Quotes

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right.
-Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)

wonderful cookies

I shared this recipe on my website over six years ago. I still have not tasted a cookie that approached these really delicious, relative nutritious ones. I remember a road trip where I lived on these for the entire drive from sunrise to sunset. I am hankering to make a batch … well mostly to consume a batch, but the one normally has to precede the other.

I notice I do not have any photographs of these jewels. I will return to this post and add the photo after I get a chance to see one.

Here is the […]

Stone Soup Kitchen

TEOTWAWKI, The End Of The World As We Know It is upon us. We are in the early stages, but the normal we had a year ago will not return in our lifetimes. We had a warning in Spring and have been granted a short reprieve, but it would be foolhardy to squander the next month.

Every analysis I read and see indicates The Change will get worse, soon… much, much worse, and frightfully soon. I share much of that at this website and will continue to do so.

Meanwhile, most of us agree that we have at […]

keeping your cool, Montana style

Montana

Air Conditioning

Open windows mornings cool house below 70

Summer acclimated bodies need long sleeves

When outside temperatures rise to 70 close windows

Yard work best be completed before noon

Fans are often appreciated afternoons and evenings

So are cool drinks – remember nice, cool, clear water

Watch outside thermometers

Open windows when evening cool finally arrives

I printed this out as a reference document; posted it under refrigerator magnets on, where else?, the fridge. In case you want a neatly formatted copy for printing, here is a .pdf of it.

Montana air conditioning […]

honeydew

I enjoy my carnivorous plants a heckuva lot more than flypaper, to understate more than a little. The wonderful folks at California Carnivores provide insect control for me year after year.

My honeydew from a couple years ago is still among the living – and presumably happy campers in my home.

Officially known as drosera capensis, my honeydew is highly photogenic and wonderful for keeping little flying insects in check.

Peter D’Amato, founder and principle at California Carnivores told me the little dewdrops at the end of the leaf hairs are ounce-for-ounce the stickiest substance known to […]

coronavirus advice

Straight out of the box, The Woodpile Report hits a homerun out of the state. This is excellent advice for the possibility of the threatened pandemic. Throughout his post he touches on the latest rage in mass fear mongering several times. Each one is worth a good look.

It really does not make a lot of difference whether the flu is as awful as some reports have it or that reports are overblown as others claim. The second and third order effects will be a big deal.

We are already into quarantines exceeding half-a-billion people, states, countries, ports… global […]

time warp floor covering

Our bedroom has been mired in 70s shag carpet for two years of our residency. Obviously for over 40 years before as well.

Who made this stuff thinking it would sell?

What miracle of marketing moved it into people’s homes?

What kind of people thought this looked good? Ever? Not me then, now or anywhere in between. Even more mind boggling is the nicely finished hardwood floor the red/orange/green shag hid.

Yesterday we began the chore of moving OUT of our ‘master bedroom’, uncovering the hardwood, cleaning it up, hauling a couple hundred unwieldy pounds of stinky […]

sticker removal

We bought our first new vehicle in 13 years, a Polaris Sportsman 570 with plow. It teamed up with our snow blower to make dealing with a yard full of snow possible. See snow shoveling for old men for a more thorough coverage of that.

Other benefits of this particular tool include a lot of brush clearing on my agenda that by itself did not justify this micro-tractor.

Yesterday I was getting around to installing its license plate and the sticker proclaiming we paid the US Forest Service for the privelege of traveling in our own forests. But where […]

gear reviews

I have read of, seen photos and videos of five star rating factories in China. It used to be that eBay, Amazon and others gave shoppers great value in their reviews and ratings. Price being equal, purchasing equations favored online because the ratings and reviews led you from the poorly designed or constructed to the good stuff. No more.

Large buildings stuffed with cheap computers, great Internet access and hundreds of full-time low-wage workers crank out reviews for products undeserving of one five star rating, let alone thousands of them. An average review rating of 4 1/2 stars […]

big picture planning

A good friend was rambling on about his latest knowledge seeking topic. He is a major fan of YouTube learning, often following a particular subject down whatever rabbit holes they lead to. He is very intelligent, retaining near-encyclopedic knowledge on an impressively wide range of topics. But he does lose focus on his own priorities from time to time.

Yesterday evening was one of those. So I brought my white board into play. I scribed and organized while he gave me his list and quantified the items there.

His list is not the subject I want to share […]

snow shoveling for old men

Recognizing the area requiring snow removal FAR EXCEEDED my shoveling capabilities I bought the Ariens snow blower when I moved here August 2017. Age and way too much snow caught up with me. My wrists, right arm, knees and back were not up to the amount of supplemental shoveling required here.

Enter our new Polaris Sportsman with plow. HOORAY!!! This combination of tools is exactly what I need to maintain our driveway and parking spaces without beating myself to incapacity.

In a week and a half I have become convinced I own the right tools. The combination is […]

punch in the kitchen

I don’t pretend to be a chef, but have not hurt myself or my daughters when required to produce regular meals. My wife displaced me out of my (our) kitchen when she moved in with me. I rarely make it back with our current division of labor, but she does appreciate my forays there when I do.

Why?

She doesn’t have to cook for one meal, which is rather minor compared to: I bring fresh perspective, ideas and flavors to our meals.

Kitcheneers all do it. I haven’t met the person who can keep fresh and new coming day […]

bells – bronze age relics are still valuable

In researching for this article I ran across a site diffen.com. I was looking to to clarify the difference between brass and bronze. What a cool tool they provide… there vs their … flu vs cold … ethnicity vs race … mold vs mildew … and so much more. Check them out. I bookmarked the site in my search/research tab.

Among their differences are that bronze came from around 3500 BC, the beginning of “The Bronze Age”, or when this batch of humans figured out how to make things from metal. That was a pretty big deal. Around […]