Somehow this step never occurred to me. I was so busy trying to keep these plants alive and going (after so many seedlings have died and gone back to ground) that I'm surprised to see a tiny banana pepper plant that has a four or five inch green pepper already hanging from it. Yay--something is … Continue reading The plants are just starting to thrive… but when do I pick the fruit?
I forgot the second rule of Exercise Club. The first rule is you don't talk about Exercise Club.... or rather you stop talking and freaking do actual exercise. The second rule is you don't do it out of the blue on a new machine. I haven't done anything truly cardio that counts as actual exercise … Continue reading Impromptu Exercise + Very Out of Shape = BAD IDEA!
This is a question that's bugged me my whole life along the Texas coast. Thankfully, we got through Rita (2005) and Ike (2008) okay where I'm at, many miles inland and several feet above sea level. We've never evacuated, and not because of the inability to afford it, scoffing at the storms, or bravado. No--we … Continue reading #081–Why do posted Hurricane evacuation routes in Houston mostly divert people eastward?
(from wikimedia, def not MY garage). It was not my initial plan to live in my garage for a few weeks. When I brought this not-quite-whim up to my therapist, she thought it was a great idea and worth trying. And if I don't like it, I can always fall back on a motel room … Continue reading Practical, or Foolish? Living between homes without a motel room…
Maybe it's my impatience at work, but my uncle had a random thought about cost-effectiveness, and put the flea in my aunt's ear. She brought up something I'd been thinking about for 10 years or more...getting rid of this place and starting over with a better one. There are three things this place has going … Continue reading The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…
My Copy: 9780199267170 (image from amazon.com) Well, it'll be closer to "finished by Thanksgiving," but "Year of Shakespeare" has that rhyme thing that sounds better...and if I fall behind it may well BE a year. I've had an awkward relationship with Shakespeare's works from day 1. It kinda sucks when the only way you have … Continue reading A Year of Shakespeare–Tackling the Bard’s works one at a time from “The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (2nd ed.)”, ed. by Stanley Wells & Gary Taylor
I'd love to know this one, because though I'm happy I'm getting plenty of hours, I'm wondering if there's going to be anything left of me by the end of this new month. And how I'll deal with a suddenly reduced paycheck when I'm back to two jobs instead of having that third one that's … Continue reading #042–How do people work multiple jobs, 12 or more hours a day, and not go crazy?
This is going to take more introspection than I am used to, but it's about damned time. My work in getting rid of the crap around my house has slowed down to a crawl, though I'm going to knock 1 or 2 spaces off my list this afternoon while the weather is great and the … Continue reading A Place for Me at Home
To make it a fairer fight, and not to malign Gojira's/Godzilla's power too much, I'm using the 1954/1956 version that I saw in its entirety. We've got enough "atomic" troubles coming out to risk adding another, right? Besides, I like 50's "B" monster movies and having "Perry Mason" in one. So, the to-do list: This … Continue reading Godzilla vs. My To-Do List
My Copy: 9780307453662 Finally! A book useful for those (poor schmucks?) among us who don't have that same, steady paycheck every week or two (or month). My prayers were answered when I found this, jaw dropping to the floor. I read about half a dozen books regarding budgeting, personal finances, goal setting, etc., but there was … Continue reading The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, by J. D’Agnese & D. Kiernan