Thursday, April 21, 2016


Superstitions are downright weird if you take the time to think about it. Actions causing a desired outcome on things you have no control over. If that's not weird, I don't know what is.

Athletes are the biggest offenders of having them. Well, maybe fans give them a good fight, but sports in general are full of superstitions.

Am I superstitious? Damn right. And not just when it comes to sports. If I have a good day at work, I try to replicate it the next day.

Details matter to people who are superstitious. This is their lifeblood in fact.  Without the details, how would you know if your socks are lucky? How would you know if where you sat mattered?

See "normal" people take these things for granted. Not us superstitious people. We notice. Ask the Wife. I am detail oriented. She can confirm.

Why do I write this? Well, I am off to watch the Rangers' game. In a different seat than the one I sat in last game. A game they lost. Changing seats is going to help.

Just remember, I admit superstitions are weird. If they don't work. Hey! They should make a commercial like that.

Let's go Rangers!

Until next time.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2016 Vegetable Garden

Today it got real. The seeds have been planted for the 2016 vegetable garden. This year's lineup will include:

Jalapeño peppers
Serrano peppers
Sweet banana peppers
Bell peppers
Green beans

As I mentioned in a previous post, I learned from last year and will be adjusting the formation to get better sun and help things grow better.

The objective this year is to pickle the peppers and cucumbers, and if there are enough, to can some tomatoes. First things first though. The seeds need to sprout. If all goes as planned, hopefully by next weekend, we should have some sprouting. If not, we always have the CSA to fall back on for our vegetable consumption.

Here's to farming! Happy growing season.

Until next time.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Historical Times

I am a glutton for punishment when it comes to politics. I have been following the Presidential campaign and frankly, it's downright nuts and scary. Not only is it those adjectives, but it is historical. As a political science and history major in college, the time we are living through right now is stuff that will be written about for years to come. So if you are leaning towards voting for Bernie or the Donald, just know we are living in some historic times.

Now this is not a political blog, so we won't be getting into any of the issues of the campaign or discussing any of the candidates, but I am liking watching these commercials for the candidates. It will be interested to see who wins the New York and Pennsylvania primaries over the next two weeks.

A friendly reminder that today is tax day. Get those income taxes filed today or face impending doom. Why they wouldn't be filed yet is beyond me, but if you haven't, get them in. Today!

On a different note, the backyard is officially open for business. All we need now is Clover to not dig up the solar lanterns and we will be good to go.

The seeds for the vegetables will be started this week. We are scaling down the amount of vegetables we will be growing because we are participating in the same CSA we did last year. Instead I am concentrating on tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and some green beans. If I can get my hands on some hop rhizomes, they might go into the ground as well, but those might have to wait until next year.

Enjoy the weather. Get outside and do something. Anything.

Until next time.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Some Ramblings

It's been a while since we've done one of these, so let's not waste precious time.

-The Rangers take on the Penguins in game 2 of their opening round series this afternoon. The Rangers just announced Henrik will be starting today after leaving game 1 because of a stick to the eye. Good news, because without winning today, this series might be over pretty quickly. Today is going to show me a lot about this year's team. #LGR

-The Mets won last night. That's two in a row. Way too early in the season to panic about anything. I would like to see some hitters coming to life, and I think some are. Cespedes hit a HR last night and, while still a goofball, looks like he is starting to hit. Lucas Duda needs to start hitting as well. He is a big bat that can help carry the offense. He needs to produce just as well as he did last year. Again, very early in the season to be jumping off bridges. That will wait until Memorial Day.

-The NFL schedule was announced this week and the Jets have five primetime games this season. Not to mention one of the toughest schedules in the league. They play the AFC East, AFC North, and the NFC West. Way to early to worry about the schedule, let alone the 2016 season. We have the draft to take our mind off of that in two weeks.

-On the home brewing front, I have brewed a Rye IPA that has turned out nicely. I also have a Sorachi Saison fermenting, but is not ready yet. Hopefully by Memorial Day. I'm getting the itch to brew another one, just not sure what kind. Maybe I can make my own recipe. Hmm. Maybe.

-Lots of things going on at the Homestead as well. Getting ready for the spring and outside world. There is a plan to build a shed. The Wife is not holding her breath, but she will be proven wrong on this one. Oh will she be proven wrong.

-Vegetable garden plans have been made as well. Learned a couple of things last year that will be applied to this year's version. For example, the layering of things based on size and height. I now have a better concept of how things should be, and I am looking forward to tending to this year's garden.

Here's to nicer weather, and being outside. Here's to green grass, colorful flowers, and plentiful vegetable garden. Here's to spring!

Until next time.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Five Years

Five years ago I had an idea. The idea was going to allow me to get to express opinions freely. Not that I can't do that normally, but this idea allowed it to be all mine. That idea was Hops and Homers.

Today is the five year anniversary of the first post and when the idea became a reality. This blog has kind of morphed into something different than it started, but the same principal remains. The logos have changed. The site layout has changed, and more than likely will change again.

In the beginning, I was obsessed with the back end of the site and even taught myself how to code. I still don't understand it completely, but at least I have some idea.

There have been many other changes, especially in content. I tried to post consistently over the last five years. Sometimes I was successful, sometimes not so much. I did beer reviews for a while, but realized beer tasting is way to subjective and basically  I'd rather drink the beer than taste it and write about it.

So here's to another five years! Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time.