Visiting Eastern Connecticut State University

Filed in Education, Travels by on August 20, 2008 0 Comments
Visiting Eastern Connecticut State University

On the way to Home Depot yesterday, I decided to take a detour and quickly drive through Eastern Connecticut State University. I am checking out the local colleges for interesting classes. I already found a nice “Entrepreneurial” class over at UConn. It teaches you how to set up, operate, successfully harvest and start over a […]

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I Finished Sealing The Driveway

Filed in Home Improvement by on August 19, 2008 0 Comments
I Finished Sealing The Driveway

Yesterday, I drove over to Home Depot to get two more 5-gallon buckets of driveway sealer and one more bucket of driveway crack filler. After I got sidetracked at the airport (which I wrote about in the previous post), I came back to finish up the driveway. The only thing I did differently this time […]

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Sealing The Driveway

Filed in Home Improvement by on August 17, 2008 1 Comment
Sealing The Driveway

Like I mentioned yesterday, this morning’s task was to seal the lower portion of the driveway. I had twenty five gallons of Latex-ite Driveway Re-surfacer on hand and was hoping that was enough. I think I read that each five gallon bucket does around 300 square feet, which isn’t much. Ok, here is how it […]

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Repairing Cracks In The Driveway

Filed in Home Improvement by on August 16, 2008 0 Comments
Repairing Cracks In The Driveway

Eventually, all blacktop will crack. It doesn’t matter how good of a job the pavement people did when they came to install that beautiful patch of blackness over what once was a nice lawn. It will crack. “So what, Jay. So my driveway has a few cracks in it. Why should I care?” you say. […]

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Dog In Bathtub During Thunderstorm

Filed in Animals by on August 16, 2008 0 Comments
Dog In Bathtub During Thunderstorm

Whenever it starts to even think about thundering outside, our beloved dog, Holly, starts pacing around frantically. She pants and walks, pants and walks. She really doesn’t know where she is going, but she know she wants to get there fast. Poor dog. Laura seems to think this whole issue is caused from an event […]

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My Morning Walk To The Mailbox

Filed in Ramblings by on August 15, 2008 4 Comments
My Morning Walk To The Mailbox

In my last post, I said that people need to start writing more. I said that our readers don’t care what we write about, just that we write. I even threatened to take my camera out with me this morning. Well, guess what. I did just that. Since I had to go to the mailbox […]

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Where Have All The Bloggers Gone?

Filed in Blogs by on August 14, 2008 2 Comments
Where Have All The Bloggers Gone?

All Winter, I say that I can’t wait for Summer. This is for obvious reasons. I always say that I can make it up to January 15 with Winter and then I’m done. If I can’t grow anything, I am not a happy camper. This next paragraph really has nothing to do with this post. […]

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Chimney Crown Repair and Cap

Filed in Home Improvement by on August 11, 2008 1 Comment
Chimney Crown Repair and Cap

As I was outside today cutting down some more small trees, the chimney repair guys rolled down the driveway. I thought he said they were going to call to set up an appointment, but this was fine with me. The faster I can cross something off my list, the better. The job was to repair […]

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All-Mozart Program – Koussevitzky Music Shed At Tanglewood

Filed in Travels by on August 10, 2008 0 Comments
All-Mozart Program – Koussevitzky Music Shed At Tanglewood

For quite some time, Laura and I have been planning a trip to Tanglewood this Summer. Every time it came up, there was something else to do. I think there may have even been a time or two where I was just too lazy to get up and go. Last night was the night. We […]

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How, When And Why – Pruning Tomato Plants

Filed in Gardening by on August 9, 2008 0 Comments

It’s getting to that time of the season when I am starting to notice a bunch of tomatoes hanging from my tomato plants. I am also noticing some yellowing of the lower leaves. We have been eating a nice number of small and large tomatoes, pretty much daily. We use them for everything, but mainly […]

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Cool Pictures Of Tomatoes And A Mushroom

Filed in Gardening by on August 7, 2008 2 Comments
Cool Pictures Of Tomatoes And A Mushroom

I think these two photos may have been the inspiration for my new photo gallery. I took them yesterday when it was kind of rainy outside. I thought it would be neat to post these really cool shots on the blog. Then, I thought that no one would know what the heck am I talking […]

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Photo Collection Using Coppermine Photo Gallery

Filed in Blogs by on August 7, 2008 0 Comments

I had a great idea yesterday. I was thinking that since I like to take pictures and post them up on this blog, maybe people would appreciate a dedicated photo gallery. One of the things that always annoyed me what that no on can really see the detail in my photos. The new camera that […]

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New – Receive My Posts By Email

Filed in Blogs by on August 6, 2008 2 Comments

I know this is not a new service, but the fact that I am offering it now is new. Kindly notice the yellowish box in the upper right-hand corner of this new and beautiful template. In this yellowish box, you will see a “Want to subscribe?” heading. Please place your email in the box to […]

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A Gift For Kristin And Lauren

Filed in Blogs by on August 6, 2008 3 Comments

I know, I am way too much of a pushover. A few days ago, I was talking to my mother on the phone as she was driving up to my brother’s house in Virginia. She wasn’t driving…she is much too careful for that. She expressed in subtle, but forceful terms that she was not pleased […]

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How To Mulch A Flower Bed – Benefits Of Mulch

Filed in Gardening by on August 5, 2008 0 Comments
How To Mulch A Flower Bed – Benefits Of Mulch

Do you remember back when I transplanted those shrubs from the front yard to the side of the driveway? Well, everything is going well, except for the fact that the soil I planted everything in is extremely fertile for weeds. I had a little forest growing within a few weeks. I finally got my butt […]

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Adding Ornamental Grass And Mulch To Mailbox Area

Filed in Landscaping by on August 4, 2008 9 Comments
Adding Ornamental Grass And Mulch To Mailbox Area

Laura and I have been walking quite a bit. We are up to 3.7 miles per walk now. I never really thought that walking was much exercise until recently. When I hit that three mile point, I start feeling it. The feeling has been less and less intense though, so I guess I am getting […]

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Blue Screen After Sleep Mode – Windows Vista

Filed in Computers by on August 4, 2008 3 Comments

Now, if you remember the beginning of this saga, I increased the size of the page file to a minimum of 1000MB and a maximum of 6000MB. I did this because I was getting a blue screen after sleep mode in Windows Vista. The more I look, the more popular I am finding this particular […]

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Flowers That Bloom In August

Filed in Gardening by on August 3, 2008 1 Comment
Flowers That Bloom In August

I was outside today just poking around and noticed that a bunch of new flowers recently bloomed. Since some of them look really good, I decided to go inside and grab my camera to take a few pictures. These are pretty neat shots, unfortunately, I only (think) know what one flower is and that’s the […]

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Increasing The Paging File Size In Vista

Filed in Computers by on August 2, 2008 2 Comments

Just a word of warning, I really don’t know what I am talking about in this post. I gathered some fragments and decided to talk about them. Ok, since I have been using this new computer, I have had a little issue. When the computer would go into sleep mode, things would be normal. When […]

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We Sold The Other House

Filed in Home Improvement by on August 1, 2008 0 Comments

Today, we traveled to Newburgh, NY to close on the other house. This has been in the works for what seems like ages now. New York probably has one of the longest closing processes on the planet. I mean months… The couple who bought it was very excited to start out in it. I am […]

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Cleaning Out The Chimney

Filed in Home Improvement by on August 1, 2008 0 Comments
Cleaning Out The Chimney

When we first moved in, there was a slight chill in the air. I guess it was early May or something, when it still gets chilly at night. I am not too good with the cold, so I got a fire going in the fireplace. As the fire was burning in the fireplace, I thought […]

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Working With A Dell Precision T7400 Workstation

Filed in Computers by on July 30, 2008 3 Comments
Working With A Dell Precision T7400 Workstation

Well, I recieved the new Dell T7400 workstation yesterday, a day early. I met the FedEx guy in the garage. He warned me that the box was heavy. I unpacked the box and took the computer out. It was pretty heavy. I brought it upstairs and made room for it on my desk. I set […]

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New Blog Theme

Filed in Blogs by on July 28, 2008 0 Comments

Check it out…you like? I tried to find the simplest theme on the planet and this is one of them. I am sick of all the fluff. Also, the page load time is much faster with this theme because it is “table-less” and no post images show on the homepage. That was a problem for […]

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Do Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders Work?

Filed in Animals by on July 27, 2008 0 Comments

Watch this entire video and you be the judge. Sure, maybe the squirrel is eating the crumbs the birds dropped in back of the feeder tray, but I would say the squirrel proof bird feeder is rather effective. This is round two of the squirrel proof bird feeder videos. I am pretty sure I can’t […]

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The Search For The Pellet Stove Begins

Filed in Home Improvement by on July 26, 2008 1 Comment

I know it’s only July, but believe it or not, that’s about two months too late when someone is trying to get a pellet stove installed. I stopped by the local pellet stove store the other day to pick out my new Harman P68 Pellet Stove. This is top of the line and has everything […]

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Windows Vista 64-Bit Operating System – Freezing Up

Filed in Computers by on July 26, 2008 2 Comments

This is a very aggravating post to write. It’s a wonder I am sitting here and not in a mental hospital right now. Let me offer some background. For the past few weeks, Laura’s computer has been showing the signs of hard drive failure. The computer is about 6 years old and has a 30Gb […]

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Going For A Nice Long Walk

Filed in Environment by on July 24, 2008 0 Comments
Going For A Nice Long Walk

We had to wake up extra early today because of a few chores that needed doing. The first thing was to drive Holly to the vet. She has been there a few times since we arrived in this part of the world. Apparently, she got some wound on her tail that needed tending to. She […]

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Using Milky Spore To Control Grubs and Japanese Beetles

Filed in Landscaping by on July 23, 2008 1 Comment
Using Milky Spore To Control Grubs and Japanese Beetles

So, I did it. I jumped on the Milky Spore bandwagon. Yesterday, I was thinking about how much I hear about this Milky Spore stuff. You know, Milky Spore is the thing that causes Milky Disease in grubs. It’s powder that you sprinkle onto the ground in a grid that takes years to work. Some […]

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Squirrel Checking Out The New Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Filed in Animals by on July 23, 2008 0 Comments

I told you I would try to grab a video if I ever saw the squirrel come around the bird feeders again. Well, it just so happens that I was looking out the window today when I noticed a big, bushy gray tail wagging around on the porch. I quickly turned around to get the […]

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Planting Blue Prince Holly, Rhododendron and Mulching

Filed in Landscaping by on July 23, 2008 0 Comments
Planting Blue Prince Holly, Rhododendron and Mulching

It has been pretty dry here lately. It just rained this morning, which is good, but up until that, we haven’t had any substantial rainfall in quite some time. I have been watching many plants wilt because of the dryness. The neighbors are getting used to the guy with no shirt standing out front with […]

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Joomla 1.5 – Global Configuration

Filed in Websites by on July 20, 2008 1 Comment
Joomla 1.5 – Global Configuration

I decided that today would be a good day to start configuring Joomla. I logged in and began at the “Site” section of the Global Configuration area. I took a quick look and noticed that there wasn’t all that much to configure. Here is what I did: – Changed the editor from Tiny MCE 2.0 […]

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Sample Photos

Filed in Technology by on July 19, 2008 0 Comments
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 Sample Photos

Ok, I just took a few quick sample photos with my new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera. The first one I am going to show you was taken on one of the lowest settings. Basically, you can take poster-sized (print quality) photos with this camera. I set it to the 3MB setting, which is one […]

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My New Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 13.6-Megapixel Digital Camera

Filed in Technology by on July 19, 2008 1 Comment
My New Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 13.6-Megapixel Digital Camera

A few days ago, I noticed something strange happening to my Sony Cyber-shot 4.1 mega pixel camera. It was kind of the same thing that happens to all my Sony digital cameras after a few years…I had to start smacking the side of it to make the display correct itself. Before I smacked it, I […]

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Installing Joomla 1.5 – A New Install

Filed in Websites by on July 18, 2008 0 Comments
Installing Joomla 1.5 – A New Install

Ok, so on to the installation of Joomla 1.5. Before I did anything, I bought a domain name and pointed it to my server. That is basic stuff. I set the domain up on my server and created a mysql database for this application. That’s more basic stuff. After that was all good to go […]

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When To Stake Tomatoes – Growing In Buckets

Filed in Gardening by on July 18, 2008 3 Comments
When To Stake Tomatoes – Growing In Buckets

Do you know how many people search for “When to steak tomotoes?” I bet a lot. Well, I think I spelled it correctly. I was driving down the road today and noticed that the neighbor had a bunch of tomato plants growing in buckets, just like me. His buckets may have been nicer, but mine […]

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Installing and Configuring Joomla 1.5 – A Documented Project

Filed in Websites by on July 17, 2008 0 Comments

For some time, I have been looking for a versatile CMS (content management system) that would allow my mind to wander. So far, I have set up some pretty nice systems. They are meeting my goals, but I wanted to see how things would be outside the realm of business. I mean, a new website […]

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New Dell Precision T7400 Mini-Tower

Filed in Computers by on July 17, 2008 2 Comments

One of the things on my task list today was to order the new computer that I have been considering for the past few months. Laura’s computer started acting up yesterday and that gave me the push to get it done. We can’t be without these kinds of things. So, here is what I got: […]

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Visiting Newport, Rhode Island

Filed in Travels by on July 17, 2008 4 Comments
Visiting Newport, Rhode Island

Yesterday was a pretty eventful day. We decided to hop in the car and drive out to Newport, RI for a quick visit. I always think everything is so close to anywhere I am. When we are about halfway there, I realized that I am just an optomist. My butt starts to hurt and I […]

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Our First Tomato – Right Off the Vine

Filed in Gardening by on July 14, 2008 2 Comments
Our First Tomato – Right Off the Vine

Actually, I am not even sure it is off the vine. It’s more like it’s off the plant. Well, I picked the first tomato a few days ago. We let it sit on the counter for a day and then cut it in half. Laura held a half and I held the other and we […]

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I Sold My Motorcycle

Filed in Automotive by on July 13, 2008 0 Comments

Well, it’s gone. The guy came over this morning and loaded it up on a trailer and took it away. I have to admit that I feel a little bit of cool draining from my body. It’s not too bad though, because I do have a plan. I’ll tell you about that later. Here is […]

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Blackberry Curve Doesn’t Reconcile and Desktop Software Crashes

Filed in Computers by on July 12, 2008 0 Comments

In my previous post, I think I mentioned that I can delete email on my Blackberry Curve and it would delete on my desktop email account, but not the other way around. Well, after having the phone for a day or two and not deleting email on it (only deleting the mail on my desktop), […]

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Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess Connect

Filed in Internet by on July 11, 2008 0 Comments
Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess Connect

I think I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to get broadband for my laptop while we are out and about or on vacation. Basically, I had two choices…either I get the wireless card to connect to the wireless broadband network or use my new Blackberry to do it. Both options give me […]

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My New BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone

Filed in Technology by on July 10, 2008 6 Comments
My New BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone

Well, I decided to upgrade my old Treo 700w for a nice, new BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone. I thought it was about time to jump on the email-on-your-pda bandwagon. We are planning some activities and vacations this Summer, so this will cover one base. So, let me tell you about my experience. I have many […]

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The Tomato Plants Are Growing Strong

Filed in Gardening by on July 8, 2008 0 Comments
The Tomato Plants Are Growing Strong

I was looking at one of my earlier blog posts yesterday and came across the one I wrote about getting tomato plants. I was shocked…yes shocked, at how small the plants were when I got them. I would say these plants are between 3-4 feet tall right now. Here, take a look… I think they […]

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What Is It With Me and Grass?

Filed in Landscaping by on July 8, 2008 1 Comment
What Is It With Me and Grass?

I don’t know, but it is starting to get annoying. If you remember back at the beginning, we had a few spots in the lawn that needed seed. Well, I seeded them. Within a few days, grass started to grow. I just thought this was the cat’s meow. I couldn’t believe it because I have […]

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New Sony SA-W2500 Performance Line Subwoofer

Filed in Entertainment by on July 8, 2008 1 Comment
New Sony SA-W2500 Performance Line Subwoofer

Ok, my Circuit City gift cards are all used up. That’s until I get my next batch from my credit card points. Yesterday, on our way to Costco up in Enfield, we stopped at Circuit City to pick up a Sony SA-W2500 Performance Line Subwoofer for downstairs. We already have four speakers hooked up and […]

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The Basement the Way It Should Be

Filed in Home Improvement by on July 6, 2008 0 Comments
The Basement the Way It Should Be

I have been telling Laura that it just feels better to watch TV down in the basement. I explained that I always felt kind of guilty just sitting around upstairs in the living room. Having everything, “entertainment” downstairs feels much more “right.” I must say, it’s quite comfortable down there. I set up the dehumidifier […]

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The Basement Tile is Finished

Filed in Home Improvement by on July 2, 2008 3 Comments
The Basement Tile is Finished

I am rather impressed with myself. A few weeks ago, I was scratching my chin, wondering what to do with this basement. Now, I am standing on brand new tile throughout the entire thing. I think I might be amazing. So, after five short days, the tile guys completed the job and left. I thought […]

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Laying More Tile on Concrete

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 28, 2008 1 Comment
Laying More Tile on Concrete

Today, the tile installers finished laying the full pieces of tile. Now, they have to come back on Monday to make all the cuts for all the edge pieces. I am going down tonight to count all the edge pieces we’ll need, just to make sure we have enough tile. On Tuesday, they will come […]

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The Tile Installation Begins

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 27, 2008 0 Comments
The Tile Installation Begins

Also today (it was quite a busy day), the tile guys came over to start the tile installation in the basement. I have to say, this installer has impressed me on a number of occasions. By nature, I am skeptical. I always think people aren’t going to do a complete job or try to get […]

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The Gutter Covers Are Installed

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 27, 2008 0 Comments
The Gutter Covers Are Installed

It feels good to get some things checked off my list. Today, the gutter guys came over to clean the gutters and install the rest of the gutter covers. I felt a little bad having a gutter cleaning company install the covers, but they didn’t seem to mind. The owner told me that I could […]

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Stihl BR 550 Backpack Blower

Filed in Landscaping by on June 25, 2008 2 Comments
Stihl BR 550 Backpack Blower

Today was another day of running around. I had to head up to Tile America in West Hartford to meet the tile installer. After that, I had to go over to Pat’s Power Equipment in Tolland for a new backpack blower. I am sure I will write all about the tile in another post. Now, […]

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New Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Computer Speakers

Filed in Technology by on June 25, 2008 1 Comment
New Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Computer Speakers

Boy, that title is pretty long. Yesterday, Laura and I went shopping. We first went up to Home Depot in Enfield, CT. I got a bunch of stuff, most of which I can hardly remember right now. I am sure I’ll write about it when I start using it. Then, we went to Circuit City […]

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The Basketball Hoop Being Put to Good Use

Filed in Family & Friends by on June 25, 2008 2 Comments
The Basketball Hoop Being Put to Good Use

As promised, the basketball hoop is being enjoyed by someone who may have a bit of trouble dunking for some time…even when the hoop is on its lowest setting. My brother stopped by a few days ago to pick up the whole thing. This, of course, is after I spent a good chunk of time […]

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The Flowers Have Taken Over – Pink Roses

Filed in Gardening by on June 23, 2008 2 Comments
The Flowers Have Taken Over – Pink Roses

When we first moved here, I really didn’t give the hillside on the property too much thought. I just said to myself that I was going to plant some pine trees there. At the time, there were some “unbloomed” bushes waiting for leaves. Some of them were those ever growing pricker bushes. When I was […]

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Introducing the Tiger Lily

Filed in Gardening by on June 23, 2008 4 Comments
Introducing the Tiger Lily

Yes ladies and gentlemen, I discovered what that mystery flower is…a Tiger Lily. If you remember back a few posts, I couldn’t figure out what a certain flower was. It’s the one around the mailbox. The flowers are all over the place and now I know what they are. Aren’t they nice? They are really […]

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Somerset Square in Glastonbury, CT

Filed in Food & Drink by on June 19, 2008 2 Comments
Somerset Square in Glastonbury, CT

Last night was pretty fun. My brother, Jeff, came over and we went out to dinner. Lately, you pretty much have to drag me out of my chair to get me to do anything. I have my head stuck staring at this horrible computer screen 24 hours a day. It really is unattractive. Jeff told […]

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A New Stone Wall For the Garden

Filed in Landscaping by on June 15, 2008 2 Comments
A New Stone Wall For the Garden

I did a bunch of weeding yesterday and then pulled out the weed whacker. I cleaned up all along the front edge of the garden and really was quite proud of myself. Today, I was outside doing something when Laura decided to visit me. I asked her to look how nice the front of the […]

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Can You Identify This Tree?

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on June 15, 2008 4 Comments
Can You Identify This Tree?

I hadn’t taken much notice of it until a friend mentioned it to me a few days ago. He said, “You might want to do yourself a favor and take that Tulip tree down while it’s still small.” Upon later reflection, we noticed it wasn’t a Tulip tree, but most likely a fast growing softwood. […]

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Tons of Roses in the Front

Filed in Gardening by on June 13, 2008 1 Comment
Tons of Roses in the Front

You have to believe me when I tell you that I am really sorry about all the posts with photos of flowers in them. Really, it’s for the ladies. Sometimes, I feel like such a gentleman. Yesterday, when I was up front doing some trimming, I clipped a rose for Laura. Isn’t that sweet? You […]

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Installing a Pella Sliding Glass Door

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 13, 2008 1 Comment
Installing a Pella Sliding Glass Door

As I am sure I have mentioned numerous times, we needed to replace the doors downstairs in the basement. There was some rot at the bottom of the framing. Just this morning, I realized why. Remember that big long post (directly below) about rain gutters? Well, it now all makes sense. When it rains, the […]

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Jay’s Tomato Plant Garden

Filed in Gardening by on June 10, 2008 1 Comment
Jay’s Tomato Plant Garden

If you call a porch a garden, then that’s what I have. I told you that we bought some tomato plants the other day. We put them in a bucket that we had here. Well, they have been taking off so nicely, I decided to get some more. I figured buckets will work ok. My […]

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RIDGID 3000 PSI Gas Pressure Washer

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 10, 2008 6 Comments
RIDGID 3000 PSI Gas Pressure Washer

A few weeks ago, I realized I needed three new tools…a pressure washer, a leaf blower and a snow blower. I am going to have to wait on that snow blower, as they are pretty hard to find these days. Yesterday, I picked up a RIDGID 3000 PSI Gas Pressure Washer. I got a pretty […]

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LG Electronics 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 10, 2008 2 Comments
LG Electronics 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Yesterday was a big day for Home Depot. I know I said I was going to start shopping at Lowe’s, but this Home Depot is so much closer. They mostly have what I need, so I guess Home Depot it is. I bought a few things, one of them being a new air conditioner (along […]

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Some More Great Photos of Flowers

Filed in Gardening by on June 7, 2008 2 Comments
Some More Great Photos of Flowers

I think so much of myself, don’t I? Just look at that title. As I was wondering around outside today, sweating, I decided to take some more photos of the flowers on the property. You may already have seen some of these, but others are new. I know this because we just planted them. On […]

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Rhododendrons To Line the Woods

Filed in Landscaping by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Rhododendrons To Line the Woods

Every time I visit either Lowe’s or Home Depot, I try to go into the nursery to grab a few shrubs. I can always find a use for shrubs, I just wish they were free. That would be wild. I need about 50 Rhododendrons. I would like to line the entire wooded area up front […]

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Mowing the Lawn – Or Not

Filed in Landscaping by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Mowing the Lawn – Or Not

I pull the lawnmwer out twice a week. This is so I don’t kill myself. I am not sure if I told you or not, but I am going to skip the ride-on-mower purchase and stick with my pushmower. I am doing this for a few reasons. First, I just bought the push mower. I […]

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Wild Turkey Running Through the Back Yard

Filed in Animals by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Wild Turkey Running Through the Back Yard

You are going to want to kill me for this one. I put such a great title to such a great event, but got such a lousy picture. You just wait. Yesterday, I was sitting here doing some work when Laura ran in telling me there was a turkey running through the back yard. I […]

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Painting the Basement is Finished

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 7, 2008 0 Comments
Painting the Basement is Finished

Just a few minutes ago, I finished painting the basement. I feel like this is breaking news or something. Well, with the way I dread painting, I feel like it should be some sort of news. I have been doing a little bit each day…chipping away at it. Luckily, the walls were in great shape. […]

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Painting the Basement

Filed in Home Improvement by on June 5, 2008 1 Comment
Painting the Basement

I have been pretty busy lately, between working, planting plants, getting the cars registered and, oh yeah, re-doing the basement. I believe I told you about it in an earlier post. Then, I had the floor torn up and was considering what to put on it. Now, I am paiting the whole thing up. I […]

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APC Back-UPS XS 1500

Filed in Computers by on May 30, 2008 2 Comments
APC Back-UPS XS 1500

I decided to follow Joe’s advice. He has never led me down the wrong path before. This morning, I received my new APC Back-UPS XS 1500. This is the best one Circuit City offered and it looks pretty good. I am not going to give all the specs here…I’m sure you can do a search […]

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Photos of Spring Flowers

Filed in Gardening by on May 30, 2008 1 Comment
Photos of Spring Flowers

I took a little stroll outside this morning. Of course, I had my coffee in hand. I didn’t have my camera with me, but after what I saw, I ran back inside to get it. Here we go again. It’s picture taking time in the Northeast. Let me know what you think of the latest […]

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Living Off the Grid

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 30, 2008 0 Comments

I just (accidentally) came across the coolest website. This dude, wo may just have won the lottery, is building a house out in the moutains. He is making this bad-ass house, with solar panels and a wind turbine. You have to check out his pics. Take a look here. Click the “Photo” links at the […]

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Holly, Hydrangea and Tomato Plants

Filed in Gardening by on May 29, 2008 4 Comments
Holly, Hydrangea and Tomato Plants

We made a visit to Home Depot yesterday (we are going to be buying from Lowe’s from now on). I wanted to go shopping for shrubs. Maybe I can just cut this, and the following posts short. You can just read all the other ones about shrubs I have written through the years. I had […]

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Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Filed in Travels by on May 28, 2008 4 Comments
Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Rhode Island

As I mentioned in the post below, we took a quick cruise out to Narragansett, RI on Memorial Day. We didn’t stay very long, but long enough for me to grab a few pictures. I have been to Point Judith in the past…it’s the place you need to get on the ferry to go to […]

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Fisherman’s Memorial State Park, RI

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Fisherman’s Memorial State Park, RI

On Memorial Day, we took a cruise out to Point Judith, RI (above). I took some photos of that, but wanted to post some pretty funny pictures here in this post really fast. For some reason, these are funny. They are of the entrance of Fisherman’s Memorial State Park in Rhode Island. It’s out near […]

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Costco Wholesale in Enfield, CT

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Costco Wholesale in Enfield, CT

We took the leap. The leap to Costco (finally) up in Enfield, CT…near the border of MA. We have been meaning to do this for a very long time, but never got around to it. Back at our old house, we were members of Sam’s Club, which is just an extension of Wal-Mart. We got […]

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Bird Nest Under the Porch

Filed in Animals by on May 25, 2008 0 Comments
Bird Nest Under the Porch

There are actually two different bird nests under the back porch. I look at them almost every time I walk by. The parent birds like to whiz by my head to scare the heck out of me. Actually, I am just writing that for entertainment, I really don’t get scared by birds, even if they […]

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Alarm System Install

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 23, 2008 0 Comments

I wasn’t going to even bother with this post, but I think I have to now. We have the home alarm people come and install an alarm system in the house this morning. It was pretty uneventful, up until this point. We have been getting one ring phone calls all day. I thought it was […]

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Power Surge Blocks Access To Server?

Filed in Computers by on May 23, 2008 8 Comments

Last night around 8PM, I heard the surge protectors/battery backups that we have for the computers beep. It’s the first time I heard that since we have been here. I am pretty used to it because they are rather sensitive. Any power fluctuation causes them to beep. It is comforting. I didn’t think anything of […]

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Transplanting Shrubs

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on May 22, 2008 2 Comments
Transplanting Shrubs

Today’s job was to start transplanting some of the shrubs from the front of the property to the back. I am trying to take all the good shrubbery (did I just say shrubbery?) from the front hillside to transplant in the back, near the driveway. I already showed you the area I am working on […]

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Visiting the University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT

Filed in Travels by on May 21, 2008 0 Comments
Visiting the University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT

Yesterday, while out and about, Laura and I decided to do a drive-by at the University of Connecticut, or better know as UConn in Storrs, CT. I took a gander at this area on Google Earth a few times and we actually wanted to visit for some time, but never got around to it. Now […]

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Taking Down the Basketball Hoop

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 21, 2008 0 Comments
Taking Down the Basketball Hoop

Ok, before anyone freaks out and asks why the heck I am taking down a nice basketball hoop, let’s just talk about this. There are a few good reasons. The first is that I don’t see myself shooting hoops outside all too much. I don’t even own a basketball. That’s not to say I’m not […]

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Coopers Irish Stout Is In the House

Filed in Food & Drink by on May 20, 2008 4 Comments
Coopers Irish Stout Is In the House

A few days ago, I took at look through Amazon and MakeBeer.net to see if the Coopers Irish Stout I have been waiting for was back in stock. It has been unavailable since before St. Patrick’s Day. I guess all the Irish scooped it up. Guess what? I was in luck. A new shipment of […]

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Yard Work – Raking the Leaves is Done

Filed in Landscaping by on May 20, 2008 9 Comments
Yard Work – Raking the Leaves is Done

I finally finished raking the leaves. There were a lot of them. I can’t say I liked doing this particular job for many reasons. One reason I didn’t care for this activity would be that it wasn’t much fun, with the presence of gnats coming in at a strong second. Apparently, gnats live in old […]

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The Forever Stamp

Filed in Business by on May 20, 2008 5 Comments
The Forever Stamp

This is just a little follow up on my previous post about stamps. I know these aren’t the most exciting posts in the world, but we’ll deal with it. Aparently, my last stamp order consisted of the “Forever Stamp.” Now that stamps are 42 cents each, guess how much they charge for the Forever Stamp? […]

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Food Shopping at Shaw’s in East Hampton, CT

Filed in Food & Drink by on May 17, 2008 0 Comments
Food Shopping at Shaw’s in East Hampton, CT

In an effort to learn more about the area we now sleep in, I have been suggesting that we visit different grocery stores for our food shopping. So far, we have been to Whole Foods in Glastonbury (very nice, but expensive), our local grocery store (pretty ok), Super Stop and Shop in Colchester (big and […]

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Shopping at Pottery Barn and Eating at Carrabba’s

Filed in Food & Drink by on May 17, 2008 0 Comments
Shopping at Pottery Barn and Eating at Carrabba’s

On Thursday night, my brother met Laura and me up in Manchester for dinner. Laura and I left a little early so we could visit Pottery Barn at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor. I really like Pottery Barn, not for its fame from a certain “Friends” episode, but for its quality furniture. I need some […]

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This Blog is No One Way Street

Filed in Blogs by on May 15, 2008 13 Comments

I was just thinking, I should be getting more comments on this blog. I was taking a look at my stats last night and traffic has tripled from about a year ago. Have the comments tripled? Probably, but it doesn’t seem like they did. It’s like business…nothing is ever good enough. You can make the […]

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Postage Stamp Price Increase

Filed in Ramblings by on May 15, 2008 8 Comments

Oh, I’m on a tear this afternoon. As it so happens, I purchased two new books of stamps this morning. I noticed the price of each stamp increased to 42 cents. I really didn’t take too much notice of the price, because I can never keep up with the seemingly eternal miniscule price increases the […]

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A New Computer – What Should I Get?

Filed in Computers by on May 15, 2008 4 Comments

This one is for those people out there who know about computers. When people are searching for a new computer, they usually ask me what to get. I say something like, “I design websites, what the heck do I know about computers?” That usually gets some mean look and the person walks away. I haven’t […]

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Car Parked in the Garage

Filed in Automotive by on May 15, 2008 0 Comments
Car Parked in the Garage

I can definitely see how people’s garages get full of stuff. I mean, it’s like a playpen in there. Right now, I have all sorts of tools and shelves…old mailboxes, you name it. The last thing I want to do is organize it to make space for a car. Well, when Winter comes, I am […]

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New Samsung 2693HM 25.5″ Widescreen LCD Monitor

Filed in Computers by on May 13, 2008 0 Comments
New Samsung 2693HM 25.5″ Widescreen LCD Monitor

Seriously, this is as big as I am going to get. I have been using my 22″ monitor for the past few months, but we need that for the other office. I can’t work on two computers, one having a large monitor and one having only a 19″. I tend to get used to the […]

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New Mailbox Installed

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 13, 2008 14 Comments
New Mailbox Installed

Today was an adventurous day for us. We had to go to the DMV to get our Connecticut drivers licenses. That in itself was an adventure. Now, we need to update our car insurance and go back to register the cars here. The thing that really stinks is that I just paid for a new […]

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Simon Basking on the Stairs

Filed in Animals by on May 13, 2008
Simon Basking on the Stairs

When we got home this afternoon, we found fat Simon laying out on the stairs, soaking up the sun. The weird thing is that he didn’t move when we tried to get up and down. He only moved when Holly ran by. I think he got a little nervous, because we all know Holly will […]

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Installing a New Mailbox

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 12, 2008 1 Comment

Yeah, I keep saying I am going to run to Home Depot to get the mailbox stuff, but I just haven’t found the time yet. I feel like I’ve been stuck inside for days…wait, that’s because I have been. I am doing so much stuff. Unfortunately, it’s all at the same time. I take breaks […]

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Lots of Raking Leaves Out of Gardens

Filed in Landscaping by on May 8, 2008 1 Comment
Lots of Raking Leaves Out of Gardens

We took another trip to a different town today. We went food shopping at Stop and Shop in Colchester. Colchester was a pretty neat town, but a little busy for my taste. It was cute with a nice park right off main street. I think it may have seemed busy because rush hour was getting […]

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45 Piece Screwdriving Set

Filed in Home Improvement by on May 7, 2008 1 Comment
45 Piece Screwdriving Set

Today, we quickly ran up to Home Depot in Glastonbury for a few things. I had to get some yard stuff, some more light bulbs and some little pine trees. I got seven Blue Spruces. Oh yeah, I also wanted to get some screwdriver bits. What I really needed was some sort of an extender […]

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Two Cats in Love

Filed in Animals by on May 7, 2008 3 Comments
Two Cats in Love

I know there are sooooo many people out there who hate pictures of other people’s animals. I also know that I have said this before. I am probably one of them. Oh well. Since you have probably visited this blog before, you know that sometimes I just can’t help myself when it comes to this […]

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Trees Blooming in May

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on May 7, 2008 0 Comments
Trees Blooming in May

I took a few photos of the back yard this morning. Every year, I like to take pictures of the trees in the area. I do this, because every year, I forget when the heck the leaves come out. It’s kind of like a journal…or a log…or a web log…oh wait, a BLOG. That was […]

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