Home improvement

When we moved in here the back of the house was under attack by raccoons. I had a roofing company come make things tight again, and they have been now for a little while. I’m about to get re-roofed, though, and it’s distressing to do the prep work. They really didn’t make much of an effort to get things right, so I’m struggling with some repairs that need to be done before the roofer arrives.

Still, it will be nicer to have things snugged up before winter, and that, at least, is in the works.

it is good

to be back home. I hope I don’t have to travel much in upcoming weeks, but time will tell. I do know I’m working hard to get the house battened down for winter, which is not far away.

Still. To sit at my desk and be able to reach the Pioneer bayonet for the swiss rifle, to hold the Fairbairn sykes in my hand, and to reach out of my bed and feel the case with the double in it, all those things feel good.

Food, glorious food.

I have lived on the road, off and on, for now going on thirty years. I have eaten a lot of crap, and i have the waistline to show for it. I have spent months at a time eating crappy pizza because that was the only restaurant in town to take plastic. I have eaten so much McDonalds I can actually smell one before I see it. The life of a travelling tech, or engineer, or salesman, is not an easy one.

One sales manager I knew said any field engineer worth his salt could live in his car stranded in a blizzard for several days on petrified french fries found under the seat, and melted snow. Me, I always have two cans of spam, several tins of oysters,a coughlin stove, and several granola bars just against that eventuality. And some bottled water. Snow melt is not that tasty.

Anyway, yeah, there’s a lot of calories of crap that have made up my diet over the years, but there have also been the good places. Cafe Berlin in Vegas. Chuck’s Diner in Heber Springs Arkansas. Dookey Chase in Nawleans. Ted Drewes in St Louis. Wolfgangs in Grand Rapids. Grange kitchen and bar in Ann Arbor. The Silver Ring Cafe in Lakeland Florida.

Now, I tend to gravitate to places like these. Little restaurants that serve good food and have done so for a long time. Upscale places, which are often upscale based soley on their prices, do little for me. SO when Tam posted a menu from Heidelberg Haus, it caught my eye. Next Indy I go to, I will check it out.

Lest anyone think I am some gomer, let me make myself clear; I have eaten at Delmonicos. THE Delmonicos. I have eaten at L’escargot in Soho. I have eaten some spectacular meals in some spectacular places, including Paris, London, and recently, Amsterdam. I love to eat, and I love good food. It’s just not necessary to spend a lot of money on it; the best steak I had was in a little dive in Sheboygan Wisconsin. The best Italian was in a little dive in NYC. And the best french in a private home turned restaurant by appoinment only in Crown Point Indiana.

This week, the garden is overflowing with tomatoes. I have cherry tomatoes for days, And each day I wash and halve a pint or so, add a can of chick peas, a can (or two) of black olives, some fresh mozzarella pearls, a little balsamic vinagrette and fleur de sel. I don’t think it’s possible for me to get tired of eating this, but I’m going to find out.

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