I always liked this one – you just don’t see it coming.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Had a couple of beers with Jac, my across-the-street neighbor tonight. His son Patrick has a gig tonight at a neighboring town’s venue. Patrick does, I think, rap. Patrick hired a limo to take them to the gig. It’s a gangster rap gig so I’m not sure if the white limo is appropriate, but it-is-what-it-is, or so they say. Oh, that’s my beer in the foreground. ■ It’s been Zoe and I this weekend. Holly went up to Green Bay to see her mother. Zoe is so sweet. She’s slept with me – cuddled up against me. I think she really misses Mollie. She needs another dog with her. And to that end I emailed a shelter today about a dog. I’m awaiting an answer, but I’ll keep you informed. ■ Tomorrow I’ve got to mow the lawn and do some other stuff around the house. More tomorrow. ■
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
That’s about $25 worth of smoked salmon. Delicious. I have a special brine that I use and it always turns out great as long as you brine it for more than 12 hours. This salmon was in the brine for about 18 hours – delicious. ■ In addition to the salmon – and actually before it – I grilled some brat burgers and some regular brats – and smoked some chicken breasts for my mother-in-law. She’s going to be eating very well for the next few weeks! ■ Planning a party for our daughter and son-in-law in August. And then Chili Fest will be coming up in September. This will be the 17th Chili Fest – that’s quite a few years. ■ Hey, Alanna, are you coming up for this year’s Chili Fest?
We’ve had dogs most of our married lives. In this picture the 3 dogs are (from left to right) Zoe, Maizy, and Molly. Maizy we lost about 3 years ago and Mollie about a month ago. Zoe, originally our daughter’s dog, is still with us. And she’s a joy, but she does miss her pal – Mollie. I’m currently in pursuit of a companion for her. ■ I know it’s been a ton of time since I’ve posted – I apologize for that – and I’ll try and do better in the future. ■ My boss has never had smoked salmon, so today I bought some salmon and as we speak (ok, we’re not technically speaking . . . ) I’ve got it in a brine and will smoke it tomorrow night. Salmon is expensive – cost me about $25 for the filet I’m going to smoke. ■ Got a party to plan for in August and then plan for the annual Chili Fest in September. Keep your calendars open in September (the 18th) for that one! ■ And again . . . it’s time for bed. More tomorrow. Promise. ■
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I can’t remember that I remember these Bullfrog trading cards. We would print them off, bundle them in packs of 4 or 5, and include a stick of gum – just like the old baseball trading cards of years ago. These really bring back old memories. ■ Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup tonight! Go Blackhawks! ■ Time, as usual, for bed. ■
Monday, June 7, 2010
My mother always says that she doesn’t look good in photos. Generally she’s correct as it seems she always manages to close her eyes, look somewhere else, or makes a face just as a photo is snapped. So when our good friend and photographer wanted to take our picture she mumbled something about not liking her picture taken, so I made a face – she laughed – and we got something of a good photo. The photo sequence below shows the action.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I did a couple of sketches today with material from the wedding trip. The drawing above is of “Rocket Billy’s” – a sort of fast food stand/trailer in White Stone, VA. Good food – especially the seafood. ■ The wedding was great. A good party on Friday, a delicious brunch on Saturday, and then the wedding and reception on Saturday night. And to be able to share it with good friends and relatives makes it very special. ■ Back to work tomorrow. I’ve missed it. ■