Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Sprang Sprung

The Young One is involved with a musical project to create an opportunity for works by young local artists to be performed as well as the works of J.S. Bach. Next month Mr. and Mrs. Eldest will be in town. We were in London last April.

Current Blooms:
Here we had a warm week in the 60s and Wednesday I saw this in the Western Foundation Garden.
 Grecian Windflowers, Anemone blanda.  Love these little beauties, but for me, the blooms never last long nor do they seem to come back year to year.

And 2 days later

Siberian Squill?

Beers in the Fridge:
Smuttynose Brewing Company's Robust Porter 6.2% ABV 60.5 IBU.
Liked it a lot, had complex flavors, not too strong, just right with a ploughman's platter. This is the first beer of theirs I have tried. For some reason, I am not attracted to their labels, maybe the sideways wording? I'll have to try some others. I guess you can't judge a beer by its label.
Their brewery is located in New Hampshire about an hour north of Boston and has tours.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Deregulation: why not? businesses always do the right thing

Privatize the reward, socialize the risk.

 "Republicans are using their control of Congress and the White House to attack regulations they believe hurt the economy."[Reuters]

Over 500 Billionaires live in the USA[Forbes, NY Times, USNews, BBC News], I wonder how badly these individuals were hurt by regulations designed to protect the health of US citizens and the environment of our country?

 "By a vote of 54-45, the Senate approved a resolution already passed in the House of Representatives to kill the rule aimed at keeping pollutants out of streams in areas near mountaintop removal coal-mining sites."[Reuters]

The EPA's Superfund for Abandoned Mine Lands might be able to help the affected constituents of the Republicans who voted for this unless of course the EPA gets defunded.

Current Blooms:
Like I said right around the corner. Crocus.

OK, not a Crocus, but the photo came out nice.

Beers in the Fridge:

 Samual Smith India Ale (5% ABV) Like this a lot, flavorful, not overly hoppy. I usually purchase this in the spring and summer, picked it up Thursday which was a very nice day indeed.

 Chef is making Beer-Braised Brisket today in the slow cooker using Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale. I expect it to come out delicious.

Harpoon Hefeweizen (4.8% ABV 18 IBU) Unfiltered American Wheat beer. They say it is quenching and refreshing, I agree. Good beer, but I think I like the UFO White better.

Birra Italia (4.8% ABV) Founded in 1906, an earthquake in the 50s, trade union issues in the 70s and later corporate issues affected the company's market share and it was acquired in 2000. A pilsner style lager, on the sweet side, a bit malty, crisp. I might prefer Peroni better.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Not-My-President Day

A listing of the Kremlin Kontrolled Karrot's lies compiled by Mr. Dale, a Canadian journalist. (Double enemy of the state) HERE

How your representatives vote with or against the Sweet potato Stalin HERE

Other places to check out

P.S. I love the NSA

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lies, Lies, Lies

"I don't believe it" as Victor Meldrew was known to say.
I don't believe that people believe Hair Gropenfuhrer's lies and that the Republican Party won't say anything about anything he says or does as long as they get their agenda passed.
The problem is I do believe it.

Current Blooms:
Winter Aconite
 Just around the bend are Snow Drops, the Crocus and Hyacinth are starting to pop up.

The temperature was warm and the ground was not frozen so I was able to weed some of the garlic patch.
The dawg has decided that spring is coming so has started shedding her winter coat, she got brushed outside yesterday and actually had a walk in the daylight.

Beers in the Fridge:

 Had this Korean beer at MaDang Korean BBQ last month. It was OK, but a bit too sweet. Kloud 5% ABV. The food was very good.

 Our friend had brought this beer to the BBQ place not knowing they had obtained their license and gracefully left 2 at our place afterward.
Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale, 5.1%ABV 20 IBU, very good, nice aroma. The brewery, located in South Burlington,VT  has free tours, a tasting room and they are friendly dog-friendly.

Flagship Brewery Visit
We have been meaning to visit for awhile, but this was a last minute affair.
We stopped by to write postcards to our representatives in office.
And to drink beer.
I had a few Dark American Milds 4.5%ABV and 20 IBU, very enjoyable, yes it was dark, but lower in alcohol since I needed my wits and spelling skills undiminished. Once there I realized I was under prepared and should have had written down the specific bill numbers I had issue with, but then again there are so many.

I also had one glass of Kolsch, think it was 4.9%ABV and 17 IBU, it was fruity and light. Chef liked it too, but only had a sip, designated driver that night.

Tours are on Saturdays for $5. [tour info]

Super Short Children's Story #1
See Spot run
Run Spot run
See Spot run
Over by Marge
See Marge cry
Cry Marge cry
See Marge Cry
ogenically preserve Spot
Cold Spot cold
Minus One hundred Ninety-six degrees Celcius to be precise
In hopes, one-day medical science will be able to reattach Spot's severed head
Dumb Marge Dumb

Monday, January 30, 2017

And you may ask yourself, Well...How did I get here?

Executive Order from the Tangerine Tyrant
 Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
What about the terrorists that are already here?
Internment Camps anyone?

Beers in the Fridge:
No beers today, just a Hot Toddy recipe using Aperol (orange/rhubarb/herb concoction) that I got from our neighbor. Trying to drown my disgust.

Aperol Hot Toddy
in a very large mug
1/2 oz Aperol Aperitif (FYI website will not let you use 1901 for your birth year, it replies that you are too old to drink)
1 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey (Jack don't care how old you are)
teaspoon honey
lemon wedge
2.75 Allspice Berries (whole)
28.4mm diameter clementine peel studded with 3 cloves
top off with just off the boil water

It was very good, I had thought of using a smokey scotch, but the Honey Jack was a much better choice.

Estate Staff Update:
Just added Peg XXXXXX (name redacted because she comes from a war torn country and I don't want to lose her even though she is a US citizen) to the Estate Staff. I like the idea of smoking a pipe, it smells nice, it is relaxing because you have to concentrate to keep it lit, unfortunately, it doesn't taste as good as it smells. Here is where Peg comes in, she will be following me around the place smoking a pipe. Peg and I plan to start with Borkum Riff Black Cavendish (a hint of prune and plum), move on to Captain Black Cherry (Laced with a unique and robust “very cherry” flavor) and then traverse through the Dunhill Collection. We are still selecting Peg's pipe, I am leaning towards a Churchwarden style, she seems to prefer a 1/2 bent bulldog. Further updates to follow.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Not Normal #1

This administration is Not Normal and deserves all the respect it gave to the previous President.

    Government by the wealthy
    A state or society governed by the wealthy
   An elite or ruling class whose power derives from their wealth

While Putin's Puppet claims his cabinet picks have the highest IQ ever (an unsubstantiated claim, but aren't they all), it is easy to see that his picks are very rich.

The picks include Betsy DeVos, education secretary ($5.1 billion), Wilbur Ross, commerce secretary ($2.5 billion), Steve Mnuchin, treasury secretary ($40 million), Ben Carson, housing secretary ($26 million) and Andy Puzder, labor secretary ($25 million). [MarketWatch]

His cabinet's wealth exceeds Obama's cabinet by 60%.[Forbes]

The amount of wealth possessed by the 17 picks, at least $9.5 billion, is greater than the 43 million least wealthy households in America. [The Hill]
There are about 117 million households in the US [us census]

Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US President (1877 - 1881) had concerns about excessive wealth and governance over 100 years ago.
Some interesting and timely quotes;

"Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty. As millionaires increase, pauperism grows. The more millionaires, the more paupers."

" Free government cannot long endure if property is largely in a few hands, and large masses of people are unable to earn homes, education, and a support in old age."

" No person connected with me by blood or marriage will be appointed to office." 
This one was not really about wealth, well maybe a wealth of character, something quite lacking in the Orange Oompa Loompa.

The three quotes above found here [azquotes]

And a long one
“In church it occurred to me that it is time for the public to hear that the giant evil and danger in this country, the danger which transcends all others, is the vast wealth owned or controlled by a few persons. Money is power. In Congress, in state legislatures, in city councils, in the courts, in the political conventions, in the press, in the pulpit, in the circles of the educated and the talented, its influence is growing greater and greater. Excessive wealth in the hands of the few means extreme poverty, ignorance, vice, and wretchedness as the lot of the many. It is not yet time to debate about the remedy. The previous question is as to the danger—the evil. Let the people be fully informed and convinced as to the evil. Let them earnestly seek the remedy and it will be found. Fully to know the evil is the first step towards reaching its eradication. Henry George is strong when he portrays the rottenness of the present system. We are, to say the least, not yet ready for his remedy. We may reach and remove the difficulty by changes in the laws regulating corporations, descents of property, wills, trusts, taxation, and a host of other important interests, not omitting lands and other property.”
[Good Reads]

Will this rich cabinet do anything other than what is in their best interest or the best interest of the shareholders to whom they are beholden?

Not to be all piss and gloom, I wrote this for your enjoyment.

Quite Short Story: #273
Randy backed out of the driveway while texting he would be late, yet again.
The cement mixer couldn't stop in time and the collision burst Randy's undiagnosed aneurysm.
He was dead, unlike his cell phone which just received its last text from his girlfriend "sick of ur excuses, drop dead".

Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 Garden Possibilities

Plans for the garden this year.

  • Remove Hydrangea if it fails to bloom again this year.
  • Remove Red Twig Dogwood from rear of Heather Garden.
  • Move Phlox to between the Herb and the Heather Garden.
  • Move Iris from Heather Garden.
  • Re-position/rebuild the compost containment system.
  • Re-position and level the raised beds.
  • Move Sweet Woodruff to an area with less competition. The Perivinkle is taking over.
Possible Additions:
  • Feather Rocks as a boundary at the back of the Heather Garden.
  • A few more Heaths and Heather plants. From Heath and Heather Nursery.
  • An Azaleas, ever-blooming variety, blooms spring, summer and fall at the base of the front step wall.
  • A Hops plant trailing along horizontal supports.
  • Another Witch Hazel, Hamamelis vernalis Amethyst, between the existing espaliered Witch Hazel and the Lilac.
  •  One or more Phlox, we had white and a variegated, but lost them at some point.
  • Another Coral Bell, either with real red flowers or stunning foliage for the front garden.
  • Some taller late summer blooming plants for the front garden.