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Friday, July 28, 2017

More farming catch-up

Getting there, I guess. Went to The Farm Saturday, and I was pleased with what I saw. The corn is coming in nicely:


The leaf lettuce has bolted due to the heat:


So I pulled it all out and will put something else in this bed:


Harvested a bunch of kale:


And Swiss chard:


And green beans:


And some okra:


Not sure what to do with the okra right now -- freeze or can? -- because it is too hot for gumbo at the moment. We'll see.



Friday, July 21, 2017

Farming catch-up

Went farming a couple weeks ago and am just now getting the pictures up. Yeah, call me a slacker.

Anyway, Farmer Tom finally relented, and we put some corn in the bed where we harvested potatoes a few weeks ago. That corn is up:


The tomatoes are doing great. We just have to keep the deer away. Bambi must die:


We have four staggered bean crops in, planted a week or two apart. The first bean crop is doing well:


More been crops follow:


Against all odds, the kale and Swiss chard are enduring the summer heat and still producing:


And the okra looks good:


Lots of pods forming:


Busting it, as you can see:


The peppers are starting to produce:


We put in pole beans a bit ago, and they are getting ready to climb:


Squash seems to be getting ready:


Farmer Tom put in a number of sunflower plants, which have survived deer attacks and are approaching seed-readiness:


Did I mention the tomatoes are doing OK? Good, because they are:


Harvested some squash and zukes. Bread coming:


Also harvested some onions. Got red, white and yellow in there:


All in all, The Farm is doing well so far this summer. We'll see how things go from here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

No shit, this time I mean it

I decided last summer that I would try to up the number of rivers I have crossed without benefit of boats or bridges. Yeah, that didn't happen, as last summer devolved into a Darwinian nightmare for me. As it is, my count still stands at four. But it's going up, dammit. Soon.






Oh my God! Food Porn!

I haven't done food porn in a while, but, dammit, it's about time. So let's get started.

You will need a 3 to 4 pound whole fryer, 2 tablespoons of butter, melted, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 3/4 cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of tarragon, 1 cup of sliced shallots (I used green onions because I had no shallots), 1 cup of champagne or chicken broth (yeah, used the broth), plus another 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 1-1/2 cups of frozen or fresh peas -- I had fresh peas from the garden, so suck it, bitches! -- and a lemon.

Preheat your oven to 375. Just do it. Then put your chicken in a shallow roasting pan, brush it with the melted butter, salt and pepper, then slap that sucker in there for about an hour and 15 minutes.


Did I mention the salt and pepper? I thought so:


Take the chicken out, baste with half of the honey and sprinkle half of the tarragon on the chicken:


Back in the oven for 5 minutes or so. Should look something like this:


Slap the other half of the honey and tarragon on the chicken and give it another 5 minutes or so:


Take the chicken out of the pan, put it on a cutting board and cover it with foil. Add the chicken broth to the roasting pan:


Add the peas:


Toss in the shallots (or, in my case, green onions):


Simmer until the mixture thickens, 10-15 minutes at medium heat:


Serve with rice and garlic bread, or whatever:


Bon appetit, bitches.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This sounds about right

For some unknown reason, people seem to think that the Democrats don't have a message except that they don't like President Trump:


Where on Earth could people have gotten that idea?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Oh, please, God. Pleeeeeeeease

Hillary Clinton apparently is looking to play a part in the 2018 midterm elections for seats in the House of Representatives. My response to that is uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh God, was it good for you, too, and to light a cigarette. One of the worst campaigners in the world wants to campaign for Democrat House candidates? Dear Lord, please make it so:
Hillary Clinton wants to play a role in next year’s midterm elections. It’s just not clear yet what that role will be.
Clinton has already launched a PAC aimed at helping congressional Democratic candidates in 2018, signaling the former first lady, senator and secretary of State is ready to help her party with fundraising.
She also is looking at the House districts she won in last year’s presidential contest against Donald Trump as part of an autopsy of her failed campaign, according to two sources who have spoken to the former secretary of State. t’s at least possible she’ll lend a hand on the campaign trail — particularly in the 23 districts held by Republicans where voters preferred her over Donald Trump for the White House.
You know what else happened in the 23 districts held by Republicans where voters preferred Clinton over Donald Trump? Yeah, you got it, the Republican House candidates won anyway. Why would that be? Because even fucking Democrats like their Republican House members more than they like Hillary, who is thoroughly unlikeable. She is a terrible campaigner, a blatant liar, and a felon given a pass by the former director of the FBI. She lost for a reason -- a number of reasons, really -- and none of those reasons make her an attractive campaigner for Democrat candidates.

In fact, the only reason any Democrat candidate would want to see her in his or her district would be to raise money, as she is good at that (as are most corrupt politicians). But she doesn't raise votes, at least not from people who otherwise would not vote Democrat. She provides no boost.

The Democrats' problem is they have no bench. There are no young, up-and-coming Democrats who make promising national candidates for the future. The Clintons are part of the reason for that; Barack Obama is an even bigger part of the reason for that. Which makes this kind of statement by Democrats sound really absurd:
Garry Mauro, a longtime friend of the Clintons who led Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign effort in Texas, thinks the House can be won with the help of the Longhorn state, where there are three “split” districts.
But he doesn’t want Clinton to be front and center.
“Would she be well received? Of course, she would be. But we’re not going to win these races because Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi comes to the state and campaigns,” Mauro said. “We’re going to win it because we represent new leadership and new ideas.
New leadership? Last I checked, they don't have any. And they haven't had any new ideas since Woodrow Wilson. Give me a break.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

OK, that's kind of weird

As I was doing blog things tonight, I happened to notice that 8 out of the top 10 blog posts for today are from 2011 -- the first year of the blog. Most, in fact were from the first couple months of the blog. Strange traffic pattern. And the spelling of "weird" creeps me out, too.