Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday's Story

Well, it didn’t rain overnight. And they have downgraded the forecast from heavy rain and thunderstorms to scattered rain in the afternoon on Sunday. Looks like I’m gonna have to jack up my water bill!

I woke up way earlier than I wanted too, but couldn’t fall back asleep. I think I see a nap in my future…

I eventually got shaved, showered and dressed and headed out for the morning errands. First stop was a haircut. Then I gassed up the truck, hit Kroger’s and finally Costco.

I was back home at 11:30 a.m. I put everything away and then took a walk in the yard. In front that one rosebush Carl recommended (I still can’t remember the damn name) is looking much healthier. That dust must have done the trick! Also, Anne’s rose has three new blooms and the Tiger Lilies are blooming.

In back, I turned off the game trail camera and took the disk inside. I’ve posted the results.

Back outside, I hooked the garden hose to the soaker hose after checking out the vegetable garden and found it dry as dust! However, I did see I had two fat cucumbers. I wish I’d seen them earlier and picked them!

I decided to see if I had enough leftover building materials from the shed to see if I could make a dog house (well, a cat house). I knew I’d screwed one sheet of the exterior plywood to the shed wall. So, I dug everything out and tried to unscrew it. Nope! Found I had torn up the heads of the phillips screws. I tried everything , but ended up tearing it off with a pry bar.

And, it was a good thing I did! “Something” (I suspect a commercial lawn mower) punched a hole in the wall. Would have been the perfect opening for rodents, come this winter. I used Liquid Nails to glue it back together and some caulk on the outside to seal it up. I’ll paint it when I paint the cat house.

I also found a big ant hill in another corner. So, I swept everything outside and then sprayed the p*ss out of the inside with ant spray.

Back inside, it was getting late. So, I started on dinner. I was going to make this for my Sunday supper, but it’s supposed to rain. So, today it is!

Now, as always, I cut this recipe down, but I’ll give you the original amounts:

I put two pounds of medium Yukon Gold potatoes in a pot with enough cold water to cover them two inches. I added some Kosher salt and brought it to a boil. Then I fast-simmered it (uncovered) for 10-12 minutes until tender (but not falling apart). I drained them and let them cool to room temperature.

Note: The potatoes can be boiled up to a day in advance, left whole and refrigerated until use.

Then I mixed 1/4 cup of freshly chopped rosemary (I have a ton), four large garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced and 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil in a large bowl. I added a teaspoon of sea salt and stirred well until blended.

I cut the cooled potatoes into quarters and added them into the bowl. I carefully tossed them with my hands until well coated with the marinade. I let that stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

I used half of a stick of softened butter and a handful of the blue cheese to make a compound butter.

I also seasoned the rib eye steak I had thawed out. Then I went out to fire up the charcoal starter chimney.

When the charcoal was ready, I cleaned the grate and oiled it. Then I carefully put the potatoes on, setting the bowl aside. When they got grill marks, I turned them over and continued the process until they had grill marks on all sides. When they were done, I put them back in the bowl and tossed them until they were well coated with the remaining marinade. They went into a “low” oven to keep warm.

I grilled the steak (perfectly, I might add) and then took it inside. I spread the compound butter on top and let it rest.

Finally, I plated the dish. I sprinkled a little more sea salt on the potatoes and dug in. Dinner was fantastic! I loved the grilled potatoes and the steak was excellent.

I cleaned the mess up inside. It was getting late, so I went out and moved the camera. I never heard it myself, but it must have made some kind of noise as the cat was looking directly at it. So, I put it over by the sail boat to trick him. I put the disk back in, checked the aim and then turned it on to video. I’ll bring it back in Monday morning before the lawn guys show up.

I never did get that nap, so it was an early evening for me.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Mystery Cat Update!!!

I just checked the camera disk - 34 pictures since Tuesday night. I got a lot of squirrels, a couple birds and me (testing out the infrared camera at night). Then, I saw it! I got him!!! I wish the infrared was in color but it's got to be either a serval or a Savannah cat. You can't tell height from the photo, but he's at least 10 inches at the shoulder.


Friday was a repeat of Thursday, weather-wise.

Five o’clock took a long time coming, but it finally got there. There was a stalled car on Plymouth Road so the trip home took about 15 minutes longer.

I treated Caley, changed clothes and got to work. I had to water all the container gardens again. I also watered the raised bed herb gardens and the garden that goes from there across the back of the house to Jake’s patio.

I stuck the hose into the reflecting pool and let it run for about 30 minutes. This freshens the water, waters the Japanese maple and (hopefully) discourages mosquitoes from laying eggs in there.

Speaking of watering, my neighbor was watering his front lawn. My lawn needs it too, but they are predicting some rain overnight and on Saturday. So, I thought I’d wait and see.

I took a few minutes to check out the saddle bag bracket. On the face of it, I just don’t get it. But, I’ll try again and give it more time tomorrow.

The Building 3 gang did their summer cookout today and had lots of leftovers they begged people to take home. So, I had snagged a hot dog, brat and a hamburger. I warmed all three up for my dinner.

I had enough dirty dishes to run the dishwasher, so I did. 

I couldn’t see anything interesting on TV, I still can’t get the DVD player to work (I want to watch the Wire!) so I ended up watching a few taped shows and then switched to reading until bedtime.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jake, look familiar?

And then it was Thursday…

It was chilly again when I woke up on Thursday morning.

I walked outside both in the morning and the afternoon, reveling in the cool, crisp air.

I went to Time Out lunch and got a cheese burger (excellent) with German Potato Salad soup with pasta (questionable). I got the feeling the Bob (the soup wizard) had a lot of his German Potato Salad soup (which was excellent) left over and added tri-colored pasta to it to get rid of it. It didn’t come off that well.

Back at home after work, I found the box on the porch with my saddle bag guards in it. Hurray!

But there were no instructions in the box. And, try as I might, I had still ended up with NO idea how they attached. So, I sent an email back, asking for installation instructions.

I spent the rest of the evening spraying Roundup on the driveway. I finally got it all done, and the only cost was to both my poor hands. But, it was done and now (I hope) I can just sit on the porch watching the grass and weeds die (if you listen close you can hear their little screams). I threw the last of the jug into the trash.

Speaking of dying, my grass is getting crunchy. We are officially down over an inch of rain in July, here in the 313.

Back inside, Jeopardy was on, so it was after 7:30 p.m.

I got out the Tupperware steamer and (finally) processed the second picking of green beans. Then I cut up the two heads of cauliflower I never used. I had to do it twice, but I got all the cauliflower steamed as well.

So, I ate steamed cauliflower for dinner. It was delicious! When cool, the rest went into the fridge while the green beans went into the freezer.

I looked at the TV menu, but decided to read until bed time instead.