Farmer’s Market

Nothing interesting at the Farmer’s Market today.  We were hoping for some good tomato and pepper starts, but there just wasn’t anything to appeal.

It’s probably just as well, as the prognosticators are calling for another frost tonight.  Still, we’d like to have gotten some planting done.

Blueberries would have been nice.

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We Miss Riding

We just returned from a long drive back from Los Angeles, visiting our sister, and have realized how much we miss riding.  She has a horse, but we didn’t have time to take him out for a ride.

Our neighbors have horses, but cleaning out their loafing sheds (for fertilizer for our garden; much to be planted in the next two weeks, with okra later in the summer when it heats up–we discussed this with our sister over dinner on Tuesday–would that we could get the seafood she has!) just isn’t the same.

It’s been nearly a dozen years since last we were astride a horse, and we miss it.

Ah, well.   Meanwhile, enjoy Jimmy, from the original video (as seen on Tales from Margaritavision, of which we possess a copy):

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Spring

Ah, spring, when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … tractor maintenance.

(Oil change, etc.  We’re just glad to have found an apparently-equivalent filter so we don’t have to pay dealer prices!)

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What is “The One True Comma?”

Apologies for the poor recording; it is not our video.

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Manhattan

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Meanwhile, at SCOTUS….

Background, as taken from the oral argument: “Minnesota’s statute bans all conventional political expression on apparel to prevent a smaller class of material that can already be regulated under other election statutes. Shirts saying AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce, Moveon.cor — Moveon.org — excuse me — and countless other examples are prohibited. Since a vast amount of the banned material is legitimate speech and the statute has plain -a few plainly justified applications, it is overbroad and unconstitutional.”

From the transcript:

JUSTICE ALITO: Okay. How about an NRA shirt?
MR. ROGAN: An NRA shirt? Today, in Minnesota, no, it would not, Your Honor. I think that that’s a clear indication — and I think what you’re getting at, Your Honor –
JUSTICE ALITO: How about a shirt with the text of the Second Amendment?
MR. ROGAN: Your Honor, I — I — I think that that could be viewed as political, that that — that would be — that would be –
JUSTICE ALITO: How about the First Amendment?
(Laughter.)
MR. ROGAN: No, Your Honor, I don’t -I don’t think the First Amendment. And, Your Honor, I –
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: No — no what, that it would be covered or wouldn’t be allowed?
MR. ROGAN: It would be allowed.
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: It would be?
MR. ROGAN: It would be. And — and I think the — I understand the — the idea, and I’ve — I’ve — there are obviously a lot of examples that — that have been bandied about here –

Go read; it’s pretty funny watching Mr. Rogan trying to defend his position that apparently some amendments are more equal than others.
https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2017/16-1435_f2ag.pdf

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A Winter’s Day

We took the dog out for a pleasant three-mile walk this afternoon and were graced with this lovely view at the end of the street:

(Click to embiggenate)

We would note that the weather was in the low-twenties and still snowing (for those so inclined: METAR KOUN 211954Z 36009KT 1SM BKN008OVC014 M05/M06 A3037 -SNBR).  Local schools were all closed because, well, Okies are a bunch of wimps (insert standard “old man” rant: in our day, snowing, uphill both ways…).

Well, it may have been level ground, but “our day” is clearly today…ya wimps!

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Random Flower Picture

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Instapot FAQ

Congratulations on the purchase of your new cursed Instant Pot multi-use programmable Pressure Cooker. Instant Pot is the #1 selling 7-in-1 multi-cooker that reduces cooking times up to 70% by summoning the horrible black magical powers of Baphomet, the Sabbatic Goat God. Your cursed Instant Pot will change the way you cook kitchen staples like soups, stews, meats, rice, potatoes, hard boiled eggs and so much more!

Before you get started here are some Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker that lets you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.

It functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté/searing pan, steamer and warming pot all in one convenient appliance!

How does my cursed Instant Pot cook food so quickly?
The cursed Instant Pot uses a high-pressure cooking chamber, advanced microprocessor technology and the black magic of an ancient pagan deity, Baphomet, our unholy dark lord and savior, to reduce cooking times and energy usage by up to 70%.

Developed by top food scientists, engineers, and necromancers, the Instant Pot uses cutting-edge, lab-tested algorithms to control cooking pressure and temperature while keeping the revolting powers of an atavistic goat-god safely trapped within a shard of shimmering jet black obsidian.

Read the whole thing at https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/faq-your-new-cursed-instant-pot

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Colorful Dinner

Homemade fajitas for dinner tonight (well, we bought the tortillas, but everything else was homemade).  One each: large white onion, green, yellow, orange, and red bell peppers.  Cook gently–just barely enough to soften, not so much as to lose the bright flavour of the peppers.  We used chicken thighs for the meat; nicely juicy and flavorful.  Regrettably, it’s too cold to grill (we took our day’s walk before the sun set), so we settled for sautéeing with a bit of olive oil.  Not as good as grilled, but certainly passable.  A bit of sour cream, a handful of crumbled cotija cheese, and a hearty squeeze of lime, again for the brightness (to match the color) that we so love to share!

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