Oh Person

I go for long stretches listening only to music I own.  Then I remember… radio!  If I have my wits about me, when I think of radio I think of Laura Glazer.  I checked in today and found this gem.

I have to remember to tune in to WEXT on Sundays at 8.  AM or PM.  One less thing to remember.

Frida is absolutely killing it.  Sleeping, chilling, eating, guarding and walking.  The whole  package.  Hard not to be over delighted.  Here’s one from the archives (more than a decade ago).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Not sure how we got comfortable letting her off leash with her ridiculously fast running sticks.  But we did and she always came back.

In the mood for a bummer?  Here you go!



Very Metal

Yesterday I very much enjoyed the Vegan Black Metal Chef’s cooking demo at Albany Veg Fest.  I had a front row center seat for all the action, of which there was plenty.  vbmc5He made three dishes in an hour.  First up was aloo palak (Indian potatoes and spinach).  This involved sautéing onions, adding spinach, tomatoes, the precooked potatoes and a packet of spice from the Indian grocery.  After it cooked down, it all went into the blender, then back into the pan to warm and it was done.   You can watch it here.

vbmc4It was better than any Indian spinach dish I’ve made.  Next up was a dish with veggies, seitan and soba noodles.  That one I didn’t get to try, but it looked great. vbmc3

Finally, he made buffalo seitan bites with ranch dressing and celery sticks.  This one was amazing in its simplicity, speed and the awesome end result.  I’ll fire this one up soon.vbmc1

Seitan was browned in a pan and then Franks Red Hot and Earth Balance margarine were added.  The ranch was blue cap Vegaise mayo, dill, parsley, white vinegar and a couple of other things I’ve forgotten.  The celery was chopped into sticks all at once from the full bunch using his sacrificial blade.  Hail seitan!


It was so very epic, and he was really sweet to boot.  And very metal.

Also metal?  Frida has slept four nights now, the last two without any meds.  The meds are fast acting so we’ll have them at the ready should she become uncomfortable.  It.  Is.  So.  Swell.fil

Not metal?  The rake I bought on October 30 lost three tines when coming into contact with a tree stump.  It was plastic, it was cold out and trees are hard, but what is not foreseeable about the two meeting in these conditions.  Lowe’s took it back without blinking and I bought another style.  We’ll see.  Single use tools are so not metal.  Shame on you True Temper.

I brought in my five metal (two steel and three alu) snow shovels so I can wax them all tonight.  Supposed to snow Monday.  Have you waxed your shovels?

Take care friends!



Near Term Win

Frida’s magic relaxing pill allowed her to sleep through the night.  We are all pleased as punch.  Thanks so much to our friend and vet.  She is magic and not a pill.  Here’s hoping the pills keep working.  We all need to string together a number of good nights of sleep.aal

Also enjoyed a visit from the printer repair guy.  My printer was picking up an extra page at the end of each job and causing jams.  The internet told me a pad had deteriorated on the paper pick up solenoid.  The sticky residue where the pad used to be was preventing the solenoid from operating correctly.  I opened the printer, determined to make the fix, and then realized I had no idea what a solenoid looked like.  Nothing obvious in the tangle of wires, boards and mechanisms, so I hit the internet again looking for a repair shop.  I found The Printer Repair Guy.  He doesn’t have a shop so he comes to your place.  I called him this morning, he was here in the afternoon, and the repair was quick and affordable.  Nice guy, too.  Do not add your printer to the landfill.  Call The Printer Repair Guy!

That’s that.  Be well.

The Good Fight

Still trying to sort Frida’s nocturnal anxiety.  None of melatonin, rescue remedy nor Benadryl did the trick.  We’re bringing in big pharma tonight and we’ll see.  In the meantime, Frida is still having wonderful days.  Like her mother, she enjoys a few fries.  After three or so, she turns away.  If only I were so smart.fwf

When I am not exploring with her, she’s sleeping beautifully.  Part of me wants to keep her up, but she’s old and sick.  Before the anxiety arose, she’d sleep most of the day and night.  So I have to let her sleep some during the day or she’ll get none.fsd

It looks like freezing overnight temps are coming tonight and to stay so I pedaled to the garden and pulled out the daikons.  Puny little things.  The lot of them may not weigh the same as one daikon grown to proper size.  Oh well.mod

Nice kale came home, too.  Kale never lets me down.mok

Gosh I hope we get to sleep through the night tonight.  I have the same hope for you!

Variable Cloudiness

Frida’s been having serious anxiety issues at night.  She sleeps during the day but not so much at night.  Melatonin is helping, and we’re going to try a couple of other approaches, but last night she slept until 1:00 am and not thereafter.  It hasn’t been easy on anyone.po

Frida still loves walking, though.  She usually picks the first half and then I steer her toward home.  Today I let her pick the whole of the route and we went on a real walkabout.  dd

Her pace was good, but she stops frequently to

All in we walked three miles.  Not a lot for her back in the day, but double her typical walk of late.  sh

Have you noticed how much I love this girl?

Take care of yourselves and your charges.



Afternoon!  Hope you got everything you wanted at the polls.

I made a batch of the Minimalist Baker’s eggplant queso dip.  The same one I wrote about a couple of days ago and wondered to you whether MB had futz with the color in the pictures.  I shouldn’t have wondered so fast.  To the naked eye, my dip was the same color as my friend’s batch–kind of eggplanty.  In the pictures, though, well here they are.qdb


Same batch.  Same light.  Same iPhone without changing settings.  The top one is pretty close to what I saw.  The bottom one must involve some math inside the phone.  Very strange.  The MB photos still show a more cheesy looking dip, but my second photo doesn’t look too bad.  If only it looked that good in person.

Bye for now.