I’m two weeks past my shoulder operation, and practically stylin. A little better every day. I don’t get to start therapy for another 3 weeks. Right arm better but still weak. Walked 5 miles yesterday, along beach with mixmaster ocean, water tussled and murky, 20+mph cold winds from north. Walking along thinking how gnarly it was, then realized how great it was to be moving. Every single time in my life I’ve forced myself to get out there and move (run, walk, bike, paddle, skate) I’ve felt immeasurably better. Get out there, stupid!
Around the homestead:
-Olives I’ve had about 15 gallons of small green olives in water, salt and vinegar for about 3 months, and they’re practically ready. Still a hint of bitterness, but plump and flavorful.
-Sauerkraut Another thing you just set up and nature’s microorganisms do it all. You only add salt to shredded cabbage, maybe a little water. Used our own cabbage, and it’s fermenting away in the 2-gallon Polish crock in the pantry.
-Chickens W’re getting 12-14 eggs a day from our little beauties. I favor the Golden Seabright eggs because the birds are so beautiful; maybe the beauty may come through a bit in the eggs, who knows?
-Green smoothies I use the Blendtec blender a lot, make a green smoothie for lunch when I’m busy. Fresh greens from garden, fruit, protein powder…
-Nightly vegetables Lesley has provided our vegetables from her garden practically every night for months. Broccoli cooked within minutes of picking is so different — sweet.
-Crabs It’s a lousy crab season. However, son Evan has been catching them with one of those little snare traps off a fishing rod from shore.
At the Mac
Just got an Apple Magic Trackpad, per Rick’s suggestion. Takes a bit of getting used to, but I’m finding it superior to mouse in a bunch of ways. 2-finger touch scrolling. Set preferences to “One finger—Tap to click—slick! Better ergonomics also I think.
In the shop
I’ver started making a few wooden spatulas from a piece of walnut a friend gave me. Got my belt sander outside under a roof. May try a spoon. Making a 3rd pushpin board out of wine corks. I love getting the chance to make stuff out of wood.
On the radio
Just now, Elmore Leonard and “Dust My Broom.” No matter how many times I’ve heard this, it just knocks me out with its power when it comes on. Those opening guitar notes. A little earlier Mojo Taylor played “The Fighting Side of Me” (written in 1970) by Merle Haggard. I don’t agree with Merle here (I heard him at a concert in Santa Rosa maybe 10 years ago and he recanted the anti-hippy attitude), but it’s great musically, such a rich voice. After the song, Mojo came on and said: “American musical genius, Merle fuckin Haggard…”