Friday, July 23, 2010

Computer memory

I still remember years ago when I had my first computers that cost thousands of dollars and parts like computer memory will cost an arm when you upgrade. Nowadays just about everybody can afford which used to be luxury items. I think it’s a good thing; technology should be made affordable and available to all concerned, that’s why it’s called progress! I can only imagine what technology is going to be like in the near future.

Harvesting garlic

Once the tops of your garlic plants start to die back, you know it’s time to harvest. Most of us plant our garlic in the fall and then sit back and wait. Growing garlic is an act of faith, since you won’t know how things are going until the moment of truth. At least potatoes let you peek around the edges and sneak a few baby potatoes early.

Growing sweet pea

Sweet peas are usually direct seeded. To assist germination, seeds should be nicked or soaked in water for several hours, to soften the seed coating. Seed can be started outdoors, as soon as the ground has warmed to about 50 degrees F. and is not too wet. At about 3-6", pinch the seedlings to encourage strong side shoots. Seed can be started earlier indoors, in pots. Pinch off all flowers and buds when transplanting seedlings, to encourage root development.

Baby announcements

We had a pleasant surprise from our friends whom we haven’t seen for quite some time. It was a baby announcement informing us about their new born baby! Looks like they’ve been busy all these times. So immediately we called them up congratulating them and we’ll be catching up with them for lunch this weekend. Sounded like they’ve been sending baby announcements to everybody so we just might have a big baby shower instead!

My gardens in winter

There are so many jobs to do in the garden but I'm over the cold. I can totally understand why animals hibernate. That's just what I feel like doing but we're half way through winter so onwards and upwards! One thing I've decided to do is remove the lilac tree next to the magnolia. Even though I adore the spring flowers the tree didn’t look much good for the rest of the year, having suffered due to the last few years of drought. And the trunk and branches had split quite badly so best to remove it.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Prenatal vitamins

I think my sister and her husband are planning a family. The other day I saw her buying prenatal vitamins. I’m happy for them but heard nothing from her about their plan just yet. I supposed they want to keep this a secret until the big day to announce it to the family. I can’t wait, everyone will be thrilled.

My ongoing war with possums

Possums are commonly found in suburban areas, where they are often considered pests owing to their habit of eating fruit, vegetables, flowers and tender young shoots from gardens, and nesting in roofs. The loud hissing, crackling territorial call of the male common brushtail may also be a problem for suburban residents. Natural deterrents, which play upon the possum's acute sense of smell, are often employed to discourage them. These include cloves of garlic, camphor or naphthalene. As a native species in Australia, possums are protected by Australian regulations, even when they reside in urban neighbourhoods, and cannot be baited. If captured, regulations stipulate that they must be released within a small radius of the capture site, as they are territorial creatures. Preventative measures such as blocking off their access to the roof spaces or building a possum nesting box for an alternative home are instead recommended.

Diets that work

This is impossible; I’ve tried everything under the sun but to no avail. I’m talking about going on diet and losing that extra weight. I just want diets that work and not promise of turning your life around and giving you that celebrity bodies we all adore from Hollywood. There has to be a diet that is just right for me and I can’t wait to find it.

I hate cleaning my fish tank

Fish tank cleaning can be made easier with the help of a few tools. You can ask about these tools when you purchase your tank. First off, be sure to buy tank tongs. These are long, claw-like bars that allow you to clean and get at the bottom of the tank. If fish tank cleaning is new to you, you are probably not aware of how difficult it is to get to the bottom of the tank. These tongs will surely make this job much easier. Also, do not forget to pick up a net. A net will come in handy whenever you need to scoop something out of the water that may be causing a problem or to scoop up a fish for thorough tank cleaning.

Steel building

After the devastating bush fire the communities are slowly rebuilding their lives and townships. With lessons learned from the fire most people are opting for steel building dwellings instead of the traditional timber and concrete buildings. I think this is a great idea because it will definitely save life and to an extent properties as well. The only problem the communities are facing now is bureaucratic red tapes.

Thing to do in July

July is the month when most roses are pruned, although there are some exceptions. For example, it’s not yet time to prune those roses that have one single massed flowering in spring. This group includes some of the old-fashioned roses, as well as banksias and many weeping standards, all of which should be pruned after flowering. Most climbing roses, too, should be left until after blooming before you think about cutting them back. And, in cold districts, you might like to wait until later and prune when there’s no risk of new growth being damaged by frost.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Window boxes

It’s no surprise to people who know me that one of my favourite past times is gardening. I have been gardening for many years and my enthusiasm is stronger today than it was when I first started so many years ago. Of course back then when I was learning I had to make my own window boxes from scrap timber because there were no commercial window boxes planters on the market.

Nowadays I can buy window flower boxes everywhere and there’s no limit to the designs. The reason why I’m talking about window plant boxes is because I’ll soon be moving into an apartment so the best way to have a garden is to use window box gardening. There are a variety of garden window boxes I can pick from.

My all time favorite fruit

My all time favorite fruit is the durian. The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae. Widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.

Online tutor

Back in my schooling days I had the misfortune of not able to get some help on my subjects especially math help. Nowadays kids are spoilt for choice as there are so many online tutor sites to suit everyone, some even provide free online tutoring if you are tight with cash.

Only if I was born later then I would be able to get all the math tutors online now. Instead all my parents could afford for me was a math tutor from the neighbourhood who wasn’t much of a math problem solver himself. So parents, if you want your kids to do well in class then invest a small amount of money in an online math tutor. It’ll pay off in the end.

Where I can from

I came from a place few people know about. Sarawak is one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Known as Bumi Kenyalang ("Land of the Hornbills"), it is situated on the north-west of the island. It is the largest state in Malaysia; the second largest, Sabah, lies to the northeast.

The administrative capital is Kuching which has a population of 579,900 (2006 census; Kuching City South - 143,500; Kuching City North - 133,600; Padawan- 3rd Mile/ 7th Mile/ 10th Mile - 302,800). Major cities and towns also include Sibu (pop. 254,000), Miri (pop. 263,000) and Bintulu (pop. 176,800). As of last census (December 31, 2006), the state population was 2,357,500.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Nuphedragen reviews

I heard someone talking about this so called nuphedragen pills, a kind of diet pills that is supposed to revolutionize the weigh loss industry. I’ve always been the sceptical type so I need to read more on as much nuphedragen reviews as I can before making a decision. I’m all for diet pills that work but they must also be safe too.

Too much to do

Its the weekend again so what's in store for the next two days? Well there are heaps of things I have to do but didn't have the chance to do them so I'm hoping to get them done this weekend. There's more pruning to do in the gardens, lawns to mow, vegie patch to tend to and I also need to do some housework too. Then maybe, just maybe I can go get a haircut! Too much to do for one weekend.

Earn a degree online

I’m well into middle age now and looking back on my life I have only one regret; I should have done better in school, go to college and get a degree to start off my life on the right foot. Not to worry because like most mature age students I can now earn a degree online with so I can realise my lifetime dream of getting a good education.

Too cold to garden

I've been neglecting my gardens; the roses need pruning, the lawns need mowing and the perenials all need attention but I've been procrastinating! Well you can't really blame me when the weather is so bad; it's cold, wet and did I mention bitterly cold? I'm also busy with work so I can only have the weekends to get stuck into them but when the weekend is wet and cold I give up!