Anakin is acting weirder than usual - he was trying to steal my flip-flop right off my foot. He has a terrible wound on his tail, a good 5 inches along the tail's length. As best we can tell, and I agree with Robert, his tail got burned while he was sashaying across the cooktop.
It has been healing; today, however, a long scab came free, and he is showing some raw skin which has to be painful. I found the scab, which was furry on one side (gulp) and I saw the redness which may have involved some surface bleeding. My poor Ani.
So I cried for him, and gave him my flip-flops for a while. Then he decided he wanted to sit in the seat I happened to be using, so I moved. He seems to be quite comfortable now, and not in pain from his wound. Me, well I'm comfortable in an alternate seat, but I am always in pain. Damn, spit, and dirty socks.
Time to make friends with Sloppy Josephine. She's cheap, easy, and no jokes, thank you very much.
1 to 1 1/4 pound ground beef (market beef or ground round)
1 large red bell pepper, large chop
1 large green bell, large chop
(Optional: jalapeno and/or red hot chile pepper)
1 very large onion, chopped
4 or more large garlic cloves, chopped
1 - 14.5 oz. Green Giant corn niblets, drained
1 - 15 oz. can black beans, drained
1 - 15 oz. can light red kidney beans, drained
1 large (about 28 oz.) can Sloppy Joe or Manwich sauce
My spice blend, to taste
Dried oregano, to taste
Cayenne pepper, optional
1/4 cup oil for cooking
Heat about a tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat and add the beef. Break up the beef while cooking, with a pastry blender (this works so well). At the end of cooking, stir in the dried oregano and remove from the heat. Remove the cooked beef to a plate or aluminum pan; use a slotted spoon, and then discard any grease in the pan. Set aside the beef. Add the remaining oil to the pan, and heat over a medium-high setting. Add the bell peppers (and spicy peppers, if using) and onion. Season with the spice blend, sugar, and cayenne. Sauté the vegetables until softened. Add the chopped garlic and continue cooking until the onion starts to caramelize.