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March 2013

USING A LIVE ANIMAL TRAP

Average: 4 (1 vote)

raccoonWe live in a rural subdivision and every year will have to deal with nuisance critters getting into our garage and eating all the cat food. It’s quite easy to do because we have a kitty-door in the wall. Our cats will just sit there passively watching a possum, raccoon, or s skunk eat all their food. So I use a live trap to make sure these nocturnal visitors pay the cover charge. And if it happens to be a skunk this process can get difficult. Here’s how I do it…

Treating Back Pain at Home

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back massageFor a long time now I have suffered from occasional lower back pain. Lifting heavy loads; twisting; and basic over exertion have all taken their toll on my back. Sometimes it’s even comical (though still painful). Like the time I was reaching for the toilet paper and bam, out goes the old man’s back. Seriously, what sadistic person mounts the roll behind you on the wall at shoulder height? If your spouse comes to help you in this position, you really know their love will last a lifetime. So here is how I fix my own back pains at home…

Installing New Grounded Outlets

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wall outlet new three prongI haven’t written anything in a while as we’ve been tied up with a remodel job. New flooring; kitchen cabinets; painting; plumbing repairs; and refinishing wood floors are all on the agenda. Somewhere in this do-it-yourself construction job is the basis for a great article. So instead of that let me tell you about my efforts to replace all the duplex outlets in our 1960 house…

Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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beach wedding honeymoonGuys - Wedding anniversaries are special occasions, but only if you make them special. Woe unto the hapless husband who forgets to recognize their wife on this one day a year. Luckily I have never forgotten our anniversary, although I did forget my wife’s birthday once…but that tragedy is another story. Speaking of stories let me tell you about what I did to make our 10th anniversary just a little extra spicy and special...

The Longest Blind Date Ever

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

dating couple blind dateWhen I graduated from college I took a job working as an Engineer for a construction company. We worked long hours, sometimes 12 hours a day seven days a week. We barely had time to do anything else let alone consider dating. But being young (ignorant) and gainfully employed, I tried repeatedly to spark the interest of a young lady. Well actually it was any young lady… without success. I was shot down so many times my co-workers started calling me “skeets”. Finally one of them took pity on me and set up a blind date. Now the rest of the story….

Amazon Prime Membership

Average: 3 (1 vote)

amazon primeAbout a year ago, a friend of mine was blathering on about how cool the Amazon Prime membership was and I was mentally rolling my eyes and thinking blah, blah, blah… So a few weeks later I took the time to read up on the program details and decided that since it had a Free Trial option to give it a try. Besides, it couldn’t really be much worse than having a Costco or Sam’s Club membership – right?

Parent Teacher Conferences

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teacherI have a unique perspective on parent-teacher conferences (PTC). I’ve been attending these little academic dances for many years now - First as a student, and obviously now as a parent. However that does not make my perspective any different than yours. But being married to a teacher has given me a deeper and a much greater appreciation and understanding of the process. Let me share some tips and give you some free advice on how to make the most of these meetings....

I Hate Poison Ivy

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poison ivy plantI hate poison ivy. Not the movie where some old fart lusts after a nubile pseudo-teen goddess. The plant poison ivy is what I dislike. I never used to have anything against it, and probably rolled all over in it growing up as a kid. But somewhere around the age of 35 or so, I got a bad case of PI and it’s been all downhill (while scratching) from that point on. So here is how I deal with it….

My Stupid Mouth

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stupid mouthHave you ever wished you had not said something? This is a daily occurrence for me since I was a child; a teenager; in college; and yes even now. It’s really like some form of cosmic karma that continuously sends words straight from my brain out my mouth. It’s possible that they even skipped the brain part of the journey. Boy I wish there was an on-deck circle for my random thoughts… some sort of a verbal waiting room for them to sit patiently in until they have been properly vetted.

Reinstalling Windows 7: Not a Genuine Version of Windows

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Frustrated Computer AgainFor some reason my HTPC got corrupted and gave me the great message of "Not a Genuine version of Windows."  - Great!   After poking around for a few minutes, I saw that my Windows Update was no longer working.  Oh Great!  I spent an hour trying to restore Windows Update with various suggestions I Googled.  No luck.  Even went back to the Microsoft Technet site.  Now, we're getting deep.  Still nothing was working.  I tried various fixes, patches, and registry hacks.  No dice.