Friday, August 17, 2018

Grilled Zucchini Salad With Mustardy Vinaigrette

Piling on the parsley, basil and chives turns this sliced and grilled zucchini into a meal by itself.  The vinaigrette, kicked up with Dijon and shallots, adds a sharp tang.  This time of year is perfect for zucchini, so don't put this recipe off for long.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hugging In The Corner

In what I believe to be one of the most brilliant parenting ideas ever, my wife told me that when her boys, like all boys do, got into fights with each other and got mad, she would send them to a corner of the room, together, and them make them hug each other.  Pretty hard to remain angry in the midst of a good hug, and soon their tempers would subside, laughter filled the air and happy order was restored.  That's taking the traditional "time-out" to another level!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Garage Door Annoyance

There were times when the openers in our cars would not open or close the garage door.  After discussing it with a guy from Highfield Door Sales, he said that certain LED bulbs emit interference that might be the cause, and he was right.  Replacing an older LED, just the one that faces the driveway, with a newer one that complies with "Part 15 of the FCC rules", has resolved this annoyance.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mattress Foundation

The new Nectar bed needed a base, and box springs are a useless expense with a foam mattress, so I opted for this assemble-yourself foundation.  Each end of each piece has a number that gets matched up with the same number on another piece and then bolted together.  When that's understood, it's a piece of cake to assemble. It gets completed with an all-sides, zippered cloth cover that makes it look like a traditional box spring.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Nectar Mattress

Upgraded an upstairs bedroom with this king-size Nectar memory foam mattress.  It comes all rolled up in a cylinder and after you remove its packaging it expands over the first 24 hours into the picture below.  My first trial, after work last Thursday, resulted in over an hour's nap.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Beef Stroganoff

Indulge yourself and buy some high-quality egg noodles for his ultimate comfort food, which incorporates butter, sour cream and cream cheese to add warmth to your bones, and mushrooms, garlic, onion, mustard and spices to please your taste buds.  Then rent a movie.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon

Some sugar, some spice, and the salmon is nice. 

Not all recipes need a dozen-plus ingredients and a half-hour to prepare.  Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil and cleanup is just as easy.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Income Distribution

As I approached retirement and began the planning process, I put together the following charts which depict how the distribution of our income is expected to change.  With no money going into social security or 401(k) accounts, combined with a lower tax bracket, the improvement in the percentage ending up in our wallet is pretty nice.  Your results will likely be very different, but planning ahead and knowing where you are, and where you will be, takes a lot of stress out of your golden years.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Android Pie

It's a real pleasure to have a Google Pixel 2 phone and the morning that a new Android version is released, my phone begins installing it.  No more waiting for months and drooling for the latest features.  I guess drooling is the proper term as Android versions are named after desserts, in this case "Pie" for Android "P".

Monday, August 6, 2018

Excel Paste Multiple Lines Into A Single Cell

Copying multiple lines into Excel, starting at a selected cell, results in one cell being used per line.  But pasting it into a single cell can be done by double-clicking the cell first.  Or you can also press F2 or enter the data in the Formula bar to get the same treatment.  Why it took me this long to find this I'll never know, but I've wasted my share of time.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Italian Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Bored with burgers?  Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day?  Bam, this recipe is for you.

A combo of hot and sweet Italian sausage is topped with sauteed onions and peppers (careful not to over-saute) and double provolone, and served on ciabatta rolls with a mayo and pesto spread.  I'm thinking next time adding a few pieces of bacon to make it really decadent and proceed directly to a food coma state.

Thursday, August 2, 2018


Another free (I love free) utility to add to your techie toolkit. 

I ran across a file that had ".fax" as its extension, which was bogus, and wanted to know what it really was.  Looking at the file in NotePad, it was just gibberish, and offered no clue to its real identify.  Then I found TrIDNET, downloaded it and gave it the file to analyze. Poof, it was really a TIFF (Tagged Image File Format), an older graphics image format.  I renamed the file with a ".tiff" extension and voila, it displayed just fine.