Saturday, May 6, 2017


I have written about this before, but I think it's worth repeating. Superstitions are weird when they don't work. The key is finding out what works. This is especially true for the playoffs. Yes, it may make you seem a little bit crazy, but aren't we all, after all? Exactly.

The reason for this post is the Rangers look to take a 3-2 series lead today up in Ottawa in a critical Game 5.

Think about it.

Untill next time.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Projects on Projects on Projects

This spring is a busy one around the Hops and Homers homestead. I have a couple of projects going on that are incrementally getting done, but they all are improvements to the homestead. As mentioned here previously, I redid the bathroom downstairs over the winter, but now since the weather has gotten nicer, I've moved my efforts outside.

The front yard is done and can be crossed off my list. Maintenance is still required, but that may consist of weeding and possibly planting some annuals, but the heavy lifting is done. The back yard, well that is a different story. The vegetable garden is currently is phase II. Rocks are being added and the boxes are being filled with soil. There is one problem, however. As of this morning, the vegetable plants are no where near ready to be planted, which may defeat the purpose of even having the garden. I have faith Mother Nature will help me out.

Also in the back yard, I will be building a shed to store my lawn equipment. I am still trying to figure out if I want to design one myself, or if I want to buy a pre-cut one and put it together. Either way, my goal is to have it done by the end of July.

There is one project that I kind of threw in that I was not necessarily planning to do, but it will make my life a little easier. That project is building a keezer. It has been mentioned here before, and will have its post when it is done, but the idea is to take a chest freezer and add some 2x4s to it and add a tap handle. All of the equipment is procured and it is a matter of me cutting the wood and fitting it out. It should be done this weekend and should be pouring beer by next weekend. The maiden pour will be a hoppy IPA called Misdirected Hostility that is currently fermenting and just needs to be moved into a keg and carbonated. The kegging part, is the part where my life gets a little easier. Bottling homebrews can be a long, tedious process. Hopefully kegging make things a little easier. Plus, draft beer.

On top of all of that, the Wife and I will be creating a nursery out of a bedroom upstairs at the homestead because we are expecting a baby boy in the beginning of September. We are extremely happy and can't wait to meet the little guy. All of the projects will then take a backseat, because he will become the main focus.

So here's to a busy spring and summer, and an even crazier fall!

On a side note, the Rangers try to even up their series with the Senators tonight at the Garden. LGR!!

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Don't Call it a Comeback

Every once in awhile, you have to take stock of things and figure some stuff out. Well, that point has come for me, and also for my beloved New York Rangers.

First, the Rangers are coming into tonight's game 3 down 2-0. The game is at MSG which has been less than friendly for them this year. On the positive side, they had every right to win the first two games of the series and be up 2-0, instead they are struggling and have a must win game tonight. Like I said up top, time to take stock and figure things out. I think they will, even if it's for a night. I believe this series is far from over. I expect a good showing tonight.

This sentiment rings true when it comes to work and personal life as well. Every now and then it's a good idea to evaluate and see where things are and try to fix things that seem to be awry. I feel like I've just gone through this process. I feel things are in a good place, and now it's time to get to work.

In more ways than one, the comeback starts today.

On a separate and very important sidenote, my four-legged Clover turns 4 today. How in the hell did that happen? She will always be our little puppy. Happy Birthday Clover!

Until next time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bunnies and Eggs?

Happy Easter from the Hops and Homers Family! It's supposed to be a nice day, if even a hot one. Hopefully you get to enjoy some family time and some time outside today. I know the Wife and I will be doing just that.

And after a tough loss on Friday night, one in which they gave up a devastating tying goal with 18 seconds to go in the 3rd period, the Rangers look to bounce back in game 3 tonight at the Garden. Maybe it's me looking too much into symbolism, but there's something about playing in the Garden on Easter that makes sense. Let's Go Rangers!!

Until next time.