My new smart phone has been working out really well and I’m so glad that I have finally learned how to use it for all that it has to offer. I had to have my oldest son Steve help me out with a lot of it, as so many of us “old farts” tend to do, but at least I’ve got it mainly under control thanks to his assistance and patience with me.

Now if only I can get some of the vintage danelectro batteries for my old metronome I’d be a much happier man.

Insulation, Energy, Assistance

So while the guys where at my folks the other day taking care of all of the door and window replacement issues that they have been dealing with as of late, they recommended that my folks check into having a full fledged home energy audit in new jersey to see what else they can do to help keep the cost of energy down at the old home stead. It doesn’t look like any type of energy prices are going to be going down any time soon and now is better than later to get as green as possible in any way that you can, especially in your own home.

There really is a lot of assistance with home repairs businesses and programs all over the country now a days. And considering how hot this summer looks like it will become, I just can’t imagine my parents sweating it out trying to conserve their electricity costs or sweating it out trying to figure out how to pay for that high cost. So now it looks like I’ve got to start looking for a company that does this type of work and some insulation assistance in the state of NJ to get lined up over the weekend.

Enjoying the Mellophone

My little cousin came to visit us during her spring break, and we had seen her blossom from a shy young lady into a high spirited and musical young lady, over the two weeks worth of the time we had with her. She had spent some time with our neighbors daughter that she hit it off with when they met while she was playing in the yard with our dog.

Our neighbors daughter plays the mellophone and had been playing in her garage with the door up to share her beautiful music with close by neighbors that do very much enjoy listening and now she has a nice moog theremin which makes the whole experience so much better. My little cousin had sat down with her to watch her play, and our neighbors daughters had asked her is she knew how to play and my little cousin responded back with “not at all, I wish I did though, can you teach me?” Our neighbors daughter told her she needed a mellophone of her own to play.

When my little cousin told me she wanted one, and why, I called my neighbor to ask where a good place would be to get a mellophone for a good price. He told me I could purchase a mellophone online, and it will save me a ton of money, plus it gets shipped right to our door. I jumped online and found some really great deals, and immediately ordered one for my little cousin.

When it had arrived, my little cousin ran next door to show her new friend and they started playing some beautiful music together in no time. It was so cool to send her back to my cousin with an instrument she enjoys playing, plus a great friend here she can play with when she visits again

Medicine Wheels

My father-in-law is an avid reader of Louis L’Amour’s books and has given me several to read lately. I’ve enjoyed reading the books so far and have noticed that in several of the books he mentions a Medicine Wheel on Medicine Mountain in Wyoming so I decided to research it on the world wide web and here is what I found and wanted to share with my readers what I found:

“Medicine wheels are stone structures built by the natives of America and Canada for various spiritual and ritual purposes. Appearing mostly in Alberta, Canada, medicine wheels were built by laying out stones in a circular pattern that often looked like a wagon wheel laying on its side. The wheels could be large, reaching diameters of 75 feet. Although archaeologists aren’t exactly sure what each one was used for, it is thought that they probably had ceremonial or astronomical significance.

Erecting massive stone structures is a well-documented activity of ancient man, from the Egyptian pyramids to Stonehenge, and the natives of Northern America are no different in this regard. What does separate them from the rest is how non-intrusive their structures were. Unlike the usual towering stone monoliths, the natives simply laid down lots of stones on the earth in certain arrangements. One of the more obtuse arrangements is the medicine wheel.

Medicine wheels appear all over northern United States and southern Canada, specifically South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Most of the wheels have been found in Alberta. In all over 70 medicine wheels have been found.

One of the prototypical medicine wheels is in Big Horn County, Wyoming. This 75 foot diameter wheel has 28 spokes, and is part of a vast set of old Native American sites that document 7,000 years of their history in that area. It is located on a ridge of Medicine Mountain, part of northern Wyoming’s Big Horn Range.

It is a circular arrangement of stones measuring 75 feet across with 28 rows of stones that radiate from a central cairn to an encircling stone rim. Placed around the periphery of the wheel are five smaller, stone circles. The Medicine Wheel’s function and builders remain a mystery. However, there is general agreement that it was built approximately 200 years ago by indigenous Native Americans, and that its 28 “spokes” may symbolize the days in a lunar month. To Native Americans, this remains a sacred, ceremonial site.”

I guess I’ll put this place on my ever growing list of places that I want to visit before I die.

Easter Thoughts

Tomorrow should be a nice easy going Easter family get together that we are hosting this year. We are expecting between 9 and 11 guests, won’t know for sure until it happens. We were very careful as to who we invited and with luck we might manage to avoid any butting of heads or conflicts. That of course is always the mission at each family gathering but it rarely works out that way as we grow older and more drama keeps us busy and at each others throats for numerous reasons.

I’m sure that there will be plenty of conversation to be shared at the extra long table that we purchased for entertaining groups of friends and families throughout the years. The wife very carefully thought out and made place cards at each plate setting with the names printed on them just to make sure that there is a good mix of people that like to talk scattered throughout the ones that are on the quiet side.

Last Easter my brother-in-law pretty much hogged the whole conversation talking about his recent Mass Texting attempts in to boost business and Text Marketing is getting more popular these days and getting a lot of attention in today’s marketing. He has tried email marketing, which I think is a waste of money. For the most part all of those emails land in people’s spam and are not given a second thought or look. I am sure he will be sharing his recent results at dinner. Hopefully he will have some good numbers to brag about and then we can move it along to another person will another subject this year.

I’m glad that we don’t have any little kids that are expected to show up. It is supposed to rain all day and that would totally ruin the best thought out Easter Eggs hunt. Hunting for eggs would just really suck inside a house, especially a house that you aren’t familiar with. Been there and done that before, don’t want to have to do that again.