Archive for September, 2009

Yin and Yang Meets The Wild West

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

As this project continues, I find it harder and harder to find subjects around the house to use in the pictures.  I think this one turned out pretty good though.  It was difficult to try to light it without getting tons of glare from metal.  Oddly, it sitting on the top of a Scope bottle in my bathroom, with a mirror in the background.  (I did this for light reflection.)

It looks quite impressive large so, if you want, click on it, which will take you to my flickr page. Click on ‘All Sizes’ and view the ‘Large’ or ‘Original’ size.

Yin and Yang meets the old west - 111-365 - 27 September 2009

Yin and Yang Meet The Wild West


Some Animal Photos From Around The Neighborhood

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

I was out driving around the sub-division taking care of some business today and grabbed some snap shots of some of the animals that roam around here.  It’s the odd combination of horses and peacocks.

I'm Sorry Wilbur - 110-365 - 26 September 2009

I'm Shy

Horse in Black and White

Black and White

Good Morning, Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine

Hey!  Take my picture too!


In Profile

The Red Head



You lookin' at me-


Cleaning Up The Old Blues DeVille

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I don’t play music much any more,  but every once in a while, I get invited to jam, and this weekend is one such occasion.  I started digging around to get some equipment out and decided I really needed my bigger amp for this (our goal is to get the cops called on us).  So here is my Fender Blues Deville.  The problem is it wasn’t in playable shape.  It had to have it’s power tubes replaced, a LOT of cleaning  and dusting, pots and switches had to be cleaned and a fuse replaced…and this was just cleaning of the internals.  This amp has seen gigs in Louisiana, Vegas and here in Texas and has been manhandled, bumped, dropped, had drinks spilled on it and in it and it still plays great.  It’s pretty much a tank.

I’ve been feeling pretty sick today, so hopefully I’ll be good to go by tomorrow night.  If it’s anything like the last time, there will probably be some video of the jam up on youtube so as soon as I know, I’ll post a link.  Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the amp after it’s ‘makeover’.

GrooveTube - 102/365 - 18 September 2009

Groove Tube 6L6


Blues DeVille-3


Blues DeVille-4

Controls and Stains

Blues DeVille

The Guts

Catching up on some Project 365 pictures

Monday, September 14th, 2009
Toy Horse - 99/365 - 14 September 2009

Toy Horse

Calligraphy in Black and White - 98/365 - 13 September 2009

Calligraphy in Black and White

On Target - 97/365 - 12 September 2009

On Target

Lotus in Cloisonné - 96/365 - 11 September 2009

Lotus in Cloisonné

Ecclectic Musical Taste - 95/365 - 10 September 2009

Ecclectic Musical Taste

Welsh Rarebit Recipe

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

I’ve got a simple little recipe for ya today that I’ve been making for over 20 years.  Welsh Rarebit (Rabbit) is a wonderful cheese dish similar to a fondue sauce.  Traditionally, it’s served over toast, but you can dip in it like a fondue but I love to use it over grilled fish.

Let’s get to the recipe.  The key to this particular dish is to have everything you need ready to go right by the pot before you start.  It’s easy but requires constant (and I mean constant) attention.  Here’s what you’re gonna need.

  • 2-3  bags(16 oz) of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of cream (you can also use milk)
  • one egg, beaten
  • 1 tbls worcestershire sauce.
  • tabasco sauce
  • cayenne pepper

Whatever you are going to serve this on/with (toast, fish, as a fondue, etc..), ensure it is ready BEFORE you begin making the welsh rarebit.  It should be served immediately.

Stir constantly throughout the following process.  In a pot over medium heat bring the cream to a boil.  Slowly stir in about 1 1/2 packets of the cheese.  (add a little bit, let it melt, add a little bit, let it melt, etc…)  When the sauce is smooth, add the egg.  Again, when the sauce is smooth, add the worcestershire.  A couple of dashes of the tabasco and a couple of shakes of the cayenne.  Stir until it’s smooth.  If you want it a little thicker, stir in some more of the cheese.  Remove the pot from the heat and immediately serve.

As long as you are prepared and keep stirring, this recipe is as easy as it gets.  If you stop stirring and the cream/milk or cheese burns, throw it out and start over.

Down with the Titanic and a Bowl Full of Malas

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Yet another couple of shots from Project 365.

Down with the Titanic - 93/365 - 8 September 2009

Down with the Titanic

Bowl full of malas - 94-365 - 9 September 2009

Bowl Full of Malas



Monday, September 7th, 2009

In case you haven’ noticed, I have been taking pictures of patterns in piles of…well…stuff, in the past few days.  Today’s shot is a continuation of that tradition.

Pop 'em if you got em - 92-365 - 7 September 2009

Pop em if you got em


Some more shots from Project 365

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Here’s the shots for the last couple of days for Project 365.  Nothing special, but kind of interesting.

Look into my eye - 91/365 - 6 September 2009

Look into my eye!


One of these things is not like the others - 90/365 - 5 September 2009

One of these things is not like the others...


Friday, September 4th, 2009
OctoRainbow - 89/365 - 4 September 2009



Cactus Day

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I went out today and took some shots of the cactus around the ranch.  We have such a bad drought going on that none of them look terribly healthy, but some (see last picture) look better than others.  The first picture is a macro shot of a spent cactus bud.  It used to have a flower, which you can see numerous shots I took on here or here. The buds are kinda cool too, though.

As always, if you want to see more pictures or these in a larger (much larger) size, just click on the picture to go to my fickr page.  Enjoy.

Cactus Day-4

Cactus Bud


Cactus Day-3

Blue Sky Through Cactus

Cactus Day - 88/365 - 3 September 2009

Spiny Ascent

Death of a Cactus

Death Of A Cactus

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