Author Archives: Joel

About Joel

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

First step toward a commercial WWSD AR-15

This has taken a really long time. (ED NOTE: Regular readers might be wondering why I seem to be endorsing a rifle product, especially one involving a fancy AR-15. How would the old cedar rat even know about it, right? … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Junk on the bunk for a rare trip…

…to the biggish town about 35 miles away. Which meant I had to actually dress like a townie… …which is not the problem it was years ago when I lived on 30 bucks a week and wore rags. At the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The town that ran out of eggs…

…repeatedly… I just got back from the Monday morning water run, along with other liquid refreshments… …and since the hens are taking their annual winter sabbatical I intended to pick up two dozen eggs to supplement the usual supply. But… … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Uncle Joel cuts tile sometimes…

Inexpertly, but you do what you can. Having achieved hot running water in Ian’s Cave, it’s time for the next step in the all-important Let’s Have a Shower in the Gulch project. As that wall is anything but flat, the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Hermits in the Mist

Stayed in bed late again this morning because when I first woke up it was cold outside the blankets and the bedroom furnace was working to keep up. So I did the manly thing; rolled over and went back to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Sheesh…

I had one of those adventures going to chicken chores this morning – one of those mornings when you really wish your Jeep had windshield wipers and you end up driving with a hand out the window holding a broom … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

A warm, happy Thanksgiving at the Secret Lair…

I don’t do holidays, as you know. But not all my neighbors agree and so sometimes the holidays kind of reach out and do me. That came out wrong. Or did it? (ahem) Anyway – This year I’ve got one … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Ol’ Pet Semetary Joel

Laddie’s marker may be delayed due to literacy difficulties beyond our control, but Landlady bought three markers and that meant I needed to get to work on the other two… I have a form I built to cast standard pedestals. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

On the other hand, running yourself out of ammo is a sin.

The problem with scattering targets around an area you walk through regularly is that you’ll be tempted to shoot at them. Of course that’s also the reason I scattered the targets, so mostly it’s just important to carry practice ammo. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Deliberately running yourself out of flour…

…is just a very counterintuitive thing to do. But I gotta do it. Because I did something I honestly didn’t think it possible to do: I hoarded too much flour. Okay, there’s no such thing as “too much” if doomsday … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Visiting a target in the wash…

Mid-summer seems like a long time gone: I just looked up when I put this thing out here and it was only five months ago. It serves more of a useful purpose than you might think, because (reasons related to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Hopefully this will keep the target stands at home…

People keep inadvertently shooting through the ropes that secure the target stands in case of flood. I just fixed them, and this morning found the rope that actually anchors the whole thing shot through. So I used up about 60 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The Jeep parts clown show comes to a clownish end.

Today I finally got the final part I need to finally fix the Jeep’s rear window, the gas struts that allow the window to finally stay up without a wooden prop… I’ve had the hinges and the bottom gasket for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

What’s wrong with this picture?

Sigh.

Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments

Proof that Uncle Joel isn’t superstitious…

On this date: …I broke out a power saw. Landlady told me last month she wanted to do a big (probably multiple) dump run this coming weekend. I remembered that, and have slowly made various preps for it over the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Uncle Joel’s adventures in macramé

It was such a dry summer the ranchers gave up on the poor ‘grass’ and brought in their cattle halfway through, so I haven’t had much use for my cow spear in several months. I have occasionally eyed it as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

First empty…

With overnight temps in the low 20’s, I was unsurprised to be greeted this morning with the first empty propane bottle on the bedroom regulator. The first of many, alas, because as long as money permits I’m going to treat … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

I wouldn’t dare take money from anyone stupid enough to invest in my business model.

Ever since the blog moved to joelsgulch.com, suggesting to anyone who doesn’t bother to look that there may be some sort of business at that address, I have occasionally received the most hilarious spam.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Well, well. Look what I found.

This is how exciting Uncle Joel’s life can be: I found a screw! Found it rolling around on the Jeep’s driver seat when I thought it was gone for good. This screw and its mate have been a problem for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Another underwhelming ‘storm’…

Woke to a light wet snow… Lit the fire only briefly to get the inside temp into the mid-sixties, since there doesn’t appear much chance of morning sun. But it’s barely freezing outside and supposed to get into the forties. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments