Recent comments: Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/ en-us By fair share -- Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69647#C1514984 Why not just eat them? But be sure to take off your raccoon coat first. Could get messy. 🍴 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:49:52 -0500 By stevemills -- Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69647#C1514967 Not sure about the apples but litter material is good all the time. I just used 40 pounds for the garage cats alone this week. How about fish, gold fish? Anyone ready to have an instant goldfish pond? Gotta have it ready when you pick up but we can spare 30 of mixed age. They're all healthy. ;-) I ahead of you on this one, not feeding them to the cats. :-) What would I do without emoticons or their typed equivalent? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:28:38 -0500 By fair share -- Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69647#C1514962 Maybe the cats could eat the apples? And you could try to grind up the pencils to use for litter. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:41:42 -0500 By stevemills -- Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69647#C1514881 Already have my box of apples and pencils but can't give them away. :-) Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:12:41 -0500 By fair share -- Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69647#C1514879 Maybe you could put them in a box and sit outside the gate to the horse show and give them away. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:08:42 -0500 By stevemills -- Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69647#C1514873 While I love all the critters, I know it has to slow down. I feel like I am on a sled heading downhill with no breaks. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:40:06 -0500 By lazarus -- Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69647#C1514859 Steve; you have a good heart, but you cannot house all the world's cats! Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:31:34 -0500 By stevemills -- Watch out for headlines, they may not mean what they seem. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69558#C1513828 I've had that happen when I was the one being interviewed. Most of the facts were right but the end result made me call a few folks to clarify what I had actually said. Sat, 12 Aug 2017 20:04:44 -0500 By lazarus -- Watch out for headlines, they may not mean what they seem. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69558#C1513811 So a friend of mine just did a story for a national magazine. I read the story, and saw that there were several "facts" that were a little off. And the emphasis of the story was different than the one he had talked about writing. It was not that the article was significantly changed. They just inserted additional material in one part, and edited down another. In the course of doing so, they changed some detail, and did not do so with total accuracy. No one, except an expert, would ever know... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:29:55 -0500 By stevemills -- Watch out for headlines, they may not mean what they seem. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69558#C1513523 Thanks for the compliment. I would not have even grown any if not for a friend who encouraged me with seedlings of heirloom plants. Our grocery stores have to source from so far off now that the tomatoes are grown for storage and handling more than taste. Regulations may also keep them from local sourcing so getting them from a backyard enthusiast, or farmer markets (in-season)are about the only option if you cannot grow them yourself. For several weeks now we have been giving them away... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:51:04 -0500 By lazarus -- Watch out for headlines, they may not mean what they seem. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69558#C1513504 The headlines (or article titles) can sometimes be strange, but I will say that most editors I have encountered have done a pretty good job. Most of the time, editing is done for space, and a good editor can shrink an article without losing its basic meaning and flavor. These days, the pressure is on the writer to make things shorter, because today's reader has a shorter attention span, and likes colorful, busy pages with lots of pictures and graphics, and less print to read. It seems like it... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:46:55 -0500 By lazarus -- The US Post Office is all about Buzzzzz http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69542#C1513469 The honeybees in particular. Good news on any ecological front is a rarity. The tough news is, the rebound of bees is due to.... wait for it.... government regulation. It seems that a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids was connected to the colony collapse disorder in some way that we apparently still do not understand. None the less, in Europe and in the US the stuff was banned. Bee populations, being that bees are insects, fortunately have the ability to rebound pretty fast.... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:25:20 -0500 By stevemills -- Watch out for headlines, they may not mean what they seem. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69558#C1513320 I have heard there are "specialists" writing headline Ned and also editors who can often change an article to be something totally different than intended. That would end mybassociation with a company/editor/publisher. Sat, 05 Aug 2017 18:46:06 -0500 By stevemills -- The US Post Office is all about Buzzzzz http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69542#C1513319 That IS encouraging. A particular type or all in general? Sat, 05 Aug 2017 18:43:18 -0500 By lazarus -- Watch out for headlines, they may not mean what they seem. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69558#C1513318 Having written many articles for magazines and newspapers over the past 40 years, I want to disabuse the notion that the headlines have any purpose other than drawing attention. The headlines are rarely if ever written by the person who wrote the article, and it is not uncommon for them to be completely the opposite of the actual content. The people who write articles are frequently blamed for the headlines, but they have no control. Sat, 05 Aug 2017 17:06:05 -0500 By lazarus -- The US Post Office is all about Buzzzzz http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69542#C1513316 Would you like some good news for a change, Steve? Bee populations are up in 2017. They are not out of the woods, but there have been positive signs this year. Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:57:29 -0500 By stevemills -- The US Post Office is all about Buzzzzz http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69542#C1513155 Putting bees and birds together can get controversial, so I try to avoid the combination fair share. :-) We will get some just for "getting some" but I am sure Deb will use them as well. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:24:28 -0500 By horsepoopperson -- The US Post Office is all about Buzzzzz http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69542#C1513154 I still pay my bills the "snail mail" way, so I can't wait to buy some of the new bees stamps! hp Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:19:41 -0500 By fair share -- The US Post Office is all about Buzzzzz http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69542#C1513149 Hey, Steve. If you are going to tell us about the bees, can you also tell us about the birds? Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:28:31 -0500 By peoplematter56 -- Youth power working while learning. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69508#C1512937 Thanks, Steve, I will reach out to you soon. Still unpacking. Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:32:21 -0500 By Palindrome -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512919 Let me know when you would like a demonstration. If you are still interested afterwards you may take home a roaster and try it yourself... Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:59:25 -0500 By stevemills -- Youth power working while learning. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69508#C1512903 Fantastic peoplematter56. My email should be available on this page, or we can have an open discussion. I suggest email because of the ease of communicating plus while everyone knows my name, you might want to maintain your privacy by remaining peoplematter56. :-) Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:53:04 -0500 By peoplematter56 -- Youth power working while learning. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69508#C1512897 Steve Mills I believe you and I need to connect because God truly placed that same vision in my heart, but mine deals with young people ages 6-17.I've been working with young people over 10 plus years. Maybe we can work together. I'll be in touch Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:56:01 -0500 By stevemills -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512875 I would not sell until I knew I was good. I heard it can be ruined as well. LOL I'll come over and have a cup of coffee Palindrome. My schedule is a little more flexible now.:-) Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:39:50 -0500 By Palindrome -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512871 Steve, It takes about 6 minutes to roast a small batch and a few extra minutes to cool...I am happy to roast some beans for you, share a few tips that I have learned and let you read some written information. Just completed a roast.....Smells so good... I met a man once who owned a coffee shop and to lure customers into the shop he would roast some beans in a small roaster near an open window but not offer the beans for sale.....He said it worked....I would prefer to sell the beans. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:53:42 -0500 By stevemills -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512859 If I owned a coffee shop again, I would definitely roast some beans, even if it was not for public consumption. We used to grind a small batch of beans for espresso, just to keep the aroma strong in the shop, but roasting adds another dimension. How long does a small batch take? I might rig a shop vac to pull out the smoke by creating a mini hood and roast in the greenhouse. Deb does not object to smelling coffee, just drinking it. :-) Thinking a little more, I have a "heat... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:44:49 -0500 By Palindrome -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512830 The smoke dissipates fairly quickly depending upon conditions....The coffee aroma lingers long enough for me to reaffirm why I LOVE roasting...I remember one time a couple of years ago the weather conditions were just right outside to make my corner smell like a major roaster was working around the clock for a day or two....The closest smoke detector to my roaster is at this time without battery.....Protection...Something to consider.... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:48:29 -0500 By stevemills -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512824 I have have heard that about roasting. Does the smell stay like old fish or mellow out? I have always loved walking into a fresh roast shop but I realize they vent most of it out. Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:30:51 -0500 By Palindrome -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512800 Chefgrape, Sometimes nice words will pick up my day better than any cup of coffee she says blushing. Steve, When I was planning a coffee enterprise last Fall I purchased a second coffee roaster. I would be happy to let you try the one I am now using and give you some green coffee to try using it with. You will then know if you have a further interest....Be warned....As good as the coffee smells when it is starting to roast it does ( if you like dark coffee ) put out a lot of smoke toward... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 15:19:26 -0500 By chefgrape -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512795 Palindrome I have had your fresh roasted coffee and I think I would prefer it over any I have ever had....Steve, she's and expert connoisseur of fine "Joe Java" don't let the beauty fool you, if she gets you to that one cup your spell bound! Ha! Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:32:01 -0500 By chefgrape -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512794 My sister gave me a Keurig awhile back and now I'm hooked....it stopped working for a few days so I thought it went kaput and had to go back to brewing a pot with my Mister Coffee machine....what a mistake, it was awful and I could not believe, just a few months earlier I had been drinking that junk for so long! So the dilemma subsided finally when JC Penny's had a new Keurig on sale and 65% off at that! I bought the 575 chrome model...final price $116ish. And wouldn't you know it my old... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:25:28 -0500 By stevemills -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512783 Her birthday is next month (99) but we had a family weekend this weekend because our youngest great grandchild (8) has to be in school then. Family came from El Paso, Jackson, MS, Michigan and Missouri. Sure, I'm open to home roasted coffee, regardless of the octane rating. :-) I've been wanting to do it myself but it may have to be in a pan or popcorn popper unless I find a roaster in a yard sale. (Very unlikely) I can drink strong coffee if it is fresh, but pot coffee that has aged... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:02:45 -0500 By Palindrome -- Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69498#C1512773 "I don't drink it as strong as restaurant offerings anymore".....Wow !.....I don't drink restaurant coffee because it tastes so weak to me.....You and I are on opposite ends of the coffee spectrum...Wonder if you could handle the coffee I roast in house to be bold and strong...Would you like to try? I do applaud the care you give your mother in law. She is very fortunate to have you in her life..... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:07:46 -0500 By stevemills -- Fundraiser for Bedford County Spay and Neuter clinic Friday August 11th. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69450#C1512510 WORKING! I've joined the world of semi working so now my problem is can I afford to attend. LOL Always something. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:35:14 -0500 By espoontoon -- Fundraiser for Bedford County Spay and Neuter clinic Friday August 11th. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/69450#C1512488 I'd like to go but will be working Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:29:01 -0500