8/27/2017

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I had a good weekend. Joe’s birthday Saturday and I called. I went to sister Cathy’s yesterday in time for a farmer’s market trip in Oakland. Summer squash and mild peppers, no corn left. We hit up Whole Foods for corn, stopped for a cat scratching post to save the couch. Home we had light lunch of rotisserie chicken, nut bread, cheese and the fresh tomato basil I brought. I fixed the front door again by removing the winter shims and securing the center post base slider. The garage light is acting up, I changed the supply to the garage breaker. The volts are on the switch now, don’t know if it will work in the dark sensor. I delivered the Lark Mobile, showed Cathy how it works and she took it for a spin.
Just then Nan showed up, good friend, Shelly’s sister. Nan made up a sliced baguette with goat cheese and a roast cherry tomato, ginger bruschetta, wonderful. The vegetarian Mark and Tina can’t make it so it’s red meat night. We fire up the gas grill for in husk corn, tri tip, ribs and veggies (squash, peppers and onions), sides of peaches with tomatoes and salad. Rum cake for dessert. It was all so good. Sent home with tri tip and ribs, three quarters a rotisserie chicken and an ear of corn, plus jars.
I stopped at the boat on the way home to pay the rent and check on her. The rats chewed the electric line near the plug, I’ll need a new plug installed, and some rat poison. She’s floating well, but needs care. Home. Practicing “Over the Rainbow”
This morning I slept in, watched some “Shield” episodes. Laundry in. To town for coffee and a water flat. Back home, Cat left me a huge zucchini last week, I made Bread and Butter relish of it, chopping everything into small cubes. Zucchini, red and half a green pepper, Steve’s onion. Salted 1/4 cup to remove the moisture. A half batch of “Joy of Cooking” recipe for bread and butter syrup. Canning bath and jars in the oven. It’s in the high 90’s outside, hot. I got six cup jars sealed and a small jar more refrigerated. Should be good stuff, tastes great.
Meanwhile. I have all this chicken from the rotisserie chicken Cathy gave me. I pulled off the meat and bone souped the carcass. Half a breast and tons more meat, I have corn tortillas, enchiladas are in order. Bach to town for sauce, cheese and sour cream. Forgot the cilantro, AJ’s has it for a buck on the corner. Chicken, corn, pinto beans, mild salsa,  half a green pepper, cilantro. Nuke the tortillas for 40 seconds under a wet paper towel. Two and a half with no dairy for Alan sauce and cilantro. Add sour cream split to the batch and sauce, add the other can of sauce. Some sauce in the baking pan, roll a tortilla with ingredients, seam down, another in two rows of five. add the rest of the sauce and pile on the cheese in the middle wide, leaving just a little tortilla edge visible. I forgot the onion, so I dosed it lightly with onion powder, that will have to do, perhaps scallions on the finished dish. Lunch for the gang Tuesday?
It’s getting really hot, over a hundred. with pickle bath water and all, way too hot. Outside, the wasps are buzzing me in the heat, too many, not good. After dark I dosed a few with carburetor cleaner, effective.
On to the fun stuff, the bass ukulele. I cut a piece of walnut from the Geyserville closeout to make a good bottom block for the sides, sanded to fit well. I used a scrap piece of 3/4 plywood to make a router pattern for the truss rod into the neck. The router is set up with a 3/4″ bushing and plastic plate. The truss rod is 3/8 wide mostly, 1/16 wider at the socket end. The plywood is 2 3/4″ wide, so an inch on each side should make a good bushing guide pattern. I set the rail on the table saw to 1 inch and made two cuts, adjusted a little. to perfect it. I cut the ends with the jig saw, round, then squared. I started the router with the wider bit to cut the socket end, then switched to a 3/8″ round bit to cut the final length to depth. A bit of chisel work got everything to fit.
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A sliced honey dew melon for lunch desserts, chicken bone soup for lunches, two buckets plus. Enchiladas and pickle relish. I even picked corner peaches on the way home from the corner market., too many on the ground, yellow peaches sweet, many still green will ripen.
Such a productive weekend. Back to the grind tomorrow.  Good harvest times.

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