Monday water run…


Every week D and I fill up our drinking water bottles. L mentioned on the way into town that she ran into another contractor – water softener technician – who wouldn’t believe how hard the well water is until he tested it himself. 935 ppm. And that’s why, even though we all have indoor plumbing, we truck in our drinking water. I didn’t learn until my first kidney stone, almost exactly ten years ago.


Don’t use it much myself, but after all the impassioned news items I was curious to see if there would be baby formula on the store shelves. Nope.

This would have been a very serious – indeed, a life threatening – problem when my daughter was an infant. Momma wanted to breastfeed but didn’t have the milk.


You know you’re shopping in a Mormon town when they bag your six-pack.


And look who was such a good boy! Hoozagooboy? Hasn’t wrecked the place in my absence in months.

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15 Responses to Monday water run…

  1. Robert says:

    “And look who was such a good boy!” He knows who feeds him and has opposable thumbs to operate a can opener.
    Is that a cat door in the background?

  2. Spud says:

    I can’t believe all the hoopla about this baby formula shortage. Do not people understand that everyone made their own from scratch , fifty years ago ? If mom didn’t produce her own , then you just used condensed milk , water and karo.
    In many ways , we’ve sure gotten stupid with modern living and our JIT system of supply. No one seems to know how things are produced now days !

  3. Malatrope says:

    Spud, the end of civilization comes when the population is reduced to not knowing anything at all. It’s ironic, when all you have to do is drop by YouTube and search for “homemade baby formula”.

    (Or, homemade anything. Just for grins, search for “homemade motorcycle”…)

  4. jabrwok says:

    @Robert: If you click on the image it will enlarge. That red thing behind Toby is a rag of some sort. Probably a chew toy.

  5. Joel says:

    Is that a cat door in the background?

    Yeah, there’s a cat door. But I swore off cats after I lost the last one to some predator.

  6. jabrwok says:

    @Robert: Looks like I mis-read your question. Didn’t see the word “door”. Oh well:-)

  7. plblark says:

    completely off topic but thought you’d get at least a chuckle from the lack of foresight re: solar panels and the need for access to you know … sun
    https://www.engadget.com/nasa-mars-insight-lander-farewell-095620031.html

  8. Robert says:

    plblark: Well, ya can’t address every contingency and it is on another friggin’ planet. Give NASA a break; at least as far as we know, they didn’t screw up grade school arithmetic converting ‘twixt metric and so-called standard this time.

    jabrwok: no problem.

    Joel: Thanks for the reply. Sorry about your loss.

    Tobie: good boy!

  9. Judy says:

    Guys – It doesn’t even have to be condensed/evaporated milk. Go to the dairy case and pick up a gallon of milk and add the Karo to it. If your infant is allergic to dairy proteins, like I am, you pick up soy milk. Mom used the canned soy milk back in ’52. She said it stunk to high heavens, cost 99 cents per can per day, stained my clothes and she was relieved I weaned myself at five months to table food. (Mom didn’t wait until we were 6 months old to feed us real food.)

  10. Joel says:

    OK, that’s just weird.

  11. We also used soymilk ( homemade from arrowhead mills organic soybeans ! ) for my daughter when she was a baby … weaned to fruit juice , applesauce , cereals , potato soup , etc @ about 8-9 months … she’s 42 now and is in perfect health ! Pat

  12. Wayne says:

    A working payphone still exists in Manhattan, Nevada.

    Mormons bag their six packs to keep other Mormons from stealing their beer.

  13. Robert says:

    I used to use payphones constantly doing field service in three states. I sensed trouble coming when a phone sported the notice “no 800 number or credit card calls allowed”. WTF? It was intended to impair recreational drug sales.

    Wayne: and coffee. Caffeine is ok if it’s disguised as a soft drink, I’ve been told.

  14. Jason Hamilton says:

    Joel,
    First time commenter although I’ve followed you for years. In my neck of the woods 985ppm is considered pretty good! A small RO unit would give you quality drinking water if you have a source with at least 25-30 psi incoming pressure. Even if you don’t there are work arounds.

To the stake with the heretic!