Shopping online since the local music store closed

Ever since the local music store closed, we’ve had to use the Internet a lot more when trying to buy our musical instruments and accessories. Joshua was looking online for the reviews and prices for the best digital delay pedal for Kirk’s guitar, and he has been grumbling about how he would much rather be able to just go to the local store and get it. He doesn’t like having to order something and then wait for it to arrive. He likes to go to a store, pick out what he wants and bring it home with him. I understand his frustration, but the owners of the local music store retired and moved away, so there really isn’t a whole lot we can do about that until someone else decides to open a music store in town!

Just a Prank

With today being April Fools Day, I was wondering if I needed to be on guard for any pranks. I didn’t think that most of the people I work with and choose to be friends with are much into playing pranks. But I was wrong. One of my girlfriends called me with some news that surprised me and I totally fell for it. She told me that she had finally cut her waist length hair – and now has a very short pixie cut! Then she shouted, “April Fool’s!” Yeah, she got me!

Corned Beef for St. Patty’s Day

I thought I would put this out there ahead of time for those who want to make a really good corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. I have found several like it online, but this one is courtesy of the Food Network and a particular favorite of mine.

St. Patty's day meal

Corned Beef and Cabbage


Corned Beef:
3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
2 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
1 small head green cabbage, cored, roughly chopped
2 cups apple juice
1 cup water

1 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes, sliced in 1/2
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


For Corned Beef:

Put the carrots and onions on the bottom of slow cooker, and put the corned beef on top. Arrange the chopped cabbage around the beef. Add the apple juice and 1 cup of water along with the contents of the spice packet. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours until the beef is tender. Remove the beef and vegetables to a platter and keep warm.

For potatoes:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and return them to the pot.

Add the butter, garlic, parsley, and salt, and pepper, to taste. Gently combine so that all the potatoes are evenly coated. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with corn beef and vegetables from the slow cooker.

Keeping Up With the Joneses

One thing that has always bothered me is how much people that I know and love try to “keep up with the Joneses.” It seems that every time my brother learns that some of his friends have a new, expensive gadget, or “man toy” he has to run right out and get the same thing, too. As if he is certain that by not having the same thing, he will lose some measure of status in his friend’s minds. Because of that, he often finds himself in a financial bind. I think that this phenomenon is part of the reason why so many Americans are so deep in debt, and it is a bad habit that we need to break!

Now that I’ve vented a little bit, I will say that my brother has been working on building a small garage in his back yard. He is, a “shade tree mechanic” that has decided that he wants a roof over his head, and an auto lift, to make his life a little bit easier. I agreed to help him look around online for some good deals and found that Best Buy Auto has some 2 post auto lifts here and that web page seems to have a decent selection of brands to choose from. I’ve sent him the link via email for him to check out. I hope it helps him to get the biggest bang for his buck!

Groundhog Day – Groundhog Bites the Mayor’s Ear

groundhog day (free clip art)

groundhog day (free clip art)

Doesn’t this image of a groundhog look like a grumpy groundhog? I’m grumpy, too, when someone hauls me out of bed early in the morning! How rude! I understand that this year one of the “official groundhogs” was so angry about being awakened on groundhog day that it bit the mayor of the city!

Personally, I think that the handler should know better than to put the groundhog that close to someone’s face! There is another related video that I saw where the handler of this ground hog is being interviewed and he says that the groundhog has bitten several people in the past under similar situations, so I think that the handler should stop putting the animal that close to people’s faces!

Watching the video, I see the handler had just given the groundhog a treat to eat – maybe the groundhog thought that the ear smelled like a treat too!