Stoking the furnace

Eat 'em up!

Eat ’em up!

Temperature? 23, feels like 13. Chance of rain and/or snow? 80 percent.

Springtime in the Rockies? Check.

When whisky is unavailable, what a auld fella wants on a brisk morning such as this is Bob’s Red Mill organic seven-grain pancakes with butter and maple syrup, two eggs over easy, black coffee and tea, mandarin segments and some warm socks (don’t eat that last item unless you’re really, really hungry or in dire need of fiber).

Like a dumb dog, I’m always surprised when spring looks suspiciously like winter, the way eastern Colorado looks like Kansas and Paul Ryan looks like a baboon’s ass. But last year, samey same. And the year before that. Annnnd the year before that.

You get the idea.

One of these days I’ll wise up and move to the desert. Where, naturally, I’ll bitch about the heat.


32 Responses to “Stoking the furnace”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    Mmmmm. We too like the Bob’s Red Mill stuff. I’ll be doing waffles Sunday morning using their mix after enjoying (I hope) streaming video of Milano-Sanremo. Spring got lost on the way to Iowa as well after one (count ’em) day of warm sunshine. Brought back some sort of bug with me from Charlotte that has removed any energy for things like riding a bicycle outside (or pedaling to nowhere on a trainer) so can’t complain much about the lack of nice weather. Just counting the days now until we blast outta here for La Bella Paese early in May.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Looks like spring is giving Milano-Sanremo a good hosing down, too. Sorry to hear you got the bug — me, I’m rasslin’ allergies. Feel about half asleep all the time, thanks to junipers and a veritable plague of Russian thistle. Blaugh.

      • Larry T. Says:

        This bug is a low-level menace rather than an “Oh my gawd, I’m going back to bed!” affliction. If it was sunny and warm outside and I felt like this, I’d be pretty cranky OR out there riding anyway. I ate a zillion zinc lozenges and rode right through a cold during the holidays in SoCal but why bother here when it’s cold and windy anyway? I’m fortunate not to have the pollen allergies though dogs and cats can get me going pretty well sometimes.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Mulberries, ugh. One whiff of that pollen and the tears and snot flows “like a broken down dam.” But, so far the allergy season has been reasonably kind, because the wind has been less than normal.

      • Derek Lenahan Says:

        Larry after the lozenges if you cover yourself in filth and muck from the road and can take a warm shower afterward it is worth the effort.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Filth and muck? That stuff’s all FROZEN solid here.

  2. Debby in Longtucky Says:

    Looks yummy. When I’m in the mood I make a batch of whole wheat pancakes from scratch. No eggs, just a grapefruit on the side. Organic maple syrup, of course, You can freeze the pancakes and they reheat nicely in the microwave. Great for a quick breakfast during the week.

    100 percent chance of snow here at the moment…

  3. Dale Says:

    “One of these days I’ll wise up and move to the desert. Where, naturally, I’ll bitch about the heat.” And then you die, as will we all.

    I’ve been talking with a retired Methodist minister lately. He and his wife have been studying eastern religions lately. Both have decided to live in the moment (and can’t seem to find any contradiction to what they have been practicing for many years) just a different perspective on life.

    That is very encouraging to me, a reprobate for most of my life. Good people pop up where you least expect them.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      There seems to be a fair amount of crossover among Christians and Buddhists these days. James Ishmael Ford is one of the folks wearing two hats — he’s both a Zen Buddhist priest and a Unitarian Universalist minister. His blog, Monkey Mind, nearly always makes for interesting reading.

      Lots of headshrinkers in the game, too, like John Tarrant of Pacific Zen Institute, the author of “Bring Me the Rhinoceros.” That’s an excellent read for anyone, regardless of creed/religion.

    • Larry T. Says:

      Buddhists? Aren’t they the ones killing the Muslims in what used to be called Burma? I try to steer clear of all of these “religions” in general – in the end they all seem to be about the same.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        You know me, Larry … I’m always reluctant to be judgmental. But if pressed, I’d have to say that those fellas might be in violation of at least six of the Ten Grave Precepts.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        And they lost their three treasures.

        Spent the weekend building a work bench that was supposed to take 2 hours. That might be true for a woodworker with a shop full of tools. Anyway, doing that, organizing the garage to get rid of an accumulation of shit we never use, and putting up wall bike hangers blew the weekend including the ride we planned this morning.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        PS: And if they had a beer together every now and then, they wouldn’t be so quick to kill each other. Wait, we have precept number 5 and that Muslim thing about drinking. Oh well, the Irish drink, but then that religion thing started. Shit, now I want a beer.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Bob’s Red Mill thick rolled oats are on our breakfast table almost every morning. I never tire of it with some kind of fruit, especially blueberries, and pecans or walnuts. Add a little maple syruple, and Bob’s your uncle and Fannie’s your aunt. We need to try the pancake mix.

    Partick, just think HIGH desert. T shirts have been the uniform down here the last few days. Going riding early tomorrow morning on the Saga. Knickers will do.

    I really enjoy reading and contemplating the Tao te Ching, although I have only read a few translations. Stephen Mitchell’s translation is my favorite so far. The simplicity of the Tao attracts me.

  5. Steve O Says:

    Keeping looking for a better granola than this one … haven’t found one even close yet;

    • Steve O Says:

      Keeping looking? Maybe one more beer …

      • john Says:

        Regarding your Unitarian remarks upthread:

        How do the KKK drive a Unitarian family out of town?

        They burn a question mark on their lawn!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Now that’s funny right there!

      • john Says:

        I went surfing and found a whole page full of Unitarian jokes. I thought the best, because it manages to be funny and actually moving at the same time, was this:

        Fundamentalist to Unitarian: “I hear you deny the divinity of Jesus Christ!”

        Unitarian: “That’s totally untrue! We don’t deny the divinity of anybody!”

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Send rain, snow, sleet, hail, mudslides, avalanches, hydrous asteroids, beer barrels, anything with water in it. We need it.

  7. Jon Paulos Says:

    John, here’s another: Why are UU choirs so bad? Because we’re always looking ahead to see if we agree. That’s right, I don’t belong to an organized religion, I’m a UU. Can you share that link that has the UU jokes?

    • john Says:

      I couldn’t find the same link right away, but this one has quite a few:

    • Steve O Says:

      Used to be one per every four episodes of a Prairie Home Companion. Of course, the real joke there was that they were coming from a Lutheran. Only significant difference between the average UU and Lutheran member is a pair of Birkenstocks, maybe a Tibetan prayer flag.

      I kinda miss the old days when Southern Baptists and First Baptists used to duke it out. American Christianity is too generic vanilla watered-down these days.

  8. Larry T. Says:

    Today we had 60+ degrees. Too bad we ALSO had 60+ mph wind gusts. Counting the days until May when we can escape to Italia. No pancakes there, but I’ll trade those for life in Italy any day!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      75 here, but 45 MPH gusts with steady 25 MPH. Made a Tucson run shopping today. Yuk. No joy there.

      • Larry T. Says:

        No joy in Tucson? That’s what we said when we took bikes with us for spring break years ago. Other than nice winter weather, I don’t see the attraction of the place for cycling. Typical of the American west, there aren’t very many roads and the ones they have are full of angry people piloting gas-guzzling monstrosities, yelling at you to get the hell off “their” road. Perhaps you need to be someone who likes deserts? That ain’t me.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Tucson infrastructure continues its slow decline, especially the roads. The city is struggling with its budget, and the gap between rich and poor is obvious to me when shopping and traveling around the city. The poverty rate is high, over 30%, and businesses, except for big boxes and large chains, continue to close. There are some good specialty shops, guitar and bicycle, but you can see they are straining to stay in business. There are some good cycling areas, the new Julian wash path is pretty neat, but generally the riding, especially in the city center, is pretty dangerous from bad drivers and roads. The weather, especially in winter, is great, but the drought and waring climate are taking their toll. The effects are obvious in the area if you just look around and watch the climate data. Add in poor government at most levels, and the situation is worsened. It is almost a perfect example of what is happening all over Southwest after the housing bubble exploded. It reminds me, in a small and obvious example, of the decline in the country at large. Like I said, no joy there for me.

        Maybe I am just an old guy with a poor attitude?

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