crumb

November 21, 2014
crumb

Bad News / Good News Coming back from the local hardware store I dropped down to exactly 25mph in the Strictly Enforced 25mph zone through Darby, and my lovely, faithful pickup did some mild surging for a ways. It was subtle, but I felt it. After a block or so, it went away. BUT the…

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porch project

November 20, 2014
porch project

Last winter the walkway from front door to car door was a river of ice. I have done several things to change that for this winter… retaining walls, ditch work, driveway re-grading, the way I shovel snow… The biggest change is still ahead. I want…

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river freezing over

November 18, 2014
river freezing over

It has been over a week since we have seen outside temperatures above freezing. Mostly they have been averaging quite a bit below. The ice is flowing and forming while the liquid part of the river gets narrower. This is a look upstream at what…

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self-designing project

November 18, 2014
self-designing project

The fireplace was heating up my desk more than I would like, but I did not want to move the desk from its location I designed into the room. I was building a firewood log rack that would deflect the heat while storing logs next…

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doer

November 17, 2014

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred…

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Hotel California

November 17, 2014
Hotel California

In the 90s, I knew something was wrong, but it took me to the end of the decade to recognize that I fit a culture that was not in California. THE STATE was at war with me, and the majority of the voters therein were…

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The Knights before Christmas

November 14, 2014

2245 hours, Christmas Eve 2008, SW Idaho … Damsel in Distress calls from a snowdrift 1/2 way home from work. Dang weather seems to have followed us south. Valiant Knight dons quilted coverall armor and mounts Trusty Steed (1/2T V6 4×4, white, of course) to…

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post card from Conner

November 12, 2014
post card from Conner

Three days with the HIGH temperatures below freezing while lows bounce above and below zero … add a little snow into the mix and we have what I consider a sudden onslaught of winter. I was clearly right in rushing to get stuff done before…

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Ibanez bass guitar + kit for sale

November 11, 2014
Ibanez bass guitar + kit for sale

I got the best bass setup I could imagine, but “things” got in the way. My research found the Ibanez RDGR bass with active pickups to be THE BEST. So I bought one and a bunch of other stuff to make it work. Now I…

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last yardwork of fall

November 10, 2014
last yardwork of fall

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my baby

November 10, 2014
my baby

My baby and hers ten hours old I have to admit, some new things are dang clever. This “birthday zero” thing is one of them. Of course a home birth changes the rules (for the better, obviously). I love and treasure these people. Thank you…

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do-it-yourself root canal

October 25, 2014
do-it-yourself root canal

If you think my experience with natural healing a flu I was likely to survive anyway was impressive, I waited quite a while to even post this next one. I’m still struggling to believe it myself. Don’t let the heading fool you, that’s just my…

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flu – rolling with the punches

October 24, 2014
flu – rolling with the punches

Saturday night I felt a bit off. Sunday I was definitely not well, but helped Jeff install the new Conner VHF repeater on the knoll above our house anyway. Monday removed all doubt. . I . was . sick. Missy recalls a candid MD telling…

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ammo load testing

October 19, 2014
ammo load testing

I meticulously assembled 7 groups of loads with 165-grain Hornady SST bullets. The hand-weighed charges ran from 5 with 43.4 grains of Varget powder to 5 with 44.0 grains, every group of five separated by tenth-of-a-grain increments. I also loaded up and tested 7 groups…

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ode to Opie

October 13, 2014
ode to Opie

I was looking here for a photo of The Greatest Dog I ever had, being quite surprised that I had not posted one here. Newfoundlands are designed to be sweethearts… the AKC breed standard uniquely includes loving and devoted to people or it is not…

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post card from Conner

October 12, 2014
post card from Conner

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ENTRANCE

October 12, 2014
ENTRANCE

On my list of Wanna Do Before Winter Sets In was a bit of trim painting. “Where’s the front door?” has been a rather consistent puzzle for first-time visitors. Almost universally, we find them walking by our “front window” view of the river looking for…

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chimney stabalizer

October 12, 2014
chimney stabalizer

Our new woodstove was not drawing well enough. It was hard to start and the flow inadequate to keep the chimney clean. I had to extend it. That created its own problem as the chimney was now just a stiff wind from being blown down.…

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roast dog

October 12, 2014
roast dog

I have shared nearly all of my life with dogs, but I have never had one like this. In every prior case, constantly wearing their indoor-outdoor winter attire had them seeking the coolest part of our heated house. Not Beagle Brain. Scooter sidles up to…

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the real threat Ebola presents

October 8, 2014

I am more troubled by Ebola than anything else mainstream media is shoving in faces of the masses. I fear THEY are really onto something this time. It takes very little imagination to see a rather short, sharp timeline between now and nation-wide martial law.…

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become a Ham radio operator

September 29, 2014
become a Ham radio operator

UPCOMING FREE CLASSES Want to obtain your technician license? A tech class will be held October 7th.Classes will be every Tues from 7-9PM at the Stevi Library for 10 sessions. At the end of the ten week session a FCC Volunteer administered exam will be…

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spinning plates

September 28, 2014
spinning plates

You may be familiar with keeping the plates spinning metaphor. Competent managers can keep numerous tasks, projects and/or people going the right direction much like a juggler keeps multiple plates spinning on sticks or a housewife operates a home. At some point, however, one might…

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All About That Bass

September 23, 2014

While I have no hope of ever singing anything like this, I can still dream of playing bass at least a little. It IS, after all, my second choice for instruments that I treasure hearing and, therefore, want to play. Nevermind all that however, I…

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my radio shack is grounded

September 20, 2014
my radio shack is grounded

Coming out of the radio shack is a piece of 3/4″ copper pipe bent into an S for a radio-frequency (RF) ground. Also coming out is a chunk of #6 multi-strand serving as chassis and 120v ground. The ground wire itself is mostly #6 multi-stranded…

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adult ed class: preparedness

September 20, 2014
adult ed class: preparedness

I am offering two classes for the Darby Adult Ed program this fall. Pre-registration officially lasts through Monday, September 22nd. If there are 7 or more registered, the class will take place. One is a 2-hour short course called “Radio Communicating Options“. It covers walkie-talkies…

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monster cookies

September 18, 2014
monster cookies

My daughter-in-law requested a cookie recipe I developed over 20 years ago. I delivered. Of course I still have it. I LOVE those cookies… they are delicious, healthy, hearty … and fattening (oops). Perhaps in moderation … Much like me with cafe’-racer motorcycles, I don’t…

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Conner sunset

September 17, 2014
Conner sunset

I had been working several hours in the yard with Scooter’s willingness to explore Western Montana limited by a 20′ rope. She’d had more than enough of that little world view while I had over plenty of digging, scratching in the stubborn soil and hooking…

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another fan of our fireplace

September 16, 2014
another fan of our fireplace

Scooter seems to enjoy the heat of our fireplace. She has discovered a new lounging spot. It puts her near my office chair. That is always a priority to her – being near Missy or me whenever we sit still. This spot has an advantage…

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surveying the East Fork

September 16, 2014
surveying the East Fork

Not because the world has some screaming need I am fulfilling, but merely because I want to… I slipped on my 14″ dairyman boots to walk across a river varying in depth from 10″ – 18″. If your math skills are average or better, you…

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feeling smug and toasty

September 12, 2014
feeling smug and toasty

Our new woodstove is starting to earn its keep and has me feeling a bit clever with a couple of my installation innovations. First off, it is definitely warm in my studio. Actually, as predicted, a bit over-warm, truth be told. Sitting a tad over…

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