2020 Socially Distant Easter

2020 Socially Distant Easter

April 11th, 2020. For the first time in decades, the Easter Bunny BBQ was cancelled, all because of the Damned Contagion. Amy and I decided we would celebrate the holiday between ourselves. It is important to maintain your normal routines when quarantined. With no...

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A Winter Afternoon

A Winter Afternoon

Winter weather and the contagion have sharply curtailed opportunities to get together with friends. Mike and I took advantage of a lull between storms to enjoy a socially distanced winter hike. https://vimeo.com/506384649            ...

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Winter Exploration

Winter Exploration

There were a couple of spots on the map that looked interesting; a stream I had been trying to find a way down to and, across the road, another stream with a pond I hadn't checked out. Last weekend, we went looking for them.            ...

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Seasonal Concupiscence

Seasonal Concupiscence

Spreading maples throb with bees The air tastes like honey Everywhere, trees are blooming Here and there, beneath licentious conifers and cottonwoods dripping with pollen, a shy morel appears.

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Early Spring

Early Spring

Watching the grey clouds shifting east overhead. Spring song fills the air with melodious twitter-are those robins? Roosters near and distant offer a hoarse counterpoint. A raptor glides low across the field.  Good morning.

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Silence of The Lonesome

Silence of The Lonesome

The silence of the lonesome is rent by wails and cackles A cabal of coyotes singing incantations in the dark hour of morning long before the rooster dares stir

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Bonfire of the Vanities

Bonfire of the Vanities

As the country breathed a collective sigh of relief, we had a bonfire and set off some fireworks to celebrate Trump's ignominious departure and the Biden/Harris inauguration. Looking forward to a brighter future.

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Cardamom Tea

Cardamom Tea

    Lying in the hot tub drinking cardamom tea and staring at the stars, in my head I have fixed my motorcycle. I’ve graded the front yard and reseeded it with red clover. I’ve rebuilt the raised beds and added a third. Between the gardens, I have carefully...

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Dutch Oven Rhubarb Cobbler

Dutch Oven Rhubarb Cobbler

Dutch Oven Rhubarb Cobbler   Spring hasn’t officially arrived until the rhubarb is up. One morning a few leaves poke through the frost covered mulch; by the end of the week, giant rosettes of primordial leaves on bright red stalks cover that corner of the garden....

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Tequila Eggs

Tequila Eggs

  Tequila Eggs Like Scotch Eggs but I used chorizo mixed with cilantro, dried tomatoes, diced green chilis, and diced jalapenos for the sausage and crushed tortilla chips and roasted chilis for the crust. 7 eggs (Reserve 1 egg for wash.Hard boil 6 eggs; pat dry...

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Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup

  Lemon Chicken Soup Lemon Chicken Soup This variation of chicken soup relies upon lemon and a stick of cinammon to give Grandma's old standby a Middle Eastern twist. 3 pounds boneless, skinned chicken tits 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup +/- water1 onion - I...

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Optimus Crux Backpacking Stove

Optimus Crux Backpacking Stove

I have had this little stove for a number of years and it is still my go-to on those rare occasions when I choose to backpack in. The stove itself weighs 3 ounces and folds up to fit in the palm of my hand. It uses isobutane-propane for fuel. The stove stores in a...

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Tarting Up the Ramen

Tarting Up the Ramen

Ramen noodles are a no-brainer pack food. Cheap, lightweight, quick and easy to prepare, you can eat them right out of the pot and cleanup is fast and effortless. I like to tart mine up just a little. Adding some oil and vegetables and maybe an egg to the mix doesn't...

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