Black & Decker Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer

I recently bought a Stihl string trimmer from a local hardware store.  While I was shopping for that, I was looking for a lithium ion hedge trimmer too. I’ve been considering buying a lithium ion hedge trimmer because keeping up with all the trimming that needs to be done using the giant scissors style trimmer […]

Pottery House Cafe’, An Engagement to Remember

Marie and I rarely eat out.  By rarely I mean almost never.  There’s no reason for it.  We have a fully functional kitchen that is well stocked with foodstuffs.  Marie is an excellent cook and enjoys practicing that art.  Most of the time.  Sometimes she’d rather not.  I am … capable, in the kitchen as […]

Winner!

I received the following e-mail from my editor concerning a writer’s contest I’d entered at a magazine I write for.  Reminder: my pen name is Allan Douglas.   I’m feeling pretty happy right now. Good afternoon! Happy to report, our blogger contest for July was a huge success and something we hope to repeat in […]

Trying Something New

Six years ago I tried something new: gardening. As a youngster I had been slave labor in my Dad’s garden, but I didn’t learn anything from that except “THOSE are not weeds, THOSE are my plants!” When I decided to try gardening for myself, I knew very little about it. Six years later I’m still […]

Some Berry Good Advice

Early this spring my friend and mentor, Benny LaFleur, gave me a load of berry starts. These are roots and shoots that creep out from around his established rows. To clean up the rows he digs out these ambitious upstarts. Some of these ended up in my garden. In fact all of my berry plants […]

Black Box Blues

Black Box Blues is a sci-fi short story about a family whose starcar breaks down in a back-water solar system and are forced to seek help from the locals to get on their way again. Published Mar. 17, 2016 by Reader’s Gazette. Just as we emerged from the gateway two indicators came to life on […]

The Opening Act: Taters & Onions

The opening act for this year’s garden was to plant onion seed and seed potatoes. The onion seed was harvested from some onions I allowed to go to seed last year. I did not plant in neat, orderly, well spaced rows this time. I scattered the seed liberally (I have plenty!) and will harvest many […]

Punching Up the Pizza with Cast Iron

My wife and I enjoy having a homemade pizza on Saturday nights. This pizza ends up being at least two dinners, sometimes a lunch as well. So it’s worth the effort we put into doing it up right. Earlier this month my wife and I celebrated our birthdays — just 6 days apart. Part of […]