Category Archives: A HYBRID COUNTRY LIFE

Budgeting Your Electronic Gadgets Billings: Part IV

What Services Can You Budget? I asked this question in one of my my first posts about Budgeting Your Electronic Gadgets Billings: Part I: Are electronic gadget utility bills a major budget concern for you? Do you want to save money on your electronic gadget service provider bills each month? Can you drastically reduce the amounts you are paying now? I will relate updates to what I did then and what I know now. Once again, I am going to name providers because it ties in with my […]

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Dangerous Diamonds In The Rough

Trekking In The Wild Have you ever been out hunting, camping, hiking , or just gone for a walk in the woods and come across a snake? To make the question more definitive, was it a poisonous one? Sometimes it is hard to tell and you need some type of reference to identify them. For example, a Coral snake is poisonous, but it’s banding can confuse it with copycats like the Scarlet King snake and the Florida Scarlet snake, both of which are harmless. Poisonous Copperheads can […]

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La Cucaracha Operatives

The Iconic Bug Infestation I read an article in NOLA.com , the New Orleans information site, that stated the following: “This week, New Orleans was named the most cockroach-infested city in the United States”. Yep, when it comes to roach paradises, the Crescent City beat out everyone — even Houston, Miami and Atlanta, which ranked No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 respectively on the rankings by Bloomberg.” Since I was born in that city, I can attest to that fact. My wife and I had moved into […]

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New Orleans Nostalgia: My Favorite Restaurants

Food and Spice Have you ever wondered why the meals served in most restaurants are so bland? The main reason is the lack of proper spices. The food is cooked with salt and pepper, and onions if you are lucky, with fat thrown in for flavor. Add gobs of tomato sauce or gravy and there you have it. I suppose the reason you see hot sauce bottles on restaurant tables is to cater to those epicureans who either want some kick to their meal, or the spice […]

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The Out Of Bounds Country Diet: Part II

The Results From My Last Blog I wrote a blog earlier this year called the Out Of Bounds Country Diet whereby I extolled the virtues of my then current diet. I bragged about the nutritional foods I ate and how I lost 35 pounds. I also pointed out that my updated a1c blood test showed a significant improvement in my sugar levels. Well, I am sorry to report that I backed off of my vigilance and ballooned right back up to a current weight of 283 lbs. […]

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The Cat Proof Rodent Trap: Part II

The Cat Proof Trap Revisited I am entering this blog to update my article called The Cat Proof Rodent Trap (Part I) whereby I wrote an article that described my dilemma trying to trap rodents in a house full of cats. The problem was that the trap had to be located in the same place the cats had access to. A spring loaded trap could snap on their nose or poison could kill them and not the mouse. So I went to the local Tractor Supply Company […]

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Reinventing Yourself

The Daily Lifestyle Syndrome I have a question to ask anybody. What do you do with each day of your life? Do you have things to do or just find different ways to deal with boredom? Are you accomplishing anything worthwhile or just passing time? Does your day mean just helping yourself or doing something to help others? I suppose if you have a family and a job, that pretty much fills up your time. If your kids are grown, and you are retired, does each day […]

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Christmas In A Small Town

Big City Blues Having lived in a big city environment for most of my life, any sense of enjoying a real Christmas was fleeting. Yes, there were the big light- driven displays and boulevard decorations. But little or no sense of community. We lived for number of years in the outlying suburban city of Wellington, Florida. It is located just west of the metropolis of West Palm Beach. It had a laid back rural feel to it when we first moved there. But that began to change […]

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The Iconic Hallmark Christmas Movie

Introduction In the wake of moving from the big city of Ft. Lauderdale to a small country town, I have been inspired to write this synopsis of my view of a Standard Hallmark Christmas Movie. The general theme of most of the stories involves city-slickers systematically transitioning to rural life far from any big metropolis. And that is the essence of what I deem to cause the creation of “A Hybrid Country Life”. My wife and I like watching the Hallmark Channel(s) during Christmas time. I prefer movies […]

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The OutOfBounds Country Diet

Why Are So Many Country People Getting Fat It seems to me that one of the facets of being a Yuppie is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This usually means an urban or suburban home and all that goes with it. Yoga, multiple diet fads, the local gym, and health food stores are all embraced in a religious sort of manner to be fit. Do everything one can do to look as good as, or better than, your Yuppie friends, relatives, and associates. For the rest of the populace, obesity seems […]

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