So as of this morning I've decided I will never again buy store bought marshmallows. My wife and I made a double batch of one of the millions of simple recipes found on the Internets. I powdered them this morning and tasted one and OMG! Awesome! Going to attempt to cover the one batch with chocolate. (If I can properly temper a bunch of semisweet chips today that is.)

My neighbor was kind enough to give me a spare regulator for my grill and I replaced the burners on it so now able to grill stuff again after years of nor having one. YAY! Grilled some corn on the cob yesterday that was WONDERFUL! Also some baked potatoes that my wife didn't get any of.

Going to start using that grill like there's no tomorrow as long as I can afford vegetables. I love grilled vegetables.
Speaking of vegetables... )
May 6, 2009 11:25 PM 5/6/09

So I’m hoping one way or another to be done with this whole non-writing/non-posting thing pretty soon here. Work is keeping me pretty busy and my schedule just changed.

We have an almost harvestable crop of parsley now and the other herbs are seriously taking off now that they have proper potting mixture to grow in. I managed to move the tomato plants outside that were big enough into two large pots. Once the get a bit bigger I’ll plant them outside but I need to get the garden worked up first.

Bought myself another car this week - a 1981 Dodge 024, 2.2L, A/C, Automatic, 65,000 miles - for $500. It cost me another $165 to title and plate it and it’ll cost me an extra $19/month to insure it.

But it is currently getting 26 miles to the gallon where my truck gets about 10. And I can drive it in the rain. I’d say that’s a good investment.

I had one of these cars earlier in my life, the exact same year, make, and model in fact. The only differences were the engine and trans.

So I have all these specialty tools that go to that car still as well as a buttload of plans and manuals on how to service it and modify it. Depends on if I want to spend my time in that direction.

To tell you the truth though I always wanted to take that car and modify it so that it looked like it was riveted together. Add some antique brass paint and I think it would look pretty cool.

It’s got some rust on it that can be fixed fairly easily but overall the car is pretty damn clean for its age. That’s how I know it’s not 165,000 miles old. (The odometer doesn’t have a 6th digit.) It’s just too damn clean.

And to top it all off someone put a new head on the engine as well as converted the A/C to use R134 so I can just fill it up like anything else.

I finally decided on a garage layout this week. It’ll give me an open floorplan for most of the garage space, room to work on vehicles, and accounts for all my tools, furniture, and equipment. Even the large rack, the MicroVax II, and the Decwriter III printer.

I also got in the shipping scale I bought off of E-Bay. A 330lb capacity scale with remote readout for about $50. Just in time too as I have to ship several things out to different people and I’m going to be listing a few things on E-Bay.

My wife and I got some of the front yard cleaned up last weekend and I mowed for the first time this season. We still have a ton to do out there like lay down new landscape fabric and mulch in certain areas. Replace the aging decorative beam and post things on the side walk area. Replace an upper piece of siding on the house.

When I go and do that I’ll likely get a gable vent and fan as well so that I can install them when I have the old siding off. If I can spend the money I’ll get one that is solar powered as well so I don’t have to run electrical to it. Regardless the fan will definitely keep the house cooler in the summer and prevent moisture buildup in the winter.

I also found that simple AC gable fans are available at the local Menards for around $60 so I’m likely to pick up one of those for the back garage vent. Not solar but still will keep the space cooler this summer. What I really could use out there would be a solar powered air conditioner or swamp cooler. I wonder if the city would let me sink pipes behind the garage so I can do a kind of heat pump+swamp cooler thing. I’ll have to check into that...


Well that probably means that I’ve finally tired myself out tonight (I couldn’t sleep) so I should probably go to bed now.

‘Night all!
April 27, 2009 5:41 PM 4/27/09

Since I’ve been off my feed due to stress and OMGWTFWHYISTHISHAPPENINGTOME! stuff I took the time to cook dinner tonight.

Tonight’s dinner - simple fajita style wraps consisting of:

3 - chicken breasts sliced in thin strips.
2 - red bell peppers also sliced in strips.
A dozen or so sliced mushrooms.
A couple of cloves of garlic sliced thin.
Black Pepper.
12“ flour tortillas.

I cooked the vegetables in one pan using high heat and about a teaspoon and a half of oil until they were slightly caramelized sprinkling with paprika until you could smell it cooking but not enough to coat them. I also tossed in a couple of pinches of black pepper while cooking.

Once those were close to finished I started cooking the chicken strips in the same way also sprinkling with paprika and pinches of black pepper to taste. Cooked those until they were done through (I probably should have grilled them) I turned it all off and served combined in the large tortillas.

Definitely tasty! :-)

Best thing I realized after all this? No salt in this recipe.

In other news I bought stuff to start putting my tomato plants into large pots until they’re big enough to put outside. I also sketched a design for a modern style standing planter with light that would look good with both mission style and contemporary depending on how you finished the outside. Now I just have to put one together. ;-)

My weather-station-fu has failed me. I kept checking the temp on my weather station logs and it kept saying it was too cold to put plants out...until I realized that the date in the log didn’t change. D’oh! So after a reset and a log adjustment I can track the temp properly again. (It _is_ warm enough at the moment to start putting plants out but I’m not done with the garden yet.)

The yard needs serious maintenance this weekend. I’m definitely going to have to mow with all the rain we’ve had. The grass is starting to look pretty shaggy. :-( Can’t seem to find my mulching plate for the tractor deck but I think that’s just a matter of cleaning.

The robin from last year is once again nesting in the upper spindles of our front porch. She must be the same bird as she doesn’t even bat an eye when I walk out to get the mail. That’ pretty cool actually. :-)

Light post today as I have much to do and am pretty damn tired still...
July 10, 2008 5:46 PM

The beetles are eating my beans and my red raspberries:

(And yes I need to weed again. All this rain we’ve had makes these things keep sprouting like mad!)

*starts searching the web for garden beetle solutions*


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