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

Tobie’s new favorite toy…

$3 at the dollar store. Just like his old favorite toy, which finally broke under the stress of a great many games of tug’o’war. I was impressed! Oh, the rope didn’t last a month and probably neither will this one … Continue reading

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Still 3.80/gal.

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You can’t see him, but he’s there.

A couple of days ago I started baking bread around noon of a sunny day, and almost the instant I was committed the clouds rolled in thick. Now, I can use the oven on a cloudy day but there’s a … Continue reading

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It’s been my friend for a long time. Not always a very GOOD friend, but…

Regular readers know my everyday handgun is an unusual choice. A 5-shot .44 revolver wouldn’t be anybody’s idea of a proper gun for a gunfight, but I live way back in the boonies and don’t worry very much about getting … Continue reading

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The Low Oil Shutoff Switch…

…also works when the oil is really cold. Remembering this will make you look less stupid. I had an incident 4 years ago where I had to start the Honda generator when it was VERY cold, in front of other … Continue reading

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“Oh dear. OH DEAR!”

A couple of years ago Landlady gave me a great gift: A french butter dish. It works wonderfully well in summer to keep butter fresh outside a refrigerator. In winter there’s a problem: The only way to load the contraption … Continue reading

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Lord of all he surveys…

Here’s a bit of irony: Tobie used to get excited when he saw me sorting laundry, because it meant a Jeep ride to visit the nice lady who always had jerky treats. Now he gets excited because it means a … Continue reading

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The big temperature swing

It’s already after nine ayem and I have things to do outside today, but… …this time of year it pays to display a little patience. Tobie gets his long walkie, but then Uncle Joel settles down with his second cup … Continue reading

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A perfect Joel’s Gulch Thanksgiving…

Everybody’s gone to cities to visit their families, and later I’ll make the rounds to do their chores for them. 🙂 Now if only they’d stop sending me Happy Thanksgiving texts. 😀

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Wow, time to buy flour.

Baking day! Accompanied by a periodic chore I knew was coming… …the every-few-months filling of the flour bucket. Now: I used to stock roughly 90 pounds of flour up in the pantry, which is enough to fill the bucket three … Continue reading

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Poor Tobie…

Normally he’s philosophical about the Monday morning water run. When he sees me fiddling with empty water bottles he knows he’s not going with, and he accepts that without undue fuss. Normally. But this morning he decided a little negotiation … Continue reading

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Saw a funny one yesterday…

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“Uncle Joel, you’ve been up for two hours!”

For the past week or two I’ve been sleeping in; sometimes even past six o’clock. Basically, if I wake up and light isn’t peeking over the window curtains, I roll over and try to go back to sleep. But this … Continue reading

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The seep becomes a spring…

There are places here and there in the wash where water comes to the surface. Prior to this summer I only knew of two, but there’s lots of wash I never explored. In the Gulch the wash is commonly used … Continue reading

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Crap. We’ve got cattle again.

They all got rounded up and hauled off a month or so and I thought that was the end of them for the cold season. Apparently not so. They’re baaaack. Just chased this bunch out of my yard. I hate … Continue reading

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It works!

It works at a glacial pace, but it does work. Interested in keeping track of time, I set up the distiller but didn’t turn the flame on till 8am exactly. Not surprisingly, it took a long time for anything at … Continue reading

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Look what I got!

…from a Generous Reader… Early this year there was a shortage complete absence of distilled water available anywhere, and it went on for quite a while, expending my stored supply. Literally down to nothing but still having a bunch of … Continue reading

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Getting some idea of the replacement interval on a pistol sight battery…

This has been on my mind, wondering when the pistol sight would fail me and whether – as per tradition – it would do it suddenly and at a really bad time. In fact I was surprised when the LED … Continue reading

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Well, the price of propane finally caught up with the price of gasoline.

$63.20, or $3.80 a gallon. The good news is that I’m very happy I topped off the bottles when I did, at the end of last winter. Not real common for me to make smart financial decisions: Maybe I’m finally … Continue reading

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Traditional annual shoutout to the Generous Reader who…

…sent me this heat-actuated woodstove fan about five years ago. Still works great! The original version of the heat-actuated fan comes from Canada and is quite expensive. Also quite good: D&L have a couple of them in their workshop and … Continue reading

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