2017 has arrived and I have entered retirement

I had big plans to post on Jan 1st but I was so busy.  Retirement has been a real life experience because I have spent the last 47 years of my life dedicating most of my time to work.  I entered retirement on Dec 30th and on Dec 31st a good friend of mine Colleen was so kind and drove me to West Virginia to pick up my new puppy (Callie).  I paid a little extra for the breeder to keep her for a couple of extra weeks (she was born on Oct 6th), I did not want to get a puppy and stick her in a crate for >10 hours a day while I was at work.

I am starting 2017 off with many projects.  A bigger nice weed free garden, starting my tomato and pepper plants from seeds, building a bigger chicken pen, increasing from 2 soft crab shedding boxes to 4, getting more bees (I ordered 5 nucs for 2017), replacing my front yard grass with sod, planting my remaining grass with clover and bee friendly plants, building my own crab pots, continue running and exercising (2 races  planned for 2017, the MCMHH in May and the Marine Corps Marathon in October), starting many Rose of Sharon bushes and lavender plants from cuttings and then making a really large area of Rose of Sharon and lavender plantings for my bees, replacing my kitchen and living room floors with that snap together flooring, build a dog pen (not to keep them in, just an area so I can confine their bathroom breaks and cleanup the deposits easier) and sell some of my wares at the farmer’s market.

Last year I used 3 lb coffee cans and drilled holes in the bottom and I put a coffee can by each watermelon and tomato plant and I just filled the coffee can with water to water my plants.  This worked so well that this year I am going to use 5 gallon buckets and surround the buckets with 4 plants and also add squash plants (pictures to be posted later).

A picture of the new puppy Callie and my 6 year old Golden Brandi.

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Looking forward to 2017

I am retiring on Dec 31, 2016.    I plan on updating my blog every Sunday starting Jan1, 2017 with what I am doing in retirement, how I occupy my time, status of all my projects and anything else that I think people will find interesting.

My goals for 2017 are:

1.  I did not meet my 2016 goals and most of my bees died so I am starting 2017 with a bunch of new goals.

2. I will order 6 bee packages for April 2017.  For 2017, I will make youtube videos of everything from picking up the bees, installing the bee packages, and showing how the bees do for the year 2017.

3.  Plant another huge vegetable and herb garden (hopefully very few weeds this year) and try a bunch of new recipes with the bounty from my garden.  Plant a large bee friendly flower garden in addition to my regular garden.

4. My hobbies for 2017 will be: build all my own crab pots, increase my soft shell crab operation to 4 shedding tanks (pictures to be added), crabbing (6 days a week), taking care of my chickens (build a chicken tractor), expand my garden, catch catfish to sell, sell my wares at the farmer’s market (not decided which one I will use), and make some youtube videos of my hobbies and some videos with my Mavic drone with me crabbing, fishing, beekeeping, gardening, dog training, and anything else that I think will be interesting for people to watch.

5. Continue running and working out.  Planned races for 2017 will be New Year’s Day Resolution Race, Marine Corps 17.75K (in April), MCMHH (in Fredericksburg in May), and the Marine Corps Marathon (in October).

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