Monday, March 17, 2014

Bitcoins & Stuff for Sale

I have a pile of doctors bills still to work out, but the world doesnt end. If you want to buy something cool for yourself or someone you love, we still have these great items...

Gustav Stickley Font set...

Christmas Cookie Cookbook...

I'm only accepting "bitcoin" as its very easy to set up for payment and I dont need to go through a shopping cart system that charges $30 a month. During checkout you can buy some bitcoin to finish the order.

Go ahead! 
Learn something new! 
Give it a try!

Bitcoin is a digital currency. It uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; it is fast, reliable, anonymous, and without fees. Managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part.

You can learn more here...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Cut My Finger Off

So now you know why we havent blogged for quite some time :) I did cut my finger off and somehow, by some miracle, the doctor saved it because I begged him to try. The doc said normally on adults they dont make the effort. Anyways, my finger is still here and I can grip again and am pretty much back to normal. New projects, new things, some bad news, its all coming up in new blog posts so stick around :) I dont think we have a Facebook page anymore, but we'll keep our Twitter updated and you can always message us there if you would like.

One last thing. If you are ever shopping for or considering that "perfect" door for your home, please give Charlie at Ginkgo Doors a try. His doors are beyond superb. They are extraordinary and downright beautiful....

I will definitely be posting stuff every couple of days from now own so lets have some fun!

What, you want a photo of the finger? NO WAY!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Proper Rose Pruning

Our roses are taking off like crazy and I can say its definitely due to #1 pruning and #2 proper feeding with rose food.

I now prune the rose bushes in late winter (january) and early fall (september). This works well here in California. Your weather may vary. Cooler areas and you might be pruning in early spring instead (april/may). My basic pruning is as follows:

- remove dead or broken branches
- remove any twig branches thinner then a pencil
- prune to open up the center for light and air circulation
- select 6-8 strongest canes for new season of growth
- cut branches at least half the branch height
- cut branches at 1/4 inch above outside facing buds at a 45 degree angle

Throughout the summer, I do basic maintenance like removing spent blooms and then clipping that branch just above a leaf set of 5-7 leaves, which promotes regrowth. You wont get new buds if you clip above a 3 leaf set.

While pruning is important, make sure to buy some rose food and feed your roses regularly!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Spring Has Sprung!

Back in December I carefully trimmed & pruned our fruit trees. Its easy to do and you can do it yourself. I learned all I need to know from a book called "The Backyard Orchardist". An excellent book! Our fruit trees are really taking off now!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Saw Stop Safety System

For a few years now there has been technology available to prevent table saw injuries which add up to hundreds per day here in America and approx 11 amputations daily. This type of technology is awesome. Check out this demonstration here (using a hot dog, not a finger)...

Very cool! You can learn more and buy a table saw with this technology here...

These table saws are pricey though starting at $1500 on up. The technology was invented by Stephen Gass and he deserves credit for such an awesome invention.

There is a lot more to this whole story though. Stephen Gass is a patent attorney. He has over 90 patents related to this new saw technology so it probably wont be copied soon by other competitors (think Riyobi, Makita, Skill, Dewalt, etc).

There is a new bill being presented here in California. The link to the article is below. The new bill would require this new table saw technology to be used on new saws sold in California. Great idea until you read into these finer details like how the inventor s a patent attorney and that he hired lobbyists to lobby for this bill here! I say its dirty pool. Great idea, great technology, it will save people from injuries, pain, suffering, and medical costs, but the way it was gone about is pretty dirty.

Will I buy one of these saws in the future? Probably! Maybe after the "dust" has settled though.