The three speed needs a lot of work, but is still a blast to ride. Braking is somewhat limited and needs a serious upgrade from the single rear rim brakes, so I slowly single-speeded it 9.5 miles round trip from my house to downtown and back.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
I made Enchiladas (not pictured, 'cause they are boring compared to the other stuff that I made), Cafe de Olla (Mexican coffee) and Cochinos/Marranitos (Mexican piggy cookies, kinda like gingerbread).
Cochinos are a cookie made with molasses, vanilla and cinnamon. They have a consistency and similar taste to gingerbread men.
Cafe de Olla is coffee made by making a simple syrup of piloncillo/panela sugar and cinnamon, then adding coffee to it after it's boiled and melted. You turn off the heat and steep for about five minutes with a lid on your pot, strain and drink. Kind of like cowboy coffee, you end up with some grounds in it.
I made these more out of cultural respect and interest, unlike my younger self that would have just gotten stupid drunk on Happy Hour margaritas. I'm still making margaritas this afternoon, but they'll be more traditional, as well. :)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
This guy crept right up on me when I was sketching the lake image. I got to watch him fish for perch a dozen feet away.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
I had a friend pass away a couple of weeks ago. He was an excellent human being and ran one of my favorite coffee shops in Springfield, The Coffee Ethic. There is a memorial fund set up for his family and I told everyone on my Facebook friends list that if they donated $20 or more to the fund, I'd draw or paint them something coffee related for their generosity.
I've done quite a few this week, the Day of the Dead one being the most recent. It went to one of my more peculiar and fun-loving friends.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Saturday, breakfast with the family at The Aviary after I broke down my camp stuff at Rock'n Ribs. The girls went out to work the office BBQ booth and I stuck around the house working on a couple of commissioned art pieces.
Those out of the way, I grilled burgers and corn on the cob and then the wife and kiddo and I hit up a movie, seeing Kung Fu Panda 3. I love those films. Great artwork in them.
Sunday, breakfast of eggs in a basket, toads in a hole, bacon and potatoes O'Brian. Afterwards, the kiddo and I took my hammock to a park and hung out for a bit. I also sketched some maple seed helicopters.
Then the girls went to the nursing home and I went down to Lake Springfield Park to goof around.
First, I sketched the boathouse down by the lake.
Then I busted out my stunt kite that I had rubber banded my GoPro Hero to. This turned out to be an awesome idea!
And finally, I went home and knocked out a dinner of sauerkraut, kielbasa and new potatoes with scratch-made cornbread. A great way to finish out a busy weekend.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Some pics from last Saturday at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range. I really don't do this enough. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon. Something from my childhood that I need to implement more. In the pics, myself, my father-in-law John B. and my buddy Brian D. John left after a few rounds with his new .38.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Here are the sketches I did manage to get done.
The "Flatiron Flats" flatiron building at Spring and Center streets.
Eureka Springs Courthouse
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
I had a good time down there. Saturday night I camped at the KOA. Rain was forecast, so I just slept in the car instead of pitching a tent in their designated camping areas. From experience, rain and flat, retention-walled off campsites usually end with me sleeping in a puddle. I got a lot of attention sketching on the street, with dozens of people looking over my shoulder or commenting on my work. I even had people taking pictures with me. It was odd, but flattering.
I ran into some friends on Saturday, one took this pic of me sketching the flatiron building.