Friday, December 27, 2013

27 December 2013 Nailed retread to my feet and prayed for better weather

Cassi Creek:  The weather seems to have stabilized a bit.  The upper daytime temperatures are running in the high 30s to low 40s.  Nighttime lows are dropping into the low to mid 20s.  There is another prediction for rain moving in on Sunday.  Otherwise, we have no terrible weather forecast to move into our region. 
          The deck and steps have their annual winter algae infestation.  Combined with condensation dripping off the roof and gutters, these results in treacherous footing.   Retreads might well be indicated.  Actually, heavier boots with a more aggressively treaded sole are in order and I have those in the closet.  If there is sufficient condensation or heavy enough frost, the mixture of algae and ice is a booby trap that can’t be seen in dimmer light conditions.  I took one fall last winter and re-acquainted myself with the laws of physics and the velocity of falling bodies.  I have cable devices to wear in lieu of crampons.  They work when I wear them. 
          I had fun looking backward at Pogo comic strips yesterday.  Walt Kelly was always fun to read and I agreed with much of his political position. 
          Dinner last night was beef short ribs braised with red wine, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and served atop kasha with quinoa/corn shell pasta.  A bit of ketchup and Dijon mustard and a topping of plain Greek yogurt brought it into the ersatz Stroganov category.  The market had these labeled as beef spare ribs.  They were priced about half/lb less than the correctly marked short ribs.  We’ll get two meals out of the package.
          Bright, sunny, and chilly here.

I wonder what percentage of the populace knows what retreads are.

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