Love by jbcal
Love, a photo by jbcal on Flickr.

My wife was lucky enough to get a hug.

Courney and friend

Courney and friend by jbcal
Courney and friend, a photo by jbcal on Flickr.

Auto uploaded from Flickr…This is a photo of my golden retriever and my cat.  The cat sleeps on the dog (would sleep inside the dog if he could) to keep warm.  Cute!

My First Garden – Wrap Up

My first attempt at my own garden was a success. I grew Roma tomatoes,  Anaheim peppers,  gypsy peppers,  green bell peppers,  and orange bell peppers.

Six tomato plants, nine pepper plants

I planted six Roma tomato plants,  which turned out to be WAY too many. I was harvesting 3-4 pounds of tomatoes every couple of days through September.

first harvest
My first harvest







I made salsa and salsa and salsa. My wife made a couple of roasted tomato recipes and my youngest daughter made bruscetta. I gave tons of tomatoes and peppers away to neighbors, too.

I did not use any fertilizer or bug chemicals at all. Not that I meant to not use them,  I just never had to. We had grasshoppers here and there,  but it wasn’t too bad. I read somewhere that Marigolds keep bugs away,  so I planted Marigolds in pots and placed the pots around the garden. I’d pop the dead heads off every couple of days and throw them into the garden. I have no idea if that helped with the bugs or not,  but again,  I had no bug problems.

last harvest
Last harvest of the year




Next year I plan to increase the size of the garden from 4′ x 8′ to about 8′ x 8′. I plan to plant the same as this year and add onions,  jalapeno peppers,  garlic,  and some herbs.

How to Fix a Frozen B&N Nook

How to Fix a Frozen B&N Nook®

So, my Barnes & Noble Nook froze up a couple of days ago. The screensaver was displayed with “Press the power button to wake up your Nook” across the top. But,  it wouldn’t wake up.  Grr!

I found several procedures listed by different people on how to melting ice cubesunfreeze the Nook,  but none of them worked for me,  so I called B&N (800-THE-BOOK) to see if they could help me. The customer service guy was very good to help with my problem. I told him about the procedures I tried,  which didn’t work,  and he told me a new procedure. I decided to document it here in the case that someone else runs into the same problem. This is straight from B&N technical service:

  1. Remove the battery.
  2. Hold the power button for 45-50 seconds. 
  3. Leave the Nook as it is for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Replace the battery.
  5. Using your A/C converter,  plug your USB cord into the wall socket (not your computer) and into your Nook.
  6. Let it charge for 3-5 hours.
  7. Unplug it from the wall and push the power button.
I created a brief video of this process on YouTube: 

That should do it.  If it doesn’t fix the frozen issue,  then B&N told me they would replace the Nook.
I hope this helps you.