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how I spent my vacation

In no particular order, but that in which the photos uploaded… Spring motorcycling weather arrived very early in the Bitterroot this year. I am not counting on winter being truly done with us, but am grabbing these delightful riding days as they come my way. On the left is nearby Lake Como completely covered in ice, though the snow on the ground has all melted. On the right is a stop atop “Almosta Road” which is dirt/gravel all the way, graced with almost no traffic whatsoever and pleasant scenery. No photos, but much of my time is spent on what I call “estate management”. That can include plowing snow, fabricating shelves, welding, woodworking, communing with my shop tools, managing […]

ice dancing

Occasionally the winter snowfalls conspire to make walking around our yard treacherous. My wife responds by putting ice cleats on a pair of snow boots and switching to them to walk on ice and from them to climb into her van, enter her destination or go back into the house. I walk very carefully. For the most part, her plan is a lot smarter than mine. Old brittle bones break easier than what we grew up with and heal a lot slower. Being a gambling man is not very clever. On the other hand, I am also a solution man. Here is the harrowing solution. On a sunny afternoon with temperatures well above freezing, I connected a “blanket harrow” […]

Sundews

Thanks to California Carnivores from my old neighborhood, I picked up a variety of insect eating plants. Expecting to enjoy their beauties and appreciate the insect population reduction for one summer, I have been pleasantly surprised to get several years from them. This particular bog that lives next to a south facing window in my studio is far exceeding expectations, surviving, growing and even reproducing well. Another bog garden is in its dormant stage now, but will likely be a fine pitcher plant in our laundry room again next spring. A third did not come back last year and will likely need to be refreshed with new purchases next spring. Sundews (Drosera) If an insect ever evolved the brains […]

Harbor Freight trailer build

I was going to build my own utility trailer from an old boat trailer I bought, but came across a more commonsense approach at Harbor Freight. To the left is the completed unit with my added decking lumber. Its maiden voyage was ferrying my Dr. Zee to an Idaho Star motorcycle class in Twin Falls. Here you see my wife’s brother Bruce tying it down HIS WAY for our trip back home. Assembly was not overly challenging, but without a significant tool set, skill set and helping hand friend it would have been difficult or not possible to complete. The result is a new trailer with new lights, wires, bearings, tires, paint and all. Sure, they are all of […]

chilly today

Among the dumb jokes that stuck with me from early adolescence was: Mexican weather report: Chili today, Hot tamale Unfortunately my neck of the woods is not expected to rise above FREEZING until February. On the estate, our little valley grabs the cold and hangs on to it with unappreciated tenacity. You can see my morning low to the left. Yep … minus 24 … or so. Thanks to a nice collection of firewood I have built up, I can keep the palace around a plus 75… roughly a one hundred degree difference … that I really appreciate after plowing or blowing snow in the yard for an hour or two. The photo to the right is from yesterday’s two-hour […]

cold snap

Now THAT’s COLD. At Sunrise (8:17), I threw on a wool coat, insulated gloves and boots for a one-minute outdoor job of opening the chicken door so my flock could get out to their heated water reservoir and food supply. Whoops. My young back-saving helper yesterday did not close the double gate into / out of the chicken yard after blowing a foot of snow off their scratching yard. So I did that while I was out there – to keep them in and predators out. By the time I was back inside, my legs were cold through their double layers, my back was cold through its triple layers and my cheeks were genuinely frosty in the non-bearded areas. (Interesting […]

plan to celebrate Winter Solstice tomorrow

Connect with the natural world for a day. This year our calendar day of December 21st will be the shortest. From this day forward the days will grow longer and longer until the turnaround at the summer solstice. Montana sunrise will be 8:11 am; sunset 4:44 pm; length of day 8 hours 33 minutes; night 15 hours 27 minutes The sun’s steady disappearance from our world will make a turnaround. This is worth celebrating, marking in some way big or small. I plan to work in my greenhouse, perhaps put some seeds into pots and onto a germinating heat mat (that we have yet to dig out of whatever clever storage site we found for it). Maybe you can […]

shop heat

One of the real treats in my life is a heated shop. I have a lovely collection of tools and workspaces enabling me to putter with woodwork, metalwork and a bit of mechanical maintenance. I am not great at any of it, but pretty darn good at solving the little challenges and opportunities life sends my way. I have spent some time turning my Jack-of-all-Trades persona into a way to make an honest living, but only at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Fixer business did not blossom, but my website The Fixer.biz is still kicking around as a place where I document some of my creations and share ideas I have come up with. I wish I […]

settled in to my domain

A main driver of my life is gaining control of my homestead, estate, working spaces and equipment. After each move from one to another, the list of urgent/critical projects is immediately followed by the crucial, then important and so on until I reach the settled in phase. In each case there is some marker that gives me the feeling I have arrived. Seven years into our Bunkhouse occupancy, I finally hit what I think is that marker. I am comfortable that I know what spaces I want to irrigate, have them relatively easy to wet and no longer have to disconnect hoses, move pipes and reconnect to run my mower around the yard. This evolved irrigation system will be reasonably […]

What are they distracting you from?

All the lamestream media outlets, including those dominating the Internet search engines agree that “abortion rights” and “gun control” are all you need to think about. As they pound on those drums, what is it we are not supposed to be noticing? What is it they are doing that we are not supposed to see? From FrontPageMagazine: Glazov Gang: 10k Dead Cattle in Kansas – Why? Connected to the controlled demolition of food and energy supply? From EnVolve.com: Rancher Warns Mass Cattle Deaths Are An ‘Inside Job’ Designed To Cause Food Shortages Experts are now warning that the sudden deaths of thousands of cattle may very well be linked to a diabolical attempt to cause mass food shortages in America, […]

wash and dry SD card

In this little How-To, I share my experience laundering a 16 gigabyte SanDisk secure digital (SD) card. The little buggers are 1″ by 1 1/4″, quite flat and capable of storing one hundred and twenty-eight billion bits of information. That number, along with that amount of data are both quite incomprehensible. How about 16 pickup trucks FULL of books? That is literally the amount of information can be stored onto this little card. That is to say, there is almost no space between the bits of data on them. A spec of dust could short out any of the circuits therein. I mention this to provide perspective on the following little tale. The Easter Egg Chicken Ranch attracted another […]

food scarcity programmed for this winter

‘THEY’ are marshaling forces to insure that only the connected and prepared are fed. Governments around the world are destroying massive amounts of crops and livestock. The excuses vary while the results do not. Infrastructure is under attack – not coincidentally breaking down. Oafishul agencies are warning of Possible food shortages Were they honest about it their headlines would read PLANNED food shortages. The global reset ‘THEY’ have been openly talking about since George Bush I administration has now come up on the guitar. It won’t be just food, but that will certainly be a major challenge for the unprepared, the unsuspecting, the trusting and sleepers. Here are some headlines with embedded links to help paint the picture – […]

fire season has arrived

Not my favorite part of the year, but rather inevitable. First off, I am no fan of hot weather. Secondly I am sensitive to forest fire smoke … makes my eyes burn and respiratory system complain. So I watch the reports with greater than average interest… and spend more time indoors with high-performance air filters running. I have done significant experimenting with available Internet tools for fire and air quality monitoring. I share my favorites here. If you find one or more of value to you, I recommend bookmarking them yourself. – Ted https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/jpss/mapper/#zoom=5/date=2021Jul11/lat=39.5/lon=-98.4/tcon=true/granon=false/bordon=true/view=asc/l1on=false/satval1=SNPP/sensval1=Aerosols/prodval1=aod/levval1=null/op1=1/l2on=false/satval2=SNPP/sensval2=Land/prodval2=frp/levval2=null/op2=1/l3on=false/satval3=SNPP/sensval3=Land/prodval3=frp/levval3=null/op3=1 https://www.airnow.gov/?city=Darby&state=MT&country=USA https://gis.dnrc.mt.gov/apps/firemap/ http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/ https://rammb-slider.cira.colostate.edu/?sat=goes-17&sec=full_disk&x=12248&y=3480&z=2&angle=0&im=48&ts=2&st=0&et=0&speed=250&motion=loop&maps%5Bborders%5D=white&lat=0&p%5B0%5D=geocolor&p%5B1%5D=band_02&opacity%5B0%5D=1&opacity%5B1%5D=0.5&pause=0&slider=-1&hide_controls=0&mouse_draw=0&follow_feature=0&follow_hide=0&s=rammb-slider&draw_color=FFD700&draw_width=6 https://fire.airnow.gov/ https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Drought crushing farmers and ranchers

Today’s headlines are screaming “DROUGHT” and “Collapse of family farms, ranches”. This is completely by design. The effects will devastate everyone but the top 1% and their servants. In the video on the left I use moving pictures from geo-stationary weather satellite GOES-17 to show how nature and the natural flows of weather are completely disrupted. This has been going on for 20 years or more. Chemtrail metalic nano-particles “improve” the ability of the HAARP stations to energize the Earth’s atmosphere, moving weather in completely unnatural patterns. For as long as I have been watching GOES-17, the geo-engineers have prevented the natural flow of moist Pacific airstreams from reaching California – once as productive agriculturally as the entire rest […]