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Avantree Audition Headphones

Had to buy a new pair as the right channel snapped off the band on my old ones. I note the new ones have a two year warranty now. Interesting. I registered it on the Avantree web site.

I’ve had three pairs of these bluetooth headphones and of course they keep improving them. I got them in earlier and charged them up. 40 hour time on them was a major selling point for me. I do note though when I run the microwave in the kitchen they do glitch out a little. Which tells me that the Panasonic microwave oven leaks a bit.

Mushroom Soup Again tonight

This time I used unsalted butter to cook the mushrooms, leeks and thyme.

Mushroom Leek and Thyme
The base for Mushroom soup.

You might have seen a post of mine or on my Flickr site – this can also be used for Mushroom Leek and Chicken Fricassee. Just replace the thyme with tarragon and add some chunks of chicken. . It has a very French flavor to it. Umami galore too from the mushrooms. I use the Brown Baby Bella (Aka Crimini or Cremini). Lots of yummy Umami from those.

This time around I got a loaf of French Bread sliced it and top were coated with butter and garlic powder. Into the toaster oven on toast setting though broil would do the trick too. In any case let them toast until the garlic gained a little color.

Now this time too I used a full pound of mushrooms, two leeks and about 4 to 5 sprigs of fresh thyme. Definitely the way to go that and two quarts of chicken stock.

Reminds me I gotta do Pork Chops with sour cream and dill sauce again, that one uses marjoram, caraway seeds, and whole lot of flavor. I recall one Halloween years ago – I was cooking that very dish and the kid could smell it and asked what it was. I told him Pork Chops with Sour Cream and dill sauce.

I like making things taste good. I was thinking get a huge stock pot, 5 to 10 pounds of mushrooms and 8 or 10 leeks. And a few plastic packs of thyme, Plus enough chicken stock and I got a freezer full of chicken bones. I could can it maybe 16oz. process them and sell them. Hey a lot of big food business got started this way.

And the soup – someone was a little skeptical that it’d be good. Now of course he’s singing the soups accolades since this is now the 2nd time this week I’ve made this. Thinking about a veggie soup next. Or maybe even some Minestrone. Because soup is good in early spring. Plus it got to 70F here in DeKalb County GA today.

The Fun early this morning

About 4AM this morning I was woken. Power went out. And of course it was pitch black inside the home. Then I have texts from Georgia Power – apparently a car whacked a pole and knocked power out. Now the text was only for my address so next I looked out the window and saw no glow from the roadway lights. So then I turned on my flashlight and opened the front door – entire apartment complex was dark.

Next text I got from Georgia power said service restore by 6AM. Sure enough I looked at the lamp next to me the red light was on and the fan was running. Went back to sleep until 8AM.

This got me musing on how fragile electric power is in the United States. If a simple vehicle can knock out power so too a storm etc. That’s why if we do build or buy a place I want solar and wind and a 10 to 20 kilowatt storage system for it. And if there’s natural gas service I’ll put in an external 10kW generator.

Another fun fact the stove and oven — the display had gone dark but I could still set the timer. Well the power off an on again reset it and now the display works. And of course the perpetual Xmas tree was flashing through all its program. Had to shut that off too. Because the modern world runs by and large on electricity.

On Christian Apologists

I’ve been a subscriber to Jimmy Snow on YouTube for awhile. This video with Dominic Syracuse sticks in my craw because the comments are bat shit crazy.

Look the main gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are wildly different in that the writing style and the attribution is questionable. So there’s that.

I’ve long known that God, the Devil all of it is just fevered imaginings, not eye witness accounts. Look at Corinthians, Timothy et all the letters of Paul – prior to his conversion to Christianity he was known as Saul of Tarsus. He experienced a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus as in current day Syria.

Consider too why it took so long for disbelief to manifest. The printing press is a 15th century invention. It was only then we started seeing the Bible in local vernacular. So it has taken mankind roughly six centuries to shake off the yoke of religion. And there’s no going back.

Dinner this evening: Mushoom and Leek soup with Garlic Crostini

This started with me watching a video by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. He made this in the video and I figured what the hell I’d give it a go with a couple modifications.

You’ll need:

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

8oz. Sliced Crimini (Brown) Mushrooms – buy them whole, clean them and slice thinly.

1 Leek – bottom part to light green, make sure you clean it and thinly slice it.

One quart of Chicken Stock

1/2 Cup Heavy Cream.

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp dried Thyme

Salt and pepper to taste.

Melt the butter in a pot – then add the mushrooms and leeks. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 8 minutes. Add the full 1qt. of chicken stock.

Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer. Season to taste. Add the Heavy Cream. Stir.

Now the options make a roux with equal parts butter and flour. Stir some of the soup mixture into the roux. Then add the rouch to the pot to thicken it.

For the Crositini – slice of a good Italian loaf. Butter and a sprinkling of garlic on each and toast them.

Absolutely delicious.

On Grief at the loss of a pet

So interesting article on how loss a pet cat, dog, horse et al is akin to the same thing we go through with loss loved ones. I’m familiar with those feeling having lost three cats in the space of a few months. The anger oh yeah. Mostly being lied to by the vet.

Of course it’s the same – the rituals, the loss of the unconditional love of a pet. Of course it hurts and is going to cause grief. But we don’t treat it the same. I wish we did.

Well I ordered it

In a previous post I mentioned the anal beads I’d ordered. l realized some of those beads are large so I’d need to prepare myself. So I ordered an inflating butt plug. That alone will do two things for me. First it will expand to rub my prostate and open my hole to accept the 1.5″ anal bead. Second it will be immensely pleasurable to me. I love being stuffed full.

Exploring my desires

So long ago I’d seen a video of a guy using anal beads. Well thanks to a former resident I got butt plugs, prostate stims etc. that I’ve employed to my great pleasure.

So I checked out the anal beads. Fun stuff. Ordered two one is a Serpent 6 Silicone bead set, and the beads are variable sized. They go large, small, and so on. That one might be fun. The other is similar except the large balls are a bit bigger. That might become my new favorite. Also got a 1lb. tub of Boy Butter. I tried out the 4oz. container and realized I need much more for playtime.

0ther items that interested me are an inflatable butt plug. It goes in narrow and expands to a ball. That sounds wonderful. And then there’s the inflatable dildo with solid core. It goes in at 13″ and expands to 15″. I love the feeling of being fully stuffed so this might be a future purchase.

Thoughts on the death of my MIL

Around the 5th of February we found out Keyron’s mom had died at home. So a few days later we flew down to North Carolina and we’ve been cleaning out the house getting everything packed up, food eaten etc.

Thoughts I had his younger brother won’t have a place to go to escape his wife anymore. And I’ll miss the philosophical discussions I had with my MIL.

And as is usual Keyron’s older brother was supposed to be here today. Well a little birdie told us he and his wife were in Las Vegas and having trouble getting a flight. It also emerged that they left for Vegas after they knew is Mama died. Now I recall arguments between Keyron and his older brother who constantly picked on Keyron. At one point his older brother uttered “That’s MY momma”. Yeah your momma that you cared so much about that you never helped her when she needed things. Meanwhile Keyron and I sent numerous things to his mother. So I’m trying to be the better person but it’s damnably difficult for me. For me to not make any snarky comments well it’ll be my tongue being bitten repeatedly.

In fact the older brother is on the phone right now with his younger brothers wife. I won’t say a damned thing. But I’ll tell you one thing – older brother is on my shit list now.

On Military Coups: Myanmar

So this is interesting to me, apparently the Deposed leader Suu Kyi has been charged with illegally importing walkie talkies. Yeah – radios.

The net is replete with walkie talkies otherwise know as hand held radios. And the basic radios now have some interesting features. For instance they don’t say which hand held radios the deposed leader imported. But cheap DMR radios and infrastructure is fairly inexpensive to set up.

And why would the military in Myanmar do this, are they that afraid of the deposed leader?