Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/ en-us Trump strategy, your opinion? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68336 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 Starting a goldfish pond this year? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68327 Boy have I got a deal for you. You could buy a few little ones from a local pet store and watch them grow, but what about having some BIG ones to kick your pond off right? Probably won't hurt to get a few "new" ones anyway, but..... Each year we try to give away goldfish to keep our population down and improve the health of all. We need to lighten the population by about 20 fish so let us know and we can give you some. Have your pond already established but the cold/cool... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:15:19 -0600 Fake news, who benefits? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68322 There are the obvious political reasons and some forward fake news videos to reinforce their own biases, but do you realize the money that is being made by these viral posts that get everyone in a frenzy? How? Why, glad you asked. You did didn't you? :-) The first one to benefit is the outlet that enables the video maker to post their creation. They sell ads on those pages, improve their traffic reports and thereby enhance their ability to sell more adds. Some create their own site... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:10:45 -0600 The time has come to change the “game”. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68289 My “traveling salesman” days are coming to an end quickly and actually, it is long overdue. Traveling sounds exciting to many and it is for the first few months, but as most of you peddlers know, the road gets old, fast. New places and faces are great but not so much if you would prefer to be a family person and have interest/hobbies that are better enjoyed in one place, home. For someone who thought my college counselors were crazy for recommending it and thought the word was a bad... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:04:33 -0600 Have you noticed the new iHOBBY feature in the T-G? How about Spring flowers? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68253 I planned on writing about our Daffies blooming but when I opened the T-G site the bees just jumped out. I have great expectations for this feature because of all the "hidden" talent in Bedford County and what a great topic for upcoming spring. There is an upcoming meeting of the local bee keeping group and a class so READ ALL ABOUT IT! http://www.t-g.com/story/2383390.html We have daffodils blooming on the South side of our hill so I am sure others have them in more sheltered... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:56:58 -0600 Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court/ Comments? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68204 I am not surprised at the reaction form leading Democrats since they vowed to block whomever was nominated but this one seems to really be a shoe-in when I read a few reviews from normally liberal news outlets. The Dems may want to save their energy for something more winnable. In fact, they might do themselves more harm trying to fight this one. But those are just my dumb opinions so, what are yours? Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:30:48 -0600 Ready to go to Harvard for your photography class? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68177 I am about halfway through an FREE online course in digital photography that was taught at Harvard. Yup, THE Harvard! It is about 7 years old which means a lot has changed and some of the information is out of date. But not too much. The basics are always there and you get them in probably more detail that you want, but you can fast forward if it is old or going to slow. It appears that as long as you are not going for actual college credit, all the classes are free. I think yoga will be... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:00:44 -0600 The FORCE is strong! Spring in nearing quickly. So is the Middle Tennessee Seed Swap! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68151 The Spring "Seed Swap" organized by the Middle Tennessee Plant Swap folks is coming up this THIS Saturday. It may seem strange, but I will do my best to forget this and not be there, but it is for my own good. Go hear to read more about it https://www.facebook.com/events/949423371856296/ but I will warn you to not go if you are wanting to scale back your gardening unless you have great control. Epic control. I am weak and doubt that I can be among all the gardening vibes, see all the... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:02:38 -0600 Yes, I withdraw my decision to not close down posts. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68123 Not because someone disagreed with me but instead because the comments about an example (person) I used to make my point had gotten degraded past a point of decency and I no longer accepted being associated with the post. This all took place last night and when I saw it this morning, I knew I had to do something. I guess that puts me back into the quandary I had many months ago. What I had decided was to post and "walk" away from the post, but that is not working. I get a notice with each... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:45:02 -0600 Have you felt your thumbs itching? Just a little? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68119 I planted a bunch of cool weather seeds in a cold frame several weeks ago and they are coming up. I'll protect them when the temps (and they will) go down below 30 degrees but only with some straw. I am not fooling with glass this year since the day after I put it on it will be too hot again. I passed up some broken garbage cans at the convenience center today but I am starting to rethink that. They would be excellent growing containers and I am seriously (really) considering putting... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:54:47 -0600 Calling all people who like to fish. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68096 I had a question come in from mybedfordcounty that asked about fishing in our area. I advised the person that besides a few lakes in the area like Normandy, Tims Ford, Bedford Lake, the only streams of any size are the Garrison Fork and Duck River. One of our local experts also pointed out the Elk River has good fishing below the dam (trout, and other species including walleye). Upriver at Estill Springs City Park easy water access from the bank. They catch about everything in spring... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:59:29 -0600 If you have a creative bone, believe in recycling, repurposing and need a good read http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68073 I started reading Rita Allen's article in today's paper and got hooked after the second book title. http://www.t-g.com/story/2376379.html Repurposing has some of the most appeal to me right now since I have hundreds of record albums that have great jackets, many still in plastic, but the record is worthless for playing and certainly has no value for me to sell on ebay. Some sell them on etsy as a craft "raw" material but I want to do something else. I've seen purses, framed, coasters... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:44:37 -0600 Imagine there's no blogsphere, I wonder if you can http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68053 No false-news websites No anonymous taunting jabs Imagine talking to face to face It's easy if you try "You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one" I wonder how John Lennon would see this world today. Would he sing songs of hate, 'cause ya know he would be labelled a true, to the core Liberal. If there was no anonymous internet, how would we talk to each other? Would we feed the flames or talk civilly?... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:01:06 -0600 Has every presidency been judged like Trump's, before it ever starts? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68042 I was not pleased when Obama won 8 years ago, but shrugged and wished him and our country well, hoping he would do better than I thought. The results are in, but no reason to beat that any further. Part of my concerns about Trump were that he is really a Liberal in "Conservative's clothing" but everyone is boxing him in and KNOWING what he will do before he ever gets started that I don't think they will see it when it happens. (or be willing to accept it) As negative (hate filled) as I... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:04:25 -0600 Can you guess what happened? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/68027 We have our garbage cans close to the door during this cold weather and yesterday when Deb asked me to take some out I had to knock about 1.5" off the lid. No problem, I just tilted the can over and tapped it against the slanted boards you see in the picture to the left of the dogs. Oops. Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:29:00 -0600 Pleasant memories from a piece of cornbread http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/67995 Cornbread is exactly what stimulated this post and I am HAPPY to get back on topics more to my liking, in this case taste buds. My wife made some cornbread the other day and I grabbed a few pieces this morning for breakfast. Mmmmm, one of the best I ever had, but there is more to the story and memories. We got the recipe during a trip we made with my parents in the late 80's to Southern Louisiana. While restaurants usually protect their recipes, the owner/manager of "The Cabin" in... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:59:06 -0600 Are we really rattling swords because emails were hacked? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/67977 Just thought you folks would appreciate a new post to share your opinions. For those keeping track, I am as amazed at BOTH parties being so naive, and disappointed that they are playing a dangerous game over such a matter. I am not a techie by any means, but I've known to not trust email security since just about the time I started using it. Should we get into a Pi$$ing match with a world power because some our illustrious leaders (those who should have known better and were wanting to... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:32:33 -0600 The National Playoffs not on National TV? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/67969 With all the hard work put into developing a National Playoff for College football, how did it find itself on a restricted access channel? I believe all the actual games were on one of the major networks, unless it was blacked out for ticket sales, (which is normal). But here are the games that narrow the field down and John Q Public is not included. All for money? Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:12:17 -0600 Daylight is growing once again! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/67931 I am sooooo ready for lengthening days! Feeding the outside cats in the dark is so depressing, not to add that it is hard to check on the health and well being of everyone. It was an excellent Fall and early Winter for growing cold weather plants once it started raining again. My tractor has decided to give me trouble, but maybe that is a good thing. We'll see. My seed list will be extremely short this year. Mainly because I did not use most of what I had from last year and also... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:13:49 -0600 A few question for artists who protest Trump http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/67920 First, I cannot believe that these folks are really asking for someone to take their creation off the wall. I never heard their names until now so it is probably more of a publicity ploy, but assuming they are serious, 1. Are they willing to buy it back off that wall for today's price? It is probably worth much more because of who's wall it is on than the original work. 2. Are they not appreciative when someone buys their work? 3. Are they going to start screening buyers?... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:33:16 -0600