green stuff going on (gardening and landscaping) and Hoch Ybrig
blanco river barn...I ended up replacing the broken glass. we had talked about replacing the window with something better, but it got complicated. one piece of the trim was badly broken, instead of running into town for a new piece, I removed a board from the house that will be torn down. recycling!
it has been decided that we will replant the equisetum (instead of bamboo). but we will improve the planter box's ability to retain moisture, equisetum likes it boggy. I dug out all the dirt, laid down some plastic sheeting and then we mixed and poured 12 80 lb bags of concrete (still need more)
we went out for a few errands and found dog prints in the wet concrete when we returned.
we've had a few days in the 80's. the warm weather got us in the gardening mood. planted many tomato and leek/onion plants. many greens are returning from last year and we've already had one salad from the garden. our yard is also hosting many volunteer tomato and brussels sprout plants (because I dump my kitchen scraps around the yard)
kat's new pet project, a stone path and future landscape area.
sold the orange van to a guy from S. Louisiana. new owner used to have a "show van" back in the 70's. he's hoping to turn the orange van into his next rolling art.
#1 son has been requesting that we get some more of his favorite cheese, challerhocker. we visited our local specialty cheese shop, antonelli's. while they do not have challerhocker or der scharfe maxx, they did enlighten us with even more alpine style cheese knowledge. it was a real tough call, but I think we liked the le marechal a slight bit more than the hoch ybrig. maybe too close to call a winner, we have quite a bit left. we are hoping to host an ultimate cage battle between our three favorites alpine cheeses.
we also tried to pick a winner between two white wines we enjoy. the nobilo (sauvignon blanc from NZ) faced off against cadillac (a white bordeaux). both bottles are under $10. we often have the nobilo with really spicy indian food, its knock you in face grapefruit/passionfruit nose can stand up to a korma and still be there for the vindaloo. but when paired with the alpine cheeses, and next to the bordeaux... we found the nobilo to be a bit overpowering. the nobilo was chosen to be the favorite at first, the cadillac bottle was emptied before the nobilo was half gone... cadillac took the victory lap.
panko-pea-pecan crusted salmon went well with both white wines. the oven roasted cauliflower ($1 a head at HEB this week) and oven roasted fingerling potatoes another success.
we chaperoned a date, or maybe it was a double date... had dinner at fabi-rosi. chef wolfgang stopped by our table and I did compliment his duck confit (for kat) as I enjoyed the rockfish. then we went to scoot inn to watch king air.
I didn't take my pro camera. just a tiny point-shoot.