I enjoy a lot of diverse types of music. Until today, Disturbed wasn’t included in my list of “likes”. Sure, they have some catchy tunes and big beats, but I don’t like profanity and swearing. Then I heard something amazing from Disturbed‘s frontman, David Draiman, a cover of a song I’ve enjoyed for many, many years…. Read more »
The “coincidences” just keep piling up. Today, September 25th, 2015, John A. Boehner announced that he will resign one of the most powerful positions in the world – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Background In these United States, national government is divided into three branches: The Executive Branch: the President of the United States… Read more »
Some years ago a song by Green Day was popular – “Wake me up when September ends”. It was a somber song. Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Like my father’s come to pass Seven years has gone so fast Wake me up when September… Read more »
Today is the 266th day of the calendar year. It’s the day Pope – the 266th Pope – meets with the President of the United States of America. Is that a coincidence? Or is there something more going on? Pope Francis Pope Francis is the current Pope of the Catholic Church, ex officio Bishop of… Read more »
Everyone loves chocolate, right? But if you had your choice between a chocolate bar and a silver bar, which would you pick? That’s exactly the question put in front of a bunch of random people in front of a coin shop. “You’re a winner today! We’re offering a free Hershey bar, right out of the… Read more »
After the China stock market crash, the situation might be a lot worse that it initially looked – which was already pretty bad. If things continue on the path they’ve been taking, China will show its third consecutive quarter of negative GDP growth. Some are downplaying these figures, but once adjusting for inflation the picture… Read more »
Yesterday we told you about a some troublesome events over the past several days. Today further details about one of those events is starting to surface – and it’s not looking good! While we’re all looking at the collapse of the economy in Greece and people banning the Confederate flag, the stock market in China… Read more »
Remember the story of the grasshopper and the ant? No, not the movie, the children’s story that teaches to prepare for Winter unless you end up freezing in the cold, with no food or fuel to survive. Many “preppers” have been advocating doing this for quite some time, with the mainstream dismissing their calls to… Read more »
GREAT NEWS! Though it was too late to get pictures, my boys and I were able to pick up two starter hives, truck them ~80 miles North, and install them last night! We didn’t look for queens, we just checker-boarded some empty foundation frames in, added a deep super, and refilled their feeders. One of… Read more »
“They cooked $37,000 of bees”
Today was the day we were supposed to get and install our two NUCs of honeybees. I just got a call from IFA (our supplier). The bees have been delivered. Unfortunately, the person doing the delivery apparently didn’t know the protocol, and unloaded the bees onto the asphalt – where they all cooked to death… Read more »Posted on May 11, 2015 by Joe
The Prius and the Useful idiot (video)
Now that Earth Day is behind us, here are some of my thoughts on the Toyota Prius, old trucks, and why buying a product to try and save the planet is wrong. I watched a video by Wranglerstar the other day, which got me thinking… “Hey, I drive a Prius! Am I a ‘useful idiot’?”Posted on April 24, 2015 by Joe
April 2015 Update (video)
A lot has happened in the last few years… It’s been quite some time since I updated you on where were are in our plans, and gave you a new video. I’m terribly sorry for all that! Hopefully this video will explain the delay and help you get caught up!Posted on April 22, 2015 by Joe
How and Why to plant Lombardy Poplar trees (video)
Almost everyone wants big, tall shade trees in their yard. These trees trade irrigation for: cooler temperatures, lower cooling bills, more enjoyable time spent out-of-doors, climbing “toys” for children, habitat for wildlife, a privacy screen, a noise barrier, a natural fence, a snow fence, and more! At the end of their live, they can be… Read more »
We won’t be irrigating the trees tonight
Last Saturday, when we looked at the trees we’d planted the week prior, we noticed that the ground in the bottom of our ditches was still a little damp. Water is essential when starting trees. Because it had rained (heavily!) that week, and the ground had dried out so much, we decided that we should head up… Read more »
Progress Update: a lot has been happening!
It’s been quite awhile since we updated the site with the progress of The Levi House. Here’s the progress so far: Found the “area” Purchased land Installed a bat box Unexpected delay Dug a well Installed pumps (plural) in the well Bought a shed and had it delivered Installed a flag holder for our American Flag (which we… Read more »
We’ve planted 60 trees!
We spend the entire day up on our property planting the last of the live stakes that we harvested two weeks ago. Previously we planted two 100-foot rows of 15 trees each, both fed by their own irrigation ditch. This time we dug one irrigation ditch with 3-foot spurs on either side. This, we hoped,… Read more »Posted on April 11, 2015 by Joe
Help me save the bees!
Last year I followed in the footsteps of both my late father, and late father-in-law, and took up beekeeping. We purchased one NUC and the tools and clothing that we needed to start into the lifestyle. All but one of my children is excited about keeping bees, and we take them out in their very… Read more »Posted on March 25, 2015 by Joe
Help me plant a “mini-forest”!
When I was a boy I helped my dad plant a forest on his property. Now that he has passed away I want to take up his tradition and share it with my children. We all know that trees are vital to the survival of our planet, yet each year new homes are built and… Read more »Posted on March 25, 2015 by Joe
Tips for Police Encounters: Can you read my mind?
Over the years I’ve known many police officers, judges, dispatch operators, and lawyers. My late brother retired from the Sheriff’s department after over 30 years of dedicated service. I’ve had constructive conversations with Chief’s of Police and County Sheriffs, and I generally consider myself to be a friend of the law enforcement community. That having… Read more »Posted on October 9, 2014 by Joe