Friday, February 11, 2011
Sunday, September 19, 2010
A Morning at the Flea Market
#1 First off, new tires too expensive for you? Check out Leo's Discount Tire Service. he works out of an old U-Haul truck. Just like WalMart, drop your car off and do a little shopping.#2 Ever wonder where those Mexican wrestlers get those fabulous masks? Think you want to give it a try? You'll need to get your costume first!
#3 It starts to get a little sketchy with the fresh shrimp & live crab guy. He has fish too! I tried to get a better picture but the guy was giving me the evil eye. He wasn't too keen on my snapping pictures.#4 Now we're starting to enter the dark side. Need some brass knuckles? I actually considered buying one, just because I could.
#5 This one takes the cake. Now there are plenty of tables that sell dented cans & boxes of food, aspirin and the like. But this one..... yes, that large damaged box with faded graphics is contraceptive gel! I mean, come on..... I really don't know if I can type everything I want to say. Are you that desperate? Then there's the issue of trust and confidence.....
Okay, enough with the bad and on with the good. The reason why I come here is for some of the freshest fruits vegetables in town. There are a few tables and makeshift stores that sell fresh fruit & veg at dirt cheap prices. Avocados $0.75 each, onion, $1/pound, watermelons $3 each, cucumbers 6/$1! Not only cheap but fresher than any grocer in town! And you can get a pinata!
Anyway, as always, your comments are more than welcome!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Garden Update May 2010
In between the tomato plants I planted two varieties of cucumbers, Marketmmore 76 & Japanese Climbing. I did this last year and the cukes did very well climbing up the tomato cages. I also planted sunflowers at the end of the bed and maybe they will also serve as a base for the cucumbers to climb up. I also tried something new to support the tomatoes. I strung twine in between poles in the ground to serve as supports. Hopefully the cucumbers will like the twine to climb up too.
Also in the bed I planted some more sunflowers and some pepper plants. For peppers this year I planted Wenk's Hot Yellow, Ancho and also Anahein. The Wenk's Yellow Hot and Anaheim already have blossoms and small peppers. The Anchos have some small flowers but no fruits yet. They were also the last to get planted, about 2 weeks later than the others.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
My hockey alter ego..
Ok, while getting my playoff hockey fix & commentary on TSN.ca, I noticed an ad for Bud Light. You can put your picture on a hockey card of your favorite team. Each round of the playoffs releases a new "generation" of cards. Here I am when Milt Schmidt and I formed 2/3rds of the famous Kraut & Potato line .
Orr, Sanderson, Espo, Chief, Keaveny.... We won it all in 1970 & 72....Next up... My years playing with Ray Bourque...... Stay tuned....
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Hanging out at the Bee Bar
Here's a few other pics of the hives full of activity.
And one last picture of the garden. You can see the garlic growing in the front and some beans already sprouted and ready to climb their fence.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Bachelor weekend & Checking out the girls
It's the start of spring break for the kids, Sheridan had a dance recital last night and danced wonderful. All 3 of them will be spending the next week with their dad. That leaves just me a Hot Momma for the week. WooHoo! But.. for the next 2 days she's a workin', that leave me as Bachelor James for the weekend! What to do?......
I got a great start to the weekend already. So far I've painted fence pickets, fired up the lawnmower for the first time this season, cut a bit of the back yard to make sure the engine was running right, cleared out weeds from the garden so I can plant the victory garden this week & lastly checked on the girls in the bee hives.
Last week I installed a 2nd hive in the yard. I needed to check on it to make sure the queen was laying eggs, the workers were drawing out honey comb & collecting nectar. I opened up the hive and was very pleased at the progress. I found the queen and she looked well. The workers were drawing out the comb and I even saw a bit of nectar being stored in some of the comb!
Last year's hive looked even better. Of course it has more bees and already has a 2nd level (super) added. When I took off the top I was quite surprised. With all of the warm weather recently the girls must have been working overtime because I soon realized that 2 supers were not going to be enough. The top was full of honey, pollen & larva. Soon they would need more room. I added a 3rd super. Here's a picture.The really great part about this is that the bottom 2 supers are where the bees live and store the honey they'll need to get through the winter. Anything above these 2 supers is what I'll get to keep in my honey harvest! It's April 3rd and they have already fullfilled their needs and are contributing towards mine! I didn't harvest any honey last year but from what I hear a good hive will make about 5 gallons of honey! Hopefully with the two hives I'll get close to 10 gallons!!
Lunchtime.... a nice big plate of meat loaf, mashed potatos, carrots and Brussel sprouts washed down with a cold beer. what's on the agenda for this afternoon??.... a nice long motorcycle ride and maybe a quick trim of the front lawn.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Free Dog House (plus labor)
The problem with this blog is the upkeep. I feel obligated to post pictures and ideas. I don't know why, I can count the number of unique readers on both hands. I'm not letting down the masses. What I have been liking about Twitter is it's limitations. 140 characters. That's it. A tweet by definition has to be short and sweet. I'm released of the obligation to produce a high quality post with pictures. Also I like that I can tweet on the go. With my fabulous iPhone I can make comments on life anytime or anywhere. With Pickles & Beer, I must wait until I get home to compile the post.
But fear not! I am not abandoning my sweet home on the web. I do think I want to post more regularly, especially pictures. This is a much better format for that than Twitter.
So, be patient. More to come soon. I have a good post brewing in my head. If you want to follow me on Twitter I'm SCBruinsfan.