Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Some Stuff

June 8, 2009

First, I am now 35.  I had a birthday party yesterday.  Technically, it was a “Bid Yap” party, as my family and I have anagrammed “Happy Birthday” into “Harp Thy Bid Yap”, and we sing the Harp Thy Bid Yap song.

Second, with the exception of the aforementioned Bid Yap party, I have been on a 1500 calorie per day diet.  Last week I lost 8.5 pounds.  Then I had my party, and ate a whole lot.  Today I’m back to the 1500 calories, although the leftovers for lunch probably put me over, but I did better than I usually would have.

Third, my attempts at gardening are finally bearing going somewhere, as I finally got dirt in about a week ago.  So far, I have only a few cucumber seedlings and some tomato plants that my sister in law gave me for bid yap.

Fourth, I am going to be attending college starting in late July.  I will be pursuing an IT degree.  My job does tuition reimbursement, so it’s like getting a 70% discount on it.  Furthermore, my status as “having once been in the military and having the word ‘honorable’ on a piece of paper” entitles me to a significant discount on the cost per credit. Even better, some of the training I received while in the military should transfer credits to my university.  Even more better, the fact that I wrote four books should make it so that I don’t have to take any composition or technical writing courses.  We’ll see later on how the book writing helps or not.

Fifth, as a ministry opportunity, my wife and I are organizing a yard sale for the purposing of ministering and gospelizing people, by getting folks in my church to donate their stuff to it, and donating both whatever money is made to a charity (because of weird bylaw stuff, not my home church, but an outside organization) and whatever stuff is left.  In this I am going to do my level best to make it obvious enough to a person who would regard what the yard sale is as some sort of “entrapment proselytizing brainwashing indoctrination” that ministry is the whole point of the yardsale, so that the people who come to it will not be completely surprised that they will be told about Jesus, but not so over the top that ordinary people are scared away by the freaky Jesus people.

And Now To Completely Bore You With Mundane Life

April 13, 2009

In  the last month, I went on vacation to Arkansas.  I went to Rogers, AR and Glencoe, AR with my wife.  We needed to get away for a bit.

During the trip, we went to a couple of antique shops and some other cool places.

I’m not really one for antiques, but they had some old books that I picked up for super cheap.  I especially have enjoyed a high school history book written in 1931 called “modern history”.  It really tells me much more about the time in which is was written than the history itself.

We stayed with relatives and friends in the area, and in this way managed to spent $0 on hotels (beat THAT, Hattan!)

However, the day after I got back, my heel was hurting, and I do not recall injuring it by jarring it or kicking anything.

It turned out to be tendonitis of the achilles heel. As I am finding out, this particular tendonitis is rather insidious.

After immobilizing it for a couple of days, I wound up with a flare-up of gout in the same foot.  I had been popping ibuprofen, but I was quickly becoming nearly immune, and I didn’t want to cause any further havoc on my stomach or liver, so I went to the doctor and got a different anti-inflammatory and vicadin for the night (the pain had been keeping me from a good night’s sleep).

So, by last saturday, it was feeling OK, and I had a yard project to do: cut down a pear tree (no partridges were harmed) which was half dead due to an ant colony.

My friend Rick was over, and we took it down and started to burn some of it.  I also had a lot of cardboard to use as kindling, since much of the wood was still pretty green.

I still have quite a bit of pear wood left to burn.

However, I managed to aggravate my tendonitis, and so Sunday was painful, and I was laid up and playing a Wii game(MySims Kingdom, which is cute and pointless).

Next week is burning more pear wood, which should be slightly drier, even though it will rain between now and then. I may need to tarp over the wood.

And then it is railroad ties and dirt to make a garden box.  I’ve already got my compost pile going, albeit slowly, as I cant get out there with my foot as it is.  I started some plants in some seed starters (green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers).  The lettuce did well initially, but I think it has mostly died. I’m new to gardening, so I’m learning a number of things the hard way.

Fortunately, garden starting is an inexpensive thing to be bad at, and composting was almost free (I did have to buy some rabbit fencing to make a ring to keep the pile shaped, but other than that, it hasn’t cost anything, and it has reduced the amount of garbage I generate, so good.

For now, I’m sort of taking a break from doing computer stuff.  I’m trying to expand my horizons.

I also learned that I have “Facebook Fatigue”, and that I had Facebook Fatigue the very day I signed up for an account.  Other than make a couple of games for it, and a comment here or there, I don’t really participate in the community.  I think this has to do with the fact that early on, I was an AOLer (in version 1.5 during the late bronze age), and later I was an IRCer, and then an ICQer.  I’ve apparently become moderately immune to the “addiction” to online communities, because I’ve been in several of them in the past.

It reminds me, actually, of the time I tried playing maplestory.

I had once been a fan of Diablo, and so when Diablo II came out, I got it immediately and began playing.

Then I spotted the pattern: trudge trudge kill kill pick up pick up trudge trudge identify identify sell sell buy buy trudge trudge repeat

In Maplestory, it was the same thing. However, the multiplayer aspect of it gave it a social aspect, which I wasn’t really interested in (because I was already facebook fatigued even before the term was coined).

So, I got my maplestory character to about level 20, got tired of the trudge trudge, and quit.  I’ve attempted to pick it up once or twice when bored, but I just can’t keep going for very long.

There’s no really good way to really wrap this up and finish it, so:

God loves you.

Jesus is Lord.

(Go ahead and be offended if you want)