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About Joel

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

Weird things you might see…

…in the drugstore of a small rural town…

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I used to have a rule…

…which I would have implemented the moment I became Lord Master of the Universe: Winter is only welcome as long as it’s entertaining. As soon as dressing up in snugglies to go out and shovel the walk stops being fun, … Continue reading

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Home grain milling revisited

In our last exciting episode I mentioned that the flour on the new mill’s “bread” setting came out quite gritty. Somebody asked if it might not be possible to run the flour through the mill again. Possible but not optimal. … Continue reading

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Here’s a funny thing I see every winter…

The soil here is mostly mixed sand and clay, liberally sprinkled with pebbles and larger rocks. And at the start of every winter, as soon as there’s a rain or snow immediately followed by a ground freeze, the pebbles all … Continue reading

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This is just lazy.

I’ve been getting a lot of these lately… …and on those occasions when I looked to see what sort of content they’re selling trying to get me to advertise for free, it’s always just a bunch of clickbait I’d resent … Continue reading

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Aaand it’s snowing.

Right at the moment it’s snowing like hell but I think the ground is still too warm for any accumulation. I’ve been wrong before – quite recently in fact, when I believed the forecast of dry weather for today. The … Continue reading

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Yeesh.

The rain lasted all morning but the clouds started breaking up right around noon, and if the forecast remains correct we’ll have a few dry breezy days to sort out the mud. The mud right at this moment is impressive. … Continue reading

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Harrumph…

Been doing this since night before last.

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Kinda makes me wonder if I’m missing something…

Almost two years ago I bought a bunch of stumpsocks from a site called amputeestore.com. I expect the unsolicited spam emails to outlast the socks. But I haven’t done anything to make them stop because sometimes they’re just plain entertaining. … Continue reading

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A profoundly misplaced potato…

It has taken him quite a while but Torso Boy has finally gotten to a point where I can trust him to stay close and listen when I talk to him, even when we’re out away from the yard. He’s … Continue reading

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Jeep doors fixed!

All I needed was the right socket. But first, you folks with some Jeep experience: Does anybody know what this bracket is for? Because as far as I can tell its only function is to give the upper hinges something … Continue reading

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From the “People throw away the damndest things” files…

Check this out… I got a text from some neighbors yesterday around ten, asking if I ever eat cold cereal. I don’t particularly, but I’m adaptable. They said they had some they were never going to get around to consuming. … Continue reading

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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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