July 2nd, 2019

Adventure, Just things, Uncategorized

I know it has been a while since I have posted; there’s been a lot going on, yet nothing at all.

My world has been rocked pretty hard. I got injured at work during the last part of April. I hurt my shoulder pretty badly, snapping the long head tendon on my bicep (I heard it pop), completely tearing one muscle on my rotator cuff and partially tearing another. After numerous delays I finally underwent surgery almost three weeks ago and my arm is in a sling so I cannot even drive let alone go to work. It will be a long recovery and so far it really sucks. They told me straight up that it is painful and one of the longest and worst surgeries to recover from. They were right. It absolutely sucks and I hope to never have to do this again.

I am trying to stay positive and upbeat through this but it is pretty difficult being unable to drive and losing out on my entire summer. I even had to have Meghan and a neighbor put the cover back on the trailer since I won’t be able to take it anywhere until probably Fall…if even then. It can possibly be a year of physical therapy and recovery, and even then I don’t know how it will end up as far as any loss of use. I am doing my exercises and will start physical therapy this afternoon. I can already tell my right arm is quite a bit weaker than it used to be.

Most of the smaller details of the last two weeks are pretty much lost to history with the pain meds I have been taking. Meghan came over to help me along with Addy, her dog Flint, and Rider, my new puppy! Unfortunately I couldn’t keep him here due to my injuries but I am really looking forward to getting him. We will have a lot of fun I am sure. Hope he likes to travel – there will be a lot of that in his future!

I have been watching quite a bit of TV – cannot do much else – but trying to get exercise when I can. It’s been pretty warm and sunny so that has been nice to be out enjoying. The cherries have come and gone on my trees, and they were fantastic. The peas are about done in my garden, and Meghan’s dog Flint was picking those off the vine as well as some delicious raspberries in the back yard. Yes…two of her dogs curl their lips up and pick berries to eat. And they only pick the ripe ones!

Well, that’s all I have for now.

 

March 20th, 2019

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Another perfect day of weather today. I got home and put on a t-shirt and shorts, tossed a salmon burger on the grill for a sandwich and made up some southwestern spicy hash browns to go with it. Dinner on the patio, some sunshine, it’s nearly 70 degrees again…and life is pretty damn good!

I’ve been outside a lot more and I have been quite active, especially with the beautiful days we have been having. Still keeping quite conscious of the sun exposure, avoiding the mid-day sun, wearing sleeves and hats plus being in the shady areas.

Another couple of tomato seeds sprouted in one of my pots in the window today so that was a nice surprise to come home to. Funny, I was just looking at that very same pot this morning thinking “Where are you?!”. I got home and there they were…newborns! I have another one that is about 3″ tall now that got its main leaves last week so it is doing very well. I just pull seeds out of tomatoes I like that I get at the store and start from that – those came from somewhere too. Yeah, it is easier to just buy a started plant but this is free. Plus there is the challenge.

I hopefully will have better luck than last year, but last year there was a lot going on and I wasn’t really able to be home and take care of them like I needed to since I was going back to KS for my Dad. I have gotten to know a few of my neighbors pretty well so I am sure they would help me out watering if something came up and I needed help with it. Rain is coming in this weekend so that will help with the watering. I watered a little bit ago and I didn’t realize I had so much planted until I watered everything all at once!

I bought a couple of avocados the other day so I am gonna be planting those seeds and see what happens. I planted one a few years ago and the thing ended up being a monster…about NINE FEET TALL! Seriously, it grew and got that tall but only had about five branches. It was hard to take care of in Colorado with the weather but may do good here in Washington’s humidity. I need to look up how to take care of them. I may leave these in small pots and prune them so they won’t get so big and unwieldy…like my palm tree in a pot in the yard. It’s in a pot about two or three feet across and is about six feet tall and a real hassle to move. I am actually surprised it lived thorough the winter but it’s doing great.

Even with this weekend’s rain I may take a drive someplace. There should be fewer people out and the weather will be a big part of people staying home. A good time for me to get out and about. I need to get new lenses in my glasses so that may be what I get done. With the rain I guess being in the mall won’t be AS bad…

My MacBook Pro has been having a lot of issues, and each time I get it back from repair it has cosmetic issues that it didn’t have when it left my house. I raised hell with Apple about all the issues I have had and they are now replacing mine with a new one. It has been very frustrating but it is getting handled so I am happy with that. It’s not the refund I really wanted, but this is the next best thing.

I started going to a chiropractor to try to get some relief from my back pain and headaches. It is pretty bad most days but this seems to be helping some along with the acupuncture. Being up and around instead of sitting is definitely better but the relief is just not happening fast enough.

That’s all I have for now.

November 5th, 2018

Adventure, food, Just things, Travel, Uncategorized

Been getting quite a few things done over the past week or so that I have been home. It’s good to be back but it was good to see family. We busted our asses every day we were there, and that was after driving four days to get there and I took five getting home. It is all we did – no real time to visit with anyone. Needless to say I was ready for some downtime but many things still have to get done. (And needless to say driving that distance without the trailer was a long trip; it made me think about driving all the way to Maine from here pulling the trailer. It will be a long journey. EACH WAY.)

We had a good time though, and it really feels like we made a lot of progress.

I sat on my couch all the live long day yesterday. I watched movies and the first two seasons of Seinfeld. It was my down day after two and a half weeks on the go and dammit I needed a break. I deserved it and I was gonna be selfish. It was awesome but there’s always that remorse of taking a day for yourself and thinking it was wasted.

I got a few business calls made and a few errands ran today. I then cooked up breakfast burritos for the week. I made some burrito-size ones and some small ones like taquitos. I am going to fry them to crispy on the outside. I am curious to see how that turns out.

I then made some spaghetti sauce from canned tomato sauce and it turned out pretty good. The recipe called for canned tomatoes but all I had was three cans of the sauce form of the fruit. I put it together and then tweaked and added green peppers here and more onions there, parmesan cheese, garlic powder everywhere. I put it on top of some penne pasta and it has turned out very good – like a chunky vegetable arrabbiata sauce that thickened on the plate. Wonderful mouth feel and texture. I actually cut up some grilled burgers from last night and put them in the pot too. It adds a nice, interesting smokiness to the sauce. I have plenty to freeze so I have maybe 10 days of meals in the freezer now. It’s a decent selection too.

Next time I make pasta sauce I would like to do it from complete scratch – cooking and reducing the tomatoes myself and then adding in the spices and such. I usually buy Classico and doctor it a little, but this batch I just made turned out so good I need to make more from the ground up. I hope I can repeat this recipe and can it in jars in my InstantPot. That’s my goal this year – make and can my own pasta sauce.

I like cooking and I like good food so having leftovers to freeze for later and not buying frozen meals at the store is healthier and something fun to do. Problem is, I don’t get to enjoy cooking as much since I have so much frozen when I cook. Not a bad problem to have, I guess!

What I have been doing is keeping a variety in the freezer. I will eat a couple of meals of leftovers and to the back of the rotation it goes in the freezer, and then when I am on the last serving or two I will cook up another dish. I can keep plenty of good food in the house and supplement with some fresh things from the store as needed or for a change.

Looks like I’ll be going back to work soon. I had a few places I went to, and wanted to do more, but we’ll have to see how things unfold. It will be good to replenish the bank account but I am really enjoying the time off after what we have been through. There’s a few other moving parts as well and I don’t know how it’s all going to align yet and won’t know for a month or two.

I have gotten to go a lot of places this year so I still shouldn’t complain. I mentioned this earlier in another post, but I have been places since then. My California trip and the Kansas trip I just got back from on top of Montana, Europe, and the numerous trips to KS to see my dad.

It’s looking quite like a trip to Seattle later in the week but we’ll see what’s going on when the time comes. I’m thinking while I am in Seattle a trip to Dick’s Drive-In would be a good thing to do.Having the time off tends to spoil a person and

I need to get a winter coat and a new rain jacket. I am a big fan of Outdoor Research rain jackets if you want a reasonably priced, quality item that lasts. Their down puffy “jackets” are really good as well from what I am told. I need to go to their store if I get there this week and have time so I can try a few things on and see what extras they feature in person. I gotta go find some new pants and shirts too.

I think it’s time for a little style change-up for my wardrobe. I’ll see where it’s going but I have the desire to do something just a little different. I really like the look and fit of my 501s, but I really like the functionality of cargo pants on top of the comfort. Levi’s have gotten so overpriced and the quality has gone downhill – fewer belt loops and what feels like thinner material.

It won’t be THAT drastic so everyone calm the heck down. I’m pretty sure my family needn’t worry about me going into a “Goth phase”, or even pondering becoming a Furry. “Never say never” they say…whomever “they” are. I can safely say that I will never have either one of those things happening with me…although one would be more likely than the other. Bwahahahaha.

Anyway, that is about all for now.

 

October 5th, 2018

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Uncategorized

It has been a busy week this last week between moving all last weekend and work. I have been getting things put away from moving this week and need to go clean out my storage unit in the next few weeks. I get stuff put away in the house, only to have bring more things from storage to find a place for.

It is odd that I can now start getting rid of cardboard boxes that I have had things stored in. Most of it was in plastic storage tubs but some was in boxes and some was in milk crates I had. With moving so much the last 6 ½ years I never really had room or time to settle in very much and unpack. I’m looking at not making a major move any more so I’m able to live a little more of a “normal” existence and get things unpacked and gone through.

I have already started going through some things from storage and have things I will get rid of – haven’t used the stuff in a long time so no real need to keep it. It will free up some more space too. Luckily I have a small basement to put things in so the plastic tubs will be refilled and put there with things I want to keep as they are emptied. My old motorcycle clothes and good helmet (not in the wreck) will be donated (except for my well-worn old-school leather jacket – no way that’s being gotten rid of).

A neighbor came over the other day and said that some other neighbors knew I was moving and they had some furniture if I needed/wanted some. I’ll be going to look at that stuff Sunday and probably bring some things home. I just might have a new (to me) couch, recliner, table and chairs and not sure what else. It was really very nice of them to offer the stuff to me since I have never even met these people until yesterday. These are the kind of neighbors I have where I live.

It’s odd (at least for me) to be acquiring things again after getting rid of so many things since before I moved from Colorado. It’s new again to me to be becoming stationary and “established” someplace. I guess it will have to happen at some point anyhoo so this is as good of a time and place as any.

Tonight I watched a movie called “Crossing Borders“. I really enjoyed this documentary and the interactions between the students in the movie – four Moroccan and four American – were very interesting. They spent a week traveling in Morocco and learned a lot about not only themselves and each other but also about the preconceived perceptions of each other and their cultures. The magic of travel.

Been a long and tiring day today so I am off to bed. Sleep well, World.

July 3rd, 2018

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, pictures, Travel, Uncategorized

I finally got my tattoo refreshed and it looks so much nicer…ESPECIALLY with Meghan’s name now added. It got subtly updated a little bit but is still the classic style it was when I got it 35 years ago. It makes me want to get more. I guess it’s better than heroin.

My plans to go do a Bucket List item this week had to change for several reasons – part of it being that I could not find a place that wasn’t already reserved. I will make some reservations for where I want to go plus I’ll actually have more time to go that far. I really didn’t want to deal with the traffic where I wanted to go and with a limited time I also don’t want to spend it all in traffic with the many Griswolds. There are some other, more personal, reasons that I am staying close to home as well and those are the main reasons.

It’s all good…I’ll be going out soon for another trip that is already planned and has been booked.

Tomorrow I think I might take the Nikon out and try to take some nice pictures someplace. I haven’t done that in a while and I think it will be a nice change of pace. As early as I wake up even on my weekend I should be able to get out to some interesting light and things to photograph.

There might be a neighborhood cookout this week so that will be fun if it happens. I have heard about previous cookouts during the summers so I would imagine tomorrow will be a good excuse. I made another trip to the restaurant that belongs to a neighbor. Damn it was good.

I’ve been hearing fireworks going off sporadically over the last few hours. It makes me think of all the hundreds of dollars I must have spent shooting fireworks when I was a kid. Kept my eyesight and my appendages so that was a good thing.

I don’t know if I am going to go find a Fourth celebration to attend or not while I am out taking a drive.

We’ll just see what happens tomorrow when I get up.