Warm in November

I suppose we can’t ask for a October-November to be any warmer than it has been.  I highly doubt that it is any close to a record warm this time of year, but it’s still uncannily warm and doesn’t look like that’s going to break any time within the foreseeable future.  It makes me feel unaccomplished and lazy knowing that I haven’t finished any of my major projects on the house and have been given so much extra time by mother nature, but what can I do besides forget the past and make resolutions going forward.  There is a lot of drive inside of me all the time, but unfortunately that drive usually isn’t awaken until 11 p.m. and my brain continues to stir and think of amazing solutions to problems, new ways to approach things, awesome DIY projects, advancement in my technical knowledge and thinking, and just general BS that would be lumped into a bunch of hobby type of tasks.  I then have to force myself to enter head to bed and do some sort of breathing meditation to fall asleep.  That breathing meditation won’t work unless I allow myself a few hours to “air my head out” so to speak to calm down and be able to rest.  I have considered briefly asking my doctor for a sleep-aid prescription but only end up scaring myself into thinking I will form a dependency, who knows though.  My love for music has recently come back to the forefront of my habits and enjoyment, but I feel saddened because I can only listen to one thing at a time and I feel like my admiration for stand-up comedy and Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History will be replaced soon by that love for music.  It was easy to stop listening to music as much as I used to due to having a son to raise and busy work schedule, but I look back and see that as more of an excuse now more than any actual reasons, but I digress…

Projects I WILL get done this week:

Pick up the yard, take care of organic waste and garbage outside house.

Clean up staples in the window frames and put of plastic sheeting in preparation of winter.

Clean and organize my shed.

Attempt to fix a few minor and one major problems with my truck.  The intake manifold gasket needs to be replaced and that is a somewhat tedious job.

Do something nice for Lexi.

All For Now.

Doing a lot of work to this little house of mine.

I have been doing a lot of work to my house over the past 10 years, but now it’s getting serious.  Projects I want completed by this fall include:

Newer Furnace and A/C installed.  (I purchased an Upflow when I needed a Downflow, so I had to run ducting in the attic space, nothing too difficult but very time consuming and warm)

New Roofing. (The October blizzard [2013] took a toll on my roof.  I need to replace the shingles, soffit, and facia.  Luckily this gave way to removing the old cinder chimney and patching a large hole).

Baseboard and new window/door molding.

Patchwork on the stucco outside the house.

Finish new hallway closet (new furnace quarters).

Overall tidy up this 60+ year old house.

Landscaping.

Hopefully with these improvements I can fetch $80K which is well below the value of this solid house of mine.

Joe

 

Bitcoin Adventure…

I realize that I am late to the party, even though its something I looked into in the beginning, as I have done MANY times in my life thus far (wanting investing in VOIP technologies in 2000, google in 1999, CISCO in 2001, Netflix in 2005, and a few others), but I am beginning to mine and invest in Bitcoin as purely an experiment and proof of concept to myself. I purchased a single Bitmain Antminer S1 (image below) to start this process. Bitcoin’s current price as of this post is $351 per Bitcoin and News just came out earlier today about New York State treating Bitcoin as a ‘non taxable’ currency (sales tax) because it is considered “intangible property”, which is good news and a step forward for the movement. The reward for Bitcoin mining (producing a correct hash) is 25 Bitcoin, currently $8750.

Paypal recently started accepting Bitcoin, which I believe is HUGE! They are the number 1 online payment platform and as soon as the recent bad news surrounding certain Bitcoin wallets subsides, I predict only growth from there on. Wish me luck.

Bitmain Antminer S1
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