Archive for August, 2019

Bye bye August

Posted on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at 3:08 am

I am once again glad to see August depart. Not in a hurry for winter, but I’ve had enough dew points n the 80s for one year. I ordered a new pair of Muk Luks online for the coming season. I figured it was a good way to celebrate, and I wanted to get them during offseason while they’re still in stock.

Made pork fried rice with first slices of the pork loin. It’s almost gone. I have to say that I missed having pork loin in the freezer. It is so versatile and yummy. I’m not shy on pork now, but the loin fits a very large niche in true fashion.

The new truck battery has new terminals, and the traces of acid are gone. Nice not to smell it on my fingers. No alternator yet, the weather still has it in for me.

Truck insurance has been paid, and I’ve been paid. With the rest of the bills piled on, I’m breaking water, but not by much. If I’m thrifty in September, I’ll be back on budget by October first.

Myka escaped the house this morning, right before sunrise, right before the store run. Needless to say, privileges will not be honored for 24 hours, and Advantage Multi will be applied. I hope it was worth me flagging down the truck to not run her over. Piece of *!#%$@^!!!

No show

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Well, my primary physician wasn’t in his office this morning when I showed up. Oh well, not that big a deal, I’m doing well. Nothing that can’t be expressed in a message.

9.5 lb pork loin

The pork loin was cooked last night and 7/8 of it now resides n the freezer. Myka approved.

My time is my own now. I need to figure out what to do with it.

New battery works well in the truck. Hopefully the weather will allow me to replace the alternator in the next few days.

Catch up mode

Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 1:33 am

Spent yesterday dabbling at catch up chores, like laundry, dishes, filling the ice bin, prepping the trash, arranging the freezer to handle the pork loin I got, etc. I wasn’t going breakneck, but I got most everything done.

The truck battery has died. It won’t hold a charge for 24 hours. Fortunately I had the new battery in the cab and the new jumper cables I got a couple of weeks ago, and I gave myself a jump. Come morning, the battery swap is made. There another battery available to act as backup.

The fridge is fairly well stocked, in the process of getting the freezer ready. Rib eye, fajita chicken, cajun rib, beef brats, plenty of cheese, and a 9.5 lb pork loin that needs to be marinated tonight and cooked tomorrow night. One section of that will remain in the fridge. Almost finished the tub of strawberry puree. Thawing a pound of cocktail shrimp. The tails need to go in the trash for today’s pickup. So does the pork loin package. Too warm to let them sit and age.

There is a heat advisory tomorrow. Heat and humidity will put the heat index up at 115°F in places. Here they estimate 108°F. I’ll be in the AC trying to sleep.

Feels good to have my time as my own again. Nothing like being off the clock, even when there are chores to be done. I only have to watch the clock for my meds, and the timer on the laptop reminds me of that. Tom and Jill had a good time, so it was worth it. But it feels good to be able to play it by ear again.

Free at last

Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 6:13 pm

Dixie made an escape from the yard today after I clocked off the job. Messed up my whole afternoon. The horde is now in the house, after being let out one last time to take care of business. All keys, etc. are there. I am off the clock! Two hour ETA.

Working to make space in the freezer for a pork loin. I expect to get one Tuesday, last day of the sale. I know what I need to thaw and eat by when. (A pound of shrimp cocktail, chicken/broccoli alfredo…) I’m taking tomorrow off, going no where, doing no thing, no how.

Truck is still on local duty only. The weather will break eventually, and I’ll get the alternator swapped out, the new battery in, and the distribution box short discovered. The old battery is charging now.

Auto insurance got posted online. I am pleased it is there before the first of the month, makes it quicker to bounce back. If I’m frugal enough in September, I’ll be back on mark by October’s deposit.

Well, I still have enough daylight to hop in the tub…

2 days

Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 8:06 pm

In two days, I will be a free man.

Dirty rice with diced, cajun marinated country style rib in the fridge. Oh mama, lawdy! Dat some good victuals, thar some it is. Done make my mouth cry with joy. Ooooo-eeeee.

Rib eye (cooked) in the fridge thawing. Trying to visualize a sectioned pork loin in the freezer. They’re on sale for $1/lb again, and I’m fresh out. Got pork tenderloin, baby back ribs, country style ribs, ham, bacon, and that’s just the pork. I knew this day would come.

Cooled down a notch today, a storm in the area, but no rain yet. There is a line to the west of I-35, but whether it gets here is a roll of the dice.

Looking forward to early fall. My alpaca is ready.


Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 1:18 am

As best I can tell, I’m not out of brisket. There are two bags that might be brisket, one more likely than the other. So the sandwich I ate did not likely kill the brisket. One might be a monster spare rib, and one might be a baby back butt. But they look more like brisket.

Thawing out a country style rib, some of which will adorn some dirty rice. Got a chicken quarter diced and ready to go for a chicken/broccoli fettuccine alfredo. Using one of the new lidded glass cups to store the chicken in the fridge. One more chicken fajita taco left. Also thawing out a tub of strawberry puree. A tub of Blue Bell will fit in the freezer now. Store run after sunrise.

Four days down, six days to go, roughly. Losing a little weight in the process. No pain, no loss.

Always costly

Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at 11:40 pm

“Why is it always, always costly to move from the present into the future?” – closing line for 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

The fajita turkey is gone. I’ll have to settle for fajita chicken. The coconut cream pie is gone too, but it’s easy to replace. I think the brisket is almost gone too, but I need to rummage in the freezer before I make that definitive. I have a pint of milk to make disappear tonight. Hmmm.

I have the next seven hours off and it’s cooled down into the mid-80s. Dew point is currently 75°F. Fans are blowing. I think we have one more week before the weather starts sliding slowly toward autumn.

I look forward to getting the truck on the road. I don’t mind the effort, I just don’t want to put myself into a medical situation. In this weather, my safe exertion is limited, as I have witnessed. I’m playing it safe and waiting for weather that is supportive of my condition.


Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 1:52 am

Autumn is on the horizon, three weeks away, give or take. The heat is starting to break, slowly, a degree or two at a time. I’m in no hurry for winter, but it will be nice to get the full house back.

One more day before I take the reins of the compound for ten days. Five mouths to feed, lawns to water.

I’m expecting a pharmacy run tomorrow morning after technical indoctrination. I have two days of celebrex left.

Having no progress on the truck, but the heat has been on, and it just wasn’t in the cards. Battery bubbling out a small amount of acid again. I need to bath it down with baking soda again after checking acid levels.


Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Yet another 100+°F day in a row, the 5th so far. Forecast says two more before we drop back into the 90s for highs.

The weather convinced me to buy five frozen entrees, which are rarer for me than eating out. I got chicken/broccoli rigatoni, beef teriyaki, chicken/veggie stir fry, shrimp scampi pasta, and personal supreme pizzas. All of them are microwave items. A good solution for hot day meals with a minimum of prep work and stove time. So far, so good. I was picky, and it paid off. But I don’t plan on making other people’s cooking a habit.

I also plan on thawing brisket and making a batch of cheese risotto, since I have the milk for it. I also have sausage gravy leftover for baked spuds, all for the evenings when the kitchen is cooler.

Dew point in the upper 70s at night, at least it’s not in the 80s. That is the real drudge, the humidity. It’s not so bad during the heat, in the 60s, but come sundown, it rises in a hurry.

Not getting much done. I am still running errands. I’m not afraid to be outside, I just don’t cherish the idea of making it hotter. I’ve survived it my whole life. It’s much more SOP than a whine.

I am sleeping plenty, but not in long spells, more scattered across the day, with one main spell for cleansing. Trying to sleep through the heat of the day, but that’s not working yet.

Still watching old scifi. Tracking down the movies from Science Fiction Double Feature that I haven’t watched recently. Six down, five to go. But there are plenty more in the queue. What Roger Corman did to me as a kid…

(In lyric order) The Day the Earth Stood Still*, Flash Gordon*, The Invisible Man, King Kong, It Came From Outer Space, Doctor X, Forbidden Planet*, Tarantula*, Day of the Triffids*, (Curse) Night of the Demon, When Worlds Collide*.

Run store run

Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Made a quick store run after charging the battery. Can’t resist grabbing avocados (and a roma too). Not going to be cooking too awfully much this coming week. I may make a pharmacy run in the morning, if I can get a celebrex refill that soon. Tuesday morning is when I’d miss the valsartan. I can’t think of anything else I need beside an alternator.

Second 101°F day in a row, a long warm one, with plenty more strung together in the forecast. Only three more weeks of August.

I’ll have custody of the compound in a week, for a week. Feed all five, put up and let out three. So this week, I kick back and rest. Plenty of old 50s scifi.

Blue Bell Blues

Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 12:49 am

Well, in order to properly stock the freezer, I had to finish off the tub of Blue Bell and not replace it. I got a coconut cream pie to stifle the misery, as there is plenty of room in the fridge. I also got milk and pan sausage to make gravy for the bag of gold potatoes. Everything on the shopping list was food that requires cooling.

Currently working on pork fried rice (the last of the pork loin on the premises). Thawed out pork tenderloin as a follower. Also working on pastrami and Jarlseberg sandwiches. Brisket is in the near future.

My personal fan, which I use to cool down when I’m overheated, was not blowing much at all, much less enough to cool me down. So I popped open the cage, dusted everything, and cut off the layers of hair that had wrapped around the shaft, slowing rotation considerably. It was funky. I probably extended its life by a year or two. It’s now in default position of blowing toward the ceiling, to mix the room’s air so it doesn’t stratify by temp.

Got more pyrex cups for prep work. Eight 1 cup containers with plastic lids. That way, I can prep ahead of time and store in the fridge. I was looking for four more like I already have, but there were none to be found. I also got four more glass condiment bowls, bringing the total to eight.

Dew point is still running high. It’s too oppressive to be under the hood of the truck. The charger is having issues with the indicator lights. It still seems to be charging well, but I can’t be sure that it’s doing what it says it’s doing. I’ll buy another if it croaks.

Updated to iOS 12.4 on the iPad, and getting the app updates to connect is neigh impossible, and there are a ton of them. It is a true test of patience.


Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 1:12 am

A man brings his cat into the vet clinic and tells the doctor, “My cat is an insomniac, she only sleeps 18 hours a day.

Not having any trouble sleeping these days. All I need to do is eat and sit in the La-Z-Boy. It wasn’t always that easy, back when I was a chronic intensive.

Yeah, I remember when we used to… zzz.

Catching up on my rest, after a morning of repairs and shuffles. Nothing quite like burping pipes to tell you that you’ve been busy.

Eggs ackley (w/ pork loin) made for lunch, and this time, the avocado was perfect.

Plumb August

Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Got the hot water faucet fixed on the bathtub today. I just lit the water heater. Now I need to reassemble the bathroom. Then I can take a bath.

It was too soupy this morning anyway for working on the alternator. I have the battery and all the tools ready, I just don’t have the alternator yet. I prefer to keep the time between getting the new alternator and returning the old one as brief as possible.

Not doing much else. Got paid, paid the bills. Will be another day that hits 90°F before noon. Five more weeks (give or take) of summer.

The MBP laptop is humming right along. Haven’t missed anything yet. Two repairs down, one to go. Naturally, it’s the longest one that finishes last.

Made contact with an old friend this week, too many decades removed. That has brightened my week considerably.