Wednesday, February 11, 2009

February 11, 2009

Man am I frustrated.  I got home thinking I'd have a nice quiet evening, but instead my wife hands me a letter from Comcast Cable.  The next two hours was spent on the phone with Comcast and TiVo, trying to salvage TV in my house.  Frankly if it were up to me I'd cancel cable and read, but my wife and kids would be lost without it.  Sorry to say it's true.  So my night was completely ruined by the back and forth of no TV and maybe TV.  I spent so much time trying to figure out how to get cable to work once they switch to all digital (different from the Federal thing).  In the end, if I have some cord with little feet on it that came with my TiVo, then it will work, but I won't be able to record two things anymore, which is why I bought the thing.  Funny thing, I NEVER saw this coming.  I spent tons of money to get a TV that works.  That's what I want.  I could care less about digital or whatever.  So fingers crossed, we found one of the two cables we have.  And in a month we'll see if we have TV.  Boy will my kids be upset if Handy Manny, Little Einsteins and Curious George don't stick around. hehe.

On a brighter note, I received a package from John over at GW.  He graciously offered to make me one of his fancy soil block makers!  It arrived today. THANK YOU JOHN!  YOU ROCK!  I can't wait to use it (hopefully this weekend) to make soil blocks for my cole crops.  I should really start those soon, hehe.  Thanks again John!

Lastly, I love Dan's suggestion about the baskets from that online hyrdroponics store.  Well, sure enough, we've got a local hydroponics store in my area.  Who knew such a thing existed?  Unfortunately they close at 6, which makes it impossible for me to get there during the week, so it looks like I've got an errand on Saturday.  See, I want to check to see how tall the 6" baskets are.  That matters in Self Watering Container construction because that determines the size of the water reservoir.  About 6" is what I'd think is necessary in height.  So I want to take a tape measurer with me.  They'll think I'm wierd if I buy like 10 of them, hehe.

Enjoy your garden!


  1. Dealing with tv, internet or phone companies has to be the worst thing possible. You would think with all the money they have flowing in they could offer better service. I think reading a book would be better too.

    I am guessing those mesh pots are about 5 inches high. Those hydroponic places have some pretty interesting grow systems, almost like made science at times.

  2. The only time my TV has been on for the past two years was for the Super Bowl. The best thing I ever done.


  3. I'd love to get some soil blockers. I have a prize gift from Peddler's wagon, it won't cover the total cost, but I may purchase from them.

    You should cancel your cable, just buy a nice antenna. Mr Chiots and I cancelled ours 2 years ago. We missed for about a week, then we noticed we were getting so much more accomplished. We watch shows on the internet or watch movies from netflix. We have an antenna in the attic and we get better digital channels (ABC, CBS, NBC) than our friends with the digital satellite. I'd highly recommend canceling. Perhaps you could come up with a special to make your family more open - say you'll save all the money for a nice vacation.

  4. Can you tell us more about soil blocks and block makers? Photos?

  5. We keep saying we're going to cancel cable because we rarely watch tv but our kids also adore Handy Manny. We really get into football, but now tv seems pointless.

    I thought my husband was going to have a duck once it was all over. Then, they came and replaced our cable boxes and these new jobies don't display the time. Now we keep looking by habit over at blank spaces and think we're going crazy. I feel your pain!