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I hate this part.

Slept like a baby almost all the way through last night… But that was because everything about the bedroom except the furnace is already in winter mode. And I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t time to light the furnace. … Continue reading

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It’s a very wet day in the neighborhood…

I woke several times during the night with rain blasting down on the metal roof. When I came fully awake at 5 it was … blasting down on the metal roof and that was bad, because step 1 after pulling … Continue reading

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Today is this week’s designated beautiful day!

Right on schedule. Supposed to go right back to thunderstorms tomorrow. Fullscale Walky time! And may I say right here before I forget that I have a modest proposal: Tobieforchristsakegetoutofthemud is indeed a proper word and should be added to … Continue reading

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I’m having a holster problem…

Tools for squeezing things together are 2-a-penny, but I need a tool for spreading things apart. Preferably an improvisation on something I already have. When I first came to the desert my Plan A handgun was a beat-up 4″ Springfield … Continue reading

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(Grumble) Damned rain again…

Yeah, it started raining Saturday – coincidental with a Landlady visit, in accordance with longstanding tradition – and it has never more than briefly stopped raining ever since. The rain-to-date readout on my weather station says 15.6″ which is not … Continue reading

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The accidental mousetrap

I’ve always had an issue with mice in the Jeep. They just live in there: Sometimes if I’m driving on an abnormally smooth bit of dirt road a mouse will pop out of the instrument panel and watch the show … Continue reading

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Carrots!

The skittery treat you get to eat! Yes, I have everything yet to learn about how to get this thing to focus in low light, let alone anything about how to control the exposure.

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It’s kind of a charming custom, when I think about it…

I got a Paratus Day card from Commander Zero yesterday! Which reminds me this is the third year in a row he has sent one… He always adds some small appropriate gift for the season, which is appreciated… Last year … Continue reading

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TUAK gets a big hardware upgrade!

An extremely generous reader, quite out of the blue, asked, “Could you use a better camera?” Olympus E-620, the only DSLR I’ve ever even seen up close let alone owned. With three lenses and a nice case to boot. I … Continue reading

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Fixing a loose leg on the solar panel ground mount

The left front leg on my ground mount rack has been loose for an embarrassingly long time; I discovered it in early Spring and only now have gotten around to fixing it. Not a lot of excuse, just kept, er, … Continue reading

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I have my driveway back!

I lost my driveway’s entrance into the wash in late July during the biggest of the early monsoon floods. It was a colossal pain in the ass all summer but this monsoon was a wet one (14 and a half … Continue reading

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Pear Butter: That worked!

I knew it was going to boil down to not very much. I wouldn’t know how much not very much was till I got there. I sterilized five jars and hoped I wasn’t being too comically optimistic… …and to my … Continue reading

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Pear Butter: Here We Go…

I left the pears to soften up for five days and that may have been a mistake: Two different species of bugs had pretty thoroughly colonized about half of them. Quite a bit is going to the chickens. I was … Continue reading

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It’s like he’s doing it on purpose at this point…

“Dammit, Tobie! I’ve had that brush for years!”

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Once again I must ask the Babylon Bee to stop reporting the news.

FBI Rally In D.C. Ends Without Incident

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Spam can be cryptic.

Points for brevity, at least… As so often happens when I receive business-style spam, I’m left wondering “what was the point of this?”

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Remember the Great Gelsock Bleg of 2017?

I put this out here back then with great trepidation, since I hate asking for things in any case and I’m downright neurotic about expensive things. It ended kind of spectacularly. So spectacularly, in fact, that I never even unpackaged … Continue reading

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Waited a few days too long on the pears…

Summer will be done before I know it. My field of high waving flowers has faded… …and I thought I was being relatively attentive about the pear tree. Unfortunately… …turns out I wasn’t being attentive enough. So when all was … Continue reading

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Random Gulchy Moments

Busy morning. Toward the end of his morning walkie Tobie finally managed to bring a bit of juniper branch all the way home without losing it; apparently assuming I wouldn’t let it inside the cabin he immediately flopped down on … Continue reading

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The current state of bread-making at the Secret Lair…

I bake every five days or so, usually well before I’m out of bread in summer because it molds before I finish eating it. Less often in winter, because it doesn’t. I’ve been doing this for most of the fifteen … Continue reading

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