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A culinary experiment at the Lair…

…which just happens to fall on Christmas. I have long rebuffed the idea of any sort of slow cooker at the Lair for the obvious reason that things that make heat with electricity are notorious power hogs. Granted that I … Continue reading

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Having trouble finding ammo? Try this…

Couldn’t hurt…

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Baking Bread with Ed McGivern!

Cold, windy but sunny today. No matter what and no matter how, this had to be baking day and I got an early start in hopes of using the waste heat to get the Lair toasty early. I succeeded only … Continue reading

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It’s me!

A Christmas gift from neighbors who know me too well…

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Hey, remember this?

D&L have doctor appointments in the big town about 50 miles away, which means their dogs and horses are at the mercy of my pitiful ministrations… Feeding the horses always includes going around cleaning up horse apples, and this time … Continue reading

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Close your eyes and think of Guangzhou…

Sorry – I swore off political filler but this one made me laugh very hard.

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Regarding solar panels: Here’s a new mystery…

Sun’s out: Yesterday afternoon got warm enough to melt off quite a bit of remaining snow cover, and last night got plenty cold enough to freeze all the resulting moisture back out of the atmosphere. The result was a nice … Continue reading

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And speaking of clocks and a lack of punctuality…

9 o’clock this morning found me very punctually waiting for a propane guy to come do propane stuff at a neighbor’s house. I can’t describe to service people how to get to the Gulch, so sometimes I have to wait … Continue reading

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Only five days to the Solstice…

In spite of Lair improvements that help me make it more livably warm, so that winter isn’t quite the drawn-out emotional event it used to be, I still pay a lot of attention to the coming and especially the passing … Continue reading

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Care Packages!

Quite unexpectedly, Christmas came to the Gulch yesterday. A nice card with some strange green paper inside. Wonder what it wants? Amazon gift card which immediately got used… One from Landlady, who knows me well… …and a big box’o’food from … Continue reading

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Now that was a storm.

…and it struck a little early. According to the forecast I saw, yesterday was supposed to be colder than Friday and then today was supposed to go all to hell. That would have been reasonably good timing, because yesterday evening … Continue reading

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This was very distressing…

I have four pair of nice new winter jeans. One’s not even out of the package yet. Only one pair has any real time on it since I bought it halfway through last winter. And Tuesday evening that pair came … Continue reading

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Oh, bother – and also feels nice!

I woke this morning to the sound of rain on the roof… …and since it really clouded up overnight the temperature outside wasn’t even freezing. Which meant that for the first time in days I had nowhere I had to … Continue reading

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Sometimes the only point of a precaution is to make you feel better.

And that’s a perfectly good reason to do it, in my humble opinion. Only a few months after I moved into the Secret Lair, for reasons having to do with thoroughly poor woodstove and pipe choice, I had myself a … Continue reading

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More Jeep battery problems…and a rat problem

For some reason the Jeep just goes through batteries. I think it’s probably because it never really goes anywhere and so the battery is never really fully charged. But that’s just a guess. Anyway, we seem to go through this … Continue reading

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Firewood for Milady’s estate…

Over a year ago I dumped a bunch of stovewood at the barn above Landlady’s house during the annual woodcutting festival. Today I hauled the last of it down to her porch. I brought my saws along, having deliberately not … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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