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We’ve been looking at renovating this spot for a while now. We put it in with a field stone and rubble stone border, using what material came to hand from nearby. It encompasses the power pole and its guy wire, we put it in when we were mowing with a tractor mounted finish mower and it was tough to maneuver the ungainly thing under that taut guy. The zero turn mowers these days handle such tasks with aplomb.Railroad ties are not the best option but they are relatively cheap and easy to place. Before placing the fabric we tilled the dirt and added many bags of organic material, and scattered some granules of something to lower the pH for the blueberries.They make big staples to hold the fabric in place, a few of the creek rocks from the old edge helped out.We had a couple of stout lads to do the hard work. I was worn out just watching them.MrsJ helped out with the watching part. We decided to go with pine needles to cover the fabric, the pine trees in the background shed plenty enough for this small area.Not quit finished – the stakes are holding the ties in alignment until I can get to the hardware store for an auger bit to drill them so I can drive pieces of 1/2″ rebar through and into the ground. About 2 per tie should be enough to keep them in place if I should accidentally nudge them with the mower. Going to be much easier to weed wack than the stone edge, too.
She’s entered her silly phase. She has learned “feet check” very quickly, making rainy days like today much easier. She also rings the bell both inside and out to come and go – Bixby refuses to ring the outside bell. Now if I could just convince her that ringing the bell does NOT mean I’m gonna jump immediately. (How many times can one puppy ring a bell in the 3 minutes it takes me to actually stop what I’m doing and let her out…let me count the ways).
That ear. I’ve been trying for a while to get a photo of her unruly ear, but she’s always on the move, so it’s been difficult. I was working at the patio table, which I have blocked off, otherwise I’d never get anything done. Here she is doing her best, “why can’t I sit by you”.
Unruly ears last such a short time, I really enjoy it. I have a whole slew of Bixby ears (here’s one). They generally settle down by about 6-7 months. I miss those ears.
It’s a pulled pork sammich with a load of slaw. I may call it a “Shaggy Dog”. I added a bunch of hot sauce in lieu of my regular BBQ sauce. I think it worked pretty well.I was all set, I thought, to assemble a classic porchetta but when I looked for the pork tenderloin to wrap inside the pork belly I came up short:I went ahead with it, anyway. It’s a bit more pancetta-ish. It crisps up nicely in the frying pan. There’s a load of fennel and garlic for the seasonings. It cooked in a convection oven set at 450 for 20 minutes and then turned down to 250 to finish. I didn’t time it but it was in there a couple of additional hours. You want to reach an internal temp of 140 or so.We have been making a series of visits to a doctor in a town north of us a ways, it’s about an hour trip each way. We try to time the appointments so that Mrs J walks out of the office just in time for lunch. We are both fans of a Chinese buffet next to a big Kroger store about five minutes away from the Dr’s office.They have the usual stuff you expect to see in such places. Today I saw something different that called for a trial run:They billed this thing as a Chinese Taco. I had to bring one back to the table.I’m pretty sure the meat is pork, and there are minced peppers and onions in it, along with cheese. The filling was OK – it would have been good in an egg roll or dumpling but the shell was an unfortunate choice. It didn’t seem to be a tortilla, nor was it an egg roll wrap. I suspect it might be made from dumpling dough.