Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit…

We are going to manage to catch this. There are a number of programs on streaming tv regarding new finds of terra cotta courtiers, etc. Interesting stuff! Look up: Xian tombs.

Progress on the kitchen remodel

We found a carpenter, we have ordered the floor. Empire slate It is grey and a fairly darkish grey with rusty bits. Really rotten picture. Cabinets resemble redwood. Appliances are graphite grey. Countertop will be black. Thinking about a copper-tone sink and faucet....

Rebuilding the marine tank

My main pump stalled—Iwaki pumps decouple when otherwise they might burn out due to a stall: they continue to run (they’re noisy as all getout…) but are pumping nothing. So no oxygen is getting to the dt (display tank). The skimmer (producer of...

Sweet cardamom chicken

Cardamom Chicken 1 large boneless uncooked chicken breast sliced and diced. 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon turmeric salt and black pepper to taste ½ tsp red chili flake ½ tsp cumin seed or ground cumin 1...

Rare opportunity: total eclipse of the sun Aug 21.

Even tiny motels in the path of the eclipse are getting swamped. If you want to go see it, you need to find a long-range weather assurance of some kind for ‘likely clear skies and go there, but if you do not act soon, you may not have lodging. Just sayin’....

Some new pix

An azalea this spring: lilies, through the protective netting [baby fishes] Sanzo and Maddy And the best shot I could get of Goku and, possibly, Ari. As a new pond, freshly poured this spring, we do still have a bit of an algae issue, but it’s improving. The...

Machigi and his deal with the dowager

I know there is a sea link in the deal, and I know that there is a deal to allow some of the guilds in the Taisigin Marid—but is there mention of a railroad? What IS in the agreement?