Thursday, September 13, 2018

Keeping Busy - Could You Use any Help?

I'm retired but I want/need to keep busy. I've got my unpacking done, I do my own yard and I hang out at the golf course. I've still got time to do odd jobs and handyman work for the neighborhood. Up to now, all the jobs I've been doing have been unpaid, either for myself or family. I know there are jobs that the people in Sugarmill Woods need done and I'm available to help.

Here's a list of some of the jobs I can help with.

  • Yard Maintenance - I mow my own yard but probably don't have the right equipment to do other people's yards. But there is a lot that lawn mowing guys don't do. I can trim and shape bushes, pull vines out of the bushes, repair/replace sprinkler heads, power wash driveways, pull weeds, clean gutters and more.
  • Pool Maintenance - Brushing pools, monitoring chlorine and PH, cleaning pool filters, washing pool decks, scrubbing "ring around the pool", minor pool tile re-grouting and more.
  • Electrical Maintenance - Replace light fixtures, switches and circuit breakers, repair lamps, replace high up bulbs, replace ceiling fans and more
  • Computer Assistance - Troubleshoot computers, replace your screen or printer, get your cell phone to work with your computer and printer and more.
  • Plumbing Repair - Replace faucets, stop toilets from constantly running, stop small leaks and more.
  • Around the House - Furniture assembly, small to medium painting, wall patching, curtain hardware installation, caulking and repairs of all sorts.
If its a job I don't feel I can do well, I'll tell you. The jobs I do take on will all be handled in a workman-like manner and I clean up after myself. I have and will bring my own tools and that includes ladders buckets cleaning supplies sponges and drop cloths. Sometimes I may need to run to the store for an extra or special part and you will only pay what it cost me to buy it.

Let me know what you need done and I'll look at it and give you a quote.

Richard Anderson
(847) 644-6560 - mobile, you can text this number too

Friday, August 31, 2018

New State, New Life

I've been a little busy for the last few months. First I put my house in Illinois on the market, it's a lot of work cleaning and staging a house to sell. That work is nothing compared to the job of packing up your house and actually moving. I bought a house in Florida and cleaning, moving, unpacking and arranging the new house is even harder still.

It's basically over now, I can get both cars in the garage and the boxes that are left to go through are dwindling. I've got my Florida driver's license and voter's registration but still need to register my vehicles in Florida. That can happen now that I have auto insurance transferred.

I moved at the end of June and got to Florida the beginning of July, the heat of the summer. Lots of people in Illinois told me that they couldn't take the heat and humidity. It's not so bad. Personally I enjoy temperatures around 45 degrees F best so it may seem strange that I chose Florida. I can handle it.

Best of all, I gave away my snow blower, shovels, ice scrapers and salt. I intend to never drive on ice or snow again. Cheers from the sunshine state!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tarrifs Can Hurt Businesses They Are Designed to Protect

Consider Ford.

Ford, and all other US auto manufacturers enjoy 25% tarrif protection from foreign made pickup trucks. That means that anyone trying to sell pickup trucks not made in the US has to pay a 25% tax on that pickup once it reaches the US. You don't see any such trucks on the US market even though there are some worthy models out there to import.

Instead, pickup trucks have become the profit centers for all three US brands. I'm sure that the pickup trucks made in the US by Toyota and Nissan are also very profitable. Why is this bad for Ford?

Ford just announced that they are getting out of the car business to focus on pickup trucks and truck like SUVs. In other words, Ford is so addicted to easy pickup profits that they will neglect autos. Rather than take those easy money profits and invest in learning how to make small and mid size cars better and more profitably, Ford will take the easy road and just make protected trucks.

You might say that the US market simply prefers pickup trucks. I might answer that by saying that auto ads are truck ads and that the public has been conditioned to want manly vehicles. The temporarily low fuel prices of the last few years has fed that demand.

Prices will rise, economical transportation will be in demand again and Ford won't have anything to offer. Don't worry, Honda, Hyundai and others will be there to take up the slack, and Ford will probably come asking for a bailout.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I call BS

Things we eat and drink are constantly being challenged or championed. Certain food items are bad for our health, then good. Lately I watched as stories were pushed touting first coffee then moderate consumption of alcohol as contributing to a long life.

As someone who has drank his fair share of each, I was first heartened to read these stories, but skeptical nevertheless. Therefore I asked that world renowned expert, Dr Google, if Mormons have a longer life expectancy than Americans as a whole. They do, and by roughly 10 years.

Mormons famously drink neither alcohol nor coffee. If the recent reports are true, they would add another 5 or 6 years to their lives if they did. I'm sure they won't and that if they did it wouldn't help.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cool Design Makes Fruit Fun and Easy to Eat

Ok, I guess most of you think fruit is already easy to eat. Kiwis however require a little work, though they are well worth it. That fuzzy skin, think two day beard, is not good eats.

I happened on Mighties in the produce section amoungst the other fruit aimed at the school lunch crowd. The spoon knife packed with the kiwis is genius! The spoon has a nice rounded edge that scoops the kiwi out of the fuzzy skin. Just cut an end off with the knife end and scoop with the spoon.

It's fun!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Looks Like Christmas Sausage and Peppers

Wasn't really going for a Christmas theme, but once I put the peppers and mushrooms on the baking sheet it just screamed Merry Christmas.

Super simple to make and a crowd pleaser. I coarsely chop up the veggies and toss them in a large mixing bowl with olive oil and italian herbs. Today I had oregano, basil and some roasted garlic powder. I cook the italian sausage separate in my cast iron fry pan, cut it into bite size pieces and add that at the end. Not sure mushrooms are traditional but I like them. I use purple onions too and hadn't added them yet to the pan when I took the picture.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Why Haven't I Heard of Hasselback Potatoes Before?

I watch most of the cooking shows always looking to find ways to make tasty dishes. I haven't ever seen a cooking show demonstrate hasselback potatoes and only found out about this technique from listening to a radio show discussing acorn squash.

I thought the idea was interesting and tried it yesterday. Hasselback potatoes have multiple parallel cuts in them, not all the way through. This allows you to get seasoning down into the potato and should shorten cooking time.
Here is my first attempt at hasselbacking. After slicing the potatoes, I sprinkled some Tony Chachere's seasoning and inserted butter and american cheese into alternate cuts. I then microwaved for 90 seconds.
Then I added some jalapeno slices where the butter has melted away. Back in the microwave for another 90 seconds.
The cuts were opening up and the american cheese was falling out, so I sprinkled some grated Parmesan cheese and finished cooking with a final 30 seconds in the microwave.
A little salsa on top and there was lunch. After this I looked up hasselback on the web and saw that the cuts are usually closer together. The technique I saw, and used later, used a larger knife to make the cuts. Leave the tip on the cutting board and press down on the potato only cutting halfway through.

Later that day I tried this on some baking potatoes I bought for dinner. Lots of thin slices and then I brushed olive oil on top generously and salted. Again, once the potatoes are cooking, the cuts open up allowing more olive oil to get into the potato with subsequent brushing. At this point more salt or other seasonings can get deep into the potato.

This is a technique that I have barely begun to explore. Looking at the ideas on the web there are lots of variations. Maybe I'll get to trying the squash idea I heard on "The Splendid Table."