Pardon my Absence

I haven’t felt like writing much of anything lately.

I’ve also not been reading much of anything lately.

For all those with blogs that I usually read and leave comments, I don’t mean to be rude, but my head is filled with enough stuff and I’ve simply run out of room.

I’ve been out wandering around, doing a fair amount of fishing, finding what I think are cool things, taking what I think are interesting photos, but the words to describe all of this have piled up in my head and I can’t be bothered making sense of it all.

Maybe that’s for the better.

Don’t see this changing for the rest of the month, too nice out to be sitting around inside the house. Maybe I’ll get back in the swing of things come June, or not.

Till then, here’s a few shots of a cast iron frying pan I found next to a deteriorating stove out in the middle of nowhere. Literally, nowhere. Will follow up with more once the pan has been cleaned up, seasoned and put back to use.

It's half buried in the dirt to the right of the stove, in front of the tree. Were decorative shards of pottery all over the place too.

Salvaged one a few years ago from under a collapsed barn. Owner thought it had been there for a good 50 years. Works like a charm now.

No manufacturers marks or anything on it. Just a crudely drawn number 9 on the bottom to let you know the size. That tells me it's pretty old.

16 thoughts on “Pardon my Absence

  1. Gretchen Steele

    I completely understand where you are coming from Ken – I hope your hiatus /sabbatical/ whatever you choose to call it serves you well and brings you back full circle 🙂

    1. Ken G Post author

      I’ve been talking about it for months Gretchen. Tried to disappear over the winter, but that was a bit extreme.

      I’ve done this before, lay a little lower and recharge the batteries. Much needed lately, been dealing with far too much information. Makes you wonder how much of it is really necessary.

  2. walt franklin

    I know the feeling exactly. With all the nice weather, I try to get the words out during sleep, or during my time at work. Things will clear….

    1. Ken G Post author

      Heading out camping soon Walt. Will be nice to get away from all things electronic. I’ve noticed the more time I spend away from it all the less I want to go back.


    For the past year or so, I have been telling my wife that I really want a cast iron pan. Apparently I need to go for a hike and get one. I also need to learn about this seasoning thing that I always hear in conjuction with cast iron cookware.

      1. Chris Beckstrom

        That’s AWESOME Ken! What a find. I am a huge fan of cast iron cookware- actually most of my cooking is done in cast iron. It’s just so great. Nick- the seasoning thing isn’t so bad. The great thing is it’s the only cookware I know of that gets better each time you use it.

        They are particularly suited to pan-frying things. I’ve got a pretty good recipe for cast iron crispy potatoes:

        Congrats again Ken; don’t worry about us, we’ll still be reading when you get back

        1. Ken G Post author

          We have a whole set of pans that were dug out of my mother-in-laws mountain of crap that is supposedly near 100 years old. Includes a cast iron cupcake pan, which I find intriguing. Can’t decided whether to put them to use or on display. We already have quite a few working pieces.

          We have a couple of pots I like to use for stews. Don’t know what makes it different, just does.

  4. cofisher

    Ken, we all need a break when our heads are stuffed with stuff. I hope you will continue to post things like this. Very enjoyable. Now go catch a fish!

    1. Ken G Post author

      The fish finally cooperated on a little creek yesterday Howard. Time to go check out all the other creeks…and back to my secret ponds.

    1. Ken G Post author

      Thanks Steve. It’s kind of like have a power outage and not really caring when the power will come back on. Go for a walk, take a nap, go to bed early, go watch the stars.

      Been nice.

    1. Ken G Post author

      I’m enjoying kicking back Mari. Spent 4 days out camping without even the cell phone turned on. Got back and don’t feel like looking at or reading much. I should at least make an effort to get back in the swing of things. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Then the moment passes and I go for a walk.

  5. RK Henderson

    Luck-ee! You’re set now; cast iron cookware is the foundation of civiisation. That and a tea kettle are the difference between humans and the other animals.

    Best of luck with your winnowing. It’s noble work.


    Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit

    1. Ken G Post author

      Spent the last few days out camping and cooking on nothing but a couple of cast iron frying pans. We eat well while camping and everything does taste a bit better.

      Had my blue steel camp coffee pot going quite a bit too. Nothing like the sound of percolating in the morning. Coffee for me, tea for the wife. The animals don’t know what they’re missing.

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