trials of a troll trying to get by in a world messed up by humankind [ I'M AT UTC -5]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

  Where I live smack dab in the middle of one of the east coast's major migratory flyways for waterfowl.....but the neat thing is that a large number of Canada Geese......have decided to skip the extra mileage and stay in the area.......there is a large wild life refuge and preserve run by the NYS DEC........I live in a commercial/retail area........over the last several years 3 drainage ponds were built....but the ducks, heron, canes, coots, and at least 1 egret, doesn't know that, they just think that those 3 ponds are places to feed, their idea i suppose of fast food...........But the geese, ah the geese, they took one look and they thought home, and have settled in, and set out they homesteads complete with nurseries.............
  So on my walk this AM there were about 50+/- Canada Geese, munching grass, somewhere between 12 and 14 adult, and not even an exact count on the kids.......a few of the kids ran to mom and dad however I really wasn't that close......
  On the way back, they had moved and were almost blocking my shortcut to my rooms.....and a few of the goslings ran to mom and dad.......know I don't actually speak goose, but I can guess at what was said

Gosling #1- mom what's that big ugly thing with 5 legs....
Mom- no son he's human 2 wings, 2 legs and a stick
Gosling #2- a stick, he could wack us with it
Mom- probably not we've seen that one  before
Gosling 3#- but mom
Dad- if he did swing that stick at you he'd probably lose his balance, fall down and bust his butt......

  Those geese can be very arrogant.......but in this case probably right

Monday, June 19, 2017

  I'm a little frustrated this evening I've spent a bunch of time trying to find a piece I sang Many years ago.......by a modern Welsh composer who name I forget, based on the passage "The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, in the eyes of the foolish the seem to have perished, but they are at peace" the first few pages are in a minor key, but the tenors make a run which ends with the tenor part hitting the same note as the altos........and it's now in and finishes in a major key........beautiful piece of music......but that's not the point here
  The founder of the choral group I was singing with 'The NorthCountry Choral Society"....in the spring of the year lost our founder, he past on ....and it was scheduled for our fall performance, but before our first rehearsal, 9/11 occurred.........
  In rehearsal, it took several reads through the piece before half the choir didn't break down.....emotion is critical in a performance, but it can't always be controlled........
  We preformed it, and it went well, but the reaction in the audience was not normal, it was 3 months or so after 9/11.......the audience was silent, you could see the emotion, the same one we had in rehearsal....we'd have sung it may times but they heard it just once......and that's the reason, well one of the reasons I did that, sang in choirs for many years, so that those who heard, got just a little of what I felt when I sang....... 
  I have a bunch of eclectic interests and skills.........but one I don't think I've ever mentioned here is I love the process of cold pickling, cold pickling can also be called refrigerator pickling.......no canner is involved, no heat is involved, basically, just vinegar, and selected spices depending on what you want to preserve, and a few days curing in the frig.....
  Today's project has been pickled radishes, just salt, pepper corns and balsamic vinegar, I've tried the process two ways.......with red wine vinegar, and with balsamic vinegar, but i prefer the balsamic...........but I also have from previous times, pickled onions, shallots, eggs, at this point I don't have any pickled cucumbers by my own hand but it will happen again.
  Based on my personal tastes I will use any of the 3 following vinegars, red wine, white, or balsamic.....always salt and pepper......sometimes garlic.....some times a tad of sugar......and with eggs some times onion or shallots with the eggs..........and if I could find some good mackerel, at my local food mart I'd pickle that too.......on the other hand the afore mentioned food mart does carry pickled  mackerel....in white wine vinegar with onion, nice.....but you never know.........