Monday, August 31, 2015

The Hop Garden Farm

Interesting forecast today - the thing that is not accounted for is the forest fire smoke which will make it hazy today and maybe keep temps down a bit!

Should be getting to 89 by Wednesday. Tuesday through Saturday will all be upper 80s and then the transition starts Sunday and by NEXT Wednesday we might not hit 70.  No rain this week with chances starting again Sunday. 
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Yesterday DJ and I took a trip to the Hop Garden Farm to get some hops.  On the way we stopped in Belleville and saw a buddy Otis who was serving his famous Jambalaya at The Lake Fest in that little tiny town. 

Then off to the farm for hops!  

   
After filling our car with hops  we had to make a delivery to the gallery in Paoli and since we were there why not go to the Hop Garden for a beer.

Got a couple wonderful beers and sat down to listen to Helen Avakian who recently won a huge International Finger Style Championship and she was awesome.






So we are sitting there with the Mayor of Fitchburg and who do we see again?  Otis, and he is talking to someone . . . . wait . . . is that Balderdash's daughter!!  YES!  
    
Well, we spent a few hours at the Hop Garden but we have chores to do, a car full of hops that we need to process.

It was about this time when I'm complaining that the sun never really came out and DJ says . . there are no clouds in the sky . . .wait a minute...... then she says "I bet it's smoke from the forest fires".  YUP

So we get home and well . . . . . what do you do when you are harvesting hops!!!

Sitting on the deck listening to music and harvesting a boat load of hops under the smoky sun.

Once we were all finished and our fingers were sticky with Cascade hops I got my hop scale and and we had just under 40 ounces.


But now I need to dry them to about 8% moisture.
This DIY hop dryer is available for $199.95

The garage smells wonderful!

These will go for my West Coast Blaster and for a Brown I'm going to enter in a competition with a lot left over for winter.

The Hop Garden


That's all.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Best sweet corn ever

A few things you learn - 1. people really could not care less about your fantasy football team.  2. No one cares about your golf game. 

With that said - here is a photo of a bird I took last night while looking for my ball in a bunch of high weeds. 

hmmmm - that water looks mighty healthy for a salad. 

And in the last 3 weeks I have learned the difference between a 9 degree loft driver and a 10.5 degree loft.  I like 10.5 MUCH more.

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I've been in touch with a "old" Columbus resident, Dr. John Heidke in Livingstone Montana.  He is doing well.  You have probably seen photos of his Double H Ranch if you are a John Meyer fan as Meyer has used his range for some photo shoots for album covers. 

His station is KMTLIVIN10 

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Also a shout out to my buddy John Pratt who is preparing for Tropical Storm Erika. The next 12 hours are critical for Erika and Florida as she attempts to get through some shear that is trying to blow her apart.  But FLA is on your cone of influence.  

It's been 10 years (almost exactly) since Katrina and there has been a LOT of advances in technology in those 10 years.  The cone of influence is 40% smaller.  In fact in the last 2 years there has been significant advancements but with the lack of real hurricanes they have not been through a test yet. 

Wind speeds for Erika picked up over night to 53 MPH and at the moment 75-80 MPH winds are forecast for FLA . . . .if it makes it. 

Erika middle right

Summer returns next week as we might get our last 90 for the season.  Should hit 80 Sunday and it's only UP from there. Upper 80s all next week starting Tuesday.  Looks like rain Friday into Saturday morning. 

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The perfect Corn on the cob.  If you ever want corn on the cob without the silk - it's easy.

 
Corn

 
Cut about 1 inch off the "bottom"




Micro wave for 3 minutes
 

With your favorite Ove Glove squeeze out the corn.


BINGO

And it really really works. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I think that's something we should, yeah, absolutely, going forward

Whatever you do - don't sell.  If you are investing you are doing it for a reason which is long term.  Weeks like this are meaningless in the long run. There have been many many drops like this and the rebounds, when they come are come fast and furious.

The US economy is fine and this is healthy for the market. Period.

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I am totally geeking out.

As many know I'm a member of the Weather Underground a group of over 100,000 weather geeks that have their own weather station. My station is KWICOLUM2 and sends data to the internet every 2 minutes (see link).

WELL - The Weather Underground now has a daily 2 hour show from 5PM to 7PM on The Weather Channel which can be compared to a sports talk show but for weather and it's GREAT if you are a weather geek.  A ton of fascinating knowledge. Just 3 guys and a girl sitting around talking weather!

They talked about hurricanes a lot last night because there are a freakish amount of them and depressions at the moment.

Hawaii - most rain ever in August dating back to 1887 is happening this year.   Check it out.

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The Donald - seems Hispanics are not fond of him with a net favorability of -51%.  Second mosh hated politician, Ted Cruz -8%

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Chipotle wants to hire 4000 workers on September 9th because they are going to open 205 new stores in the next year.

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10.1 million people watched Fear The Walking Dead the most ever in the history of cable to watch a new cable show.

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The over/under for Packer wins is 11.

UMMM - who feels a LITTLE unsafe!!  They did herd people slowly to cover but . . . . . .


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Walker  LOL  - NBC's Kasie Hunt asked Walker whether he supported ending birthright citizenship - his answer? "I think that's something we should, yeah, absolutely, going forward."

What?

Then later John Harwood asked him to clarify and he said "I'm not taking a position on it one way or the other" until the border is secured.

Then Sunday he said "without qualification" he would not seek to repeal the 14th amendment.  I guess he had to call the Koch Brothers to ask what the correct answer was.

Back to Trump - Stephen Colbert said he is praying that Trump is still active when his show airs in September.  He has been dry Trumping.