I finally have cable internet installed at my house (I was using my cell phone as a hotspot and it hardly ever worked correctly) and I recently bought a laptop computer so I can now start updating my blog on a weekly basis. My original plans were to start posting weekly starting Jan 1st, 2017 so I am only 11 months behind my original goal. I will do a much better job in 2018 now that I have all my ducks in a row.
I retired on Dec 30, 2016 and the first thing I did on Dec 31, 2016 was to purchase a Golden Retriever puppy. A good friend of mine was very kind and drove me to West Virginia to pick up the puppy (we both bought a puppy from the same breeder). I figured I would need time to house train the new puppy and I did not want to leave her in a crate all day while I was at work. I figured house training would be a chore, but it turned out to be the opposite. My neighbors daughter picked the name of Callie for my new puppy. I would walk Callie and click and treat her (I used the clicker training method) whenever she did her business. I also hung a bell from the door handle and I would ring it before I took her outside and she almost instantly would ring the bell when she needed to go outside. 11 months later and she has not had a household accident in all that time.
What’s ahead for 2018? I have lots of plans for the coming year so I hope I can keep you entertained with something interesting to read about my hobbies and watch some youtube videos and view some interesting photos. I also bought a Mavic Pro Drone and I will be filming some aerial videos of Colonial Beach and things I think that may be interesting and entertaining. I am still in beginner mode with my Drone, I am a little bit afraid of crashing it.
Things I will cover in 2018 will be my honey bees, my garden, my crabbing operation (both hard shell and soft shell where I have tanks to shed the crabs), my chickens (I have 17 now but I plan to get about 10 more and house them in a chicken tractor so they can weed parts of my garden for me). I have ordered 3 nucs from mdbee.com, so I will be increasing the size of my apiary. The nucs should be ready for pickup in April; I will make a youtube video of me installing the nucs into my apiary.
What is in the plans for my next post? I will cover my transition into retirement and lessons learned.