Thursday, May 21, 2015

Life used to be simple

I've thought about this a lot. Life used to be simple. Now a days you almost have to be super human to survive. We have so much garbage thrown at us we hardly can deal with it all. We are bombard from all sides.

I spend a lot time in front of spreadsheets. Got to be a financial wizard to run a budget. Need to be constantly on the look out for the army of scumbags trying to steal every dime you have. Got to have the skills of a lawyer to protect yourself against the BS going on.

Got to be an expert on everything. Ok, I am not just lamenting. I am telling it like it is. The difference between a winner and a loser, is being able to handle the nonsense in an age where there is little to no stability. Everything has changed and you have to deal with chaos to keep your head above water. Just the way it is.

Winner are winners because they stay on the ball. Always thinking, watching and being proactive. Losers pound down some more beers and drown their sorrows. I like beer as much as the next guy, but have never allowed it to rule my life either. Just saying. Or get drugged out and lose it all. The world is full of people that can't handle it...

While most people can handle X amount of BS, anyone can break. I am just stating what i know to be true. Personally I've spent most of my life mufti-tasking to the max. So it's ingrained into my system. I spend a few hour a day in front of my computer writing. Writing helps me stay focused on the daily grind. Spreadsheet make sure my budget is stuck to coupled with some self discipline.

Life 50 years ago was much simpler. Today you constantly must be reaching, expanding and growing. I am an old fart and I learn new things everyday.  I was a teenager 50 years ago and remember how things where back then.  Life was much simpler back in the 1950's, I know, I was there and old enough to remember.
I remember the first calculator I ever saw. $250 bucks for a simple electronic calculator. I remember using a slide rule. I remember when credit cards didn't exist. People paid cash and only took loans out for houses or maybe a car.

Today we are inundated with info. Most people have the attention span of a knat. Sound bites tell us everything and nothing at the same time. I am retired and as busy to day as I ever was. I just move much slower. But to sit still with nothing to do would make me crazy (If I did it everyday), always need to be thinking on something.

So while it's nice to reminisce about the good old days when life was simpler, reality has other plans for us.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Been busy

Spring is here and I am working on my small garden. I am doing my version of three sisters. I weed whack a small circle in the grass. Dump a 40 lb bag of soil in the circle. Level it out some. Plant 5 corn seeds. One in the center of the circle. 4 on the corners. I plant 4 squash plants (pumpkin, zucchini, cucumbers) in between the corn. When the corn is about 4" tall I will plant pole beans (black and kidney) next to each corn plant.

This method is very simple and not labor intensive. Since all these plants support each other, I get a bunch of plants in a surprisingly small area. I have 8 circles. While it may not seem like much, each circle will produce 5 stalks of corn, 4 various types of squash and 5 pole beans. A lot of food for a small area.

Three sisters is an old native American growing method for anyone who doesn't know. There are many variations.


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