Sunday without a Net

cut the cord on Sunday

I am cutting the cord – at least on Sunday. Well, every Sunday. I spend on average at least 10 to 12 hours per work day on the computer. On the weekends, I spend less time than that, but still far too much. I need to regain control of my life. This means no more Internet on Sundays.

The first Sunday without Internet was two weeks ago and it went surprisingly well. No withdrawal symptoms, no website collapse, not even any missed deals on Amazon or eBay. What did happen is that time came back for reading real paper books, for writing with pen and paper, for working on the cars disassembled in the garage, and for baking. Yes, tomorrow there will be breakfast cooked before church and then eggnog rum bread baked in the afternoon.

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XEN by Nish Patel

XEN by Nish PatelA nice relaxing Sunday evening spent in the back yard shade. Enjoyed it while smoking a fine cigar I had stored in the humidor for a good while now, the XEN by Nish Patel. The XEN has a Nicaraguan binder, and is boxed-pressed with a smooth Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut wrapper.

The light on this stick was easy and the flavor very smooth and mild to medium strength. There were hints of spice, but nothing at all overpowering. I loved the large volumes of thick smoke the cigar produced which enabled me to blow smoke rings even though there was a slight breeze out side. As for the scent, my daughter said it had an excellent aroma. As for the burn itself, the stick had a firm ash that lasted about 1 to 1.5 inches.

Other than the cigar, man it was relaxing sitting out in the back on the swing. The weather hasn’t turned to hot yet, especially in the evening. It was about 5:30pm and the trees protect the area from any direct sun. Even the dogs were behaving and not barking – for a while anyway. As you can tell by the photo, the yard is really green back there. What you can’t tell from the photo is that most of that green is made up of weeds. I really need to get back and trim some bushes and pull back some of those weeds.

What you can’t see from the photo is the small corner of the yard that I really claim. It is that vine covered are beyond my hand.  In the corner plot are three Japanese maples that my family gifted me, a small angel statue, and a fairy stone. I need to weed, but I don’t want to disturb the angels or fairies either! When I have done some of the cleanup I will post a picture of the area.

Ah well, anyway … a good cigar and a nice evening. Next time I will tap into a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange instead of my constant companion – Diet Coke.