Archive for January, 2022


Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2022 at 1:42 pm
Virgin cookware set (5 of 6)

The new Blue Diamond cookware set has been washed and hung (sans the 5 qt pot and 5 qt skillet, which are on the shelf w/ lids). The displaced pots and pans are up on the top shelf that requires a step stool to reach, available on the off chance that they’ll be needed. There is still plenty of the old stuff in easy reach. The only thing I miss in the new lineup is a 3 qt saucepan.

I plan on making cheese risotto for lunch, to see how well the sticky goop pours from the pot and comes free when cleaning. And I need to use the last of the milk.

Heavy rain, 1.5″ so far today. Not fussing, since the ground is fairly dry. The wildflowers need it. And it’s 60°F with a moderate breeze. I wasn’t going anywhere anyway. Myka is not fond of the thunder, annoyed with it.

I will probably need to eat eggs ackley twice today, once for breakfast, once for the avocado.


Posted on Sunday, January 30th, 2022 at 10:58 am

I still haven’t cooked with the skillet. I’ve done everything else needed to use it. But I just haven’t cooked since I made the gravy that prompted the purchase. And the gravy is gone. That said, I plan on getting a 12 pc set (6 pots and pans) of smaller Blue Diamond cookware. I am impressed by it.

It’s been teasing with warming up, though not enough to open the windows yet. Maybe this afternoon, and maybe Tuesday and Wednesday before a cold front arrives with a hard freeze. I have been sleeping a lot, in fair part because of cocooning to stay toasty.

Myka’s oat grass has sprouted and is long enough to give her a few sprigs. She is excited about the new batch, watching the pans in the bathroom window sill with a thrilled look. And when I display them for her, just out of reach, she is set with rapture.

Otherwise, I’ve been staying home, just hanging out, passing time, watching movies.

I made the eggs ackley in the skillet, and I was duly impressed. It was like cooking on an air hockey table, non-stick to the extreme. I have never had such a dynamic experience on the stovetop. It was easy to spread the mass of diced food, no resistance falling into place. After that, I was ready for the rest of them.

I made the store run and got the 12 piece cookware set (Blue Diamond). Got a few groceries too (avocado, tamales, gouda, bread, tortillas, eggs). I will make the cheese risotto in one of the new pots, after I wash the set. That will be a good stick test.


Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2022 at 10:54 am

Last night, I purchased a new primary skillet (12″ – 5 qt), blue diamond finish (non-stick, non-toxic, tough, metal utensil). When I was cleaning up the big skillet of 16 years from making the sausage gravy, I decided that it was due retirement. It’s still usable, but it’s seen better days. The new skillet has a lighter glass lid with a better handle. The lids are the same diameter and interchangeable. The depth gain of one quart in capacity is a boon for excess. I like it, thus far.


Waiting for eggs ackley or something like it.

I was going to wash it and cook with it last night, but sleep had other ideas. I’ll get to it today. Not moving all that quickly this morning.

The late night store run was originally for Myka’s kibbles and litter, and the decision to replace the skillet was something of an afterthought. I also got macaroons, Reese’s, personal pizzas, butter, and Blue Bell ice cream sandwiches.

60°F outside the window. It might get a tad warmer, but not much.


Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 at 1:42 am

I’m ready for February. I’m ready for omicron to wane. I’m ready for mild weather. Bring on spring. I’m ready. Last week of January…

At least the skeeters are finally gone. 40s and 50s, not cold and not warm. A little rain, humidity up, static zaps gone.

Except for cooking, chores are done. Sausage gravy coming up, with eggs ackley to follow. Marinated pork tenderloin to thaw. Not going hungry.

Trimmed the gray poncho, got all the snags and much of the fuzzies. Looks a lot neater.

Myka got on the couch while I was prone, tucking between my calves and the corner, a small kitty fort. Another first that will probably become more regular.

The sausage gravy is on the stove, setting. Three cups of milk remain for the cheese risotto, eight days until expiration. Wash dishes, build up a head of steam, and make eggs ackley in the same pan.

Sat yousef down day

Posted on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 at 5:39 pm

In the upper 20s last night, one that should have taken care of the straggler mosquitos. In the 50s today. Spent much of the night and morning cocooned, staying warm. No freezes showing in the immediate future, but no open windows either.

Pork fried rice for lunch. Myka appreciated the pork loin from the cutting board. Pizza last night. I may thaw a plain burger, to see how they work. And there’s still enough pork loin for tacos, after the avocado spud and fried rice. I might thaw the dressing casserole.

Chores are done for the most part. I need to fill the ice bin, though it will probably last until morning. Need to seed and water the oat grass pans. Everything else is done. A wind down day.

Feels good to be back on track. Easy days.

Nice day

Posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Today is a farewell to open windows. Tonight is a return to central heat, starting about 6 pm. I plan on a pleasant soak in the next hour or so, while it’s still pleasant.

The Wellerman is in the music book.

Off to take a soak before the winds turn around at sunset.

Wind down

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 at 3:06 am

Back home. Unpacked. Creature comforts. Demanding creature.

Catching up in progress, which includes feeding Myka her salmon florentine. She wasn’t going to allow me to sleep until she was fed her wet food. That leaves me mostly with downloading and kitchen duties. I need to thaw and cook, not sure what just yet. It will be quick fix for the next day or so, until I get reoriented.

The weekend was a fun one. Eating someone else’s cooking for a change. A fresh ear. A little music played. A good time.

Now it’s back to the same ol same ol, staying away from people as much as possible until the omicron wave blows over.

Made a store run late in the day, after the crowd had departed. Got everything on the list (except macaroons, which were replaced by a square of carrot cake), plus milk and sausage for gravy. The gold potatoes were all small, so there will be a lot of peeling where indicated. I may have overlooked something, but I don’t think so.

So now I can sit tight. There is so little trash this week, and none of it smells, so I’m not going to waste a bag.

Wind up

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 3:12 pm

Tidying up the house in prep for my absence this weekend. The windows are open, digital housekeeping is at a pause, so it’s a good day for it.

I was planning on leaving the Egee here, but it’s been requested. So I’m not packing as light as I expected.

It’s a pretty day, 75°, sunny, light southerly breeze. That will vanish tonight. Winds are expected to be 30/G 40 or more, temps near freezing Sunday and Monday morning.

About to take a soak, while there is warmth and sunlight and a breeze through the house.

Buttoned down and cataloged

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at 4:40 am

The Great Data Migration has been achieved and cataloged for posterity. Whew!


The two 4T drives in the middle (the shiny ones reflecting the laptop) now hold the audio processing files (apps, plugs, libraries, and samples). The three on the left are the primaries, the three on the right, the backups. There is also the 2T catchall, the internals, and the stick drives. There is also a few 500G drives in mothballs, if needed. 34T of read/write total. Everything is now cataloged in the current state.

So now I can relax. Waiting for daylight to put the trash on the curb, so as not to wake any neighbors.

Still cool, 60s/40s, clearing and warming a bit in the next few days.


Posted on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at 10:11 pm

Got a call from Ellen today. I may be staying with Doug next weekend. She needs to be out of town overnight, and I’d fill in seeing that Doug and critters have everything they need.

I also learned that the rubbing of the wheel on the truck might be due to the emergency brake having shifted its orientation. It’s easy enough to fix if it’s that.

The new hard drive, 4000A, has the content. Now I need to sort, and then clone for backup. Not an overnight project, but one in progress.

Made a quick store run, first of the year, early this morning while the store was sparsely occupied. Produce, bread, tamales, flautas…

Pulled pork has been thawed, and two sandwiches eaten. Have a hankering for spaghetti, as the weather cools.

Wind out of the north, 15 mph/G 25, temperature dropping. Mostly 40s and 50s this week, warming a little on Friday.

Otherwise, same ol same ol.


Posted on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 9:06 pm

The drives arrived today. Data is flooding from point A to point B, hour by hour. First transfer, 1.3T. Other stuff is happening, none of it unusual.

I got $19.50 back on the drives ($9 each + sales tax), thanks to a chat online. It’s also why they arrived today instead of Tuesday.

A confabulation with mishappenstance

Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2022 at 4:19 am

The omicron strain of COVID is raging in the county, some 12 fold increase in the new case count from a week ago. The positive rate of tests is also very high, indicating that the number is very under-reported. The county is rated as an extremely high risk. Consequently, I have been avoiding people like the plague…

I made two ventures away from the house yesterday, the ice kiosk and the car wash (for 60 quarters changed from three $5 bills). The first attempt found that I was blocked in my driveway by a pickup belonging to a visitor next door. The second attempt, after he left, ended up with ice being dumped on the ground instead of delivered in a bag. Then the first carwash had busted bill changers, so I used the alternative wash, but the stalls were all full. While I got the quarters, I wasn’t able to rinse the truck. When I got home, I called the reporting number for the ice kiosk and got voice mail, and no response.

Back home, sans ice, I decided not to go to the store for the two 4T USB hard drives, but rather order them online. They were each $9 more expensive than they were the day before. And the delivery date was today when in the cart, but switched to Sunday when I purchased them. I also sent money to Apple for premium versions, even though the apps need an update to remove annoyances. I couldn’t hold out any longer.

So it was a rather chaotic day when dealing with other devices in my attempt to avoid dealing with people in person. Here at home, things have been far more uneventful.

The three pairs of jeans departed Dallas via FedEx shortly after midnight (following a 21 hour pause) and should be here today.

Risotto and a 6 oz chunk of ham are all that is left from the holiday feast (sans cheesecake). I need to figure out what needs to be cooked next.

The jeans are in the dryer, very blue, very new. I expect them to bleed for a number of washing. Risotto is gone. Myka is being a pest, obviously wanting oat grass. Not expecting windows to open today. I got a bag of ice (yes, a bag). Life rolls on.


Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 at 5:05 pm
Myka likes the fuzzy blankets.

Cheesy 22

Posted on Saturday, January 1st, 2022 at 10:56 pm

I had my black eyed peas and cornbread, the pastrami and smoked gruyere sandwich, and the cheesecake, but…

The only container I had that would hold it all.

The cold front is in progress. It has dropped from from 85°F to 48°F (11 pm), and is forecast to bottom out at 30°F at sunrise. Maybe it will take some skeeters with it.

Got the archiving done, fairly painless, and I like the improvements. So I’m back to downloading stuff onto the SSD again. No deadlines, my clock.