Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Monday, July 30, 2012Comments
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Rollo Tomassi affirms what many of us have come to understand--Game is even more important in marriage than it is if you are single: 16 Years OnComments
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged
Update: some have been speculating that he may be the victim of mind programming:
Origins and Techniques of Monarch Mind Control | Secret Arcana
Update 2: "James Holmes" may not even be James Holmes:
Could be the differences are partly due to facial expression, but the eyes and earlobes not matching is a biggie...
WTF is going on?
Food for thought...
If this kind of thing is not hard evidence of how close we are to TPTB being ready to spring their Big Plan, then I don't know what would be. Preparation for what is about to come is almost entirely spiritual in nature. Get right with Jesus and lean on Him alone...
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How Daydreaming Boosts Creativity - Business InsiderComments
Findings - Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind - NYTimes.com
I knew this, but it is nice to see science back it up. In fact, I require diversions at work to keep my productivity up. I thought it was a symptom of ADD, but it turns out that it is a normal requirement of a productive and problem-solving brain.
Labels: health and lifestyle
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Monday, July 23, 2012
I'm switching to requiring registration for comments. I get the occasional drive-by retard and more SEO spammers than I care to. I am hoping this will thin the herd.Comments
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Update: if I did not delete your comment, you are not one of the "drive-by retards" I'm referencing. No sulking!
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Thursday, July 19, 2012Comments
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Executive SummaryShort Version: Primal has been proven right.
Longer Version: Endorsed by the world-wide scientific community including top doctors at the Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins, and UCLA, and approved as curriculum for registered dieticians (RDs) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the single largest meta-analysis of health and fitness ever conducted shows that conventional “eat less, exercise more” approaches are far less effective than going Primal, harm our health, and lead to fat gain 95.4 percent of the time.
Ancient Wisdom Confirmed by Modern Science | Mark's Daily Apple
Throw out those rice cakes and whole grain crap, and go eat a bloody steak!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I've never had any interest in visiting many states east of the Mississippi...Comments
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Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Monday, July 16, 2012
Eating it right now. To be more paleo-friendly (and even better!) the masa could be swapped for coconut flour:Comments
4 large white fish fillets (cod, etc., about 2-3 lbs)
1/2 tsp sea salt or Himalaya salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp granulated onion powder
2 Mexican limes
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup masa (corn flour) or coconut flour or almond flour
2-3 Tbsp shredded coconut
Rinse the fish fillets and pat dry with a clean towel.
Pour the 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil in a baking dish that is large enough to fit the fish pieces.
Mix eggs, spices and the juice of one lime in a pan.
Spread the masa (or ?) out on a plate or another pan.
Dip the fish in the egg spice mix, then roll in the masa and place in the baking dish. Any leftover egg mix can be spooned over the top of the fish pieces.
Sprinkle the shredded coconut over the pieces and drizzle the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over the top of everything.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, then broil for 5 minutes or until shredded coconut is lightly browned. Squeeze the juice of the second lime over the fish and eat them all up. You squeeze the lime over coconut, you're such a silly woman, squeeze the lime over coconut and call me in the morning!
Makes 4 servings.
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There was a very impressive quantity of water dropped on the valley late yesterday afternoon. I happened to be trapped in the workshop when it started, which was fine as I got to watch it pour. The foil taping job I did on the roof a couple weekends ago held up pretty well except for one spot I made note of.Comments
But it poured and poured and kept on pouring. I was watching the rill of water run past my shop in the channel I had established for it--some of you may recall my railroad tie construction of the walkway across it--when suddenly the water ran more thickly muddy and increased in volume. Water also started pouring in the west side of the shop under the doors and across the floor.
The bank at the top of the access lane uphill from my property tore out from the deluge, and a portion of the flow from the watershed across the street was now making its way through my yard. This was more than this drainage layout was designed to handle. Fortunately the rain started to let up just about then and the crest passed quickly.
The driveway itself was spared this time. The bank tore out off to one side and the water followed the ditch until just past my gate, where it dumped across the lane and proceeded toward the lake it was forming on the neighbor's property.
Driving in to work was interesting this morning. This was the worst I've seen it, and from what the old timers said last time, I know they will agree they've never seen it this bad either. The Car Wash crossing was a six foot deep channel. Last time it tore out only part way and they said it had never been that bad. Well, this was an impressive canyon...
I made it through just fine, but a neighbor whose 4-wheel drive did not properly engage was stuck in the gravel at the bottom. I had no tow rope to pull her out, but she had someone on the way from the ranch to tow her out.
Note to self: buy a tow rope to rescue the pretty lady next time...
As to progress, it was less than I wanted, but probably enough, given the working conditions. I got the sheathing panels painted and got further along on constructing the framing for the east side of the workshop. I also finally wired up the old evap cooler fan to help keep me cool in there while toiling in the steamy heat.
The corn is growing nicely--maybe 4-6 inches tall. No photos this time though.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
This one hurled its proton storm directly at the earth. Expect possible communications disruptions starting Saturday, plus aurora borealis visible in the northern latitudes.Comments
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A new restaurant finally opened a short while ago up in Summerhaven. After the untimely demise of the proprietor of the Mount Lemmon Cafe a few years ago, the cafe was torn down. This was devastating to me, as the Mount Lemmon Cafe was one of the few buildings that survived the 2003 fire that ravaged the village and was one of the remaining quaint reminders of what had been. A new restaurant was promised on the site, but it was likely the economic downturn that delayed its construction. The sign on the barren site said "coming summer 2009", but the place remained desolate for years longer.Comments
Now finally it is here, the Sawmill Run Restaurant.
It is much larger than the cafe it replaced, with ample seating both indoors and out.
The patio seating is almost exactly where the Mount Lemmon Cafe patio was located. But the food, now that's the thing that will make me forget the old cafe! While the old cafe had perfectly adequate food and great pie, the Sawmill Run Restaurant has some amazingly good barbecued meats.
I ordered the baby back ribs and sliced brisket. Now you can get baby back ribs at a lot of places, and they are pretty good, if not outstanding. This place, however, smokes their own meats on site, and the care they take in doing it right really shows. The baby back ribs compare favorably with the really top notch ribs available at Mister K's Barbecue down in Tucson. The ribs came basted with a sweet mustard glaze, something halfway between honey mustard and Georgia mustard. It is good, but next time I will probably order it on the side, as it is sweeter than I like a barbecue sauce to be. The brisket was also good, but so overshadowed by the ribs that next time I will order two servings of ribs instead.
The barbecue plate comes with a choice of sides. I ordered the very unusual and very tasty deep fried corn. This is a cob of corn cooked to a lightly crisped exterior. I also had the grilled veggies, which were tasty as well.
Daisycat had a burger that she wouldn't share with me, so I can't comment on it, but she did ask me to help her finish some of the fried sweet potato tots. These are a tasty alternative to the usual fries that come with a burger. Sweet, crispy outside and tender inside.
After lunch we hit the Meadow Loop Trail. I hadn't hiked this trail since before the fire. Now nine years on, the forest floor has been replaced with much more meadow than there used to be.
The burned trees are slowly, one by one, toppling to the ground, leaving behind a ferny grassland.
One benefit of the fire is that formerly obscured views of rock outcroppings and the expanse of the valley below are now more wide open.
Here and there amidst the meadow grasses, flowers and ferns, there are new trees growing. Some new pines are a couple feet tall now, as they approach their tenth year of growth.
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Friday, July 06, 2012
I picked up a one of these on eBay recently, less than half the retail price.
(er...ok Desert Cat...what is it?)
Why, it's an EBAA Iron MegaFlange Adapter, of course! I am so jazzed! I got it cheap because it was missing a couple of the bolts, but those can be replaced at any hardware store.
(ok...kay. And what does it do?)
Oh, it only fits on the top of THIS, that's all!
This, being my artesian well, which is welded tight shut at the top to contain the pressure. That's great, except that it leaves me with no practical way to access the inside of the well, should I want to do any well maintenance or improvements.
Not that I have any planned for the immediate future, but this has been bugging me for a long time. Now I can install my snazzy EBAA Iron MegaFlange Adapter (after I pick up a 6" blind flange), and saw out the top of the well casing. Then I put the blind flange on, bolt it all together and voila! An accessible well that's still properly sealed!
I've been here since Wednesday. Since I had that day off, I took Thursday also. Wednesday I got a tarp hung on the east side of the workshop just in time for a heavy downpour. Here I have it opened back up for access.
Once I could get back outside I spent much of the rest of the day getting some of the chaos in the shop tamed.
The storm reminded me again that many of the roof pans do not fit precisely enough together to keep the rain out. This is the second installation of this patio cover, and the disassembly, transport and reassembly put enough dents, dings and holes in it to prevent all the pans from being watertight.
My solution (for now anyway) is to tape all of the seams with foil tape. Ideally this would have been done from the top side, but there was no way I was going to be able to spend a day up there in this heat. This should do the trick though.
This was an all day Thursday project, very tedious and very neck-breaking, up and down a ladder and working overhead for probably ten hours.
Today I installed a window where there used to be an open gap. This was a glass pane salvaged from a sliding glass door.
I still need to caulk around the outside exterior to waterproof it.
Tomorrow evening I am heading into town, because Sunday I am taking Daisycat up to Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon for lunch at a new restaurant, and then for a short hike on the mountaintop.
Meanwhile in the garden, the corn has come up very nicely. It appears I have maybe 90%+ germination.
Just as the sun was setting I finished hoeing along side the new corn. There is rye and other grassy weeds coming up along with the corn and I don't want that to get ahead of me.
The mounds between the rows also have a lot of rye coming up, but I'm not worried about that. I will let it grow until I am ready to plant beans in with the corn and will till it under then with the tiller.
We have a fresh batch of chicks hatched just a couple days ago.
Fifteen hatched out of twenty set.
These will replace many of the existing hens who, together with the excess roosters, will become chicken dinners this winter.
Momcat has been growing some absurdly tall corn this year.
The funny thing is that this is the Tohono corn, which normally grows and bears corn in much shorter stalks on much poorer soil. This is what it is capable of when the soil fertility is high.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Homeland Security Report Lists ‘Liberty Lovers’ As TerroristsComments
There is more of this relentless push to define people like me as domestic terrorists. It is appalling. But this is precisely what we have come to expect of this Brave New World. "Department of Homeland Security", my ass. Department of Thought Crimes and Domestic Tyranny more likely.
It is not going to drive me to become a State-worshipping Obama-fellating Socialist. Sorry, not going to happen. Define me out of the mainstream all you want. I have my principles, beliefs and Faith, and I will die with them.
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Sunday, July 01, 2012
Again a slower weekend, because the diet is leaving me at less than 100%, and also because the heat of mid-day is too much to work in.Comments
I got the corn planted, which took a bit more than a day, then started on a project to close in the east end of the workshop. Storms have been picking away at the easternmost pan of the roof, bending it and pulling it loose from its anchor points. Last weekend I put a 2x4 in the pan to hold it down until I could do something more permanent. During the week we had a fierce storm that flung the 2x4 out of the pan and beat it up some more. Also the wind drove rain way in under the overhang and got stuff on my workbench wet.
Combine that with the fact that I've been gathering tools and equipment a piece at a time to be able to start welding and doing other metal work, and it is high time to close in the open areas of the workshop to protect my investments.
I got as far as installing the two end posts and the uppermost cross beam, to which I attached a rafter, and then tied down the pan to the rafter. Rain can still blow in, but at least now the pan is secured. Construction will continue next week.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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