Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wonderful Wireless

My granddaughter is following in my footsteps and learning how to play the guitar. Its exciting and fun to watch her get the thrill of creating music. It's even more exciting to see the new things available. One of the biggest pains I remember was always getting tangled up in cords. New wireless systems like the great shure pg48 makes everything so much easier. No more getting tangled up, or being limited on where you can move because of wires. There's a certain freedom inherent in creating music. Now there's even freedom while you create it.

Hobie Hoping

As much fun as I am anticipating the new inflatable boat to be, what I really want is this: Hoping that the house sale of the place down south goes through and we have a little extra money to get it. :)

Do It Right First

Now that I have a garage I can actually work in, with room to move around and the tools I need to get things done, I am really having fun making things and customizing things for the house, fishing and other uses. It also means I am learning how to find the right tools and items for a job. If I need zinc plated malleable iron handle nuts, I know why and how to find them. I learned a long time ago that when you need specific items to get a job done right, you might be able to rig up a substitution, but it's never going to be as good as the real thing, so do it right the first time and avoid having to fix it later.

Great Custom Work

This is a pretty cool example of a very tricked out customization of the same type of inflatable boat I have. It's a cheap and fun way to get out on the water. I've done a lot of the same customizations, but some of the ones on here are more than what I did at least for now. If I find the boat holds up well, I may put more time into doing a few more additional add-ons

All Work and a Lot of Play

I use all kinds of software to do my work online. Of course, there's the old trusty word program, but I also use a lot of special programs for artwork, design, site building and print shop software for making business cards, fliers and even book covers. These great programs have a lot of power and let me do a lot of things, but it's not all about work. There's a lot of play involved too. I love creating things with the programs I have. I grew up in the era before computers, so I think it gives me a greater appreciation for what is possible and what they allow me to do than some of the younger generation like my grandkids age have.

Big Projects

My winter project has been customizing a raft boat for the small ponds and rivers around here. Now that spring is (supposed to be) here, I am getting itchy to try it out. It's almost done. I just have to glue the indoor/outdoor carpet to the floorboard and install that, and I'm done. Today I fixed the transducer for the fishfinder/gps to a pipe I fashioned since it can't be screwed into the hull like it would a fiberglass, wood or metal boat. I don't know how well the inflatable boat will hold up to the rigors of fishing shallow waters, but it has been a real learning experience creating the special additions.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Cigar Aromas that Add Flavor and Ambiance

I love the smell of a good cigar, and I especially like when my husband smokes flavored cigars, because they have a delicious aroma that is just delightful. I've even tasted a few of them. It's not like smoking the cigarettes I usually smoke. The flavoring actually stays on your lips for a few minutes to the point that you want to lick your lips and savor it even more. It's nice to have a few different flavors so that you can change between them. That way you never get used to the flavor and it is always a fresh and full experience. Usually when my husband buys them, he gets strong flavors like cherry or mocha. I like the cherry, but I love the aroma of any of them and find the honey flavored cigars to add a lot of soothing ambiance to a room.

Want This So Bad!

I am so excited and hopeful. I may finally get to have my dream "boat" a Hobie Pro Angler 14. First though, I need spring to finally get here and stick. We've had some nice'ish' days, but they always drop back down to the 30s again after a day or two. This is a crazy long end of winter here in Illinois. Here's a video of one part of a review of the pro angler 12 (the smaller version of what I am looking to get.)