Archive for January, 2020

Crastination Pro

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2020 at 3:35 pm

Saturday night found me next door playing music for Glenn and Beckey. A midnight email beckoned me, and I played over an hour solo.

Haven’t progressed in the kitchen. I want to make a bigger dent in the chicken first. I did make a ham, egg, and cheddar sandwich. That may end up delaying the eggs ackley, as it used up more of the ham that was critical for the tacos. Now the question, ham, loin, or tenderloin for the tacos? The split pea may be made tomorrow.

Forecast calls for 70s and sunny today, but it’s 57°F and overcast at the airport, 62°F outside the window at 3:30 pm. So much for opening the windows today.

I’ve still been sleeping mornings, which is not good for the doctor’s appointment Wednesday.

We be chick’n ya, mon.

Posted on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 11:20 pm

Five chicken leg quarters were skinned, deboned, and diced yesterday. Today, they went into recipes. Not a bit of mass of “the big greasy” was spared. Half went into the cornbread dressing, half into a chicken/veggie/rice soup. Neither are expected to last very long.

The good news is that there are eight new recipe chicken quarters in the freezer. Tomorrow, I may make the split pea soup. I’m tempted to wait a day or two, to give me a chance to put a bigger dent in the chicken dishes in the fridge. The eggs ackley breakfast tacos will use the ham as well, but those are destined for the freezer, if I can make room for them. I might turn them out first.

Backed up the current state of the 2000 USB drive, as it was acting up, and there was over 150 (200?) new gigs to protect. That took a couple of days, but I’m good if 2000 fails, for the nonce, at least. I may need to get a powered hub.

Expecting 70s tomorrow, it made it to 68°F today. Not quite warm enough to open up the house. But tomorrow should be. It was nice outside today, but I didn’t get further than the mail box. The kitchen and office kept me busy.

I haven’t popped the top on the Blue Bell yet, but the poundcake has been front and center with the strawberry puree. That it won’t be long before they go on sale again has made me aware of how much I need to eat in the next couple of months. Life is so hard…

Chic pack

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 4:41 am

The second half of the stock chicken roast is in the oven. First batch of quarters is cooling for bagging. (6/6) Tomorrow, topological evaluation of freezer space.

Blue Bell is back in the freezer. Three tubs of strawberry puree (two still frozen) need to be used up by the time that strawberries go back on sale for the spring. A fresh poundcake and whipped cream too.

Split pea w/ hambone, cornbread dressing w/ chicken, eggs ackley breakfast tacos, and a steak or two. Plenty to tackle in the kitchen, some destined for the freezer (part of the evaluation).

Five more free days. Feeling good. Pads are stable and background, soreness abated. Caught up on chores. 60s/40s Sunny. Rain has moved east.


Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at 2:15 am

I was up bright and early yesterday morning, got ready for the doctor appointment with plenty of time to spare. I ate sausage gravy on whole wheat for breakfast, then sat down in the LZB. Big mistake. I blinked and it was two hours later. Doh! I messaged them and rescheduled for next Wednesday.

The risotto has vanished. The gravy and dirty rice have one more serving each. I’ll be cooking tomorrow. I bought a bag of cornbread dressing mix and chicken broth, and I’ll add that to the split pea and beef tenderloin. I think I need to get a bag of chicken leg quarters, now that a little room is showing in the freezer. Getting low.

Not a whole lot else going on. Made a store run yesterday. Paper products and cat treats was the bulk of the damage. Glancing at the Senate and decided it was easily more than revolting enough to avoid. Nothing dire for the next week, just a time for charging batteries.

Thinking of re-carpeting the bathroom (with a new plastic liner). Something to do in February after payday.


Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2020 at 12:14 pm

The shipment came from Fort Worth, not San Antonio. And the adaptor works, capable of transferring files to and from select applications. It doesn’t work with the old iPad because it doesn’t have a compatible structure. Good thing is that I can drop mp4 movies on the USB stick and play them on the new iPad while on the go, without transferring files to the pad’s memory. I can also draw straight off an external drive.

I went to the store and got gas about 10:30 am, thinking it would be a good time to avoid the crowd… NOT! Ugh.

Got the sausage gravy cooked, a very distinct flavor not attained with tube pan sausage. The risotto needs to be cooked in the next day or two to use up the milk. The dirty rice turned out quite well, very similar to a mild boudin from southern Louisiana (I-10). All in all, eating well.

Doctor appointment Tuesday morning for an annual physical. Filled out the questionnaires online. Doing well, so not much to worry about. Otherwise, nothing on the calendar for the next couple of weeks.


Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 8:21 am

The jam downtown was fun, though sparse. There were just four of us, not too unusual for the first time, and I was the only leader. I played a few songs that weren’t 70s radio, but most were. I stayed mostly on the upbeat, and people were bopping and smiling. It was a fun audience. And the owner fed us, I had the brisket chili. All in all, a good time, and I headlined in downtown.

My pads and voice survived. I have the oils to thank for saving the pads. I have no desire to perform music today. The Egee is still packed.

Today is a cooking day, sausage gravy and dirty rice. I’ve been eating too much food that other people cooked. Laundry and garbage are the chores for today. Otherwise, it’s catching up on my dailies and resting.

I had to close the windows about 1 am as the temp went down into the 60s. They’ll be opened again when the sun warms things up. Enjoy it while I can.

I ordered a lightning to USB female adapter for the iPad from Amazon. I also got a 10 pack of cheap mouse pads to fill out the $25 for free shipping. It will be a while before I need to buy more. From what I see, it’s shipping from San Antonio, and the package could be here tomorrow.

They’re alive!

Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at 12:10 pm

The pads survived music school. YEAH!!! My voice gave out first. High praise to virgin coconut oil and virgin shea oil. I will be able to make the jam this evening.

Headlights went out temporarily on the way home. It was after using brights on 105 between Navasota and Washington, after crossing the Brazos. They went out three times, and were restored by turning the switch off and back on. After the third time, it had no further problems. But it is something that definitely needs an inspection, with lots of ideas about what may have caused it.

Looking at lightning to USB (female) adaptors. I’d enjoy using mouse, flash drive, iPad to iPad, etc. Amazon seems to be the place.

I need to cook. Don’t feel like it at the moment, but I need to cook. Sausage gravy and dirty rice.

Windows open. I forgot to shut the windows before heading out yesterday. Fortunately, Myka didn’t attempt an escape. But I am enjoying the short sleeve lifestyle while it lasts. Next week will be a cool one.

Change of menu

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at 9:32 pm

The baked potato soup has been dropped from the plans. In its stead will be sausage gravy & spuds, and dirty rice w/ pork tenderloin and chicken liver. This accommodates the pan sausage and liver that I got at Brookshire Brothers with the prepped ingredients for the soup. The split pea soup and risotto will follow. Then steak.

Two evenings of music ahead. Tomorrow, heading to Bryan for music school. Doug promised many questions about the iPad. Thursday will be a 90 minute jam locally at Pioneer BBQ by the tracks downtown. I will find out if I saved my pads or merely postponed the inevitable.

Windows are open at 9pm. They’d be open all tomorrow if I wasn’t leaving town. But I have until Saturday to enjoy it. And I plan on enjoying it. I’m sure Myka will enjoy window gazing. Definite a mild winter, as predicted by NWS.

Myka just got a workout. She was ultra skootchie and needed to shed some energy, pestering me to no end. She’s hugging cool bare floor with eyes closed in satisfaction.

In a holding pattern for tomorrow, nothing major starting until I get back. Nothing needed in the next 30 hours that doesn’t pertain to the turnaround. I might make gravy tonight, or the dirty rice.


Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 12:36 am

I haven’t cooked yet, but I have been busy with the cutting board. Diced up a chicken quarter and half a pork tenderloin, broccoli and cauliflower. I decided I needed another leg quarter, so I thawed one, and it’s about to skinned, deboned, and diced like the first one. I expect to be cooking later today.

Just after midnight, and the office window is still open after 14 hours. Window thermometer shows 73°F. I shut the rest as the sun was setting, anticipating cooler temps. I never found a reason to shut it. Myka is grateful.

Tonight (after today), the front arrives, and the temp will drop for a couple of days, then pop back up again. Today is forecast to be a wet one, a serious dump coming after sunset.

Got the valsartan refill yesterday. It was back ordered, but it came through in time. I didn’t have to use an alternative. I also got a $3 16 oz. rubber mallet.

Music school next week is on the schedule.


Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 10:59 am

Haven’t started cooking yet. In a zap and eat phase. Not starving. Picked up some boudin this morning.

Got a new watch. Wrist band broke on the old one. Replacing the band on the old one is a pain and never worth it. Closest I could find as a replacement turned out to be a Timex. One thing that bugs me is all the labeling of the obvious. But maybe the band will last, unlike the last three no-names.

Windows are open at 10 am today. Ahhhhh.

New chat is turning out well. People are returning.

Keeping things on the status quo, but not being ambitious. Facing what comes, but not pressing forward. R&R is starting to give way.

Sounds of power yard tools wafting through the house.


Posted on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at 2:47 am

I have determined the line up for the next projects in the kitchen.
First wave:
Baby back ribs. (Tacos w/ bbq sauce…)
Baked potato soup w/ pork tenderloin.
Chicken/broccoli/whole wheat penne alfredo.
Second wave:
Fried chicken.
Split pea soup w/ hambone.
Cheese risotto.
Steak (TBD), broiled.

We’ll be topping 70°F for the next two days, which means open windows in the afternoons.

I think I’m off the hook for horde sitting for a while. I had Annie in the house for a couple of minutes to see Myka. They don’t fight, but the magic they once had is gone. Annie just can’t handle a cat friend who is as large as she is.

Pads continue to shape up. I may wait until next week to play a session again, just to be on the safe side. Debating whether to put Dixie Chicken in the book, because it is so iconic with piano/lead guitar. It’s almost a two chorder.


Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at 9:43 pm

(Noting the strike on Qassem Soleimani as a benchmark. Don’t expect politics here.)

I think I might have saved my pads. They shine up a bit when I play, but they’re pliable and they don’t get sore after a few songs. The coconut oil and shea oil helped. I need a bit more therapy on the middle finger, being the largest pad, but it’s getting there. I’m starting to think that they’ll hang round and be pro-grade monsters. Would be nice. After all, I paid for them.

Working on the freezer contents, chipping away. Getting a hankering for pasta, say chicken/whole wheat penne alfredo. Split pea soup as well. Maybe a baby back rib or two.

50s and 60s, damp, lots of light rain here and there. Stay at home weather, but clearing for the weekend. Went over to Fuel Depot to top off before prices go up, 2.5 gallons.

House sitting for the horde again. Simple one nighter. Myka has to sniff my hands every time I come in the back door.


Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 4:13 am

I slept about ten hours yesterday. I think I needed it.

I made a dent in the fridge as well. One more serving of dirty rice left. One more pastrami sandwich. One more serving of peas. Brats. And I’m slow thawing a bag of fried chicken to make some room in the freezer. Mostly light courses for grazing. I plan on eating sparsely for the next couple of days. Holidays are over.

I’m pretty much done with computer work for the nonce. Passing time is the name of the game. I’m up to it.

2020 blindsight

Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 at 8:32 am

I may miss partying for NYE, but my fingers and much of the rest of me won’t. I was spent. I got to sleep last night.

The Giant Spudocado did me in, but I woke for about ten minutes to see the new decade in. I promptly cocooned in poncho and blanket and Myka between my calves, I woke up toasty and radiating.

The horde is fed and outside. I’m off the hook for the rest of the day. My only chore is NYD food. Not a lot of effort in that. I have already done the 2020 reset on the laptops, emails archived and the biz records set. I am ready for the new decade.

I am in no hurry this morning, now that chores are done. I am getting better, recovering from virus and party season, but I’m not 100% yet. (I doubt if I am alone there this morning.) I can do everything I need to do, but I’m not volunteering for much else. Glad to be able to rest when I feel like it.

Not sure what I’ll do with the day.