ammo load testing

April 20, 2014
ammo load testing

I was looking for this article this morning. Since it was hard for me to find, I am posting it anew here. It is from The Fixer over a year ago. Swiss K31 I built test loads for a couple of rifles. Monday’s weather was as suitable for testing as I was going to see…

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AR-15 rifle options

April 13, 2014
AR-15 rifle options

My best friend, a devout AR-15 builder, built me a ‘utility upper’ for my AR-15 “Service Rifle”. My rifle’s original purpose is to shoot CMP and NRA High-Power Rifle Matches at 200, 300 and 600 yards in very restricted, formatted matches. They have been going…

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slowing Hoover down

April 6, 2014
slowing Hoover down

Scooter’s cup of food now gets placed in the bowl with 4 hard rubber toys. She doesn’t achieve a lady-like or savoring her food level, but she no longer eats like a 3-horsepower shop-vac. We are getting along supremely. She is a sharp cookie, and…

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enjoying without owning

April 5, 2014
enjoying without owning

Orison Swett Marden A French marquis, with whom Washington Irving has made us acquainted, consoled himself for the loss of his château by remarking that he had Versailles and St. Cloud for his country resorts, and the shady alleys of the Tuileries and the Luxembourg…

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growing without pests Day 1

April 4, 2014
growing without pests Day 1

We had a wonderful class. I didn’t know how it would work, if I had enough new information for those attending, and so on. It was the first time I’d used presentation software with a cable to a big screen monitor. I was nervous. It…

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Growing A Healthy Environment

April 3, 2014

I wrote the following article for the August issue of the Sonoma County Environmental Impact Reporter a couple of decades ago. With a few tiny changes, I re-publish it here as it is still perfectly relevant and accurate. As you read, keep in mind the…

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Hoover

April 3, 2014
Hoover

Our new family member is a rescue Beagle X Yellow Lab. A real sweetheart who is rapidly getting over the worst parts of some scary stuff in her past. We know from experience that she will be a long time recovering altogether, or mostly. But…

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targets

March 28, 2014
targets

This was a great day with my then new AR-10 shooting Remington Gold Medal Match ammo. I have been trying like the dickens to replicate or improve on the accuracy with tailored hand-loads, but having no luck. Of course hitting these targets at 200 yards…

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hair magic

March 28, 2014
hair magic

I’m still not believing it, mind you, but my skepticism weakened a notch yesterday. I wrote about hair as part of the human sensory system back in November – see hair November 8, 2013. There were a number of sources, links and personal experiences combined…

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paint job for pennies

March 24, 2014
paint job for pennies

The $383.00 Paint Job . . . 1949 Cadillac, completely covered with 38,295 pennies! They were affixed one by one using Silicone. They added over 200 pounds to the vehicle’s weight. The entire project took 6 weeks. The pennies are American, and include an 1817…

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step stool

March 11, 2014
step stool

My wife, shorty, has step stools all over the place. The old plastic one on her side of the bed broke. It was old, brittle and not worth patching to last another little while. What it really needed was a replacement. Of course I couldn’t…

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what Is The Good Life?

March 7, 2014
what Is The Good Life?

Editorial By Wendy McElroy Every person has a different answer. Nevertheless, there are basic guidelines or advice that I believe benefits anyone looking for “the good life.” Certainly they benefited me decades ago when I needed a door through which to exit the endurance contest…

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life in the clouds

February 28, 2014
life in the clouds

Driving into town I was impressed that thick snow slop on the road was pulling our Subaru every which-away. The 45mph I felt safe was apparently identical to what the snowplow a quarter mile back was doing. I took a side road, hung a U-turn,…

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trombone misuse

February 25, 2014
trombone misuse

With our mud room added on, I needed a way to let guests announce their arrival. Knocking on the old front door wasn’t going to work if they couldn’t get to it. I theorized a ship’s bell might turn the trick. I found a new…

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household products recipes

February 24, 2014
household products recipes

1. DIY Dishwashing Detergent ablossominglife.com 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda (or baking soda will work, as well), 1/2 cup citric acid, and 1/2 cup of kosher salt as a scrubbing agent. Use vinegar as your rinsing agent. 2. DIY Shaving Cream foodformyfamily.com Shea…

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dueling doorbells

February 24, 2014
dueling doorbells

Enclosing the porch created a notification problem. Our guests could no longer knock on the door to the main house without entering the mud room. I thought I could answer it with the ship’s bell on the porch. We could barely hear it inside –…

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post card from Conner

February 23, 2014
post card from Conner

It is a different world when the snow keeps on coming and we don’t have to go anywhere. We can just relax, smile and enjoy our snug little cabin. Better still, the storm is expected to be past by the time we do have places…

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create your own website

February 21, 2014

Building and operating your own website is easier now than ever. The tools continue to evolve in power and in their accessibility to the non-geek market. There are a few ‘secret handshakes’ and tricky bits to getting started, but in four easy lessons, I can…

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Montana Gray Penguin

February 19, 2014
Montana Gray Penguin

Our Penguin is hanging around Our river regularly now. He’s cute and fascinating to me. I looked him up again today: 6″-8″ tall – that’s just a handful of bird bouncing and dipping up and down on the ice before diving in to scavenge underwater-dwelling…

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postcard from Conner Feb 17th

February 17, 2014
postcard from Conner Feb 17th

Heading in to Darby from Conner today, we passed this herd of elk. From the photo I counted 67 elk, but could easily be off by quite a bit either way. Regardless, they are beautiful. It is great that there are some good, strong herds…

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Star Spangled Banner – wonderful 2nd verse

February 11, 2014

My favorite rendition of The Star Spangled Banner is a recording I have from the 560th Air Force Band of the Washington Air National Guard. I think I tripped over this in a thrift store and would love to find a source for more of…

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Feb 9th postcard from Conner

February 9, 2014
Feb 9th postcard from Conner

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radio goes to high school

February 9, 2014

I am a member of ARRL as far and away amateur radio’s best representation in the political world – a very important consideration to me. I appreciate many other things ARRL does, not the least of which is send me an excellent monthly magazine devoted…

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real strength

February 7, 2014
real strength

15 Things That Emotionally Strong People Don’t Do Wellness • Paul Hudson • There is a particular aspect of mental strength that is the deciding factor of whether or not you will have a good life. There are many levels to mental strength and all…

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rose hips

February 5, 2014
rose hips

The sun was making its way down behind our cabin and mountains beyond. I noticed the wild rose hips glowing like they were lit from inside. Of course the shadow was rising rapidly and my camera is both modest and old. Nevertheless, I think you…

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transporters

January 26, 2014
transporters

A set of synapses that were hyper-developed in my brain from a very early age have been clamoring for exercise of late. Sorry gear-shifter, heel-and-toe-er, steering-finesser, 4-wheel-drift-er, g-force-junkie and other parts, it simply isn’t your turn. I promise I’ll get you another if at all…

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webmaster job

January 23, 2014

My offer to teach a Darby Adult Education class in March on “Build your own website” has turned into a contract to build one for somebody who cannot attend the days/times scheduled. It is a fun project. One that I can do without overtasking my…

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Darby Dog Derby Day 1

January 18, 2014
Darby Dog Derby Day 1

As with all such things, SOMEBODY makes it happen. Meet Brandi, a scientist, mom, wife, homemaker and sled dog enthusiast. She wanted to practice and warm up for the racing season locally, looked around and found to her surprise, No races in the South Bitterroot.…

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am I obsolete?

January 17, 2014

Over on her blog, Claire Wolfe asked Do you sometimes feel obsolete? It inspired an extensive answer … I’ll share here. You might want to go read her post to better understand my response: Do you sometimes feel obsolete? — I designed my home of…

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organic growing

January 17, 2014
organic growing

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course…

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