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We had the beginning of a really big show yesterday afternoon…

The usual practice is to look out the kitchen window to the SE and you can see what the weather’s going to be this afternoon. A wet monsoon removes that bit of predictability; you never know what direction a storm … Continue reading

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Still life with fruit

This summer has presented me with the very unusual and unexpected question… …at what point do you harvest a pear tree? I brought this one inside to leave in a bowl for a week and see if it softens up … Continue reading

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Unexpected Care Packages!

Landlady came up last night with some unexpected packages! I was only expecting a couple of sacks of dog food, courtesy of Big Brother… This brand of dog food is an indulgence on my part: Longtime readers know that I’ve … Continue reading

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55% humidity, forsooth…

And this is why I live in the SW desert, and not in southern Florida. Normally it’s dry; very dry. I like very dry. Right now, not quite so much. 55% humidity indoors. All my twisted joints and broken bones … Continue reading

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The one good thing about a wet monsoon…

I went with D&L to the Palace of Food yesterday morning and couldn’t help notice that… …the normally rather sere landscape is looking awfully green and growy this month. I recognize the need for wet seasons in dry country but … Continue reading

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Ian’s pipe leak fixed…

…by method #NoneOfTheAbove. Sometimes I’m not the most … observant person. Exhibit A: a frost-free sillcock, slightly damaged, which attaches to its supply pipe with… …a female threaded fitting. And what does that tell us about the pipe it’s no … Continue reading

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There’s something you don’t see every day, Joel…

The top of my toolbox is always a mess: I really don’t have enough storage space, and what space I do have is poorly maintained. But I wasn’t expecting the extra-added mess I found today when I went into the … Continue reading

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Oh, Ian. What have you done?

At quarter to eight in the morning I’ve wrenched my back, soaked my boots, worked up a muck sweat that keeps fogging my glasses, lost my temper at my dog, gotten a jackhammer chisel so wedged between concrete and rebar … Continue reading

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Still trying to bore through that wall…

And in pursuit of that goal, this morning I took a reader’s advice and knocked together an a-frame to take the weight of the jackhammer. And that helped a lot: I got quite a bit done before I ran out … Continue reading

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Yesterday was the last day for the T&S gig…

…and I was going to celebrate by riding the ebike up there in the morning, but… …Tobie insisted that the job required a dog. I worked so hard to get him to accept the Jeep that now I seldom have … Continue reading

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“There’s something you don’t see every day, Tobie.”

Tobie and I were taking a nice long morning walkie in the wash downstream from the Lair, when an annoying buzzing began.

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Jackhammers is heavy.

When the pipe behind Ian’s block wall sprung a leak I went looking for Landlady’s hammer drill. Couldn’t find it anywhere. She said she brought it back to the city. So… …Since we got Ian’s electrical working yesterday, I borrowed … Continue reading

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Pear tree update…

Somebody keeps asking for a pear tree update. It’s still pearing. We’ll see how edible the fruit is. I’m just thrilled there’s fruit.

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Getting some of the damage repaired…

Ian’s place has been driving me crazy. First an external spigot that goes through a block wall springs a totally uncalled-for leak – and the only way to fix the leak is to knock a hole in said (filled, of … Continue reading

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Gotta rethink this ‘hike up the mesa twice a day’ thing…

I went to bed at six last night because I was falling asleep in my chair. Fell right asleep and woke at first light with Tobie asking was I all right. The one wash crossing between me and the main … Continue reading

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Looks like they rescued the road grader…

I got a phone call from a neighbor yesterday, warning me to avoid the wash crossing by the goat people at all costs. “There is no crossing. And pretty soon there’ll be no grader, because [redacted] got it good and … Continue reading

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When they come from the northwest, they’re the worst.

Woke to clear skies for once but the forecast said it wouldn’t last. After Tobie’s early walkie and a quick breakfast I hiked to Landlady’s to pick up the Jeep, took the Bumpy Road to T&S’s and double-fed the animals … Continue reading

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I thought that drooping target stand was undermined with water…

Nope. It was hit with a big rock. Which apparently fell during the second of the past several days’ terrifying storms. Normally at this part of Monsoon I can use the wash for a transport route even if the roads … Continue reading

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I have this conversation with myself every time I use my bike.

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Wouldn’t you know, a T&S gig at the height of monsoon.

That means twice a day up and across the plateau, then up T&S’s mesa. By whatever means necessary, because the animals don’t have a Plan B. I decided to see what condition the wash crossings and the dirt road were … Continue reading

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