Shelbyville Times-Gazette blogs Recent blogs from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper in Shelbyville, Tennessee en-us Yeah, shorts season, but alas, I may not be able to participate. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 "Inedible Change" (My Peas and Carrots by Mark Woods) I got the itch! I literaly have an itch! This hot then cold weather we are having around here causing all the plants to think it was spring earlier then spring happened didn't help much either! That feeling of seasonal change has really had my skin tingling lately. Spring has now sprung with a vengeance, bringing forth an array of new life so strong, it could make you want to dance. Those gloomy clounds that have been lingering over us for the past few months seem to also be dissipating... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:42:06 -0500 Know what day it is? Not Hump day so the next best is the first day of SPRING! (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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! (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 God and Guinness (Notes from the Newsroom by John I. Carney) If you are searching for something to read this St. Patrick's Day week, I want to strongly recommend a book I discovered several years ago: "The Search For God and Guinness," by Stephen Mansfield. This is a fascinating history of the Guinness family in Ireland, and how the family's faith affected the way the company did business. If the idea of mentioning God in the same breath with a dark, foamy stout raises your eyebrow, it shouldn't. In the late 1700s, when Arthur... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:33:28 -0500 Garden Club organizational meeting this Friday, March 17th! (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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”. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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! 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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! (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 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. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 T-G website (Notes from the Newsroom by John I. Carney) Look for some big changes in the T-G website coming soon. These changes should be particularly exciting for those of you who read our site on a mobile device, but I think those of you on laptops and desktops will be pleased as well. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:46:22 -0600 Have you felt your thumbs itching? Just a little? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) I started reading Rita Allen's article in today's paper and got hooked after the second book title. 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 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 New Year's in actual time (Notes from the Newsroom by John I. Carney) I am shocked to report that both WSMV (Channel 4) and WKRN (Channel 2) are going to ring in the New Year on schedule Saturday night. Both ABC and NBC have long-running New Year's Eve programming which includes the ball drop in Times Square. ABC has "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, while NBC has "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly." But the ball drop in New York City happens at midnight Eastern time, which is 11 p.m. our time. For years, the Nashville ABC... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:36:27 -0600 Daylight is growing once again! (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 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 Calling All White Men (Free To Speak by Rodney Simmons) Check this video out that was produced by MTV. It details a few things that they think white men can do a little better in the coming year. Very interested in hearing your thoughts. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:58:35 -0600 OK, how about something positive, creative? A step in the right direction. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) The election is now "officially" over. Obama will be leaving office and for better or worse, we have Trump. Can we take a challenge and NOT talk about those, or the appointees, past office holders (or politics in general) for ONE blog post and instead see if we can come up with one positive, creative solution toward stopping terrorism? The immediate goal would be to stop or thwart the violence. We are more than likely going to have to do things we don't want to do, be more restricted,... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:46:43 -0600 What is an appropriate response IF the hack on emails was a Russian government action? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) I keep hearing (reading too) that Russia was behind the hack of emails and that it was an effort to influence the US. elections. I know, I should not have been listening to news, but it was on the channel when I turned it on and I heard it before I could change to music. My first reaction was a reaction to the show's hosts exclaiming outrage at the fact that the Russian government would have authorized the hack. Do they think the U.S. government doesn't gather intelligence in that way or... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:56:06 -0600 Somone has the gardening bug, ALREADY! (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Spottie is becoming an expert at "turning " the soil. She is digging almost everywhere she can reach, but I can't blame her since I know she is bored. A few weeks ago she had to be confined to a tether. Although she can go in and out of the greenhouse and even get to the goldfish pond, she quickly runs out of things to do. I recently removed the chicken wire from the tire beds against the house and she decided each and every one needed her attention. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:12:48 -0600 Should we take this spinach back to the grocery? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) When we bought the spinach this Saturday, it looked a little different. Deb put the container on my desk for any projects I might have and it became a purrrfect bed for Graham. He's a lover-boy and likes to be close. Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:54:15 -0600 What news media provides the most objective, non-editorialized, non-partisan news? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) So much has been reported during this election season that seemed "tainted" with editorial content that I no longer feel confident in ANY news outlet. Social media is, for the vast majority, not a reliable source. Nor are most of the "fact checking" sites, including the much quoted Snopes, although that comes closer than most (I guess). Taking a long sobering look at those you know, do you feel confident of any? Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:06:41 -0600 Needs a new home, without cats. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) As most of you know, we have cats, LOTS of cats and this two year old Dalmatian mix has been living a conflicted life too long. She wants to be good but she has a, so far, uncontrollable urge to chase cats. I am not sure what the trigger is since right now she is sitting outside with one of our oldest cats looking like best buddies. We have pictures of her going nose to nose with many of them and until last night, slept with 4 of them in an attached greenhouse. From the greenhouse... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:19:16 -0600