Antenna HDTV - Cut Cable or Satellite

No more monthly bills for Cable or Satellite TV! 

Cable TV had been bothering me for a number of years.  I just didn't think that we were watching enough TV, especially any channels beyond what are being broadcast for free.  Having been a customer of Cox Cable and Qwest over the last 14 years the constant raising of rates was a burr under the saddle as well.  With the advent of the Digital broadcast rollover that was looming in 2009 I also discovered that true HDTV is only received over the airwaves and what is sold by the cable companies is not true high definition TV.  So I set out on a mission to rid ourselves of the Cable TV yoke and go back to free TV like in my childhood. (Am I dating myself?)  You can do it too!  Below are the steps to TV independence.

The first step is to determine if you have a TV addiction. 

Solar Power on Your House | Cut Utility Bills

Don't Wait!  Put Solar Power on your House as quickly as you can....

Update: Our May 2014 electric bill just came in. Amount owed $20.00

 “In the last four to five years, there’s been a growing demand for green housing,” says Tom Ferstl, a commercial and residential real estate appraiser at Ferstl Valuation Services

Evaluating bills and what could be cut or reduced the first thing we came up with was getting rid of the Cable TV and going to an Antenna.  Five years later we've saved a ton of $$$ money getting rid of cable TV and being on the the Antenna with Free TV streaming on the computer.  Best of all we haven't missed a single thing we wanted to watch. 

Millions in Buried Treasure - If you can find it

Buried Treasure in New Mexico!

This is a pretty cool and nutty project.  A treasure hunt!

It seems that a Santa Fe New Mexico retired Art Dealer who is now 82 has buried a chest full of gold coins and artifacts worth several million dollars somewhere in New Mexico.  If anyone can find the treasure it's theirs.

Forrest Fenn wrote a memoir that covers the treasure hunt and you can order it at Amazon now:

The Thrill of the Chase

Murphy Bed Project - Build Your Own

Build Your Own Murphy Bed

Well, with Christmas and Thanksgiving company coming I finally got busy and built the Murphy Bed from a kit that I ordered last spring.  I ordered the kit with all the mechanisms and plans from Create-a-Bed.  Price was $299 and it looks like they're still selling for about the same price.  They include a "cut sheet" in the instructions and it's pretty easy to head in to buy your wood and have them do the major cuts for you at Home Depot or Lowe's.  The hardest thing about the kit was handling the large sheets of 3/4 Birch ply. You can buy the basic Murphy Bed kit or buy a completed Murphy Bed if you don't want to do it yourself on Amazon:

The first step was to build the mattress base pictured below:

 Next came the cutting and staining of all the Murphy bed frame pieces: (Shown pieces of the cabinet and headboard)