Mason Bee Revolution: How the hardest working bee can save the world one backyard at a time, by Dave Hunter & Jill Lightner

My Copy: 9781594859632 (image from bn.com) I was so glad to find this book while I was starting to work on my pollinator garden and the bee houses. It's got a slew of information about pollination and the bees themselves, but also things to watch out for in your yard or garden if you want … Continue reading Mason Bee Revolution: How the hardest working bee can save the world one backyard at a time, by Dave Hunter & Jill Lightner

Entergy is asking those in Texas that have power to curb usage to help stretch electric resources.

I got the text about an hour ago from Entergy, the big energy company down here: We request limited electricity usage due to present extreme cold weather immediately, including turning off electric water heaters and lowering heating thermostats [sp] settings. Insufficient reductions may require temporary interruptions of electric service. We apologize for this inconvenience and … Continue reading Entergy is asking those in Texas that have power to curb usage to help stretch electric resources.

I had an actual intelligent moment on this craptastic week: I made chili.

This past week and change (roughly 7 of the past 9 days) has been "one of those days." You know, the days where within half an hour of waking up a dozen things have gone wrong... and you just wanna throw your hands in the air, say "screw it", and go back to bed until … Continue reading I had an actual intelligent moment on this craptastic week: I made chili.

Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.

I didn't get too much done today--too much work outside the home and I was nodding off mid-day, so I napped through quite a bit of it. Bummed me out because I had plans, but sleep needs to happen, too. What little I did do happened in my garden, and as I let myself SLOWLY … Continue reading Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.

Q #114: Did Germany have any aircraft carriers in World War II?

photo credit: cs.finescale.com I was listening to the great Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast, episode 2 of "Supernova in the East" about Japan's militarization and road to World War II. In one segment , Dan mentions the IJN's ingenuity and the amazing insight leaders had knowing that aircraft carriers were going to be THE ships … Continue reading Q #114: Did Germany have any aircraft carriers in World War II?

Fingers or Pick? The best way to learn guitar for the absolute beginner…

This is sort of a question, only because I've heard a whole bunch of differing opinions on this topic. I bought a ton of picks for my various string instruments (I heard they get lost super easily, and that doesn't surprise me at all) over the past year. However, I've recently heard from a bunch … Continue reading Fingers or Pick? The best way to learn guitar for the absolute beginner…

Top 5 Soundtracks and/or Film Scores so good you can (almost) ignore the damn movie.

Ah, Bugs, my fave composer...hee hee (gif from Looney Tunes & Gfycat.com) I am a film-score and soundtrack nut. Easily 25% of my CD collection (yes, I still have all mine and keep burning more) is comprised of soundtracks and film scores. That number stretches to 50% if I include classical music and the film … Continue reading Top 5 Soundtracks and/or Film Scores so good you can (almost) ignore the damn movie.

Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez

My Copy: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez

Practical, or Foolish? Living between homes without a motel room…

(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…

“The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 (Note: Amended 1/9 due to info lost with internet connection last night.) This is reputed to be Shakespeare's first credited work, and I have to say it's not that bad of a start to his prolific career. At least it's mostly a comedy. "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" refers to Valentine and … Continue reading “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare