Hug

I ordered some spices from Penzeys. I usually go to their store, but, well, you know. Anyway, they included a free trial size of one of their seasonings, which is a nice touch. And a bumper sticker, and a hug (in coin form). Because we all need a hug these days.

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Damage

Here’s an example of the kind of damage done to the wiring of our solar panels by squirrels. Click through for a worse picture of a more extreme case. The solar company was out today to fix it and install critter guards around the edges. Surprisingly, the solar array worked fine throughout, except for a few wet mornings.

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It’s alive!

You may recall that Lis posted about a baby robin in the middle of our yard last week. Well, it has survived the neighborhood cats and is still with us. It’s still pretty scruffy-looking, but is being cared for by 2 adults and is able to fly short distances.

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Failure

As malformed foodstuffs go, this double-long spaghetti is pretty inconsequential.

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Perfect

Muenster, smoked lamb, and kale grilled cheese. Not quite a mutton, lettuce, and tomato (when the mutton is nice and lean), but close.

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Coworkers

My office mates and I are very close.

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Smokin

I smoked a small lamb leg roast today, It came in at about the time I expected, around 2 hrs at 250-300F, meat at 140F. First time I’ve smoked over live charcoal, and it went fine with my new probe thermometer. The result was good, but I think next time lamb leg belongs in the sous vide and it’s fattier cuts like lamb shoulder that should be smoked.

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Repair

We like the sitting wall on our back patio, but just about every year it needs a few stones re-set. This is the first time I’ve had to fix one of the ones that make up the top of the wall. You can see that the original builders didn’t use *quite* enough mortar on this one.

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Fire

We can’t have a real fire pit. Our back fence and our house are too close together, and both wood. But we can have a tiny fire in an old cake pan.

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Mama

We wondered if these 3 squirrels who have been hanging out together are a family. Now we know.

(shot through a window; the strange lighting effect is a reflection)

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