Friday, September 30, 2016


It rained a lot last night and this morning. Early this morning I was jolted by a crash on the patio; I thought a truck had run into the house. Instead, a soaked and rotted log had broken where it was supported on a large beam of the arbor over the patio. The most surprising thing was no other damage and no one hurt.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Potato Fries From Shorty's

Great potato fries for $1.49!
The kitchen is open 7am - 2pm, Monday - Saturday.
While the store is open Sunday, the kitchen is closed.
Shorty's Food Mart & Gas Station is at Avenida de Mesilla and University Avenue, on the southwest corner, next to Spotted Dog Brewery.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday's Walk

This morning was cool enough for Chica and me to walk to Family Dollar for some essentials. Home to Fam$ to home is about 2 miles. After shopping, we sat in the shade and snacked. Altogether, the excursion took less than 2 hours.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Reading BD62

Past: Page of Swords
Present: Knight of Wands
Future: Seven of Wands



b0y.aRe.dEEs sLaCkErOhS!
{sueMe ;>) }

Makes 2 servings.
  • 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 Small-Medium Yellow Squashes
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Coriander
  • 2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 0.5 Can Muir Glen Pizza Sauce*
  • 0.25 Cup Sweet Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt**
  1. Spiralize squash, one at a time onto cutting board or plate.
  2. Chop spiralized squash into 1"-2" segments.†
  3. Dump segments onto oil in a 5-quart cooking pot.
  4. Sprinkle on salt, crushed red pepper, freshly ground coriander and black pepper to each layer.
  5. Heat covered pot on high 5-10 minutes, or until squash is tender and soupy.
  6. Add pizza sauce.
  7. Simmer for ~10 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, and stir in fresh chopped sweet basil.
  9. Serve hot or cold, with a dollop of plain yogurt.

* Muir Glen Pizza Sauce

** Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt

One small-medium yellow squash, spiralized and chopped:

Below: The squash in my raised-bed garden, looking toward The Hobbit House. (Squash recipes are much appreciated, btw!)

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Where is She-Ra?

Thirty-five years ago today, my prayers were manifest. I spent the day believing I was going to die in gut-splitting agony. But no... the agony continues.

Next year on this day, my daughter will be 36; I’ll be 63. If we’re still using the Gregorian calendar in 2017, our birthdays will hit on Monday and Friday again — as it was in 2006 (25/52), and 1995 (14/41), and will be in 2028 (47/74), if we both live to see it.

So you see... I think about her birthday, but I can’t celebrate it. She’s going to have to contact me first. She can start with this note, and what has been done and said to her to keep her from talking to me about it before. In the meantime, stop trying to hurt me, Jolie.

2050 (69/96) Su-Th
2039 (58/85) Su-Th
2028 (47/74) M-F
2017 (36/63) M-F
2006 (25/52) M-F
1995 (14/41) M-F
1984 (03/30) Tu-Sa


Friday, August 05, 2016

The Racy Corgi

  • 0.5 oz Kalamata Olive Brine
  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 6 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 7.5 oz Pepper-Spiced Tea

Cheers to risqué dwarf dogs!

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Four Tomato Varieties

  • Yellow Pear
  • Black Prince
  • Black Cherry
  • Patio: The Container Tomato
Today's harvest.

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Monday, August 01, 2016

La Fogata Mezcal

QUESTION: Has the bottle and label changed, or did I buy a counterfeit?
1 August 2016

Hello Renice,

Thank you for your email, we looked at your picture of La Fogata Mezcal and that is correct, this is a new package design for the brand.

It is not a counterfeit so not to worry!

If you need anything else please let me know.

Thank you,
Jose C. Villanueva


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Cat In The Garden

The short story.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stuck EBID Truck

Kes's Arch

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

3 Tomato Varieties

Gardening in Las Cruces is a challenge, compared to gardening in Champaign. This is a day's tomato harvest from my container garden.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Mermaids' Brunch

Celebrating my first harvest of "Black Prince", a Russian Heirloom tomato.
  • 15 Pecan Nut Thins
  • Basil, chopped
  • Kalamata Olives, quartered lengthwise
  • Pepperjack Cheese, sliced.
  • Tomato, sliced
1. Ingredients Stack
2. Broil on Medium, in Family Dollar's '2-Bulb Easy Bake Oven'.
3. Top with slivered fresh tomato. Dip & Devour.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday's Goal

1. 7:04am

2. 7:15am

3. 7:39am


| 1. 7:04am || 2. 7:15am || 3. 7:39am |

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Friday, June 17, 2016

The Orlando Tango

The unlabeled bottle, in this poorly directed photo session, should be on the left of frame. The important ingredient is Pepper-Spiced Tea, a perfect complement to apricot-mango juice.

For the record, I like to watch men dancing together. [Pearl Street Warehouse, Austin TX, 1971. I wasn't het then either.]

Here's to the end of Survivor Syndrome.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

90° and Climbing

Swamp cooler switch out. It's scary.

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Chica & Kes

Chica moves to a chair when...

her cat Kes likes to cuddle.

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Silver Linings

Taken from Avenida de Mesilla, between Union and University.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Southwest Camp Cooking

Whatever it takes to keep the house cool!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Spooky Gate

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Morning Visitors

Chica and the rooster on the fence.

elGallo es de Hacienda de Mendoza.

Layna and Ephraim in sun-dappled light.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pepper-Spiced Tea

Today's Brew
  • 1 Sachet Each:
    • Breath Easy
    • Ginger
    • Peppermint
    • Throat Coat with Lemon Echinacea
  • Blueberry Hibiscus
  • Rosemary
  • Star Anise
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Coriander
  • Cloves
  • Elderberries
Steep, and serve hot or cold.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hail Storm in May

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Chica's Cat

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

dIrTy 'RiTa


madamePiranha mixes a light summer tequila spritzer, for her pitch. Hardball, dude. {"bleuPuerco inThe sMoKeR!"} [enterThrough screenDoor, overSignage: #WeDontCall911. 5drinks onThe tRaY.] newModel = talentTour + productPlacements ("whatCan you$hill, in.all.passion?") + shoppingCatalog{soVogue.} + pairingRecipes { dIrTy'RiTa:!} + appendixEntry: sceneScripts forTwo. (money$hot over.your.bow, rebellionBoaters. lEt'sDUMP someTEA, Trump. socialRemediate.) joinMe, overAnother dirtyGrrl:
  • 10 oz. sparkling water
  • 1-2 oz. kalamata black-olive infused brine
  • .5-1 oz. lime juice
  • 1-2 oz tequila reposado
  • garnish with kalamata black olives, and a sprig of cilantro

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sun Block for Renters

Above: An Emergency Survival Blanket has been temporarily attached to a casement window, as viewed from outside.

As viewed from inside, the Emergency Survival Blanket is partially transparent.

One half of an Emergency Survival Blanket (about $2 for a 47" x 84" blanket) was temporarily applied to a 3' x 4' window. Best-Test One Coat rubber cement was brushed around each pane, and allowed to dry. Once the silver-blanket film was adhered to the One Coat, excess film was cut off using a single-edge razor blade.

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Monday, April 04, 2016

Nightmare Déjà Vu

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Chocolate Milk for Grown-Ups

Cocktail: Sweet Katrina
  • 6 ounces Dark Chocolate Almond Silk
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa
  • 1 teaspoon Mount Hagen Instant Coffee
Stir well, and serve chilled or warmed.


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

House Finches

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Monday, March 07, 2016

Installation of Septic Tank Risers