Journal: June 15, 2021

I thought of beginning by telling you I had smoked chicken for dinner, but what I really had was chicken that basically caught on fire and was burnt to a crisp, because I forgot to turn the grill down before wandering off to consider the square root of a cat’s meow. It was smoked, but not the kind that makes for good eats… there went the rest of this week’s planned meals. Good thing I like Ramen Noodles (I’m sure I’ll figure something else out, but….)

The Queen has been in full chaos mode since about 4:30 this morning when she wanted to begin her game of fetch. Why is it she has the entire house to romp around in, but when she decides to play Queen of the Mountain, I’m the mountain? I’m hoping she decides to sleep tonight, otherwise she may be demoted to Princess. Those eyes say, “You will never sleep again.” Keep you posted (or, given the way she’s wound up, she will.)

For those who remember, I was scheduled to take my sabbatical last year and walk the Camino de Santiago (500 miles across Spain), but a little virus put the kibosh on that, but not indefinitely. We are back on for 2022, so Sir Fat A$$ is now getting out and putting in the steps. I need to drop about 35 pounds and be able to walk up to 15 miles in a day, for several days in a row. That’s going to take some work, so I’ve started working, but my goodness it has been hot out there! 3.2 miles yesterday (95°) and 4.1 miles today (96°). Word for the day: hydrate! Feels good though to begin and to have not only a goal, but a destination. I’m also still enjoying the virtual walks and am about to wrap up The Ring of Kerry (124 miles), but my daily goal on that has been very low, so will be kicking up the game and the challenge. Have been listening to Duma Key as I trudge.

Fermina (Pinot Grigio) is now in the secondary fermenter and looking very tasty. Already cleared significantly, but will not be ready to bottle until July 23. After she’s done, will probably wait until early fall to start a new batch.

About a third of the way through The Plot. So far it is a good read and I can recommend it. Let you know when finished.

Phone calls: you never know which one is next. Will it change the world as you know it, offer you an extended warranty on the car you sold six years ago, or be the fulfillment of anticipation… ring ring…. “Hello…..”

Thought for the day: “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” – Henry Miller

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