|White breasted nuthatch|
I haven't been able to get untracked this week. I went out shooting with Ken at Ramona Tuesday. When I got home in the afternoon I decided to put some jelly in the feeder to see if I could get a good look at the orioles, who came back about a week ago.
|female hooded oriole|
Of course, everybody in the garden wants to get into the sweet action.
|black headed grosbeak|
Grosbeaks, mockingbirds, nuthatches and finches, they all took their turn.
Luckily the scrubjays never caught on, because they and the doves create absolute havoc.
I really don't need to leave my house. I get so many great birds at my own feeder!
I had a medical test scheduled for eight in the morning in La Jolla yesterday.
Being a punctuality freak and fearing traffic, I left awful early, about 5:30 in the morning. I made it in 56 minutes and slept in the parking lot.
When I walked in, to my chagrin they told me my appointment was actually for today. What an idiot. I was really tired and would have to do the whole thing over on Thursday.
Hard to have a bad day out there.
After I hiked out I stopped at San Elijo Lagoon to try to see if anything was there. Once again, very meager pickings.
One thing I have learned is that the fact that you see a wild animal somewhere once has very little to do with ever seeing it in the same place again, in fact it is rare.
I have a photographer pal who expects everything to be waiting there for him to easily capture and that is just not the way it works, at least in the world I live in.
Somedays it is just slim pickin's.
The upshot is that even if business is lousy and I am facing some medical questions (fairly minor ones)
I got three great hikes in in two days, one with Ken and two by myself. Love that.
I went to Kip's for a listening session yesterday with a couple other friends, Mick and Peter, then went home and cooked a passover dinner. Three hour low and slow roast.
I cooked lamb shanks and mostly mashed potatoes. I had purchased some monster "flintstones" sized shanks at Tip Top and the time was right to put them to use.
I seared and then used a fennel, thyme, oregano, bay leaf seasoning along with a lot of fresh rosemary from my garden.
Probably ten cloves of garlic. And my secret ingredient, italian salad dressing.
I didn't have any red wine within reach and used Marsala cut with Manischewits.
It was passover. It worked.
The carrots were really caramelized and I used some nice organic tomatoes.
The meal was wicked good, if I may say so myself.
Fragrant and falling off the bone.
Tomorrow I get one more and hopefully last medical test down in San Diego.
Hopefully I can have a more productive week next week.
It is tough to focus with all the other crap going on and all the hiking and birding.
Need to get back to business, and pronto.
Life just keeps getting in the way and I have tried to roll with it, as best as I can.
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