PB&J and Ghost Pepper Cheese . . .

Looks like I going to have to rethink slightly the Hibiscus watering system I set up as a test for when we’re going to be gone for two weeks in June.

Hibiscus Watering Setup

The concept is working fine. Alexa turns the water on at 9:00am every morning and then off at 9:01, sending a notification to my phone. But looking at the rate of water usage, I’m not sure that the kitty litter bucket will hold enough water to last for the approximately two weeks we’ll be gone. Especially since it’s possible/probable that I’ll have to increase the watering amount as the weather gets warmer.

So my new idea is install a water hose timer in a garden hose running from the outside faucet to the bucket.

Water Hose Timer

This will let me add water to the bucket on a regular basis, I.e., let it run for 5 minutes ever other day. As long as it keeps the bucket filled, it doesn’t matter if it runs over a bit. The timer is only about $20 on Amazon, so it won’t hurt the wallet too much.

Tomorrow we plan on having lunch at Texas Huddle Grille once again. Jan wants another of their Mushroom Cheddar Bacon Cheeseburger, and I’m really jonsin’ for one of their PB&J Bacon Cheeseburgers spiced up with their Ghost Pepper Cheese.

Then probably the usual run-around type of errands for the afternoon, and maybe ending up with Cowboy Coffee for Sugar-Free Hazelnut Lattes with Almond Milk and Sugar-Free Whipped Cream.


On the virus front, it seems to be bordering on the absurd.

During the upcoming Oscar broadcast, the celebrities’ will not have to wear masks during the live broadcast. But when the show cuts away to commercial, everyone will have to put their masks on. Then they can take them back off a couple of minutes later.

That’s right, according to Variety, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that Oscar attendees in the state that has some of the most severe and onerous pandemic lockdowns in the nation will not have to wear masks during the telecast of the ceremony — well, at least as long as the cameras are rolling.

But when it’s time for a commercial break, it’ll be necessary to mask up.

And Michigan has now decided that starting April 26, children two years and older are now required to wear masks.

It may be near impossible to keep a toddler wearing a properly fitted mask, said Dr. Peter Gulick, infectious disease expert at Michigan State University.

And a number of daycare providers said that they have a hard enough time keeping clothes on a two year old, much less a mask.

And personally, I always wonder, if orders like these are so important, why don’t they start immediately, or at least by tomorrow.

But next week?

Thought For The Day:

“Once they can control what you say, they start to gain the ability to control what you think, and soon they have it.”

“Those who control language control minds.” Ayn Rand.

5 Responses to PB&J and Ghost Pepper Cheese . . .

  1. George Rawley says:

    How about hooking up two buckets together with a hose between them to give a 10 gallon reservoir for watering?

    • gregwhite says:


      I thought about that, but the submersible pump can only be in one bucket, so how to pull water from the second bucket into the first one.

      I thought about trying to set up a siphon situation, but I’m not actually sure how much water I will need for the two weeks or so we’ll be gone.

      With the timer, I can never run out even if I increase the watering times.

      Thanks for your input.


  2. Jim Mossman says:

    Why not just buy the drip watering ststem from Amazon. We have had one for years with lines running all over the lot

    • gregwhite says:


      If I was starting from scratch, that would probably be a good idea.

      But I put I put together originally like this because I already had everything ‘in stock’, so to speak, the pump, controller, and the bucket.

      I had it working about 5 minutes after I started on it. So without starting over, I think the timer is the quickest way to go, since the bucket thing is already up and running.

      Thanks for your input.


  3. Linda in NE says:

    We have heard so many rules about Covid that don’t make sense at all. I’ve come to the conclusion that if you aren’t sick you don’t have it and aren’t spreading it. If you don’t feel well, stay home. And if you’ve had it you’re as good as vaccinated so get out and live life. As far as the shots go, I don’t believe in them any more than I do the influenza shots. All along I’ve only worn a mask when it’s like to make other people feel safe so they won’t freak out. The fear is insane.

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