Sunday, March 26, 2023


East Texas chicken stew with Naan bread. 

Picked up a few packs of Naan bread at Sam's a week ago. Wife likes it and I have grown very fond of the flavor and simplicity of adding it to most any meal.

West neighbor did bring over several helpings of his "famous chicken soup stew."

His stew is chicken soup by any other name. But not here. Tomato based, fresh cooked chicken pieces, vegetables and broth. Maybe the stew term comes from the hot sauce he adds. 

The bowl above cleared my sinuses. The Naan bread is warmed, buttered and torn into dunking portions. It is a little messy, but good eats come with some dripping or slopping.


Sailing Airspeed.

Sights and Sounds video 

More time spent with new video editing software. 


Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich   Found on The Feral Irishman

You don't know what you don't know. My bet is that you will stick with the video to the end.


FRED       Love him or hate him!!  Found on Westernrifleshooters


East Texas This Week


Smaller garden this year. Mostly potatoes, onions, herbs, toms and green peppers to start. Behind in garden care and planting, although most gardens here do not get into high gear until close to or after Easter. Always a last freeze to contend with and locals stay true to this!

We stopped in at one of the nation's chain feed stores yesterday to find out that they were selling one starter green bell pepper plant for $5.79. Local feed store had the above green bell pepper plants for a buck a piece and 6 Roma toms for $3.50.

Eighty degrees today with mid 70's forecasted for the week ahead. T-shirts and shorts are us now till November. 

First world problems for my wife and me are for her continued recovery from hip surgery and me from a lower back strain. It just takes time and the good news is a little better each day. We both voice our discontent framed in comments of some form of "dislike." 

Stages of life are best understood in the living those times of our lives.

I look at old folks through different eyes, aches and pains. It takes longer to do the simple things. Our great leader made famous the comment, "you know...the thing." Sad to say, I get it.

It is often easier for when explaining something to my wife to pause and finish with that quote. We have been together long enough now that she knows what I am trying to say anyway. I very much dislike this!!! 

I appreciate your visit this week. Keep on keeping on!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Crooked Island Video - Dust and Dinge


Crooked Island Video

Another chapter in the adventures of SV Airspeed.

This is my first video edited using Pinnacle Studio 26 software. Found it at Staples and thought the price of $70 was about what I was willing to spend. It is intuitive and there are plenty of good tutorials online. The above video took about three hours to learn using just a few basic skills.

No monthly fees. Updates are automatic and keep the software current. The only downside is if my lap top pukes, I lose the software. Fine with me. Upside is that I have found a good introductory video editing tool that offers what I need for video editing and continued learning.


I fear the equivalent of parking my mind and body in the garage the last month and a half, regarding the order of the world, was not be a bad thing. Covered with dust and a little dingy from the distant, they still sit.

This morning while flipping digital pages of a world turning, I came across a meme or comment saying, the world we live in is doomed. From there the author headed for some happy news or concept of hope. Maybe.  But doomed was what jumped out and stuck. But the dust and dinge seem more than I want to spend time on now just getting back up and running. I do not miss the bs. Combating doom is as easy as getting outside and tackling one of a hundred chores.

My wife is walking without a cane, continuing PT and gaining strength with the new hip. But, she will not be able to bend over for a few more months due that two muscles that had to be reattached in the replacement process. 

Dropping things she cannot bend over and pick up, aggravates her.  I tell her it is OK. We both drop things now and have for awhile. Part of getting older comes with fingers and hands that quit on their own accord. No warning or hint. They just quit holding on to a bottle cap, a fork, spoon or dishtowel. We have not dropped a cup of coffee yet, maybe because they come with a handle. Nor a bowl of soup, or dinner plate. I think it is only time though.

East neighbor brought over a dozen fresh eggs and a few home baked scones yesterday. 

West neighbor has promised a helping of chicken stew this afternoon. Fresh cat fish fillets shared three days ago. He pointed to the distant field where he had dropped all the cleanings of the catfish caught that day. A few dozen buzzards were having their way with the leftovers. Buzzards are one of nature's wonders. They really are.

East Texas is cold this weekend. Thirty degrees for two nights. Windy. But son and friends up north have endured several feet of snow last week and now are entering the mud season. Asked if we missed all of that? 

So, simple life tucked away in our corner of the world. Aging with aches and pains and often laughing at the times of our lives. We often catch each other shaking our heads with half-assed grin on our faces. We are becoming a comedy team.

Thanks for the visit. Have a wonderful week.


Sunday, March 12, 2023



Cell phone image. Amazing!

 "Good Morning. We are at Calabash Bay, Long Island........."

 Short Video

Just received this photo and comment from SV Airspeed.

 "The four of us went up on the fore deck last night and saw more stars and satellites than I have seen in my life. There is zero pollution so you can see absolutely everything."


Found this old 1940's FarmAll Tractor in the backyard of a local neighbor. 

It has been there for awhile. My bet there are stories long lost of this tractor and the work it accomplished. I think I will return to get a few close-up pics.



Found this short video on Bustednuckles blog site this morning. Very cute!


BOSTON LEGAL 2004 TO 2008. FIVE SEASONS. Free streaming on Amazon Prime.

We are in the middle of evening viewing these 5 seasons. We watched the series years ago and quite often have commented on some of the characters and antics. Good writing, good acting and excellent court room interactions regarding the times we lived in then.

Surprising to us, as we watch this now, is how telling the stories are to life today. These episodes presented both sides of sensitive issues. Now we are damned near forbidden to discuss any of these topics openly. Times have dramatically changed in just a few years. 

Worth your time to watch. Good comedy also. You decide.


Quiet here these past weeks. Wife is walking with the new hip. Still a few months to go before back to 100%. I am sidelined with lower back pain. 

This aging thing always was someone else's time/problem. "Those damn old people" just slow things down and all of that. Now I so better understand. We are enjoying being slowed down and not having to run run run day and night keep all the balls in the air. Besides sometimes aches and pains accompany doing those simple things.

I find this weekend that I am ambivalent towards the failures and downfalls of today's world. Seems I should have some energy to piss and moan, but I don't. 

Planting a few more potatoes today, taking my wife for a long walk, cleaning up the shop and oven-roasted pork ribs for lunch will make for a good day. Happy with all of this. You betcha!!

Thank you for the visit this week. God bless.