We used our Big Easy to fry a ten-pounder. WLToo tucked pats of butter under the skin, oiled it with olive oil, seasoned it with salt, pepper, and sprigs of rosemary in the cavity and under the skin, and put it in the Big Easy.
Two hours later, it was heavenly. So glad we have abundant rosemary bushes around here, as this will be a frequent recipe.
We left the cats alone overnight while we visited the Texas Renaissance Faire. Great fair, but we came home early, when WLToo developed a huge blister on the bottom of one foot. We were both getting over colds, so we did tire out, but I still would have liked to stay longer.
Anyway, when we got home, nothing was destroyed, Alex wasn't damaged, and Spot seemed rather calm, until we opened the door beside the bench he was tucked up on. He shot out the door and stayed outside for a good long while. When we heard snorting noises, we knew someone was bothering the herd. A flashlight pinpointed Black Kitty under the grain wagon. As soon as the light shone on him, he started back to his yard, with two does watching him closely. Luckily, Spot was elsewhere and didn't know about the incursion.
Alex has been very clingy since we got back, to the point that he peed on both of us in his sleep. Wouldn't leave us long enough to potty. He's much better today; left me alone most of the afternoon, so Spot and I could share quality kitty time on the porch. Nothing like December in the Hill Country, where we sit on the porch wearing shorts...
Mama Doe Lassie is back to her normal self. She comes up for a little corn and conversation about the same time each afternoon.
The hummingbird appeared at the feeder, and chased a wasp away from it. I think this one is definitely planning to overwinter here, so the feeder stays up.
Not much else going on, so I'll just say later, y'all.
Last night Spot got up on the back of my recliner, while Alex slept in my lap. He seems to seek out everywhere Alex likes to sleep, and take it over -- except on the bed. They both have favorite spots on the bed, and don't cross the invisible boundary there.
Anyway, Spot gradually slipped off, while sleeping deeply, and eventually he had his hind feet on my shoulder and rested his torso on top of my head. He was very warm...
Haven't seen Mama Doe Lassie for several days, but that's not unusual. WLToo had tossed some old bread out near where we give her corn, and it was gone. No way to know if she ate it or some other critter.
Hmmm, the antihistamine is kicking me to sleep. Nap time, y'all.
Much to my surprise, we have two hummingbirds still living here. They survived our cold snap, and now that we're back in the 70s and 80s, with lows in the 50s, there are lots of bugs to eat. So we'll keep the feeder going for them.
Spot's almost out of the joint compound, so I called the vet to see if we needed a refill. Yep. Sigh, Spot's proving to be an expensive kitty.
He's totally forsaken the Litter Robot, and doesn't want to use Alex' box, either, so we have to take him walkies at night, so he can potty outside before bed. I didn't want to have a dog to take walkies -- but we have a cat who needs it. Sheesh. Well, he does like to walk with us to the mailbox and back, so he gets in 1/3 mile walk most days -- and he does need it.
Alex is suffering from bullied syndrome. Spot both wants to play and also wants to dominate, so we can't leave them together unattended. Alex' safe spot was up on the kitchen cabinets, but Spot learned to get up there. The only true safety he has now is sitting on the back of our recliners, which Spot avoids for some reason. So far. When we have to go somewhere, Spot has to go outside, which he doesn't mind. I'm not exactly sanguine about it, but he's big enough to take care of himself for the most part. I prefer Alex remain inside in safety at his age.
Mama Doe Lassie is back to normal, although she does appear a bit jumpy still. She doesn't eat much corn right now -- lots of good stuff out there, like the acorns falling everywhere. She just loves them. I even asked my sister to bag up all her acorns when she's yard cleaning, and give them to us for MDL. We dump them around the meadow, so MDL doesn't think we're feeding her. If other deer get them, fine.
Well, the pool's warmed up to 75, so I'm going swimming. Later, y'all.
Deskunking the cat, mixed with baking soda and a touch of dishwashing liquid.
Mixed with baking soda into a paste, excellent tooth paste and whitener.
Mixed 1 part HP to 2 parts water, then gargle. Cuts down on bad breath, germs, and other stuff to make your winter miserable.
Used full strength, pre-treat stains. Let sit at least 30 minutes, then wash in cold water.
We're rather fond of Anguilla, BWI. Quiet, lots of beaches where it's considered crowded if more than five folks are present. Real friendly folks, and the house where we stayed was inexpensive for that region.
We were there for scuba diving, so I can't really talk about non-diving activities.
The morning after the rescue, we saw the buck limping in the next pasture. He saw us, stopped and looked at us a while, then strolled on. I think he was saying thank you in his own deer way. We still have a lot of bucks in the meadow, but things are calming down. I guess all the does have been bred.
Mama Doe Lassie is back to normal. She appears at the north porch about the same time each day and gets her corn and some cheery dinner conversation. She sleeps on our grass on the north side of the barn. I guess she feels safer around our house.
The seal point Siamese mix showed up last night, so it took until midnight to get Spot back inside. They don't fight anymore, just stare at each other and occasionally chase.
Spot, meanwhile, is in a bit of trouble. Between chasing and attacking Alex, who's way too old for that nonsense, Spot announces he wants to go outside by clawing a leather bench. So the water bottle is back out. Stubborn cat: he'd been meowing to be let out, and we always responded, so why he's back to silently clawing that bench, we don't know.
We still have one tiny hummingbird, so the feeder's still out there. I do hope it migrates today, because there's a cold front on the way that will put some frost on the pumpkins. Can't be good for a tiny little bird.
The autumn wildflowers are still in full bloom, the volunteer broccoli and cilantro are thriving, and what WLToo planted is doing ok, but not great. So when the front gets here Tuesday morning, the tarps will go over the garden for the night. We'd like to eat some of that food at Thanksgiving and Christmas...
Time to go weed whack. Later, ya'll.
Deer rescue time. One of the bigger bucks picked a bad place to jump over our fence. He hung his right rear hoof between the barbed wire top strand and the livestock fencing. WLToo happened to look out and saw him lying there, oh so still.
"Oh, great, we have a dead buck."
But as I looked out the window, the buck looked up and struggled a bit. WLToo got one of his special ladders to climb over the fence and approach from the other side. While he found his bolt cutters, I tried to herd Spot away.
Nooo, Spot saw a buck lying on the ground. He slowly fuzzed up and started stalking his way toward the buck. Oh, great, I thought, we're about to have a very injured cat. The buck had noticed Spot and was watching him with a very jaundiced eye. Me, I wasn't going anywhere near the two -- Mother Nature was in charge now.
The buck struggled a bit more when he saw WLToo approaching on the other side of the fence, but he stopped when I started talking to him. I think he's one of the bucks our neighbor practically hand feeds, :R so he stayed quite still. Spot stopped stalking him when I began talking, and slowly strolled back to me on the porch.
WLToo slowly reached out and snipped the top fence wire, not the barbed wire, and the buck was free. He shot to his feet and blew past the house, not stopping until he'd run out our open gate.
I think he'll use the gate in future...
Rutting season is quite lively today. Mama Doe Lassie came up for her usual bite of corn, but ran away before finishing it. Reason? An 8-point buck was sniffing after her. He stood on our porch, looking in at us for a while, then smelled a doe and dashed off.
Just now, a doe came up on the porch, looked through the window, saw a buck on the other porch, and dashed off. The buck dashed after her.
Seems they're all playing ring around the house. Good thing the cats decided to stay inside today.
WLToo is trying to deal with a sewer blockage, but I guess we'll be calling the plumber again. We've had him on speed dial ever since we bought this unique fixer upper... At least the other bathroom is on its own sewer line.
It was chilly enough this morning that I put on pants instead of my usual shorts. Even closed the windows last night. But we're still a long way from turning on the heater.
Yesterday, a white painted Grumman Goose did splash and goes on the lake, flying right over our house each run. I do love living here, where the entertainment is free and we can watch from our porch -- at least when the porches aren't covered in deer...
Time to cook the ground beef for taco salads. Later, y'all.
This is for when you really need something sweet, but not gooey sweet.
1 loaf of angel food cake (we buy it at the local grocery)
3 extra large eggs
1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon real maple syrup
Cut loaf into 1/2" slices.
Whisk eggs, milk and maple syrup together.
Thoroughly coat cake slices in egg mixture and cook in an oiled skillet or on an oiled griddle.
Serve warm. No additional syrup needed. Dust with powdered sugar if you wish.
If you use regular milk, add a bit more maple syrup and less milk, to keep the sweetness at about the same level.
I make a large pan of cornbread (my recipe has no flour, just cornmeal). When cool, crumble into a very large bowl.
Saute minced onion, cubanelle pepper, and celery in butter or olive oil until soft. Add to cornbread. Add chopped hardboiled eggs. I also add other stuff that strikes my fancy, such as chopped pecans, mushrooms, capers -- whatever seems to go with the day's foods.
Add salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash to taste. Add chopped fresh sage (I hate sage powder, so never use it or poultry seasoning, since that's mostly sage powder). I may also add chopped cilantro, cumin or other herbs/spices that smell like they should go into that day's dressing.
Now add stock to moisten. Doesn't matter what kind of stock, as long as it complements the meat selection(s).
Mix it up thoroughly (I use my hands). Place in a greased pan and bake at 375 until top is brown.