Thursday, July 5

Elbow and Butts

Wed was the 4th of July. Independence Day for ol’ America. Do expats still celebrate the 4th? Got a mish-mosh of pictures this week.

It’s been a bit since Parker got a bath. He was starting to smell like Cheetos. Not sure how that is different from how greyhound feet smell like Fritos, but everyone seems to like that. So Parker got a bath. He sure does shed a lot after a bath. He gets a poofy fuzziness about him. Here he is drying out in the sun.

Here is another shot of a hummingbird coming to one of our feeders. Now that they know we have put the feeders back out, there appear to be at least two groups feeding. The girls are always dive-bombing each other. Can’t they just get along?

A colorful butterfly graced us with his presence. Sharing the flowers with the hummingbirds.

Noah loves laying on the greyhound-embroidered fleece blanket on the back of the couch. It’s his new favorite spot in the house.

He is nice enough to share the couch with others. Stella says she ain’t giving up her couch for nobody.

He also doesn’t mind sharing the back of the couch either.

Stella got a little bump on her elbow. It was hard, red and the size of a pea. We are still a bit touchy about the health of the kids right now. Don’t think we could handle something bad happening to one of our other kids. So we took her to the vet. The vet said it didn’t look like anything bad. So we said, take it off and biopsy it for good measure. So here is a pic of Stella with a bandage on her elbow. She just got back from the vet and is still a bit loopy. It took her most of the day to sleep it off.

Now for the butt. Boston butt that is. Aka Pork shoulder. Lots of connective tissue so needs a slow ‘n low approach. These are 7.5 lb and 8 lb. The smaller was in the Egg for 18h45m and the larger for 19h15m. Talk about self control. I did not lift the lid once during the cooking. The beauty of the egg is that I never had to replace the lump charcoal. Just made sure the temp stayed in the 225-250F range till internal temp reach 200F.

Kris and I pulled the pork with a couple of forks. Each butt was enough to fill a half-size steam pan. Probably ended up with 10 lbs of pulled pork. Put some on a cheap white bun (to not detract from the flavor of the pork) and top that with some cole slaw and a vinegar-based sauce. As good as I’ve had at any barbecue place. Didn’t get any pics of the sandwiches. Was too busy eating This was North Carolina-style BBQ and is what I grew up with. I will try a beef brisket next. Katy, you’re from Texas. Real BBQ is beef right? Hehehe.

Noah says, “Dang, that is some good pork BBQ”!!!


  1. all i know is that real chili is with cubed steak (and judges look at the congruency of the cubes) and no beans.

    when i was a veggo, the only meat i missed was pork, so i'd be a texan more into pork. did you see shane? i'd have been lynched!

    as for celebrating the 4th... hard to over here. it's cold. the 4th means bbq and outdoors. that just doesn't work here. we have no winter holidays. so i go cold and celebration free.


    loved those photos. i can't believe the ones you get of those hummingbirds. and the butterfly was beautiful.

    now for my question to you. why do cats - no, HOW do cats know they're sleeping on nice, soft, fluffy blankets when they're nice, soft and often fluffy themselves? i don't get it? yes for cushions, but the material? can you feel the difference? how princess and the pea is that?

  2. I love Parker with Noah! I miss having my Leo cat. Wonderful pics as usual!!! and you've been tagged :) for 7 random things about me more here

  3. That is one gorgeous picture of Noah and Stella. And I am so impressed with your picture of the hummingbird.

    Absolutely all BBQ is good! I am kind of from Texas, but I am married to a South Carolina guy. My mouth is watering looking at these pictures... ;)