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A Look Back at 2017

2017 was an interesting year. Mostly it was a good year, but there were a few ‘bad’ things. I’ll start with the bad first. Both my home and my Jeep are now 20 years old, so it’s been a year of rather costly maintenance on both. Water heater, large maple tree removed, fence repair, exterior trim painting, new fridge, some new faucets, etc. Typical homeowner expenses.

The good news is Murph is 13 yrs old and I’m grateful to still have him. He’s a little deaf and moves more slowly but he still has spirit and is unbelievably spoiled. Another granddaughter got married so my family increased by ONE. I still have great neighbors who sometimes help me with projects or scold me when they see me doing something they think I shouldn’t – like climbing ladders! And of course, I’m so thankful for my loving family!

I’m also glad we have a President who is working for the people and America. He’s eliminated many, many regulations that made it difficult and costly for businesses. He’s working to secure our borders and deporting illegals who commit crimes. ISIS has almost been decimated. He’s installed dozens of Constitutional Judges to rule based on law, not progressive activism. Starting in 2018 we’ll get tax cuts for Americans and Corporations which will infuse money into the economy to grow it. Anyone with a 401K or pension fund benefitted from the skyrocketing stock market. Best of all is a direction to consider America First rather than globalism and the New World Order concept. Now if Obama and Hillary would just go away, life would be good.

I’m excited about 2018 and what new exciting things it will bring.

Time for End-Year Look at NICS Background Checks

The New Year is here … FINALLY! It’s time to review year-end results. The media will be doing a lot of this “Year In Review“. For me, I updated the year-end results of FBI NICS Background Checks. The two charts in the far right column of this blog show the most recent results for both the National and Ohio background checks.

There are two other graphs that I’ve updated from last year-end. Both these graphs compare TOTAL YEAR results for National and Ohio. Both charts show the effect of Obama’s years in office. There was an upward swing when he took office because he was known to be anti-gun, and recently said the one goal he wasn’t able to achieve was to take guns away from people. Time will tell whether the upswings continue under a President Trump.

NICS National Background Checks

In Ohio, the FBI did 480,144 more checks for 2016 than they did in 2009!
NICS Ohio Background Checks

As it has been said, Obama has been the BEST gun salesman in history.

Ohio’s Crime Rate Lower Than Nat’l Average

Columbus’ Business First had a link to a report on Safe Places to Live in Ohio. Although none of Central Ohio’s communities made the Top 20, three were between 20-25. Powell was ranked 21, Marysville ranked 23 and Dublin ranked 25. Upper Arlington ranked 31.

“In terms of feeling secure, Ohio’s crime rate is significantly lower than the national average. Between 2013 and 2014, both violent and property crime rates declined with some of the steepest drops occurring in the robbery and burglary categories.”

Glock 19 Gen 4The article said that Ohio’s Crime Rate is significantly lower than the National Average. Although not mentioned in the article, I wonder if Ohio’s open-carry law and the popularity of concealed carry licenses is due somewhat to lower crime rates.

An Update On Chinch Bug Lawn Repair

In September I wrote about the chinch bug damage that I had in my lawn. The critters did a lot of damage throughout my neighborhood. As they suck out the juices of the grass plant, they inject a toxin that kills the plant so if the damage is to large areas, re-seeding is required. Some neighbors had their entire front lawn demolished.

I hired Terra Horticulture* to aerate the lawn prior to the final September weed & feed application from Scotts Lawn Service. I seeded the areas that were “larger than a dinner plate” knowing that the areas smaller than that would eventually fill in with the bluegrass rhizomes. Then in mid-October I applied Scotts® Green Max which contains iron to give an extra green boost to the grass.

Here’s a “before & after” photo of a section of the back yard that was damaged.

Chinch Bug Repair

This section of the front lawn didn’t sustain as much damage, but it has responded nicely to the Green Max fertilizer. These photos were taken about a month ago.
Front lawn fall 2012

With the continued rains during November and frequent leaf raking, my lawn is now going into winter looking really good considering how bad it looked in August.

* Later I also had Terra edge the beds, prune the ornamental grasses and add mulch. Let THEM do the back-breaking work!

Read Update: Spring update

I’ve got my morels!

Yes, I do have morels … morel mushrooms, that is. I received a tweet from Jill at The Hills Market this morning that they had received 3 lbs and would be putting some aside for me. So I drove down – again – to pick up my cherished morels. (see background story).

morel mushrooms at The Hills Market, Worthington OH 43235I knew they would probably be expensive, but I was prepared to pay whatever. While I don’t have an official bucket list, if I did, having a meal once again of these special mushrooms would be on the list. The price? $45 per pound, but they were packaged in quarter pound containers.

Since morels aren’t available here until early May, I asked where these pieces of gold came from. The Hills staff thought this batch came from either Washington or California. And, yes, they are hand gathered … hence the price. This form of mushroom can’t be cultivated.

morel mushrooms from The Hills Market, Worthington OH 43235When I was growing up, we referred to them as sponge mushrooms, because that’s what they look like. The ones we picked (in Knox County) were cream colored … not the darker variety that I bought today. They were also larger, usually 3-4″ tall. Most of those in the colander to the right are 1-2″ tall.

I fixed half of them tonight just as my Mom used to. I gave them a light coating of flour, then lightly sauteed them in butter, with a dash of salt. They are very rich tasting, similar but different from a portabella. They tasted wonderful!

I want to thank Jill at The Hills Market for her excellent customer service in advising me through Twitter. That type of personal service seldom happens with the big chain stores. It’s also a reminder as to why we should support our local, small business owners as they provide more jobs nationally than the “big guys” and are an important factor to our economy.

The next time you want an special cut of prime meat or fresh-daily seafood or an extensive selection of wine, be sure to shop at The Hills Market, located on Rt 315 just north of I-270 at the bottom of the Worthington Hills subdivision.