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Born to Tamper

Friday, April 13, 2012

I bake my own bread, and have been thinking of sourdough for a while. It's an old fashioned way to make bread, and supposedly the only way to get started is to buy some starter, and then keep it alive. Instead, I'm trying to make a starter using a fairly simple technique, except that the guy mentioned that it was done with either apple cider or unsweetened pineapple juice and whole grain flour - either whole wheat or rye. I have both flours in stock, but no pineapple juice, which the recipe calls for. Today is the second day, and when I opened it up and smelled the mess it just smelled like apple cider. I suspect the first pass is going to be a failure. I guess I was born to tamper.

This was the approach I decided to try first:

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MS.ELENI 4/13/2012 7:16PM

    I am sure you will figure it out

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Guy In A Hurry

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Note: I'm not especially a bird watcher but I do see a lot of them - and other wildlife because I like to take the dogs out for a walk about a half hour before sunrise, especially in the summer so we can beat the heat. We saw an armadillo this morning, which excited Gracie, and we see rabbits, raccoons, squirrels by the hundreds, and all kinds of birds. The occasional armadillo seemed a little strange because when I was in grade school they were supposed to be from South America, but there are so many exotic species around now that I wouldn't be surprised by anything.

I ran across a Burmese Python on the east-west trail near the Long Center in 1993. I didn't know what it was, found a picture of one without any name, and finally learned that the Herpteological Society met at Raccoon Lake on Wednesday evenings. A guy there said that they did like to hang around water (there was a creek beside the trail) and it probably wouldn't last the winter because they can't take cold weather. They were the calmest of the constrictors, and this was probably one that had been a pet. All I knew was that was a big snake, and then I went back and measured the width of the trail (five feet) and decided that it was probably about ten feet long because the front half was across the trail and the other half was just as long.

I tried to go around the back of it, but it whipped around to look at me, so I went around the front, keeping my bicycle between me and the snake.

It was a big surprise.

Another is that the green 18 inch long birds that hang out around here are "parakeets". I always thought birds that big were parrots, but I guess it has something to do with where they come from.

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MS.ELENI 4/11/2012 8:24PM

    You should carry your camera. Florida has everything. I remember once when my boys were small I had to walk thru a short woods to get to mail box. Just as I got close to road there was a rattle snake crossing road.It went from one side to the other.Thankfully it was going away from us. We turned around real fast and got out of there.

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Curlew = White Ibis

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I walked the dogs a couple of miles this morning, and saw a flock of about 15 White Ibis on 16th Street. For years we have been calling them Curlews because that's what the local people all call them, and there's even a Curlew Street here - a big, four lane street with a median.

The BW looked them up in one of her bird books after she discovered what a curlew really did look like, and the big white birds with the long legs and long, downward curving beaks are White Ibises. I don't know what they eat in the grass around here, but it must be either bugs or snails - and they're welcome to either as far as I'm concerned. If they leave fertilizer, I haven't noticed it.

The great big snowy egret that was hanging around leaves a pile of scat you really don't want to step in, and he (or she) does it on the sidewalk, the driveway, and once on our front porch. I'm glad it decided to hang out somewhere else.

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MS.ELENI 4/10/2012 10:22PM

    Bill said a bunch of those birds were in front yard the other day

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PJBONARRIGO 4/10/2012 11:27AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog and had to look up your location on your SparkPage. We don't have such an exotic variety of birds, but the Snowy Egrets come "back' for the summer here. We have a lot of Canada Geese too; they taught us the true meaning behind "Oh, you dirty bird!" LOL

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/10/2012 11:19AM

    Not sure if you really enjoy bird watching, but the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas is great for that. Apparently they have the largest variety of birds in the country. Not sure why, it's hot and dry there. Some really cool birds though.

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The Hog?

Monday, April 09, 2012

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