Whew, I am tired and worn out. If I don’t weigh in this week and show a loss, it’s my own damn fault for eating too much food and drinking too much beer this past week.

Most of the WLF choring that has occurred over the past three days has involved digging. On Friday I started digging out the area into which I will place a new raised bed. While this sounds contradictory, the digging is to level a 4’x8′ section in a sloped part of the farm. After encountering few roots, but unexpectedly unearthing some reasonably sized rocks, I was able to set the bed in place yesterday. Today I will fill it with leaves and compost and let it settle over winter… unless I become impatient and drop some lettuce seedlings into it soon.

Saturday also saw me walk with Betsy and Bella in the morning, and then go to the Pine Lake hash. It was a fun day, finished off with a lovely meal at Dakota Blue.

After finishing my morning choring yesterday I joined Bonnie for a trip up to Suwannee for my 190th Black Sheep hash. Trail was great, though I was taunted by some discarded garden pots on more than one occasion… After trail a group of us went to Monkey Wrench brewing, and then to Taco Mac for dinner.

Today could turn out to be a busy one for me. I want to do some WLF choring in an hour or so, and then need to clean up so that I can drive to Sandy Springs for my paid survey. Forgetting about my appointment, I also volunteered to help lay tonight’s Moonlite trail, if needed, since the hare hurt himself during yesterday’s Black Sheep. We’ll see, hopefully I will be spared.

Hope your weekend was fun and healthy.

Aldi Beer Advent Calendar

Day 1: Kristoffel Belgian White from Brouwerij Martens
Day 2: Kristoffel Blonde from Brouwerij Martens
Day 3: Deadly Brewing Hazy India Pale Ale from ALDI Stores US
Day 4: Key Lime Sour from Prestige Beer Group
Day 5: O’Shea’s India Pale Ale from Carlow Brewing Company

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I’m allowing myself a slower-than-normal start to my day. In part because it’s Friday, in part because I am sore from last night, and in part because I can since I am no one’s employee.

Yesterday was a fine day. I managed to rid the ITP Estate of most of the recyclables, CHaRM balked at my dirty plastic compost bags this time. After CHaRM I kidnapped Bonnie for a trip to Dollar Tree; might as well shop there until it’s forced to close and vacate the space.

I remembered yesterday why I stopped volunteering for Trees Atlanta as well. In the go go days of the early 2000s it seemed pointless to plant one hundred small trees every weekend while developers were allowed to clear cut acres of land, taking out thousands of mature trees. As we drove to CHaRM I witnessed that pattern again, because the land around CHaRM is being clear cut for new “near the Beltline” housing. Ugh.

After Bonnie and I parted ways I returned home to do a little puttering around WLF, and scooped up three more bags’ worth of leaves for future compost. Oh, I also claimed two whole pumpkins that were on someone’s curb, and diced one up for my compost; the second one will receive the same treatment in a few weeks.

I Want to Make a Jigsaw Puzzle
I think this would make for a good, and frustrating, jigsaw puzzle. πŸ€“πŸ˜‚

Last night I ran SLUT with Bonnie. After all the bitching and moaning that I did about a lack of vegetarian food I accidentally ate meat because what I though were some bastardized vegetarian beans was really chili with meat in it. I tried Universe, I tried. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

This weekend will be mostly about hashing. As of now I am expecting to hash tomorrow, and will certainly be going to Black Sheep in Suwannee as it will be my 190th Black Sheep hash (just think how many I would have if not for my bicycle wreck ten years ago that cause me to stop hashing for seven years 🀯).

Of course I will be walking with Betsy and Bella tomorrow morning too.

And tonight I will be sitting around a fire drinking beer even if it’s not my own fire pit around which I will sit, though it may wind up being mine. Who knows…

Have a stupendous weekend, taking advantage of this great weather while it lasts.

Aldi Beer Advent Calendar

Day 1: Kristoffel Belgian White from Brouwerij Martens
Day 2: Kristoffel Blonde from Brouwerij Martens

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It was my intent to sit and read this morning, but my dilly (not good) dallying has put me behind schedule.

“Schedule? You are a man of leisure!” I hear you speak aloud.
Hardly, my friends. Hardly.

This morning I have scheduled an appointment at CHaRM in an effort to rid the ITP Estate of some of the recyclable materials I have been gathering since my last trip there. Plastic bags, styrofoam, scrap metals, glass of many colors, some old paint and chemicals, a broken coffee maker β€” all of these have taken residence in my carport and will be whisked away this morning. There will be a second benefit to this trip, I will be picking up ITP-Reader Bonnie and we will finally be able to catch up.

Catching up seems to be today’s theme.

Last night I went over Betsy’s to catch up with her. I made chili using Impossible Burger meat and a boxed spice mix from Carroll Shelby. I also freestyles by using non-alcoholic beer instead of water. It was a tasty concoction, if I do say so myself. With the chili I served some cornbread muffins I baked for the occasion, and a green salad. Of course there were also toppings of cheese, sour cream, and corn chips… Betsy and I watched another episode of “Top Chef: Portland” before discussing the finale of “The Great British Bake Off” as well as booster shots and local politics (on the highest level since I am not very learned in the matter).

To be thematic I will also say that I caught up a little more on the choring in WLF, spending most of my time cutting up branches into fire pit length, and making a cursory cleaning of the fire pit patio for a fire I hope to sit around tomorrow evening.

Here is a capture of the color of the leaves on the Japanese Maple tree in my backyard:
Amazing Time for Japanese Maple Trees

After my morning errands I may try to capitalize on this fantastic weather by choring in WLF again. We’ll see…

Tonight might be my return to the SLUT hash. The trail is near home (Benteen Park, just south of Grant Park) and the food will be cooked by Jackass. Now The Deaner is not known for his vegetarian food prowess, but he’s friendly to Bonnie, so there may be chow for the vegheads.

Hope your December has kicked off nicely.

Aldi Beer Advent Calendar

Day 1: Kristoffel Belgian White from Brouwerij Martens

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Last month of 2021…

Did you know that yesterday was Giving Tuesday in Georgia? If not you must have never donated money to any non-profit since I received about fifty emails reminding me of the event from all of the organizations to whom I have donated money over the past twenty years. It seems to me the organizers of Giving Tuesday have fucked up since it makes more sense to me to ask for money prior to people spending their life savings during Black Friday through Cyber Monday shopping for “bargains”. But what do I know, right? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Yesterday was a busy day. I’d say it was a super busy day if not for the fact that the word “super” is used so much these days that it has lost any impactful meaning. My morning and afternoon hours were spent driving around picking up some purchases, walking to my polling place to vote, unpacking my purchases from the M6, and then doing some branch cutting with my Wee Little Chainsaw. The branches I cut will be used soon and future in backyard fires. I also replanted a rosemary bush in a large grow bag and moved it to the front of my house. Let see how long it lasts there before some shithead steals it…

I wasn’t really creative when it came to making dinner plans yesterday, so I ate some of the hard boiled eggs that I had in my refrigerator.

No time was spent on the trainer, shame on me. I did allow myself to watch the final of “The Great British Bake Off” however.

Today will be a less busy day than my Monday and Tuesday were. I’ve already made a quick run to Kroger hoping that they’d have my favorite bottled tea for which I have a coupon to receive a gallon for free, but no, for the second time in as many days I was stymied. I did cash in on some more expiring coupons, so I once again have a cram-packed freezer. I plan to putter around WLF for awhile this morning, and then spend a few hours working on code. It’s my turn to cook for Top Chef night with Betsy, so I need to sort out what I plan to bring with me; the leading candidate for dinner is currently chili.

Hope you all are remaining healthy and happy.

November Summary

11/01 – ?, V, yard work πŸ˜€
11/02 – 185.8, V, yard work 😐
11/03 – ?, V, nothing 😒
11/04 – ?, V, nothing 😒
11/05 – ?, V, nothing 😐
11/06 – ?, V, hiking 😁
11/07 – ?, V, nothing 😐
11/08 – ?, V, yard work, hashing πŸ˜€
11/09 – 185.4, V, yard work 😐
11/10 – ?, V, yard work 😐
11/11 – ?, M, nothing 😒
11/12 – ?, V, nothing😐
11/13 – ?, M, nothing 😒
11/14 – ?, M, nothing 😒
11/15 – ?, V, nothing 😐
11/16 – 187.4, V, yard work
11/17 – ?, V, hiking 😁
11/18 – ?, V, walking 😁
11/19 – ?, M, nothing 😒
11/20 – ?, V, walking πŸ™‚
11/21 – ?, V, hashing πŸ˜€
11/22 – ?, V, nothing 😒
11/23 – 186.4, V, nothing 😐
11/24 – ?, V, nothing 😐
11/25 – ?, V, nothing 😐
11/26 – ?, V, nothing 😒
11/27 – ?, V, flag football πŸ™„πŸ˜
11/28 – ?, V, nothing 😒
11/29 – ?, V, yard work πŸ™‚
11/30 – 188.4, M, yard work πŸ™‚

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Depending on when you are reading this I may be running one of today’s many errands. Today I will be picking up purchases from Lowes (my partial order) and Target in Edgewood Retail District, and from Tractor Supply in Conyers. I should probably make a grocery store run as well.

Yesterday was a good day for my productivity in WLF. I moved the leaf mould compost area and amended it later in the day, moved large grow bags to the area of WLF they will occupy next year, moved some small pots of plants to sunnier locations away from the area in which I will begin new planting bed installations, and marked out a line that will be the northern border of the two new beds that I will install so that they will be available to plant into next year. I have also started moving my seedling plastic covered mini greenhouses to a location that should make them safe from embers that will be emitted from the many fires I plan to have over the next four/five months.

At some point in the afternoon I decided that I was too tired, sniffly, and/or disinterested in driving to Toco Hill to hash in cold weather. By making this decision my evening was opened up for doing some reading about software development after dinner.

Dinner was an amazing salad consisting of WLF lettuce (taking the last of the mature heads before the squirrels could get them), tomato, and carrot. To my produce I added some plant-based chicken nuggets and the salad fixings that I saved from a bagged salad that I purchased a couple of weeks ago.

Last night I renewed my High Museum membership, even though I have not been inside the building since prior to the COVID lockdown, and I have lost my sweet nearby free parking that I enjoyed while working in midtown.

Speaking of the unspeakable virus, I have scheduled my COVID booster for December 7th at a Walgreens. I will most likely be sticking with the drug that brung me to the dance β€” Pfizer.

With my AppleTV+ subscription I have started watching “The Shrink Next Door” starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd; I am three episodes in and think it’s well made and interesting…

Upon returning home from my errands today I intend to vote, do a little WLF choring (time permitting), and mount my trainer for some exercise while watching last week’s episode of “The Great British Bake Off”. Tonight will be another night at home (by choice) with a homemade dinner whipped up from the litany of ingredients in my possession.

Hope that all is going well in your world. Don’t look now, but tomorrow is December 1st. 🀯

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 188.4 pounds (+2.0 from last week’s weigh-in); disappointing, but not unexpected given the dearth of exercise that occurred last week. It’s time for me to return to hardcore choring!

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After all of the food and alcohol I consumed this weekend I hope that I still fit into the pants that I purchased last week.

I am back at the ITP Estate and ready to get back at it. Call me silly but I must admit that, while I had fun hanging with my friends, I missed my daily routine and the life that I have created. I am a control freak, so I also enjoy being in control of my environmental surroundings.

Because I chose to drive straight through, stopping only once in South Carolina for cheap gas, and not stopping for beer, I was home yesterday in ample time to do most anything I wished. What I wound up doing is a little scan of WLF, unpacking the car and bags, making dinner, and catching up on television. It was relaxing, and exactly what I needed.

Today I am starting an attempt at not traveling anywhere until the start of the new year. I was away from home every weekend except for one during November.

This will be an extremely busy week for yours truly. I have to start making progress on my major winter WLF projects, which means I have to run some errands and spend more of the money that is no longer being replenished. To remedy my financial hemorrhaging starting today I will also be structuring my days so that I spend a good chunk of time writing code so that I can be employed in 2022 if necessary.

Though I spent a considerable amount of money this past week, by hook or by crook I managed to avoid making too many unnecessary purchases during Black Friday weekend. I am considering one frivolous purchase of HomePod Mini speakers for my home office, but not until I earn $50 from a paid survey next Monday.

Yesterday I converted my recent $55 and $40 survey earnings into Amazon and Target gift cards respectively. Why I didn’t convert either of them into a Lowe’s gift card still baffles me.

This being Monday means that there is a hash. Tonight starts in Toco Hills shopping center, so I am on the fence on whether or not I will attend.

Hope that you had a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving weekend.

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Happy Black Friday friends.

I hope that whatever you did to celebrate Thanksgiving yesterday was successful and joyous. Admittedly my contribution to yesterday’s meal β€” wine, some crackers and cheese β€” was meager, but that didn’t stop me from feasting. Though there was plenty of meat and meat byproducts to be consumed, but I kept to my vegetarian routine and still ate more than enough.

Today’s activities are still up in the very chilly mountain air.

Have a fun weekend all. I’ll check back in for comments and post again on Monday.

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Got caught up gabbing around the breakfast table and forgot to write a blog post.

Have a happy Thanksgiving friends!

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Today I will play a game called “Negatives and Positives”.

Negative: forgetting to pack more than one pair of pants because you are so focused on packing warm shirts and sweaters.
Positive: realizing this error near a Target, having the savings to buy pants, and now having pants that are my correct waist size.

Negative: a drive that should have taken no more than four hours taking six, thanks to my Target stop as well as encountering route-altering construction and accidents.
Positive: living in a GPS age, not being involved in any of the accidents and therefore arriving at my destination safely.

Negative: renting a house whose HVAC was not designed to handle sub-freezing temperatures.
Positive: being a paying adult who chose a bedroom with a comfortable bed with a warm blanket.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow? Inconceivable!

Stay warm, happy, and healthy.

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Brrrrrr. It’s cold this morning…

Yesterday was an interesting day, not only did I get stung on the neck by a bee, I decided that I was not interested in going to the hash, so I stayed home. The bee sting really took away what little motivation I had to work in WLF. I quit for the day after transplanting some seedlings in to some newly-created planters as well as the ground.

By staying home it allowed me to finish watching the series “Superstore” as well as a Netflix contest show called “Blown Away: Christmas”. I also cooked dinner of some ravioli, with which I ate a salad of lettuce, tomato, and carrot all grown in WLF.

Today I am getting things ready for a Thanksgiving trip in the works.

Hope that you are doing well.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 186.4 pounds (-1.0 from last week’s weigh-in, but still +1.0 from my weigh-in two weeks ago).

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