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Kreamer is OK with this situation.... I'm struggling.

kreamer the cat snowshoe siamese bandit

People being home all the time, gives Kreamer more opportunity to show his appreciation. 

kreamer the feral siamese snowshoe cat of austin 


To turn in something for my Metal Arts college class, I assembled a few spare parts we had laying around. I'd just recently knocked the sugar bowl off the counter. The stainless steel ring was the base from that porcelain bowl.... it's not been a good week. Anyhow.... back to trying to be creative and productive...


I made a base from an old section of bed frame and plumbing pipe.  


It was too bright, I've since fitted it with a dimmer.  

cassoulet assembly

I had to put in a big effort to find the ingredients for a third cassoulet. If you want to get good at something, do it often. The prep on this started on Sunday, with the salting of the duck for confit, we consumed on Thursday. Kat had requested more duck than the last one. So this third featured six duck confit leg/thigh sections.

That's ducking it up real good! 

cassoulet number three for 2020 and I'm done

I reduce an entire baguette to bread crumbs. As it bakes, I add more duck stock to the bread crumb crust until it's a thick ducky layer with a good bit of crunch to it. So I'm going to walk away from cassoulet for a while... except all the leftovers we have for lunches.  

more dots jester king easter sour beer 

Easter was mostly a non event. We completely let it sneak up on us. We tried to get some groceries on Sunday, but all the stores were closed. I tried to make the best of it with what we had on hand. I selected More Dots from Jester King. It's a barrel aged black currant beer. The dots and garnet color sure seemed appropriate.  

sponge bob with hat ears and beard 

I put on a pair of jeans and found a folded up paper in the back pocket. I unfolded it, and it hit me pretty hard. It was from my last day at work.  

Did I mention that I received "Your service is no longer required" from my job? The daughter did as well. I recognize that I wasn't making a lot of money. But I did feel like I was doing something worthwhile and I was surely appreciated by staff and students alike. I had been working with a handicapped girl a lot right before I was let go. I can't share many of the details. But she really bonded with me and hugged me at the end of each day "I love you Mr. Schuster". The day that schools closed, I was supposed to go on a field trip with her and she was SO excited about it, I was too. But I don't even get a chance to say goodbye to all those kids, teachers and staff I spent nearly a year with. I realize there are plenty of other people dealing with greater hardship. But it's not been a good week and it looks like we are in for a lot more of the same.


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