What’s for Lunch? Fajitas - That’s What!

On the GrillThe Grill

Last week, I noticed that we had an aging piece of beef in the freezer; it was a skirt steak that we had put out there last August. Since it was in a vacuum-sealed freezer bag, it was still good, but getting old. The Better Half suggested that we prepare a mid-week lunch of Southwestern Fajitas using the steak as the main ingredient.

Of course, I was in to that. I fired up the grill with all four burners and when hot enough, I placed the (previously marinated) steak on the fire. I seared one side for about three and a half minutes, flipped it over for another three minutes or so and took it into the kitchen to let it rest for a few minutes. Then, I sliced it into thin delicious, juicy strips.

Meanwhile, TBH cooked up some onions, orange bell pepper strips and sliced tomatoes to place in the corn tortillas along with the beef. Damn! Was that good or what? She also added sliced avocado in lime juice to add to the total scrumptious lunch.

Clickable images above.

Wall Progress

Frontwall Footing Panorama

At the end of the working day today, the masonry crew had completed the excavation and footing trenches for all walls. Most of the rebar is in for the footing and the excess dirt and rock has been relocated to the neighbor’s road relocation project to replace the road that currently is partially on our new property across the road.

I borrowed The Better Half’s wide angle lens and took this (clickable) panoramic image of the current state of things. At the left of the image, there will be a short wall curving around from parallel to the road to parallel to the RV drive. The mirror image of that short wall will be the beginning of the wall that runs in front of the house.

Both front walls are intended to (a) protect the landscape from erosion due to runoff down the road, (b) to provide a gateway for the RV drive entrance and (c) to add to the “curb appeal” of the property even though we do not intend to put it on the market anytime soon. Regardless, we do believe that it will add to the value of the property.

RV Drive Improvements in Progress

Backhoe at Work

Work started today on the trench for the retention wall footing at the rear of the RV drive behind the house. The trench is a little less than a foot deep and, when finished, will run the approximately 150 foot length of the drive where the hill behind it ends. The wall will be rebar reinforced concrete blocks, three feet high, stuccoed and painted to match the house.

At the far end of the hill in the little wash behind the RV drive, there will be another forty-five foot by four foot high wall to divert wash runoff to the west side of the lot beyond the portion of the RV drive between the road and the little wash.

Out in front of the house, down by the road, there will be a third wall running in front of the property to protect that area from further erosion when water runs down the road from higher terrain west of the lot. That wall will run a hundred feet, will be two feet high, stuccoed and painted to match the house.

After the wall behind the house is finished, the RV drive will be graded for proper drainage. About 900 yards of fiber-reinforced concrete will finish the RV drive. We’re also installing an RV full-hookups station on the far side of the drive (30 amp electric, sewer and city water).

All this work will be performed by the same contracting company that built the house and courtyard wall. It will be disruptive for us and the dogs for a few days, but when it’s done it will enhance the value and utility of our home.

Ammo Buy

3000 .223/1050 9mm350 Rounds 9mm

Having loosened up the purse strings after shedding the Kalifornistan mortgage and tax ties last year, we have had some leeway in obtaining a few things necessary to stock up for the Zombie Parade. The Better Half and I decided to acquire a few rounds of ammo, the first of which is shown in the two images above.

On the left, you can see about three thousand rounds of .223 REM, 2000 of which are 65 grain Colt. On the right is one of three cartons of 9mm 158 grain ball rounds at 350 rounds per carton. You can see one of the 9mm cartons in the left image. Clickable images.

Seriously, though, most of the ammo is for target practice and (wink, wink) varmint abatement. There are more to come of both target and personal defense varieties early next week.

We went to the Wickenburg Gun Show today, but, miraculously, we didn’t buy anything. The show was crowded (good thing) and prices too high (not as good). One lady selling re-manufactured ammunition (reloads) had a sign on her booth:

I know the prices are high, but I voted for the American!

We will probably get to the range late next week. More reports then.

Drums Along the Hassayampa


This has been on the wish list for a while now. It’s a SGM Tactical 50 Round drum for Glock 9 mm pistols. The drum should be in the mail as we type this.

Despite a Republican majority in both houses, some Democratic members are (again) introducing bills to limit magazine capacity. This is our answer to them.

This magazine holds fifty rounds of 9mm ammo so you can send a whole box downrange without reloading. We will have to give that a try at the range and post photos and a report on the drum magazine afterward.

This is reminiscent of when we bought our Carolyn Clip just because the bitch (Carolyn McCarthy, D NY) told us we shouldn’t have one and didn’t need it. What we don’t need is congress critters like her.

UPDATE: The magazine arrived this afternoon. I loaded it up with 50 rounds of 9mm ball ammo (mixed manufacturers but mostly 115 gr.) and inserted the magazine into the Glock 26. I wasn’t able to hold the pistol and magazine with my standard grip , so I modified the grip moderately as shown in the photo below. I’ll have more when we get it out to the range in a week or so.

Fifty Round Drum Magazine

What’s for Mardi Gras Dinner?


This being Fat Tuesday and with all the celebrating going on in the French Quarter, The Better Half and I planned a traditional Cajun stew known as Jambalaya. It features diced chicken breast, Andouille sausage chunks and jumbo shrimp. The usual trinity of celery, onion and garlic go in the pot along with diced tomatoes, rice and medicinal quantities of Cayenne pepper.

TBH and I usually don’t cook during the week, but since Mardi Gras always is on the day before Ash Wednesday, we decided to make an exception to our usual routine. We mutually decided that each Mardi Gras, henceforth, we will be celebrating with this delicious, hearty treat. Clickable image.


Roadrunner Laying in Wait

The cartoon stereotype of Warner Bros. “Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote” was a fun concept, but the cartoon world (and Democratic Politics, but I repeat myself) totally misrepresents reality. First, the roadrunner, Geococcyx Californianus, is a desert predator, just like the coyote. Second, while roadrunners have been clocked at speeds over twenty miles per hour, they are still slower than coyotes that can run up to thirty MPH and jump ten feet. However, the advantage goes to the roadrunner since it can also fly, albeit for short distances. We have seen roadrunners on roof tops in the neighborhood but we have yet to see any coyotes up there. There are no ACME flying machines for our desert coyotes.

I took this (clickable) photo this afternoon, of one of our neighborhood roadrunners lurking near the finch feeders that The Better Half has up on the hill behind the RV drive. We have seen roadrunners suddenly jump up in an attempt to catch one of the goldfinches or house finches that frequent the feeders. I’m sure they catch them from time to time, but I have not as yet been lucky enough to get a photo of the capture. I know, I feel sorry for the little birds, but this is life in the desert.

Gold Rush Days Parade

Grand Canyon State Studebaker Drivers Club

The Better Half and I walked up to US 60 today to watch some of the Wickenburg Gold Rush Days Parade. There was the usual array of marching bands, drill teams, equestrian units and, one of my favorites, the Grand Canyon State Studebaker Drivers Club, which included old trucks and cars from the heyday era of the defunct auto manufacturer.

There were a total of nine Studebaker trucks and cars in the parade today. The lead truck and the procession behind is shown in the top panel of the (clickable) image above. A 1950 Studebaker Champion 4-door is featured in the bottom panel. I still remember seeing these driving along Willow Avenue near where I grew up in Long Beach, CA.

It was a good day here for a parade. I hate to mention* that the weather was great, a good spring-like 76° and mostly clear skies.

* I hate to mention it for fear of more snowbirds coming here. We have enough already.

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