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  • A large seedless watermelon will produce a little over a gallon of watermelon juice.
  • Watermelon juice tastes exactly like it sounds and mixes well with either vodka or gin.
  • Irish Woman is going on a business trip this week.  It’s been a long time since she’s been away from home, and she’s having… issues finding a way to be comfortable with this.
  • It’s been an adventure trying to convince her that we will not die of plague, filth, or starvation while she’s gone.
  • This morning, she decided that rather than get herself ready and relax prior to leaving after lunch, she would give the house a deep cleaning.
  • When she finished that she, and may God strike me down if I lie, went outside and vacuumed Boo’s treehouse so that he could play in it while she is away.
  • I’m taking the week off while she’s gone.  It’s just easier that way with the kids and everything they do.  Irish Woman is convinced I’ll spend my days relaxing, napping, or going to the range.  My list of things I want to get accomplished in the house is growing quite long.  I’ll show her I can work myself to death on my vacation days, darn it!
  • The garden is winding down for the year.  All that’s left, aside from the raspberry bushes, are the tomatoes, and they’ll probably be ready for clean-up next weekend.
  • Homemade chili base, after simmering overnight in the crockpot and being gone over thoroughly with a stick blender, makes a pretty good ranchero sauce.
  • When cooking chili base in the crockpot and smoking a turkey outside, it is hard to not just stand at the door to the pantry and try to find something to kill the cravings all those wonderful smells are giving you.  You know, like raw macaroni and peanut butter.  This must be what stoners go through.
  • Girlie Bear is about to have an existential crisis.  I told her that after she takes the ACT next weekend, coffee is going to become a treat for weekends only.  Not sure how she’s going to handle that.


  1. Re: Watermelons;

    We did it backwards of your way. We cut a plug out and filled the melon with vodka, set the melon to chill some more, and then served. Alcoholic melon-balls. Delicious, but be warned; overindulgence will (because of the sugar in the melon) result in a hangover to which the term “blast radius” will be appropriate.

  2. John in Philly

     /  September 8, 2015

    Using a cordless drill to run the Squeezo, and then using the slow cooker to make the sauce has encouraged planting more tomatoes.

    The Hot Chick found out yesterday that after thirty years in this house, the deer finally learned how to jump the garden fence. Temporary fence in place and mining the garden discussed, but plan will not be put into place.

    Living in Philly rules out most of the good solutions to the deer in the garden problems. Sigh.

  3. Removing coffee privileges is cruel and inhumane. How could you do that to someone you love? 😉

    (BTW, I was a morning coffee drinker from age 14, mostly due to horrendous nightmares interfering with my sleep, and needing to be conscious for school)

    • It’ll still be there for a treat and on special occasions. It’s just not something I want for her to need every day.

  4. jon spencer

     /  September 8, 2015

    Going cold turkey on the coffee intake will cause withdrawal headaches.
    Might be easier to limit the mg per-day.
    Somewhere around 50 to 100 mg per-day, maybe.

  5. Hehehe, she’s going to have withdrawls… 🙂

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