I just walked in the house after being on the road for a couple of weeks.
First I was in GA with my mom and then I headed to Virginia Beach for the Annual Roboboat Competition. That's one of the two college competitions in the design and building of Autonomous boats that DK judges each year. Check it out at http://www.auvsifoundation.org/foundati ... /roboboat/
Their pictures are much better then mine.
DK will be heading to San Diego in the fall for the submarine competition. That one is a little harder for me to tag along on given the distance and my job. We did have some time while in VA Beach to go down to the beach and look at the annual Chalk picture competition on the boardwalk. Some of those pictures were amazing.
In the few days I had between those events I managed to harvest and put up 48 8 oz jars of honey and 12 four oz jars of liquid honey. The 8 oz jars break down to 36 of cut comb honey and 12 jars of liquid honey. I also made up about 50 honey straws. I insert 1.5 teaspoon of honey into clear plastic straws and seal both ends with an impulse sealer. They are perfect for giving people samples and for individuals who take "local" honey as a medical treatment for allergies and whatever else ails them. The straws look a lot harder to make then they are. I also got about a half pound of wax. After 2 years of no harvest it was nice to actually get something out of the hives.
Hey, I just remembered something... while I was in GA my mom asked me to look at her internet, satellite and telephone package to see if I could save her some money. That hadn’t been done in the 12 years that she has lived in that house. What I found was that improvements in technology and the bundling of these items have really had an impact on the monthly cost. I was able to do away with her satellite TV, the never used land line and DSL and get her a 3 times faster internet and TV package through a local cable company. That saved her about 70$ a month. The interesting part was when I called to cancel the old company they offered to match the faster internet using DSL and offered a discount since she had been with them so long. Dish Network offered us a discount and free upgrade if we stayed with them. We declined because the reception was unreliable.
I while doing all this I notice that her monthly cell phone cost were out of line so I called Verizon and asked that they do an evaluation of use on her account. They found that she was paying for 10G of data but only using a 1/4 of that or less each month. I was able to drop down to only paying for the 1/4 G and they threw in a free 1G per month for the next year to cover her if she somehow ran over during the month. Doing that dropped her monthly cell phone cost by $60.
So the moral of the story is check out what you are getting from the internet, satellite and cell phone companies. I bet that due to the improvements in technology you could save some money. It’s worth checking it out anyway.
So my summer is almost half over. Bummer but we have the Alaskan trip still to come. Take care, Lisa