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RIP, Fizzgig. 2001 - 2013.

Tremendously sad tonight. My dear, beloved best friend took his final exit this evening. He was, all hyperbole aside, the most incredible friend and companion I ever had. I've never seen, before or since, a Pomeranian who would relish in spending hours chasing down his ball, frisbee or squeaky toy and prance his way back to me... only to play the age-old dog game of "drop it? hahaha! not today, old man!" He was freakishly smart (whenever he was asked "Fizzy, where's your toy? He would bound off to one corner of the house or another, and always came back toy in mouth, having known exactly where he had left it. He alao had a knack for opening any doors he wanted to see the other side of.)
Even though I had known the decision was imminent, it still hurt me to the core to tell the vet "I guess it's time." Even though he was very small, all things considered, the house - hell, the family - will feel infinitely more empty without him. Our oldest boy (all of 16 years old) handled Fizzgigs declining years with a grace and patience rarely seen in many adults. I guess that may be the biggest legacy my sweet little buddy could have left me.. the knowledge that, despite our many shortcomings, my wife and I have raised an incredible young man as well.
Rest easy, furball. And know that you were cherished and loved.

Earwigs in my corn :(

Dammit.. we had some nice corn coming in, and my wife pointed out to me that there were earwigs setting up camp in the leaves.. closer inspection leads me to believe they've made their way into the ears as well... so not cool.. I just sprayed the lot down with a dish soap solution, but I fear it's probably too late.. I also have some squash, beans and peppers in that area of the garden, and I'm hoping against hope that those'll be safe.

True or false?

"One cannot be sexist against men."

One of my favorite Elton John songs....


X-posted from gardening.. hope it's ok here... Mushrooms!!

Weekend before last was the local mushroom festival.. I bought myself a Lemon Cap Oyster kit and a Shiitake kit.. the Oysters are going freaking nuts! Woohoo! Omelettes coming soon! The shiitake is starting to fruit too, but not as impressive yet as the oysters.


Weekend before last was the local mushroom festival.. I bought myself a Lemon Cap Oyster kit and a Shiitake kit.. the Oysters are going freaking nuts! Woohoo! Omelettes coming soon! The shiitake is starting to fruit too, but not as impressive yet as the oysters.

Great.. now I'm craving this for dinner...

Olive Garden Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Author/Submitted by: http://www.olivegarden.com/2005 Featured Recipe Servings: 6 Categories: Garlic / Seafood / Vegetables

Ingredients: 6 filets tilapia, approx. 6 ounces each 1 1/4 cups alfredo sauce, homemade or store-bought 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked Fresh parsley sprigs 6 lemon wedges

---Tilapia Crusting Mixture---3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

---Italian Vegetables---4 cups zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices and halved 4 cups yellow squash, cut into 1/4 inch slices and halved 2 cups red bell peppers, cut into strips 2 cups red onions, cut into strips 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions: 1. Tilapia Crusting Mixture: Using a spoon, thoroughly mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Italian Vegetables: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place onto a baking sheet, forming a single layer. Set aside until ready for baking with tilapia.

3. Assembling Parmesan Crusted Tilapia: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place Tilapia fillets in a non-stick, shallow, baking pan. Pour 3 tablespoons of Alfredo sauce onto each tilapia fillet. Use bottom of spoon to evenly coat top of fish. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of prepared tilapia crusting mixture onto each piece and firmly pat breading evenly over Alfredo sauce. Place pan of tilapia on top rack and at the same time, place baking sheet with vegetables on the center rack, in the oven. After approximately 10 minutes, or when the internal temperature of fish reaches 150 degrees F, remove fish from oven and transfer onto a large platter. The vegetables should bake for an additional five minutes, or until tender, and remove from oven. Toss the vegetables with angel hair pasta and place around fish. Sprinkle dish with parsley, garnish with lemon wedges and serve immediately.

Went to our local mushroom festival over the weekend ...

Got myself a lemon oyster mushroom kit and a shiitake kit... plus, one of our local licensed foragers was there with a crapload of chanterelles, morels and lobster mushrooms... apparently out by the coast, at the right elevations, it's been just moist enough and cool enough for fruiting.. definitely feeling the need to take a drive out that way...

Not necessarily so - at least if you're talking about naked eye stars..

The farthest stars we can see with our naked eye are somewhere around 4,000 light years away.. depending on conditions, location, etc. Considering the 5 - 10 billlion year or so average life span of a typical star, it's unlikely that many of the stars we see have burned out or gone nova since the light left them. Also, analysis of the light we do see enables us to determine where in it's life cycle a star is. A star like Betelgeuse may possibly have gone nova already, since we know it is in the final stages of it's life cycle. But not that many of the visible stars are in that state as far as we can tell.

I-5 bridge over Skagit River collapses, cars with people in water

Source: King 5 News

Washington State Patrol confirms an I-5 bridge over the Skagit River has collapsed and at least two cars with people inside are in the water.

The incident has closed all northbound and southbound lanes.

KING 5 News crews are en route. More to follow.

Read more: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Report-I-5-bridge-collapses-over-Skagit-River-cars-in-water-208758631.html
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