Apr 01

Crats To The Left Of Me, Numnuts To The Right, But Here I Am, Stuck In The Middle With You

I’ve decided that when the RICH asswipes that are telling me what to do, where to go, which vehicle to drive there in, and how to live my life finally give away all their money and live on the same income I have to live on every month, I’m still going to ignore them. What a bunch of losers.

Was supposed to take my RV in for it’s first annual “Warranty Forever” checkup; but decided to pass on that. The last time I took my last RV in for same they told me “You need to re-caulk the roof before we give you a pass. We can do that for you for $200. And, pay the $150 for the annual Warranty Forever check on your way out please.”

So, it just seems to me that they “give” you a Warranty Forever, then REQUIRE annual check-ups where they charge you $150 (probably more now) to keep it in effect.

Nope. No money making scheme there.

Add to that the $100 it would have cost me to fill the truck with gas for the round trip to Fife. During rush hours. Both ways.

Just Not Happening Right Now.

The Freeze Drying is going well. That machine’s been in constant use since we got it. Now settling down to getting things done and in storage.

AND, running into how I’m going to store it & where problems. Especially since I don’t have enough of any 1 item to give it it’s own box on a shelf. You know: Peas, and only peas, In this box. Getting there; just not quite there.

So I need to get off my ass and gather the materials to make shelves in the basement and get the storage area together.

Had a guy from COSTCO heating over today to give us a guesstimate on putting a “mini-split” in the MILA. $7500 before taxes and rebates. About $5500 after both. BUT you have to pay the full amount THEN get your rebates. But we’re going to have it done anyway. Seems to be the most efficient “but not as costly as in floor heating” way to heat the MILA. But at least I’ll be able to get rid of those inefficient wall heaters. (I hate those things.)

Trip to Ohio is on hold until we see where gas prices are going. Too high and I’ll fly SWMBO out to visit her folks and me and the dog will just hang here. We’ve done it before.

Took SWMBO to breakfast this morning for date day. $45 for the two of us! $45! Basically for a breakfast I could have cooked at home. Same with Burger King yesterday on our running around. That was $21. For two whopper meals. $21! Looks like the only eating out I’m gonna be doing is at home.

But at least I know the cook.

Mar 27

I Finally Admit That It May Be Time I Just Quit …

This morning I cooked an entire tube of Jimmy Dean Sausage. Sliced it all into patties and fried them up just perfect.

Gonna try freeze drying them, you know. Except for that one I had with my egg & tater patty.

SWMBO mentioned (well, reminded me) on her way out to go do her tour of the Genealogy Library that she doesn’t eat sausage patties but does like those sausage crumbles we used to get from Thrive Foods.

So, hell, no skin off my nose. So I “crumbled” them and put them on a tray of burgers I also grilled this morning (In the rain I might add) specifically to try freeze drying. (I gotta stay off YouTube.)

Day went by. Did things around the house. Burned garbage even.

SWMBO came home and I really didn’t feel like cooking anything else today so I took her to Taco Bell. Then off to WinCo where we dropped a C-note on “stuff” (about half are things we plan to freeze dry).

Got home and (I don’t know why) I started looking for the dozen sausage patties I cooked this morning. I think I wanted to put them in the fridge.

Searched high. Searched low. Even searched the fire pit “just in case.” Not in the freezer. Not sitting out on a shelf or a counter. Not anywhere!

Until about 2100 when I looked in on the Freeze dryer to be sure it at least appears to be working. Saw an “extra” tray of burger. I didn’t put 3 trays of burger in there.

Yep. You can figure out the rest from here.

I’m going to bed.

Fuck.

Mar 17

How Much Y’all Want To Bet Biden Issues A Pardon To Fauci during the Ukraine War So No One Will Notice?

Because … Democrats. The Fauci Troll should have kept out of site and maybe no one would have been able to track him down and make him pay for the Hell he put America through over the past two+ years. He’s another one that should be dragged into the street and run over by a mico-mini bus. With spiked tires.

Got my freeze dryer. Went and bought, then installed, the NEMA 5-20 plug. Wasn’t hard. Watched the YouTube video. (Just kidding!) Made double-damned-sure everything was hooked up and working correctly before plugging the freeze dryer in.

So I’ve spent the last 4 days running “stuff” through it. Peas: turned out great. Mixed veggies: turned out great. Nally’s chili: turned out great. Hamburger: turned out pretty good. Forgot to run it through the grinder again after freeze drying it. Still tastie but the texture is a bit off. Green onions: turned out great. Everything is SO light after freeze drying.

Today the load is canned corn (out of the can, of course), canned potato’s (nearing their “use by” date), 6 raw pork chops and 6 cooked pork chops. Oh, some of those hash-brown patties we like for breakfast. Just because. And “California style” veggies.

Now that the “experimental” & “just making sure it works” stages are about over SWMBO and I need to come up with a plan of what we want to freeze dry for our food storage in a less “hap-hazard” way. I feel we need to pick something and do that until we have “enough” of that item. But that may not be the way to go. Variety is the spice of life.

The question I need to ask myself is: If the shit were to hit the fan tomorrow, would I want to have only freeze dried peas on hand to eat? (Meaning limited selection.)

Can’t do everything at once though.

SWMBO had cataract surgery on her right eye Tuesday and the follow-up today. Her surgery took almost 20 minutes to complete! Quick! She’s getting the other eye done next week. Then she’ll be able to see up close again. Told her to prepare herself cause I’ve changed in the last few years. She may not recognize me.

So she took me to Sherri’s for breakfast before we made our COSTCO run for a new microwave and big bags of frozen veggies. Need a new microwave cause our old one sets off the motion sensor light mounted under the cabinet (and under the shelf the microwave was sitting on) AND shut itself down a few times when trying to warm something. So, new one. This one was only (only) 7 years old. Not bad for a Walmart cheapie.

Breakfast with my schweetie was nice though. She’s still the best date in this world.

Once home I got her son to come over and help me get the last of the torn out wallboard out of the MILA and into that trailer I rented. I did just over half of it yesterday and didn’t think I could do it again today. (Had NO problem going to sleep last night and sleeping through until 0600 today!) Work went fast with the two of us doing it. Filled that trailer. So that’s done and the guy can come and get his trailer tomorrow. Total cost for the MILA ripout: just under $900. Not bad for an old guy.