Food for the Progressive Soul
It’s officially autumn, even here in the deep south, and tonight is the first winter meal of the season. I’m making two kinds of beef stew.
His: Chuck roast, chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried onion powder because he hates onion bits in his stew, green beans, corn, and brown rice.
Hers: Chuck roast (much, much less meat), lots of real onion chunks, carrots, potatoes, and portobello mushrooms. I’ll thicken the gravy a bit after the vegetables are done.
Brown the roast, add the onions (or powder), cover with water, simmer for at least two hours. Shred the meat and return it to the pot. Add the vegetables and cook for another hour. I don’t usually add any other seasonings except a little salt and pepper.
Autumn… it’s what’s for dinner!
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, near Montrose, Colorado, on a very foggy and rainy Sunday in October.
Your babies are beautful!
I’m so glad you’re posting your photos!
Oh, my! The “ladies” version sounds wonderful. I saw a ginormous chuck roast at the local organic meat provider and wanted to get one. It will have to be later this month. We fixed NY steaks on the grill, baked potatoes and salad Friday and are again enjoying the leftovers tonight.
Love the sweet doggy eyes looking at me!
She’s my sweet girl. One of them.
We went on an adventure this afternoon. I want to get them accustomed to going places in the car that do not involve vets and needles, so we went downtown to pick up the spouse. They were both skittish about getting in the car, but all in all the adventure was a great success.
Tomorrow– the post office!
Love the facial expression – “You’re taking a picture of what?? How could you?”
Felt more than a little bit yuck today. Must be those Pacific storms, sending all this humidity out of the SW, making the air a bit thick.
I got my latest package of Obama goodies this weekend – another yard sign, a t-shirt with “Obama/Biden” on it, some buttons AND another car magnet!
I am a rich woman, indeed….
Smooches to your doggies, Kate.
It’s ::very:: humid here, too, which is depressing after all the wonderful hints of autumn we’ve had the past few weeks.
This evening, there’s a huge dark storm to the east and bright sun to the west – I love the look of the leaves against the sky when that happens.
Sorry about not coming through with Pique the Geek last night. Something camp up that would have prevented me from monitoring comments. Nothing serious in the grand scheme of things, but to be honest I lost my good glasses Saturday evening and spent most of yesterday and today turning the house upside looking for them. I have my old pair, but they are heavy and the Rx is old, so not a good solution.
I guess that I will go get a new pair started tomorrow. I did a saturation search of the three places that I regularly take them off, near those places, under chairs where I might have accidentally kicked them, ect. to no avail. I have even looked in unlikely places like the dryer, washer, dishwasher, even in the freezer and refrigerator.
The hell of it is was that I did not go anywhere Saturday after I got back from the store, so they have to me SOMEWHERE in the house. I did check my trash before I curbed it last night, so at least they are not thrown away. Any suggestion or tip from your experience of where to look would be appreciated.
Pique the Geek will return next Sunday at 8:00 PM Eastern.
If you run down to the drugstore and buy a pair of $12 reading glasses, you’ll find them about an hour after you get back home.
With a skilled optician I correct to 20/15 to 20/12. Without correction, depending on the day, I am anywhere from 20/250 up. It is frustrating not to be able to see over a couple of pieces of plastic that I foolishly spaced out completely. I still have no idea where they might be.
As you can see, this is truly troubling to me both because of the vision issue and the feeling that I have lost my mind to lose them in the first place. I know that I will find them in a very logical place that I put them for safekeeping whilst in the absent minded professor mode, because I was finishing up Pique the Geek and had looked at some coins for a break, and either area (in different parts of the house) could have them, but I must have done something completely out of routine.
It not that. I see just fine close up. One of the places that I take off of my glasses is to type on the computer. I am frightfully nearsighted, and anything over 16 or 18 inches from my face is just a blob. I am so nearsighted that when I was little I did not know that those big green blobs in the air actually had fine structure that could be seen clearly without actually touching them.
I read just fine, it is just driving, looking across the room, or at Rachel right now on the TeeVee that is a problem. I could have done the post last night, but was so desperate to find the glasses that I could not concentrate.
These old glasses allow me to see well enough to drive safely, but they not only give me a headache but are so heavy that they cause hotspots on the nose bridge. Since I depend on glasses for 90% of my vision, this is a disaster.
The other day, I decided to adjust the settings on my computer and found myself experiencing what people with bad vision go through every day.
You see, when I was younger, I had that super vision thing going on: I could see further than everyone on earth and closer than almost anyone, and had perfect vision in between. No doubt, I am closely descended from turncoat traitorous Crow scouts.
It is only in the last year or so that I have had to resort to reading glasses. The lowest setting.
In any case, my computer is current set in a room w/o good lighting. I type in the dark. !. Yes, there is an overhead, but it’s just awful, and I keep the front window covered, and the only other window is too small for much light.
The hazards of painting and diy-ing the whole place. The computer will be moving in a few days.
ANYhow … I decided I needed to adjust the brightness and contrast of the computer display, but accidentally put it on the darkest setting. !.
It took me a good hour to find my mouse cursor on the screen and readjust it.
I looked upon it as an hour in the life of someone with very bad vision.
It is funny how the mind works. You just made me remember one of the funniest lines of the old cartoon Superchicken (bok, bok, bok!). Fred and SC were flying in SC’s robot plane, and SC said, “Fred, I can see the villains down there with my Super Vision!” Fred said, “Gee, Superchicken, I wish I had supervision!” Superchicken said, “Well, Fred, I do the best that I can for you!”
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