June 01, 2020

Anger Erruption of 2020

Are you pissed off yet? We've all got so much to be pissed off about.

Have you ever been mistreated by the Police? I have. I still get angry when I recall my incident in Memphis thirty years ago. I've managed to avoid that city ever since. But I also know enough good police to realize you can't judge them all due to a really bad one. Similar thing goes for people. Have you ever been a victim of crime? I have. But I recognize that bad people come in all shapes, sizes and colors. You can't judge a whole category based on bad ones. This week has had us upset on what we all saw a bad policeman do, then we had protests that were completely understandable. Then we got angry at the looting and fires, that's bad.

"violence begets violence" -John F. Knott 1918 

"Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love...  -Martin L. King

"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword." -Matthew 26:52 

I think people are just fed up with everything. I have a new lawnmower. I fueled it up and I mowed, and I mowed, and then I mowed some more.

This Virus situation has caused so much anxiety, undertainty and hopelessness. But you didn't come here to rehash the past ugly week did you? If you still come, it must be for fun pics and anecdotes on my various failures.  

eureka stair vacuum is dead again 

#2 son has a weekly chore, for which he earns $5. His duty is to vacuum the stairs. His vacuum is broken, AGAIN! I checked our Amazon order history. We have purchased six stair vacuums in six years, five Eureka and one Dirt Devil. I'm not happy about this situation. We are trying a new vac from Bissell that does not have a beater brush, but is made especially for hair. It's the hair that has killed the beater in each of the previous six vacs. Hopefully I won't have to bore you again with a vacuum failure story.  

Big Poppa the Opossum 

It's warming up here in Texas. Spring has faded and summer temps are here. Each summer, the Mastermind (local racoon boss) decides it's time to come into the house and l̶o̶o̶t̶ steal cat food. This past week I saw the Mastermind stroll by the kitchen window, in broad daylight! I usually await for the Mastermind to make his first move before I get to trapping. This year, I will NOT sit idle awaiting his home invasion. He's already made his intentions clear to me. So far I've managed to trap two Opossum. The first was small and young. Even Kat admitted it was cute. Last night I captured Big Poppa, not as cute and doesn't smell so great. I quickly release the opossum with a warning. They're not who I'm after. Opossum don't leave in a rush. They always just sit there for an hour or more before they will walk out of the trap.

Kreamer noticed the trapped opossum 

Mr. Kreamer is not sure what to make of Big Poppa.  

I still have the game cam. The fox and coyote pics are my favorite.

w est lake hills tx back yard fox  

mr fox of westlake austin texas 

coyote or fox west lake hills tx 

The one above might be the coyote. 

restaurants in texas are reopening 

Kat and I were out to run a few errands. Hunger came on fast, so we stopped at the first open restaurant we could find (most are still closed). It was odd, eating out. I ate WAY too much. Portions are too much for me. Pinthouse will open this week. But we will likely stay low for another week. ABGB has also been open. I might be into going there next week if we can fit it in.  

As spring ends, people start to leave.

wine room happy hour westlake 

The three of us got together for one last wine happy hour before we all start going in different directions. I really enjoyed the wines we had from Walt Winery.  


May 25, 2020

A deck to build in Nebraska

My Mom requested some help setting up her new home. I made the trip from Texas, my Brother made the trip from NC. We spent the week hanging pictures, adjusting the water heater, mounting the TV, assembling and moving furniture. We also built a deck in her back yard, I mostly assisted. It was a busy week.

sunset on yankee hill road water tank lincoln nebraska 

deck crew 

big deck in the rain 



He still has online class for school. From 10-2 he was in Zoom meetings while we worked on house projects. At 2PM we usually tried to get out.  

beaver crossing nebraska 

We visited a few of the family farms. 

old cadillac in the field 


mole' enchiladas 

I'd hauled some of that Mole' sauce I made for enchilada night. My brother in law LOVED the enchiladas. It's become a tradition that I make them while I'm in town.  


The neighborhood is brand new. A mountain of dirt was a fun obstacle to conquer.  

nebraska capitol building  

Nebraska Capitol building. We ran into the Governor while we were there.

My brother noticed a Martini bar, and observed people coming from the door. We were all skeptical that it was really open. So we went to investigate Cliff's Martini Bar. 

cliffs martini bar lincoln nebraska  

We bought a couple of premade food items (we ate them quickly) and that enabled us to order cocktails. It was a strange experience after everything being closed for so long. The drinks were good and my brother was enthused at the reasonable prices. The staff did wear masks and gloves. We had a whole area to ourselves.

cliffs martini bar lincoln nebraska 2020 may 


nebraska cousins 

A few cousins also stopped by to say hello and see Mom's new house. We probably could've done better at "Social Distancing". But humans are social animals, especially when it comes to family.  


frozen runzas 

I bought Runzas to haul home. I stopped to drop some at my Dad's new house on our return to Austin. 

wood fired pizza  

They had a cheese board waiting for us that would've served a wedding reception. We enjoyed wood fired pizzas at my Dad's house.  It was a most welcome after eleven hours of driving.

the attic explorer 

#2 son said "I've never been in an attic before". So we pulled the ladder and set him up with proper attic exploration gear.  

first time to go in an attic 

He can knock that off the bucket list.


May 18, 2020

More food at home and my final project for Metal Arts

mother's day apple grill

Mother's Day 2020, Kat requested a grill-out picnic. The weather was perfect and it was good for the kids to get some sunshine on their skin.  

back yard grill

We grilled sausages, onion, zucchini and apple. It was all delicious.  

mother's day grill 

persian limes are better than key for margaritas 

bge smoker 

Kat had requested a "bunghole chicken" last week. It's a smoked chicken that has a beer can (with beer, garlic, onion and herbs) inserted in the cavity before going in the smoker.

bge beer butt bunghole smoked chicken 

I smoked them for almost seven hours at 250F. Five probably would've been enough. The meat was still tender, smoky and slippery 

bge smoked chicken 

homemade mole' 

I'd been wanting to make a big batch of Mole'. I had a lot to do that day, but I managed to get it done. We enjoyed Chicken Mole' Enchiladas. 

chicken mole' enchiladas  

My final project for Metal Arts class (at home learning).  

observer sculpture by paul schuster metal arts 

I had some water pipe sections that were left from the utility crew when they upgraded for more pressure (fire hydrants) around here. The pipes are thick metal, with a rubber coating outside and concrete lining inside. Not easy to work with, but I was glad to have them.  

paul schuster artist sculptor  

A One Week Escape: 

buccee's hand sanitizer 

The Daughter, #2 Son and myself got up early one morning and made a mad dash to visit my Mom who now lives in Nebraska. The drive was 11 hours. We had one stop for fuel in Oklahoma. While people in Austin mostly wear masks to go everywhere, it was not so in OK. We got out of the car and applied our masks for a restroom break, it was like we came from planet Mars. NOBODY at that station was masked, not the many customers, not the employees, not the Policeman. And it was busy there. I even caught somebody taking my picture.... We were happy to get out of there and apply sanitizer. (although I have Buc-ee's sanitizer, that is not where we stopped. I've never been to a Buc-ee's, a friend gave me that sanitizer bottle and it came in handy)

the road to nebraska  

The roads are wide open. 

It was an easy trip. People in Lincoln Nebraska mostly DO seem to be honoring CDC guidelines. But it's still much more relaxed here than it was in Austin. Although I had noticed people were easing up there last week as well. It's cold here. The forecast changed from the time I packed clothes, and the time I arrived. I had to go to Target to buy long sleeved shirts. Mostly we do the same, sit around and wait for/prep the next meal.  




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