Archive for February, 2022

Last shiver in Texas

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2022 at 12:21 am

Pharmacy run before noon, plus munchies and junk. Well, I got unsalted tomato sauce, it wasn’t all junk. Then again, coconut creme pie.

One tub of stew went in the freezer. One tub is almost gone. That leaves one more to do in this weekend. Smoked turkey and rib eye still there. I need to eat more. Cornbread is gone, that will help.

Been hanging in the 30s outside for over a day. Not freezing, but close. Drizzling rain. Not fit for hanging outside. I think the weekend will be the last flirting with cold until autumn. Cool, I expect more. But I think that this is the last honest cold of the season. Spring is about to crack.


Posted on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 at 1:13 am
Beef stew, 7 quarts, 8 hours into the slow cook.

Finally got the prep done for the stew. Half is destined for the freezer.

It had to be stew.

Posted on Sunday, February 20th, 2022 at 1:00 am

I made a Saturday night store run, something I tend to avoid. Chuck roast was on sale for $3/lb, so I got 5.3 lb for a crockpot stew. I also got carrots and mixed veggies to go with the spuds, onion, and beef broth that I already have. Add bread, cornbread, and Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream.

I was prompted by running out of split pea soup and having nothing else vegetable oriented in the fridge. Friday and Saturday nights are more active at the stores than most nights, so I tend to avoid them. But I managed to avoid close contact. I’m ready to make stew come daylight.

So I am fully stocked. Myka’s kibbles are under half full, and will probably key my next store run. I hope that I can find it, as I didn’t see her new favorite on the shelf tonight.

Myka has fallen in love again with her old favorite, LZB1. She still hangs here with me at times, but she likes the summer couch cover. She molds herself into it and dozes off. And it’s all hers.

I’m having a hard time of maintaining physical and digital chores. I can keep the house in order, or the computer. But I’m avoiding mixing the two. I guess it’s age, I’ve got less ambition to do both at the same time, to maintain both states simultaneously. At least the house is getting priority.

I’m growing tired of Apple TV+. I don’t fault them for trying. I like the concept, but the product is still TV. I won’t be picking it up after the trial.


Posted on Thursday, February 17th, 2022 at 10:04 pm
16 oz rib eye

The windows got shut at 2:30 pm, when it was 74°F. Now it’s 40°F. Ugh.

Rib eye? Rib eye?

Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 at 2:35 pm

Rib eye in the sink, thawing. Chicken Nothing container got washed.

Been a moderately busy day, nothing overt, but steady sequence of moments. Containers to recycling for sorting (most will be kept). Reclaiming counter space. Myka has been tended. Trash from the curb. FedEx delivery. A bath shortly, while it’s warm. No hurrying involved.

Store run last night was a bit frustrating. Stuff was out of stock, online and in-store prices were different. It was not a joy. Hence, I’ve had an attitude, letting the fading of omicron agitate me. A change in lifestyle, again. Things to get done. Schedules. Finances. Grumble.

Watching Tiny World on AppleTV+. The narratives tend toward dramatized with help of creative editing and set up segment filler. But the macro cine is decent. Lots of mini-cams.


Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 at 1:31 am

Made the split pea soup w/ hambone in the 5 qt pot. So now I have Chicken Something and split pea as alternatives. And a fresh bag of spuds. Rib eye on the horizon.

The cold spell has passed, and the weather is warming again. Windows open in the afternoon. 40s at night. Cloudless skies, mild breezes. Days are getting noticeably longer. Spring is here, the first days.

I am ready for spring.

Chicken Something

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at 7:39 pm

I ended up making a chicken/broccoli/cauliflower/rice thing that has adopted the name Chicken Something. It’s an obvious name for something that contains chicken but is otherwise not well defined in advance. I thawed two chicken quarters, prepped them before trash went out, and I couldn’t get a distinct idea of what to make. I was considering penne alfredo, but I didn’t want back to back pasta. And the broccoli was appealing. It ended up being an easy mix, but tasty with a body of flavor. It is setting on the stovetop now, absorbing the last of the water after the flame went out. Myka will like the chicken.

The pot handle holders arrived today. They took a round about way of getting here, bracing some bad weather, but they finally arrived. I had to get with customer service about the silicone trivet that never shipped.

It has warmed into the 70s yesterday and today, windows open, sunny weather, mild breeze. Myka enjoyed it immensely. One more day of it before it cools down. I took advantage of the warmth, took a long soak, mopped the kitchen floor, washed dishes, and generally did a bunch of chores with the warm fresh air in support. Only thing left is to wash the pot I just used for Chicken Something, when it is emptied. It has been a couple of productive days. Tomorrow I’ll get a case of spring fever.

I will most likely make a store run tonight. I need bread, and there are a few extras on the list. Large avocados are on sale. Fresh spuds wouldn’t hurt, if they’re large enough. Need to get gas in the truck, too.


Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 at 2:49 am

The snow and ice are all gone, finally melted off in the nooks and crannies. While the forecast calls for cool temps, none of it is freezing.

I thawed two chicken quarters for a recipe. Not sure what yet, but I wanted to get the bones and skin in the trash today, before it goes to the curb. There’s still ample spaghetti sauce for three servings in the fridge. Haven’t had a huge appetite, thanks to the pasta.

Omicron is waning in new case numbers here, though the positive test rate is still rather high. It is encouraging.

Not much going on, a meandering rather than laziness. Chores are staying done, except maybe for dishes when it’s too cold for wet hands.

Myka is getting oat grass from the new batch. Hopeless. I can always tell when she has it on the brain from the expression on her face. Hopeless.


Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2022 at 1:24 pm

The freeze happened, but it wasn’t as cold here at the house as it was elsewhere in town. Instead of 21°F as it showed at Blinn, a few blocks away, it only got to 29°F, and not for all that long. It’s 36°F in the window at noon, the roof has started dripping.


Not much ice and snow fell, but it’s still cold.

The coldest water that I saw in the pipes was 35°F, so it didn’t come close to freezing the pipes. Nonetheless, I still don’t like washing dishes when it’s this cold. No matter how warm the water, there is always evaporative cooling on the fingers.

The forecast says there will be two more nights of freezing, but a lesser time and warmer temps, so they are questionable here where it’s not so cold. I don’t think I’ll need to watch the pipes as closely. Pre-dawn tonight is the only risky period for the pipes.

I made spaghetti sauce with 2 lb of ground chuck and a few veggies from the crisper. The 5 qt skillet worked well, and the grease that didn’t pour off came up easily with a paper towel. I haven’t cooked any pasta yet, but I will for lunch today. I figure the carbs will help during this cold snap. There is still plenty of risotto left as an alternative.

All in all, I’m doing well. I’m more than ready for spring, but this freeze assures that there won’t be any mosquitos for a while. We might not have another freeze this winter.

Myka’s oat grass, batch 2, pan 1.

Feb first

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at 1:14 am

The cookware is stage center. The 5 qt pot was used to cook the cheese risotto, as the 2 qt pot wouldn’t have handled the boil up. It worked well, and when done, the risotto flopped into the storage container as a single glob, leaving none behind in the pot. I was amazed.

I then ate eggs ackley avo mode, as the avocado was already fading (15% loss). The risotto waited until later.

Tuesday I cooked one of the stuffed burgers in the mini-pan. It thawed very quickly in the pan, and then it cooked quite fast to perfection with very little flame. And the vertical edges of the pan perfectly browned around the edge of the burger. It was perfectly cooked, no red meat, the center perfectly warmed and moist, the cheese melted exactly. And when cooled, it cleaned up nicely with a paper towel, better than cast iron.

I have been patting myself on the back for the acquisition. I am pleased.

Wednesday is the last warm day of the week. A hard freeze is headed this way, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights being freezes. The worst of it is heading east of here.

But before then, a long soak in the tub.