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Land Yacht

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/08/19 - 7:23pm

Next project on the list...the Airstream.  Did some research on repairing windows.  Figured out what I have to do to clear the bubbled tinting that is sandwiched inside each one.  While tallying up what will have to be repaired, I discovered something that I seem to have missed in the couple of years I have owned this albatross.  One of the windows had been sealed from the inside when one of probably many interior rapes had occurred.  Decided that the only logical option is to completely gut the the inside.  This is gonna take awhile.  84,101,75,0,B
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something solar 8

The Field Lab - Mon, 2014/08/18 - 7:05pm
The new set up seems to be maxing out on the charge pretty early in the day thanks to the tracking circuit.  Before the original set ages too much - I decided to add a 4th battery to the mix to give it a little more depth.  89,98,66,0,B
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The River is Down Time to Run

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2014/08/18 - 10:56am

The River is Down Time to Run, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

One of the signs that summer is coming to a end for us is when the Rio Grande gets turned off. There is not exact date as it is based on the amount of water Texas is allotted. It's bitter sweet losing our rope swing and tubing trips, but at the same time we can easily cross the low river to reach our favorite running spots. Today was a 4.5 mile out and back up the mountain. We only saw one rattle snake in the middle of the trail.

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Depraved Indifference

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/08/17 - 6:43pm
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Sesame Says OK to Fancy

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/17 - 4:20pm
Our home base is Truth or Consequences, NM a place most known for having just about nothing to it: one grocery store (until Walmart showed up), one traffic light (again until Walmart showed up), a couple of restaurants, one coffee shop, occasional yoga class, one movie theater, you get the idea. This sparse living is entirely the charm. Once you live with just the raw elements, and your discover your happy, a certain invincibility follows. Maybe depth is a better word. Of course there are things I miss that this little dust ball town ain't got. What I miss most is grandeur, old buildings and public space, things like libraries and venues with history built when masonry was still practiced and artisans participated in the making of a thing. In Santa Fe Mikey could hardly get me out of the St. Francis hotel for exactly these reasons. The hotel is old, beautiful, treasured and they welcome the pubic to enjoy it. Outside we sipped sangria on couches and people watched from their porch, then we slid into a public living room (see pic) and took in the lovely craftsmanship that the hotel painstakingly cares for. Santa Fe is full of places just like this. Sesame liked St. Francis too. Yes they welcome pups!

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Santa Fe on the Cheap

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/17 - 1:52pm
We just returned from a 3 day trip to Santa Fe. We live about 3 hours South so day trips to Santa Fe are out of the question. The challenge for us has been to find inexpensive lodging. This time we camped near Hyde Park which is loaded with awesome $10 a night campsites. There is also a extensive trail network which we only started to explore. Santa Fe has plenty of great restaurants which are reasonably priced Jambo Cafe, Counter Culture, Claufoutis and Shake Foundation to name a few. We also enjoyed just hanging out in the square and having sunset cocktails at Hotel St. Francis.
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rain chase

The Field Lab - Sat, 2014/08/16 - 5:45pm
Got a weeks worth of rain chances coming up.  Grabbed a load of alfalfa for the boys today.  Alpine got swamped just as I headed back south.  90,106,74,0,B
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The Field Lab - Fri, 2014/08/15 - 6:26pm

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no eggs

The Field Lab - Thu, 2014/08/14 - 6:46pm
Well....I'm 99% sure now that all 4 new chickens turned out to be roosters.  I am holding out hope that one of them is just faking crowing along with the others out of fear of being found out.  If no eggs in the coop by next month, then I will be 100% sure.  91,101,68,0,B
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The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/08/13 - 5:36pm

Decided to restring the cage quarter section that got damaged when I flubbed my first PPG launch.  Luckily I found a diagram for the pattern.  Ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be.  Ordered a couple other spare bits along with a little wire fishing tool to pull the string through the frame.  86,98,70, .04",B
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just enough

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/08/12 - 6:42pm

Had a brief rain in just the right spot this afternoon.  The creek ran and I sucked up another 2000 gallons - the creek tanks are full now (7500 gallons).  80,98,74, .30",B
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The Zucchini with Ribs

Deborah Madison - Tue, 2014/08/12 - 2:01pm

Costata Romanesco zucchini, whole and sliced.

Costata Romanesco is hands down my favorite zucchini.

I know that might sound strange, for zucchini isn’t the most interesting, vibrant, or glamorous of vegetables. Plus everyone likes to complain about how they have just way too much of it. I say to those lucky complainers, “You don’t have squash bugs, for if you did, you’d treasure each and every squash and blossom!” For some of us, the effort to grow zucchini means encounters with hoards of creepy grey bugs and the inevitable early death of one’s struggling plants. So if I’m going to open myself to squash bugs and anxiety over the early demise of my summer squash, then I’m going to grow a zucchini I get excited about.  And Costata Romanesco is it.

There are three things that are special about this old variety. Each squash has ribs, the ridges that run along the long body of each one. A little hard to capture in a photo until you slice them, then you can see them as the ruffled, sculptured edges of each round of squash. I think they look wonderfully fetching and are truly so when a mass of the rounds is jumbled together. It doesn’t matter whether you steam or sauté them, either, because they will taste good.

Another virtue of the Costata Romanesco is its density. Somehow, this variety is less watery and the texture more firm, which makes it a much more satisfying summer squash to eat than others.  Add to that the flavor, and you’re home. The flavor is, well, simply more squash-like. Some describe it as nutty. I think of it as down-to-earth. In any case,  it’s there, and it has real taste, which cannot always be said of more modern squash.

The Costata (meaning ribs) is an Italian heirloom. Lots of companies stock seed packets for this gem. (Johnny’s, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Sustainable Seed Company, Fedco).  Like many heirlooms, it doesn’t always produce as heavily as other zucchini, but the plants are big and robust and if you don’t want a glut of zucchini, why not choose the best and go with what it produces? Actually, I’ve always found that mine make plenty.

And one squash makes a a fast and neat little lunch for one.


A One-Zucchino Lunch for One

Time required: about 4 minutes

1 7-inch Costata Romanesco squash

Sea salt

Good olive oil

Fresh herb, such as dill, basil, marjoram

Pine nuts

Freshly ground pepper

Lemon if you wish


Slice the squash crosswise  into rounds about ¼ inch thick or a little more if you like it heftier.

Steam over boiling water for about 3 minutes —taste to make sure it’s done enough for you.

Turn it out onto a plate or better, a shallow bowl.  Season with sea salt, a drizzle of good olive oil, some fresh herb, a few pine nuts, some pepper and a squeeze of lemon if you wish.

That’s it. Sit down and enjoy. Mop up the juices with a piece of bread.


And this is just the beginning. You might add halved Sun Gold tomatoes, thin shavings of Parmesan or aged Gouda cheese, a shower of very young arugula leaves, a slivered squash blossom —or just leave it as is.

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The Field Lab - Mon, 2014/08/11 - 7:26pm
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In Pie Town - Now You See It Now You Don't

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2014/08/11 - 1:27pm

On route to Flagstaff, Az this past weekend Mikey and I stopped in Pie Town, NM where Mikey made a piece of pie disappear at record speed. At the Pie-O-Neer we enjoyed a lovely sweet potato pecan pie. Before leaving the waitress, who by the way was from Brooklyn, suggested that we call her on the way home. "Let us know what kind of pie you'd like and we'll have it ready," she said.
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Flagstaff in Summer, Not Bad at All

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2014/08/11 - 1:21pm
When it comes down to it most places are hot and rather uncomfortable in August. We've been searching out the few exceptions in our region including Flagstaff, Az. We loved Flatstaff's casual and easy going culture, active street life, and unpretentious life style of getting outside, listening to live folk music and eating. One of Flag's built in treasures is Buffalo park. These photos were taken on a hike quite a bit north of it, on a trail that could be reached by hiking through.

I'm sure glad we fixed our own washing machine last week. While in Flagstaff I kept thinking, I could have paid someone to fix that machine, bought a new one or I could spend my money at great restaurants in Flagstaff which is much more fun! Our favorite three were: Pizzicletta for moderately priced thin crust sliced pizza, Diablo Burger for a seriously local and organic burger paired with local wine in generous portions, and Tinderbox for pricey creative fine dining that's worth every nickel.
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which way?

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/08/10 - 7:02pm
Deuteronomy 11:26-2826 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
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Buffalo Park - Flagstaff, AZ

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/10 - 11:22am

Buffalo Park - Flagstaff, AZ, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We really enjoyed running in Buffalo Park. There is a sweet groomed 2 mile loop that connects up to a network of 45 miles of trails. We should have done more research in advance to learn their trail network that links up to Buffalo Park.

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AZT - Arizona Trail

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/10 - 11:15am

AZT - Arizona Trail, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

During a buying trip to Flagstaff, AZ this weekend we did our first section hike of the Arizona Trail (AZT). Flagstaff lived up to it's reputation of being a ultrarunner hub. We constantly saw people running around town and through the parks. Even on a weekday the trailhead parking lot was full.

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The Field Lab - Sat, 2014/08/09 - 4:51pm

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