Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Been here, ya.Comments
"F*in' Lexmark Sh@t! Take the paper!"
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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I am wrapping up a double-plus extra long weekend. I had my usual 3 days, plus Memorial Day and plus another extra day Tuesday. I have vacation hours I need to burn off before my hire anniversary date, lest I lose them. I've got some vacation stuff planned with Daisycat, but the main thing we're doing is in September, which is after my hire anniversary date. So it's "use em or lose em" now.Comments
This was probably the last nice weather weekend before the summer heat hits, so it was good to get the extra time.
I swear I'm not repeating photos here. This is the fourth and final manifold for the solar hot water heater, completed in the shop and ready to install:
("Installed", snap! Just like that, right? Five minute job. No. Actually a few hours of farting around ten feet up on a ladder to get the thing to fit correctly, redrilling holes in the panel for the required flexibility, then soldering all the joints together without burning down the house...)
At this point I discovered I needed more fittings and had to stop for the weekend on this project. Which was fine, because there was a host of other small things that have been getting put off repeatedly while I pressed to get this water heater project done.
I repaired the leaky gas tank on the tiller (again):
I installed the replacement control cable on the mower that I ordered after I did the last mowing:
I finally got the new tire reinstalled on my scooter. That project has been sitting so long the damn battery is dead again. I just replaced that battery last time I rode, and I even bought a maintenance charger to hook up to it. Do you think I connected it though?
Monday morning was calm for the first time in what seems like weeks, so I climbed up the tower again, precariously perched, and installed the last two pieces of trim. They would not line up well with the pieces below for some reason. I must climb up there again with a tube of polyurethane caulk and patch up the ill-fitting joints.
I need to go up there at least two more times anyway--one to touch up paint everything, and two to squirt foam fill into the space behind the trim between the trim and the panels. But that will wait for later.
Getting the tiller up and running again meant I could till the one bed in the garden I planned to plant something besides cover crops.
Into that bed is planted cantaloupe, watermelon and Tohono corn:
Having the tiller running also meant I could get my upper north field planted. This is the nominal "millet field", although it is now planted to blackeye peas to get the process of soil building started.
I will probably refer to this as the upper north field from now on, and the "wheat field" will be the lower north field. "Field" is probably a misnomer too, since none of these areas is over 1000 square feet. But so be it for now.
Speaking of the wheat field, it is High Time to get this scythed, raked up, and bundled off to the chicken yard. Last year they ate for weeks off the crop before they had all the wheat picked out. This crop is theirs again this year.
The beans planted a few weeks ago are doing well in most areas:
I don't know why it is so difficult to get a photo of Tommy looking at the camera...
Jasmine was not much easier. This was the best of about a half-dozen shots:
Flowers in the pathways...
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Saturday, May 28, 2011Comments
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Friday, May 27, 2011
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Lookie what arrived today!Comments
Ernie Ball custom flatwound strings for my bass!
I was just chewing up my third fretting finger this morning practicing a slide riff and wishing I had these strings already. Now to restring and try them out!
Here's the difference: conventional round-wound strings on the instrument, new flat-wound string in front.
See how the string is smoother? Better/smoother sound and easier finger slides.
Update: Strings on. Hmm, these are some schweet sounding strings. I had no idea how much difference they would make in the tone. Just fiddling around some and I can see that when I get around to my slap bass lessons, these strings are going to be far better than the old ones. The lower strings ring out with a very smooth tone when I do a thumb slap. I thought maybe I was doing it wrong before, but the strings will make the difference.
My third fretting finger is still a little raw from this morning though, so I'm done with practice for the day...
Labels: bass dreams
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Cowboy Blob has his usual Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest up, and this one hits my funnybone square on:Comments
Maybe you need to be an Arizonan having tangled with a teddy bear cholla yourself to make this funny. Dude is in a world of serious hurt and I'm LMAO here!
(Some context for non-natives: WHO calls the paramedics for a tangle with a cactus except someone "not from here"? A typical Arizonan would be mortally embarrassed in this situation, and would far prefer to slink off somewhere private to dislodge their attackers than to call **public attention** to their dilemma...)
Here is (one of) my caption entries:
"Caddy said they were 'Teddy Bear Chollas', said they were cuddly and soft, not to worry about getting up close to it to make my shot out of the rough...
...he is SO not getting his tip..."
My other entry (so far):
After this call, the Northwest Fire District seriously considered pushing to amend the " Stupid Motorist Law ", to include out-of-state golfers pursuing their balls into the rough...
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Trouble In ParadiseComments
Looking up my tower this weekend, I noticed that one of the duct sections had popped apart, leaving a large gap between it and the next section.
Once I get the hot water tank installed, I will never be able to get up there again without significant disassembly, so there was no time better than right now to shimmy up that space, take it down and make the repair.
A sheet metal screw and a strip of foil tape later, and it is ready to go back up again:
I finished the installation of the lower manifolds, connecting them together and providing a drain valve:
I got one of the top manifolds soldered together on my jig.
In addition to this, I took part of one day to install the air cleaner adapter and new round-style air cleaner to my new carburetor on Mitzi. The "kit" was barely that--I had to fabricate the top bolt that holds on the air cleaner from parts I had around the shop. The bolt on the "kit" was far too short, and it was welded to the cross brace above the carb! No easy way to change it out, so I had to drill and tap a new hole in the cross brace, and cut another bolt of the same thread pitch to fit the application and fasten it on.
But now I have a proper sized regular air cleaner instead of that sketchy "racing" filter that the carb came with.
"My-y Cactus is not growing well here in the shade, Ji'Mloois!", said she.
"Au Contrarie Cherie! " says me.
Terrible! The poor thing is just LANGUISHING...
Elsewhere, the flowers in the paths of my meadow/garden are gearing up for a summer of riotous bloom:
Jasmine is slinking through the beans in the beds:
Coming up thick in most places:
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Sunday, May 22, 2011
I am LOL'ling! Check out this ad for the Douchebag Career College:Comments
Gosh, you know if Mystery is an alumnus (WOW!), this place has got to be the Yale and Harvard of douchebaggery!
"Hello Jo Jo, sign me up! When do classes start?"
Note: if you don't "get it" don't worry, there's nothing for you to "get".
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
I don't expect it to. I read parts of Harold Camping's website, and came away knowing he had a few things wrong. Not enough to indict his theory, but enough to know he has no special knowledge.
If he *is* right, I will be pleasantly surprised, and this could end up being my last blog post. But I expect before the end of the weekend I will have a few items up about my work. It appears this same guy predicted the end in 1994. So much for that.
What I don't get is the intense media focus on this particular group of sky-watchers? Is it about marginalizing the rest of us? Hm...
Labels: watching the skies
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Now there's a stat I hadn't heard before, and which goes a LONG way toward explaining our little problem...Comments
Geithner, You Ignorant Slut in [Market-Ticker]
Two hundred years of history, and the Federal budget is up X2 in just the last ten. Ah...after the last few years, I think I've come to recognize the shape of a blowoff top.
We're not getting better, this isn't going away, and the Tea Party-supported R-team is quibbling over a couple percentage points of cuts over ten years?
Things like this always seem like they're going along just fine...until they suddenly aren't. Hope you're ready for Greek-style riots in this country...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
...impacting the rotating airfoil:Comments
How about 33% annualized inflation in imported goods prices in April?
Import/Export Prices: Uh, Yeah. in [Market-Ticker]
Weimar/Zimbabwe, here we come...
Labels: inflation watch
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Daisycat was on her exercise bike this morning and I started to hum this tune to her:Comments
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Monday, May 16, 2011
In case you missed it like I did, Velociman has been back to posting on a regular basis again.Comments
Go get your V-Man fix.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
The beans planted last Sunday are just coming up in places. I've switched the sprinkler to short durations every six hours to keep things moist until they are all up.Comments
The top trim pieces for the tower are cut and primed. I ran out of the correct type of nails however.
So I went back to the hot water heater work. The first manifold is soldered and installed.
I set up a jig to help space the tees the correct distance apart--caps with holes drilled to screw into the wooden base, and a short piece of pipe to slip the tee onto.
This is a lot more time consuming that I assumed. (Surprised?)
Polishing the surfaces to be soldered with a bit of steel wool...
Applying flux and fitting the pieces together...
Then the actual "sweating" the joints. This is a skill, to be sure, but not one that is outside most people's realm. Learn by doing.
First the joint needs to be heated to a temperature high enough to melt the solder. Depending upon the size of the pieces to be joined and the strength of the torch, this time can vary considerably. For certain, the flux has to bubble and sizzle first, and the torch should be moved from one side of the pipe to the other when it is larger than 3/4 inch.
These are 1" x 1/2" tees, and the time to heat them to solder melt temp was a lot longer than the 1/2" elbows I soldered a couple weekends ago.
Sometimes dipping the tip of the solder in the flux before touching it to the pipe can initiate the melt and flow. Getting a good flow into the joint is a matter of positioning the torch so that the solder will flow toward the heat source. I don't know why it does this, but it does. So you heat the fitting, not the pipe, and the solder will suck into the joint and puddle between the pipe and the fitting. When it is full, it will start to drip out the bottom of the joint. After a while you get a feel for how much solder the joint requires without wasting too much dripping out.
When the joints are full of solder, the assembly needs to cool down before handling. This puppy is *s-smokin'* hot, literally!
Since it is not permanently installed yet, I just lift it off the jig with a heavy pliers and plunge it in a bucket of water to cool.
Because this is water soluble flux I'm using, I wipe off the excess with the rag to make it look better and also since the flux is somewhat corrosive, it is good to get rid of it once the sweat is complete.
Second manifold done, ready to install in the hot water heater.
A-and, that's all for this weekend. Right after this, I donned my frilly maid apron, slipped into a pair of pumps**, and did a bunch of "woman's work" around the house to wrap up the weekend (since I don't have a woman out here to take care of such things...)
**j/k, of course! Who does housework in pumps? Heels, it has to be!
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
Tired of the worthless wheel-spinning and navel-gazing of the Libertarians? Fed up with the Constitutionalists and Tea Partier's unconstitutional focus on "God Guns and Gays" (repackaged SoCons) plus their irrational support of the War on Terrrrrr?Comments
How about plugging into a movement that focuses on PRINCIPLES over expediency?
Try on the American Federationists
Those of you following me for any time know that I don't hold out much hope for this nation. However for anyone who has not yet given up, you *must* break out of the Left-Right mentality that has been deliberately created to keep us in political gridlock while the elites do as they please. You *must* shift gears and get back to PRINCIPLES as your political driving force, never mind how they poll initially. Your sole focus--you and the movement(s) you associate with--must be a laser-precise effort to remove the global elites from power, those who plot against the principles of liberty for the sake of their own gain.
You will find them both left and right. Do not assume anything based upon your current left-right paradigm is useful. The only difference between D and R is that between socialist and fascist, and the difference between the two is negligible, compared to the position of Liberty.
(Me? I'm searching for some lonely south seas island state where I could be left alone, when I am not bracing myself for Tribulation...)
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Police change story in fatal shooting; wife wants answersComments
Vanessa Guerena wants answers from police after they acknowledged that her husband did not shoot at them before they shot him to death.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Jim's Quote of the Day: - SurvivalBlog.comComments
"Civilizations rise, decay and die. Time, as the ancient Greeks argued, for individuals and for states is cyclical. As societies become more complex they become inevitably more precarious. They become increasingly vulnerable. And as they begin to break down there is a strange retreat by a terrified and confused population from reality, an inability to acknowledge the self-evident fragility and impending collapse. The elites at the end speak in phrases and jargon that do not correlate to reality. They retreat into isolated compounds, whether at the court at Versailles, the Forbidden City or modern palatial estates. The elites indulge in unchecked hedonism, the accumulation of vaster wealth and extravagant consumption. They are deaf to the suffering of the masses who are repressed with greater and greater ferocity. Resources are more ruthlessly depleted until they are exhausted. And then the hollowed-out edifice collapses. The Roman and Sumerian empires fell this way... Civilizations in the last moments embrace a total severance from reality, a reality that becomes too bleak to be absorbed. This time when we go down it will be global. There are no new lands to pillage, no new peoples to exploit. Technology, which has obliterated the constraints of time and space, has turned our global village into a global death trap." - Chris Hedges
Reality sucks, but it is better than being caught with head-in-sand and ass-in-air.
Revelation, this time around. The last desperate measures of the power elite, driven by their 'god', are laid out in advance for us who are watchmen to note and observe.
The good news is that the suffering will be cut short for the sake of the elect.
Labels: watching the skies
posted by Desert Cat @ 11:45 AM | permalink
No leveling off, people. Those of you who pooh poohed and said you'd hang on because values would bounce back in no time...Comments
...well that was two years ago, and prices have declined another 8+ percent in the last year...
I don't believe any leveling off will occur for at least 5 years, and I don't see "recovery" possible for another ten (if ever). You will never see a return to 2006 valuations (in real, inflation-adjusted terms) in your lifetime.
U.S. ‘Underwater’ Homeowners Increase to 28 Percent, Zillow Says - Bloomberg
And if that is unacceptable to your position, the sooner you bail out, take the hit, and get on with your life, the sooner you can recover.
Seven years from now, home prices will be cheaper than today, and by then your foreclosure/deed-in-lieu/short sale/bankruptcy will be off your credit record and if you really want to be in an ownership position again, you will be well-positioned to go there.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
...to reduce global elite power at the individual, community and state level:Comments
Neithercorp Press - GETTING OFF THE GLOBALIST CHESSBOARD: AN INTRODUCTION
I have made significant strides toward item 1, and have taken steps toward items 2 and 3. The rest has to start happening at the community and state level.
We have a community organizer down here in the valley. I don't know if she knows herself as such, but she is doing yeoman's work in bringing the people together down here, getting them to know each other, getting them organized in skills clubs (gardening and handcrafts so far) and even contributing to the local economy's organization by assisting in the operation of the local Farmer's/Flea Market.
There is far more to do, of course. We're finally going to have a "River Party" this fall--a general get together, meet and greet, and to me, an opportunity to plug in.
Mirrored below at "Read The Rest", (because Neithercorp Press is often subject to DOS attacks by the global power structure):
By Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers
and Brandon Smith of the Alternative Market Project
To put it simply, America is nearing a checkmate scenario. Like the final torrid maneuvers of a rigged chess match, we have been pressed, manipulated, and attacked into the last remaining corner of the “grand global chessboard” left to us; centralized control of all social and economic power into the hands of an unworthy elite. If we continue playing the game by their rules, we will lose. There is no doubt. There have been many solutions presented to us in the past to combat this development, but nearly all of them function within the constraints of Federal politics. Working within the system has earned us no quarter, and frankly, no results. Our only recourse (and, frankly, the best recourse all along) is to STOP relying on the rules of their game, and to walk away from the chess board completely.
Globalization is essentially just another word for centralization, and the key to centralizing any system is to remove all options until the masses are completely and utterly dependent upon a single dominant paradigm. Globalists have deceived many Americans into believing that centralization is a “natural” process – that their game is indeed the only one in town. The widespread acceptance of the fiat monetary system is a perfect example of the average person’s unfortunate lack of economic flexibility. Only recently, in the face of dollar devaluation and complete financial collapse have many finally begun to question the legitimacy of a single brittle and corrupt economic structure. American politics are no different.
The elites have conned us into thinking that the only possible “solution” to where we are is federal elections, which only vote in new puppets for the puppet masters to manipulate in an illusory shell game. We have been tricked into thinking we are free because we come together from time to time to select our rulers.
But of course, this country was not founded as a democracy, but as a Constitutional Republic, and in such a Republic as ours, liberty is not just about “kicking the bums out” every few years only to vote a new set of bums into Congress, as the globalists would have us think. Federal elections are just one small part of it. The Founders intended us to be active, sovereign citizens, in strong communities and strong, sovereign states, and that is about far, far more than merely voting.
But because the globalists – with the aid of complicit domestic counterparts – have been able to capture our education system, our media, our political system, and our legal system, they have succeeded in dumbing us down and duping us into thinking that all other mechanisms for constraining power have been removed from the table. In fact, we have been convinced that all of the other fundamental institutions of our republic– aside from voting – are illegitimate, or even criminal.
The Founders gave us a dual sovereignty republic. That means states are as much sovereign within their sphere as the national government is within its sphere, with a national government of limited, enumerated, and divided powers. As our Tenth Amendment makes clear, “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
In Federalist 45, James Madison (widely considered the ‘father of the Constitution”) promised the American people that:
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.
Clearly the design of the Founders’ has been turned on its head. With the aid of complicit judges – which Thomas Jefferson called a “corps of sappers and miners” – who willfully misinterpret the Commerce Clause to grant Congress the power to regulate literally anything, we now have a ruling class who will admit of no restraints on national power with a national government of nearly unlimited de facto powers, grown like a metastasizing cancer far beyond the bounds of anything foreseen by even the most skeptical of Anti-Federalists from the Founding era. All actual, physical and structural powers of any real meaning – legislative, military, legal, law enforcement, and economic – are consolidated in the hands of the federal government. On top of this, they have grafted a hydra-like overlay of international law and international unelected agencies and untouchable international “officials” that are also being imposed up us by means of treaties, executive partnerships (such as the supposedly now defunct Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, now being revitalized by the Obama Administration) and other constitutionally dubious mechanisms.
While we are distracted with elections, they are planning the destruction of the dollar, the collapse of our economy, the final destruction of our sovereignty, and the total absorption of our entire system into the vapid body of an unaccountable global government.
This is why we must stop playing by their “rules,” must get off of their artificial chess board, and instead play by the rules of our Constitution. This means taking power into our own hands as individuals, communities, counties, and states.
To do this, Neithercorp Press, the Alternative Market Project, and Oath Keepers are working together to focus on concrete solutions that can be applied by the average American in their day-to-day lives, in both the private and public spheres. In the limited time we have left, we urge Americans to focus on the following four key strategies (arranged in order of priority of needs):
1. Food and fuel independence and security – and other essential infrastructure (general preparedness) – as individuals, within local veterans organization chapters, neighborhood mutual aid societies, churches, co-ops, farmers markets, and at the town, county and state levels). In the aftermath of an economic collapse, food is the hardest necessity to improvise, and food scarcity is a serious achiles heel, exploited by oppressive regimes throughout history. To get started on food storage and independence, follow the advice on providentliving.org (you don’t need to be LDS to learn from their experience in food storage and preparedness, or to use their canneries). Likewise, we will need fuel, emergency medical, and resilient communication that can function in a grid-down crisis, devoid of internet communication (or with the internet shut down intentionally by means of a kill-switch).
2. Physical security and Independence – again as individuals, neighborhoods, towns, counties and states, to include forming neighborhood watches, mutual aid associations, a volunteer sheriff’s posse (staffed by volunteers under direct command of the sheriff), and county militias established by county ordinances but staffed by self-supplied and self-funded volunteers (as is done in volunteer fire departments all over this nation), and ultimately, a true state militia capable of “repelling invasions” (using the research and model bills of Dr. Edwin Vieira). Americans have plenty of guns, but not enough organization. See operationsleepinggiant.org for details.
3. Economic security and independence – as individuals and communities, including barter networks, use of silver and gold as real money, the development of valuable trade skills, and sound money bills at the county and state levels (as Utah just passed into law). The localization of community commerce is the only sure way to counter globalization. The more independent and insulated cities and states are from the corrupt and dysfunctional mainstream economy, the more safe and secure they will find themselves when that economy implodes. We must have an alternative to the fiat money system in place to preempt such an event. See alt-market.com for details.
4. State sovereignty and nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and actions. Veterans must support only sheriffs, state legislators and governors who have the guts and integrity to keep their oaths. To vote for an oath breaker, is to become an oath breaker. We must defend the powers reserved to the states and to the people by supporting state sovereignty resolutions and nullification of unconstitutional laws. See tenthamendmentcenter.com. And eventually we must kick the bums out, as GOOOH recommends. See goooh.com.
We will soon be publishing an upcoming series of articles that will provide in-depth details on each of the above four key pillars of action. While we should not turn our backs on the tactics of educating the public, supporting constitutional legislation, voting for honest and principled representatives, or nullifying unconstitutional laws (we should certainly make full use of the soap box, the ballot box, and the jury box) it is now time to dedicate ourselves to much more. The very future of our country, our liberties, and the prosperity of the next generation depends upon this.
For the Republic,
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Sunday, May 08, 2011
...I seem to have for myself.Comments
This is Scott Ambush, the bassist for Spyro Gyra. I am in awe.
As those of you paying attention know, I've been listening to Spiro Gyra, amongst others, for bass inspiration. I've been wondering about this guy from the albums, who he is and why the bass is such a strong part of this band's music, why I feel so compelled to pull out the bass lines and try to learn them.
Well now I know.
Why did I suspect he's a black guy? Every screamingly awesome bassist I've ever taken note of have been black. Man, I guess you've got to have that extra measure of soul to tear it up like this.
"Honky wanna shred bass like this?" Yes, yes I do.
Then again, here is what happens when you hand a Flamenco guitarist an electric bass:
More Spyro Gyra with Scott Ambush bass solo:
And as if that was not enough, this guy plays far better bass with **one arm** than I! 100% hammer-on--amazing: Bill Clements
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My Mitzi came with a horridly complex "feedback carburetor" that was from the late 1980's efforts to make a carbureted vehicle that met increasingly stringent emissions standards. A few years later there were no more carbureted vehicles on the market, as all had gone to computerized fuel-injection systems.
Well this carburetor was a "new" (factory-rebuild) installed before I bought it, to clear up a rough, lean running, surging idle. The new carb didn't do the trick although later I though I had solved the problem by blocking off the leaky, malfunctioning EGR valve. The problem resurfaced last week, and a check of the EGR showed it to not be the problem. It was simply this ridiculously complex carburetor trying to operate in a system where the ridiculously labyrinthe vacuum and electrical emissions control system was long since defunct. The carb often worked correctly in "default" mode. But for a reason unknown to me, it has switched to some super lean idle mode, with nothing I could do to change it.
Some months ago I bought a replacement aftermarket carburetor for this vehicle, but I hesitated to go through the headache of installing it, since at that time I had tracked down and solved a different problem that had been plaguing. Now with the vehicle showing a return of the original surging, rough idle problem and the EGR being fine, I decided it was time to do it.
After installation, it started right up! A small adjustment of the idle speed and a test drive later, and it is good to go. I can't express how thrilled I was to have it work with no problems after installation. I certainly burned up a ton of thought, deliberation over the installation instructions, the box of parts, and the vehicle itself before I pulled out the first wrench. Losing the use of my commute vehicle to unforeseen and difficult to correct problems would have totally sucked.
Friday was a housecleaning day after I got here midday, and Saturday after finishing my automotive repair work, Daisycat and I took Momcat to dinner for Mother's Day.
Sunday morning we turned over the garden beds to summer cover crops. Daisycat spread inoculated blackeyed pea seeds over the beds, between the wheat and vetch winter crop, then I mowed down the thick cover crop to provide a mulch over the bean seeds.
We spread a thin layer of "forest mulch" over the areas of the beds that were thin in the shredded cover crop. The "barren" part of the south beds got an especially thick layer. I am experimenting to see if additional organic matter in the barren patches can reverse the problem.
This whole method is an experiment. Normally I would turn the winter beds with the tiller, then rake in or shallowly till the bean seeds to cover them for germination.
To increase the germination rate with so little cover, I set the sprinklers to come on twice a day, and will keep them like that until after the beans are up and have their first set of leaves.
Amber (almost) waves of grain:
It is time to turn this bed over also, but I am thinking about not doing so, and instead leaving it open so that if I get time and the notion to get Li'l Kitty back in here to level this bed I won't think twice about cutting a cover crop short. In any case, it doesn't make too much sense to build up soil if I am going to be rearranging layers and locations of soil to level a basin.
I was just thinking today that I should instead plant this upper basin to something. It is not quite level yet, but as I discovered while levelling the area by the orchard, it is darn near impossible to get closer than plus or minus three inches to level with Li'l Kitty anyway. Any better than that has to be by hand. Well this basin is off by about 6 to 8 inches, and could benefit from machine leveling, but the amount of leveling is minor enough that I won't be losing the valuable part of the soil from rearranging a little bit later. So I may put summer beans in here too.
After hot work in the sun, my cool and shady meditation garden is very appealing:
Thomas comes around for cuddles and skritches:
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