Time to start the garden

I want a different kind of garden this year with some new goodies to enjoy. I am trying to decide just what we should plant, though.

We really would love to do a bit more canning this year, so I want to plant vegetables that are prime for canning. This way they will last longer. That also means our garden will be significantly larger this year around. We will do our standard stuff that we like a lot, as well as the new veggies. I have a lot of research to do on the best crops to plant as well as care, planting and harvesting information that is necessary.

Fresh veggies go bad quickly if they are not either frozen or canned right away. I have decided to get a deep freezer so we can freeze veggies as well as canning them.  The garage is large enough to hold it successfully and I have already picked out the space for it. It will definitely come in handy this coming year when the garden begins producing. I don’t mind giving away some fresh veggies to family and friends but I would really like to be able to keep a bit more of it this time around.

Old Songs

Feeling a little down and grumpy, so I went on Youtube and started listening to old songs. Some of them are vaguely familiar and some I’ve never heard before. It started with a Celine Dion song from back in 1990 and somehow morphed into a duet by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn – and I don’t even like country music much. The duet is called “You’re the Reason Out Kids Are Ugly.” It’s a really funny novelty song from the 1970’s that I am sure my parents listened to and got a good laugh from the lyrics.

That’s part of the fun of Youtube – you never know where your listening buffet will take you. Music is such a huge part of our lives. I wish I had taken the time to learn some type of musical instrument when I was younger. I have been thinking about taking some type of music lessons, either the guitar or the piano. Either way I would have to take advantage of some of the deals online like musicians friend used gear has for people that can’t invest a whole lot of money while taking the time to learn any type of musical instrument. A test drive is totally understandable when it comes to items like this.

Hoarding The Pennies

There are some people out there who are willing to take a risk. These people are hoarding pennies. It turns out that pennies minted in 1982 or earlier are made with 95% copper. This makes the pennies worth more than their face value. Some are hoarding these pennies in order to cash in if federal laws change.

It is now illegal to melt down U.S. coins. Some feel that the laws may soon change and they will be able to cash in their pennies for a huge profit. Pennies made after 1982 are made of mostly zinc that has far less value.

a penny isn't always a penny

Today’s U.S. Penny Hoarding

Goodbye Guitar Hero

The popular video game called Guitar Hero has stopped being produced. The company called Blizzard Inc stopped making the game as the sales are failing. The game was very popular for many years but interest has faded.

The game was fun for awhile and very profitable for the company. The problem was that it was expensive to make and many accessories are required. The company will go on though as it just released the popular “Call of Duty: Black Ops” game.

I can remember going to the local strip mall that had so many stores that attracted youth, games, videos, music back in “the day” I spent a good amount of time at the local guitar center dallas with their unique clientele of odd folks that I felt so at home with. Most likely I never will have that type of relationship with people like that that I met through out those younger years.

The Garage

The one place that I can really relax in is my garage. There is nothing I like more than to tinker around with a project or two in my garage. I spend hours thinking up things to make and making them. I have built a few birdhouses and other projects for the kids. The one thing that I am really proud of is my tools. I like to have whatever tool I need right at my fingertips.

The last big project I started was to make a chair. The wife had seen a picture of one she liked and I wanted to make her one for her birthday. When I started the project, I made a list of the Tools and Hardware that I would need. While I was sure that I had most of the Hand Tools I needed, I realized that I would need some new Power Drills. I knew I would have to purchase the tools I needed before I started.

It took a while for me to get everything I needed together. But I knew it would save time when I actually started working. The chair was a challenge, but I found it easy once I got started. I finished the chair and my wife loves it. She said it was the best birthday present she ever had. I owe it all to a little planning and the best tools.