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2-14-2016 Journal–Avery, Kaiden & Alvin’s Chipmunks!   Leave a comment

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It seems that Winter has finally caught up with us. Up until now it’s been a relatively mild season as far as the snowfall goes. The temps have been up and down but noting too frigid until this weekend. Unlike many of the other northern states we expect to receive a lot of snow but the   temperatures usually don’t go much lower than ten degrees during the coldest months. 

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My father had a quaint old saying for cold weather like we’re seeing this weekend. He always described it as  "cold as a well diggers asshole" and if my mother was nearby it was "as cold as a well diggers elbow".  Below zero temps with a good healthy wind were all of that and a bag of chips.

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Last night my better-half and I spent our night at home babysitting the grandchildren.  We had the good sense to stay inside and not be roaming around in sub-zero temperatures.  The house was warm and cozy, the toddlers were reasonably well behaved, and another viewing of Alvin & the Chipmunks was in the offing (Just shoot me now).

Their parents were having a Valentines Day date night and weren’t expected to return until eleven.  Just as the boys were finally falling asleep and Alvin and the Chipmunks were coming to an end they showed up much earlier than expected. The current temperature at the time was –2 degrees with a wind-chill of -15. It apparently was just too damn cold for them to do much of anything and they’d called it a night.

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It’s now the next morning and I’m almost ready to leave this warm bed.  Hot coffee might give me enough energy to pick up all  the toys scattered throughout the house before having my bowl of hot oatmeal.  I imagine I’ll be stuck in the house for another day or two which doesn’t make me very happy.

I’m moving slower than usual due to a late night awakening where I spent two hours playing X-Box LEGO Star Wars, reading three chapters of my latest book, eating a cookie, and returning to bed at 5am.  This insomnia I’ve been suffering with for the last two months is just killing me.

02-07-2015 Journal–Happy B-Day Ron!   Leave a comment

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Before I start my post for today I thought I’d celebrate for just a moment the 104th birthday of one of my favorite people, Ronald Wilson Reagan, our fortieth president.  Things have certainly gone downhill since he left the presidency and he is sorely missed.  Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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My convalescence continues today after my colonoscopy. I was told to take it easy for a few days and I tend to listen closely to doctors who tell me to do things I enjoy doing. So a lazy day for catching up on emails, writing a little, and loafing a lot.  We’ve been given a one day reprieve by the weather gods with no snow anticipated.  Starting tomorrow we’re being warned of another damn snowstorm preparing to drop a foot or more of snow on us.  We already have so much snow we’re running out of places to put it.  These pictures were taken in the city of Biddeford, Maine yesterday and as you can see another foot of snow will make walking around town a real chore.

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Our family group braved the cold weather last night and thoroughly enjoyed a meal at Famous Dave’s.  There were ribs, brisket, and sauces all around.  I’d been jonesing for catfish for the last two weeks and it was well worth the wait.  The grandson munched on his favorite meal of Mac and Cheese, pineapple chunks, and a few Oreo cookies. Top that off with a glass of chocolate milk and he was in hog heaven.   It was a great evening out even though the temps were near zero and the wind-chill even worse.

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Our visitor from Los Angeles, my better-half’s oldest son, flies out today to return to the left coast.  He was greeted here by more snow than he’s seen for many years.  He’ll appreciate that California weather a lot more I’m sure.

01-08-2015 Journal – Cold Weather & Colder Wine   Leave a comment

I love cold weather but this is getting ridiculous.  My better-half also likes the temperature in the house kept around 65 degrees but even she’s spending more time in the bedroom wrapped in that wonderful electric blanket of ours. We’ve been in the single digits for the last two days and below zero today with wind chills bordering on dangerous and even life threatening.

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I may look a little silly wandering around the house at the end of a fifty foot extension cord but I don’t really care. There are certain male body parts that demand warmth and I’m making sure they get it. So what if I have a heating pad stuffed down my sweat pants and who really cares about that stupid looking orange extension cord.  I have my priorities set and no one will convince me otherwise.

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Trying to stay busy and warm brought me to my next task.  I’ve had three gallons of dandelion wine sitting in the man-cave for almost six months.  After four months it was still a little too cloudy which required me to take emergency measures to clear it.  There’s a product called Sparkloid that is nothing more than very fine clay dust.  It’s mixed with water and brought to a boil for twenty minutes or so. Then each gallon jug receives a portion of that mix and is  left to settle for a few weeks. It worked like a charm because I now have three gallons of a crystal clear golden liquid the exact color of dandelion blossoms.

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After doing a little repair work to my wine racks I began the siphoning and bottling process.  My final tally was thirteen bottles of a beautiful wine that actually tastes a little like a Chardonnay but a bit sweeter.

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I boiled the corks in clean water and corked each bottle. I put a nice golden cap on each and they’re now reading for storage in the wine rack.  As you can see from the photos there are thirteen bottles and a small jar of wine.  That small jar I’ll be drinking with my dinner tonight.  I want it chilled until it’s close to freezing and then I’ll sip it slowly and savor the flavor.  I’ve made dandelion wine a number of times over the years but I think this might be my best batch ever.  It’s always a pain in the butt to make dandelion wine because it takes forever to pick and prepare the blossoms. They must be cleaned of all pieces of leaves and debris and then frozen for a week or so.  The freezing helps to breakdown the blossoms and convinces them to give up their beautiful color when they’re finally put in with the yeast.

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This coming summer will be an interesting time for me because I fully intend to go outside the box with my winemaking projects.  I want to make a few batches from ingredients that are not normally used for wine making but trying to do something never done before can be difficult.  I look forward to the challenge and hopefully the results will be a few bottles of a really unique wine.

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01-26-2013   Leave a comment

Shopping in January.  The temperature is nineteen degrees with a wind chill of nine degrees.  Are we effing crazy?  That would be a huge yes.  We were out of the house running errands where we rode around in a nice warm car, would run into a nice warm store, and then return to the nice warm car.  Sounded like an excellent plan to me but then again, what the hell  do I know.  Out of the blue my better-half decided to let me know she was jonesing for fresh crabs.  Could we swing by the docks in Portland to the fish market and pick up a few?  What was I going to say?

As we entered the city there were a surprising number of people roaming the streets.  There must have been some kind of political protest going on because we saw a number of folks carrying their home-made signs and waving at passing traffic.  It’s nice to see that those “Occupy Portland” idiots have found something to do through the winter.  Fortunately the turnout must have been rather low because there didn’t appear to be any delays with traffic flow.

If you’ve ever been to Portland, Maine you must be aware of the constant parking problems.  It’s ten times worse in the winter when a large number of parking slots are filled with piles of snow and ice.  We got lucky and found a spot after 15 minutes of cruising around.  They still get to take a shot at you for parking violations due to a stupid two hour limit on their meters.  I firmly believe that the town council and politicians are paid from the parking ticket fund.  I saw no less than four meter readers (parking Nazi’s) on one street dropping $25.00 tickets everywhere.

My better-half had the audacity to say “I think we should walk around for a while.”  My only reply was “Are you kidding me, it’s effing cold out here. Find a store and go in.”  So she did.  We were then in and out of a handful of odd little shops with off-beat merchandise and really high prices.  We found a place called Pandemonium which is the ultimate shopping experience for over priced crap.  I again was placed in a position where I had no choice but to buy something.  I found an ugly little pig clock for my better-half’s Valentines Day gift and a bottle of habanero hot sauce with a really scary warning label.  The cost of those two items could have kept my car gassed up for two weeks.  Highway robbery!

I could see in her eyes what was coming next.  It was two in the afternoon and she was dreaming of those stupid crabs and a cold beer. We swung by the fish market where I  remained in the car.  I hate going in there because even on a good day the smell is awful.  She was back in a wink with no crabs.  Apparently it’s too cold for crabs too and there were none available, Boo Hoo!

We then arrived at a local tavern, Three Dollar Dewey’s, that we visit whenever we’re in town.  A quick drink, some fish and chips, and then home.

I have to admit it was fun to get out of the house for a while.  I have one additional question for you women out there.  What would possess any women into going out into this cold weather wearing only a cardigan sweater, a pair of black, skin tight leotards, and a pair of Ugg boots.  I saw at least four women dressed in that outfit scurrying along bitching and complaining about the cold. I’ve always said I didn’t understand women and I still don’t.  You could freeze your Who-Ha right off if you had one.

Posted January 27, 2013 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

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