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The rear wheel of the truck caught a nail. The upside is, while waiting for the tire repair to be done, we found these gems for dinner. Beef, lamb and chicken kebabs! 😊

#roadtrip #kebab #foodtrip
The rear wheel of the truck caught a nail. The upside is, while waiting for the tire repair to be done, we found these gems for dinner. Beef, lamb and chicken kebabs! 😊 #roadtrip  #kebab  #foodtrip 
Stuff for 2 weeks...check! 2 large puppies...check! 2 humans...check! All set for our road trip to the West Coast! 
#roadtrip #outdoorlife #westcoast
Stuff for 2 weeks...check! 2 large puppies...check! 2 humans...check! All set for our road trip to the West Coast! #roadtrip  #outdoorlife  #westcoast 
Grated unripe papaya,  Batonettes of carrots, red bell pepper and ginger. Minced garlic and freshly cracked pepper.  Pickled in cooked sweet cider vinegar. Two weeks from now, we've got Atchara! For Filipinos, it's the perfect appetizer/ side for any grilled meat. 😊 
#atchara
#filipinofood #filipinocuisine #homecooked #chefstable
Grated unripe papaya, Batonettes of carrots, red bell pepper and ginger. Minced garlic and freshly cracked pepper. Pickled in cooked sweet cider vinegar. Two weeks from now, we've got Atchara! For Filipinos, it's the perfect appetizer/ side for any grilled meat. 😊 #atchara  #filipinofood  #filipinocuisine  #homecooked  #chefstable 
When they wake up, I'll be having a talk with both puppies about private spaces and with Ken about my pillow. 🀣

#siesta #mansbestfriend #americanakita #akita #saturdayafternoon
After a hearty lunch on a cold day, an afternoon siesta is perfect...if I can only reclaim my spot on our bed. 🀨

#mansbestfriend #akita #siesta #saturdayafternoon #americanakita
The skies were so clear, you can use just your cellphone cam to take a picture. Our favorite,  the Pleiades cluster of 7 stars (also known in the Orient as the Subaru, our favorite car brand as well 😊) can be seen on the lower right. 
#optoutside #stars #stargazing #camping
The skies were so clear, you can use just your cellphone cam to take a picture. Our favorite, the Pleiades cluster of 7 stars (also known in the Orient as the Subaru, our favorite car brand as well 😊) can be seen on the lower right. #optoutside  #stars  #stargazing  #camping 
Gangsta-face selfie! Bo is totally in character. Ken needs to work on his gangsta look. 🀣

#mansbestfriend #lostmaples #akita #akitasofinstagram #selfie #hikingadventures
Ken and Bo functioned a lot better than traditional hiking poles. We only hiked 6 miles or so per day. But it wasn't really hiking and not really climbing. It was this! 🀣

#optoutside #hikingadventures #akitasofinstagram #mansbestfriend #hikingtrail
Three days. No cell reception, no Wifi, no white noise...no problem! 😊

#optoutside #akitasofinstagram #mansbestfriend #hikingadventures #outdoorlife #camping
All this needed was a little detail brush work. I love Texas skyscapes. 😊 10x8 en plein air on 140lbs rough Fabriano. 
#danielsmithartistsmaterials #escodabrushes #pleinairpainting #texasartist #aquarelle #watercolor #sunset
Racing against the dying light. You have barely 30 minutes within the golden hour to capture with your brush and pigments what is seen by the eye.

#danielsmithartistsmaterials #escodabrushes #pleinairpainting #texasartist #aquarelle #watercolor #sunset
Yup, it's fermenting. We promised a friend that she'll be having a big jar of really, really, really spicy hot pickles for Christmas. This'll be ready in a week. 😊

#chefstable #spicy #pickles #homemade
Yup, it's fermenting. We promised a friend that she'll be having a big jar of really, really, really spicy hot pickles for Christmas. This'll be ready in a week. 😊 #chefstable  #spicy  #pickles  #homemade 
When having dinner way past the usual dinnertime, it's best to start off with a rich, piping hot, proper French onion soup, straight out of the oven. 😊

#dinnertime #chefstable #frenchonionsoup #homecooked
My compadre Bench had to wait 3 hours for this to get done. But he says it's worth it. Braised pork ribs glazed in apricot, garlic and chili. It's sweet and spicy, fall-off-the-bone goodness. 😊

#homecooking #chefstable #porkribs #falloffthebone #texasliving
Finally! I've defined my wife in quantum terms. 😊

#pondering #quantum #love #geekspeak
Huddling around a 110 degree fire pit in a 50 degree evening with matching s'mores and appropriate alcoholic beverages. Thanksgiving powwow, Murphy's way. 😊

#thanksgiving
#bonfire #firepit #friends
Huddling around a 110 degree fire pit in a 50 degree evening with matching s'mores and appropriate alcoholic beverages. Thanksgiving powwow, Murphy's way. 😊 #thanksgiving  #bonfire  #firepit  #friends 
Thanksgiving 2018. Turkey,  ham, roasted potatoes, glazed carrots,  soda bread... One word to describe John Murphy's cuisine this year...exquisite! 😊

#thanksgiving #dinnertime #friends #damngoodfood
With the afternoon temperature lingering in the low 50s, Ken and Bo make perfect hiking buddies. Apart from guarding us, they pull us up when we have to climb rocky paths along the rugged 28-mile looped hiking trail. 😊

#mansbestfriend #workingdog #guarddog #optoutside #outdoorlife #hikingadventures #akitalife #akita #akitasofinstagram #hiking #texaslife #trails #pineywoods