storm door

December 17, 2014
storm door

We have been dragging this “brand new” storm door around and storing it ever since I didn’t get around to installing it in our Grangeville home… That’s three moves and seven years ago. I tried selling it a couple of times, but there is no market for unused storm doors … at least not one…

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Starting over in Darby

December 16, 2014
Starting over in Darby

Couple opens nano-brewery, finds joy in new simpler small town life Perry Backus – Ravalli Republic JC and Hilary McDowell hope their new Bandit Brewery in Darby will become a family-friendly meeting place for the community. DARBY – It’s no secret that the Great Recession…

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project polishing

December 14, 2014
project polishing

I finished a couple of little projects today. I had lamented the arrival of hard-frozen ground before I could get the grade I envisioned for my new riverside entry door. Nature gave me a reprieve and thawed back out long enough for me to get…

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cheatin’ dog beginning bass player

December 13, 2014
cheatin’ dog beginning bass player

I have spent three Thursdays in a row plunking on my new bass in the neighborhood bluegrass jam. I am playing rather well by feel and everybody is politely welcoming, but it rather obviously is going to take me a long, long time to achieve…

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adjectives, adverbs and other parts

December 13, 2014
adjectives, adverbs and other parts

In many circles, you could be forgiven for thinking the English language is very small with a certain four-letter f- word having deposed thousands of newly obsolete. There it is hugely versatile, replacing verbs, nouns, pronouns, and often being a complete declaratory sentence all by…

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Easter Egg Chicken Ranch returns from the ashes

December 1, 2014
Easter Egg Chicken Ranch returns from the ashes

It has been a long time since we had chickens. I always liked having not just a variety of birds, but of egg colors in our daily harvests. Not in a position to have a chicken coop and yard, we found ourselves with a fortunate…

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maiden voyage

November 29, 2014
maiden voyage

I have owned the bass for 5 days now. Last night I took it to the Conner Bluegrass Jam – normally Thursdays, Thanksgiving delayed it to Friday, started it at 2:00pm instead of 7:00 and ran it a little longer than usual… okay, quite a…

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Conner Combo

November 28, 2014
Conner Combo

I’ve often said that my favorite musical role would be as 3rd trombone in a big band. Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) gave me that opportunity while I lived in Nampa. It was lovely, but didn’t last nearly long enough. My attempt to resurrect the Grangeville…

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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.…

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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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