Monday, February 14, 2022

Flush Again

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Step 3: Put Cooler in Place


"THREE WEEKS since the new swamp cooler arrived, but it's still not installed!

Joe may be well, but he is *not* ok.

04.17 Sat: Vent sized wrong. He says he'll be back Monday or Tuesday.
04.19 Mon: I WAIT. No show, no call.😡
04.20 Tue: I WAIT. No show, no call.😡
04.21 Wed: I WAIT. No show, no call.😡
04.22 Thu: I WAIT. No show, no call.😡
I call him 1:36pm. He said he had the new vent and would be by on Friday morning. Yay.
04.23 Fri: I WAIT. No show, no call.😡
04.24 Sat: I WAIT. No show, no call.😡
I call him 5pm. He asks how I am. I answer, "not well". He LAUGHS loudly at me!! 😲 Then, speaking to me as if I'm a 5yo, he tells me dismissively, "anyway it hasn't been that hot". It is patronizing and hella offensive. 😠😠😠
He also says he will be by on Sunday "after lunch". Yay.
04.25 Sun: I WAIT. No show, no call.😡
04.26 Mon: Swamp cooler in pieces, on roof & ground. Vent ready but not here.
I WAIT... for what?! a smarmy liar who gets paid to be dismissive & disrespectful??? Yay."

The cooler still didn't work -- an electrician had to come to plug a wire in.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Step 2: Set Cooler on Roof &... WAIT


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Step 1: Old Cooler Removed


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Valentine's Day Snow

Friday, February 12, 2021

Another Year, Another Flush


Friday, November 06, 2020

Winter Is Coming

Barbara Smith and her granddaughter came by to winterize the swamp cooler today.

The duct was so rusted, we had a tough time finding the slot for the damper. Then it took some WD-40, a screwdriver, and a hammer for Barbara to get the sheet of metal in place. Next, a panel had to be removed to reach the drain plug. Finally, Barbara had to get on the roof to throw the canvas cooler cover in place.

All in all, quite the ordeal.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

First Freeze First Snow

Fortunately, I got most of my container garden in last night.

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Friday, May 22, 2020


See also "Cutaneous signs of COVID-19" in the article "COVID-19 and Dermatology Patients".

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Super Moon 2020

8hrs 45min before full.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Swamp Cooler Start-Up

Friday, February 21, 2020

Yearly Flush Time


Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Reading 01.01.2020

Past: 5 Coins
Present: Knight of Coins
Future: 2 Coins


Monday, April 29, 2019

Shortcut Joe changes the swamp cooler pads

Joe took out the old swamp cooler pads, spray painted the rusted grills, and then immediately replaced the pads with new aspen excelsior.
See also video:

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day Stinks

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Reading BD64

Past: 9 Hearts
Present: 2 Spades
Future: 10 Wheel of Life


Friday, August 03, 2018

Chalupa Helper™

Top one corn tortilla with 1/3 - 1/2 of a gluten-free vegan MRE, Chao cheese alternative, fresh chopped greens, onions, and jalapeños. Heat in covered frying pan until Chao is melted. Serve with salsa.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Virgin Piña Colada

Mix 1 can of coconut milk with one jar of pineapple juice. Pour ~6 ounces of mixture into a 16-ounce glass. Fill remainder of glass with lime-flavored sparkling water. Serve chilled.

(See also "Piña Colada" in Wikipedia.)

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jack Ass

"A male donkey or ass is called a jack..."
Wikipedia, "Donkey".

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Cheesy Pasta With Veggies

Served in 6-cup Pyrex bowl.

Image key, 1-6, right to left, top to bottom.
  1. Oven-roast veggies:
    • onions
    • hot green peppers
    • red bell peppers

  2. Bring to boil:
    • 12.5 ounces of water
    • 1 tablespoon of peanut oil
    • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper

  3. Add 5 ounces of Tinkyada's brown rice spirals.
    • Cover and simmer 5-7 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5-7 more minutes.

  4. Chop up 3 slices of Chao vegan cheese alternative.

  5. Add chopped Chao slices and ~1\3 cup of Mateo's Gourmet Salsa to pasta.
    • Cover & simmer on lowest heat for ~1 minute.

  6. Remove veggies from toaster oven.
    • Fold hot veggies into cheesy pasta.

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The Mixing Mug

  1. Layer ingredients in a 32-oz beer mug.
  2. Mix with a submersible blender.
Recipe for "Quick-ish black-bean hummus":
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 onion, oven-roasted
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, oven-roasted
  • 1 jalapeno, oven-roasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, oven-roasted
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil & thyme, chopped
Serve with oven-roasted red potatoes & oven-roasted sweet potatoes.

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Dog Food Lifehack

Chica awaits this morning's dog food.

If you've ever asked, "Haven't I fed you already?" -- this is for you!
  • Dixie paper bowls:
    ~$0.10/feeding =
    ~$0.20/day =
  • Use a large permanent marker to label each paper bowl with dates & A(M) or P(M) for each daily feeding.

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Friday, June 08, 2018

Breaking Day

Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird

Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight
Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play

Praise with elation, praise ev'ry morning
God's recreation of the new day

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird

Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Songwriters: Eleanor Farjeon / Yusuf Islam

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Friday, June 01, 2018

Two Loops Short

... of six potholders = five potholders.

Nevertheless, we love the colors in this refill set of craft loops, available at Walmart for ~$5.

Note: The synthetic loops work up much smaller and thinner than the cotton loops from Harrisville Designs. (Both potholders in the image have 36 loops each, and were woven on the same loom. Left: cotton; right: synthetic).

By the way, the pattern for these two potholders is "Weave II" in Harrisville Design's Potholder Wizard.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Embossed Path


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Landscape with Yellow Sun

Subtitle: 7:44 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Dead Kitty

The thumbnail sketches and source material.
The trigger: On returning from a walk, I found the door handle on backwards... ?!

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Egrets in Pecan Orchard

Subtitle: "Red Pedestrian Gate".

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Cloud Studies