Unfortunately Friday night’s high winds and frigid temperatures kept me from burning some wood in the fire pit. Bonnie and I hung out anyway that night, and I put together a frozen pizza for dinner.

We had “snow” again on Saturday? Yikes. My buddy Hank reminded me that this was the eight year anniversary of the Atlanta Snowpocalypse. Because of the weather I canceled my walk with Betsy and also decided that driving down to Newnan for the hash was a bad idea. Instead, Bonnie and I got together and did a walk before she made us a delicious coconut ramen soup at her house. WLF was able to provide the Asian greens for the meal.

Yesterday was a hashing day. Black Sheep was a short drive from the ITP Estate, which I loved of course. Trail was fine, about 5.5 miles long, though it had more road than your normal Black Sheep trail. One of the unexpected benefits of running yesterday’s trail was adding a new photo to my “Home Was Where the Hearth Is” collection.

Hashing Hearth

I have a bunch of choring to do today, although I just found that the coupons I was planning to cash in at Kroger today expired yesterday. Whoops! I guess I will try to eat only food that is already in the ITP Estate.

I have also decided that I will most likely not attend the Moonlight Hash again tonight. I’m just not feeling it, and I heard that the ending will have karaoke, which I still don’t think is a smart idea in these COVID days. As of now I am planning to make a redneck casserole for dinner; tune in tomorrow to find out what that means.

The War on Critters has been declared! I went out to WLF to find that some motherfucking critter has destroyed the only good romanesco cauliflower that was growing. It was bad enough that the critters were eating the kale, but this destruction is too much. This week I will be scheming how to protect this year’s crops so that I am the one enjoying the fruits (err, vegetables) of my labor. I realize that I won’t be able to stop critters completely, but I lost a good bit of produce over the past year and don’t want a repeat of that this year.

Though I screwed myself twice, I have decided to try to get survey money again as it’s currently my only “salary”, and I need to buy more things for WLF.

Hope that your weekend went well, and that you are remaining healthy.

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17 Responses to 2022-01-31

  1. Bonnie says:

    Headed to a taste test at Curion in Johns Creek for the first time today. I’ll travel via car (because I pretty much have to) then maybe go for a solo hike or trail run at an nearby trail. If I can get my shit together. Right now I have a cat on my lap that is making morning progression difficult.

  2. Steve says:

    The good news- CX worlds were all great races, the course was challenging and my friends working it did not become part of the story!

    The bad news- I have been dealing with vertigo most of the weekend and my a$$ was plopped in the recliner the whole time.

    There was some cooking of prepackaged meals which were quite yummy and a home made breakfast yesterday which turned out well.

    I caught the end of both football games and, though I don’t have a dog in the fight, was pleased for the SB matchup. I might watch…


    • David says:

      Shout out for “Home was where the hearth is!”

    • I realized this morning that I forgot to watch the races.

      Good luck with the vertigo.

      Still not on board with the food delivery services. Also, I have purchased a new cookbook out of which I will hope to make recipes. If I were younger, better looking, and had more video editing savvy I’d start a YouTube channel to see if I could make a subsidized living.

      I was sorta hoping for a Cincinnati v. San Francisco rematch from 1989, especially since the Rams QB is a Dawg.

      • Steve says:

        And the hearth pic was nice…

        I’d suggest watching the replay of the women’s pro race. The early laps of the men were fun as the Dutch were working over the Brit (Tom Pitcock) and he finally rode away from them. The women were a drag race to the end…

  3. Barb says:

    Curion has a lot of $40 (45 minute) taste tests listed, but I just don’t have 2 hours to do it (its a good 30 minute drive up there.) Damn job getting in the way.
    I could maybe make a Chamblee one work, but even that’s tough.

    Good weekend – had 2 friends over Friday night for dinner, nice to see them, its been a while.
    Cold walk Saturday morning, beers at the new Mutation Brewery in Sandy Springs after, too many IPAs on the menu, but found a Belgium Wit, it was tasty. They had a BBQ place inside too, so lunch was easy.
    Sunday was a lazy morning, omelets by Allan, then a walk around the neighborhood.
    Kevin B joined us for some football watching & Skyline chili – and the Bengals are going to the Superbowl. Allan doesn’t necessarily like the Bengals, but the Chiefs needed to be beat.

    • No such thing as too many IPAs!

      Curion is a coin flip on whether or not it’s worth driving to John’s Creek.

    • Bonnie says:

      Yeah that’s exactly what I’m doing ($40/45). I was very hesitant to accept it, but we’ll see how it goes. But, if it’s up near Chattahoochee trails it may be worth it.

      • Barb says:

        Well – you won’t spend $40 in gas, so it is profitable, so if you have the time, why not? There’s plenty of parks/trails between there and your house. See OTP land. If you want to have some international shopping fun, go to Super H Mart just off 285 & Peachtree Industrial.

  4. Barb says:

    Also – there is a nice old hearth at the Morgan Falls – Sandy Springs park we looked at Saturday, 1st I thought it was built there to look cool in the park, but then read the signs near it – it really is an old hearth that’s been there since the 1800s.

  5. Bob says:

    I think you should put your book together and publish it. The photos are great and you are a good story teller. I feel it would do well and be a great coffee table book.

    I am having a critter problem too, got a little bugger that visits my attic at night. Called a critter catcher and he wanted almost $2000 to fortify the roof. No thanks, I can put up some metal mesh where he may be coming in.

    I was also supposed to be in Arkansas for the CX race but plans fell through. I have ridden the trails in that park and the features are no joke!

    • David says:

      Yes, that would make an excellent coffee table book.

      And yes, Bob, those damn critter companies feel like they have you over a barrel and can just add an extra zero to the price because they can.

    • Barb says:

      Bob – do you have a trap? just in case you get it sealed up & the critter is still inside? We had to do that. When we moved into this house, there were plenty of holes for the critters to get in.

      • Bob says:

        I have a trap and the real PITA is the access to this part of the attic is in my pantry so I have to remove all the food and shelves to get up there. Seems like he only comes around at night so will first try to seal up the holes then use the trap if he finds another way in.

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