Archive for September, 2021

Chore reduction

Posted on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 at 2:46 pm

Been whittling away at a long todo list. Got it down to baked potato soup, restringing the Egee, and a manicure. (Add the truck, when it cools back down and getting trash to the curb tonight, but not the needed digital house keeping.) I have peeled off more than a dozen items in the last couple of days.

A quick store run this morning fluffed out the kitchen. Got a fresh tub of BB Strawberry Cheesecake to go with the BB Coconut Cream Pie. I have a feeling that they’re both going away in rotation on Friday.

It’s warm again, the dew point back in the mid-70s. Ugh. The airport was on LIFR this morning, a very low ceiling that was almost a very dense fog. It’s currently 90°F at the airport.

Leaves are starting to fall.

Waiting for payday. Not that it makes any difference to anything going on currently.


Posted on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at 8:40 pm

It got back into the upper 80s today, but I resisted turning on the AC and let the ambient temp with open windows carry through the day. It cost me a high E guitar string on the Egee. They are funky and need changing anyway. I suspect that the AC will be on tomorrow. Skimming 90°F for the next three days, dew point climbing back towards the 70s.

Chores are pretty much done. The new cotton/wool blend socks are in the washer, awaiting a load. And I’m about to make avocado spud, so a few dishes (cutting board, knife, fork). Need to sift the litter box. But everything else is done. Baked potato soup is coming up in the near future.

The selfie stick/tripod arrived. Works well enough to keep it as a tool. Bluetooth module is handy for remote. No further deliveries at the moment.

Sketch app and multiple layers in Photoshop.
And yes, that’s hair.

I got ground chuck, scallops, and other stuff for the freezer, so it’s about full again. Coconut Cream Pie Blue Bell too. I need to finish off the Strawberry Cheesecake, so I can get another before it goes out of production. Plenty in the fridge too. No need for a store run this weekend.

To the kitchen to make avocado spud…


Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 at 8:48 pm

The dew point today got down to 43°F today, something I haven’t experienced since April. My drink does not sweat, not even a little. And the window to the office is open. 73°F at 8 pm. Toto, I don’t think we’re in summer anymore. Expecting 50s in the morning. Haven’t those since April either.

Office is open, which means that Myka can pester me whenever she pleases. She has no qualms about claiming the LZB. She can’t say no to a hammock either, even though time is limited until it cools further.

Made a store run this morning. Chips and Reese’s, brats and dogs, air filters for the furnace, and a cheap battery powered analog wall clock. It’s hanging where I can see it from the LZB, so I can be sure to know the time when I wake up, even if I don’t have on a watch.

Made a test run of the furnace. I heated it fully with the windows open, in case there was a dust burn. Nothing I could detect. It’s ready to roll when needed.

Stew is thawed, but thus far is untouched. I don’t think I’ll be able to say that come morning. The smoked turkey has been opened, or at least one of the two packs. Had chicken fajitas for an early dinner. I have room in the freezer, for a change. Maybe add ground chuck, as it’s on sale, and I’m getting low. Scallops, seafood would do. Need to start thinking turkey roast.

The second half of the new thermals arrived, so the two sets got washed with the regular load. Recycling is on the curb. House is clean. Only chore outstanding is the ice bin, and there is still a little left in there. Otherwise, I’m ahead of the game.

First serve

Posted on Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 6:53 pm

The ping pong game that we call winter here has its first serve, the tropical bulge before the first cool front. 98°F for a high to end a summer that never saw triple digits. The cool front will be here tomorrow afternoon about 3 pm, a windy, blustery train from the north, with a modest chance of rain. 50s briefly on Thursday morning. Highs will be in the 80s for the week, lows in the 60s. Windows will be open often.

It’s time to fire up the furnace. Not at this moment, much too warm for the thermostat. I am thinking of buying a set of filters. I have some that are too short, but can be doubled or have cardboard taped on the edge. Vacuuming the closet will be done tonight.

I had pizza for a late lunch. The penne has been consumed. A pot pie is a prime candidate for dinner. I had chicken fajita tacos last night. Life from the freezer. I plan on thawing the remaining tub of stew for the front. And I may thaw a rib eye when that is finished. Regular cooking returns to the kitchen.

I have been gathering steam, getting a little more energized. A ways to go before I worry about stresses, but it is upward moving. Chores are done. A long soaking bath before the front and then laundry.

iOS 15 released today. Starting with the phone, as it has less to mess up.

Summer’s end

Posted on Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at 10:05 am

Three days to equinox, three days to a drop in temperature, nights in the 50s. To celebrate, I ordered more wool socks and long johns. (They’re not in stores yet.) Weather to fix the truck is coming, and it’s needed, the voltage gauge keeps dropping.

My watchband broke last night, so I went and got a new watch this morning. A Casio with a 10 year battery and a 1 year strap. I think I have 4 watches with broken straps. Three are still running, one finally needs a new battery.

I missed the jam Thursday. I just wasn’t up for it on multiple fronts, prepping me, warming up, packing and transfer of instruments and stuff, performing. It just wasn’t in the cards.

Made a store run Friday, ended up with a multitude of odd details. Most notable was getting $100 cash back and getting one twenty and sixteen fives. There was no cash back on the watch sale this morning. *Sigh*

Been fairly low energy, though I have been keeping up with chores. Not much else. After the dissipation of tensions in response to Nicholas, there hasn’t been much ambition. Watching movies and stuff.

After the storm

Posted on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 at 8:10 am

It actually rained while I was still under the whorl (barely), and the nearest other rain was 100 miles east. It got the street wet, but no run off. So I am placing Nicholas on the storm list. 24 hurricanes, 23 tropical storms.

I can sense a general tension in the populace, people preparing for a storm that went a different direction. And there was the windy overcast indicative of a tropical system that built on it. Unfulfilled adrenaline coursing through people’s veins, nowhere constructive for the tension to go.

I got the chicken prepped for the penne alfredo, but I haven’t made it yet. Skin and bones made it out with the trash. Cooking and washing the subsequent dishes are my only chores for the moment. In no hurry to see it done.

Myka has fallen in love with the LZB again. She avoided it all summer, and now she’s glued to it.

Ol’ Nick

Posted on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 at 1:29 am

Nicholas became a hurricane a short while ago, 75 mph sustained. It is just offshore from Matagorda and is currently pointed at downtown Houston, tracking just west of Lake Jackson.

Here in town, except for a brief spell of eastern wind before sunset in the 20 mph range, you wouldn’t know that there was a storm in the area. Closest rains have been halfway to Houston. I am doubtful that we’ll see any rainfall this far inland. So are the local weather forecasters. Maybe tomorrow, but I’m not plunking down money on it. The wind is starting to pickup again as the storm moves closer.

I am thawing a couple of quarters of recipe chicken for penne alfredo. I have run out of thawed locally cooked food. I still have a tub of stew, when the urge strikes. And a stack of rib eyes. And pork tenderloin. And a package of pulled pork. And ham and turkey breast and ground chuck and… But they are all frozen. And there is plenty in the fridge that needs consuming.

Not a whole lot happening. Got ready for sitting tight, and now it looks like I’ll just be sitting. It reminds me that the worst facet of tropical systems can often be the boredom of the distraction.

I turned off the AC, but the office stays shut. The temperature outside is a couple of degrees cooler, and the dew point is dropping. However, I don’t want the breeze whipping through.


Posted on Sunday, September 12th, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Two consecutive nights that the office has been open. Myka took claim to the LZB for the first time since April. She senses the change coming in these last days of summer.

And we get to celebrate it with Nicholas, a graze from the dry side. 2-3 inches of rain over 3 days, 25% chance of tropical storm winds. Closest on Tuesday, Monday to Wednesday window. The rain wouldn’t hurt, no flood warnings nearby. It’s been a little dry this last week. I’m already ready for it. I might open the office tonight, if it doesn’t get too humid.

It’s been a slow weekend. Slept a lot. Took care of the horde overnight. (They all climbed in the same cage for cookies.) Chores are few and done in due course. Had two meals, avocado spud and eggs ackley (last serving), and they have left me with no appetite. Brisket sandwich is next, whenever I get hungry.

My pads don’t hurt, but they are sensitive. I’m glad I didn’t play more. It will be awhile before I return. They need work, more than I estimated.

Basically getting ready to sit around and wait for the weather to pass. Doesn’t take much effort.

Pads – fail

Posted on Friday, September 10th, 2021 at 7:35 pm

My pads only lasted about 30 minutes of actual playing last night. And I wasn’t in particularly good form. But the company was good. And I brought home brisket, as they had run out of chili. And my body has been off pace since, tired, sore, comatose. I still haven’t unpacked the toy bag.

I played more percussion that anything else, rotating through the items, wood block, tamarind bones, spoons (cheaters), clapper, cabasa, cat guiro.

With brisket on the heels of the pulled pork, I needed bread, as well as produce, so I made a store run this morning. I’m now set for the weekend.

It is starting to cool a little. Dew point in the 50s. Winds out of the north and east. Moving the Gulf air out allows for cooler nights. Tonight is forecast for 63°F at the airport. About the same for in town. The office may get to be opened.

Charged both batteries on the truck. Voltage has dropped. Getting to be time to make the alternator swap. Brakes seem to be holding.

I get to sit the horde this weekend.

The office window opened at 11:15 pm CDT, first time since May. The AC is off, silent.

Osteo reflections

Posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 at 1:58 am

Pernambuco (Brazilwood) is now protected, and I haven’t seen any other bones available anywhere for a while now. So I think I got one of the last available pair, by some fluke. And the canary has some nice burling. I may finish them with CrabCoat when I do the purpleheart. All three will have definite showcase character.

The tamarind pair are almost as intense as the magnum rosewood pair. And it gives the tamarind half-round the other end of a set. So definitely a good acquisition.

A good way to top the collection. The three bags are: minstrel, flats, everything else. I think it will work. All the zippers are easy to close. On the spoons, I may give the cheaters a bag.

Trash and laundry need to get done, preferably tonight, though the washer can wait. I’m pretty much up on things.

Eggs ackley, pot pie, pulled pork. Could have done much worse.


Posted on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at 7:05 pm

51 – 56

Tamarind, pernambuco, canary, respectively.

Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.


Posted on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Finally got the eggs ackley made. They’re in the fridge. Now to do the dishes.

More bones

Posted on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 at 12:50 pm

I was playing bones, trying to keep my muscle tone for playing, and I went to Bone Dry Music with a question, and found that they are having a 75% discount, indication of a stock clearance sale. The selection was very much diminished, but I found three pair that I found desirable.

Pea Patch – Minstrel regular – Tamarind
Whamdiddle – Classic long – Canary
Whamdiddle – Classic long – Permambuco

I know, the last thing I need is more bones. I will need a third bag now (which I have on hand). But the price was right, and I can afford them. So I gave in to the impulse. What can I say?

I had full intention of making eggs ackley early this morning and ended up sleeping through the cool part of the night/day. There’s tomorrow, and I won’t starve in the meantime.

Fortunately, I’m on top of the chores. The warm weather today won’t bite into anything.

Paramhansa Yogananda, parlez-vous?

Posted on Friday, September 3rd, 2021 at 3:31 pm

It took me 50 years to catch the joke in Firesign Theater’s W C Field Forever, but I finally found true enlightenment. I woke from a dream with an earwig, which led me to a little better than two hours online research, including several versions of Mademoiselle from Armentières. I have to admit, it was the first time I ever encountered the phrase “takes a bath in a talcum can”. (Another 2 chorder. 1 5, ugh..)

One tub of stew is gone, as is the tub of risotto. I have another tub of stew in the fridge and one in the freezer. I wasn’t able to eat up the Blue Bell in time, so I’ll have room for a replacement. Coconut Cream Pie is still available, but I need to eat the last slice of coconut creme pie in the fridge. Lots of competition, with chocolate dipped macaroons, Pirolines, snickerdoodles, shortbread, Reese’s Pieces, mini white chocolates, Lindt truffles, and more. So with my sweet tooth more than satisfied, none of it is vanishing in a hurry. Concentrating on the fridge more.

Finally got a charge to my debit card from Apple when I made another small purchase. I guess they were hanging on to it. No emailed receipt yet.

A rain cloud rolling through, cooling things off. As is often the case, it dwindled as it reached town. Regardless, 78°F is preferable to 95°F.

Thinking about laundry again. A good time to dig around in the reserves, while it’s cooled down.


Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 at 9:01 pm

If anything, it got a little warmer today. Not expecting immediate relief. A little rain took the edge off, trading temp for humidity.

Got the truck insurance paid today. No internet bill, so it’s survivable.

Didn’t have much of an appetite today. It was a long spell between breakfast and dinner and it didn’t bother me. I was going to do risotto for lunch, but I put that off until later tonight and had stew for dinner.

My guitar pads are doing better, but they’re not up to a full set yet. It may take another month of practice to build them back properly. So no jam tomorrow night.

Got a script and topped off with gas today. That ends my streak of store runs. Well stocked across the board.