Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hello Again!

Well it has been a while, hasn't it? That's what happens when I leave work for vacation! Work has been hectic and it seems I will never get caught up here at the house. Enough complaining from me, let's dive in to it, shall we?

I got the side wall of the garage finished, painted, and built myself a long work bench that will never fall down. I do a lot of work out in the garage it seems so I figured I'd better make sure this thing lasts.

Spent today trimming out the windows but ran out of trim so I only got one done.

See my dinosaur buddy? Since I work by myself, he gives me someone to talk to, and an occasional roar when he doesn't like what I do.

Now I have one more wall and a half to finish off and paint, then it's on to the ceiling. I think I will see if you can rent those leg stilt thingys instead of using a ladder. So much easier on the back and things move faster for sure. Never thought I'd say it but I'm tired of being in the garage.
I spent about 4-5 hours Saturday just working in the garden. I have let things go a bit and I paid the price for it. I went from bed to bed; tying tomatoes, trimming them up, pulling weeds, putting down some fertilizer and planting some more food.
I have a lot of green tomatoes and a few turning red. I picked three German Johnson's Saturday with the remaining green beans before I pulled them all out.
The peppers seem to be doing good and I have a few more eggplants setting.
I pulled the dying bean plants out after I picked everything that I could off of them and planted some carrots I forgot I order from Territorial Seed Company, a few more bean plants (just to try my luck) brocolli, loose leaf and mix lettuce, and some red cabbage. After all was said and done, it was a pretty productive day.
The sweet corn is about ready for picking, then I'll pull it out and see what else I can get in the ground for fall. Not sure yet so I'll give it some thought unless someone has an idea.
Since The Wife was at the beach with her friends Thursday evening, all day Friday, and returned Saturday, The Youngest Boy and myself were left to our own devices. Friday night is pizza night in the house so as he played games I cruised on down to the local grocery store to get our pizza and wings. Then I notice a seed display stand in the store.

I bought 35 packs of seeds. Mostly flowers but there were a few herbs packs left so I went crazy. AND they were $0.10 a piece. So they way I figure it, if half of them sprout next year, it's all good. If there's one thing I am a junky for, it is seed packs. Oh, and notice the coffee mug? It's my new Waffle House mug. I love my Waffle House! 
Anyway, that's what's been going on in this household since I've been gone from the Blog. Temperatures have finally dropped to a reasonable level and I'm excited about that. Since I splurged on a new backpack, I've been itching to get out into the woods for a long weekend and turn off. The beach is OK but I really like being in the mountains. And with the new lower temps, it's hard not to go. With the Labor Day weekend coming up, I may give it some serious consideration.  
WOF spent Saturday morning outside with me. That's one good thing about her, if we go outside, she stays right where we are.
Not much help, but she was there anyway.
Well, I may splurge on a bowl of ice cream and watch a little LPGA golf I recorded, then to bed. I have a few more pictures but may upload those tomorrow night. BTW, this coming weekend is my favorite golf tournament of the entire year. If you love grand views, turn in to Golf Channel and watch the Omega European Master. Beautiful! Until then, get a roar out now and then.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I Am Not Looking

forward to going back to work tomorrow. I can get used to this 'not working' thing. But I have no winning lottery ticket and I'm not that lucky anyway. It was something great to

I spent an extra day at the beach so the youngest boy and myself drove back Thursday.
Sea turtle update: I did not get any pictures of the nest but we did see one turtle crawl out and make it to the ocean. It was the following night from my last post and it was cool. Something I may never get to see again. Knock that one off of the list.
Fishing update: We caught more fish than we know what to do with. 27 Spanish Mackerel and a Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi, not Flipper.) We got all of them filleted for us and we froze most except that evenings' supper. The Wife did not do well on the trip. The boat was really rocking all day, at times I almost fell down, so it's little wonder that a person that gets sick on a Tilt-A-Whirl has no reason to be deep sea fishing. I have a picture but won't post it. It's funny though.

I got started on the garage wall Friday but didn't make much progress as I needed to run wires up to the attic but had a heck of a time in doing so. I ended up buying a 16" long drill bit to just make it through all of the wood to get upstairs. Spent way too much time doing that. Anyway by this evening I got all of the drywall up and started the second coat of mud.

I definitely have been neglecting the garden some as I had tomato plants laying on the ground when I got back. Some more stakes took care of that problem. Did some trimming and weed pulling. I have a lot of tomatoes set now so if it will cool down some I may be able to get more than a few at a time.

Eggplant has finally decided to make an appearance. 

Peppers are coming in too. Odd though, I've always had to stake my plants but these are so small that it isn't needed. 

WOF of the Week. Picked her up Friday afternoon from the kennel and she was happy to be out of there. I was hoping she wasn't having flashbacks of abandonment from her early life. She a pain at times but she's ours. She loved the ride home.

Long week ahead so it's off to bed. Stay safe out there kids and don't play the lottery Wednesday!

Monday, August 6, 2012


Do I take time off from the everday happenings of life to just slow down and do nothing. That is what I am doing now. I left this past Saturday for a family beach vacation on the NC coast. I will stay here until Wednesday morning then I'm heading back to the homestead by myself as I want to get the side wall of the garage insulated and sheet rocked before winter comes and while I have the time to do it. I personally am not a big lover of the beach and by the redness of my feet (no pictures of those, sorry) and weird suntan line around my head, neither is my body. We'll spend today as we did yesterday, doing nothing but sitting around and watching the waves. Tomorrow at 6:00 am we're going deep sea fishing for half the day and hopefully have something to fry up that evening. Not expecting to but you never know.

Some pictures around...

The youngest boy sticking his head over the waves at me. 

The Wife picked a few tomatoes and a bunch of beans before she left and the beans will be put to good use for tonight's supper.

One exciting thing going on next to us is that there is a Loggerhead sea turtle next near the house on the beach. From the caretakers of this nest, they expect them to hatch any day now. If they do, they will come out of the sand when it cools down enough, say around 9:30 pm or so, and make their way to the ocean from there. The caretakers dig a gulley for the turtles to crawl down to keep them going in the right direction and someone with a flash light will stand next to the ocean and shine it back up through the gulley. What this does is it simulates the moon for the turtles and they are naturally drawn towards this light source. It is said 1 in 1,000 sea turtles make it to maturity, which is about 20 years old. Not good odds for an animal that has been inhabiting this planet for over 300 million years. They are endangered here and it is great to see everyone (and when I say everyone, I mean the locals as well as the tourists) are very protective of their nests and seem like they will do anything they can to help the turles succeed. To learn more you can click here. I'll get some pictures today and share tonight.

That's it for now. And as I wrap this up, it has started raining. Oh well, take the good with the bad.

Oh, the WOF is at a daycamp (read kennel) and wasn't too happy about going.

Stay dry out there kids.