Today didn't end up being as involved as I might have hoped. Even though I was drowsy last night, I didn't fall asleep until nearly 4.30 am again simply because I kept finding new things to distract from a zombie apocalypse novel on my Kindle to silly games on my Nexus 7 tablet as well as a few traded messages with my friend, WS. I can't say that I slept badly though. Once I did settle down to sleep, I crashed heavily so much so that I apparently turned off my alarm at one point, allowing me to sleep into mid-afternoon. I, however, awoke with a grin on my face and a bounce on in my step. I got about to muddling with a few less important things then set about to cleaning the kitchen and making a tasty dinner for myself and my father.
The old man had purchased some tenderized steak - sometimes referred to as "bucket" steak. I dipped it in a wash of milk and beaten egg then dredged in it a spiced flour mixture so I could pan fry it in oil. I used the drippings to make a roux with some more of the seasoned flour then added a mixture of milk and beef broth to make a very creamy gravy. Along with it, I had cooked a pot of green beans using a ham soup base, bacon, onion and garlic along with some loaded mashed potatoes and biscuits (canned unfortunately...I had to be lazy somewhere!). It was all very heavy comfort food, but I think the Old Man and I needed it after the past few days of relatively light rations as I ran up to Charleston to see Ma Asher or I was feeling poorly.
After I finished cleaning up, I collected my stuff and moved out here on the porch again. Other than the cats scurrying about, a few night insect calls and the occasional baying of a distant hound, it has been pretty quiet out here. From a nice midday temperature in the 70's, it is starting to drop into the 60's so I may be putting on a jacket shortly to prolong my stay. If I can keep from getting wrapped up in FaceBook or Rail Nation, I wanted to see if I can finish up transcribing the prologue of Lord of Fire & Steam and maybe even get into the first chapter. I figure once I can get through all changeover to an electronic format that I will be able to make better time on actually trying to finish the buggering thing as well as potentially getting some commentary from various people about it.
Still, I almost just want to sit here with the lights out and look up at the night sky where the moon is a shinning beacon that is peaking from behind the clouds. It's good by myself, but would be even better with the right company curled up next to me.