The Man Cave

Two things happened this weekend:

  1. BW went away for the weekend.
  2. It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

I’m writing this from my new home office I decorated or ‘made over’ this weekend while BW was away.

Over time I’ve slowly been moving BW’s stuff out of her ‘library’ – a little corner in the basement where we kept her books and filing cabinets and all the other crap that never seemed to make it to the ‘real basement’.

When I moved in my desk a week or so ago we both knew it was just a matter of time. We bought some cheap carpet to cover the ugly floor and keep my toes warm but the carpet was still a little hard on the feet now that I am using my desk as a standing desk.

Earlier this week I bought a standing desk floor mat and then this weekend while the boss was away I bought some interlocking foam flooring which added some padding as well.

And then I got to thinking that I should do the entire office in the flooring. But first, BW’s bookcases would need to go.

Books – say hello to the basement.

It really is a library:

I kept things just as they were when the books were upstairs as I made note of what shelf they were on when I emptied the shelves and then put the books back on. The only thing I changed was that no books are on the bottom in case our sump pump decides to die and we don’t notice.

Once those pesky books were out of the way i then had enough room for a recliner which I swiped from the living room and a bit more flooring after a trip back to home depot.

Something was still missing… I know – pictures on the wall. I forgot I had these but they picture frames for albums so now I have some album covers on the wall.

And I have a nice cosy little man cave.

I also spruced up the basement a bit while I was down there and I tossed a bunch of stuff and set up a much brighter light and repurposed our old kitchen table that cannow be be BW’s craft table/my photo table.

I texted BW Saturday night that this is what happens when she leaves me unsupervised. We have found that it’s best if I do stuff like this when she’s not here. Besides, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness…

Not So Tidy Husband

It’s Tuesday, and that means I only work a few hours in the evening so there’s usually some time on tuesdays for me to clean the house.

BW left for work in a flurry and hurry as is the usual, but on the way out the door she joked that we have to change the blog name to “not so tidy husband” as we both agreed that the house was about a 6 on the richter scale when it comes to crap that needed put away and dog hair that needed swept up.

As I was cleaning up and taking wonder woman upstairs to BW’s office where she rightfully belongs I wondered what happened – how did the house get so bad?. Oh wait, I know – I wasn’t home, I was busy. That explains it.

This doesn’t mean we don’t pick up as we go, and the bed gets made and the dog gets walked but the mail on the kitchen table was piling up so things just needed an hour or so to get sorted out. You know, so I could fix stuff like this:

We like to keep the house about a 7 or 8 out of 10 on the clean side where a 10 is an impossible goal as it looks like an ikea catalog where nobody has dog hair or lamp cords

We will never be a 10. Earlier today we were a six. I fixed that.

The blog name can stay the same for now and it doesn’t look like an earthquake hit and left a trail of old mail and toast crumbs.

For now. Tomorrow’s a whole new day of dog hair.

The Hundred Dollar Box, Part II

Yesterday after spending too much money at Home Depot, we continued our errands and went to BW’s office, because big exciting times would be had: the $100 box is here

Of course we just had to see what a hundred dollar box looked like when all assembled:

And… it’s a box. But you do get a free garbage bag with it as well so there’s that. It even comes with instructions on how to build the box.

After it was built, we had to test it out and see if it worked:

And what to you know, it does! BW seems afraid of it though. 🙂

And that’s how we spend our Saturday night.

The big question I guess is – was the box worth it? I think so. It seems silly to cough up that much for a box but BW seems to be having a great time with the recycling and composting thing and there’s much worse so I won’t complain.

Also, she had Hershey’s Kisses in her office so I was good. And when I was done, I tossed the wrapper in the box.

Is Your Refrigerator Running?

I get a call from BW just as I am leaving work:

“What do you NOT want to do tonight?”, she asks.

Ummmm… I give up. Tell me.

“We are going refrigerator shopping”, she tells me.

Our fridge has died.

Oh. Good.

So I forget hitting the grocery store on the way home because what would be the point?

About 10 minutes later, she calls me back and informs me that the fridge is once again running.

Good. Crisis Averted. $1000+ Saved.

Once I get home,we realize the real problem with the fridge: The light bulb is burned out.

My guess is this: BW opened the fridge and was greeted with darkness and went into OMG WE NEED A NEW FRIDGE mode. She didn’t hear it hum so so she assumed the worst. But in fact the fridge was off because it was cool enough. But the lights were indeed burned out.

At least this is what I am going with. I could be wrong but my backup pie in the freezer is still frozen so that’s good because otherwise it would be PIE FOR BREAKFAST!

And to think I didn’t know what I was going to write about earlier today.

BW to the rescue once again.

If They Have to Tell You It’s Premium


It probably isn’t.

I was in a 2012 Honda Civic tonight and right on the console above the radio was written in big letters: Premium Stereo Sound

Let’s just clarify:  I was in a Honda. A base Civic. Not a Lexus, Beemer even the Honda premium brand  – Acura.

If I was in one of those brands then one might expect since you’re riding around in  a car worth about the same as my house one would expect the radio to sound nice and a brand might be associated with the sound like Bose, Harmon Kardon, etc.

But I was in a Civic. How premium could one expect or even want? I think that my requirements in a car stereo would be that it works, has a volume knob (I hate push buttons) and because it’s 2018 – bluetooth.

The rest doesn’t matter

This must work though. I mean Honda (and others) have been at it for a while so surely somebody in marketing said “Be sure to get that premium sound screen printed on the dashboard” at some meeting.

I wonder if this works?

Do people read their dashboard and feel better knowing they shelled out the big bucks and the dash has some words to remind you how the stereo sounds? Shouldn’t the stereo  have to prove itself like the rest of the car?

You don’t see the tires printed with letters on them that state that they offer premium grip, or how about the steering wheel? – would the lettering on that be ” premium circular shape” for extra control.

Or what about the rest of the dashboard? The heater and a/c controls don’t get any respect either. There was not a word about them anywhere and if it were my choice, I would much rather have heat than a stereo.  If the stereos’ broken I can hum, but if the heat doesn’t work I freeze to death.

It all seems silly to me that we’re so influence by brands and also what the brands say. If my made in china shirt has a logo then it’s fashion. If the same shirt comes in a six pack I picked up from target then it’s of lesser quality?

Perhaps I’m not the market for an entry level Honda and that the people they market to want to be told the stereo is good – I don’t know.

What I do know that you can’t always believe what’s on the label.

All This Screaming and Yelling

one of the quieter moments

My mission today: find a way for BW to watch the Super Bowl –  preferably for free.

It turns out you can watch it for free with the Amazon fire stick.

So…BW is downstairs yelling at the TV. As I write this at half-time her team is winning.

I think.

She’s the sports fan, not me. I like the commercials.

Don’t ask me. I don’t know what’s going on either.

As it’s getting late and there’s still another half of this,  I’m not going to wait up and see how this all ends as I have my own team to cheer on.



I Don’t Like Mondays

Mondays are hard. I work a 12 hour shift so it’s really hard to come home and find the motivation to write or even trickier – what to write.

But here I am because I can’t miss a day with this little project. I told BW that some days are going to be better than others when it comes to blog posts and this is not one of those days.

The weather was weird for January with 47 degrees and fog.

Here’s a photo. I’m going to bed.

Nerd Day

Not every post can be about how wonderful BW is and this one of them.

Wait, let me rephrase that: BW, you ARE wonderful but it’s just that this post won’t be to your liking. ( Whew, that was close)

Anyway, the past day or two I’ve been in nerd heaven at home here exploring new software and the like and I just have to share this:

It’s called Pi-Hole and it’s software intended to be installed on a raspberry pi and then connected to your router. It then only allows your computer to call from known servers and not ad servers.

And wow! I forgot how fast the web could be before it got ruined with ads. I’m not so much against some webmaster with a few ads that makes him/her some money. It’s just that some have really gone to town with the advertising and tracking and I don’t need to know that 1 easy step to lose belly fat.

Here’s an example:

With Ads

Without Ads

Pages load much faster when you’re just loading the content and not all the ads.

I didn’t have a raspberry pi, but I did have an old laptop that could act as an ad blasting computer and now every device on our network doesn’t see an ad ever.

Total cost to zap internet ads : Nothing.

Anker Bluetooth Headphones

This was an impulse buy.

I bought them when I was at Lowes buying the blinds for our new family room makeover and as they were half price marked down to $14.99 from $39.99 I figured what the heck, I can use them for listening to podcasts when I walk the dog.

Turns out, they’re much better than I expected. They connect right away, and the battery life seems to not be a problem for my use case and they stay in my ears. A neat feature is they have magnets on the back and when you connect them not only does it prevent tangles but it also turns the headphones off.

These are great. Buy Them

Mood Lighting

I found some LED strip lights on ebay for ten bucks and thought I might as well try them and put them behind the TV and see how they look. Turns out, they work pretty well and even came with a remote control for brightness and colors. They plug directly into the TV for power too so when the TV gets turned off so do the lights.


It seems I got a raise at work.

Have a great weekend. 🙂

Doggie Boots

We thought we would buy boots for the dog to protect her feet, but it didn’t go so well.


Needless to say, they are going back. She is just going to have to be an indoor dog until it warms up.

One Day at a Time

Happy New Year Everybody.

If I have one resolution it’s to try and write a bit more here, and share some photos. I keep thinking I have to wait until I have some great novel composed or we have to go on great adventures before I have something to write about.

But then I don’t write at all and I regret that so maybe this is the year that this all changes and I actually get an audience of more than about five readers. Or…not. We shall see.

The photo you see is the view from my ‘office’ at work. It was a little cold out for the first day of the year and it looks to stay cold for the remainder of the week.

Lastly, the other resolution I have is to eat more pie. Hope your 2018 will be a great one. 🙂

Keep Warm.

TH, and Co.