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Dawn Foam Refill

Here’s a little trick I figured out. I really like Dawn(tm,c,r,etc) as it tackles grease very well. The normal concentrated stuff comes in big bottles and gets discounted at big stores. The “Direct Foam” type is quite handy but only … Continue reading

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A Couple of Sunsets

The colors and dark silhouettes in one taken near home in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains: remind me of this old favorite, which I took a couple of years ago near Gila Bend in Arizona:

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A Sticky Situation

I got 6 frames of honey from a friendly beekeeper who has a few boxes left over from last season. My bees are not ready for harvest, even if this were the right time of year. They will have the … Continue reading

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Geek Gets Gardening

It took a long time before I had any interest in growing any food on my land. I live on the Monterey side of the mountain, so agriculture is all around, but I was focused north to Silicon Valley. I … Continue reading

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Road Maintainence

One of the joys of living in an out of the way place is unpaved gravel roads and driveways. It’s good to have a pickup truck to haul the rock needed for repairs. Note that potholes look a lot bigger … Continue reading

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Quick change water pump

When I first moved here, there was a large steel water tank on a concrete slab. A nice start for a good water system, but with only gravity feed, it has to be 3/4 full to get usable water pressure. … Continue reading

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Good fences make good neighbors

Some of the best things about living in the woods are the critters and watching the seasons change. This little one and friends are welcome to nibble on the grass. The fence prevents any repeat of this spring’s fiasco where … Continue reading

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Off Grid

Google “off grid” and you’re likely to find several meanings. As in “going off the grid to an uncharted locale”, or in TV and movies when people stop using their traceable credit cards. It seems to imply all kinds of … Continue reading

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