Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills en-us Yeah, shorts season, but alas, I may not be able to participate. At least not around the house, which is where I get my tan and who want to go out in shorts with skin that hasn't seen the sun in MONTHS? My legs look rough enough with all the cat and kitten scratches, but white too? The problem stems from those paws, some of which are reaching out to touch me as I type this. Robert (aka Bobby) likes to reach up and touch me to ask for something. At any rate, I started wearing shorts this weekend, but after being temporarily tattooed with four loooong... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:21:46 -0500 Seeking a home for a new, over-the-range microwave The microwave is free, but comes with a catch. We want it to go to a group who needs one and takes care of children or the elderly. There are other feelers out so please don't take offense if your suggestion is not chosen. It is not to donate for a yard sale, but to be used by the group who receives it. Send your suggestion to my email If the group that receives it does not mind, I will let you know where it goes through this post. In case you know one who... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:57:47 -0500 Spring time weather rolls in and my plants go out Not sure that there is a real correlation here but it is what happened so..... I put some small plants out two days ago and thought, THOUGHT I had them far enough away that Spotty could not reach them. All but one Boston fern, which paid the price. It got divided and re-potted. This round of plants were larger ones and I put them under the roof overhang and right in front of my desk so any mischief (during the day) will be very obvious. At least she seemed repentant when I found the... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:20:40 -0500 Current events, local challenge, what's on your mind? I could create a title about a specific current event, but why not let you tell me? Local, National, International, Galactic, what? If the topic warrants,I will create a separate post just for that so, let me know. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:30:11 -0500 Know what day it is? Not Hump day so the next best is the first day of SPRING! Well, the March Equinox anyway. Daylight are supposed to be the same and many use it to signify the first day of Spring, but for us gardeners, take it with a pound of compost. (compost is a good thing to add for most gardeners) Why the caveat? 'Cause Nature can throw curve balls quickly so if you get too antsy to plant warm weather plants, BE READY TO PROTECT! I know, because I used to push the envelope every year and without a doubt, we always... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:14 -0500 Got Chickens, Turkeys, any type of fowl? Better check the T-G news page! Just in the far out chance that you come here and just look at blogs and don't subscribe to the paper, you might want to look at there current article regarding avian flu. I think the first article or two is free, Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:20:56 -0500 Active content will be blocked from eBay listings before you know it so here is a tip about embedding youtube. For those of you already embedding Youtube, the normal way is not going to work so take a little time to check this out. For those who do not know, Jim 'Griff' Griffith has been a key figure in ebay education from waaaay back, back before Windows. To those of us who are Education Specialists, he will always be our "Dean". Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:26:09 -0500 It is that time of year. Yes tax time, but that is not what I mean. I know it does not feel that way this morning, but Spring is almost here and those who get ready for the growing season will also get ready for the season of WEEDS. In case you have not watched the news this morning, there is a growing number of lawsuits against Monsanto for their product Roundup. The claim is that it caused cancer and it is not really a new claim but it is getting traction again. It seems more than usual because more information is coming out that Monsanto... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:18:31 -0500 Garden Club organizational meeting this Friday, March 17th! The first meeting of Weed'em & Reap garden club will be taking place on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th at the UT Ag Extension office on Midland Road in Shelbyville. We will start the "official" meeting at 6:30 PM and if you have always wanted to attend, or know about what goes on, this will be the meeting you MUST NOT MISS. Why? Because it is the meeting that will determine what all of our other meetings will be about for the rest of the year. If you really want to learn... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:49:18 -0500 Like flying a kite? Feel talented? This would be amazing for three people to control kites like this video, but what about ONE person? The kites would never survive the takeoff with me, but maybe you? If you speed through this you might miss some of his controls, but try to catch the ending. That pesky little something in the sky around these kites is a from and it catches some interesting shots as well. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:58:26 -0500 How many cats do you see? Feeding time brings a waiting throng each morning and afternoon. After I took this photo, I started counting to see how many I captured. Want to take a shot at it? I would offer a trip to Bell Buckle as a prize, but you will have to find your own transportation and pay for all meal and goodies you might find while in Bell Buckle, soI think I will just see who finds an extra one I've missed. By the way, the junk you see piled against the garage and cat house, is junk, but there for a... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:07:38 -0500 Has wikileaks crossed a threshold? Is security leaks endangering and enabling at the same time? The recent leaks dumped about CIA methods of surveillance has me asking questions. Does Wikileaks do the same thing for other governments or is the USA their target? How good are our intelligence agencies if they can't protect themselves? Is it time for us to "unplug" sensitive information and go back to edible paper? Is Julian Assange helping the US citizen or enabling the terrorist groups by showing them how... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:06:19 -0600 Do “baby boomers” actually retire these days or retire to another job? Coming into the adult world back in the 60-70’s, how many of us thought about retirement? I know, I know, we were always told to save money, to look for the retirement plans and insurance when we looked for jobs, but did we listen, did we do it? I am not sure what ‘retirement” is these days, but I never saw myself as doing it, nor being able to afford it anyway. Money came in and went out pretty quickly and when you believe a “trust me speech” and it does not... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:37:46 -0600 A cat's life. For feline lovers. I have soooo many pictures of the cats we rescue that I decided I might start using them in this post for those of us who love our cats. Who knows, maybe I'll become a professional pet photographer. Ah, come on Steve, a cat is cat and a black lab looks like all the rest. Not if that pet is your companion, your friend, your family. We feed and care for a lot of semi-feral cats and strange as it may seem, I know most of them. Not all have names (and they certainly would not admit it if... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:34:12 -0600 ebay seller update for Spring has arrived. The Spring seller updates are here! Usually that has us quaking in fear, but (in my opinion) they have been more positive than negative ever since the leadership changed. The chatter out there is negative as expected since those who dislike something seem to talk about it more than those who agree. Look for yourself if you did not see the link in your in box. If you want to listen to a live question/answer webcast tomorrow (Wednesday) go here... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:30:55 -0600 Does this look like a horse's leg? I've been sitting on this for over a year trying to decide if I should just varnish it as is, stain it in dark and light stain or paint it. Any thoughts HPP? Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:06:37 -0600 Heard of curiosity and the cat? Well, this one will not "kill the cat" but you can see how it might get them in trouble some time. While waiting for their breakfast these four wanted to take a closer look at what had appeared in the yard. Since I am on the subject of these outside cats, you may remember from an earlier post that I built them an additional "cat house" from crating material our daughter saved for us? I figured about 6-7 might use this at one time but the other rainy day I stepped outside... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:33:29 -0600 Some firewood art brought to us by one of our Southern neighbors A reader who used to live here but moved South knows about my previous wood cutting life and thought I would enjoy some firewood art. I rarely cut the same length and my pieces were rarely straight so I probably would not have been able to do this, even if I had the inclination. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:11:17 -0600 Weed'em & Reap Garden Club to have organizational meeting Friday, March 17th. What a great day to start the season of meetings than on a day when many will be wearing green. The location is not set yet, but more than likely will be the same location we have been at for years, the Ag Extension office. As soon as it is confirmed, we will publish the location and time. The purpose of the meeting will be to determine the core agenda for all of our meetings for the year. The core will be a 20-30 minute segment that is dedicated to a certain topic. After that, we will open... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:57:50 -0600 Trump strategy, your opinion? I think he is doing what he has done for many years in private business and seemingly been successful. He puts on a public "show" that keeps the press in a feeding frenzy, but behind the scenes is "taking care of business". Not my style, but maybe there are some things to be learned here. The Liberals have used the news media for years to develop sympathy for their cause and thus backing for their party. Granted, Trump is not as slick but could he be using the media in a... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:31:53 -0600