Keeping warm (sort of) in South Texas

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Another unusually cool/cold day.  Windy.  High 49

STEPS:  10,418
CLASS:  Chair yoga.  Way too cold for water aerobics

The route for my morning hike is a big square.  Today, the first half – towards the south then east – was fine.  The second half – into the north and west winds – was brutal. 

A resident of Retama Village posted this photo today on Facebook.  It shows the Border Patrol catching a group of undocumented young men yesterday.  The photo was taken about 1/2 mile from here.  Many residents commented that they think it will get worse under Biden’s administration.  I just wish there were a better solution to the immigration situation.  Trump is coming here tomorrow to view his wall. 

Spanish class was the highlight of the afternoon.  We pretended we were in a restaurant and I had the students ordering food and drinks.  They are also learning the numbers so they can state their addresses.  Lots of laughs. 

DINNER:  George experimented with this BBQ recipe from the grilling cookbook he is studying…..


Take out the core of a green cabbage.  Get a hot fire started on the grill.  Make a ring made out of aluminum foil to keep the cabbage upright.  Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook some bacon and onion in butter.  (Or could use sausage).  Drain off the fat.  Stuff the bacon/sausage and onions into the core of the cabbage.  Top it with pats of butter.  Use the drained fat (oil) to coat the outside of the cabbage.  Cook over hot coals for about 1.5 hours. 

When done, it creates a “wow” kind of presentation.  We might try it again when our daughter visits, but will use plant-based meat.. 

As I have noted before, there are 4 men in my life:  1) the REAL one – George my husband, 2) Jacques Pepin – whose TV shows and cookbooks I love, 3) Rick Steves – the great European tour guide and TV host, and 4) Bill Bryson  – fellow Iowan, European traveler, and excellent writer.  Tonight we hung out with Rick Steves and watched one of his pocasts about European festivals.  Delightful!

BOOK:  “Playing with Fire” by Peter Robinson .  This is my go-to series when I am waiting for on-line books to become available. It is the detective series that takes place in North Yorkshire, England.  I like it due to the characters and the descriptions of pubs and landscape.  4 stars out of 5

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