The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

My Copy: 0764110187 (image from bn.com) One thing I've learned about wanting to learn new things--and using books as a major resource--is that when it's a Barron's publication, you've got few worries. The same goes for The Parakeet Handbook. I like this book. It could use a few more illustrations, perhaps, but it's not overly … Continue reading The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

Q#146: Disposable batteries officially suck; why are they so lousy when you need them most?

I shouldn't have been totally surprised this morning, but I still was. I've noticed an awful trend where every time I have to get disposable batteries (especially the bigger sizes, like D-batts), they just don't last. At first, I figured it was the whole "don't buy store brand batts because they're not nearly as good" … Continue reading Q#146: Disposable batteries officially suck; why are they so lousy when you need them most?

The Pet Conundrum; or, learning patience while trying to move on & find another little friend or two…

I should be looking at online jobs right now. I should've been working on my self-education opportunities, watching lectures, or doing Masterclass activities this week. Instead, I just keep thinking about Buddy and what I'll do now for a new pet or two, because it feels strange without that squawker. I've got two dogs and … Continue reading The Pet Conundrum; or, learning patience while trying to move on & find another little friend or two…

I may have orphaned myself yesterday, but only time (& more dreadful conversations) will tell…

It's become clear to me that other than our tempers, when it comes to the big things, my mother and I are polar opposites. I started yesterday morning off fine & was taking pics of some of what I was pulling from the garden (didn't want to risk losing them to the storm). We had … Continue reading I may have orphaned myself yesterday, but only time (& more dreadful conversations) will tell…

Q #141: How do you store your home-grown crops when you don’t have a root cellar?

My Rattlesnake pole bean plant has shot up the past few weeks and I guess now that it figured out it ran out of vertical room, I looked and saw several dangling pods that were at the right size to pick. That startled me. Those suckers seem to grow pretty fast (I'm guessing water from … Continue reading Q #141: How do you store your home-grown crops when you don’t have a root cellar?

Bright Ideas, Happy Accidents, Giving it all away & Making a sale. Or, one damned busy Friday I didn’t expect…

I was drinking coffee on my porch a few days ago, enjoying the morning weather when I was hit by something. My old house used to be a lot longer than the one I have now, and there was a carport attached for my grandma's car (she moved out over 20 years ago). Eventually, my … Continue reading Bright Ideas, Happy Accidents, Giving it all away & Making a sale. Or, one damned busy Friday I didn’t expect…