Sustainable SW Blogs
It was a good week for precious metals. Bad news for that worthless paper money in your pocket. 81,85,62,0,W
One advantage that I have is fresh milk delivered from a nearby farm that I then transform into yogurt. I like mine thick and even a bit dry. I add to it drizzles of honey or maple syrup, and dark rich balsamic vinegar, sometimes a spray of vanilla. I sprinkle on a pinch of salt, cinnamon, cardamom and a shaving of nutmeg. Then comes coconut flakes, ground flax seed, and pecans. I top this with a berry in season, today it was blackberries. I can hardly stand how good it is!
That's all it took to get the new brake lines delivered - from Keller, Texas. Forgot I also need new compression washers so I ordered those today from a different vendor - in Miami, Florida. I don't think those will travel quite as fast. 85.92.61,0,W
Started working on the go kart today. Got a buyer so I gotta get her cleaned up. New brake lines and gas tank coming but she still runs like a charm. Little extra TLC and I will have the bucks for a new cart for my paramotor. Gonna be going up and down with wheels since my factory issued landing gear is defective. 86,91,60,0,W
All the parts holding my passenger side tail light in place have been repaired and broken so many times with JB Weld that nothing was left but bailing wire to keep it in place so I splurged on a whole new assembly. While I was at it I decided to clip Chupa's funky black tail feather to add to the archives. 88,94,59,0,W
The origin of the lie that even astronauts see no God even from space began in the 60's. Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Russian Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961. Some sources have claimed that Gagarin commented during the flight, "I don't see any God up here." However, no such words appear in the verbatim record of his conversations with Earth-based stations during the spaceflight. In a 2006 interview, Gagarin's friend Colonel Valentin Petrov stated that the cosmonaut never said such words, and that the quote originated from Nikita Khrushchev's speech at the plenum of the Central Committee of the CPSU about the state's anti-religion campaign, saying "Gagarin flew into space, but didn't see any god there."
Hard cheese should really be called slow cheese. There is nothing difficult about making it, but it does take several days of brief interactions to move it along. I made a video of how we make our cheese using a crockpot rather than a stove top. The crockpot is ideal when hooked up to a temp controller as you can walk away for hours without worrying about the temperature going over.
An old high school friend of mine recently posted a list on Facebook - the all time cross country records from Charlotte Country Day School for the 5,000 meter race. Somehow my junior year time is still in the top 10 on the list. Funny thing is I don't remember being particularly fast and certainly not dedicated at all to the sport of long distance running...or sports in general for that matter. The only thing I really enjoyed about running was stopping. If it wasn't for the fact that my high school required all students (unless they had a medical excuse) to try out for 2 varsity sports per year, I probably wouldn't have run cross country in the fall and track in the spring. Not exactly sure how I could have attained a mention in the record books because looking back 40 years ago - I can remember a number of teammates who were faster than me. I must have had one really good race that season...and I don't even remember it. 72,80,64,0,B
Cooked up a 6.48 lb chicken in the solar oven yesterday. Took 4.5 hours at 300° to 350° as the sun went in and out of the clouds. Cooked up a batch of buttermilk biscuits today. Chupa really doesn't mind my eating chicken...in fact, he and Frank and Manny had some leftovers today. 75,84,62,0,B
Being on a low carb high fat diet left me craving very specific things. A chocolate peanut butter cup seemed like an achievable goal. This should come in at less than 5g of carbs. Here is the recipe. It takes less than 5 minute to make and will cost you less than $5 to make a dozen gigantic cups. Enjoy the video below.
- 2/3c coconut oil
- 2/3c cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups peanuts
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- Blend all together
- Pour into cupcake cups
Drat...turns out the micro switches I ordered require just a little too much pressure to function in my payphone. I don't know why I didn't realize this two days ago but I suddenly happened to think that the on-board computer must have some switches to count nickles, dimes, and quarters. Found the spot and wired into the correct leads and cha-chingo...it works! (Note: it only accepts quarters to function but visitors are welcome to feed as many nickles and dimes in as they want.) Now if I can just put the new switches in a spot where I will be able to find them next time I need one. 82,92,57,0,B
It occurred to me that my non functional payphone is always an attention grabber when I get new visitors. It also occurred to me that it has a coin slot that never gets any coins. Rigging it now so something will happen when visitors deposit a quarter. To complete the project I need a micro lever switch. I am sure I have some somewhere but I just couldn't find them. Just ordered 10 of them at 5:57PM on Amazon Prime and they will be here Wednesday afternoon - for $8.74 including 2 day shipping. 68,75,66,0,B
Our next class is also a fundraiser for Home Grown New Mexico and has been a fun class in the past. Come learn how to brew your own beer at home!
Sunday, April 24 and May 8—Fundraising event!
Spring Beer Brewing-two day workshop
Sunday, April 24-1st session, 11 am to 3 pm-bring a sack lunch
Introduction to the Extract Method of Beer Brewing –
learn how to brew your own beer at home
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
Location: Liquid Light Glass Studio-926 Baca Street • Santa Fe, NM (next to counterculture cafe)
Fee: $35 for members and non-members for both
Class is limited. Please sign up for this 2 day class through Eventbrite:
This is a two part class. In the first session using basic ingredients such as malt extract, hops, water and yeast we will brew 12 gallons of beer with simple equipment that is readily available to the home brewer. Then in the second session we will bottle the beer we made 2 weeks earlier. Each student will take home some beer.
Sunday, May 8, second session-11 am to 3 pm. Bring a sack lunch
Spring Beer bottling-Part 2 of the Beer making workshop
Learn how to bottle the beer you made on April 24
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
Location: Liquid Light Glass Studio • 926 Baca Street • Santa Fe, NM (next to counterculture cafe)
Matthew 5 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;