Fruits and Vegetables – Proper storage is essential

This is a great list on storage of veggies/fruits.

Town & Country Gardening

Proper storage of fruits and vegetables will insure you get the most usage from your garden and orchard crops.

Hint: Always remove any tight bands from your vegetables or at least loosen them to allow them to breathe.

Artichokes – Place in an airtight container sealed, with light moisture.

Asparagus – Place them loosely in a glass or bowl upright with water at room temperature. (Will keep for a week outside the fridge)

Avocados – Place in a paper bag at room temp. To speed up their ripening, place an apple in the bag with them.

Arugula – Like lettuce, should not stay wet! Dunk in cold water and spin or lay flat to dry. Place dry arugula in an open container, wrapped with a dry towel to absorb any extra moisture.

Basil – Is difficult to store well. Basil does not like the cold, or to be wet for…

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Cucumbers with Folding Trellis

Cucumber Garden in Wisconsin
Cucumber garden in Wisconsin with simple folding trellis.

This is my raised bed garden with a portable trellis made from scrounged materials.  My old neighbors gave me the planks for the raised bed.  The folding portable trellis is made from our old broken recycled box spring that served us well.  We got a bunch of cucumbers to eat this year which supplemented our grocery purchases nicely.  The pretty little squirrels and sneaky raccoons didn’t seem to bother the cucumbers.  I planted a variety that had some small little spikes sticking out of them so that may have discouraged the rodents from making a meal out of our food this year.  The longer smooth variety I planted last year was gobbled up pretty fast by some little animal at night.

I plan to increase our garden with perennial veggies and small fruits.  Anything I only need to plant once and that will come back year after year is a long term work saver.  It is much easier to plant a small Carmine Jewel Cherry Bush than to plant annual veggies.  I have some difficulty doing the work for a garden put given years of future continued persistence I should be able to transform our back yard into a mini-farm designed to provide us with some well needed  healthy food.

We had a gigantic garden on my childhood farm however we also had tractors, plows, cultivators, planters and plenty of free cow manure.  I don’t have access to all this wonderful stuff anymore and my physical capabilities have deteriorated.  Composted cow manure is great stuff for city gardens but it costs money.  My father would have got a great chuckle out of seeing me pay for a bag of composted cow manure.

My goal in gardening is to provide some good tasting fruits and veggies at the most minimal cost of money and work possible.  It is also a relaxing hobby.


My Best Garden in Wisconsin
My Best Garden. Garden decoration.

Garage Door Springs Do Not Last Forever.

wp-1506269946448.jpegI guess my garage door spring was not made to last forever because it broke today trapping my car inside.  Doesn’t look like I can lift it temporarily by myself to get the car out so I’ll have to get a repairman in here.  I am willing to bet they won’t be inexpensive.   I don’t think it’s a good idea to work on this old bucket of  rusty bolts by myself because it looks like an accident waiting to happen.

I suppose I could try to lift it up with Tony and hold it temporarily while we get the car out.  I am a little leery of this procedure because this thing is really heavy and I don’t want it knocking someone’s head off.  Better to get a local pro to take of it next week.

Should Football Players Protest the National Anthem?

Anthony Balistreri in Uniform WWII
Anthony and his brother Thomas Balistreri in WWII
Grandfather Marsh WWI
Grandfather Marsh on left during WWI

No one should be forced to respect our national anthem unless it is an integral part of their job.  Also, no one is forced to attend football games and pay outrageous money to watch over paid players who are disrespecting your country.  It is the right of football fans to protest  against the disrespectful actions of players by withholding their money from buying endorsed products and making their feelings clear during the game.  When owners feel a little sting in the old pocket book they may lose their enthusiasm for insulting our country.  Perhaps they could make a rule that if you disrespect the anthem you need to sit out the whole game.  Even excessive celebration and taunting are penalized so why not penalize disrespect for our country.


12/27/2017  Enhanced and corrected picture caption of WWII relatives.

Hate Speech in Wisconsin

engelssmallA group of college students recently made a video showing their hatred of police.  Police were depicted as anti-black, pigs and were beheaded in the video.  It certainly looked like hate speech to me.  I don’t think hate speech should be totally prevented even if it is extremely vile unless it used to directly incite a riot.  We have freedom of speech in this country no matter how stupid and repulsive.  Hate speech needs to be opposed with reason and positive emotional arguments whenever it presents itself.  Suppressing any type of speech by law is a slippery slope that will backfire because whoever is in power will use those types of laws to limit their opponent’s ability to have free speech.  State resources should never be used to promote hate speech.  Hate speech can also be regulated because it is similar to shouting fire in a crowded theater.

Hate speech can come from people of any race.  Black hate speech is just as bad as Neo-Nazi hate speech and should be equally condemned.  The ability of our society to function is slowly deteriorating because we are so afraid to point out criminal black racist actions and the legal system is skewed to protect criminals of all races in many situations.  Excess political correctness is a great philosophy until someone starts looting, kills innocent people, wrecks your town and burns it to the ground.  Hate speech by students can incite violence in Wisconsin just like what has happened in other states.

The students producing the anti-police hate video have a constitutional right to produce such a video with their own money on their own time.  Were taxpayer dollars used to produce the video or was it some type of class assignment?  The university should reject and suspend any student or professor that engages in garbage of this nature using university resources.

The practical solution to any type of perceived police prejudice can only be to have a higher percentage of non-whites represented in the police force.  Hate speech against the police is not going to help anyone and it will discourage blacks from entering into police work.  Any professor that encourages anti-police or race related hate speech by students should be fired by the university because he is clearly damaging our entire society.  We need to accept the fact that people of any race are capable of being prejudiced and there is no way our society can overlook the criminal actions that result from this evil belief. Certainly professors should not teach college students to propagate hate with taxpayer dollars.


Make Money From Your Website With SEO

FreeVector-Facebook-Change I have read a few free books on how to make money from a website and I get emails from some successful bloggers on what to do.  I am certainly not making any cash from my blog probably because that’s not my primary purpose for my website and I am not willing to invest any of my limited money in a high risk venture. It takes at least a little money to make a return on investment for a website and there is fierce competition. It takes real work and an investment of time to make a website produce money and the failure rate is high.  The low hanging fruit has already been picked.

The best most reasonable book that I have read so far about ways to make money from blogging is 3 Months to No. 1:  The No Nonsense SEO Playbook for Getting Your Website Found on Google.  I recommend this book as a good starting point if you plan to operate a non-hobby website that is intended to make a profit.  I think the author is right when he says “A mediocre product marketed well can create immense wealth.”  Just look at all the stuff being sold on the internet.  If you can find some profitable niche market and get Google web searches to notice your website, you should be able to make some money.  SEO is the key to getting Google to notice your website but it requires constant technical work and will not happen by accident.  I think it is best to hire a professional to handle SEO if your website is intended to be a significant business.

Will Coombe is the author of 3 Months to No. 1…. and I find his book to be enjoyable to read besides being useful for business bloggers.

My Remicade Infusions to be Increased in Frequency

cropped-100_0997-e1488588998256There are a lot worse things in life than Remicade infusions but that doesn’t mean I have to like them.  Doctor is going to increase the frequency of my Remicade infusions to every six weeks.  It may be a good trade off if it reduces symptoms of Crohn’s disease.  Having a needle poked in me and a 3 hour slow drip of Remicade is not my idea of a fun time.  It seems to raise my blood pressure and I have been told there is always a remote danger of some type of random sudden dangerous reaction but that has never happened to me. The nurses monitor pretty close and there is always a doctor in the general area.

By the way, if the nurse can’t get a needle started in you just have them wrap your arm in a hot moist towel for about 15 minutes.  Also, I have found it seems to help needle insertion success rate if you delay taking your blood pressure medication until after the infusion but I may be wrong on that.  I have veins that seem to give nurses a lot of difficulty.  The needle goes in and it looks like it is working but then it pops or something and they have to do it over.  At one hospital they had to try five times before they brought in a specialist who did it without any effort.  I always tell them right away to use the hot towel trick and it seems to really make a great difference in success rate.

I would be a lot worse without Remicade so I am glad someone invented the stuff.  There are more experimental medications being developed so I may switch to them after several years because Remicade will eventually lose effectiveness.  If I can hopscotch through multiple medications perhaps I can avoid any unnatural surgical plumbing arrangement for my guts.  I would take that as a win.




Slender Man Trial – Opinion

wp-1500863485915.jpeg  I think the two young girls who attempted to murder another girl in the name of the fictional character slender man were mentally ill and should receive psychiatric treatment until such time as they pose no threat to the public.  That may be three years with credit for time served or it may be never.  This should be a matter to be determined by competent psychiatrists if any can be found.  A twelve-year-old child with a clear mental illness can’t be held totally responsible for their actions in the same way that an adult criminal can be held responsible.  Punishment should not be the objective and safety of the public in the future should be the overriding concern.

Access to material such as slender man should be restricted by law to legal adults just like alcohol, cigarettes and pornography.  There is a lot of garbage in the world and the people who shovel it on the heads of children should have some type of legal restrictions placed on them with severe criminal and financial penalties for violations.  Even adults are not always capable of controlling their actions when they fill their mind with negative images.  Children should be restricted from accessing many more types of negative material by their parents and the government.  The internet makes restrictions difficult but not impossible.  People producing these types of materials could be taxed and the money used to police the illegal distribution of this crap.