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03-31-2016 Journal – Sake & a Sexy Movie!   Leave a comment

I’m still in Maine complaining about the weather which has once again trapped me in the house for a good portion of the day.  Now I hear there’s a possibility of another snow storm this weekend, hopefully the last one this season.  Mother Nature is hanging on for dear life like she always does. I don’t understand why continue to complain. I guess not being able to control everything irritates me a little.

Some of you have asked in your emails about making Sake. It’s a fairly simple recipe that’s available by email for anyone interested.  My batch has been moved from the primary fermenter where it’s been for ten days. The yeast has eaten all of the sugar and the Sake should have approximately 15% alcohol content upon completion.  As you can see the wine looks like milk.  Yes, that’s how it’s supposed to look.  As the fermentation stops and the yeast begins to settle the wine will become crystal clear.  These jugs should supply me with fifteen 750ml bottles of Sake or 30-375ml half bottles.


I’m been trying to finish up a second design this week which has become my homage to Amy Winehouse. I’ll post a photo when it’s complete but it might be a little difficult to show all of the details due to it’s size.  We’ll see.

I’ve been watching more movies of late as I wait for Spring to really arrive. Last night the better-half and I watched what they (Netflix) are calling a dark comedy. The movie was ‘Bad Roomies’ and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The cast members were virtual unknowns which more times than not makes for a decent movie.  This movie was funny and sexy with one of the hottest women I’ve seen in a while.  The better-half was disappointed because there were no unicorns and rainbows anywhere in the entire film.  I felt bad for her but for me it was a fun hour and a half that had me laughing a lot even after offering up a dead body at the end. 


Well I’d love to chat a while longer but demands of the better-half come first. We’re having a small get-together tonight  and they are chores to be done. Fortunately for me I’ve stocked up on plenty of wine to help sweeten my mingling skills. From what everyone tells me, they need all the help they can get.


2-14-2016 Journal–Avery, Kaiden & Alvin’s Chipmunks!   Leave a comment

It seems that Winter has finally caught up with us. Up until now it’s been a relatively mild season as far as the snowfall goes. The temps have been up and down but noting too frigid until this weekend. Unlike many of the other northern states we expect to receive a lot of snow but the   temperatures usually don’t go much lower than ten degrees during the coldest months. 

My father had a quaint old saying for cold weather like we’re seeing this weekend. He always described it as  "cold as a well diggers asshole" and if my mother was nearby it was "as cold as a well diggers elbow".  Below zero temps with a good healthy wind were all of that and a bag of chips.

Last night my better-half and I spent our night at home babysitting the grandchildren.  We had the good sense to stay inside and not be roaming around in sub-zero temperatures.  The house was warm and cozy, the toddlers were reasonably well behaved, and another viewing of Alvin & the Chipmunks was in the offing (Just shoot me now).

Their parents were having a Valentines Day date night and weren’t expected to return until eleven.  Just as the boys were finally falling asleep and Alvin and the Chipmunks were coming to an end they showed up much earlier than expected. The current temperature at the time was –2 degrees with a wind-chill of -15. It apparently was just too damn cold for them to do much of anything and they’d called it a night.

It’s now the next morning and I’m almost ready to leave this warm bed.  Hot coffee might give me enough energy to pick up all  the toys scattered throughout the house before having my bowl of hot oatmeal.  I imagine I’ll be stuck in the house for another day or two which doesn’t make me very happy.

I’m moving slower than usual due to a late night awakening where I spent two hours playing X-Box LEGO Star Wars, reading three chapters of my latest book, eating a cookie, and returning to bed at 5am.  This insomnia I’ve been suffering with for the last two months is just killing me.

06-23-2013   Leave a comment

Maybe my lucks changing.  After being flattened for almost a full week with some kind of flu I’m almost back to normal (whatever that is).  Someone asked me if I was back to 100% yet and I could only smile.  I stated the obvious that I hadn’t been a 100% since 1996.  It was a vicious little virus that did a real job on everyone who was unlucky enough to catch it.

I started feeling much better and what did I hear next.  Thunderstorm alerts and warnings for our immediate area.  You might think that’s a bad thing but not for me.  I freaking love thunderstorms.  They started just as it was getting dark and they were beautiful.  I wanted to sit  out on the deck for a while but the rain was a little too intense for that.  For almost three hours there was crackling lightning, heavy rains, and a howling wind.  It was fantastic and I enjoyed every second of it.  Unfortunately we get very few of these storms so I have to take the time to enjoy them when we do.

There wasn’t much else for the better-half and I to do but sit quietly, enjoy the storm, and talk about our day.  I love our satellite  TV system but even it can’t stand up to heavy rain like we were getting.  It took hours for the signal to get through the heaviest of the downpours so we could be blessed with the standard list of reruns and crappy TV.

We’ve been buying more movies of late because of all the disappointing TV that just never seems to get any better.  Recently during a weekend of free HBO and SHO I watched one of the recent ridiculous remakes of our beloved fairy tales, Snow White and the Huntsman.  It wasn’t totally awful thanks to Charlize Theron but peppering our childhood tales with massive amounts of violence tends to make me uncomfortable and more than a little concerned for the young kids who are watching them.

As I was out shopping the next day I saw a sale for another insane remake of a fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.  I took a chance and paid good money for it.  What a mistake.  The entire story was so badly rewritten that I walked away and refused to watch the last twenty minutes.  Badly used profanity by the female lead was laughable.  I understand using appropriately blunt profanity to make a movie feel more authentic but this was just really stupid.  It did seem they were setting it up at the end for a possible sequel but I hope that doesn’t happen.  Two wrongs have never made a right and these two would be no exception.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t waste your time or your money.

I can tell I’m on the mend because the urge to criticize has been growing steadily for the last few hours.  I should be back in fighting form soon with my keyboard in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.  Life will soon be good again.

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