Sunday Afternoon Open Thread: A Little Meeca Update

Scamp Dog responded to my inquiry about Meeca with this cute video of her talking to him:

I made a few items from my garden bounty this week – Pickled Jalapeno Relish and Fresh Salsa (recipes here)

I’m off to rescue the backyard from a couple weeks of neglect. I’ll try for pet pictures later. Also, I heard some requests to start up the writing threads again…so I’ll put on my list of things to do.

What’s on your plate this afternoon?

Open thread.

ETA: since I had to pull this to post later, you get this cute otter video someone shared on my FB page. Looking at Youtube – seems to be a common occurrence. Otters seem to like to hitchhike on kayaks. Oh and one baby seal. LOL


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    Yum, fresh salsa.

    I have a bunch of errands to do which is bugging me, but if I just buckle down and start it probably won’t take too long. Blergh.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Me too. Blergh.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    That looks delicious!

    On a completely unrelated note… what the hell is David Nunes doing in the Republic of Azerbaijan???

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    opiejeanne says:

    The otter and the seal just hopping onto those kayaks was really something. That giant “rabbit” that terrorized Jimmy Carter on that fishing trip was no rabbit, I think, but I’m not sure what it was. Always thought it might be a nutria but now I’m not so sure.

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    pamelabrown53 says:

    TaMara, would love your recipe for pickled jalapeno relish.(Hope it’s not too vinegary?)

    Total non-sequitur : while on my morning walk, I met some kind of terrier mix who not only barked (incessantly) but growled. Not used to dogs behaving aggressively in my little planet dot.

    P.S. The woman walkong the dog seemed very embarrassed. She “bad dogged” him/her when she was really trying to communicate to me that her dog wasn’t the asshole he/she seemed. WTF!

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    Mike J says:

    @The Midnight Lurker:

    That looks delicious!

    How do you cook otter?

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    WhatsMyNym says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: Since the Republic of Azerbaijan’s top exports are petroleum, other nuts, and tomatoes, I don’t think he’s there for trade talks.

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    Butch says:

    Got 14 jars of fresh salsa done yesterday, then the neighbor helped me excavate a pad for the RV so now half of it went to him in payment…..

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    @Mike J: The first trick is removing the musk glands.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mike J: You’re a bad man.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Major Major Major Major: You too. Behave.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Meeca puppers!

    Oof, taking a break from replacing the wiring under my Passport that Watson “oooh look, CHIPMUNK!” and Luna “this is how it’s done, son” managed to rip out. Slowly, slowly, said the sloth…

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    Kristine says:

    Curried chicken with red lentils & potatoes currently in the slow cooker. The lentils and potatoes disintegrated, so it’s pretty much curried mush with pieces of chicken, but that’s fine. I’ll have it with mango chutney, naan, and some of the wild purslane that’s growing alongside my driveway.

    The videos are great–I shared them over on Facebook.

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    CapnMubbers says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: Do you mean Devin Nunes? or does a David Nunes actually exist?

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    Nettoyeur says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: Trump hotel payoff.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Hello juicers. I’ve got something to run past you that I hope you will dismiss as pure conspiracy theory. Here’s the setup… Ron Johnson lead a delegation to Russia (on the Forth of July!) that included nine other republican senators that are not up for reelection. No democrats were invited, and there was no press in attendance, except for Russian media, which reported an entirely different story than the one we were given by the returning senators. All of them claimed that they ‘got tough’ on Russia about election interference, and yet, within days, Ron Johnson is calling for the lifting of sanctions on Russia.
    First week in August, Rand Paul goes over to Russia with Texas state senator (16) Don Huffines among others (BTW – try to discover who else went with Paul, and good luck with that). Interestingly, you won’t find ANY mention of the Russia trip on Huffines website, and only one on his Twitter account in which he says he used his own money to travel. Senator Huffines, if you’re reading this – we weren’t asking ‘who paid’ so much as ‘what the hell are you doing there in the first place?’ Again, Huffines said that he ‘talked tough’ with Russia about election interference. Uh-huh.
    In addition to a State Senator from Texas (?), Paul was accompanied by Peter Goettler, the head of the Cato Institute,. Does this strike anyone else as a strange diplomatic delegation? Again, use ‘the Google’ to try and find the precise number and names of this mystery deputation. For those that win, remember that the purpose of the exercise is not to prove that you can, but to ask yourself ‘why these guys’?
    Rand Paul hand delivered a ‘letter of introduction’ that Trump wrote himself (allegedly), though the White House has been trying to distance themselves from this document. There has been a lot of ‘He said – She said’ with regard to this ‘simple letter of introduction’. Hey, maybe it was just that, but the (lady) doth protest too much, methinks.
    Within a week of Paul’s return, with very little fanfare and less than a passing nod from our vaunted forth estate, a new slew of sanctions are imposed against Russia. These sanctions are supposedly in response to the poisoning of an ex-KGB Colonel in London. (BTW – was Sergei Skripal a member of Christopher Steele’s network? I can NEVER get a straight answer to this question.)
    Sounds like a good idea, if a little late. And is it asking too much from our press to tell us from whence in Congress these new sanctions came???? Maybe could someone do an ‘in-depth’ story?
    There’s backfield in motion in the wake of these new sanctions (that nobody seems to be taking credit for). Trump has been saying that no one has been harder on Russia than him, and that Hillary is the one in bed with Putin. The Russians are taking half-hearted shots at Trump lately – just enough to get sound bites, actually. Every stinkin’ republican that goes over there says they ‘got tough’ with regard to election interference. Why do they have to go over there to do this? I seem to recall that some time back, Trump even opined that the Russians might help the Democrats this November (I know I heard it, but I can’t find it now????)
    Now DEVIN Nunes is spending his vacation in the Republic of Azerbaijan? As the kids say, WTF?
    I’ve a dumb theory in the back of my head I just can’t shake. And I’ll preface this with the admission that I am simply an old, retired gumshoe. I never had a smart phone or ‘the Google’. Just a notebook and a coin purse. I’m not smart.
    Here it is…. I think the Russians are planning to throw the elections for the democrats this November, but in a clumsy way that will immediately be discovered. Trump, Congress, FOX, et al., will immediately declare the elections invalid. They will say, “Look at the sanctions! Look how we ‘got tough’ with Putin”, “Hillary!”, “Deep State!”, etc. And since we’ll probably have Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh (what happened to the 200G in credit card debt, Brett? And baseball, seriously?) on the bench by the time the question reaches them, I think it’s a foregone conclusion that they will rule in the republican’s favor.
    So go ahead, juicers. Stomp all over this like my other postings as you are wont to do. I dare you. I double dog dare you. I wish, hope and pray I am completely insane on this. And to the esteemed Ms. Rofer and Dr. Silverman, please feel free to take your best shots. I’m a big boy. I can take it. Peace.
    P.S. – Going out for a bit. Can’t wait to see what I find when I return.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: Huh, interesting idea, parts of which have been bandied about by other people but without linking the new sanctions that followed these trips to Moscow.

    What about baseball and Kavanaugh? Or is late season baseball just mentioned because it’s a distraction from the Real World?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Ugh. I’ve been decluttering my overstuffed craft room so I can recover in there after my knee surgery at the end of this month. I left the door open while I ate my lunch and OF COURSE Keaton and Charlotte got into a beef in there and scared the crap out of all of us.

    Luckily, it was just a lot of hissing and yowling under the dining room table and I was eventually able to persuade a freaked-out Charlotte to retreat into the bedroom. But this really sucks because we JUST got them all willing to share the bedroom, and now we have to physically separate them for at least a few days until everyone calms the fuck down. Argh!

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    debbie says:

    I spy Concord grapes up top. That tells me autumn is nigh. 😋

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    Jay says:


    “What about baseball and Kavanaugh? Or is late season baseball just mentioned because it’s a distraction”

    Kavanaugh racked up over $200,000 in credit card debt, supposedly on baseball tickets, that was suddenly paid off.

    Not normal.

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    Achrachno says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: “All of them claimed that they ‘got tough’ on Russia about election interference” = they were negotiating something illicit about elections/getting Russian help

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    Achrachno says:

    @Jay: Isn’t corruption the new normal with the Repubs? Hence normal, but very bad

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    Jay says:

    @The Midnight Lurker:

    The Insane Clown POSus was elected in a “perfect storm”. A huge array of different factors, not just Russian Ratfucking came together, that will probably never repeat. The Russians and ReThugs only “managed” a few of these factors.

    And as we know, “manage” is a very loose term when the IC is watching every move in real time and the ReThug clown car is cooperating over unsecured comms.

    While the plot you outlay is probably something the bad actors would like to do, is it something they can do?

    Taint the Blue Wave outside of the wingnut hive mind, in such a way that the majority of voters, the IC, the Courts, the Law will just sit down, shut up and just go along with the subversion of Democracy?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: Oh! I forgot about that little question. Yeah, I don’t know how you even do that, rack up that kind of debt for baseball tickets, but the mysterious payoff is the story.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: I don’t want to believe they can get away with it.

    I need to do something else for a while that doesn’t twist my stomach into knots, like writing the worst chapter of my book about an atrocity committed by five men wearing Union jackets (1863) who will later turn out to be secessionist bushwhackers wearing jackets they took from dead Union soldiers (really happened, but elsewhere in the state). Right now the “villagers” are blaming my GGG grandfather and his children and grandchildren for the raid. It’s such an ugly chapter I may rip it out of the book.

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    Dupe1970 says:

    I now want to write a short story about “pirate otters” commandeering random vessels….

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