Matilda

While nobody is going to mistake me for a sculptor, even the best started somewhere. More significantly, after shoveling one of the only snowfalls of any consequence I can ever remember falling on the Treasure Valley, I couldn’t just leave the big pile of snow in our yard looking ugly.

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twelfth day of Christmas

Missy and two co-workers had no place to hang their winter coats. Neither of us like putting our coats and sweaters on the tiny little points a normal coat rack provides… plus, well they are boring. Aha! Another opportunity to use my shop and my creativity. This was a big hit. We even go it installed on Christmas Day… and […]

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the eleventh day of Christmas

Technically, I doubled up on the tenth day, but, hey, I already wrote about that one, I hate to miss a day and, it’s my space. I can stretch things here if I feel like it. Missy wanted a place on the Internet to share her photos and notes with friends and family. None of the ones she found quite […]

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on the ninth day of Christmas

I created a website for Missy. With my own peculiar sense of humor, I called it: Missy’s Mashed Potatoes. It is just a weird name to get it started. I made it goofy enough she will be inspired to change it to something that really suits her. I figured if I came up with something more likeable she would likely […]

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ammo inventory spreadsheet

I created a spreadsheet that has one page of ammo reloading components and another page of loaded ammo with the reloading components added in. I created it in Linux LibreOffice Calc, so the formatting of that file is the same as I use. I also saved it into Microsoft Excel, but I’m sure much is lost in the translation. Feel […]

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on the eighth day of Christmas

In Grandpa’s Attic, Kuna’s tiny second hand store, I looked for materials for one of my current projects. They weren’t there. However, the upward-shining floor lamp for our too-dark living room was. I haven’t seen anything that would work for under $100. Of course, I haven’t looked real hard either. How much for the lamp? Make me an offer. …. […]

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on the seventh day of Christmas

I have been finding more time to commune with my workshop of late. Early this week I realized that with the cold winter wind howling over, under and around the eighteen foot wide “insulated” garage door, my little kerosene heater would never take the chill off the shop… and I had been wishing to afford ceiling insulation. All further shop […]

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handgun coaching

Last night I had one returning student and two new ones. I asked the one if he had been practicing his hand positioning. “A little. Not enough.” He keeps wanting to put his off thumb across the back of the gun instead of safely on top of the shooting thumb. I had to watch like a mother hen and constantly […]

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free book

Immortalizing an author by bringing his book back from almost disappearing, the publisher of website Simple Liberty has restored an out-of-print book: . . . And Then There Were None By Eric Frank Russell Having some knowledge of the webmaster and a recommendation from another author and all around great person, I look forward to reading the book myself. It […]

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on the third day of Christmas

I became aware of the pattern today. So I may be stretching just a bit, but, hey, it’s my blog. I can do that if I want. The weather is threatening to cover the roads between here and where Missy works tomorrow morning with snow and/or ice. Studded snow tires make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in safety and MY piece of […]

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