The One-Legged Sandpiper

Sunday, February 21, 1999

Number Eleven

"Knee deep and just a little behind"


Wood delivery number seven this winter.

Local colors captured.


Snow flurries all day. Something different: Cold and windy.


With snow predicted all day, it seemed provident to do the walk first thing in case the flurries turned to snow. The light in the morning is much better for capturing color palettes. Pictures with interesting colors or textures that can be used in other graphics. The website will use as much local color and sound as possible, just because.

The lake looks almost calm and inviting in spite of the cold wind.
You can't even see the snow flurries.

TK keeping an eye on the snow. She's too old to hunt chipmunks, but she's still scouting the weather.

A quick run to the bank for money to pay Luke for a cord of wood yielded a surprise. At 9:00 Sunday morning, this intersection should be jammed. The threat of
flurries seems to have frightened everyone. We need another good winter before we all turn to total wimps.

Its chore time back at the ranch. The stove is jammed with ashes and needs to be cleaned. Temperatures are predicted to be zero or below early next week so it's time to get the stove ready.

Time to pull all of the grates and broken fire brick out and shovel out all the ashes.

Mindy waits patiently for the heat to come back.

Time to dig into the overhang wood for this rack full. Nice dry red oak, perfect for cold weather.

No it's not a volcano forming in the yard, just the ash pile steaming away in the cold.

Back at full steam ahead by noon. Scary looking sky for noon.

Time to clean out the wood shed again. Cleaning out under the wood after each load is used helps keep insects from colonizing. A clean wood shed is a happy wood shed.

This was a very clean batch.

Back inside, more chores. The second actual chair repair in history. Most of the past customers don't know the address so there may be more.

Chores done by 4:00 and then the wood delivery showed up. Looks like a divine wood delivery in this picture, or another one of those alien wood pile abductions. Is it me or does it look like a face in the sunbeam?

Green Side Up

Sifter to go back in production.

This is a picture of the last remaining garden sifter. This was the first one built, about twelve years ago, and it's still in perfect shape. This was always a big seller and will be the first gardening product back in production. Strong wooden frame and reinforced screening make them pretty indestructible.

Danger Kitchen

In the mood for Chinese but can't be bothered to go out?

Beef With Scallions

Very easy to make. Same marinade as Danger Kitchen Whatever With Pea Pods. Works well with chicken, pork, scallops, shrimp or lobster.


> 1-2 pounds of beef (London broil works fine) sliced 3/8" thick in 2" lengths
> 4 bunches of scallions trimmed with 6" of green then cut in 3" lengths
> 1/2 cup sake
> 1/4 cup soy sauce (lite works fine, not as salty)
> 1/4 cup strong beef bullion (or other flavor) use 1 cube in 1/2 cup water
> 1 TBS corn starch.
> Fresh ground black pepper, about 1 tsp.
> Peanut oil


1) Mix soy, sake, broth, pepper and corn starch in a bowl.
2) Add sliced beef and marinate 1-2 hours.
3) Heat oil in a wok or large pan, enough to cover the bottom well.
4) Fry scallions quickly until slightly wilted (3-4 minutes).
5) Remove scallions to a bowl.
6) Add beef and marinade and cook until just barely done.
7) Add scallions and turn off heat in one minute. Cover until ready to serve, over or next to rice works well.


> Add water chestnuts and or baby corns to the wok with the scallions.
> Instead of beef, use chicken, pork, shrimp, scallops, lobster or monk fish chunks.
> @#*&$~ all this and order take out (but it won't be as good).

Braised Bokchoy
(Chinese Cabbage)


> 1 head of Bokchoy. Cut up in 2" chunks with leaves separated
> 2 onions cut the same size as the cabbage.
> 2/3 cup sake.
> 1 heaping TBS crystallized ginger (fresh can be used also) .
> 1/4 tsp five spice powder.
> Peanut oil.


1) Heat oil in a wok or pan.
2) Add onion and fry quickly for one minute.
3) Add ginger and cook an additional minute.
4) Add cabbage leaves and stir to coat leaves. Turn down heat.
5) Add sake and sprinkle the five spice powder over the cabbage.
6) Mix thoroughly and cover. Braise about 5 minutes, stirring twice and turn off heat. leave covered to hold until serving.

All recipes original unless otherwise noted.

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