Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills en-us OK techies, why does an FM channel move off its' mark without touching the dial? This is tough to describe in one sentence so let me expound. I use an AM/FM radio in my outbuilding to discourage coyotes by tuning to a 24 hour talk station. The cats have complained a little but in general they have adjusted. BUT, speaking of adjusting, for no particular reason that I can determine, the station gets "off" the mark on a semi regular basis and I have to readjust. I blocked the dial so no one can rub up against it, but other than that can't figure why it... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:42:06 -0600 Winter sowing of catnip produces unexpected results Maybe it was the exposure to the extreme cold? My winter sown catnip has sprouted the real thing. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:48:25 -0600 Healthcare industry. How much is healthcare and how much is just business. I meant to get this posted a few days ago, then a few hours ago, but alas, here we are. I am doing this with thumbs so if some of you who posted on another post want to copy and paste, have at it. I planned to but...... Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:20:51 -0600 The White Lives Matter rally cost some serious $$ Do we have a way to recover costs like that? Here is the article in the T-G That raised some questions that I thought should be discussed. Was a fee charged for a permit to demonstrate? Should the people of any community HAVE TO shoulder that expense? Your thoughts? Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:06:28 -0600 Hey NCAA, want to kill the sport like NFL is doing? Continue selling out for the almighty $buck$ so your fans cannot see the year ending bowl games unless they subscribe to ESPN. It may not be un-American like not standing for the National Anthem, but this fan is starting to lose his enthusiasm for following the game. I understand blacking out local games when stadium attendance is off, don't like it but..... some of us (probably many of us) can't get free to attend. But bowl games are the cream on top of the season and fans who... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:12:36 -0600 For those who stand on their head, a question. Really! Does you mind's memory cells access different memories depending on the position of your head? I ask because I've noticed over the years of feeding our cats that I have a wide range of memories flash through the noggin when I am bending over. It also occurs a lot when I am on the floor doing exercises at night. The memories have no correlation to each other. It could be a memory from almost anything. Tonight I thought of buying unique bird suet at a store in Wisconsin... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 13:31:43 -0600 The new tax bill. Want to discuss? Before I could get this posted two of comments were posted about it on another post so I have copied those comments and added them here. I can edit this initial post so if you want it removed, let me know. Others posted I cannot touch. · The great thing about the tax cut bill is it easily delineates who is pulling the freight and who is getting a free ride. People who pay no taxes and those who get more back than they pay in, due to tax credits, are upset they they aren't... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:34:21 -0600 Kitties and we get a secret Santa In fact, now that we know a little about what happened, we think we had a secret Santa last year as well. THANK YOU SECRET SANTA! i took Precious in to see the vet today. As you can see from the picture, she is getting obsessed with cleanliness but in her case it was causing skin abrasion, cuts and sores. At first we thought it was aggressive "courting" by a young male , but he was neutered and things did not get better. I was concerned it could be an infectious skin ailment so... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:15:51 -0600 New kid in town, make that a kitten Last night while feeding the outside crew this little one was not eating, but instead following me around. She persisted even though I stepped around her a few times so I finally gave in and bent over to see if she would run. Nope, so I picked her up and she was almost "light as a feather". She did not have the usual telltale watery eyes or stuffy nose I expected so when I could feel her ribs prominently I did a pinch test on her. Not a hurting kind of pinch, but lifting the skin... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:24:21 -0600 Golden milk, an interesting drink with encouraging results for my plantar fasciitis and/or fibromyalgia. I know that is not a firm statement of support, but I am trying two new things for my pains that have been diagnosed as fibromyalgia, arthritis, spinal bone spurs and plantar fasciitis. Fibro seems to be more of a diagnosis by elimination, leaving the real cause a mystery. Arthritis is more identifiable but when it seems to affect your whole body it is harder for me to accept as the overall cause. The spinal bone spurs and plantar fasciitis was pretty clear cut but short of some type of... Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:54:42 -0600 Has your blog button disappeared? It could be me, but when I boot up I no longer see the word "blog" in the top bar underneath TIMES-GAZETTE. When I mentioned the Weather button had disappeared some months ago I was told it was there, which it is but only if you click "menu". Now the blog button has melted into the menu. If you are used to hunting for the moving "cheese" I guess that is not an issue, but website building 101 used to say "make it easy for your viewers to find... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:35:15 -0600 A new beginning in roasting coffee I have been roasting coffee beans lately thanks to a friend's generous loan. Actually it is on permanent loan but I have instructed my wife that when I do not need it anymore it should be returned to its original owner. Roasters can't just go to anyone. They have to "appreciate" it. Since I would have been starting flat-footed and at the mercy of internet opinion, my friend also sent me home with a selection of beans to try. Right now the Ethiopian beans are my favorite,... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:52:51 -0600 An exciting personal note: After weeks and weeks of my health downspiraling, it seems to have bottomed out and might be on an uptick. Yeah! For over 20 years i have had undiagnosed chronic pain, exhaustion resulting in a pretty dim view of life. My family, faith, friends and a love of gardening and photography kept me going but each day was getting tougher. When gardening took a hit it became very obvious to my friends and gentle questions were asked. You've seen it as well here by my declining activity in... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:03:29 -0600 Any ideas why an apparent increase in multi-person gun violence? I still think it is the notoriety the shooter gets. Sadly this is the only way they see to get their minutes of fame and make some sort of statement. without a suicide note the statement may be garbled bit but what else are they gaining. If it is jihad, that is being lost as well, so....? Most do not seem to have elaborate escape plans so they dont expect to escape or survice. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:04:33 -0600 Why do doctors prescribe an over-the-counter OTC medicine? Be gentle. 😬 For some reason it is not obvious to me and i am trying to warm up my posting activity again. I am guessing that they are trying to help is since we may not nees a while box and this way insurance pays or at least it decreases your deuctible in time? Am I close? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:57:52 -0600 Your thoughts? What do you think? I saw a different Trump. A controlled, reserved Trump, but I could not help but notice that the talking heads were quick to say no one else agreed. While he showed a willingness to work on ”fixing” what he thought was wrong, the talking heads were quick to point out that it was not what he said in the campaign. The man shows signs of doing WHAT THEY WANT (re-evaluate his stance) and they jump on him for not doing what he said in a heated campaign. Are they... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:28:30 -0500 Starbucks started a second season of its "Upstanders" documentary series Monday night. When I first heard about it I was immediately looking for ways to view the episodes since they sounded like inspirational profiles of every day Americans. Great! We definitely need that. But as I researched the first season, I started to wonder if it was not in fact something else. The second season is worthy of the hype, but read on. There were disclaimers in EVERY interview I read that this was not political, not anti-Trump. I took Schultz for his word giving the benefit of the doubt... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:14:06 -0500 For titan's fans There is always talk about the "thirteenth" man being the crowd or team supporters. In today's game against Miami the referees were the thirteenth man with their crucial penalty call and wacky fumble ruling. Absolutely astounding. Someone better not have a sudden influx of cash in their accounts and if I were the NFL, I would definitely be looking. Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:32:14 -0500 No words can express the loss and sadness today. A sick, helpless feeling to wake up to this news. While many are already putting words to describe this heinous act, I can not find enough of them to describe the feelings I, and I am sure many of us are experiencing. The first act I would like to see from the news is to remove the persons name from everything. No fame, no notoriety. Like some societies, the name is never spoken again. The second is to stop calling it the "worst" anything. Again, no notoriety for the... Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:25:38 -0500 Yes Virginia, I am still here. Thank you to those who have written and even called to see if I am OK. It was encouragement at a time when I am in “neutral” with my blogging efforts and somewhat with life I general. Encouragement from the fact that someone missed me and in their own way appreciated my efforts. I am still mulling over my direction right now but maybe it would do others well for me to do some thinking “out loud”. In fact, I mentioned to a friend visiting my mother-in-law that I... Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:06:19 -0500