Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills en-us Get up, Get Up, GET UP! Is it time to retire? I usually start waking up in the 5:00 o'clock hour (later not earlier) but this morning around 4:45 our cats decided to play hard and knocked a box off in our ebay packing room. We are used to that kind of bumps in the night but this time our alarm heard it and all heck broke loose. I must have been half awake anyway because I heard the box before the alarm but they were bang, bang so I knew what was happening. Regardless, we had to reset the alarm, talk to the alarm folks who had... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:03:02 -0500 What about the administration's request for voter information? In case you are not aware of it, here is a post fro the T-G Assuring an accurate voter registration is always important, but I am not sure all the information being requested will help with that objective. As I understand it now, I agree with Tennessee's balking at the request. Anyone? Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:32:56 -0500 A word to the President I would like to leave this post up, to grow and evolve, so please, try to be constructive. Talk to this man, not each other. I would certainly not waste my time arguing with the guy next to me if I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with him. IF by chance it ever got the attention of the Nation, wouldn’t it be great to show the level-headedness, common sense, and human decency that seems to be so elusive in conversations these days? Here is the start of what I would say to Mr.... Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:32:34 -0500 Re-titled HELPING HEALTH CARE GET WELL. THE CONVERSATION TURNED TO HEALTH CARE AND IT NEEDS ITS OWN POST, AS WELL AS HEADLINE You had another good point. We need Steve to open us up a new discussion, so we don't have to scroll down so far. (smiley face). I have been surprised that he has not addressed the hottest "debate" going on right now, health care. It seems to me that, despite the volumes of talk, the real question has been almost ignored. The House and Senate Republicans have presented themselves with an... Sat, 01 Jul 2017 12:39:35 -0500 Room for one more? One was occupied watching insects outside and could not join the family portrait. We put such a strain on these guys that they are just worn out. Hope no one turns us in being cruel. They are a pleasure to watch and play with though. Each one has their own personality and we always seem to get one that is just anti-social to humans. BJ (Billy Jr.) still hisses and gets his back up when we approach him. We've been caring for him for months and he sees all the others playing and interacting with us, but to no avail. He was named after Billy who is a few months older... Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:04:43 -0500 The nemesis of Cosmonaut Volkov Tomato COUILLES DE TAUREAU added below I have five tomatoes in containers next to each other and aphids are on all of them, but from the very start the Cosmonaut Volkov tomato has been plagued by them and suffered the most. I knock them back with a spray of horticultural oil, Diatomaceous earth, water and a touch of soap but they com back with a vengeance on this particular plant. All plants have been fed and watered the same, are in the same soil and close enough to be touching so it seems to point out that this plant is just... Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:44:46 -0500 Curious how many Tennesseans sell on ebay? I have been wanting this info for a long time. (wouldn't mind more detail by county, but...) We used to have it by County but it went away. I am sure it is there somewhere, but this is a good start, again. I was pleased and a little surprised that of all the States that touch Tennessee, three surpass it by seller count, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, But NONE surpass it by sales average per seller!! (at least if my math is correct) Here is the link in case you are curious or... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:49:25 -0500 Concerned about the final removal of active content on ebay? Straight from an ebay spokesperson, "we now have a date when AC will be disabled in your listings, June 26." It is unclear if this affects your Cassini search results now or after that date but it will certainly affect whatever you are using that has active content. It will stop. Here is the most updated information on what to do and how to do it. inside the description is also a small, tiny,... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:34:51 -0500 This is GREAT news, well worthy of reposting It was brought to my attention by our own blog respondent Lazarus that the imams in Great Britain have stepped up to the plate. "At least 500 imams and religious leaders have now refused to perform funeral prayers for the London Bridge attackers in condemnation of the “vile murderers”" THIS is where they finally call out the extremists and take a stance. The imams are taking a brave stance since they will more than likely be targeted and condemned by the extremists but... Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:10:29 -0500 I haven't mention cats in a while, so maybe it is time. Actually, it is past time since we have 10+ to adopt. We have not been too successful with that over the years, which has added to our growing population but my wife has put her foot down, FIND THEM SOME NEW HOMES! She would adopt them in a minute, but I am a little more selective with whom we re-home them. To avoid taking the chance of adopting to someone who really will not be careful and loving, I have often requested they make a donation to a local rescue or spay/neuter clinic and I... Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:43:42 -0500 What! A gardening blog? They've become rare. NEW COMMENTS! A shame really, (at least I think so) but I have not been growing much so writing about it was not on my mind. Trying to keep employed had me more occupied but that has finally crystalized so I have a little more "free" time. I wrote this for a Facebook page a recently created to take the place of a blog I shut down, so if you happen to follow that, my apologies for boring you twice. :-) We had a visiting nurse ask what squash I was growing in my garden yesterday. First, I had... Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:05:38 -0500 Interesting media coverage of two different news events I purposely chose to NOT say the name of the persons involved because I do not want to give one person in particular any more exposure than necessary. At least I won't in the title or main post, making it a little less searchable. That probably tells you my opinion of a picture posted by a "comedienne" of a beheaded mannequin, similar in appearance to our current President. I use quotes because in my opinion, I never saw much comedy in her skits I've seen. Actually, I... Wed, 31 May 2017 11:44:56 -0500 Are we still in the campaign? There is no shortage of news these days, but I wonder about the substance. The Comey firing should have been enough and will be interesting to follow through, but then we have memos of private meetings and supposed top secret information being handed to the Russian Ambassador. I say supposed because I have yet to have heard of anything all that top secret except for sources and THAT seems to have come from someone else talking to the news who talked to the world. Someone's head should roll,... Thu, 18 May 2017 08:54:11 -0500 Are you getting ready for the solar eclipse? I was scanning the LA Times for a local phone number when this caught my eye. It is not until August but here is a site so you can get a close estimate of your chances seeing a 100% eclipse. We will be 11 miles off the 100% path and who knows what the weather will be but it is kind of interesting. we normally don't get this close to seeing these things. to calculate where you are or where you need to be. Shelbyville will... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:14:19 -0500 Your thoughts on the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey Time has repaired my nerve endings and I am once again willing to host discussions on National and International topics. Please do your best to not get into a personal slug-fest? :-) I have little to no opinion on the matter so I don't really have an intro. I saw and heard some comments during breakfast but not enough to form any cogent thoughts so..... Thu, 11 May 2017 15:39:14 -0500 Thoughts on kayakers on the Duck River For the full story go to If you have another local story or issue you want to discuss, let's read about it. A few things stuck in my mind about the Duck River kayaking story. One is that some kayakers were not only unappreciative of the help they received but also defiant of the advice given to them for THEIR SAFETY. Except for the fact that it might result in the loss of a human life, my first thought was fine, let them stay stuck until THEY find a... Sat, 06 May 2017 13:14:35 -0500 The term endangered teen has been used a lot lately. I would venture to say that most endangered teens were "at risk" (one who is less likely to transition into adulthood successfully) long before they received their latest classification of being endangered (under circumstances that indicate they may be in danger) . Endangered could be for medical reason and apply to the elderly as well but from having worked with trouble youth many years ago, their behavior is often a reflection of something being dis-functional in their... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:38:06 -0500 If you are prone to frost when no one else gets hit, watch the weather coming up. It is a few days in advance, but you may not notice until the night before, which is not fun. Right now the weather is projected to to turn much cooler Thursday and Friday nights so be ready. If you are prone to getting the first or last frost, it could get close. Irregardless, cold nights like that will not help your cold sensitive plants like tomatoes, peppers, squash. A little protection might sill be in order. The plants might not die like a frost would do, but cold certainly could... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:32:04 -0500 Help wanted: Need a “people person”, but computer software will decide your fate. For years I have heard companies complain about how hard it is to find good employees and lately I have been a little more involved in that process and I found an interesting “sign of the times”. The title above is one of them. I see job openings where they laud the personal touch, people persons who know how to relate to the customer or potential customer. But they leave their search up to computers to look for key words. If you don’t have the right words under the right... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:16:36 -0500 Your thoughts about recent issues on flights? I'm not sure I know the full details of any of them but what have your experiences been? I have not flown in several years, so I can't tell if the "climate" has changed, but I used to fly several times a week for years and during that time I found the flight attendants and ground support folk to be exemplary, especially when considering how testy we travelers can be after all the little "issues" that come up when trying to arrive at the airport, go through... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:17:46 -0500