Archive for November, 2010

Impatient PPL

Posted in Uncategorized on 2010/11/30 by rmolby

Boy, do I hate impatient people!!!

From my point of view, I feel like when I want something done, I do it myself, and if I have to depend on someone else to get something done, I cannot expect anything to go the way I think, so I always expect things to take some time to get accomplished because not everyone moves at the same pace, and when the holidays come around, some things take more time… duh, more work during pre-holiday work hours!!! Sheesh…

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Garlic followup

Posted in Food, Gardening, Health, Horticulture with tags , , , on 2010/11/27 by rmolby
Harvesting garlic, from Tacuinum Sanitatis, ca...

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When I went out to feed the chickens today I noticed a few little green tips sticking out of the mulch in the garlic bed I planted earlier in the month… so despite the two hard freezes we have had the garlic is slowly growing… that’s good, I know that the garlic is building a good root system before it gets consistently too cold for it to grow further.

Kefir

Posted in Food, Health, Home with tags , , , , , , , , on 2010/11/27 by rmolby
A glass of kefir at a Polish cafe in London.

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Yesterday I was talking about regaining some of my health; one of my current health issues is that I am lactose intolerant, or have become so over the last few years since I have come to the United States from Germany.

I think part of it is how they process milk and milk products here in the USA vs. Germany.

Well, when doing some research about lactose intolerance, I came across references to fermentation, and eventually Kefir.

I will not get into explaining what Kefir is, except its a fermented milk product. There is a very good Australian web site that has a wealth of information on Kefir, check out Dom’s Kefir in-site.

I plan on ordering some of his Kefir grains and give it a whirl.

Back again…! Trip to Dallas. AeroGardens.

Posted in Employer Work, Gardening, Health, Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/11/26 by rmolby
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Well, it’s been  over a week again since my last post…

I’ve been soooooo busy its not even funny… and its been wearing on me, to say the least!

I need to get back to eating a good organic, high fiber diet to regain my digestive health.

I think I will try to blog about my nutritional diet, and how it is currently affecting me negatively, as well as some of the things I’ve been reading about and what I want to try out.

I will be leaving on Sunday afternoon for Dallas to go to a training class to get educated on MS Server 2008, namely the MS6419 class, which will progress me towards my MCITP Certification which will hopefully get me a raise.

While in Dallas I will be living on Whole Foods Market food, and that will do my body good. I hope this will give me the boost I need to get back on track, and when I get back home I will have to try to stay on track as much as I can.

One way I hope to accomplish this is by buying one of the AeroGarden Extra hydroponic gardens to grow tomatoes, and an AeroGarden 7 to grow salad greens at work, and to ensure that the veggies are getting a good nutrition I will be adding some Greensand to the nutrient mix to provide additional micro-nutrients to the veggies.

I will probably start with the AeroGarden Extra, which currently costs $160. I figure once the tomato plants start bearing fruit, I should recoup my cost of the garden in about 26 weeks (6 months), because these tomatoes will replace the small tubs of cherry or grape tomatoes that run about $6 a tub! After that, all I will have is the running cost of nutrients to add to the garden.

Once I’m on track to paying for this unit, I will order the  AeroGarden 7 which is $99 and will probably take about a year to pay for since it will replace about $2-3 a week in lettuce purchases, but the lettuce and tomatoes will be fresh off the plant and make this totally worth it.

Finally I would like to buy an AeroGarden SpaceSaver 6 to complete my setup at work so I can grow fresh herbs. This unit will go into the corner of my unused desk space, and the other two units will be on either side, and the space in front of them will become my eating surface. I figure this will take me about 6-8 months to setup, and pay for itself in about a year since I will be making way less trips to the store, saving in fuel and time in addition to better, and fresher food, or so I hope.

More later…

Back…

Posted in Home with tags , , , on 2010/11/18 by rmolby

Well, I was absent from the blog for a week!!!

I was so busy these last few days I just didn’t have time to post to the blog.  If I would have made it to work yesterday I might have had time to post, but unfortunately the wife fell on Monday while cleaning up after seven 6-week old puppies we are fostering, and  she didn’t feel good yesterday because of the bruising and light concussion.

Anyway, I don’t know if I will have time to blog tomorrow, as we are getting new (used) bedroom furniture, and we are going to play musical bedroom furniture as we move the stuff in the spare bedroom to the garage, the stuff from the master to the spare, and the new stuff into the master bedroom.

We may take the futon from the spare and put it into the living room if we can rearrange in there just the right way. I guess we’ll see.

Fortunately I’m off work tomorrow…

Monday on a Tuesday!

Posted in Employer Work with tags , on 2010/11/09 by rmolby
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Boy, I was out yesterday from work not feeling good. Today was a long day at work, I am tired and worn out and it’s not even time to go home.

Only thing that is keeping me awake right now is coffee.

Anyway, I think I can pull through the rest of my day and go home. Of course there is much to do at home as well, so I may not get much time to relax… sigh.

Garlic

Posted in Gardening, Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/11/08 by rmolby
An Ikea garlic press, with pressed garlic.

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About a month ago I realized it was the end of the garlic ordering season, so I bounced from website to website trying to find some of my favorite garlic varieties, but was having a hard time finding a site that still had at least three of them left. I finally settled on ordering from Filaree Farm. I remembered reading about the farm in an article somewhere, and they still had quite a bit of garlic on hand, but only one variety that I was looking for, Red Toch, and artichoke variety.

So I settled on ordering St. Helens, a Silverskin variety, and Chopaka Mountain, another artichoke variety. Here are the descriptions of the three varieties from the Filaree web site:

RED TOCH – Collected in Rep. of Georgia by Hanelt about 1988, near the town of Tochliavri. Cloves streaked medium to light with red and pink. Very popular. Part # G-RT-BA

CHOPAKA MOUNTAIN – Large bulbed vigorous strain grown in an isolated mountain valley for the past 10 years. We believe original stock was actually Inchelium Red. Mild but lingering flavor with a tingle. Part # G-CHPK-LQA

ST. HELENS – Baked it has a subtle, nutty flavor. Hot raw. Heirloom from Western WA. Part # G-STH-LQA

Anyway, yesterday I was able to get a 4’x4′ bed lined with cardboard, laid down some leaf mould, a layer of Miracle Grow Organic Vegetable soil, placed the garlic cloves, topped them with some more of the organic soil, then placed a layer of freshly vacuumed and chopped fall leaf matter as a mulch, and watered the whole mess.

Hopefully I got them in the ground on time since we’ve been getting some cold night time temps!

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