Yesterday was just another day around WLF, pulling weeds, and watching my savings dwindle. I had a nice dinner with Betsy. We ate frozen pizza to which I added some WLF banana peppers, and salad. Upon returning home I watch what turned out to be a rather disappointing draw for Atlanta United at DC. Atlanta looked really good at the game’s start, but really didn’t show much offensive ability after the twentieth minute or so.

Today I am going cook an okra dish for lunch, and, if I decide that I don’t want to ride tonight (unlikely given the fantastic weather and need for exercise), will make a chili for dinner.

I’m slowly working my way through the book “Lessons in Chemistry”. I have borrowed it electronically from the library which helps me carve out time to read it since I must return it in a week.

Remember I mentioned trying to go camping in September? Yeah, that’s not going to happen, believe it or not, I just don’t have the time. I think that I’ve also come to the conclusion that camping alone is pointless.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was VALUE.

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47 Responses to 2023-09-21

  1. Got lucky with Connections today, all of the stabs I took were correct.

    Even if I were trying to do the Mini Crossword swiftly I couldn’t, today’s puzzle took me 1:15.

  2. David says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with FLUNG, coulda been 3 but for one letter. Two strikes on connerctions, Mini in 31 seconds.

    My return to yoga class this month has not gone as planned. I was clearly optimistic about my life settling down. I think I’m going to sit out October to be safe and try again in November. I am making an effort to get back into walking.

  3. steve says:

    Wordle in 2, but a Connections FAIL. I had 2 out of 4, but couldn’t see the last one.

    Still no joy on the truck shopping front. Debbie has convinced me that maybe the first truck we saw on Saturday is the right one and with some financing, could come home with us. That wasn’t the plan, but if that makes her happy…

    My partner Sam and I got some very nice swag from the Law Enforcement Unit yesterday for all our hard work in converting the buildings cameras over to IP. The lieutenant had told me he wanted to see us both and I knew it was either a thank you or we were in trouble!

    Debbie made he (in)famous Mexican casserole last night. Not quite as spicy as last time, but enough that it’s almost burned a hole in my lower intestine! Hurts so good.


  4. steve says:

    Just reading about a private rail service in Florida. Currently running between Miami and West Palm, they want to run between Miami and Orlando. Interesting concept.

    • I read an article about that a few weeks ago. I had no idea that south Florida had rail.

      • steve says:

        I knew there was train service around MIA and FLL, but didn’t realize it went as far as WPB. I love trains and wish we had more usable service.

        • Agreed. A line connecting Athens to Birmingham would be cool, as long as the stations provide parking and are within walking distances to things people want to do.

          • steve says:

            I still have no idea why “The Gulch” was not used for a multi-modal station. Commuter rail, MARTA, intercity bus. Maybe the land was too valuable?

        • steve says:

          Years ago, my friend- Pat and I planned a ski trip to Bad Gastine, Austria. This was the early days of the internet, but I was able to plan a lot of the trip using it. We flew into Munich, grabbed the train for a couple hours, I think we had one change, and it dropped us in Bad Gastine. We were standing on the platform, completely exhausted and wondering where the hotel was. I finally remembered why I had chosen the hotel. It was on Bahnhoffstrasse! (for those not speaking German, that translates to train station street.

    • Bob says:

      That rail line has been in progress for quite some time. Cruise ships need to get people from Orlando to Miami more dependently so the tourism money is funding that rail line.

      • Barb says:

        Bob’s got it. My long time hasher friends in FL have taken it (to go on a cruise) – its a pretty cool rail line idea for that purpose. I’m sure there’s other reasons for it too. Sounds like there’s a swanky section, so a way to start your vacation right!

    • Jenka says:

      I love trains, too! I wish Atlanta had a better system. In NYC we took the Metro to the Mets game and it was way faster and more convenient than taking a car.

  5. Sally says:

    Wordle in 5 dang it. Once again had the last 3 letters but too many options for the 1st two. Two strikes in connections. Started reading Remarkably Bright Creatures. A cute little book. Met a friend at Monday Night Brewery last night for a brew or two. It was pretty dead there….but in all fairness TRAFFIC SUCKED. Accidents everywhere. Clean bill of health at the dentist. Good for another 6 months.

    • Hope you used at least one of their magic free beer cards from Monday Night.

      Congrats on the dental visit. Hopefully I have the same outcome next Tuesday, but fear there may be a spot of bother. I’ll let the professionals make their assessment.

  6. Jenka says:

    Big all-day donor meetings today has me running around already.

    What you should do is put the chili in the crockpot and then it will be ready for you when you get home from riding!

  7. Barb says:

    I’ll play games later – maybe……..
    I need to go to Target before people wake up – since they have groceries too, its an easy place to get all my errands done in 1 place.
    Right at home helper (she is not a nurse) could not get Dad to shower. He was more of a PITA than usual. Well – hopefully one of these days he will play along. She tried on & off for 2 hours, even got him to the bathroom once, but then, NOPE! She did help with getting both of them dressed, helped with lunch, made beds, vacuumed & wet swiffered the bathroom floor. Nice lady, hopefully eventually we can get Dad to understand this routine.

    Thanks for letting me vent here…… it is not really that bad, it is just exhausting.
    (Plus trying to work too, that’s what makes it so hard)

  8. My lunch today was a spin on this Bhindi Masala recipe. To the recipe I also added som WLF long purple eggplant.
    It was quite good eaten over rice.

  9. Bob says:

    So the fight I got in to with my truck dealer was sort of successful? They picked it up this morning and will have it repaired by tomorrow. Quick turnaround but still $800 repair, that is why there is a question mark on the first sentence 🙂
    Work still sucks but I’m playing tennis again Saturday so have that to look forward to.

  10. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 6. Just too many options for that fourth letter. Two mistakes in Connections.

    I got my 2nd shingles and COVID booster vax yesterday and I’m feeling it. Everything aches – even my fingers.

    No joy yet on the truck front. The one from Saturday sold. There are 2 possibilities but they are at a dealership in Albertville, AL which is a 3-hour drive and that doesn’t sound fun since I’m feeling puny. There’s no great rush, but it would be really nice to have it for our trip next week.

    My farrier came to do Phinney’s shoes this morning and he told me he needs shoulder surgery and will be out a minimum of 3 months and I think closer to 5 with how he described the rehab. Finding someone to manage my finicky pony’s feet in the meantime is going to be a challenge. If it’s not one thing …

    I’ll send you the Mexican casserole recipe Jenka. I’m devastated that Steve is taking it out of our rotation. It’s easy and so good. I would make it every week because I even like it as a leftover. I can’t believe I found something that disagrees with Steve’s cast iron stomach.

    • David says:

      Oooh, oooh, please send it to me too! 🙂

    • Barb says:

      hell – just post it here Debbie! I’m curious too!!!

      Well – parents got up about 1145, I got breakfast out for them to eat (I ate a sandwich, it is lunch time) & they are dressed by 1245. DAMN I’m good.
      My uncle is supposed to be stopping over this afternoon.

      • Or send it to me and I will add it to the post tomorrow.

      • Jenka says:

        Out of curiosity, when do they go to bed? I love that they sleep in every day! Retirement goals.

        • I have never wanted to sleep that late, I’d feel like more than half of my day was lost had I done so.

          • Debbie says:

            My mom was also a very late riser. I usually am too, but it does cost a lot of the day. I’ve been intentionally scheduling things early so I’m up and moving.

            My thoughts are with you both as you deal with aging parents. It’s hard enough when they are local. Adding in the challenge of distance has to be exponentially harder.

    • Jenka says:

      I got it, thank you, Debbie!

    • Jenka says:

      Maybe try using a milder seasoning? I use mild usually and my spicy-averse kid loves it.

      • Debbie says:

        Mexican Rice Casserole

        Brown a pound of the ground meat of your choice. I use chuck steak. When it’s browned add in a packet of taco seasoning and any other spices you like.

        Add in a can of beef broth, a can of corn (drained), a can of Rotel tomatoes and a can of green chilies.

        Add 1.5 cups of rice and bring to a boil, simmer covered on low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese to the top. I use a 4 cheese Mexican blend and let sit covered until the cheese melts- 3-4 minutes.

        When I started making it Steve said it was too bland. ???? I think the chipotle chili powder I’ve added the last two times is probably the culprit. I’ll give it a few weeks until his memory fades and then I’ll try again.

        • Jenka says:

          So, I often make this EXACT same recipe (minus the chilies) except I use Italian herbs and call it an Italian skillet. One time I actually made it with taco seasoning instead and it was a hit with husband and kid. It’s great both ways, and so easy!

          • steve says:

            Debbie forgot to mention the can of black beans as well. That was another reason last nights was so FREAKING hot, we were out of BB.

  11. Chili is in the crockpot. The best thing about chili is that there is no “right way” to make it. I didn’t have all of the ingredients necessary for a traditional chili, so I am improvising. My fancy pants can opener has given up the ghost. Perhaps I will buy another one on my journey to Edgewood Retail District in the morning.

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