Muscadine grapes

Muscadine is a grapevine species native to the south of North America that has been extensively cultivated since the 16th century. The plants are well adapted to their native warm and humid climate; they need fewer chilling hours than better known varieties and they thrive on summer heat.

They have skin sufficiently tough that eating the raw fruit often involves biting a small hole in the skin to suck out the pulp inside. Muscadines are not only eaten fresh, but also are used in making wine, juice, and jelly.


I changed the name

I have had for a few years now and with so many other people using “blime,” I don’t feel like a special snowflake. So, I changed the domain name for this site from to The site will continue to respond to


August 2014 podcast subscriptions

Here are my current podcast subscriptions. I want to look back on this post in a few years and say “I was listening to them?!” lol


America’s Test Kitchen –

The Alton Brown cast –

Radiolab –

This Week in Tech –

linux outlaws –

No Agenda –

Those crape myrtles

I’m going to have to prune my crape myrtles next year…


Electric Earwig

A few weeks ago our downstairs heat pump failed. Cause? An earwig fell (or crawled?) into the space between the contacts on the 24 volt relay that send 240 volts AC to the heat pump. When it was zapped, it became stuck to the relay contact until cleaned.

Earwig on 24v relay

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