Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pinched Rice Bowls

 from the last firing, pinched rice bowls

it's been awhile since I pinched any pots
I need to pinch more often.

got home unloaded the car, 
unloaded an ice chest full of fish,
unloaded my smoker, toaster oven, clothes, etc
swept the driveway of leaves, quite a job;
couldn't get the blower started.

smoked some pork chops to give to our neighbors
who took care of Barney while we were gone
also delivered a small gift for them.
Barney is doing well, thank goodness, I love that little boy.

unloaded a bisque I fired right before I left. 
need to glaze asap.
wondering if I can make some more work 
and get it fired before the first weekend of December
we shall see.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tripletail Fish

 We had tripletail fish (source) for our meal today. it was delicious.

I grilled the fish and mixed up a quick bearnaise sauce.
Since I didn't have a double boiler
I held the pot over the flame but not touching
a bit of trouble but the butter didn't separate from the eggs.
I served the fish with brown rice and fennel again.
Not a word from Gary about the fennel this time. Ha.

We're heading home early because things cost a lot;
turns out we had to get 4 new tires which cost $400.
We didn't notice that the tires were worn on the inside
the outside looked good and better safe than sorry.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Monarchs and No See Ums or Biting Midges

Driving along the coast between Gulf Shores and Pensacola we noticed hundreds of monarch butterflies darting here and there. I didn't get any photos but decided to post previous photos of mine for this post for Barbara who loves monarch butterflies. The speed limit along that part of the coast is 45 mph. Driving less than 45 mph allows the butterflies to waft up and around an auto when encountering the buffer air around a car. I am not sure that is the reason for that speed limit but it's a great benefit to the butterflies. At higher speeds they'd go splat on the windshield or in the grill of auto.

 Here is the caterpillar of the monarch butterfly.

Here is the chrysalis of the monarch. If you see these leave them alone they will turn into a beautiful monarch butterfly.

Now all the news articles say there aren't any no-see-ums here in this area. Gary and I know that's not true. There are an abundance of them and we have been eaten alive. No-see-ums are sand flies or biting midges and they are worse than mosquitoes. The illustration above shows what they look like but they are much smaller in real life almost invisible, hence the term no-see-ums. Reading up on them I found out they can get through a normal sized screen; a screen needs to be much finer to screen them out.

Trigger Fish


sauteed in garlic, butter, and lime juice
we had roasted fennel and a few left over green beans
Gary said he didn't like fennel
he ate it and then said this (fennel) is pretty good
try it you might like it