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Yet another thing I never did before…

I never ordered away for fancy aftermarket shock absorbers. I’ve gone through three sets of stock rear shocks in less than two years – granted the third set is still working but it’s only a matter of time because they’re … Continue reading

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Yeah, but it’s a dry heat though…

Just came in from fastening down those porch floorboards I took up yesterday, and found that it finally got into three figures. I wasn’t here for most of June but I’m told it was unusually cool for what’s usually the … Continue reading

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Damned Leghorns…

It’s pre-monsoon summer, and kind of hot. Walk into the Big Chickenhouse in the afternoon and you’ll see a whole bunch of chickens with their beaks open and their wings held away from their bodies, praying for the evening cool. … Continue reading

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First paintbrush I ever honestly wore out!

At the cost of a truly aching back I finished a first coat on all the front-facing new lumber – which if that sounds like it’s weasel-worded, it is: I have to pull the balusters to properly paint the pre-existing … Continue reading

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Unexpected care package day!

Landlady came up last night, and the only package I expected from her was some Britta filters. Instead I got two food packages and somebody hit my wish list pretty hard. These were sent to me by someone who only … Continue reading

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And now we start painting.

I’ve put this off since coming back from the city, waiting for the mood to strike. Since that’s taking its sweet time happening, it’s time to just get on with it. I’ve got other things to do.

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Horrors! Forcing a man to wash his own laundry!

Actually I’d forgotten how much I kind of enjoy doing this. It’s relaxing. Not that I’m planning to start refusing the use of Neighbor L’s washing machine. 😉 But S&L are out of state and I’m using up stump socks. … Continue reading

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It works! But you need a really big gauge.

Okay: I need to repair or replace my toilet valve – again. And maybe the style where the float wraps around the stem isn’t such a good choice. I left the thing alone for the better part of a month … Continue reading

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Breaking my last solar power taboo…

Really longtime readers know that the original solar power system at the Secret Lair was a comically inadequate mishmash of scrounged worn-out parts which barely worked on bright sunny days. Evenings, I read by carefully rationed lamplight and most mornings … Continue reading

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Well. That escalated a little out of control…

It’s supposed to be hot today and I did not have a good day for work yesterday. Up half the night with my nose running, same thing all through morning chores so I took an antihistamine and spent most of … Continue reading

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Looking for the little dog…

Okay – between you and me, at this point it’s more like looking without a lot of hope for a recognizable scrap or two of the dog just to give some nice folks a little closure. It has been my … Continue reading

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(sigh) I chickened out.

I was supposed to take the Jeep to the shop in town this morning. That means a) going to the hassle and stress of illegally driving into town, and b) going without the Jeep for at least a week. It’s … Continue reading

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Please don’t let your dog run loose in the wilderness.

A wordy cautionary tale which turned into a wall of words: Please bear with me. For the benefit of anyone not a regular to this blog: My name is Joel, and I’m a desert hermit. I don’t live in a … Continue reading

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You never know what’s going to be useful.

The weeds were getting thick before I left and during the nearly a month I was gone they made a play at taking over. I’ve been hoeing and pulling off and on since I got back. And there’s this one … Continue reading

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Battery Day, and time to clean the cables.

I have wondered for years what’s going on with Landlady’s batteries – and it’s been two completely different sets of batteries. Topped off her electrolyte today, only a few days late. I need to bring a brush and wash the … Continue reading

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Private to anyone who recently purchased the Solar Power ebook…

A number of people have recently reported difficulty getting the link to work. I don’t yet know what the problem is and I don’t want a dozen people out there thinking I’m a welcher. I acknowledge every purchase I hear … Continue reading

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Get it while it’s cool…

Finished the east gully’s drainage ditch this morning before seven… Could have finished it yesterday, I was within two wheelbarrow-loads of doneness. But it’s hard work in the hot sun, not that urgent, and there’s no reason to blow blood … Continue reading

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I love the future!

I am aware that in my capacity as a Paranoid Desert Recluse I am supposed to hate all things technological and especially all things connected. And I do fall in line with some of that: I truly don’t understand why … Continue reading

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But what would I do for fun?

Some lady wants me shut down and prosecuted! I’m honored! Bring it on, screechy voice lady! In fact, though I’ve never threatened anybody, I do make fun of congressvermin as amusingly as I can within the limits of my poor … Continue reading

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Good start to the day…

We’re obviously scraping the forward edge of Monsoon here, with warm muggy mornings and stormy afternoons. Yesterday the storm held off until almost five but when it came it brought some actual rain as opposed to thunderous ovations for a … Continue reading

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