Mighty

The Mighty Squirrel taproom in Waltham, location of this evening’s Doug’s Office Hours. A great spot. We will be back!

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In progress

I last made guanciale in 2016. This pig jowl is from our CSA, and is considerably meatier than the last one. It’s not much to look at now but I’m really looking forward to the result. It’ll need to cure for a few days in the fridge, then hang in the basement for a few weeks, before it’s ready to eat.

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Guessing game

OK readers, what is this warning in reference to?

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Owl house

Today I cleaned an old squirrel nest out of our screech owl house, and installed a new entrance guard — this one made of oak to deter the furry bastards from enlarging the hole. I hope we get some feathered occupants this year.

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Excessive packaging

Amazon.com has nothing on fresh fava beans, which must be both shucked and hulled to get to the edible part. It’s a good thing they’re delicious!

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Worldly cat

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Scoot

I tested out my new kick scooter for the first time today. I am hoping to use it to get to & from the train, but be able to use it for more of the year than I can my bike. I am unwilling to ride my bike in the dark on the streets near my house for fear of car traffic, but a kick scooter I can use on the sidewalk.

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Foam rings

It would appear that Bob was drinking his beer in very even sips.

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Charles view

The view from Lis’s hospital room.

If she didn’t have to have surgery to see it, it’d be pretty nice.

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Older than ours

This Rummikub set was in the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe. Sadly, the tiles inside it are the same modern replacements we’ve had to switch to. The wooden box lid, though, doubles as the trays to hold the tiles, which is pretty cool.

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