Sunday, February 11, 2007

11 Feb: The Kids Visit The Tiny House



Another weekend comes to a close at the Tiny House. Sad that, and to make things even more dreary a rain storm has passed through. Not a gully washer or frog choker, just a long slow dripping from sullen gray clouds. Great napping weather, but not good for much else. I shouldn’t complain because I know we need the rain, but I begrudge the lack of sunshine. I swear I am solar powered and cloudy days just leave me in the dumps.

We’ve waved good bye to the kids, hate to see them go because they and their pup bring some real life to the Tiny House. With the extra pup in the house the pack dynamic winds up and everything is a maelstrom of fur and fang – tough to catch the action so I only have pictures of one or two of the varmints at a time. Even then they were only caught still because my son-in-law had some treats in his hand.

It was a nice visit. The girls got out and did some shopping without the grousing male component, and the boys watched Jet Li’s Fearless and lamented the fact it is his last film. Braised some ribs, my last chance for a dry run before the New Year’s celebration coming up next week. Unfortunately I found them wanting. They were good but not great, some critical element is still missing. Maybe the addition of plum wine and some smoked paprika, or maybe I need to grill them a bit and then braise them, just to get some sweetness from the caramelizing. Oh well, I suspect it is going to be a come as you are kind of party as far as the food goes.

I have included some pictures of the pack, the clouds that prohibit the sun from shining down on Tiny House, and the skull. The skull once belonged to a beef, or steer if you will, and testifies to the harshness of a plains winter. I found the trophy while hunting agates near Scenic, South Dakota and it has followed me around the world. The totem now rests in our front yard and keeps any malevolent desert spirits that may be lurking nearby from doing us harm. Unfortunately the clouds are not impressed and continue to cover the sky over Tiny House.







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18 Comments:

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

The pooches are cute.

What New Year's celebration coming up?

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

LL: Lunar New year. According to the Chinese zodiac it is the "Year of the Pig".

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger /t. said...

Alas,
poor Yorick!

How well did you know him?

i sympathize with your current lack of sunshine, phos -- i can handle the heat and cold without problem so long as the sun is shining -- it's gray here, too, at the mo

/t.

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

That goes to show you we are dependant on the sun. We need our sun.

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

i am solar powered as well. I get crappy and grumpy when its gray. luckily we have a lot of blue sky and sunshine so i am okay

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

PS. love the puppie pictures

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

/t.:The beef wasn't a friend of mine and judging from the scene neither he nor about five of his colleagues ever made it to market. Cattle are to stupid to paw through the snow to get at the grass and often starve to death. The buffalo, a native plains animal has no problem getting at food even in the worst of times.

LL: We'd all be screwed without the sun. If it went out we would have 8 minutes before we knew.

DAK:Usually sun isn't a problem here. Glad you like the pictures of the varmints. I enjoy seeing pictures your pups and cat as well.

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

The pics r adorable!

yeah its the year of the Babe ;-)

ty Phos for being a great friend.

Keshi.

 
At 5:29 AM, Blogger Damsel Underdressed said...

The ribs sounded mouth watering just as you described! I can't imagine that they needed to be better?

You would never survive in Pittsburgh. Stay away! Our winters are filled with very grey days. Many in the summer too.

 
At 7:57 AM, Blogger L>T said...

you & your doggies! I don't get it but it's very cute. It seems as if you must have a happy house. :)

Plum wine,yummm I love it. Nice & chilled. One of my favorite things at japanese restuarants. Are you talking about putting it on the ribs or drinking it?

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger /t. said...

better
inside the ribs
than out -- sunny today

/t.

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Fuff said...

Sounds a lovely weekend. I love the ears on one of your huskies, you can guess which :)

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Keshi:Anytime Keshi.

DU: The ribs need some thing to pick up the pace a it. Maybe some peppers... Pittsburgh is one of those places it is good to be from...

l>t: It is impossible to be depressed with huskies around - they aren't known as the clowns of the dog world for nothing. As for the wine, probably a little of both, though I prefer a dry red - something cheap with a bottle cap.

/t. Ah yes wine, women and song, I'll take some of that!!

fuff:Hi fuff, how was your holiday? Hope you had fun. Both our kids have very expressive ears. When Yukon lays his back along his head, that's when it is time to worry.

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger jin said...

LOVE the puppy pics!!!

Esp. the first one...almost looks like they are hugging!

*gasp*
That also looks like a fluffy handknit scarf!?
Could it be...???

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Jin: Daughter of Phos inherited the knitting/crocheting gene from Mrs. Phos and does some nice work, including the scarf. I could have taken credit for crocheting it myself but no sane person would buy that...

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Sarah Letnes said...

Mmmm...plum wine soaked ribs sound good.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

SL: Hard to believe some people actually pass them up, eh?

 
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