New Sod Lawn Care in Colorado

I just moved to Colorado Springs and have a brand-new sodded lawn. Obviously, I wanted to make sure I cared for it properly. My research found that the basic steps are: you water the heck out of it the first two weeks; dry it out and mow; cut back the watering the third week; and cut back again during the forth week. Of course, there’s a lot more to the process, so I put together a detailed document based on information I found. I thought others may benefit from it, so I’m posting it here. Lawn Care in Colorado

Yellow Garden Orb-Weaver spider

A friend of Kimberly’s had one of these babys on their home and I had to take a couple photos. It’s a yellow garden orb-weaver. Supposedly not poisonous, but the sheer size is enough to frighten you to death! The whole thing was probably 3+ inches big.

A must-read post on life lessons

A link to a very thoughtful post on life lessons and a must-read for everyone, particularly my older friends.

As I get closer to retirement, I see myself beginning to truly learn these very lessons and the post has moved the needle a little more. I suppose it’s confirmation of some sort. Now, while I agree that we learn these things too late in life, I feel that learning them is a slow and long process that can’t be truly sped up.

This quote included in the post really spoke to me:

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

–Lao Tzu

YETI Rambler Lowball cup is perfect match for Keurig K15 Compact Coffee Maker!

I found it odd that in the disposable K-cup world of Keurig, there isn’t a disposable cup (with lid) that works well. Most are too tall and the few that fit just don’t hold much coffee. My issue with using ceramic mugs is that my coffee gets cold too fast.

The other day I brought home my YETI Rambler Lowball 10 oz Stainless Steel Cup from work and it occurred to me that this just might fit in my Keurig K15 Compact coffee maker. Well, let’s just say that it’s a match made in heaven.

At first, I was disappointed that it didn’t fit with the lid on as I thought that would be a good way to store it. After further thought, however, I realized that if it did, there was a high probability that I would run the Keurig with the lid on the cup which would have ended in a mess. It’s a good thing it didn’t fit or I would have had to learn the hard way.

After a week of daily use, I’m extremely happy with this new discovery. I can now sip my morning coffee slowly and not worry about it getting cold!

Water Softener: Fix a flooded brine (salt) tank that doesn’t drain

I have literally spent weeks trying to fix a flooded brine tank in my Kenmore water softener. It took me a while to understand how the darn thing worked, but once I figured it out, my problem and, more importantly, the fix seemed obvious. NOTE: I’m pretty sure that most water softeners work very similarly, so even if you don’t have a Kenmore, the information here should be helpful. Read more

The epitome of Texas Freeway insanity: a 26 lane wide monster

If you’ve never been to Texas, let me give you a brief overview of the freeway traffic system. Instead of freeways just being large roads without signals, Texas builds (usually) one-way “access roads” along each side which can themselves be several lanes wide. They also allow development along the shoulder of these access roads which means there are shopping centers, gas stations, restaurants, homes, driveways and other things all along them. Also, actual speeds on the access roads are often not much less than freeway speeds. Read more

Saving Christmas cards you receive

I’m a bit old fashion and still exchange Christmas cards with many people. I always send a photo card with a short half-page story of what went on the past year with a few small pictures. I like receiving them and don’t have the heart to just toss them when the season is done. I usually pack them up in in a manila envelope thinking that I’ll get nostalgic someday and revisit.

I’ve gone through this ritual for 37 years and have never once gone back and looked at the cards. It occurred to me that I should archive them by scanning. Yes! What an idea! I moved a couple years ago and and only had three years worth of cards, so I figured that was a doable amount to try my idea. Read more