Thursday, October 30, 2014



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

on the back burner

I realized once I had mentioned pasteurizing my rain water - it must be time to finish up the solar oven project I started over 2 1/2 years ago.  Lots of things got put on hold when Ben came along.  Got some new reflectors mounted and did a quick test: 200° in late afternoon low sun without the glass cover.  Gonna finish it off tomorrow and try my hand at solar oven cooking again after a long hiatus.  74,82,52,0,B

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Supply run to Alpine today.  All stocked up now as to avoid the chili cook off madness down south.  The grocery store had a really good sale on bottle water so I took the bait.  Would feel guilty about all those plastic bottles if I wasn't fairly certain that the recycling center in Alpine actually recycles them - but it still seems silly and a huge waste of resources.  Got me to thinking about something that TFL visitors always ask me:  How do you filter your rainwater?  My answer almost 7 years into this project has always been...I don't - yet.  My Georgia hillbilly friend Ronald Nelson has often suggested that I try some ceramic dome filters so I ordered some today to "field test".  Most of these type filters are good for about 3000 gallons of water.  My intake is is less than a gallon a day so one filter could last over 8 years especially since I will be filtering relatively clear rainwater as opposed to dirty swamp water.  Adding a simple heat pasteurization step before filtering would guarantee no bugaboos in my belly.  72,79,57,0,B  

Monday, October 27, 2014


My west hill neighbors came out over the weekend and got a good start on their getaway hut.  Nice job on the steel and concrete in just two days.

First round of chili-head visitors dropped by today.  The crowds are starting to pour into the area for the cook off.  79,89,54,0,B

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Show us the father...

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, Got dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as He is, so are we in this world.

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?  He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

Saturday, October 25, 2014



Friday, October 24, 2014