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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

Well, bother.

I thought I had the correct Torx socket to replace the Jeep’s driver door hinges… …but it turns out I could only remove the mirror. Which ought to be replaced before Ol’ Yeller could be considered street legal, which in … Continue reading

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Uncle Joel tired now.

My plan for the morning was to get all that firewood cut and stacked no matter what, damage acceptable, if I had to spent the whole rest of the day sitting on my ass and moaning it would be worth … Continue reading

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That worked better…

Since I actually do need bread I chickened out on the 50/50 thing. I used more like 20% whole wheat. And with that, it rose quite nicely indeed.

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Wonder Mill, and baking wheat bread. Good/bad…

So last weekend Landlady brought up this grain mill, which will allow us to do something about… …the two sealed buckets of wheat berries that have been in the Gulch longer than I have. Since I bake all the time, … Continue reading

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…and then I thought, “What am I doing?”

It’s really time to get back to work on woodcutting. I don’t want to cut a lot because everything currently in the woodshed – probably but not definitely a whole winter’s worth – has been in there two winters now … Continue reading

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“ We going for a ride?”

I’m sitting here being lazy and waiting for things to warm up a bit before I put it in gear, killing time by watching a video on my phone. D&L told me on Monday that they might go to town … Continue reading

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Elk have come back!

And they’ve been having a party. Saw tracks in the yard – Torso Boy smelled them first, which added spice to his regular morning ‘let’s go have a shit’ walky. Then I took a nice hour’s walk through the boonie, … Continue reading

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Pickiest. Dog. Ever. Born.

Thought I’d give Torso Boy a little break from his boiled chicken & rice this morning, since I spaced on cooking more rice yesterday and what was left in the container was a little funky and we’re trying to solve … Continue reading

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CCI Blazers contact rock. Mutual destruction ensues.

I want to see how long it takes before somebody starts warning of a global rock shortage.

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Damn right we’re going to take your…

Good luck with that… I LOLed and stole it from somewhere on the tubes…

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Random gulchy moments, and an upcoming review…

Out on my walky this morning I saw something welcome… Lots of very fresh mule deer tracks. Things have been very sparse around the Gulch lately; I’m not even flushing many rabbits and the coyotes are shitting juniper berries. But … Continue reading

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Gotta get the reloading bench going again.

This is Serenity, the old trailer that’s been my reloading shack for all this decade. I used to spend a lot of time there because I used to shoot my pistol a lot more than I do now. I wrecked … Continue reading

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I don’t really understand using wood pellets for heating fuel.

I just got back from helping D&L unload a full pallet of wood pellets into their garage… …and as always it makes me question the value of wood pellets as heating fuel. I get that pellets can let a stove … Continue reading

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At the worst possible time. In the worst possible way.

Yes, Uncle Murphy visited D&L’s house this morning. D&L have a big (YUGE) house with a big electrical system and an even bigger appetite for electricity. One gloomy day, and their batteries were done. No problem: That’s why they also … Continue reading

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A really cool gadget

In an intellectual sort of way I know that Blackberry has been around since (around) the last century. I’ve always associated it with self-important middle managers in cufflinks and suspenders, strutting around the cubicle farm talking into the air so … Continue reading

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A trip to town in the rain

D&L said Monday they were going Wednesday to the biggish town about 35 miles away. They also said it was supposed to be thunderstorms all morning. I tagged along for the Safeway. They were right about the rain.

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So I finally ordered new Jeep hinges online yesterday, and…

Oh for god’s sake where’s the “unsubscribe” key?

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Walky Time

Sorry, there’s really nothing going on right now. Take care of chickens, tend batteries, bake bread, go for long walks. Nothing you haven’t seen a hundred times before. As I’ve said many times before, I used to fill in the … Continue reading

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There ought to be some sort of medal for this…

Any Leghorn hen who happens to be sitting on eggs will object if I reach under her to take them. Some just run away and squawk, and some will peck as hard as they can. But they can’t peck hard … Continue reading

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Colorado Hermit knows me too well.

I did in fact LOL.

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