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24 August 2016

Ripper

 
He is, in fact, yawning
20 August 2016

Yup, I'm a terrible blogger.

I am resorting to posting photos of the cat yawning. What's next? A selfie?

(Short answer: no).

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6.
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10 August 2016

You're mocking me

 
No Internet!
10 August 2016
 
You know how it is. You sit down to get some work done and no Internet! Your ISP says "Uh-oh, no one in your area has a signal. It's going to be 6 or 7 hours..."
 
So much for work.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6. Yeah, probably the electric utility who is still messing around in the area.
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09 August 2016

Luminous


Milton
4 April 2008

He is one of my favorite subjects and being photographed is one of his least favorite activities.

But he's so cute.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. And yes, I spent yesterday making 4 gallons of broth. .
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07 August 2016

August ritual

 
There's the beef
7 August 2016
 
For the last five years, I've been buying my beef exclusively from Star Brand Beef. Shreve raises her cows humanely and respectfully. They are grass fed and organic. You can read all about it on her site. Having the opportunity to purchase a year's worth of beef from her has made my life so much easier; when the spouse wants a steak, I don't have to worry about sourcing organic beef. I just go to the freezer.
 
So it happens that every August, we drive out to meet her truck and pick up our boxes. It's always a kind of festive day because many of the same people show up every year. We are devoted. There are hugs and a few moments to chat. Then it's away with the boxes and off to restock the freezer.
 
There is something slightly magical about subverting the system. A woman with a blog and a dream started raising beef and she sells it to other women (mostly) who have a similar dream--healthy food from happy animals to feed their families.
 
Tomorrow, I will take about 20 lbs worth of soup bones and make gallons of broth that will also be stored away for future use. Yeah, it's work. Yeah, it takes some effort. But to me, this is the definition of clean eating.
 
(And yeah, that includes all the salad I eat, which is not insignificant.)
 
Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6.
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04 August 2016

Beale Street


Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee
30 June 2014

I was sure I'd posted this photo, but apparently I said almost nothing about the Memphis trip.

(Probably because I was chaperoning a high school group and it was a rather stressful week. Less said...)

Beale Street is pretty lively at night, and we did hear a lot of good music.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4.
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03 August 2016

Wonderland

 
San Antonio, Texas
31 July 2016
 
I can't even imagine calling a mall "Wonderland."
 
I read somewhere, sometime ago that the era of the mall was basically over, and this is a good example. Like so many strange, largely empty spaces you see these days, this was an amalgam of low-end department stores and entertainment venues like Inflatable Wonderland (we had to go check it out because...wow) with a food court. The reason we were here was to visit the movie theater, which was actually pretty nice with few chairs, wide rows and wait staff. And it's an art house theater!
 
As an aside: Captain Fantastic for the win. What a great movie. I'm so amused that people are calling it anti-Christian given the anti-Christian sentiments are illustrative of the main character's rigidity and personal failings. It's a movie about finding balance while seeking your higher good.
 
And while I'm at it, if you haven't seen Stranger Things, it's well worth watching. We binge watched it at D.'s, which was a blast.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6.
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02 August 2016

Artsy!

San Antonio, Texas
30 July 2016
 
Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6.
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