May 26th, 2019

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Uncategorized

A few days ago I saw a headline that there was a stealth fighter that was missing and they couldn’t find it. Maybe it is just doing its job – being stealthy.

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Someone sent me this picture the other day and I thought it was something good to pass along. It made me think about my travels and experiences, both big and small. The thing is, it is so easy to find someplace new; it doesn’t have to be a foreign country, or even another state or city. Sometimes it is as easy and as close as your own neighborhood. You don’t have to go very far at all and you can usually find something new to you – a different bus route, a back road, a new trail, a neat house in your area. One thing I have found in my n neighborhood is one hose has a little “lending library” in their front yard. It is a wooden shelf in a 1′ X 2′ wooden box with a window in the front and the library selections on display. It is such a neat experience to see the things you see. You never know until you go!

With all the traffic on the roadways this weekend I chose to stay home out of the madness. It was already getting crazy on Friday. I went out for a brief run to the store yesterday morning and its was pretty busy then. I got out for a walk earlier this morning and will go on another later.

I grilled up some corn on the cob Friday and today I grilled up some bratwursts. I have not had any of those in quite some time so I decided to treat myself. I usually avoid the brats because of the fat content but I’ve been watching that close enough that an occasional splurge won’t hurt.

While out I stopped at my favorite local bakery and grabbed some plain croissants. No, not that garbage at the grocery stores. Real ones. I had one with some prosciutto and a slice of smoked Gouda cheese for breakfast. It was delicious.

Yesterday I cooked and froze some meals for the next few weeks. It was a crappy, rainy day so it was a good day to do that and some other inside stuff. Today is warm, sunny and beautiful so I am getting outside as much as possible (watching my sun exposure, of course), trying to get some grass mowed as its dries out. It’s getting ahead of me a little so I have to get after it later today or tomorrow when it is much drier. I need to cook up some more meals to freeze so that will be part of my supper plans. I think tomorrow will be pork chops on the grill with mashed potatoes.

As I type this I am sitting at my dining table, looking out the window over one of my flower boxes. I happened to see a bee hovering around earlier, making the rounds. I saw it land on one of the flowers and it was a bee I had not seen before. It was a gold bumblebee with just very few, and very faint, black stripes. I have worked on bee surveys for wildlife biologists before and I never saw one like this during the survey.

The first crop of radishes in my garden are done so I will either plant another round of them, or I will try something new in the space. I don’t know what that would be – maybe a cauliflower. Other things in there are still looking good and growing nicely.

My cherry trees has fruit that is starting to turn red but they need to grow more. I have no idea if they are sweet or sour cherries but I will find out in a month or so. The plums are popping out on the branches already. I had put in tree spikes for fruit trees around all of them and I think that may have helped them take off.

I am pondering getting more ink at the local tattoo parlor. I have been thinking about it for a while but it’s hard to come up with ideas for something unique, yet personal, to put on your body forever (plus I have had other, more pressing, priorities). I have two ideas for now but I think I am going to have to talk to the artist about some other ideas.

Well it looks like I am going to be adding someone to the family:

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An as yet unnamed puppy…

Yep. An Aussie puppy.

After about eight years of having no pets I gave in finally. I say “I gave in” because I have been holding out on getting any pet. Meghan thought I needed a dog for a long time and this is one from her dog’s litter. She said that she thought it would be a perfect fit with me – not a maniac like his dad certainly is so he is mellow. I have not had a pet for this long because of my constant travels for work and most, if not all, of the places I have lived would not allow them anyhoo. I was really back and forth on it for several reasons but I finally thought how nice it would be to have a dog to poop in my yard.

Guess I need to think of a name…

That’s it for now.

March 16th, 2019

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized

What fantastic weather we are having! Mid-50s, sunshine…the whole weekend should be like this and get even warmer early next week. The sights and sounds of Spring – people trimming bushes and trees, mowing and trimming the grass, and the amount of birds feeding and singing in my yard is pretty fun to have around.

I was considering a road trip either yesterday or today, but thought about it more after I was on the way home and saw all the cars. The weather is really bringing everyone out of the woodwork. Gonna be a busy weekend on the roadways and it was getting busy yesterday morning. Think I’ll stay home and take care of a few things and avoid the weekend warriors.

So far it has been a very productive weekend so I think that tomorrow will be a slack day for me. I’ll be outside again enjoying the weather and not doing much; I already did it!

Yesterday, I got my raise planting bed filled up with soil and planted some seeds. Romaine, radishes, sugar snap peas and rainbow carrots for now. Tomatoes will be ready to move outside and put in the bed soon, and I want to get some jalapeños to make salsa at home and maybe even try to can some. I transplanted some other things into a patio pot and in a couple of little gardens along the fence.

Today was a beautiful day; I’ve got the fever bad and am ready to be outside. I got the other two window boxes planted on the other side of the front of my house and scattered some seeds around for some wild flowers that attract bees and hummingbirds.

Also today, I decided to pull the cover off of the trailer and de-winterize it. I think it will be safe to go for it so I did. I can always drain it if need be. I flushed out the water system so it’s ready for the season! I had already gotten most of it ready a few months ago when it was so nice out so flushing it was the last bog thing to do. I’ll load a few canned goods and whatever else into it that I can for now. After that, I just need to load in perishable things, hitch it up and roll down the highway. Sounds awesome to me!

I finally started up the generator this morning that I bought nearly two years ago. That thing weighs 125 pound; it’s good I have these giant, muscular arms to fling that thing around! Hahaha. Seriously it’s gonna suck taking it out of and putting it in the back of the truck. The price was ¼ of a Honda portable generator and has more power but the thing is so heavy.

It’ll be difficult to not do anything tomorrow so I’ll probably just get out and do some walking. I’ve gotten more done than I had planned the past few days. I got my groove on the past few days and couldn’t stop grooving! The exercise has been good and I need to keep it going.

March 1st, 2019

Adventure, food, Just things, Music, Outdoors, Uncategorized

Today was a day to get things done around the house. I was thinking of maybe going somewhere but decided to stay home, save some money and get some things taken care of here at the house.

It’s not that I am a slob or anything, but I am going to clean windows and dust mainly. The problem is my humidifier has put a thin white coating of dust and film on everything. I have electric heat and the air gets so dry in winter so I run a humidifier to keep my skin from drying out and it helps to stay well. With the weather starting to change I think it needed to be going back in the box for storage today.

But, with it being a nice day I decided to be out enjoying the sunshine instead. I hauled the recycling and the garbage to the transfer station first this morning and was there waiting when they opened up. I went back home and began cutting the saplings/small trees growing out of my raised bed planter and got my strawberry plant (that somehow survived the winter) in a corner of it. I will start getting that ready for some carrots, onions, garlic, jalapeños and tomatoes. If there’s someplace to put them I’ll also plant some radishes, green beans and peas to snack on raw. Add that to my plum, cherry and apple trees and the Himalayan blackberries everywhere up here and I’ll have a decent selection of stuff. It’s looking as if I may have to build another raised bed. I started sone tomato seeds in a pot already and they are just over an inch tall. I believe they are Campari tomatoes, and I have a beefsteak tomato I’ll get some seeds out of and start some of those as well.

I trimmed up some trees and bushes around the house while I was at it. It needed to be done and it is much better now. It was partially blocking the gate to get the trailer in or out so I cut it back. It needs more done with a ladder, but I can also leave the cover on the trailer to keep from scratching it up\ when moving it. Not in a hurry since I’m not taking it out too soon. Of course that IS subject to change.

I went out for a beer or two before catching “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the theatre. I have been wanting to see it and finally got the chance. Growing up in that era I remember some of that stuff but I also learned a few things I was not aware of. The ending was really good – it was the classic LiveAid performance which is one of the all-time greatest rock stage performances. Rami Malek nailed that one spot-on. One little bit of irony (that I don’t know how many noticed) was Mike Myers was a record rep in the movie and they were talking about the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Pretty funny, since Mike Myers was Wayne in Wayne’s World, the movie that launched that particular song to it’s second run up the charts. Great scene that was.

I’ll be outside again tomorrow enjoying what is supposed to be another nice day. I’ll probably walk down to the beach at some point but I’ll finish trimming trees first so it’s done. The previous people were nice enough to leave me a trimmer and a nice mower so I’ll be able to keep things cleaned up but it is too wet as of now. If we get a few more sunny days I might be able to get the yard mowed. It may not really need it but it’s pretty thick and grows fast in these warmer, sunny days.

That’s it for now. Headed to bed.

January 12th, 2019

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Uncategorized

Yesterday I met up with a friend and went birding. It was a really nice day to be out of the house doing something. We saw a few things she has not seen in the area in a while (she is into birds) so I got to see a few new ones. The biggest thing (literally), though was we saw orca swimming by at one place we stopped to see birds. They were a little ways away but we were able to see them close up through binoculars and a spotting scope. A really cool experience.

We took off to a few other places to look at wildlife and worked up an appetite and a powerful thirst. We ended up in a small town at a small restaurant overlooking the water. I ordered up an interesting beer after trying a sample – a dry stout. It was similar to my favorite nectar of the gods – Guinness – but a little less filling. The interesting part of it was the “dry” aspect. Yes, it was a dry finish and I did like it and would order it again

And the food…it was fantastic. I ordered a Mediterranean gnocchi. Gnocchi, capers, Spanish and kalamata olives, pepperoncini, garlic, shallots, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, butter and artichoke hearts. It was absolutely delicious and I am going to find a recipe to make it at home. For those of you who do not know, gnocchi is a small type of dumpling.

My friend ordered tuna lettuce wraps, which had rare tuna slices rolled in sesame seeds, carrots, and some other stuff wrapped in lettuce leaves. I do not like rare-cooked meats (it’s something in my mind) but she offered me a taste and I took a bite. It was good but I just cannot get past that rare cooking.

While we were waiting for our food my friend smacked me on the arm and said “orca!”. I looked out the window (along with the others who heard her) and out in the water a pod of orca were swimming by. This was our second orca pod for the day! Needless to say that was exciting for everyone in there to see and out came the phones to snap pictures. It was a really good day – hanging with a really good friend, seeing wildlife that you don’t get to see every day, sharing a great food experience, and talking and laughing our asses off.

As I type this a squirrel is running along the fence rail with an apple in his mouth. He likes to go over to one of my apple trees and climb up and grab apples. Sometimes he sits on the fence eating them, and other times he runs off with them. I have some bird feeders within sight of my window and the birds are going crazy after I refilled the feeders. I don’t know how they stay so skinny after eating all the seed.

I planted a few tomato seeds in some pots and am waiting for them to pop up. These tomato seeds come from some store-bought ones I always buy. I plan to plant a few other things in the raised bed in the yard and have some fresh homegrown veggies. That will save a few bucks at the store. I’ll wait to plant until the weather warms up and stays warmer (of course) and probably plant from starter plants when they come in. I also think sometimes about moving and have a friend who is interested in splitting a house. That would make it cheaper than what I pay now and saving some money is good, especially if I can get into a bigger house and still pay less.

It looks like a beautiful day again today so I am going to be heading out to do something somewhere. Fresh air, sunshine, and exercise sound like a good plan for the day. I need to get to the store but Saturdays are usually pretty busy in the morning so I will go get a few things later.

Enjoy your day!