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Freakishly Hot Caturday

We got up early and started Getting Stuff Done around the house; Barb mowed and trimmed the front lawn while I did a load of laundry and washed rice to make onigiri (I freeze it for lunches during the week), then dragged the ladder out front to start putting up the new canopy over the driveway. This required getting out the chainsaw (thank goodness it wasn't stolen) to cut back the tree which was encroaching and was largely responsible for the old canopy sagging under the weight of trees and gods only know how many years' worth of grapefruit. We cut back all the foliage from the tree and the oleander hedge on the other side, got the canopy part-way up and then realized we did need more rope to get it up completely, plus needed to do some other things, so put away the tools and locked the gate (with chain), washed up (the monsoon humidity is kicking up again) and headed out.

First stopped to check out the big clearance sale at a local masonry place, and got ourselves two flats of pavement stones to make our back porch deck into a nice place we can actually use with our new gazebo and the lawn furniture we have on layaway at Sears. Then we went for cat food (the weekly necessity), stopped for a little lunch at home, and back out to Ace Hardware for the rope to finish the car port and then to Tuesday Morning to check out curtains for the dining room--found some, and while they're darker than the old cat-destroyed ones, they look very nice, I think.

Finished putting up the canopy, brought in the laundry, decided I was very nearly approaching heat stroke despite all the water I'd been drinking, so came in and drank more water, then took a shower to get cleaned up before finally taking Steve out for his birthday dinner at the "stuff yourself with more food than is strictly wise" Pacific Seafood Buffet, a place framefolly introduced us to while she lived here. Now, framefolly, who is a teeny, tiny, little slip of a thing, could pack more food away than all the rest of us put together at this buffet, but this time we obviously missed her, because I know I ate too much, and I don't think I've EVER seen Steve eat that much in one sitting. Am now a weary beached whale, but oh, the food there is tasty!

And seriously, this is a copy of a painting, made out of flowers:

It was in the atrium of the Bellagio, for their Spring layout. It's one of the few pictures that came out on that roll from the very expensive disposable I bought in the gift shop when I left my good camera in the hotel room. Next time I have to bring my LITTLE camera as well. D'oh.

But I pass it all the time. I think it must have been a house when this was all residential; but it's been a massage parlor for as long as I can remember. It used to have a different name, but it's been Flamingo for some years now. I believe it's a perfectly respectable massage parlor, I just never went there...

I shot this with the disposable while driving by, so I'm pleased it came out so well.

Now I'm grilling up my finished onigiri (yaki) and then I'll freeze them for my lunches this week. Because I have grown old and boring.

I hope I get some writing done tomorrow.


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Jul. 17th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
i don't even want to know what freakishly hot means where you are
Jul. 17th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
It actually only topped out at 105 (going to 110 today), but the humidity kicked back up and every movement caused sweat to stream out of every pore, which made the yard work something fierce. This morning finishing up before 9:00 and it was still hideous.

Not sure if it's worse where you guys are because of the much higher humidity (for us "high" means around 30%, but 30% at 105+ is pretty gruesome).
Jul. 17th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
today was 100% humidity. even though it wasn't raining moving through it left you as wet as rain. It was only 75 this morning and it might as well have been 90.

don't want to imagine 110 + humidity
Jul. 18th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Ugh. I have never felt that kind of humidity, and Do Not Want.

Jul. 18th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
it was horrible. it made fog come thru my a/c in the car
Jul. 17th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
That photograph of the painting made by flowers makes me think of that really sexed up novel, Aztec.
Jul. 17th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
I've never read that one. Mmmmm...

Jul. 17th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Someone, our...'hero's'...villain...did feather paintings.
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Jul. 17th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, those sound good. I haven't gotten that elaborate -- just plain sushi rice tossed with sushi vinegar and pressed into molds; sometimes I sprinkle in various flavors of furikake before I mold them or wrap some nori around them; this time I grilled them and brushed 'em with soy sauce as they grilled (on a skillet) so they're browned and a little crispy on the outside. I warm them a little and eat them the black sesame seeds with seasoned nori on the side.

I keep meaning to try making ones stuffed with something (I've found suggestions from bits of dried plum to smoked salmon, all of which sound good), but I haven't yet. I need to get more ambitious. (And a few more molds; I have a traditional triangle mold and a silly little "Stitch" shaped one, but I'd like one of the cubes.)
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Jul. 18th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Theoretically you can make it -- it's rice vinegar with sugar and something else (sake? Can't remember), but it's just easier to buy it pre-made. Gives it some flavor; some of the sights also recommend salting your hands while pressing to add flavor and keep the rice from sticking to your hands (I've had mixed success with this).

I do like adding furikake to the rice, or plain gomashiro.
Jul. 17th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
That is an AMAZING productive day. [hugs]
Jul. 17th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
We is productive!

Hugs and Happy Sunday!
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm impressed by anyone who can use a chainsaw and not lose a limb! Also, I've never known anyone else who's lost a canopy to grapefruits, LOL!
Jul. 18th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Heck, a feral cat used to make her nest up there amidst the dead leaves! I always was afraid she'd have a litter up there and I'd have to worry about rescuing kittens!! (Never happened, thank goodness!)

It's Barb! With a chain saw!
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