Site Redirect

By , July 8, 2008 4:37 pm

Till I get another host and get all the sites moved all the new posts are gonna be at Hope to see y’all there… πŸ˜‰

Rocket stove Monday

By , July 7, 2008 8:02 pm

Got out this morning and moved the plants from the back room outside. Should have done it 3 months ago, but… Went out back and cleared an area just outside the back porch and set a couple of 8 inch cement blocks. Added a couple of more on top of the first two and then a couple of solid 4 inchers on top of them. Gathered a pile of bricks and put them on top of the blocks. Dug a pile of red clay and shoveled it into the wheelbarrow then added an equal amount of ash from the stove from last winter. Mixed it up and chopped up most of the lumps and then added enough water to make a stiff mud. Filled the inside of of the bricks leaving an area for the twigs at the bottom which was filled with a wine bottle. Plastered the inside of the top stack until there was a hole about the size of a wine bottle and inserted it. Went in too easy so took it back out and added a bit more and reinserted it. Packed the mud down a bit and removed both the bottles and finished the inside by hand. Will let it dry for a day or so and then build a fire and fix any cracks. Looks like it will work just fine. Will add a grill to the top to place the pot on to cook in. Cat got a bunch of pix of the mudding part of the building that I will try to get posted asap. For now am going to water the plants out front and then read a bit. Till tomorrow… πŸ˜‰

Sunday and tired of the errors

By , July 6, 2008 10:56 pm

Am going to make a move soon. Am tired of the crap service I get from the current hosting company who I will name as soon as I move the sites.

Been another mostly nothing day. Hoping tomorrow will be better. Till then… πŸ˜‰

Saturday at the farm

By , July 5, 2008 10:09 pm

Was planning on getting out and about but didn’t happen. Did a bit of cooking and eating and that was about it for the day. Will see what the morrow brings. Till then… πŸ˜‰

Friday the 4th of July 2008

By , July 4, 2008 10:07 pm

Got up and fixed an apple pie this morning and went to the folks house for lunch. Twas all good. Pie was fair. Will try it again with a bit different mixture. Came back and doctored places I had broken out from exposure to cat dander/hair. Downloaded the pix from last night and got them up. Been sitting in front of the computer and catching up on the feeds since. Guess we’ll get out and about a bit tomorrow and see what is available at the local yard sales. Till tomorrow… πŸ˜‰

Cat’s pictures of the Jacksonville Alabama Fireworks July 3, 2008

By , July 4, 2008 9:00 pm

Again after the fold. Enjoy!

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Jacksonville Alabama July 3rd 2008 Fireworks Display

By , July 4, 2008 7:25 pm

These are the best pictures of the lot of 80 or so that I took. Cat also got a batch which I’ll get and upload soon. These were taken from our ringside seats in the old Edward’s pecan orchard which is about a quarter mile to the north of the college baseball field where the fireworks were launched from. Pictures are below the fold. Enjoy.
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Just in from the Jacksonville Fireworks Show

By , July 3, 2008 10:18 pm

Was quite a nice display this year. Seems like we have missed it the past couple of years. Went to a get together at the old Edward’s farm pecan orchard which is across from the college where they were shot off. Was quite a spread of assorted foods and I ate a bit too much for comfort, but had to try a little of everything. The fireworks started a bit later than they were posted as starting but once they got going was a solid 12 to 15 minutes of activity. Cat and I both took pictures. Not sure how many of them will turn out. I paged through the ones I took and it looks like there are a fair number of decent shots. Will download them to the computer either later tonight or some time tomorrow and get them up and online.

For now am gonna sit back and try to digest a bit prior to going to bed. Got some apples to make a pie with to take to the folks for lunch tomorrow. Going to try a recipe from Normandy Apple Pie that sounds both easy and quite good. Am planning on doing it in the 12 inch dutch oven rather than in the stove so will see how it works out. Till tomorrow… πŸ˜‰

Wednesday at the farm

By , July 2, 2008 10:25 pm

And nothing much got done. Moved the plow points to the other side of the building and removed the shelves they were on. Finished getting stuff out of the way on the east side and cleaning up a bit more. Now to figure where to put the stuff on the second floor so I can jack the Q-hut back into shape.

Going to Jacksonville tomorrow evening to the fireworks show then to my folks house on the 4th for lunch. Other than that will be here and working in one way or the other for the duration. Till tomorrow…

Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

By , July 1, 2008 9:55 pm

Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

Low-tech is the new high-tech, and the best example of the low-tech revolution is the miraculous rocket stove–a stove that makes it possible to cook with small twigs–no logs needed! Best of all rocket stoves are easy to build. We liked the idea so much that we decided to build a permanent one just off our back deck for entertaining and as a backup to our gas stove should an emergency take out our utilities.

Interesting build. I’m still looking at building one but haven’t decided on the design yet. May build one like this to try it out.

Tuesday done

By , July 1, 2008 9:40 pm

After looking at the situation in the Q-hut where I was planning on putting the new shelves I decided that more needed to be done prior to putting them in. So removed the rest of the stuff from the floor and cleaned everything up a bit and took another look. Decided to add an inside wall with insulation and go ahead and finish it off. Started by taking a sledge hammer and straightening the wall a bit more. Lots more of that will have to be done but the bottom of the wall is close enough for now. Patched a hole that I suspect was what was letting water in. Removed the conduit from that side or as much as I could at the time. Am going to have to move the plow points and shelving I put up yesterday to get behind it to get to the rest of the conduit. Such is life in a sequential vortex…

Removed the storm door that we were using for an inside kitchen door and relocated it to the new entry door between the Q-hut and the trailer. Had to do that to get the shelves to fit properly. Will build another door between the Q-hut and the kitchen. Or not. Am thinking of moving the kitchen to the room in the back that is presently being use to store junk. Gonna have to think on that one for a while. Waiting is…

Updated WordPress from 2.5.1-alpha to 2.6-beta2. Built a new header and put it in. And am now gonna go and get a shower and call it a night. Till tomorrow… πŸ˜‰ – Home Page

By , July 1, 2008 1:01 pm – Home Page

This is a link that Steve sent me some time back that I went and looked at (for a long time) and then forgot to post. Lots of good how-to stuff of all kinds!

Natural Insect Pest Control

By , July 1, 2008 12:50 pm

Natural Insect Pest Control

Insect pests are an intimate part of every home. In the air, carpet, counter or cupboard, every home shares it’s resources with these tiny, often unseen invaders. Pesticides are available for most common household insect pests, but these potent chemical compounds may be more harmful to you and the environment than the pests.

Here are some natural, non-toxic ways to control household insect pests.

Don’t think I have posted this link before, but if I have here it is again. πŸ˜‰ Good stuff!

AMS at USDA – Farmers Markets Query Page

By , July 1, 2008 12:45 pm

AMS at USDA – Farmers Markets Query Page

Farmers Market Search

AMS works to maintain a current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States. Market information is provided to AMS from various sources including state market representatives, market managers, and consumers. The farmers market database is updated on a regular basis.

If you’re looking for a farmers market this is the place to go.

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