Shelbyville Times-Gazette blogs Recent blogs from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper in Shelbyville, Tennessee en-us 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 *9/86523 The equation for making smokable banana. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Actually, the first part is where Mirrah our cat walked across my keyboard. She had something to say, so maybe other cat lovers can interpret it. We enjoy bananas today because no one could decipher the equation well enough to make more than banana bread. A banana daiquiri worked better, but I suspect it was because of an additive. My absurd point is that there are many modern day things of which we are NOT able to enjoy because some backyard chemist found a way to twist it into... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:08:00 -0600 Red skies at morning, sailor's warning. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Hope all had a great Thanksgiving but mine would have been better if a little rain had fallen yesterday or even a week ago. The signs were there as you can see from my early morning shot taken several weeks ago. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:03:27 -0600 Graham and Dusty get their vet visit today to change their outlook on the future. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) We might not be able to catch the main breeders of the semi-feral colony, but we are slowly getting the kittens spayed/neutered. We could get it for half price if we drive to Shelbyville but the mileage, time and hassle seem to equal out. We brought a new kitten in this week and have at least three remaining of those that are old enough to separate from Mom. Dusty and Graham can go back out after their recovery but it is a shame to return them to the wild after they have been house trained... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:52:46 -0600 Weed'Em and Reap (season end) Meeting Nov. 11th (My Peas and Carrots by Mark Woods) Our "Final Meeting of the Season" will be this Friday the 11th, 6:30pm at the Agriculture Extension Office meeting room at 2105 Midland Rd.....Our usual spot of course! As always, "Everyone Welcome" with members encouraged to bring a friend! With "Old Man Winter" approaching rather quickly, it would be a great time to talk about shutting down outdoor gardens, what can still be grown indoors and out, pruning for winter, and what to plant now for spring arrival, etc. Hopefully we can get a... Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:40:45 -0600 The Day After. Strangely more interested in who lost than won. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) I can't recall a feeling where I was more concerned to see who lost than who won. At this time, I have carefully avoided any media that might tell me, so I really do not know who won the presidential race. (I am presuming it was settled last night) I cast my vote around 5:00 PM, more to stop someone getting in office than to elect someone and that is very sad. So this morning, I am emotionally very drained. I am going to avoid ANY media until I make first contact with a person who... Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:38:26 -0600 Political Discourse (Politically Incorrect by Carl McClanahan) Steve, Note ClarkDV entry to your, "A non-political question,......,posted by you on Mon. Oct. 17th. This is a perfect example of the looney left's cowardly, imbecilic bovine scatology. A classic example of not being able to handle the message, so let's shoot the messenger. Note he said you and I are stupid for using our own name, implying we wouldn't if we didn't have too. In his cowardly machinations he states on my blog he should not have to identify himself to those "crazies"... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 13:26:38 -0500 Remember tonight!! An eating, social at the Ag Extension office. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) 6:30 and DO NOT worry about bringing anything. We usually have more than enough and we want to see, meet YOU more than anything! 2105 Midland Rd, Shelbyville, TN 37160 I have three more, smaller, Long Island Cheese squash to use as table decor but happy to let them go to a new home when we are done. ALSO. I have your book Donna and two more garden books to "give away" tonight. I put it in parentheses because after you are done enjoying it bring it back to one of our meetings and we will... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:01:59 -0500 How does everyone feel about the new medical landscape since Obamacare? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) I ask because I am frustrated, ticked-off, and a lot of other expletives about MANY aspects of getting medical care. Luckily, I am not experiencing issues the actual medical practitioners, but all the do's and don'ts are almost ridiculous. (in my opinion of course) No, some ARE ridiculous! Am I the only one or is everyone happy with things? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:46:33 -0500 Presidential Election (Politically Incorrect by Carl McClanahan) The pending election for President is perhaps the most important in history when viewed from the standpoint of the survival of our constitutional republic, capitalistic form of government. Four more years of the actions and policies of the past eight years will ensure we will be a banana republic with no bananas. Perhaps the most important issue in play this election is the Supreme Court. The present administration has perfected the notion that activist judges are proper, and their... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:13:21 -0500 Fall Harvest Social for Weed'em and Reap Garden club. ALL INVITED. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Weed'em and Reap will have a Harvest Social this week (Friday 10-28-16) at the UT Ag Extension community room starting at 6:30. It is a pot luck but the food has pretty much been taken care of unless someone wants something special to drink (non-alcoholic,of course). Great time to come visit, get to know us in a relaxed, casual environment. IF you really want to bring something else, check out Facebook page to chat with our very own Chef... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:20:07 -0500 The growing forecast (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Check the T-G today for what the forecasters are saying I see a somewhat bleak forecast but one that could/might change our way of gardening for the better. 1. It might be a great time to try cold weather gardening. It looks as if we will not have to prepare for sustained cold weather but instead short bursts. So if you have always wondered about growing bok choy, kale, brussel sprouts, carrots, etc during the Fall, this might be the season to... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:04:50 -0500 Weed identification 101 (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Donna brought us a great quote to identify the difference between a weed and a (more than likely) valuable plant. "While weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull it. If it comes out easily, it is a valuable plant". :-) It sure seems that way. Even hand weeding to protect valuable plants can go wrong when the weed has a root system that just won't give up. By the time it is FINALLY gone, (including the roots that will re-sprout) you... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:18:39 -0500 A non-political question, brought up by today's politics. (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Everyone, (or at least the National news media) is obsessed with morals lately. If nothing else, this might be a silver lining to the clouds we have in the political arena. There seemed to be little when Bill Clinton had issues with right and wrong, but at least now, they do. Even our First Lady Mrs. Obama gave an impassioned speech about how she would feel about a man talking about her body, the way Mr. Trump did about other women. Understandable and everyone has the right to "feel"... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:58:33 -0500 RE-SET, PLEASE!! (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Wow! I can't remember an election that turns my stomach like the present one and the first real election I paid attention to was Nixon/Kennedy. (a few years ago) It is not just mud being thrown, it is stuff that smells a lot worse. I am not picking a side to criticize, it is BOTH. BOTH campaigns stink. Worse than (plug in your most obnoxious smell) And we, the American public probably deserve ALL we are getting. We've allowed this filth to enter our world through radio, television,... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:33:03 -0500 The Fall season of meetings is underway this Friday October 14th (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) Haven't been to a meeting yet? Come on, what's holding you up? We all get so excited when a new face shows so please make our night. We are getting our gardens ready for the cool months, preparing for the Spring, but some are in the midst of the fall growing season, so there is still plenty to talk about. In addition, I am planning to bring some indoor plants to share with those who want them. At least two Boston ferns, maybe a 5 foot tall corn plant, a similar height umbrella tree, a... Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:24:18 -0500 Support your local newspaper (Notes from the Newsroom by John I. Carney) It's frustrating when someone who obviously doesn't read the newspaper on a daily basis submits something for publication and then tries to get us to tell them exactly when it will run -- so that they can buy only that particular issue of the paper. And they never seem to understand why this is a problem or why we might be offended by it! This is National Newspaper Week, and I want to thank all of you who do read and support your local newspaper. We strive to put out a product worthy of your... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:03:46 -0500 Is there a place that NEEDS cats? (Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills) I seem to have read that there are parts of the country that a "rescue bus" takes dogs because the area has a low population of doptable canines. (Up North somewhere) Is there a place like that for cats? You all know that we have an over-abundance and close to a desperate need to re-locate some furry friends. Any suggestions? The shelters, by the way, all seem to want the cats tested for every possible thing as well as to have received a full battery of shots and be neutered. We... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:54:31 -0500