Yesterday was a decent day of choring in WLF. At some point last year I bought a large spool of 4′ fencing from Tractor Supply Co (and had a heck of a time driving it home in the M6); yesterday I took tin snips to it and cut four, 6′ panels. With two of the panels I created a wall up which I hope to grow beans, and with the other two I created tubes also with hopes of having beans grow up them. Yes, I intend to grow a lot of peas and beans this year. I still have a lot of fencing, with which I may make tomato cages. (Barb, I will take as many posts you are will to get rid of. I can buy a TC dinner, or whatever.)

In the afternoon I ran (drove) up to Edgewood Retail District where I briefly hit up Target and Kroger. I thought that I was going to buy a lot at Target, but when push came to shove all I purchased were two jars of Ragu pasta sauce. To my dismay, even on a dry and blustery day I could not forage any receipts in the parking lot. (This is an inside joke for Bonnie, who has introduced me to the world of working hard to earn pennies by answering surveys and scanning receipts.)

Upon arriving home I puttered briefly before starting the construction of my dinner. Last night was another Paulie Special in which I started with a recipe and took it in a different direction. Having leeks to harvest before they bolted, the starter recipe was for potato leek soup. However, I had a handful of spinach in WLF, along with more kale to harvest, so naturally they also went into the soup. Oh, and I had a package of Field Roast sausages, so why not add those too? Had I remembered that I intended to blitz the soup with my immersion blender, I would have not absentmindedly tossed in the cooked sausage before doing so. Oh well… In the end I wound up with a green soup, which believe or not tasted pretty darn good.

Last night I gathered all of my income tax paperwork. Today I will ensure that I have a copy of all of this paperwork and will deliver it to my accountant. This may be the latest I have done this task, I hope she can fit me in before the April 18 filing deadline. I could probably do my own taxes this year, but I like keeping my rapport with my accountant even if we still won’t be meeting in person.

While in the Decaturish neighborhood of Scott Blvd / North Decatur Rd I will hit up the Aldi and perhaps the mega Kroger in preparation for tonight’s Betsy dinner, for which I must cook.

Hope your week is going well and that you are not getting the allergy sneezing that I am suffering currently.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts. I started today with RADON in case you want to see if you figure it out faster than I did.

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20 Responses to 2022-03-23

  1. Oh yeah, I keep forgetting to mention that this month, March 2022, marks my 23rd year at the ITP Estate!

    • Bonnie says:

      Wow. I was in my Memphis house for 13 years and that felt like a long time. I can’t believe this summer I’ll have been in this house for five years. Whoa.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Indoor choring is on the list for this rainy Wednesday, I still have camping shit out that needs to be put away, whoops.

    Yesterday I walked/biked over 10 miles, going to CHaRM and to Summerhill to walk around the track and catch up with Wendy. Have to figure out today’s exercise.

    Whenever the Accord is ready now the husband wants me to Uber to go pick it up as he doesn’t want it sitting in the dealership lot for days. I’m sure it will be just fine there. It’s not like they don’t have the extra space as there’s not a single new car on the lot. If it fits into my schedule, and it’s not raining (LOL), I may consider it.

    Thinking about going to DUFF tonight, as I have a rare Wednesday home alone. We’ll see, I think it starts pretty late, 8pm, LOL.

  3. Steve says:

    Bonnie, if only you knew someone who had time on their hands and was up for an adventure. Hell’ I’ll give you a ride once I get off work! And there is a brewery in Fairburn, even.

    My exercise plan was foiled last night by a flat tire… on the horse trailer! Debbie had taken Celil and Mickey (Hey, Mickey, you’re so fine…) to ride with the trainer yesterday morning. She came back and didn’t mention any problem. While she went to book club last night, I did her chores and after I had unhooked the truck (!!) and was about to ride, saw the tire was flat as a flitter. Hook the truck back up (!!) find the wedge jack (the thing you drive on with a tandem axle trailer) and take the flat off. I tried to put in a plug, but wasn’t able to make a big enough hole- it was a small leak to begin with. Air up the spare, put it on, back off the jack, unhook again (!!), load the bad tire into the truck. I was done.

    Glad to be back in the office so I can recover my regular glasses. I left Monday wearing my computer glasses (single vision readers at about 30″). Glad my eyes are OK enough to still get by.


  4. Decided to make a baked pasta dish for tonight, if for no other reason than to use up some of the food in my pantry.

  5. Steve says:

    Wordle FAIL!

  6. Barb says:

    Paulie – You need to find a Lidl – I like the Rao’s jarred pasta sauces. I think Publix sells that brand too, but I think Lidl was cheaper.
    And – let me know about the posts – we have plenty out back we aren’t going to use ever again.

    Went to The Batman last night – $5 Tuesdays! 3 hours long, it was good, but I’ll have to say I like Christian Bale much better than Robert Pattinson.

    haven’t attempted Wordle yest

    • David says:

      The Lidl on Memorial Drive near the now defunct Ann’s Snack Shack looks like it’s about ready to open any day. “Impoverished” ITP readers, shall we say, should watch out for what looks like a typical grand opening offering:

      “The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin shortly before we open our doors at 8:00 a.m. Our advice? Get there early. The first 100 customers will be presented with a special gift card ranging from $5 to $100 each.”

      That text is from a New Jersey store that opened today. No word on the Lidl site yet as to when Memorial Drive will open.

      Wordle in 4 today. NYT Mini puzzle in 22 seconds yesterday. Usual times are typically 30 to 75 seconds.

      Oh and hernia surgery is on the schedule for April 15. Laparoscopic and robotic, for which I’m grateful. No big gashes, just three small incisions in my stomach. Surgeon is going to proactively check my right side while he’s in there so as to head off another surgery in case that side of my groin decides to join the party. It’s working out as well as it could have.

      There’s a really good interview with Robert Bruni on NPR’s Fresh Air about how he lost sight in one eye. A great quote he had is “Human bodies are all ticking time bombs set to go off at different times.” That sure gives me context for this hernia surgery. I mean, I didn’t have a stroke in the eye like he did. Sheesh. I’ll stick with the lumps I’ve been given.

      • Steve says:

        I’m not a crossword person, but I normally do the mini in under 3 minutes. I haven’t gotten it down to under 1, but I don’t turn on the “tell me if I’m right” button.

        • David says:

          I became a crossword puzzle person in December 2019, and then it really amped up during the pandemic. I’ve completed around 1,400 NYT crossword puzzles now, so that’s how I get them done so fast. I don’t use the “tell me if I’m right” button on the Mini or current puzzles, but I will use it when I’m working puzzles from the archive because sometimes I just don’t want to think quite so hard.

          The Saturday Mini puzzle is always a lot bigger and can take me a couple of minutes sometimes.

      • Well done, and good luck! I do the Mini daily, but am rarely fast in doing so.

        • David says:

          Thanks, Paulie. One good thing about my various injuries, pretty much all I can do is sit around, so there’s not excuse to not be working on the two books I’m under contract for.

      • Barb says:

        David – they just opened a new Aldi by me, but I totally missed any grand opening specials. now I have 2 Aldi’s nearby – but Lidl is a good 20 minutes, so I rarely get there. But I really like that store.

      • Bonnie says:

        Oooooh, this “impoverished” ITP Reader should have time on her hands to go wait in line! 🙂

        • David says:

          Tee-hee! When Paulie mentioned your hobby of picking up receipts in parking lots I figured this would be your jam. 🙂

  7. Tax paperwork submitted, and I was partially successful at dodging the rain.

  8. Another heavy downpour? Luckily I came back inside in time…

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