crackers. Marvelous! (Seriously, Myka approved, five claws up.) For dessert, pound cake with strawberry puree and whipped cream.

Just made a four cheese risotto. Waiting for it to settle out.

Replaced the lampshade on the porch. It had finally deteriorated to a dire state of fubar.

I have been sleeping mostly during the heat of the day. Some days I revert to day shift, but it’s summer, and there is no sense in riding out the heat of the day and sleeping during the coolest part of the night. That is for masochists.

The weather has shifted gear, the furnace has been turned on. Myka is much more favorable to the office and ice cubes in her water now.

July the 4th be with you

Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 at 7:50 am

Four pork tenderloins have been marinated (lime/mesquite) and are waiting for the proper temperature to begin. Three and a half will be in the freezer when they are cooled down enough in seven packages. The eighth will be in the fridge, or at least what portion survives the day.

I haven’t thawed out any rib eyes, though I may do that later. They are on special this week, but I haven’t committed to cooking or buying any. Definitely under consideration, but not written in ink. The thing to do would be to cook all four and then get more, freezer willing.

The rain of June has finally departed this morning. Forecast is for sunny skies and mid 90s. At least its not the typical upper 90s or worse. But summer has arrived, the furnace has been lit for the next couple of months. Winds will be steadily out of the south, so hopefully no cyclonic upper level high over Texas this summer.

Nothing much to report, as the light rain has been keeping me in the office most of the time. Mostly this and that, nothing noteworthy. Taking care of things. Myka has her vaccination appointment next Tuesday afternoon. I have my appointment the following Monday.

Blood pressure went down for a while, but it’s back up again. Looks like I may be in for an increase in dosage.

Happy 4th! ♫ Oh the monkey wrapped his tail around the flagpole… (Apologies to Edwin Eugene Bagley.)

Pork tenderloin (yum) fit in the freezer. Strawberries cored and pureed. Jambalaya is in the past tense. Time for post holiday menu planning.

The 256G USB stick is now “bootclone”, a bootable copy of the internal drive. Rewrote the stick with the proper partitioning, then copied the internal drive over. It even boots on a hub, though that slows things a bit. So now I’m protected from boot failure all around.

One more drive (4000) to back up on the 8T and I’ll be done with cloning. Still a little cleanup and copy from 2000 before I start that up.


Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 9:46 pm

Went to the store this morning to get strawberries, as today was the last day of the sale, and I thawed out a tub of puree so I’d have room in the freezer for it. I also got a couple of 3 lb. pork tenderloins, also on the last day of the sale. I’ll marinade tomorrow and cook on the 4th, possibly a couple of rib eyes too.

I got sugar, as the canister was getting low. Found out when I went to put the remainder in the cabinet after topping it off that I already had an unopened bag. But that bag had solidified in the humidity. Need to take a hammer to it when I add it to the canister.

Haven’t been all that hungry, but I need to eat up the food I have in the fridge plus spuds. I need to get hungry.

Blood pressure has spiked in the last several days. Doctor said stay on single dose for the sake of evaluation. Appointment in two weeks.

Got my bi-annual archiving done. Now I can finish up cleaning up the document drive for backup to the 8T drive.

Ordered a couple of USB sticks, a 64G and a 128G. I had skipped them when I got the 256G stick for a mirror bootable for the MacBook Pro. So I’ll have one of each of the following: 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256. As a rule, I get them when the price reaches $10 for the size. The 128 and 256 were the exceptions, but the 128 was $15, so not that big of a deviation.

Need to make an appointment tomorrow at the vet for Myka’s annual vaccinations. She will not enjoy it.