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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Birds of a Feather

Critters, House Finch, Life In Tosa

I checked the house finch nest in the hanging basket just a short while ago and the chicks are packed-in there cheek by jowl.  They have really bulked-up (as far as small birds go). 

And they're all sporting fuzzy mohawks and enough wing feathers that fledging is probably just around the corner.

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How To Make Carolina BBQ Sauce

Back Yard BBQ, Carolina BBQ Sauce, Canning Your Own Food, Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Schuetzenfest

Last summer at Schuetzenfest I fired-up both big Weber kettles and slow-smoked a pile of baby back ribs.  They were cooked over indirect heat fueled by Grove Charcoal (available at Metcalfe's Sentry) and fist-sized chunks of mesquite.  The preparation began late morning and after four plus hours of low and slow cooking they were literally things of beauty.

And they were ready to serve.

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Friday Morning Music

Deer Tick, Friday Morning Music, Paul Westerberg, The Replacements, Waitress In The Sky

It's the start of the weekend people - or maybe a continuation of the holiday.

How about some toe-tapping alternative rock from the 1980s covered by Deer Tick!

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Birds of a Feather

Critters, House Finch, Life In Tosa

Just a few days ago my house finch chicks were walking around their nest in the hanging basket stretching their wings.

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The Garden Chronicles - Breast Feeding the Tomato Plants

Backyard Homesteading, Gardening, Pruning Tomato Plants, Tomatoes

A half-dozen posts ago one of my readers suggested that I get back to breast feeding my tomato plants. The reader also inferred that I was manifesting symptoms of dementia.

I was working on my tomatoes just the other day and recalling that comment actually made me smile. The mere fact that my short-term memory was working was evidence enough that I remain in command of all of my marbles.

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Friday Morning Music

Come On Up to The House, Foy Vance, Friday Morning Music, Tom Waits

It's Friday the 13th. 

Chase-away any bad vibes with this Tom Waits cover performed by Foy Vance - accompanied by Duke Special and band...

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Cool Dog

Beating the Heat, Canine Friends, Girlfriend, Sister, Pupsicles

Hot enough for you yet?

Over the years I've done any number of things to keep cool.

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How To Make Pickled Beets

Canning Your Own Food, Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Growing Your Own Vegetables

On July fourth I pulled-up my pea plants.  They were on the down-side of producing and the heat finished them-off.  I'll plant a second crop closer to fall when things cool down. I also picked the first of the beets.  And we've been picking them ever since.

When my dad was alive he and I raised beets in the garden and he could be counted-upon to help with their care and nurturing and finally the pickling.  Dad adored pickled beets.  Come to think of it all of the old timers in the family like pickled beets.  Me too.

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Friday Morning Music

Big Hair, Hot Swedish Women, First Aid Kit, Friday Morning Music, Perfectly Good Guitar, The Lion's Roar

It's the start of the weekend people.

Kick it off with First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar... 

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Cuteness Personified

Barn Swallows, Cuteness, Critters

Jill shot this video clip from the kitchen.

Four fledgling barn swallows were perched on the open window.

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Me And The Mothership

Bad Break-ups, Customer Service, JSOnline, The Mothership

On Sunday morning I was riding my bike through Manitowoc around 7 AM.  I saw a couple of boys with large canvas sacks over their shoulders going door-to-door delivering the Sunday paper.  My guess is it was the Herald Times Reporter.  What struck me was that young boys were flinging the paper.  Reminded me of something from the past.

Anyway, I received a call from The Mothership last evening.  Ordinarily, it's because a reader of the blog wants to report me for something I wrote.  In which case the infallible occupants of The Mothership either brush it aside or ask me to edit my post or add a giant disclaimer.  They're big thinkers you know.

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Friday Morning Music

After Midnight, Friday Morning Music, JJ Cale, Perfectly Good Guitar

It's the start of the weekend Tosans.  How about some JJ Cale and After Midnight.

Ooooooo baby....

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Keeping Up With Mr. Yami

Family, Grandchildren, Life In Tosa

I don't know how young parents do it.

As I tap out this post I'm seriously thinking about taking a nap this afternoon.  I am flat-out, tuckered-out.  And it is finally quiet enough around here to actually sleep.

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