JJ and Fawns and Shrimp and What the Heck is That Bird?

There’s lots of animals to blog about, and I’m going to start with my favorite: JJ! I used my parent’s Jacuzzi to unwind after a challenging step workout, and JJ was very curious about it.

I think he would have gotten in had I let him! A week earlier, JJ decided my step was the perfect spot for a nap:

Luckily for me, I had already finished my workout, so I let him be, and didn’t put the step away until after he got up.

Before I get to the other animals, here’s the main headline for the day: This is the last post I’m writing in my current house! I move to my new pad on Tuesday. I spent most of my long holiday weekend packing and running errands, and I still have more to do, and it’s all very exciting.

It’s definitely been great living with my parents for the past fifteen months, but I’m excited for this new chapter. Plus, my parents will only be about 20 minutes away, so I’m not even going that far.

I think JJ is going to miss the wildlife in our current neighborhood. I’m not sure our new area will have deer, and there’s a lot of deer around here. We’ve been seeing a lot of fawns lately on our walks, including these twins…

…and this herd of four fawns, none of them taller than JJ. I bet their mamas were nearby, but we didn’t see them!

(Sorry, they’re not great photos. I’m just happy that I was able to get a picture at all before they skedaddled!)

Then, about a week ago, we saw something I’ve never seen around here before.

That’s a vulture, pecking at some roadkill. I was so stunned to see a vulture that after taking the picture, I looked up whether vultures even live in Michigan. It turns out that turkey vultures are pretty much native to the entire continent, and that was a turkey vulture. It wasn’t huge, but it did have a great big wingspan when it flew off!

Lastly, I cooked a nice dinner for my folks on the Fourth of July. Typically, we have a big family meetup on this holiday, but it was cancelled this reason for pandemic reasons, so I wanted to do something nice. And I was inspired by the jumbo shrimp I saw at the seafood counter.

I made a huge shrimp and vegetable stir-fry. It’s not a terribly patriotic meal to eat on the anniversary of our country’s founding, but it was delicious!

For the veggies, I stir-fried up onion, red and green pepper, mushrooms, celery, and shredded carrots, along with a little garlic.

I made my own homemade peanut sauce by mixing half a bottle of store-bought sesame stir-fry sauce with about a half cup of crunchy peanut butter. I ramped up the nut factor by chopping up a handful of walnuts and adding those in, and thinned it out with a half cup of water.

I cooked the shrimp in the sauce, and once the shrimp were done, mixed everything together. I served it with brown rice, and added a few chow mien noodles for a little crunch.

The next time I do this, I’m going to ease up on the peanut butter. I used Jif, which made the whole dish a little too sweet, since Jif has a good amount of added sugar. I’d use less next time, or use a natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any added sugar.

On the whole, though, the dish was a hit, and veggie heavy, which I love. And it was a hit with my parents, too!

Keep it up, David!


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One Response to JJ and Fawns and Shrimp and What the Heck is That Bird?

  1. Mom says:

    Awww, we’ll miss David and JJ sometimes! It sure was nice to have his company and another cook in the house! xoxo Mom

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