Canning My Chili Thursday!

So that’s what I’ve been doing most of the day. Well, pretty much all day.


My setup and the first 8 jars. Only 7 “popped” so I have at least 1 to redo. However, if all the rest I have to do seal good, then I’ll probably just eat the one for dinner. It’s the “cool down” part that takes so long! You have to turn the heat off and wait for the pressure gauge to drop to zero before opening the thing. Otherwise, that 15 lbs per square inch would explode all the jars inside.


And I’m doing my usual chores, of course. Rearranged the “living” room so I can actually see the big tv without leaning around my monitor. Sure will be glad when I get back in “my” room! Starting to get some ideas about changing the layout of the kitchen-dining-living rooms. Want to open the kitchen up.

Thinking of buying a dipole antenna to replace the one I built. Found one on Amazon (I think. I bookmarked it) that does 80-10 supposedly without tuning. Then another one for 2/4/6 meters. Both for less than $100 and they should take care of my antenna needs for years to come. And take less room on the roof. For a guy that hates wires I sure got into the wrong hobby! Plus all the electronics in the house take a wire (or two) of some type.


So, 41 pints of chili and 12 hours later I’m done with the canning. All but 4 sealed (or I’d have had 45 pints). That should be enough to last the year. Got most of the mess cleaned up already. The pressure canner is the only thing left.

And that’s it. Bedtime.

Sometimes I *Feel* Old

If there is an “afterlife,” Heaven, for me, would be to have the ability to travel the stars forever. To have the ability to look at a distant Star, and then any Planets orbiting, and go there (jaunt) would actually be a Heaven I could get into. Find and study other life forms. Even if they couldn’t sense me. Hell, even if I were limited to our own Galaxy wouldn’t really be a bad thing.

I Wanna Go!

Woke up with a headache (weather changing to cool, cloudy, possibility of rain) and short of breath for awhile. Way too long smoking and sitting on my ass. I may have started to fix all that a bit late in life. With the advances we’re making in Medicine, Electronics, and Space Exploration (although that is kind of slow right now) it’d be a shame to die anytime soon. Besides, I’d like to live long enough to get at least one retirement check without my Ex’s blood money being deducted from it!

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Making my chili today for canning (probably tomorrow).  Using my home-grown tomato’s, bell peppers and onions but had to buy everything else. Hard for me to grow chili powder, mushrooms, and meat! (Although if I had grown corn this year I could have made the mixed veggies myself. And SWMBO has expressly forbidden me to try Fat Ass Cat Chili.) Yes, my chili has mushrooms and mixed veggies in it; my chili is a complete meal.

I Like A Nice Ass!

Headline: Migraines with aura in middle age linked to Parkinson’s disease. Figures. Those are the kind of migraines I get. More during the Winter for some reason. Although lately I’ve just been skipping the aura and going straight into the headache.

Hmmm. Seems we had a 4.0 quake about 10 miles (as the crow flies) from here this morning. I didn’t feel it and my earthquake updates from USGS didn’t send me anything.

Playing with that Roku thing this afternoon. They finally put YouTube on it. Loads really slow on a search though. Looks things up after each letter is input. Dang! Let me type out the whole word of what I’m looking for, then go look for it.

MCARC Wednesday Evening 2-meter Chat Net went well.