Mulching Leaves Into Lawn

I keep thinking…if people mow their lawns, bag the clippings and rake up all the leaves, where does the lawn soil get any organic material from? It’s an interesting question and one that I haven’t found the answer to yet. I used to bag the lawn clippings. I was having fun doing it too. Then, [...]

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Last night, we watched Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. What a weird experience. A few years ago, I read the book. I kind of remember parts of it, but what I remember the most is that I got lost a lot. There was stuff that just flew right over my head. I remember the beginning [...]

Dethatching, Aerating and Overseeding Lawn

Bare spot in lawn with hole from tow behind plug aerator

This is a project that I have been waiting all year to do. It’s called, “Overseeding the lawn” (the correct time of year). Every time I have put down grass seed, it was during the hottest, driest time of year. The seed didn’t do much because there was nothing much to do. Eventually, I think [...]

Red and Yellow Delicious Semi-Dwarf Apple Trees

Red Delicious Semi-Dwarf Apple Tree tag from Lowe's

Since it was fairly cool outside today, I am in the mood to write. Yes, outside temperature has an impact on indoor activities. If it’s too hot out, I tend to get lazy. If it’s chilly out, I get to work. Today was in the lower 70s and that’s just fine for me. Now this [...]

Website Magazine Professional Membership

Website Magazine cover

So I did it. I broke down and upgraded my Website Magazine membership to the “Professional” level. Now, I know you remember me writing about Website Magazine before. It’s the magazine just for web professionals, such as myself. As I stated in my earlier post, it’s about time someone came out with a magazine for [...]

Tomatoes From Gotta’s Farm In Portland, CT

Large ripe red tomato

I am really doubting that you remember last year’s tomato adventure. If you don’t, you can read about it by clicking the link right before this sentence. It was so much fun that we decided to do it again. I bet this is going to become a yearly thing. Hey, that’s fine with me. I [...]

Yes, I Am Here

I know, I know. I am such a loser. Believe me, I really wish I was in the mood to write. I have the content and the time, it’s just that I really haven’t found the motivation to write any blog posts lately. As a fellow blogger recently suggested, it may be the weather. I [...]

Trolling, Flamebait, Birthers?

If there is one thing I love, it’s all the stupid words that internet users make up for silly people and silly occurrences. Seriously, I do love them because they are quite entertaining. There is this web forum that I visit pretty frequently. It’s hosted by one of the developers who created some of the [...]

Second Blue Stripe On My Jiu Jitsu White Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt with two blue stripes

So, I am a few days shy of my four month mark in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Can you believe it? I remember a little over four months ago. I was driving around going nuts trying to find some sort of martial art to keep me physically fit and to maintain my body’s lethal-ness. Okay, well [...]

Funny Cat Pictures

I know I have some furry little cat lovers out there. I know who you are and I know you are going to love this website chock full of funny cat pictures. Personally, I am far too tough to love cats. I prefer dinosaurs and monster trucks. Still, I found these cat pictures very funny. [...]

Happy Friday

I guess it really doesn’t matter if it’s Friday or not, we work seven days a week ’round these parts. Yeah, we should really stop that. Well, it’s kind of hard to stop working when it’s like 100 degrees and absolutely disgusting outside. I have been intermittently venturing out daily for some small landscaping projects. [...]

Simon The Cat Sleeping In The Drawer

Simon the cat sleeping in desk drawer

Simon likes to work almost as much as I do. That’s good, because there’s lots of work to go around. Most of the time, Simon sleeps on my lap as I work here at the desk. Sometimes, when I get up to do something, he’ll jump up on my chair and attempt to sleep there. [...]

What Does “LOL” Mean?

When I was writing my “Emails From Crazy People” post, I was like, “Man, my readers are totally going to love me for bringing them such uplifting humor.” I did. I really did. Well, while some people thought that emails from crazy people are funny, I got more action from writing LOL. Now, I’m not [...]

Crazy White Water River Rafting

Ever since we took our canoe rides down the Farmington River, I have been thinking about doing some serious white water river rafting. I have heard about a crazy river in West Virgina. Well, after looking through some videos, I am having second thoughts.

The Rest Of The Summer

Laura and I are watching Lost over again. During the first go-round, either I missed a few episodes or she did. Neither of us had the complete picture of what happened during season 1, 2 or 3. Let’s face it…things really didn’t start getting hot until maybe season 3 or 4. Anyway, we are all [...]

Emails From Crazy People

For all my friends, this one’s for you. If you are like me, you have a number of websites or blogs that you check daily, just to see what’s going on. I have a few blogs written by friends and then a few blog/websites put together by communities. These communities are quite entertaining, let me [...]

Goodbye MozyPro And Hello Jungle Disk

I am a backup maniac. I backup and then backup the backup. Then, I seal up the backed up backup, stick it in a safe and plunge the safe in concrete. Even with all that, I will probably lose data eventually. I didn’t get like this overnight. I’ve had…let’s say…experience. You know, it’s strange – [...]

Update On Blog Feed And Read By Email

I recently decided to stop outsourcing my blog feed control as well as the “read by email” feature. It’s amazing where one finds one’s blog posts out there on the vast internet. It’s like, “Gee, I didn’t know some 90 year old guy in Singapore wrote that. I thought I did. But there are no [...]

Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut

I just wanted to write a quick something about a little gem I found yesterday called Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut. We had to go to a baptism yesterday in Millbrook, NY. We did that, ate and left. On the way back to CT, I decided that taking the scenic route up and over Rt. [...]

Scotts Kentucky Bluegrass Mix Grass Seed

Scotts Kentucky Bluegrass grass seed mixture

I am eagerly awaiting September 1, so I can overseed the lawn. I know I have mentioned this on more than one occasion, but I guess I’m just excited. I went over to the Depot today to look for a new lawn spreader. Actually, I went to Sears first. No luck at either place. They [...]

Lilium – Pink Perfection

Lilium - Pink Perfection #1

I’m not sure if these flowers are called Lilies, Lilium or Pink Perfection Lilium. All I know is the package that held the bulbs we bought from Costco a while ago said, “Lilium” on it. Also, if you do a Google Image search for any of the names I just mentioned, the same flower comes [...]

Back To Essex And New Hartford, CT

Essex, CT town green

Boy, what a weekend. Laura’s brother and girlfriend came over for a weekend visit. They arrived yesterday and left today. Their visit was tentative, so when they said there were going to make it, I was a happy boy. Since they showed up in the late afternoon, there was only one real thing to do…bring [...]

Some Extreme Sailing

If you have ever entertained the thought of getting a boat, you surely have entertained the thought of what kind of boat you should get. If you are a beginner, everyone you know will almost certainly instruct you to get a boat on the smaller side. They really don’t care what brand or type, just [...]

Tiger Lilies, Daylilies And Purple Clematis

Red and yellow Tiger Lily

It’s been a while since I got outside with the camera. Perhaps that’s because there hasn’t been much to look at. Well, that’s all changed now. The rain has stopped and some of the nicer flowers are blooming. I think what I have here are Tiger Lilies, Daylilies and Purple Clematis. Of course, there is [...]

Canoeing Down The Farmington River

Canoe drop off point - mid point - of the upper Farmington River

Now, this was fun. We have had this little adventure on our list since last Summer. Finally we got up to New Hartford, CT for some canoeing down the Farmington River. There are a bunch of places you can canoe, kayak or tube on the Farmington River, but since we really have zero experience with [...]

Salmon River – Connecticut State Forest

Salmon River State Forest picnic area

The other day was kind of rough. I spent a good amount of time on the internet getting phone numbers for “Pick Your Own” farms around the state and calling them. I was disappointed because so many of them didn’t have anything to pick. Many of the crops are running late because of the lousy [...]

Farmers Market In Coventry, CT

Looking East on South St., Coventry, CT

Today was pretty fun. Went went up to the farmers market in Coventry, CT. You know, it’s a funny thing. As I was standing in the shower this morning, I thought to myself that I probably wouldn’t be going to the Coventry farmers market today if it weren’t for Laura nudging me along. This will [...]

Ugly Oak Tree Pruned, But Still Ugly

Arborist pruning an Oak tree

We have this ugly Red Oak tree at the end of the driveway, up near the road. It’s ugly because the branches are all out of shape. I guess the weather has done a number on it over the years. The majority of the tree is intact, but…well, I’ll just show you with the photos [...]

Less Vs. Fewer

While we are on the topic of English, I thought I would bring up another biggie. If you don’t hate me by now, you will after I write either this post or my next (and hopefully last) grammar correction post. I think we are all in agreement that nobody likes having their grammar corrected. I [...]

The Difference Between “Me” And “I”

My sister and I were having a conversation yesterday about all the wild variations of mistakes people make when using “me” and “I” in sentences. It was a heated conversation because we both kind of know when to use what and were luckily raised by an English major. I have a few different views of [...]

Blueberry Picking At Belltown Hill Orchards

Blueberries on blueberry bush

Today, we splendidly enjoyed ourselves over at Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury, CT picking blueberries. Boy, I hope I don’t get sick of all this fruit. There are a bunch of months left to pick-your-own. Since we had never been to this farm before, we had to use the GPS for the last few [...]

Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165 Netbook

Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165 Netbook - closed in hand

I picked up a sweet little gadget the other day. Since Laura is now using the laptop to work on more and more, I thought it might be a good idea to get myself a second laptop. Only, this time I thought about it a little longer than I thought about the previous laptop purchase. [...]

Happy 5th Of July

Do they have a 4th of July in Canada? haha. Old joke. So it finally stopped raining. I am hoping this lasts for more than just a few days, but I doubt it will. It’s about 70 degrees outside and I would say that it’s perfect, perfect weather. You can’t get much better than the [...]

Strawberry And Raspberry Picking At Rose’s Berry Farm In Glastonbury, CT

Strawberry field at Rose's Berry Farm in Glastonbury, CT

We had a little adventure yesterday. We went to Rose’s Berry Farm in South Glastonbury to pick some strawberries and raspberries. This is one of those events we like to do every year but consistently screw up the schedule. We have good intentions, but somewhere along the lines, we miss what we are looking for. [...]

Very Large Hail

Man, I thought our hail was big. Not really. Check out this video to see some massive hail. You don’t want to be out for a walk when this happens.

Freak Hail Storm In Hartford, CT

Hartford, CT hail storm - hail on ground

Yesterday, I was humming away, working outside and minding my own business when the sky started getting dark. I kept on working until the sky was a little too dark for my liking. I grabbed my tools and walked into the garage. About five minutes later, the sky fell. It was crazy. The wind picked [...]

Simon’s New Cape

simon

I have been meaning to post this. It’s a cute picture of one very tough cat. It’s Simon in his new cape. You like? PS – If you notice, his tail doesn’t match. His was tucked under him and looked weird, so I had to crop one from a picture on the internet and paste [...]

Wood Burning Stove Update

I have some disappointing news for you. There will be no wood burning stove. Not now and probably not ever. Oh well. I called the fireplace guy yesterday and told him that I wanted to go ahead with the install. We were at the point of having my debit card in hand for the deposit, [...]

Jiu Jistu – My First Blue Stripe

Jiu Jitsu white belt with one blue stripe

I am happy to announce that today is the two month-iversary of my Jiu Jitsu training. It’s been really great and everything is coming along pretty smoothly. Earlier this week, our instructor told three of us that the forth guy was going to go through his blue belt test on Wednesday. It was going to [...]

Charlie The Unicorn

This is am oldie but a goodie. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing “Charlie The Unicorn” yet, I suggest you do. I am embedding the video from YouTube below. This is a very odd video, and like all odd videos, you need to see it a few times to see the humor of [...]

How Turf Grass Is Grown

Here’s one cool video for you. Okay, the guy from Scott’s Lawn Service here in Hartford just called to schedule our grub control application. We went over the stuff and I told him that I had a few questions. I asked when I am supposed to plug aerate and apply an overseeding of grass seed. [...]

DutchWest Cast Iron Non-Catalytic Wood Stove

DutchWest free standing wood stove

As promised (almost), I drove down to the wood stove store today to check out the scene. I was having a little trouble with the price of the wood stove insert that I wanted and needed to see if there was anything less expensive. I also wanted to see what the free standing wood stoves [...]

Dinner At J. Gilbert’s In Glastonbury, CT

So my brother is in town again. He is here for a week and (at times) likes to see me. I guess he loves me. That’s nice, because I like to see him too. Last night, we decided to go out to eat at Houlihan’s up in Glastonbury. I kind of like that place and [...]

Hampton HI300 Wood Insert

This is terrible, just terrible. I think I have found myself walking down a very bad path. Okay, so I already told you that I am taking some trees down in the woods next to the house. This is a good thing and it’s really starting to look nice over there. I actually took two [...]

Pinkish White Knockout Roses

Pinkish white Knockout Rose with red roses in background

I was walking around up on the hill yesterday when I noticed the roses starting to bloom. It’s amazing that they are even starting to flower with all the rain we have been having. Actually, I think the rain kind of stopped. It’s just cloudy now and really not all that bad. It’s good walking [...]

Cleaning Up The Woods

Looking down the driveway to partially cleaned out woods

Man, I have been a busy boy these past few weeks. It’s been raining a lot and I seem to get myself into a bunch of work when I sit at the computer. Writing blog posts hasn’t been part of the work, if you haven’t noticed. Believe me, there’s guilt about the blog thing. I [...]

Getting Started With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Okay, so now that I have been doing this for about a month and a half, I figured I really should start writing about it. It’s just been burning me up inside. Remember that post a while back where I said that I had found a nice “exercise” class up in Glastonbury (or I was [...]

The Blooming Of A Peonies

Closed Peonies bud with ants on it

So apparently the Peonies are in bloom right about now. We have some very colorful pink ones over in the front/side garden. They really are some thick and substantial flowers. Just wait until you see these pictures. The larger (more bloomed) flowers are so pink that the camera couldn’t get the color right. They almost [...]

Two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Videos

I was looking through Amazon the other day for a variety of things when I came across a DVD set. It was called, “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt Requirements: Fundamentals for All.” It looked really cool and had great ratings. I almost got it. Then, I decided to check out YouTube to see if there [...]

The Way To Train With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Way To Train: Jiu Jitsu Idealism Theorizing the finer points of training in Brazilian JiuJitsu. A great read for all BJJ practicioners. (This page probably sums it up. Great insight.) Aesopian – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu A really good Jiu-jitsu website.

The Dairy Bar At Uconn

Uconn Dairy Bar

When my parents were up visiting a few weeks ago, they brought up the idea of going out to get some ice cream. I thought it was a great idea…I just didn’t know where any ice cream places were. I think there are a few Friendlys around, but that’s not the kind of ice cream [...]

My Micro-Garden

Empty fenced in mini-garden

I was going to call this post, “My Mini-Garden.” Then, I thought of the word “micro” and figured that it sounded much more “green” and “organic,” so I used that. Now I can be like those hippie folk up in Ithaca who live in their “ecovillage.” All I need now is a guitar and a [...]

Common Snapping Turtle – Chelydra serpentina

Common Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina - Picture 1

On the way to my class this morning, I decided to call Rob. I pulled his name up on my phone and listened to it ring. After a few rings, I got his voicemail. I know he sent me to voicemail, but I’ll save that for a conversation between just the two of us. Even [...]

Iris, Hardy Geranium, Perennial Flax Flower And Some More

Purple and yellow Bearded Iris (variation) #1

Okay, let’s go. I have some photos of the most recent flowers that have bloomed ’round these here parts. They are pretty good shots. Make sure you click and then click again on the pink Rose picture. You can see a nice looking insect and spider web on it. It’s pretty cool. In this batch, [...]

Video Of 4th degree Black Belt In Jiu Jitsu – Martial Arts

I thought you might get a kick out of this. It’s a pretty sweet video of a 4th degree Jiu Jitsu black belt. I have never quite seen anything so complicated, yet so simple. I guess that’s the way Jiu Jitsu is…easy when you watch someone else do it, but difficult when you get on [...]

Understanding, Danish, First Day, History And Unleashing Jiu Jitsu

Understanding Jiu Jitsu A friend of mine want to start practice Jiu Jitsu. For this reason I was searching some information about Jiu Jitsu to help him to understand this old form of martial arts. I hope this information will also help you. Danish Jiu Jitsu This is a squidoo lens about jiu jitsu as [...]

A Barbados Caribbean Vacation

The other day, Laura and I were talking while we were walking. It was a full out walk and talk. I was telling her how I was looking at pictures of Naples, Florida online and how there were some pretty good looking beaches there. It’s really hard for me to tell Laura about places I [...]

Mountain Bluet, Bailey’s Gold, A Red Rose And A Dianthus

Mountain Bluet, Centaurea montana

I have a few more photos of flowers for you. I have three identified, but am having some difficulty with the fourth. I just found a website that helped me identify the Mountain Bluet. I already knew what the Bailey’s Gold was, along with the Rose. The last one is a little troubling. I have [...]

Flower Identification

As many of you already know, I have a little trouble with flower identification. Actually, my next post has a few flower photos in it. I wanted to tell you that I found a pretty good website that has a bunch of flower pictures. I found one of the flowers I was trying to identify [...]

Purple and White Bearded Iris

Purple and white Bearded Iris

This is becoming a little tradition for me. Every year, I take some nice photos of the first Bearded Iris to bloom. This purple and white beauty bloomed yesterday. A few more came to life today and I expect the rest will start showing their colors tomorrow. When the entire row is bloomed, I’ll take [...]

Transplanting Rose Bushes

Garden with three transplanted Rose bushes

Last Autumn, I dug up about six rose bushes from the hillside out front and transplanted them to a more reasonable area down in the front yard. I am now mowing the hillside and having those rose bushes with their sharp thorns is really a thorn in my side (haha). I get snagged all the [...]

Don’t Be Fooled By Bottled Water

I found this funny video on YouTube about bottled water. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the negative impacts all those bottles have on the environment, from the creation of the bottles to their disposal. The actual water inside the bottle isn’t much better. Chances are, you are probably getting filtered water from New Jersey. [...]

Gardening, Bug Repellents, Greenhouses, Organic Farm And Tea Tree Oil

10 Ways Gardening Can Help You Through A Recession Costs add up fast in the produce aisle. Save some of that money by growing food yourself. Most herbs and vegetables grow great in containers – so they’re perfect additions to a sunny deck, patio, or balcony. 5 Homemade Chemical Free Bug Repellents That Work Not [...]

Some More Spring Flowers And Flower Buds

Purple, pink and yellow Aster or Brachycome

After we took some pictures of the bird nests this afternoon, I went around and got a few more photos of some flowers that already bloomed and some that are just about ready to bloom. I know I can identify one, think I can identify two and can’t identify the last. I am getting better [...]

Bird Nests With Baby Birds Under Porch

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) chicks in birds nest under porch

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a whole bunch of pictures of the baby birds living under the porch and see which ones come out okay. I was wondering if these bird families were going to come back this year. Well, they are probably new families, but you get the picture. We [...]

Paul Blart Is The Mall Cop

Guess what’s out on DVD? That’s right, it’s Mall Cop featuring Paul Blart. We put this movie in the Netflix queue, so we should be getting it just as soon as the rest of America is done watching it. Check it out.

Wal-Mart Vs. Whole Foods

It has taken me forever to write this post. I don’t know why. I guess I thought it was never really all that important, but the more I think about it, the more I get bothered. Also, since when have I written about only important things? I would say we haven’t been to Whole Foods [...]

Tron – The Movie

Over the past year, I would say that Tron, the movie came up in conversation about five times. I have no idea why, but it has. I don’t even know what the heck the movie is about. All I know is that there is a motorcycle race inside a computer. When I was a kid, [...]

Everbearing Strawberry Plants

Everbearing Strawberry Plants

On Saturday, while driving around Glastonbury with my parents, we accidentally came across a local farm. We love these local farms because we never know what we are going to find in them. Since we were with my parents, I decided to pull in. I thought they would get a kick out of it. As [...]

Some Late Spring Budding Plants

Two Bearded Iris flower buds

During our early morning lawn stroll yesterday, we noticed a whole bunch of new budding plants. The most exciting of the crew were the Iris and the rose bushes. I have to tell you, once the rose bushes start blooming, things really start to living up around here. My favorite plant of all time still [...]

The Cars That Flopped

Just a few minutes ago, I read an article on Yahoo! about the biggest car flops in the past 25 years. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m sure you will. Yahoo! (and everyone else these days) seems to have a little issue with rerunning old stories when the run out of current news. Actually, [...]

Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret, CT

Man-made pond at Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret, CT

Since we weren’t able to eat lunch or dinner at the Sharpe Hill Vineyard, we decided to head out towards the Harvest Restaurant in Pomfret, CT. Laura and I had eaten there before and found it very nice. On our way to the restaurant, we passed a little sign that said something like “State Park [...]

Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This

I was listening to Radio Paradise last night when I found myself really liking a song. I quickly looked on their “Now Playing” feature found at the top of their website and found out the song playing was “Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This.” Personally, I have never heard of these guys, but [...]

Porsche Cayenne GTS vs BMW X5 On A Closed Track

Speaking of closed track racing with the BMW X5, I thought I would post a nice little video of a Porsche Cayenne GTS vs BMW X5. A friend of mine at the tennis club has the Porsche Cayenne GTS. I am not really all too fond of the body style. I think the X5 is [...]

BMW Magazine

BMW Magazine front cover

Just when I thought I was running out of cool magazines to read, a sweet one arrived in the mail. It’s called, “BMW Magazine.” I have been thinking pretty good thoughts about BMW ever since I got the X5. The reason they are so favorable to me is because they kind of “absorb” you into [...]

Pruning Daffodils

Dead Daffodil flower heads

Yes, it’s about that time of year, folks. It’s when the majority of Daffodil flowers die off in the Northeast. I’m not sure of anywhere else, because I don’t live anywhere else. Here, I simply look out the front door. So, what to do when Daffodil flowers die? Well, it’s time to prune (or deadhead) [...]

Spring Time In The Northeast

Pink / purple Lilac budding up close

This is just another one of my documentation posts. I thought it would be nice to show the status of flowers budding as well as the grass and how far the leaves on the trees have come. One thing to note is that we primarily have Oak trees on this road. I have been doing [...]

Goats, Dolphins, Pet Products, Easter Bunnies And A Python

Official Google Blog: Mowing With Goats Google has decided to use goats as living lawnmowers at their headquarters. No joke. Dolphins Keep an Eye Out While Sleeping? Dolphins have a clever trick that doesn’t involve jumping in the air for fish: They can overcome sleep deprivation and remain constantly vigilant for days at a time [...]

Flowering In The Spring

Crabapple tree flowering

I woke up this morning and was shocked at how much changed outside while I was sleeping. It’s strange…it seems like a lot more stuff grows overnight. I took another little walk around yesterday with my camera. We have some trees that are flowering now, along with some other random things. I thought I would [...]

New Format For Blog Homepage

I know I am going to hear it about changing the format for this blog homepage. Please understand, it had to be done. I have tried this a few times in the past, only to get push back from some top blog readers. Let me apologize ahead of time, but this is the way it’s [...]

When Does Crab Grass Seed?

Crab grass seed

I always thought that crab grass seeded itself once a year. I think I am wrong with that assumption because I was just outside looking at the grass when I noticed fresh seeds on a fresh chunk of crab grass. Remember, it’s still Spring. Is that weird? How in the world does crab grass seed [...]

Are Lawn Weeds Annuals Or Perennials?

It appears they are both. If you haven’t noticed, lawn weeds are starting to hit hard. It’s been hot for the past few days and this is prime season for all those ugly critters to take hold in your lawn. I actually just went out yesterday to get a few bottles of Ortho Weed-B-Gone, along [...]

Burpies and The Pit Workout

I think I have been doing pretty well. For a few weeks now, I have been exercising like crazy. I like to do some sort of strength training along with cardio every day. It’s funny, because when I sit around and don’t exercise, I feel guilty. I remember that from way back when I was [...]

The Plants Are Growing and The Bugs Are Back In Town

A young coiled Fiddlehead Fern

I seem to remember a conversation with a neighbor last year about all these wonderful gnats that swarm around people’s heads this time of year. The neighbor told me that it gets bad when they till the fields down the road. All I know is that the fields ain’t tilled and there are a whole [...]

A Nice (Chilly) Morning Bike Ride

Riding my Mongoose mountain bike in the middle of the road

Sticking with the strategy of doing at least one cardio and one strength training activity per day, I decided to go for a bike ride this morning. Well, I decided this last night after one of those beautiful warm spring days. Unfortunately, this morning is a bit chilly and windy. It’s supposed to rain over [...]

Jumping Rope For Exercise

This is getting really frustrating, but I’ll get into that later. I woke up today with every intention of playing a tennis match this afternoon. My buddy canceled, so I needed to find another exercise for the day. I played tennis yesterday, so I didn’t feel too bad about it. Although, I didn’t go to [...]

Physical Fitness, Mixed Martial Arts, Coffee, Getting Fit and Motivation

It’s not too late! Even after 50 you can get fit Attention Boomers! If you are not physically fit, stop with excuses and start exercising! This article provides great tips for those over 50 and reasons why is it important to stay active! Read on the learn more. Companies open up to Sponsoring Mixed Martial [...]

Working Out With Budokon

Budokon DVD

Today was a great first day to try out an exercise DVD. We have a pretty well stocked library of them, so I thought it might benefit me to get going. I knew I was going to play tennis in the afternoon, so a morning workout would be nice. I had to do it. If [...]

Trumpet, Long Cup and Double Daffodils – Various Colors

Three Replete Double Daffodils - orange and cream

Well this is refreshing. I actually have some names for the flowers that I am going to post today. It wasn’t very difficult. All I had to do is search for “different types of daffodils.” The second site I looked at pretty much told me everything I needed to know. You know, I never really [...]

Devil’s Hopyard State Park – East Haddam

Looking down the river at Devil's Hopyard State Park

We had a little adventure today. I decided that it would be a really nice day to go for a short hike at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam. After all, we haven’t been there since last year. We had to run down to Norwich for a little while, so the park wasn’t that [...]

How To Divide Daffodil Bulbs

Yellow Daffodil

A few days ago, I walked outside and dug up a few “bunches” of Daffodils. They were regular Daffodils, but in bunches or clusters, meaning they consisted of about 10 or 15 individual bulbs. I am not sure if gardeners know this or not, but Daffodils are easily divided. Each bunch is just a whole [...]

Happy Belated Easter

Colored Easter eggs

This picture has been sitting on my camera for a while. I think Laura has been getting insulted that I haven’t posted it yet. Here are our official Easter eggs for 2009. Enjoy.

Bird Gardens, Hanging Basket, Living Walls, Mosquitoes and Square Foot Gardening

Bird Gardens: How to Support Wildlife in Your Backyard Here’s a list of 15 ways to attract beautiful birds and songs to your yard, and 10+ more bird conservation tips from the National Audubon Society. World’s largest hanging basket Weighing in at more than a quarter of a tonne, the world’s largest hanging basket is [...]

How To Develop Stamina

So, I think I am having a little issue. I had another tennis lesson yesterday with Mike. About 20 minutes into it, I was huffing and puffing away. Mike was too, but I am far more obvious. As he continues to play just a little slower, I toss my hands in the air, walk off [...]

Green Projects, Air Pollution, Wind Power, Electric Cars and Eco-Cities

10 Green Projects That Just Might Save The World Faced with massive population growth, melting ice caps and the need to own an ever-increasing number of gadgets, the world needs to find sustainable solutions. Satellites Show Air Pollution is Way Worse Than We Thought A new way of comparing ground and satellite collected data on [...]

Do You Watch “Lost?”

I have a favor to ask. I have been really wanting to get something going on this blog that has to do with the show, “Lost.” So here’s the favor; if you watch Lost and have any interest in discussing it, please leave a comment on this post. I would really like to get into [...]

Dethatching A Lawn

Back yard after it was dethatched - photo 1

I know I am probably beating a dead horse here, but I wanted to post a few photos of today’s lawn dethatching. Yesterday, I showed you some photos of dethatching the front lawn. Today, I am going to show you some photos of the back yard getting dethatched. I know, very exciting. Actually, I dethatched [...]

Setting Up A Lawn Hammock

Pawleys 13 foot cotton rope hammock with pillow

This is a sweet, sweet present I have been looking forward to for many years. About a month ago, there was a day that offered perfect weather. I would say it was about 55 degrees and sunny. Coming off a cold winter, this was just what we were looking for. I was outside just walking [...]

The Mystery Flower – Primrose?

The mystery flower

There are some many types and colors of Primrose, it’s hard to know what actually is one and what’s not. During my walk this morning, I noticed the first color on the entire property. It was a small flower, no more than a few inches high. I believe there were some pink and purple blooms. [...]

Bailey’s Gold – Sedum floriferum – Weihenstephaner Gold

Bailey's Gold - Sedum floriferum - Weihenstephaner Gold

Many of you don’t know this, but part of why I keep writing in the blog is to document many of the things that I am interested in. Just in the past month alone, I have probably looked back to see what I was thinking last March and April about ten times. I wanted to [...]