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repair, re-use trumps recycle, re-purchase

These scissors have been a part of my ‘riverside tool box’ for a lot of years. They have a nice edge, cut well, seem heavy enough for shop use, and have required no maintenance. Until a couple days ago when the pivot pin broke, turning the pair of scissors into two useless pieces of plastic and steel. Fortunately I have tools, assorted hardware and ingenuity. Rather than a trip to the new scissor store, I drilled the pivot point out to fit a bolt I had on hand. After reassembly, the reunited PAIR of scissors now works as well as they ever did. Quality I like, form that functions, less time than a trip to town and my familiar […]

cleared the workbench… again

In the never-ending battle for clear horizontal spaces, I lose more often than I win. I still have not fully unpacked from our five-day adventure north to a basic long-range rifleman course. But time did not stand still for me. The PatchWorks business sold. I had to get new designs created and patches produced right away, or forever hold my peace. Then the local practical pistol match got all that gear out, and added to my collection needing post-match servicing. My workbench was getting real ugly. It gets that way sometimes, and as often happens, “More Shelves” is the answer. Unfortunately, the workbench I use for creating shelves was covered with STUFF needing put away. I shifted it here and […]

stove-top coffee roasting

Last July I put up a detailed post describing my home coffee roasting process. I am still roasting the same way and won’t repeat that post here. Go there if you want to know step-by-step how to purchase green coffee beans and turn them into wonderful, fresh coffee to suit your own tastes. coffee roasting at home What I am adding with this post is a link to my Vimeo channel where I published a short video clip of the process. Ted roasting coffee beans on gas burner Vimeo is kind-of a liberated YouTube; minus the agenda, censors and big brother aspects. It has the free version that I am currently using and several upgrade levels. I do not appear […]

Ted’s awesome meat loaf recipe

I combined a few recipes, added a dash of improv and made a lovely meat loaf today. I wrote it out tonight so I could come close to repeating it another day. Of course the measurements are approximations and wild guesses, but I’m betting they are close to what I used. Ted’s Awesome Meat Loaf 3 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup chopped onion ยฝ cup chopped green onions 2 chopped carrots 2 chopped stalks celery 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 8-ounce cans tomato paste [homemade] 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt [Himalayan pink] 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper [fresh ground] 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (untested addition) ——– Stir fry the above ingredients, using only […]

certified olive oil

I am proud that I do not unquestioningly accept pronouncements from OFFICIALS. But the University of California, Davis olive oil story broadcast all over the lamestream and Internet media sucked me in. I hate to admit I was faked out by the fake story on fake olive oil, ๐Ÿ™ but am happy to publish the other side. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once you read the information on the graphics below, you will distrust Davis too. The good news is that you can trust olive oil that carries the North America Olive Oil Association label. I received the following very polite e-mail about my republishing of the UC Davis story: ———– Hi Ted, I noticed your recent article on olive oil brands falsely […]

power failure

It was fully dark outside when I woke up. Hmmm, my digital clock is off. The cord and connections are not easily accessed. I’ll figure out what’s wrong with my clock in the light of day. All I know for sure is we are somewhere between evening and morning. I wonder where? Flushing the toilet, there is no tank refill. No water flowing into the tank and, therefore, no power to the mutual water system. The lack of juice is much more widespread than just my clock, and has gone on long enough for the neighbors to use up the pressure tank contents. Happily, we have good people in Ravalli Electric Co-op who undoubtedly are working on restoring power. Back […]

heating with wood

In N. Calif. I heated exclusively with wood for 19 years in a 1900-sq-ft home I had built with no alternative to wood heat (and passive solar). I was always able to find places to cut. I burned 1-2–year-old oak primarily, but also other local wood with excellent heat value. Fir was bottom-end stuff there, and pine not worth the bother. Those did not put out enough heat, burned up too fast and left a lot of ash. I didn’t understand the value of splitting mauls. I bought one to see it magically split wood with a single stroke like everyone who loved them talked about. But they had to be driven through each round with the sledgehammer. That was […]

midnight prowler

At 0030 last night Beagle Brain went off as if the zombie apocalypse had begun at our door. In a flash I had my robe on and was in the front room. The motion-detector flood lights were on, but everywhere I looked was vacant of mammalian beings… or anything at all visible but the snow, river and trees that normally occupy our riverside yard. Yet Beagle Brain was barking at extreme pitch, far more so than the normal ‘won’t shut up cuz there is a deer walking in the woods’. I continue investigating, then see a flash of a man walking by our front window! Briskly. I dash to the side window to catch a retreating view… big parka, fur-faced […]