Thursday, July 19, 2018

Begun, the Vanilla Extract Project Has.

I remember reading on Facebook that vanilla extract for cooking is dead easy to make at home, all that is needed are vanilla beans and a source of alcohol to infuse them in. The recipes call for vodka for this task, but say that rum or even bourbon can be substituted. I chose white rum. Here's a pic on Day One:



I'll post an updated pic every 30 days or so.

Denoument To the Bradford Pear Problem

In my last post we saw a Bradford Pear tree branch that shed from the tree and partially blocked the road. Since then, this happened:



This was on 6 July. I was in the house at the time, and in fact had just woken up; the tree branch came to rest on the roof above my bedroom. I wasn't hurt, nor was the roof damaged. We notified the landlord, and rather than get rid of the Hell Trees entirely, he paid for this:



Not the best solution in my opinion, but better than doing nothing, and this will result in far fewer leaves to blow in the front yard this fall, and we can get a better lawn next spring by planting Bermuda grass seed, which loves sun more than the current fescue grass does.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Well...Crap.

This is what I came home to an hour ago:




A Bradford Pear, also known as Satan's Own Tree, also known as Causes Arborists To Grind Teeth In Rage. They have beautiful blooms in early spring, and that is all. They suffer from branch-shedding as seen in the photo when they are mature, and the two in my front yard are as big as they get - - and need to be removed. This is the second large limb that has shed from this same tree. They need to go before they fall on the house, one of the cars, or one of us peoples.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mr. Noscandal

*sings*

I met a man Noscandal
And he'd dance for you
In Gucci shoes

With greying hair and starchy shirt
And sharp-pressed slacks
The IRS blues!

He would tell such lies
Tell such lies!
With a snarky little frown.

Mr. Noscandal...
Mr. Noscandal...
Mr. Noscandal...dance!


"Judge Awards $3.5 Million Settlement to Tea Party Groups for Obama IRS Targeting Scandal."

This Needs To Be Said

At some point in the future - - possibly the near future if Democrats take the House and Senate in November - - there is going to be a bloody and headline-dominating "cold dead hands" moment between a law-abiding gun owner(s) and agents of the State charged with confiscating guns. Aesop's fable "Belling the Cat" is germane. Ask yourself if you're ready to die for the principle of gun ownership.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Not To Put Too Fine a Point On It, But...

...running on the following agenda seems sort of counter-intuitive, unless you're a Godless commie Democrat:

1. Speaker Nancy Pelosi!

2. Impeachment!

3. Raise taxes!

4. Gun confiscation/repeal the 2nd Amendment!

I Love a Happy Ending!

Sheriff: Concealed Carrier Pulled Gun, Fatally Shot Assailant While Being Robbed at Gunpoint.

Florida’s Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) says a concealed carrier was able to pull his gun and fatally shoot an assailant while being robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

The concealed carry permit holder was a white male in his 60s and the deceased suspect was a Hispanic male in his 20s.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

For Sale: Frying Pan Shoals Tower

The Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower, which was retired by the Coast Guard about a dozen years ago and sold, is for sale again.

It's off the coast of North Carolina south of Wilmington. It's been operated as a bed-and-breakfast place for the last several years, but would make a good Bond Villain Hideout, or a great place for a hermit with a lot of money.

Sorry For the Scant Posting

I'm going through a particularly misanthropic period right now. Headlines and particularly Facebook or Twitter just infuriate me. I'm spending all of my spare time on Lord of the Rings Online, where if someone acts like a troll or an orc they likely are, and you can deal with them as trolls or orcs should be dealt with: face to face, hand to hand, to the death.