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Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). Live streaming video at http://ustre.am/TM8N YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TheFieldLab John Wellshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12783305402239706779noreply@blogger.comBlogger3153125
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Meade LX90

Tue, 2017/04/25 - 4:07pm













It has been a little over 5 years since the last time I broke out the ol' telescope.  I bought this about 13 years ago and have barely used it.  Bound to be something good I can do with it for a YouTube video.  Just got the parts I need to mount my Canon T3i to it...but it looks like I have some cleaning to do before I try some deep space imaging.  95,97,75,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2017/04/24 - 11:30am

92,95,57,0,C
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seeds

Sun, 2017/04/23 - 2:35pm
James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
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wintab

Sat, 2017/04/22 - 2:11pm
So I fought with the new borescope and my little Samsung tablet computer for a couple of hours.  Ultimately it turned out my tablet is one of the few models that simply won't work with the scope.  I was able to get it to work with my PC but that doesn't do me much good out in the field.  Now I could have just returned it but I am determined to use it for looking into tiny places.  So what did I do?...bought another tablet.  Found a pretty good deal on an eight inch tablet that runs Windows 10 instead of Android ($87.99 including 2nd day shipping).  Downloaded some free recording software and everything is a go now.  Disclaimer: This is just the tablet's home screen wallpaper - not an endoscopic view of a tiny miraculous underworld at TFL.  72,75,60,0,W
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a friday night film

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 4:32pm

95,99,62,0,B
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the good tripod

Thu, 2017/04/20 - 4:43pm
Been fighting with 3 cheap broken down tripods for years.  These were about 20 bucks each at Walmart and the heads are either stripped or at least a leg or two has to be held in place with duct tape.  Finally upgraded to a Zomei - the illegitimate (and much cheaper) cousin of the Gitzo...which was the workhorse in the industry for this type of tripod back in my photo days.  Note: A Gitzo tripod with a ball head costs almost $1000.  94,97,59,0,C
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what is it?

Wed, 2017/04/19 - 6:37pm
92,95,60,0,B
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almost...

Tue, 2017/04/18 - 2:53pm
Was really hoping for a gusher yesterday afternoon.  Even had my GoPro set up down in the canyon to catch the flash.  Nice big red blob on the doppler radar was heading right for me out of the north and then it wimped out.  Storms come and go pretty quickly out here.  89,92,54,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2017/04/17 - 10:05am

76,86,55, .04",B
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Warm and fuzzy?

Sun, 2017/04/16 - 2:27pm
Want to teach your children about Easter?  1.  Skip the bunnies and eggs and first teach them about what Christ had to endure - crucifixion was a grotesquely cruel form of execution.  2.  The day of His resurrection represents the hope He gave every single person who lives on the planet - since that time and forever in the future.  3.  The gift offered through this incredible sacrifice and unimaginable suffering is only available to those who open their hearts to Him.  4.  Teach them this verse.
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How I know George...

Sat, 2017/04/15 - 5:33pm
Little George is still thriving and no longer the smallest bunny in the bunch.  He recently learned that Ben's range cubes are pretty tasty.  Still not in to cuddling - but he comes when I call him.  Aside from that - I can tell him apart from all the other bunnies out here because he has a tiny notch in his ear.  Not sure how he got it but he may have gotten nibbled on by one of the bigger kids.  I first noticed it about a week after his release.  84,88,63,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2017/04/14 - 2:57pm

85,88,63, .01",B
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when pigs fly...

Thu, 2017/04/13 - 2:42pm
Chupa is pretty excited about the next friday night film... 83,85,62, .12",B
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no rain

Wed, 2017/04/12 - 4:46pm
Still dry as a bone here and the chances of rain look pretty slim.  70,81,61,0,B
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prepping

Tue, 2017/04/11 - 3:37pm
Storm chances have dwindled...but I am ready.  81,84,64,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2017/04/10 - 11:44am
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Palm Sunday

Sun, 2017/04/09 - 1:13pm
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April shower...

Sat, 2017/04/08 - 7:15pm

Way overdue for a good shower.  Last one I had, I thought my pump was broken and only got a trickle.  Took the pump apart this morning and discovered it was clogged with dead bees.  Now I am fresh and clean for at least another month.  87,94,55,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2017/04/07 - 2:59pm

88,91,46,0,B
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production still...

Thu, 2017/04/06 - 3:24pm
81,83,43,0,C
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