4/30/18 Blog Entry – Comics I’m reading \ Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train \ Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II

Hey everyone!
I know, I know, I promised a garden update. But here’s the thing….it has rained for days and days in a row and it’s been a struggle here on the homestead to get anything done outside. The most I have managed to get done after the one pretty day we planted flowers was picking up some scrap wood that I plan to tear apart and pile up to use to build some rabbit hutches and a chicken house. We also have to start thinking about getting a goat barn built because our baby goat is set to arrive in mid-June!

We have someone coming Thursday to pick up Butterscotch, one of our female Guinea Pigs. We decided to sell that one. We do intend to breed the other two females as soon as we find a male. But the Guinea Pigs are doing great, they are as tame and playful and eating as much as ever! We have tried several different kinds of snacks, hay and stuff. I will do a blog with more info on our Guinea Pigs and how we take care of them soon. And as our farm grows with goats, rabbits and chickens you all will be taken along for the ride!

In the meantime, check out the comics I have been reading during these rainy days.

Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train #4
Variant Cover B by Philip Murphy
Release Date: 4/11/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. It’s not something that I just simply can’t wait for each month but when it comes I do enjoy reading it. The art is fun and the story is fun. I would recommend buying this series.
Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #6
Variant Cover B by Kevin Eastman
Release Date: 4/18/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: In this finale issue we get to see the story wrapped up in an efficient and entertaining way. I was pretty happy with the story arc overall for this. I’m happy that I collected and read the whole mini series.

4/23/18 Blog Entry – Comics I’ve Read Recently \ Mera \ Justice League of America \ Dark Nights Metal

Mera Queen of Atlantis #1
Stanley Artgerm Lau Variant Cover B
Release Date: 2/28/18
Cover Price: $4.49
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  Not a bad issue. I don’t really know what I expected but it seemed to fall short. I don’t hate it, and I will for sure read another couple of issues (I’ve already bought them). I hope it turns into a story I enjoy. It has the potential to do so.
Justice League of America #26
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 3/14/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I was really impressed with this issue. The art and story was fantastic and I was excited to see the finale of this story arc. Very well done.
Justice League of America #27
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 3/28/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I was excited to see this new story line and it wasn’t horrible. I was a bit disappointed  with the pacing as it seemed a bit rushed but overall I think I’m going to enjoy it.
Justice League of America #28
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 4/11/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  Carrying on the story from the previous issue this story stayed right on track. I’m still not LOVING it but it’s a decent story right now.
Dark Nights Metal #6
Andy Kubert Variant Cover C
Release Date: 3/28/18
Cover Price: $4.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I didn’t hate the issue but it seemed to rush to the end. All the build up and world changing battles and it ended so sparsely.  The epilogue really hints that big things are coming but I’m not as excited as I should be and doubt I will pick it up in May.

That’s it for today! I have been reading comics mostly for the past couple of days. Ready Player One novel is still sitting in my read pile, I’m about 3/4 of the way through. I am not watching the movie until I finish the book. In any case, stay tuned, a garden update is next! We did some cool stuff today (4/21) in the garden and will show pics in the next blog!

Blog 4/17/18 – Comics I’ve read recently — What’s for Supper Recipe \ Venomized #1 \ The Amazing Spider-Man 798 \ The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Venomized #1
Variant Cover B by Mark Bagley
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $4.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the art and story both in this issue. I also enjoyed the fact that so many characters were included in the story. It intrigued me enough to be excited for the next issue!
The Walking Dead #178
Variant Cover B by Bill Sienkiewicz
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: The art is up to par with the usual. The story isn’t terrible but it wasn’t very captivating. I do have to admit that I’m excited to see more about this new group.
The Amazing Spider-Man #798
Regular Alex Ross Cover
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this issue. In fact, I have really enjoyed this whole arc so far. It leaves me wanting more every issue! Give me more Red Goblin!
My current comic stash (recent comics from 12/4/2017 onward, old comic collection is still being stashed): CLICK HERE

What’s For Supper?
2 Yellow Squash
1 Large Onion
1 Ear Corn
3 Heads Broccoli
1 Potato

Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Dried Basil
Dried Dill
DirectionsCut squash, potato and onion into small squares. Cut corn off ear. Put squash, corn, potato and corn into a hot pan with 2 TBSP of butter. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried dill and dried basil. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 9 minutes. Take off lid and stir. Add Broccoli and put 2 tbsp of water over broccoli. Cover and cook another 7 minutes (or until potatoes are tender). Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Season 8 just wrapped up on 4/15/2018 and I wanted to put down my opinions and thoughts about this season. Let me start by saying that I didn’t hate this season, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. The first half of the season was entertaining enough but the second half of the season sort of lost some steam in my eyes. I know they were hoping the death of Carl would have a lot of shock value and raise a lot of fur but it didn’t do it for me. Negan, while still entertaining at times, seems a bit overdone at this point. I’m also really not enjoying the ‘trash heap’ people and story-lines.  Also, they are severely over-playing their hand with Morgan. I do love the Morgan character but they are really pushing him too hard in the later episodes to prep him for the intro into Fear The Walking Dead.

So going into the finale episode I didn’t expect too much, nor did I really know what to expect at all. I didn’t know if they would wrap up the ‘war’ story line or if they’d just leave more hanging until next season like they have done before. Up until the finale episode the viewers has dropped steadily from 11 million viewers per episode to just over 6 million. Which is consistently lower than any other season. Anyway, back to the finale episode… I was overall pretty upset with the finale episode. It was pretty flat to be a finale. I didn’t like the set up with Maggie, Jesus and Daryl. The Negan scene was week and a bit lame. Just overall not very happy with it. This is a story for another blog but I was quite happy with the premiere of Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead.

Blog 4/15/2018 – Garden Update \ Guinea Pigs

Crookneck Yellow Squash Plant
“Cucurbito Pepo”
Date of picture: 4/13/2018
Days to Maturity: 55 days
Total # of plants as of 4/13: 6
Started from seed in peat pellets, indoors under grow lights. Has been put outside to ‘harden’ occasionally when warm. 

Started Sprouting Seeds: 2/25/18
Age of seed as of 4/13:  47 days old

Plan to put in garden outdoors around 4/27/18

These were seeds I bought, not seeds I saved personally.

Jalepeño M Pepper
“Capsicum Annuum”
Date of picture: 4/13/2018
Days to Maturity: 75 days
Total # of plants as of 4/13: 7
Started from seed in peat pellets, indoors under grow lights. Has been put outside to ‘harden’ occasionally when warm. 

Started Sprouting Seeds: 3/4/18
Age of seed as of 4/13:  40 days old

Plan to put in garden outdoors around 4/27/18
Non-GMO

These were seeds I bought, not seeds I saved personally.

National Pickling Cucumber
“Cucumis Sativus”
Date of picture: 4/13/2018
Days to Maturity: 52 days
Total # of plants as of 4/13: 10
Started from seed in peat pellets, indoors under grow lights. Has been put outside to ‘harden’ occasionally when warm. 

Started Sprouting Seeds: 2/25/18
Age of seed as of 4/13:  47 days old

Plan to put in garden outdoors around 4/27/18
Non-GMO

These were seeds I bought, not seeds I saved personally.


Savoy Perfection Cabbage
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Onions
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Vates Blue Curled/Red Russian Kale
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Blackberry Bush
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Black Raspberry Bush
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Rhubarb
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

4/13/2018 – Zack and I built a new bed on the road at the homestead that we think will be used for herbs.
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Popcorn
Date of Picture: 4-14-2018
Female
Brownie
Date of Picture: 4-14-2018
Female
Butterscotch
Date of Picture: 4-14-2018
Female

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