2004-12-01, 8:38 a.m.
Day 101 - Made the Century mark!!
Whew! Been a while. Had the pleasure of discovering that my pc at work no longer has copies of my journal entries stored on it. Had been keeping them on the local hard drive, and they're only Word documents so they look pretty benign. Regardless, they are no longer where I left them. Even the shortcuts in the "recent documents" area come up blank. It's a mystery.
So - 100 days and no smoking. I think I'm getting even more sensitive to the smell on other people now. Never realized how pervasive that scent is.
Never bothered to go out hunting on opening day of gun season. Prior to getting a turkey out of the freezer for Thanksgiving, there was no room for more venison. Rather than go out and not be able actually take anything, I opted to go in to work instead. Fun decision, I know. Did go out the 3rd day of the season only to find the tree containing my favorite stand was in a foot of water. Whole area was wetter than it's been the last 4 or 5 years. Must be the timing of the rainfall. We'd been pretty dry in the spring, but never once had to break out the lawn sprinklers all summer. Then the hurricane remnants came through and really drenched us. May not have been ample time to drain off all that water.
Injected and smoked our turkey for Thanksgiving. Flavor and juiciness just can't be beat. To all those folks that fry them - yes, frying is fast, but it doesn't taste like a smoked bird. Good things really do come to those who wait. Plus - how big a bird can you fry?? Maybe 8 pounds or so before you have to get a gigunda pot and 10 gallons of oil? And that oil - how good is that? I can smoke (2) 20 pound birds in about 6 - 8 hours and it requires little or no time on my part once the birds are in the smoker. Plus they don't stew in a vat of fat, and they're still juicy due to the injecting.
Anyhow - after the carnage of Thanksgiving we used the left overs to make a nice pot of Turkey Gumbo. Smoked sausage (venison of course), smoked turkey, in a gumbo base - can't be beat.
Better get back to the zoo. More later - especially on the wiff's latest antics.
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