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09-16-2016 Journal – Look Out! X-mas is Coming.   Leave a comment


Another week coming to an end and we’re already halfway through the month of September. The summer of 2016 went by in the wink of an eye and the holidays are again rushing towards us. I wonder to myself which retailer will strike the Christmas colors first. I suspect that as in years past Walmart will be the one to get things rolling 15 minutes after the Halloween holiday is over. That in itself is supremely depressing but it seems to get earlier and earlier every year regardless of how much we complain.


Yesterday I received this list of companies that have already made it known that Black Friday will begin for them by being open for business on Thanksgiving Day. I guess that’s the new approach to companies who put their employees families second on their list of priorities. That seems to be the ongoing retail way of thinking these days and unfortunately I can bitch about it all I want but no one in the retail establishment gives a damn what I think or what you think. Look at the upside . . . you’ll have a great place to spend your holiday if you get sick of eating Thanksgiving dinner, spending time with your family, or God forbid actually relaxing and enjoying the day. The almighty buck rules all. Make sure to thank these folks:

J.C. Penny


Toy’s r Us






Sports Authority

h.h. greg

Dollar General

Best Buy


While I write this posting I have a Christmas wish that will never be fulfilled. I wish that the population of the millions of so-called consumers in this country would pull their collective heads out of the sand and stop allowing retailers to continue to think that the “great unwashed” are that easily controlled. It’s a lazy population that lets celebrities, the media, politicians, and big business tell them how to think, act, what to buy, and how to be politically correct at all times.


You usually get what you deserve.

04-20-2016 Journal – Back to the Garden!   Leave a comment

It’s been a beautiful and almost warm morning today which allowed me to get busy in the garden for a couple of hours.  I’ve been doing my best to get all of the preliminary chores out of the way as soon as possible.  Today was the day.

I was worried about my old rototiller as always.  It’s been used hard for six years and I’m always concerned that it won’t start.  To my surprise the little sweetheart started right up without any hesitation. Say what you want, those Sears Craftsmen tools are hard to kill.  That was the best $150.00 I ever spent.


It took about 45 minutes to finish and now the soil is well mixed and loose down to about 14 inches.  All of the root vegetables this year will be loving life.  Here’s the finished product.


As you can see I finished rototilling and immediately began installing the fabric. I’m reusing most of the fabric from last year which will save me a few bucks.  Thanks to this fabric 2016 will be a weed free year.

Next on my list was installing the sprinklers.  I ran the hoses through the frames and fencing and attached the sprinklers. They should give me more than enough coverage for the entire garden.


Right in the middle of my workday the grand kids arrived to take their grandmother on a walk.  I took a few minutes to chase the oldest one around the yard and to wrestle a little.  A short time later they left for their walk and I returned to my final task for the day.  The compost pile.

A few days ago I found a product in a garden center which when added to a compost pile promotes decomposition.  I took the rototiller to the compost pile and stirred things up a bit. I sprinkled the product liberally through the piles, mixed them in, and covered everything with a tarp.  It should make the compost I use later this year and next much richer.


With my list for today completed I can relax for a while.  A nice hot shower will feel great and give me enough energy to get out and run a few errands. Since the better-half is working this evening my time is my own. Here’s a shot of the garden, end-to-end.



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