Monday, May 31, 2010

My Lucky Day?

So Sunday afternoon I hear a commotion outside.

It's warm and sunny, but there is a gusty wind around mid-day (was calm earlier and later).

I think maybe the gate to the deck blew open, dogs are outside so I go right to the front door...


Good thing I wasn't in the hammock:

Memorial Day Garden Report

Lots of planting done today...hmmm, seems I don't have any corn from last year? Should check the "mouse proof" in the garage before I buy some though, maybe I stored it there.

Taters before hilling:

Taters after hilling:

The main garden, yeah I still don't have the fence all up. I'll get the other long side tacked up this weekend "good enough for this year."

Planted today:

Tomatoes (all from starts):
Beefsteak ... est. August 5th.
Jet Star ... est. July 27th.
Rutgers ... est. August 5th.
Big Boy ... est. August 2nd.

Pepper, start
Sweet Ivory

Eggplant, start. Unknown variety. est. July 14th.

Bush Beans
Long Tendergreen ... est. July 31st.

Summer Squash
Goldbar Hybrid ... est. July 27th.
Black Beauty Zucchini ... est. July 27th.

Connecticut Hybrid ... est. October 7th.

Some red variety, finished off about 12' of row.

This year I could've safely planted earlier. But hey, you never know when the last frost will hit. I don't think planting before Memorial Day here, for most things, makes a big difference -- plants usually just stay hanging out until the warmth hits them and drives them forward. I've seen that before with corn planted two weeks apart, once the heat came on heavy at the end of June the younger plants caught up with the older ones pretty darn quick. Planting earlier would help with time management, though. I may not get corn and a few other things in till next weekend now, and that's getting later then I like.

5/29 Garden Expenses:

6 six-packs of tomatoes and peppers @ $2.50/each, Putnam Farmer's Co-op: $15

2# seed potatoes, Agway: $1.50

1 six-pack, eggplants, Agway: $2.25

Saturday, May 22, 2010

My life would suck without you

Incredibly well done fan video (and since it is the first by the username, I wouldn't put it past this being an "official" fan video :) ):

I know I have issues, but you're pretty messed up too.

One of my favorite song lines ever.

I'm also heavily under the influence of a very strong Crown & Coke.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kittery Trading Post

Took an unplanned Sunday drive on a Saturday today up to Maine.

Kittery Trading Post, specifically. Wanted to fondle the guns. Although afterwards I did take the coastal roads up through York and to Kennebunkport. I wonder if the Secret Service tracks folks who leave KTP and go to Kennebunkport?

KTP keeps about 1,000 new and used guns on the main floor for anyone to handle, plus a large number more behind the counters and handguns in the cases:

Pic shamelessly copied from here which has more photos of the store. My cellphone camera wouldn't have done justice, and I didn't want to be the geek lugging my bigger camera in the store :)

First gun I drooled over was a Remington 870 20 Gauge slug gun with a 18-1/2" barrel and synthetic stock. That did it. That will be my next firearms purchase (considering I only have a .22 bought about 25 years ago, I don't buy them often :) ).

Except the one I handled had a much simpler non-magnifying "Red Dot" sight...definitely what I want for a quick shot.

The other gun I drooled over has no practical application in New England except it would absolutely drive tacks on the firing range...a Sako 85 (made in Finland!) stainless steel with synthetic stock in 7mm Remington Magnum, like this:

The bolt defined "silky smooth" ... it's almost scary that metal can slide over metal as smoothly as it does. I didn't ask for a dry fire adapter...I didn't want to know how smooth the trigger is. It was priced around $750, and the worse thing is with a rifle of this quality I'd need to spend about that much again for a scope that matches it's capabilities.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Some garden expenses

Cleaning up the office, found some receipts:

Fence Project:

Tractor Supply, cable ferrules, crimping tools: $77.23

4/5/10 Putnam Farmer's Co-Op, onions & garlic: $4.00