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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Planting A New Lawn – Fast

I was doing a little research in YouTube this morning when I came across a great video of a guy putting down a new lawn. I really like videos like this. There isn’t much (or any) talk and the points are put across clearly and in fast motion. Okay, without further adieu, here’s the video…for [...]

PUMA – Two Wheeled Electric Car Segway

This is pretty cool. I just read that GM and Segway came out with a two wheeled, two person, electric car. Back a few years ago, I had the opportunity to try out two different Segways…one with the big off-road tires and one with the regular smaller tires. They both were fun to drive around [...]

Google Earth – You Go Boy

If you don’t already know this about me, I’m a satellite image junkie. I used to be hooked on Google Maps and then graduated to Google Earth. One day, my mother introduced me to Live Maps and it was all over. The bird’s eye view is killer. It’s like you are sitting in a helicopter [...]

Pretty Wicked On Oxygen

Oh no, not another reality show. Oh yes, it’s true. Tuesday nights are usually pretty dry around here. I can’t remember if it’s just “The Real Housewives…somethingorother” and that’s it, or if there’s something else. I know Wednesday “Lost” is on and we watch Fantasy Factory and Nitro Circus on Sundays, but the rest is [...]

Green Velvet Boxwood

Green Velvet Boxwood

There are two lessons I have learned about shrubs that I would like to share with you. 1. Only plant Boxwood. 2. Only plant in the spring. There you have it. Now, let me tell you what the heck I am talking about. I know I have probably said this before and have trouble following [...]

Eternalite Long Life LED Bulbs

Eternalite LED bulb package

This is so cool. I bought my first LED house light this afternoon. I had a small Home Depot list going on, so I thought I would do a little shopping today. This morning, I told Laura that I was going to head up the Glastonbury to get some stuff and she informed me that [...]

New Blog User Registration

As you may have noticed, I am toying with the idea of having people register at this blog. As I said, I am toying with the idea. Right now, I have every new user registration set to “subscriber.” In the future, and if I trust the person who registered, I may set an account to [...]

Let’s Go Rafting

You may have noticed a little change today. If you haven’t, that’s good. I am not even going to tell you about it then. If you did notice something, let me just tell you why I did it. No, not because I’m bored. It’s because I was getting tired of writing for three blogs. Oh [...]

How To Get Rid Of Crabgrass

Fertilizer and crabgrass control pellets

I think the first thing you need to do is to recognize that your lawn has crabgrass growing in it. Sometimes, crabgrass isn’t all that obvious. Actually, if your lawn looks great during the hot summer months but not in the spring or fall, you might have a crabgrass problem. This type of weed loves [...]

Blue Back Square In West Hartford, CT

Blue Back Square in West Hartford, CT - Looking south

We went on a little field trip up to West Hartford, CT yesterday. Laura’s sister and her man are in the area for about a week, so we all thought it would be nice to meet up and have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in West Hartford. We have never been to this particular restaurant [...]

Happy Earth Hour 2009

Fire in the fireplace

Did you do it? You know, turn your lights off for an hour at 8:30PM? Laura had to remind me a few times, but at promptly 8:30, I stopped what I was doing, turned the computer off and went around the entire house and turned everything else off. It was liberating. Laura already had the [...]

Another Year, Another Pile Of Mulch

Pile of Witch Hazel mulch - 15 yards

Okay, today is no doubt the nicest day of the year so far. It’s mid 60s and sunny. I can’t complain about that. Yesterday, I had 15 yards of mulch delivered from the place down in East Hampton. I got it for $22 per yard, plus $8 for delivery (per yard). That’s $30 per yard [...]

Car Fire On 91 South Near Hartford, CT

Car fire on 91 south, near Hartford, CT - March 25, 2009 - Photo 1

This was an unexpected little scene that occurred on our way back from Costco this afternoon. While driving down 91 south, towards Hartford (in the HOV lane – luckily) today, we saw some signs lit up warning us of an accident further south, near Interstate 84. I didn’t really think anything of it, because the [...]

When Do I Plant Bulbs In The Spring?

Lily of the Valley

Perhaps the question is…Can I plant bulbs in the spring? I did find a few sites online that say I can. Here is one of them. I mean, places are selling bulbs all over the area now (if you haven’t noticed, it’s spring). Yesterday, I had to run up to Home Depot to get a [...]

Members Only For This Club

Today was the day that Laura and I chose to cruise up to Costco to spend hundreds of dollars. We haven’t been there since the beginning of February and knew this one was going to be a whopper. Shopping at Whole Foods and paying $80 for one bag of groceries was getting a little old. [...]

A Huge Flower Garden In The Back Yard

Edged area in back yard for mulch in flower garden along stone wall

Remember when I told you I was transplanting the Daffodil bulbs from the area along the stone wall in the back yard to the area near the driveway? I told you I was doing this because the area was just too large for a garden and I would rather simply plant grass there instead. Well, [...]

Tony “The Gun” Bonello And Ryan On Bully Beatdown – MTV

After Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory was over last night, we discovered a new and highly entertaining show…Bully Beatdown on MTV. Dude, this show is hot. The whole thing revolves around a bully getting his butt whooped by some serious mixed martial arts fighter. Someone has to call the show and tell them they are getting [...]

Do You Like Writing About Your Favorite Show?

Woman using a laptop in the snow on the side of a mountain

So we have been tossing around the idea of having a few guest writers on this blog. How’s that sound? Personally, I would love it if I were one of those people who couldn’t stop talking about my favorite TV show. I mean, seriously…there are some reality shows that I just can’t shut up about, [...]

Kwaree Not What You Expected?

Party

I know, I know, we changed the website. Sorry about that. Sure, we didn’t give you much warning, but I think this site is going to be much more fun for you. The old site was just someplace I would write about myself. Now, I am going to try to include you. We think we [...]

Lost – Namaste – 03/18/2009

I went for my usual walk this afternoon when I started discussing the last episode of “Lost” with my better half. I had a few questions for her, but I thought it might be better to bring them up here. The first question I have is, how come Jack, Kate, Sayid and Hurley were sent [...]

Is Installing A Pellet Stove Worth It?

I received a message this morning from the heating fuel oil company we use. The person who left the message was inquiring about the low quantity of oil that we used throughout the year and wanted to update their system with whether or not we were burning wood or some other source of alternative energy. [...]

So I Had This Idea…

Skater dude

I’m not sure if you know this about me or not, but I’m addicted to reality TV. I think it happened a few years ago…the addiction, that is. Anyway, the other night, while I was watching “Bad Girls Club,” I came up with this great idea. I thought that I would start up a blog [...]

The “BC” Button – 2008 BMW X5 3.0si

Average fuel consumption indicator lamp - 2008 BMW X5 3.0si

Yesterday, I was out cruising around when a funny thing happened. The gas warning light came on. I knew I was running low and that I needed to fill up. It’s not so strange that the gas light went on…that’s happened a million times to me. I really hate to stop for gas. The strange [...]

Transplanting Daffodil Bulbs

Digging up the clusters of Daffodil bulbs

Well, I think it’s almost here. Yeah, now that I said it, it’s probably going to snow next week. What I’m talking about is Spring. If you’ve gone outside over the past few days, you might have gotten a tan. Sure, that may be exaggerating things a bit, but no one can deny sweating a [...]

Wasabi Wow From Trader Joe’s

Wasabi Wow from Trader Joe's

So, I have this little problem…I can’t stop eating the Wasabi Wow that I received as a gift in the mail today. The other day, a very good friend of mine informed me that his beautiful wife bought me some Wasabi Wow from Trader Joe’s and that he was going to mail it out to [...]

We Walked Six Miles Today

I’m not even sure I know why. We just kept walking…and walking…and walking. Lately, we have been making a left at the end of the road instead of a right. We need to mix things up a bit. To the left, we have a short piece of road and then a cul-de-sac which leads into [...]

Daylight Saving Time – Here We Go

Could this be a Daffodil spouting?

Every year, many of us get a little tickle in the stomach when we set the clock back for daylight saving time. It’s basically the activity that tells us winter is pretty much over and spring is about to begin. As I have mentioned over and over, I hate short days. This extra hour is [...]

3rd Place In The Pinewood Derby – Congratulations Connor!!!

Connor's Pinewood Derby car

This is a very exciting day for our family. Let me be the first person to broadcast this message worldwide – my nephew, Connor, won 3rd place in the Pinewood Derby. Isn’t that just cool? You know, I used to be in the Cub Scouts too. I don’t think I can remember too much of [...]

It’s Wednesday – That Means “Lost” Is On

Getting some natural solar heat through the front door

Wednesday has become quite the holiday around these here parts. We have a little system going on. First, I wake up and get some work done. Then, I have a tennis lesson in the afternoon, just to get my head together. After that, I get some more work done and at around 7:30PM, I run [...]

A New Work Bench For The Garage

Work bench in the garage

I have to post this for my father. He wanted to see pictures. I am not sure I told you this already, but for the longest time, I was using a big 36″ wide solid door as a desk. It was mounted on 4″x4″s. It was huge and worked well, but I needed to grow [...]

A Few Practice Tennis Serves

Boy, am I whooped. I told you I was in my last post. Well, today did me in. Mike and I had a lesson with Jim today. It was called a semi-private lesson. These are great lessons and I am starting to prefer them over the regular one-on-one lessons for a few reasons. First, they [...]

Trying To Climb The Hill

You know, I am not sure I like this whole “getting older” thing. I mean, I try and try and try to stay in shape by walking, playing tennis and working out on the Bowflex, but it seems like all my body wants to do is get tired and ache from it. I am playing [...]

Social Websites Harm Children’s Brains?

I knew I was on to something. It’s like I can foresee the future; it’s a gift. I came across an article this morning that talks about how social websites can actually harm the brains of youngsters. Can you believe it? I’m just glad I got out when I did. You can read the article [...]

Still Waiting To Watch Nitro Circus On MTV

I have to say, Sunday nights on MTV offer some of the best television out there. Starting at 9PM, we have Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, which is a really, really funny show. Then, we have the College Humor show, which is a different kind of funny, but funny nonetheless. After that, is Nitro Circus, which [...]

My Complaining Is Over

Let’s consider this a quick “Tweet” just to inform you that I am finished complaining. I let you behind the curtain to expose one of my weaknesses (over-computing) and I am now over it (gee, this is like deja vous). I apologize, but still hope that you get a kick out of my posts, even [...]

Twitter Anyone?

I think this is going to be the second and last part of my “Complaining about the Internet” series. I just need to get this one out there. Have you ever heard of Twitter? If so, you’ll know what I am talking about here. If not, I’ll explain what it is to you. Basically, Twitter [...]

The Problem With Facebook

I have been sitting back for some time now, watching and listening to people’s opinions of Facebook. They are wide and varied, but lately, I have been hearing some grumbling. I have heard it from friends and I even heard it on the radio this morning. That’s what prompted me to write today. For those [...]

Valentine’s Day At Foxwoods And MGM Grand

Top of MGM Grand at Foxwoods hotel at night

If you weren’t aware, yesterday was the day of love. It was the day that souls join, people buy each other chocolate and roses and tell each other how much they love one another. If you are “with” someone, it was the day to remind yourself how much they mean to you. If you aren’t [...]

Washing The Car On A Nice Winter Day

Passenger's side headlight - 2008 BMW X5 3.0

Did I ever get to wash the car yesterday? No, I didn’t. We had to drive to Foxwoods in a dirty car. Oh well. I did, however, get to use my new water spicket setup this morning. After I finished up some work and since the sun was shining, I thought it would be a [...]

Installing A Water Spigot In The Garage

Water hose splitter and on-off switch on cold water laundry feed

Valentine’s day was here. I wanted to wash the car and have it nice and clean, so my lady and I could drive down to Foxwoods in style. It was pretty dirty and needed a good wash. On my way back from tennis yesterday morning, I dreaded the idea of going downstairs, turning the water [...]