ShopTalk Sunday: DIY Pest Control Saves $$$

We used to spend $600+ per year on pest control.  Now?  Less than $150 and a little bit of time. Pest Control and Time This is a dandy example of the UrbanSurvival philosophy in action:  Select the lowest cost Vendor.  And remember, you can be the Vendor! Begin by remembering that your time is worth something. You have two things you can do with “personal time.”  You can turn it into savings or you can turn it …

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SatGourmet: Potato Salad Seminar

  From Mr. X – a totally worthy and delicious start to our seminar. Mom’s Recipe Hall of Fame v.5: Top Secret Potato Salad This is mom’s closely-guarded personal recipe, disclosing it here is a major security breach! 1 medium red onion finely chopped Enough apple cider vinegar to cover onions 4 hard boiled eggs chopped 2 large russet potatoes diced and boiled until tender 1/4 cup butter melted 1 tsp pink salt 1 tsp …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Toolbox Shoot-Out, ShopSmith?

If a discussion about toolboxes and whether a ShopSmith (serious multi-tool) seem like an odd pairing, relax.  It’s not.  Both have everything to do with how you get “the job” done. Let’s Do Toolboxes First It always struck me as odd:  That Pappy Ure’s shop was constantly piled with tools and projects.  Yet, when we were out salmon fishing, he un-erringly would say “Hand me a swivel from the tool box, second bin from right.”  …

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Dogwood’s Are Out

On the way up to the greenhouse, looking out of the guest rooms, and down  in the deep woods. Personally, I never understood the fascination with dogwoods.  Yeah – pretty when they bloom and all.  But so are tomatoes.  And those turn into something edible. On the other hand, people get real excited about this time of year when the red buds and the dogwoods are out.  Local Chamber of Commerce is especially smitten with ’em. …

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SatGourmet: Speed-Eating and Chili Bowls

Our (markets are closed, can’t focus on money all the time) pastimes come into play from market close Friday  until  the “Return to Greed Mountain” Monday. And, since Spring sprung this past week, our gustatory inquisition this weekend involves Heat and how it relates to Spice. Heat & Spice:  Observations Personal Data:  Seattle, where Ure (and his buddy the Major) grew up 68-years ago, was not an especially warm place.  Seemed like most of the year, except …

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ShopTalk: Sprung-Upon

The arrival of spring!  This weekend has really ramped up the workload around the old rancheroo, though. Among the projects in our household right now: Finishing up a visual theme in the master bedroom.  We decided to theme it as an art studio. (What goes on in there approaches “art” [sleeping, lol, perv!]. That led to getting some drawings put up on the wall and making sure everything flowed together.  Nearly done, but waiting on …

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SatGourmet: ‘Shroom, Gloom, and Chicken

Land-time reader kicks it off this morning (too early for Mimosa’s, right?) with a dandy spin on what to do with mushrooms: Shrooms From Mr. X Mom’s Recipe Hall of Fame v.4: Stuffed Mushrooms 2 dozen large mushrooms (2-3 inch diameter, baby bella is a good choice) butter (enough to sauté and coat the mushrooms) 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped 2 tbsp. bacon grease 1 medium onion finely chopped 2 tsp dry sherry 1/2 …

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ShopTalk: Migration Path for CNC, .STL Designs

Daylight Time dawns over America.  Yet-another example of the Grand National Delusion we’re under. As the Native American  sage explained:  “White man the only ones who cut a foot off the bottom of their blankets and sew it on the top – and then claim their blanket is longer…” Or, as this once IAM-751 R&E mechanic was taught:  “If you don’t like the Work Rules, bring it up to the Shop Steward.” Of course, that …

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SatGourmet: Diet Time?

We will have an exceptionally short column on foodery and cookery this morning – since I haven’t gotten anything from readers this week. This being “Planting Day” – with the new Moon this morning – we will be outside doing the “gardening thing” as soon as the morning dishes are cleared and thrown in the magic cleaning box…, Our meals around here have been simple this week – nothing unusual:  Too busy to bake bread, …

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ShopTalk: A General Troubleshooting Course

One of my favorite “toys” died Saturday.  A mysterious death:  the power would not cycle on for my (formerly) reliable Heathkit SB-220 linear amplifier. Dead as the proverbial door nail. Things like this usually happen when I’m planning something not in agreement with Universe.  Specifically, the Major and I had penciled in a 75-meter ham radio contact for around midnight local time. Universe, however, clearly thought it was more important for me to sleep.  So, to …

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Quakes: Earth and Markets

We always pay close attention when BIG (>7.0) earthquakes take place. The latest down off New Zealand today: Event type:                       Earthquake Region:                           Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Geographic coordinates:           29.747S, 177.224W Magnitude:                        7.8 REVISED 8.1 Depth:                            10 km Universal Time (UTC):              4 Mar 2021  19:28:30 Time near the Epicenter:           5 Mar 2021  08:28:30 Local standard time in your area:  4 Mar 2021  19:28:30 The earlier “attention-getter” was: Event type:                       Earthquake Region:                           Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Geographic …

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