Archive for March, 2022

VVRRROOOOMM screeeeeech

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 at 12:49 pm

The truck is legal for the next year, and roadworthy. And it didn’t cost as much as I had anticipated.

I went to the local dealer’s Quick Lane service, first come, first serve, shortly after they opened, and got the truck seen quickly. I had no problem getting them to replace the part that I bought elsewhere. However, the leaked DOT3 had really gummed things up, and what should have been a 20 minute job took over two hours. However, they only charged me the standard 20 minute rate, and fixed the emergency brake without extra charge. That didn’t fix the soft brake pedal, however, so I authorized a full brake line flush, which did. Total came to $233. I have a new habit to learn for braking.

After a brief break at home, I went for the inspection, then to the county courthouse for a registration sticker. The new sticker is now on the windshield. The truck is road ready. I made a store run last night for a few items, to get the urge to drive down a notch. I made a brief tour of the area on the outskirts of town this morning to check out the wildflowers. They’re not as thick as I’ve seen in previous years, but still nice.

So that leaves me ready to take a load, including LZB1, to storage in Webberville. I need to make room in the freezer for Popeye’s chicken. I’ll have business in Bastrop while I’m passing through. I was thinking of a visit to Elgin, but I decided to drop that, as the reasons evaporated. No sense in burning extra gas for no reason.

The weather has continued to see highs in the low 80s. Windows are open most of the day, most of the days. Sleeves are getting rare. It’s about time to wash the alpaca poncho.

Post tree

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2022 at 3:32 pm

After of two days of chainsaws, skid-steer loader, and rapid fire Spanish, the neighborhood is quiet again. The circus, which consisted of over 20 people (neighbors, landlords, onlookers, city officials, etc), has vanished, the street once again uncluttered of vehicles, trailers, and machinery. Nothing of their presence remains except a big hole in the sky.

It’s 80°F, a cloudless sky overhead. A mild breeze from the desert west ushers in a 15% relative humidity, a dew point of 30°F. This is unusual weather for this close to the Gulf. Windows are open with no need for a fan.

Made a pharmacy run this morning. Got litter for Myka as well. I managed to find things that have chronically been out of stock, buying locally online at good sale prices not available at the stores. So no need for a store run this weekend.

Thawed and broiled a rib eye from an earlier batch than the most recent. I haven’t dived into it yet. I also thawed a pack of spiral cut ham for egg sandwiches. Part of the pork loin will go into eggs ackley, which should get made this afternoon.

Wildflowers are starting to fill out. Still a little early for peak bloom, but they’re getting established.


Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 at 10:56 am

There is a latino tree cutting crew next door, preparing to take down the massive sycamore that was struck by lightning. Just what I wanted, the sound of chainsaws all day. Oh well, at least the balls and fuzzies will be gone. Nothing green survives next door, scorched earth. I had to ask them to move their truck so that trash could be picked up. And then another shows up to take its spot. And the pickup is blocked in.

Jambalaya is gone. Working on a section of pork loin. Lots of stuff in the fridge, mentioned below. Made a store run to try and take advantage of sales, but everything I wanted was out of stock. *sigh* But I’ll survive with alternatives. Sausage pattie, egg, and cheddar sandwich for breakfast.

Still need to get the truck fixed. One thing or another…


Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2022 at 11:43 am

Windows have been open, though not today. 50s/60s, not cold, not mild. But the hard stuff is over. It’s spring. Aaaaah.

Bluebonnets across the street. I assume they have been sprouting elsewhere. I’ve been making store runs at night, so I haven’t done any extraneous touring yet. They’ll get thicker.


Jambalaya in the fridge. Myka appreciates it. Got an array of unopened entrees; boudin, brats, dogs, tamales, and pastrami, plus a serving of pork tenderloin. Plenty of bread. Spuds. I’m down to three chicken quarters in the freezer, so I think I’ll concentrate on them and get another bag to roast. Chicken penne alfredo sounds good. I’m due another rib eye too.

Truck maintenance slid, as I haven’t been up to it the last few days. I still have two weeks.


Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2022 at 10:01 pm

The last cold front of the season. Currently 40°F, N 25 mph/G 32. A possible passing freeze around dawn. Thermostat up a notch, alpaca poncho, foot warmer (when she’s of a mind). Cocooning as much as I can stand it. It’s for the last time.

Windows will be opened daily, starting Monday. Spring is here on the classic schedule, mid-March.

Getting the truck roadworthy is in the cards, this coming week. But for this weekend, not much is happening.

Watching The Prisoner (1967) in the ITC sequence. In retrospect, there are some very timely bits of tech, a good chuckle.

Brats, pizza, fajita chicken, flautas, pot pie. Haven’t thawed anything yet, not in the mood for washing a bunch of dishes until it warms up.

Let there be

Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 at 4:58 pm

It seems that after eight months of darkness on the street, and three phone calls to the city government, there will now be 5000°K LED light. I say seems, as night has yet to fall to provide proof. But the maintenance cherry picker truck just pulled away from under the light fixture. Sometimes, you have to squeak often to get some grease. And the right place and time helps too. Ah, serendipity.


LED – 5000°K

Chili is gone. Made a pressed burger in the minipan for lunch. Got all the trash in the can before it went to the curb. Nothing open in the fridge. Pizza and chicken fajita are on the menu. Not thawing anything yet, but jambalaya is nudging my brain. I could use some seafood.

Took off the poncho for the afternoon. Denim shirt open. Low 60s after a cool night. Sunny after a wet spell. 70s forecast tomorrow, then another drop, maybe the last of the season.

Been finding a number of live feeds, nature/wildlife oriented for the most part. Easy to eat time just watching. Disappointed in the TV that I’m seeing online. Almost there in so many aspects, but it’s still TV. The willingness to suspend disbelief isn’t being touched.

Taking care of finances, getting stuff squared away for the truck’s inspection and tags. Topped off the tank (3 gallons) in the rain before the price went up (+30¢/gal) overnight.

Chilly Monday chili

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2022 at 11:23 am

The warm weather went south with the cool norther that blew in this morning. It’s about 50°F at the moment. One warming day this week, then another snap that will last until mid-month. After that, spring.

Still working on the brisket chili, about half way through. The avocado brisket chili cheese spud was yummy, as usual.


Avocado brisket chili cheese spud

Things have been fairly laid back recently, but this looks to be a rather busy month. The front room is about to be reorganized. The truck is due inspection. Things are about to get hectic.

Freaky Friday

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2022 at 11:07 pm

I got banned from commenting on the Washington Post. I am not sure why, and they aren’t telling. So I canceled my subscription. I know how to access the news articles without logging in, tested. It was strange.

On the brighter side, my wireless connection returned to my phone, with nothing being done on my end. So they tracked down the problem and corrected it.

I also called the city for the third time to complain about the streetlight that has been dark for eight months.

I made an early morning store run; produce, bread, tortillas, tamales, cheddar, flautas. I have everything I need to support chili cheese dogs and avocado chili cheese spud, and a bunch more.

I went for a bag of ice and saw current gas prices. I was a little shocked, not so much the amount, but rather the rapidity of the increase. The move was related to future panic grab more than the supply chain increases.

The spring weather is making me lazy. And last night’s jam had a bit to do with it as well. I’ve been keeping up with chores, but the rest isn’t faring as well. I went 15 hours between meals because I didn’t feel hungry enough to make it worth my while.

Jam again

Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 at 10:17 pm

Jammed for about two hours tonight, brought home a tub of brisket chili. Middle finger pad was what brought me to a halt, but it just happened to coincide with everyone else leaving, so I can say I stayed the course. I got to open with Wellerman. A fun night.

Weather continues to hold, sunny and mild, nice breeze. Windows open in the afternoon. Three more days of it before it cools a bit, but not cold, 60s/40s.

Made another call to AT&T, still no resolution to the ticket on their end. It may be next week before the phone works again.

Spring is sprung

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 at 9:53 pm
First blooms after the final freeze.

The first trees are busting out in tiny blooms. Spring has begun. Windows were open for the second consecutive day, four more are expected to follow.

I’m letting out a big sigh. I am ready for this. Shedding layers, sleeping without a cocoon, ice cream. Let it come. And COVID omicron has faded to a trickle.

While it may be a time to celebrate, it doesn’t translate as a time to splurge. Inflation, Ukraine, there is going to be a tightening. And I paid insurance on the truck tonight. Inspection, tags are due too.

Phone woes. I can’t access wireless on the iPhone, I’m having to use wifi. Good at home, but not away from home. I’ve been in touch with tech support for over an hour. It has been a strange one, I may need to replace the SIM card. Hopefully I won’t need to replace the phone. I had to go digging for the voice mail password, which I haven’t used in 10 years. A pain I don’t need.

Ham, pulled pork, tamales are the current rotation, w/ coconut creme pie. Not in a big hurry to cook after the two tubs of stew, rib eye, and smoked turkey binge. I went 12 hours between breakfast and lunch. The dining is currently fairly relaxed. Ham/buttered gold spud/gouda for dinner.

Health is holding well over all. BP is consistently good. Nothing new to complain about. And I’m happy to see winter go, put up the alpaca and heavy sleeves, hang loose with windows open.