LOCATION: In our tiny house in Retama Village in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Cloudy. High 60
The weather is not always great here, although it is better than most places now in the USA. Yesterday was quite drizzly and bleak, with high of 55. Today is sunnier, although still cool. Tomorrow the sun is supposed to reappear with highs back again in the 80s
We started the day by participating in the annual neighborhood garage sale. It has a good reputation and quite a lot of people, both Winter Texans in other parks, as well as locals flock here. It is fun to speak Spanish to some of the Mexican customers.
How do you lose money in a garage sale? Well, we did. We didn’t have that much to sell – mostly piddly stuff. After 5 hours by our table in the driveway, we sold $10 worth of junk. However, George went around to other houses and bought $12 worth! So, we didn’t even break even. He pointed out that it was stuff we needed – extension cord and a Shop-Vac. Hmmmm. I went around the neighborhood right as people were packing up and picked up a set of dishes – free!
Since there weren’t any exercise classes today, I took a 5-mile walk. The route passes the National Butterfly Center and an area near where we think the wall will be built.
For happy hour, George drank his namesake – an Arrogant Bastard Ale. Just kidding. It is a very good IPA.
He made a fire in the firepit and we enjoyed the nice evening. Lots of interesting sounds – we could hear Border Patrol’s airboat on the Rio Grande, not far from here, and someone at the the veterans’ cemetary played Taps at sundown.
DINNER – A very tasty lentil and sausage stew – easy to make, and quite economical. I got the recipe from a Nick Stellino TV show one time. Here is the recipe – This made more than enough for 2 servings. Easy to double….
finely diced carrots – 2 large
finely diced celery – 2 ribs
finely diced onion – 1 small or 1/2 large
garlic small dice – 2 cloves
lentils – 1 cup
hard-style, cooked sausage – I used Polish – about 1 pound
white wine – 1/2 cup
beef broth – 3 cups
tomato sauce – 1/2 cup
ricotta – dollop – I didn’t have any, so substituted cottage cheese
Sautee garlic in olive oil and some pepper flakes. Then add onions, celery, and carrots. Cook about 5 minutes, then add white wine. Then lentils, sausage, beef broth, and tomato sauce. Boil, then simmer X 20 minutes. Top with dollop of ricotta