Thursday, July 20, 2017

Last night's dinner

 I'm pretty proud of the dinner I fixed last night. My family enjoyed it and expressed appreciation, but by golly, that's not good enough. I need to record it for posterity and put it in public. No pictures, unfortunately.

I baked and broiled chicken breasts with barbecue sauce, and the sauce clung nicely to it in the oven. It ended up having a very good flavor, but was just a bit too tough.

I sautéed red onion and chard stem; then sautéed salted summer squash with soy sauce; then combined all that with sliced chard leave in the skillet with a bit more soy sauce. That was to go with the white rice I cooked.

I some variety of long, mild sweet pepper that my fiend Gregg grew, split them open, seeded them, and boiled them. I stuffed them with a mix of left over taco filling, cream cheese, salsa, and sautéed diced pepper, then baked, topped with shredded cheddar.

It all went together quite well and looked very pretty.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What do you call it if you throw King Crimson out a window?

The defenestration of prog rock. 

It completely amazes me that when I Google "defenestration of prog rock," I got zero results. 

What the hell is wrong with you people?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wings of Glory, last Friday night

My friend Aaron and his son came over, and I got to play Wings of Glory for the first time since last Veteran's Day. I had a great time. I was in charge of a Breguet 2 - seater flying a reconnaissance mission; the ten-year - old was in charge of the SPAD XIII and So with Camel escorting me. We were attacked by Aaron ' s squad of 4 German planes. Luck was on our side (and Aaron had a LOT of planes to manage, which is a huge liability). We returned with only moderate damage. The four Germans were not so fortunate.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Drum at the Falls

Lots of these guys around.

Last Friday Morning at the Falls

I went fishing for about 2 1/2 hours, caught five or six drums. It was a beautiful day. The water looked dangerous but was surprisingly clear. About a half hour after I left, a guy who had waded in was swept away and drowned.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Grill meets pizza

Grilled three pizzas yesterday. Burned the bottoms of each one, but they were still goid. Might have to try it again. Not sure what to do about the burning, though.


This in a small bronze sculpture from the City Museum in St. Louis, which is one of the coolest places I've ever seen.  As we were getting ready to leave last Saturday night, we were waiting in the lobby, and I had a few minutes to kill, so I snapped this pic.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lunchbreak fishing

Yesterday, lunch break. Office park pond near work. 40 minutes. Are there even any fish??  Yes, there are even any fish. Tiny sunfish (longears) hiding in the rocks by the bank. They attacked my beetle spinner. Question : are there any bigger fish in this pond? Seems like there would be. Remains to be seen.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Floyds Fork

Fished a little today before the heavy rains set in. Mostly caught little longear sunfish, but also a few green sunfish and a smallish smallmouth bass. I used a beetle spinner at first, the switched to live bait. This morning in the compost pile I found some beetle larvae of some kind, and they were excellent bait--just the right size for size-12 circle hooks, and stayed on the hook marvellously. Probably never find more again, but if I do, I will grab them.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Pen and Ink House Portrait, Old Louisville

8 x 10 inches, finished a couple of weeks ago.

I would very much like to do some oil paintings of Old Louisville architecture.  The sunlight and shadows on the brickwork and roofs was very inspiring.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Coffee lightfastness test

coffee lightfastness test

Here is the result of a light exposure test for drawing or painting with coffee. This ran from March 19 to May 8.  I was surprised that there was so little fading (the bottom half of this paper pictures was on my dashboard the whole time, and the top half was tucked inside my sketchbook).  I will keep it on my dashboard longer to see how much it changes.  But right now, I would consider coffee to be relatively lightfast...but I might have to revise that if it all just disappears, which I guess could still happen.

I am doing this because, for some reason, I just don't see anyone else testing this, even though I know some people use coffee for artwork.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

lunchtime walk

Took a walk at lunch today;
Outpaced the negativi-tay.
It rained a bit, and it was gray,
But I ejoyed flowers. Yay.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sessions: Pandemic and Monopoly

Pandemic:  I lost.  The black disease swept the Middle East on the same turn I found a cure for it, so I lost the game.
 Monopoly: We played "fast rules" which sped things up pretty well.  I came in second out of six.

Cemetery at Turkey Run

Oil landscape details

Metal detecting finds 4-1-17...

...a bunch of junk.  The best bits, in my opinion, are the three partial metal car toys, including the half of a light blue die cast car.

This was from an 80-year-old back yard.  I also found three pennies, all of them 1970s or later.

This was my first metal detecting excursion in a long time.  I guess it's been close to a year? I'm not sure.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Magic Labyrinth & Asparagus

Two days ago I picked the year's first three asparagus stalks.  They were sweet and tender; we ate them with sloppy joes and tater tots. mmm.

And tonight we played Magic Labyrinth.