What to do with a Fallen Maple and a Disaster Reminder…

November 3, 2011

Hi,

Cisco the blogging cat here…

Well, if you’re like us you’ve had tree-down problems here on the Cape (and elsewhere…) For us, most of this is manageable, but still there ‘The Beast”… That’s 4′ long by 2’ in dia. maple, and we want to convert it into a couple of 24″ wide planks… (No way we’re burning that piece!) It’s too big for any of the local sawmills, so the only way to attack this thing is with wedges, a splitting maul, and sledges… Here the crack is just starting to show…

After two hours, a broken ax, a broken maul, and a fractured wedge, this is what we have…

The plan is to flatten the faces of the soon-to-be planks, air dry them for a few years, and then mill to the final dimensions… 1″ x 24″ x 48″. After that, they’ll probably become the top or face panel for: a large blanket chest, a small Shaker sewing center, or perhaps an elongated Shaker work table. Oh goody… Thank heavens they don’t weigh much.

Sore by the racks…

Three cats blogging…

P.S. Don’t forget that roughly 140,000 of your fellow Massachusites are still without power… The American Red Cross is a good thing.


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Public Service Announcement Concerning Falling Dead Satellite

September 23, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the blogging HSS cat here…

Odds are that you’ve heard about the dead satellite hurtling towards earth as I type, and destined to arrive sometime this afternoon. No one knows for sure where or how the bus-sized beast will break up and land, but it looks like we in the good old U.S.of A. are in the clear. Still, a more detailed explanation of this sort of situation is called for, and the late John Belushi is just the man for the job.

This has been a Harwich Spirits Shoppe Public Service Announcement…

Just waiting by the racks…

Three cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Getting Ready for that Next ‘Big One’, Part 1

September 15, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging cat here…

Well, so far we here on Cape Cod have been relatively lucky regarding the weather… Tropical storm Irene only brought down a few trees and interrupted electrical service for a few days… But, you just never know… (Remember the Blizzard of ’78?)

Yeah, that was a beauty… not!

So, as a sort of public service series, we here at Harwich Spirits Shoppe (we’re always looking out for you!) are going to suggest some equipment you might want to have on hand for that next ‘Big Blow’.

Let’s start with communication… Below is the Motorola MH230-R

This is your basic 22 channel hand-held set, and boasts a 20+ mile range. (Heads up on the distance issue… We’re sure that on a flat, dried lake bed, the unit can perform as advertised, but in the real world of hills and buildings, I’d reduce that number significantly. Still… for the intended purpose of local emergency communication, ) Add to that, you get the famous Motorola quality, and I think you’ve got a winner. We used ours several times during Irene, and were darned glad to have them…

Stay tuned for more…

Prepped by the racks… Are you?

Three cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.

 


9/11/01 From Space

September 11, 2011

Never forget…

Resolute by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Next Up, Hurricane Katia?

September 1, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here…

So is Hurricane Katia next for the Cape?

Given the computer models for its track, at this point it certainly doesn’t look like it. Not even close. But if Irene taught us one thing, it taught us to be prepared… (Search this site for beaucoup references to ‘prepare’.) And, considering the approaching Labor Day weekend, now would be the ideal time to stock up.


Just a couple of cats content by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Stock Up Now!!!

August 27, 2011

What part of, “This isn’t looking so good,” don’t you understand?

That Irene ‘wind field’ (hurricane/tropical storm) is 460 miles across. All of Massachusetts is only 175 miles, and Cape Cod is a piddly 37 miles. Even if this does turn into ‘just a tropical storm’, the entire Eastern Seaboard is going to take a beating, and it only takes one tree limb to turn out the lights for millions. Besides… If nothing else, the magic word is ‘rain’.

So… Are you ready? And do you have your beer, wine, and spirits ready for the long haul?

Hey… I’m just a cat prepped by the racks…

Two felines blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Irene Draws Closer… Are You Truly Prepared?

August 25, 2011

Hey, Cisco, the HSS blogging cat here…

About hurricane Irene…

Above from Boston.com

Alright, you’ve been to the Red Cross site and have started making your preparations… Other things to think about…

  • Is your boat/trailer secure to the ground?
  • Have you backed up your data off your hard drive?
  • Did you take pictures of your belongings/home for insurance purposes?
  • Do you have your insurance form on your person along with a pocket knife and flashlight?
  • Do you have spare clothes including sweats in a watertight bag?
  • How much cash do you have?
  • How are you going to save the stuff in your refrig?
  • What about all those computer passwords you have?
  • Is the boat/trailer secured into the ground?
  • Is the propane tank on your grill full?
  • Have you secured your firearms?
  • Did you talk with your boss about possible telecommuting?
  • Do you have any form of communication should land lines and cellular goes out?
  • And then there are those bird feeders and bird baths…
  • One can never have enough bungee cords and nylon cable ties…
  • Did you stock up on essentials like wine and beer?

And so it goes… get ready…

Two cats prepped and blogging by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.