Tuesday, March 12, 2013

bottles and trees

Hey! I'm still alive! All's well, I've been working on my home brew and I decided to share my bottle cleaning experience with the article How to clean bottles for homebrew . I've been away from the web for a while taking care of my baby, cleaning bottles, and cutting down trees. I made a fake Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout that was pretty darn good. I'm planning my kid's first birthday party and WOW I never realized how much goes into a good party. OK that's it for now.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Back into writing a little, also still enjoying eating

Still doing the same old thing more or less. In the last few days I published 2 Hubpages articles, the Ematic Eglide 4 Android Tablet Review and a Restaurant Style Shrimp Lo Meim Recipe. You should really try the Lo Mein, it's great. The Eglide 4 not so much. I recently finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy and I highly recommend it. I've been playing around with my new tablet a lot in the evenings, which is pretty fun. My baby has started eating solid foods, and that's more fun than the tablet. I bought a new electric weedeater and I find that it's much better than using a gas one, though dragging a cord around is a hassle. I guess that's all for now, ya'll take it easy.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Still alive

I thought I would post to let anyone reading know that I am still alive. My baby is about 4 months old now and completely awesome. I highly recommend one if you have the time and energy, or a stay at home spouse like I do. I borrowed P90X from my lazy friend and have been doing it for about a month now, it really  "works", though doing any kind of exercise for an hour a day would get you into shape. I got an old tire break-down tool a few months ago and I'm getting pretty good at mounting my own tires. Hint: It's easier with beer. My buddy started a Linux news blog, haleysubuntublog , you should check it out if you are into that kind of thing. I made yeast bread for the first time a few weeks ago, it was really good. Don't be afraid to try new things in the kitchen, even if you fail the dog will love it. Between the baby, work, workouts, and clearing trees from my property I haven't been up to too much else, just experimenting in the kitchen and working around the house. Oh, I now have a follower! Thanks for following!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Not a whole lot to say,  but I figured I'd better say it. Uhhh... My back hurts, but I don't know why. My baby is less than 2 months away. I've been pushing my hubpages a little. OH YEAH    Came up with a running thing where I'm adding a mile every week. I started at 3 and am working on 7 this week. It should be five but I missed two miles last week and didn't do any the week before... anyway I make up what I miss. Made some muffins. I bottled my ancient orange mead and it tasted ok.  Not good but not nasty. It's past time to rack the pear, pom. and punch wines. I'll get to it later. I've been working on home improvement lately.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pomegranate and Punch wine

I somehow found myself with a gallon of fruit punch from the mexican christmas party. If you don't know what's in it Google it. It was more fruit than liquid and I didn't drink much after christmas. A few days ago I decided that instead of throwing it away I would try to make a wine out of it. I boiled it for sterilization then added three cups of sugar and more water to fill a 1 1/2 gallon container. The idea is to have a gallon after fermentation and removing the fruit and sediment. After it was cool I added 1tsp of bread yeast then slapped on the airlock.

The same night I decided to eat a pomegranate from the fruit dish. It was good in places and beginning to get old in others, so I picked all of the pulp out of it and crushed and boiled it with one cup of sugar and enough water to reach 1/2 gallon, then put it in a clean milk jug. I let it cool and added 1/2 tsp bread yeast then added the airlock. This is the smallest batch of wine I have made and I think it will be just enough to fill one 750ml bottle for aging.

The two wines are working right along now. I will update on this when applicable.

The beginning of the end, 22

It's 2012, so I guess I should mention that. Sorry about the delay....well no, no one is reading. I worked new years and got off just in time to haul ass home and open the champagne with one minute to spare. Ate some good food. I bought myself a $18 3-7x scope and stuck it on my old 22 rifle. I cut some limbs on an old logging road at the back of my property in a strategic spot and now have a +/- 100 yard shooting range with a good backstop. I fooled around and got the old pump 22 hitting within a 3in pattern from the prone position at 100 yards with cheapo LR bulk ammo. The gun gets jammed because it needs to be pumped twice to eject the shell, so I have to put the bullets in one at a time. I Googled the problem and it seems likely that it's the cheap ammo causing the problem. I'll  buy some better soon and post the results...for myself. If someone does read this and has some insight on my problem please comment and let me know. I feel like it is the ammo, though because I have a heck of a time getting it out of my revolver after it's fired.

Monday, December 26, 2011


Wow, In less than a day they replied and let me know my story was crap. Well, that they were going to "pass on it" That's ok though, tonight I submitted it to Ideomancer, another e-zine. This one has a .59% acceptance rate, so I have more than a 99% chance of being rejected! I can't wait to see how they word this rejection, maybe I'll get a "not for us" or a "good, but not good enough."  That's all. Time to go watch SPARTICUS