Archive for December, 2021


Posted on Friday, December 31st, 2021 at 6:35 pm
This batch is scrape the bowl clean perfection. I’m ready for tomorrow.

Retired, fully and finally

Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at 6:44 pm

It’s official, I am fully retired as of today. I performed my last action on , creating a refresher page, automatically transferring to Vince’s new site . So I am no longer webmaster of anywhere online except here. And this is my hobby site.

I got the app updates off the internal SSD. I am in ready state for Saturday’s archiving.

I need to cook cheese risotto and black eyed peas. I’m finally down to one tamale and one serving of dressing casserole in the fridge. Before sunrise, they will be gone. A new year awaits. (Bulgingly.) Ugh. Holidays… Beef pastrami, smoked gruyere, black eyed peas, cornbread, cheesecake, all there or in progress with a full day to go.

(Freezers abhor a vacuum.)

The external drives were out of stock. I got everything for bringing the mini-grill back into service, for stuffed burgers. Stainless scrub pads, grill brush, pumice stone, lighter. Fresh charcoal. Ready to roll, with a cleaning. No schedule yet.

Saturday will end the warm spell at sunset. 76° > -1°F in 12 hours is the forecast. Hello 2022. Maybe it will kill a few mosquitos. I’m enjoying the mildness in the meantime.

Myka is getting quite comfortable on the couch, taking naps while looking out the window.


Myka’s new perch.

NYD prep

Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021 at 3:31 pm

I switched water bottles today, from cyan to magenta. A bit late in the season, but there has been so much warm weather this autumn, I wasn’t spurred into action. Windows are still open, but probably won’t be open on Sunday. It’s currently 82°F. Lots of places in Texas breaking records this month.

Getting ready for the twice annual data purge. I managed to get the audio processing off the internal SD. Apps hopefully before NYD. Email archiving will be a new experience with the new client.

I finished off the sausage gravy and rib eye, leaving me with tamales and casserole (half of which is still in the freezer). I have plenty to last me a day and a half. Milk needs to be used, as in risotto. I went to the store this morning for NYD cornbread, pastrami, gruyere, and cheesecake. (They didn’t have the small cheesecakes,, so I had to get the 16 piece, 3 lb 12 oz party monster. It will be a cheesy January.) I also got fresh charcoal for the stuffed burgers in the mini-grill.

I have a script ready for pickup. I need a new grill brush, as my old one vanished. Also need macaroons. Can’t think of anything else. I’ll probably wait until tomorrow morning, as payday is at midnight, two days early due to the holiday and eve.

Myka got the collar placed around her neck again, more fleas showing. *sigh* She did not appreciate it. She joined me on the couch yesterday. She was out cold on the LZB2, so I stretched out on the couch and dozed off. When I woke, she was on the back of the couch keeping watch over me. And she dozed off on the corner of the couch last night while looking out the window.

Back to keeping a low profile, thanks to the omicron variant. I have the booster, but I’m not taking unnecessary chances. I have plenty to keep me busy here.


Posted on Monday, December 27th, 2021 at 11:04 pm

Myka finally discovered the corner of the back of the couch as a comfy window perch. I left the windows open tonight, and she finally figured out it’s a great place to conduct her night surveillance duty. I mark her as won over. No more hesitancy., the couch is hers.

Sixteen 4″ sausage patties (15 – 2 oz & 1 – 3.2 oz), individually wrapped, in the kitchen freezer. The burger press has been temporarily retired. I have 28 hand pressed patties in the freezer. That is sufficient for the nonce.

I have an abundance of food in the fridge. I put half of the turkey casserole in the freezer for later. I still have rib eye, pork tamales, and sausage gravy as competition, though the steak is about to vanish tonight. It normally doesn’t take me this long to eat a rib eye. Blame it on the holiday competition. I have German chocolate cake and a cream cheese coffee cake that have gone untouched. I need a bigger appetite to cover holiday and post-holiday.

No store run until Wednesday. There is the stuff for NYD (pastrami, smoked gruyere, cheesecake, black eyed peas, cornbread), plus bread and chocolate dipped macaroons on the list. Bread is the most time critical, and I haven’t eaten any with the gravy yet, so it’s not dwindling quickly. Nothing on currently sale that is attracting my attention, and it runs until Friday.

Payday is Thursday morning, first month with the COLA added. Saturday will be my first email archiving with the new mail client. It will be fairly low key until then. Chores are at a minimum. Digital housekeeping will be the main focus.

Omicron is making itself felt. I’m hanging close to home, not socializing much. As usual, I’m siding with a healthy abundance of caution.

Boxing day

Posted on Sunday, December 26th, 2021 at 12:51 am

I will not be following the tradition of strapping on the gloves and sparring a few rounds.

I got the sausage gravy made, and I covered a large spud with it. The rest is in the fridge. Kitchen project list is ham mutilation, sausage pressing, cheese risotto, and washing the few dishes from the gravy. I currently have rib eye tacos, turkey/veggie dressing, tamales, and sausage gravy on bread or spuds, on top of the usual. Not hurting.

I had gumbo next door last night, a bit of socializing on the eve.

Napped on the couch for the first time. Nice soft fluffy pillows, as close to clouds as you can get. It was easier than moving Myka off the LZB2.

It was a warm Christmas day, breaking records in many places in Texas. High was up near 80°. Windows were open all afternoon. Sunny skies, nice breeze, a very pleasant day.

Only thing planned for this week is to shop for NYD. Pastrami, gruyere, cheesecake, peas, cornbread. I’ll need more bread too. That’s about it.

Another 10 lb of mutilated pork in the freezer, in yet another 2.5 gal zipper bag. (12 qt, 1 gal (bone))

Cat couch

Posted on Friday, December 24th, 2021 at 1:20 pm

Myka actually chilled out on the newly covered couch. You can see the ruffled rectangular spot on the right, set at about 45° from squared, where she settled.

Blue velvet gets a little wrinkly.

Still need to cook. Today is a good day for it. Currently at 76°F, mostly sunny, a nice breeze from the south. Turkey dressing casserole is first in line. Sausage gravy is second.

A spiral cut ham was delivered to the back door today. Just what I need, more protein prep for the freezer. I got 2 lb of pan sausage to press into 4″ patties (16 – 2 oz). That will go toward fried egg, sausage, cheddar sandwiches. The ham will do the same (egg, ham, cheddar). Ham bone will go toward split pea.

Not full of ambition since the burger pressing. I made the store run for the couch cover, pillows, and a few groceries, but overall, not much else happening.


Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 at 6:09 pm

The stuffed burger saga. Four on ice.

The sauté, bacon, sweet onion, bell pepper. Worcestershire, garlic, sage, marjoram, thyme in the butter.


Stuffing and the gouda on top and bottom.


The stack.


It’s a wrap, in the freezer.

Da boiga mon

Posted on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 at 8:42 pm

Eight quarter pound beef patties, sheathed in freezer paper, bagged for freezing and individual extraction. (Stuffed burgers pending on the stuffing sauté.)


8 – 1/4 lb patties, individually sleeved in freezer paper


Easy single extraction when frozen.

I like the burger press. Weigh the ground chuck on the digital scale (parchment paper divider), load the base, use the piston with a twisting pressure to fill all cracks and press into a whole, then pop out, place on the paper, and fold. Quarter pound burger, without the fuss of coming up with other recipes for the remainder of the chuck.

Pressing times

Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2021 at 12:44 pm

The burger press arrived, slightly smaller than I envisioned, but adequate. At least the burger won’t exceed the dimensions of the bread as my hand pressed burgers usually do. Otherwise, it’s pretty much what I expected.

I made a run to the store and got 5.5 lb of ground chuck for the maiden production, and I got parchment paper for separation of the patties. Also got cheddar, mozzarella, bread, spuds, etc. I’m ready to make patties and stuffed burgers. (Gouda/bacon/sautéd onion and bell pepper stuffing for starters.) Ordered dry goods from Amazon, getting stuff I can’t find locally.

Broiled the rib eye yesterday, ready for ribbie tacos. Sausage gravy coming up too, probably tomorrow. Too much action for today.

A couch arrived today, used, but usable. There was a cleaning session this morning in the living room. I’ll be able to lie on my side now without inflating something or climbing in the back of the truck. Myka is not sure about it yet. Lots of changes for her to explore. More yet to come.

Did some research on future income, and don’t see any drastic changes. Only loss so far is $20 a month reduction on internet assistance come March when the programs shift, and the COLA will cover that. The rest should hold as is. So I’m in good shape.

Weather is on the cool side, but sunny. The wind died down from the front, and a couple more cool days ahead.

Final chill of the year

Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2021 at 4:10 pm

About to soak in the tub at the end of the warm spell. Tonight, the temperature starts dropping for about four days. There will be 30s on Monday and Tuesday nights. Then it will warm again for the remainder of the year (according to the forecast). However, most nights will see closed windows, unlike this week where the windows haven’t closed.

Just ate the spud/marinated pork tenderloin/cheddar/avocado. The avocado was maybe two or three hours past perfect, not complaining, it was good timing for my digestive tract. Thawed a rib eye, so there are seven in the upright freezer. I picked up three on Wednesday, which are in the upright, and I pulled one of the five I already had. I made sloppy joes from the pound of ground chuck that I had left after I made a burger. Still plenty to eat in the fridge, with sausage gravy on the way. Cheddar and mozzarella are the only things on the shopping list, and I’m not out of either yet. No need for a store run this weekend.

I skipped the jam session, as I was tail dragging, not enough energy to prep myself, get there, and get home, on top of performing with energy. And I’ve already heard enough seasonal music to suit me. Don’t need the chili anyway.

I ordered a burger press, with a pocket maker for stuffed burgers. I can get a club pack (~5 lb), bag 2 pounds, and press the rest, then bag and freeze the patties individually. I’m looking forward to gouda/bacon stuffed burgers. Chili peppers and sweet onion too. I look forward to personally made patties, one at a time.

Time to get wet.

Warm again

Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 at 11:23 pm

Four days this week with the windows open, the first one being today, Tuesday. Windows are open (all night), sleeves are off, Myka has returned to the floor. She was traveling from chair to table to desk to LZB, all on the second tier, avoiding the cool floor as much as possible.

Jambalaya was finished, had a bacon provolone burger for dinner, with another pound of ground chuck left for something like sloppy joes. Still plenty of alternatives in the fridge and freezer. One thing in mind for this weekend is turkey/veggie/cornbread casserole.

Rib eyes are on sale starting tomorrow, half price. I have five in the freezer, but at half price, I’ll eat more rib eyes. The price is good for ten days (through Christmas eve). That will end the freezer stuffing for a while. I have all I can handle without any freezer burn.

Things are going well. I have let up on video games and switched more to movies. My activity is picking up. It was a nice lazy spell, recovering, doing nothing while feeling decent. It was a good relief from being busy and not feeling good. But I want to get things done. Not that much to do, but I want it all behind me.

I need to focus on file sorting and installations when I’m in the office. I updated the laptop, pad, and phone systems today, plus Xcode. A couple of boring hours.

Jam session Thursday night, outdoors. Hoping for brisket chili.

Myka got to lose her flea collar tonight.


Posted on Sunday, December 12th, 2021 at 12:29 am

I don’t feel any older. I do feel colder, but that is due to the front that blew through yesterday morning. I went from short sleeves to denim shirt and alpaca poncho.

I spent the day wrapped up in video games, taking advantage of a free premium trial and add-ons to boost performance and advantage. A noon to 6 pm splurge, with some follow up for the last of the trial. It was a novel way to pass the day.

Jambalaya was the cuisine, with poundcake (sans candles) for breakfast. A green chili/cheese tamale was a topper. Chores were minimal. I slept less than usual, but nothing that could be considered deprivation. Nothing unusual for the day.

Been thinking about Mance Lipscomb recently, about how active he was in his 70s, and how he influenced my concept of aging.

End of a yeara

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2021 at 11:40 pm

Saying goodbye to the Xty zero year. The Xty one year always impresses that time is not running backwards.

It’s been warm, with the windows opened for thirty eight hours. But I just closed them, as a front is barreling down, just now reaching Austin, almost to Bryan. It’s time to retain the warmth I’ve got. Not sure if there will be rain or not, as the closest the storm train shows is north of Hearne.

Jambalaya is in the fridge. Boudin, gourmet tamales (both chili cheese and pork), brats, and more augment it. No need for a store run for a few days. I picked up four scripts today, after a week’s wait.

Nothing planned for Saturday. Video games, movies, sleep, etc. Lazy day.


Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 8:57 am

Albeit a little later than usual, it dawned on me that I needed to make a holiday card.


Happy holidays.

Closing windows

Posted on Monday, December 6th, 2021 at 12:13 am

Literally. The windows have been open for 39 hours. I’m hours away from closing them for several days. Central Texas ping pong, arctic and tropic fronts going back and forth, some dribbles, some slams, some stalls, but a constant, sitting under the net. I will miss the short sleeves.

The two gallon trash bags, four years worth, arrived today. Myka’s litter trash can (which still spooks her) is tickled. I only had to use a large produce bag once. The denim shirts are due tomorrow. The less said about the new arm rest covers the better.

More $$$ to Apple. Within budget.

Took down the mini blinds that Myka savaged. In the trash can, UV brittle, string rotted, needed removing anyway. Her obsession with the neighbor’s cat…

Otherwise, I’ve been lazy, movies, video games, downloads, etc. Eating pretty light during the warm weather. Jambalaya on the horizon with the temp drop. Had a long warm soak this afternoon. Lazy weekend, for the most part.

Truck needs attention, maybe this week, when it warms back up. I feel like I may finally be over the woes.


Posted on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 4:29 am

Yesterday was payday, typical of the first. Didn’t spend any money, though. I stayed at home, opened the windows, and relaxed. I’m pretty much over the physical issue. I might make a store run this morning, but that’s not yet in ink.

There is a jam session tonight at the Pioneer. I plan on making it, first in a while. (Mid-October, I believe.) I’m ready for more brisket chili and ready to play some music. I finished off the spaghetti yesterday, so perfect timing. Pads are in good shape, and my voice should be there.

Vet appointment for Myka and dentist appointment for me need to be scheduled. That should wrap up the medical visits until April.

Got digital housekeeping done. Still installations and sorting the audio production library yet to do. I’ll get there one of these days.