-things I learned This Week:
Turkey is for Our Convenience
Not the calendar’s.
We will not be doing the turkey Sunday, as planned (rescheduled from Thursday). Because we both have other things we’d rather do.
Messing with a 20 Lb. turkey didn’t sound like as much fun as tossing a pot roast in and letting the slow cooker take care of things. 15 minutes of prep (including fine gravy) versus well over 90 minutes by the time the turkey goes all in – gravy and stuffing, then into freezer bags. Holidays are for fun.
But it’s for US not the calendar.
Reynolds Slow Cooker Bags Rock
We did our second pot roast today in one of these gems. No mess at all. I mean like spotless. Totally worth doing! These make slow cookers as good (better) than anything in the prepared food or frozen aisles.
A precut veggie assortment, a custom trimmed big roast, a seasoning pack and ¼ cut of red wine.
Not a diet book in the making, but so?
Big Learning Point in 3D Printing
Sort of a newbie at this but the bad parts this week did have a lesson in them.
With a partial print nozzle clog, the finished piece is weak and layer attachment sucks. Have to work a bit more on “nozzle hygiene” going forward.
The “part density” can be weighed on a kitchen scale and that gives great first to last print consistency checking.
Internet Learning of the Week
This is a weird one: I didn’t realize until this week when it took me an hour to figure it out, but…
The Peoplenomics website is written in, but not managed by Microsoft Expression Web – a now obo product. I love the editor, though.
I was having extremely long delays when I added a link to an article. When you’re a high-speed “production writer” the idea of such a trip wire sucks.
Turns out that in Expression Web, you have to make a deliberate effort to change a document from a “web page” (in which case, endless ExWeb updating goes on behind the code curtain to manage a website) OR with an empty directory and empty “web site” you can save discrete .HTML files not part of the web. With this implemented, things go crazy fast again. Who knew?
No changes to existing files needed, but I was surprised when I got into it.
Promptly administered a good personal ass-kicking, too: I had (in a slow old man moment) missed that a web page is a member of a .web (site) and an .html (doc) doesn’t auto-tie to a site. I didn’t catch that my .html pages were being tied to the site and causing molasses to freeze up.
(If you got this far, take a certification test Monday!)
Things Are Disappearing Here
Elaine has been having a hip issue. Bending over to pick things up is sometimes painful. So Mr. Helpful bought both of us some “reachers” on Amazon. We had five of them. Now only three remain. I used the 40” long one to pick up golf balls out on the three hole “rough country” mess.
I just ordered three more (a 2-pack of 30” and another 40-inch version).
Thing is, unaccountable disappearances are on the upswing again around here: A half box of Earl Grey disappeared. Cat isn’t acting wired, Elaine claims innocence.
Even Landline Phones Need Power
After falling down hundreds of times, my old office landline phone bit the dust. New AT&T landline with speakerphone showed up. Still dials with no power on, but features disappear when the power drops. Speakerphone use, for example. EMP dependence is still creeping in around us.
We keep two landlines hot. Not so much because of EMP fears. But because we have to talk around to get enough bars to make a call out here in the sticks.
Drive By Hunters are an Issue
Heard tell of a white pick-up last year that was shooting deer from a moving truck. When a Dodge dually (white with a few running lights out) turned around in our driveway Friday – the only vehicle not belonging here – we went into high alert. Elaine said probably just holiday joy riding. I’m up-armored in case not.
Trust but verify.
Winter Could be Cold
Our first brush with freezing temps will come Monday night says the Saturday mid-morning look. Small chance of ice shows in January. Going to be putting plants on seed mats over New Years. Got 50 six-inch pots coming. Going to over-compensate for setting things too late to flower/fruit next year.
Zeus the cat is working back toward our laps at Martini time, now. He knows a lot more about weather than we do.
Still can’t pronounced adiabatic winds worth a shit, but that’s a cat for you. Slurs his words but we’re not hiring a speech pathologist for the cat. He’ll just have to keep working on his own speech issues.
Anything for Bees
Another action point after doing some research: Putting out some big strips of wildflowers. Some are drought resistant types this year. Most are perennials since it’s hard enough to get me to do things once, let alone twice. More hummingbirds and bees welcome.
Pollinating by hand with an electric toothbrush doesn’t look, in retrospect, like a smart move. Besides, who preps by storing electric toothbrushes?
A day without learning something new is wasted. (Even if it’s just a new excuse to try one…)
Even on weekends, learning never stops. But it beats hell out of lowest-common-denominator BS TV shows. And it’s learning in areas we call hobbies. And from books we enjoy for reasons that were never apparent while in school and getting free meals from our parents….
Write when you get rich,