More Fun with E’s Voice

Two more episodes of The Big Wild have surfaced, and yeah, that’s me waxing poetic; my chunks are towards the end of each episode…

This one covers cooking wild turkey and appropriate sides, and

This one handles sausage making basics

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Yaaarrrgggh II; aftermath…

When M came home yesterday, she noted that I was grouchy; after further study, she determined that I was generally distraught, and felt it was because of the commotion. I had to agree with her – She said “You’re so tied to your place,” which was not meant as a bad thing.

She’s right; no secure back yard means dog can’t go out when he wants, and that cats aren’t as safe because neighbor dogs could potentially get in the yard.

No pantry means contents are strewn all over my kitchen.

No kitchen means I can’t cook for me and M, on three days off in a row, which I live to do when I get the chance.

Generally distraught, indeed…

Thankfully, most of the shelves were dry this morning, and the repainted pantry looks better than ever; we’ll get to reorganize and throw or donate whatever we no longer need, which is always a good exercise…

Our crew arrived and promptly sewed everything back together in the backyard, better than it had been.

I do know that my little problems are complete horseshit compared to what’s going on in the world, but the fact is, with everything going on the world, having your own little quiet corner, if one is so fortunate, is more important than ever.

We are indeed blessed, and very, very thankful for that.

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It all began with a text from M to the effect that she was loosing her mind…

Turns out she found critters in the pantry.  In Texas, the ubiquitous term ‘bugs’ is applied to everything you don’t want inside your house; the only known exception is ants, which are simply called ants, (Of course, once you get to the water cooler discussion about this topic, is not only acceptable but, in fact, very fashion forward to mention what kind of ants, as in “Yeah, those little sugar ant bastards, again; had them in the master closet a few years back…)

She’s pulled everything out of that pantry, tossed everything that wasn’t hermetically sealed, and stacked the rest around the kitchen; we couldn’t cook if we wanted to until that project’s done, but so be it.  She’s painted all the shelves in nuke-proof white enamel and is gonna do the ceiling in cool deep red.  It’ll look great, and hopefully, bugs don’t like paint fumes any more than we do…

Bucky observes the proceedings with due caution…

Next came storm damage; we’re in the throws of a pretty nasty drought.  The other day, something like 24 wildfires were burning around the state.  This is supposed to be storm season, the land drenched by waves of potent thunderheads on a regular basis:  We’ve had exactly two storms, neither of which hit us directly; the second was close enough to kill one side of the back yard fence, though.  This structure is not really a fence any more, it’s more like a line of sticks engaged in fence-like activity, really.  What I really did not want on this already loaded three days off is dig fence post holes, but it is what it is.

This is life in Tejas…

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Is THAT How I Sound?!

Here’s a link to my first shot as a radio guest chef; don’t laugh too hard, OK?

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Freshly minted food blog up and running

So check it out!  We’ve moved everything to wordpress, and the new food blog is great.  nicer layout, more flexibility, and a proprietary, easy to remember address: Float on over and scope it out!

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It’s a done deal…

My former ramblog has now been fully pulled into the 21st century, so if you’ve been there, now you’re here!  I’m gonna put an auto forward on the old site within a day or so and then it’s a done deal – until then, welcome!


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