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Ive been wanting to cook one of these for a very long time :D:DIve never done a compound butter before so we will see how it tastes. :D

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On 5/2/2020 at 8:59 PM, Joshua States said:

Nice Charles. We put up a few quarts of sauce a couple weeks ago.


Very nice. The meatballs are Gordon Ramsay’s recipe but all beef, no pork

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"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

Nos, qui libertate donati sumus, nes cimus quid constet.

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On 5/2/2020 at 5:39 PM, Gerald Boggs said:

You already have tomatoes? 

Not yet, no. This was from canned. Our sauce from last year ran out and we had to make some room in the cabinets for other stuff.

I do have some blossoms on the plants though! Should have some fruit soon.

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On 5/2/2020 at 5:48 PM, Ron Benson said:

I didn't realize "States" was Sicilian...:blink:

It isn't, but I am...….:blink:

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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I drove an hour to buy another cheap guitar yesterday...Turned out to be a flop. The guitar buzzed really bad, and someone already did a bubba style fret level on it, so needs refretting, so I made some tools to pull the frets, on top of that the neck had a terrible S bow/warp that I was able to adjust with the truss rod and sanding with a beam. So the neck is just about perfect, and I got some of the frets made up and ready to go back in. The body is made of plywood. Something about the guitar lends it a very deep, hot , and heavy tone. I'm guessing the pickups and perhaps the plywood. 

 

I had to sand the whole neck down, just so it would match the new un-aged fretboard, and now I'm thinking the body could use the same treatment... 

 

Knowing what the guitar is, and having no centimental attachment or attraction to anything but its tone, I almost think I should embrace the ugly.

 

What do you think? Matte black? Implement yellow? Olive drab green? Or a flashy color? 

 

Here's a screenshot of the same guitar.

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16 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Not yet, no. This was from canned. Our sauce from last year ran out and we had to make some room in the cabinets for other stuff.

I do have some blossoms on the plants though! Should have some fruit soon.

You look to be about a month ahead of me.  In the Shenandoah valley, safe planting isn't until 15 May, but on the eastern side of the mountain pass, I get away with the 1st of April, although I did have to cover several nights and may have to later this week. 

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I was probably a month late in getting planted. I should start seeds inside in January and harden them off outdoors in February. I ended up planting seeds in late February.

we've already had our first series of triple digit temps here. Going to be a long hot summer.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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We had a corona-coma loooooooooong weekend, went camping with a few friends, they were fully booked so we got the HQ of the field archery club. 
Weren't there long before I regretted not taking a fly rod, there were a few carp that would have been fun.  During the fish scouting I got chowed by (I think) sand fleas, and that night the mozzies gave the only person not in a tent some hell.....that would be me.

 

Also, if this were boy scouts I earned my bootlegging badge this weekendB) 

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Just sinched off my eye brows -.- a freak gust of wind blew my charcoal retort back to life.. just watched 2m3 charcoal go up in smoke - only saved about 25 kg of charcoal.. Lesson learned : Patience is a virtue, and a big retort needs a bigger cool down time..

 

 

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2 hours ago, Troels Saabye said:

Just sinched off my eye brows

 

Sorry about that, but I was wondering when we were going to hear that from you.  You were opening that retort awfully soon after firing it!  

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I may not have tomatoes yet, but I picked the first handful of string beans!

Actually, there are some very little green tomatoes on the vine.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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I left my finishing station to go get my water off the back porch and when I returned, I had a new shop buddy. This is after I chased him out.

 

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He's about 3 and a half feet long.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Indeed Alan - all too soon :P young and brush I am. But it gave me a beautiful insight in flashovers ;) and found the sweet spots for some temperature probes. That retort is just the start :D the sky is the limit ! And the burn ward...

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On 5/8/2020 at 11:01 PM, Joshua States said:

I left my finishing station to go get my water off the back porch and when I returned, I had a new shop buddy. This is after I chased him out.

 

Cool shadow.  He must be pointing due south.  (Or North if you are a water drinker early in the morning)

-Brian

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On 5/8/2020 at 9:57 PM, Brian Myers said:

Ratsnake?? I'm not good with desert species. I'm from a deep forest/mountain area.

Bull snake. We like these guys. They fight rattlesnakes and eat the pocket gophers

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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21 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

Bull snake. We like these guys. They fight rattlesnakes and eat the pocket gophers

I had to chase a 4+ footer out of my shop on Sat.  Definitely like having these guys around, just not in the house or shop.  

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Since early March, I've been at near Christmas level number of orders.  Depending on how one looks at it:  Great!, because money is always nice and the bathroom needs a lot of work..  Or bummer, because I expected work to slow down and I had planned on playing in the shop. 

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Loaded the retort with dry wood full to the brim :)  ready for next time sunny day arrives - and then I'll fire it with the insulation. Then I'll need to mount the monitoring devices later on (when I find a way for them not to get fried)

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Yesterday, I spent some time hand pollinating the squash blossoms.

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Today we took a short road trip up to the Flagstaff Arboretum. We had to deliver 4 of Liz's art pieces for the summer show. Then I came back for some archery practice.

50 yard shots.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Lol...my squash is just now poking up out of the ground! I don't envy your watering challenges, but being able to plant so early must be nice. Here I don't plant till May, and we actually had a couple of nights that just hit the frost mark the first week! Looks like it killed my cuke and melon seeds, so I'll be replanting them tomorrow.

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My area of Virginia recommends 15 May for tomatoes, but I live on a sloop facing the South and miss most frost.  I still had to cover everything "just in case" but I have hoops and a cold frame.  My tomatoes I cover with muck buckets.  The cold frame is great, we were able to keep lettuce and kale going all winter.  It didn't grow fast, but enough to be able to pick a little every day.

Took the time yesterday to make a batch of strawberry/rhubarb jam.  My mother used to make a lot of this when I was a kid, first time for me.  My taste buds have changed, even with using less sugar, way too sweet.  Going to "Gift" this batch and make a second later this week with even less sugar.

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I didn't plant much due to health issues and upcoming surgery. I picked 6 large heads of broccoli the weekend and 1 cuke. More cukes today. Hopefully in about 2 weeks I'll pull my cabbage. 12 heads 8-10 inches diameter. The plants are huge,  3 1/2 feet diameter and beautiful. That broccoli was delicious. 

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