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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cabin Trip 2014—2nd Day On The Road

We are in Grand Island, Nebraska. Our standby motel is the Rodeway Inn (pet friendly!) which has always had excellent, clean rooms. We have a nice view of a small lake behind the motel. 

The truck is gassed up, dogs and cat are fed, dogs are walked and now we are settled down with a cup of wine about to order a pizza. Tonight it will be Domino's Hawaiian Pizza.

We always get here at a good time, around 5:00 local time (we are on Central Time now). This gives us a chance to relax and wind down some. We'll get a good night of sleep, up early tomorrow and then be in Laramie at or before noon. There, we will do 2-3 days of shopping and head on in to the cabin arriving around 3:00 or so. I'm telling you this in advance because we won't bother to try to get the Internet working (which is always a multi-hour phone call) because a new system is (supposed) to be installed on Tuesday. 

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Posted under: Cabin NewsTravel • by Rick on 09/14/2014 at 04:37 PM
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cabin Trip 2014 - First Day on the Road

We got away in good time this morning -- 6:30 a.m.

The drive went well, although we had rain through most of Pennsylvania. We are now in Mishawaka, Indiana at a Red Roof Inn (pet friendly!). We have fed and walked the dogs (who are very needy) and we just ordered a pizza to be delivered (Vesuvio's Pizza: sausage, green pepper, black olives and mushrooms as well as a garden salad). It will be late before we eat, probably 8:30, so bed not long after that.

I forgot my hardback book at home. I'd just started Michael McGarrity's Back Lands -- the second in a series. His books are all New Mexico based with lots of history and stories of the area where I grew up and went to school. Most of his books have been murder mysteries, but the first in this series starts the back story of his protagonist character. It is a big dense book with great story telling. We tried to find a copy in a couple of book stores along the way to the cabin with no luck. So, after struggling to get this Internet connection, I downloaded it to my iPad.

I hope our food comes soon!

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Posted under: Cabin NewsTravelBooks I've Enjoyed • by Rick on 09/13/2014 at 05:40 PM
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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Last of Summer—2014

While it is not officially the end of summer, today is pretty much the end for us.

We had our last swim tonight. It was wonderful. The water temperature was 82° and we swam 30 lengths. The pool will be closed on Tuesday.

I ran the heater all day to bring the temperature up from the mid 70s; and, it was worth it for that final comfortable swim. In previous years we would not be able to enjoy the pool after mid August. The nights are just too cool and the angle of the sun does not warm the water. So, the heater was worth it. It accomplished our goal of swimming earlier and later that before. 

We spent less than 1/2 what I had feared on propane. I think I based my calculations on degrees Farenheit instead of Celsius. wink 

We had a fire in the fire pit waiting for us as we exited the pool. We sat by the fire, had some ice cream and whiskey. 

It was a productive day in preparing for the Fall and our upcoming trip to Colorado. We took down the cabana, took the outdoor furniture indoors and cleaned the pool. 

Fireworks were going off just now. Not sure why. It freaks the dogs out, so I'll be glad when it stops.

Off to bed now.

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Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 09/07/2014 at 06:38 PM
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014

Original title, huh?

Just wanted to get it on record:

1. Saw the first firefly of the season last evening.

2. Had a nice swim in 80 degree water tonight. (The pool heater is great. Down to about 50% propane, which means we are using far less than I had calculated.)

3. Off on a camping trip (without dogs) on Friday!

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Posted under: 55 Ponderosa PlaceNew Jersey • by Rick on 06/11/2014 at 07:01 PM
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Today’s Cocktail—Caipirinha

This is a popular Brazilian drink.

For one person, cut a washed lime in half aroud its orbit, then slice that into 4 or 5 slices. Put lime in the bottom of a one-serving cocktail shaker. Add two teaspoons of granulated sugar (or use simple syrup, for some dilution). Muddle gently to release the lime juice and dissolve the sugar. 

Add two shots (2 ounces) of cachaça -- the Brazilian rum that is the heart of this drink. Add 5 or 6 ice cubes, then shake well. Serve with the ice in a glass.

I use Leblon cachaça, and it needs only a little sugar. Other brands like Pita, I've found need a bit more sugar. Experiment.

Don't drink too many in the process.

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Posted under: Food and Cooking • by Rick on 06/08/2014 at 01:58 PM
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