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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). YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TheFieldLab Daily live streams at https://www.youtube.com/thefieldlab/live John Wellshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12783305402239706779noreply@blogger.comBlogger3572125
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/06/18 - 8:57am
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The size and age of all...

Sun, 2018/06/17 - 4:26pm
If you think believing in God is a stretch, try wrapping your head around the fact that we are but a tiny speck in an expanding universe that is 13.8 billion years old and the observable parts of it are 46 billion light years away.  The good news is accepting Christ is all you have to do to know God is real...a lot easier than accepting the size and age of where He placed us...
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mattress day...

Sat, 2018/06/16 - 4:17pm
Well...I fully expected to be hunkered down inside all day with the predicted rainstorm - but that didn't happen (yet).  Had nothing planned so I came up with a long overdue chore to attend to.  Dragged my beast of a mattress outside to clean (hydrogen peroxide, water, baking soda, dish soap) and air out for the day.  It is quite a chore to move it as it is rather bulky and takes up a quarter of my living space inside the hut.  It also gave me the opportunity to repair some wiring that was hidden beneath it - my kitchen light hasn't worked for over a year.  88,100,76,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/06/15 - 3:05pm
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another flat...

Thu, 2018/06/14 - 5:12pm
Another busy day...got a tire done this morning at Terlingua Auto, baked super cookies all afternoon, and prepped a batch of hard white wheat bread dough to bake tomorrow.  I had a non-repairable flat last weekend on an almost brand new Hankook Dynapro tire I bought from Discount Tire Direct.  (And please don't bother to tell me about your super tires - I already know about them.)  When I bought a couple of these for my truck in April, I paid $16 extra for a Certificate for Refund or Replacement for each tire - good for 3 years no matter how many miles you put on them. A 5 minute phone call last Saturday and my free replacement with free shipping arrived on Wednesday.  A very good deal and painless customer service.  91,97,73,0,B   
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How much is enough?

Wed, 2018/06/13 - 4:19pm
Put another 400 watts of solar into service today (1,200 total now for my main system).  Figuring out how much solar one needs is always a bit tricky - especially when using items that require AC voltage from an inverter. The good thing is, solar can be modular and you can keep adding panels until you have enough to feed your electronic comforts - and multiple charge controllers can feed the same bank of batteries.  These three sets go to three different charge controllers all hooked up to one battery bank.   My 5,000 Btu air conditioner is rated at 115 VAC and 4.6 AC amps. Using this online converter I figured out my air conditioner is pulling almost 50 DC amps out of my solar system.  With the latest addition, I am now pumping in about 66 DC amps during peak hours which keeps me ahead in the energy game when I require extra cooling in the hut.  The really good news is that we have cooler temperatures and some good chances of rain headed this way for a week starting Saturday.  Now it's time for storm prep.  92,99,73,0,B  
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Big Baking Day

Tue, 2018/06/12 - 4:20pm
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/06/11 - 11:41am
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Enjoy the ride?

Sun, 2018/06/10 - 12:18pm
So social media is flooded with "suicide awareness" this week. FYI - almost 100 regular people kill themselves every day in the US - but a couple of celebrities off themselves and suddenly everyone is all about suicide awareness?  I think Matt Walsh hit the nail on the head here.  This quote from Anthony Bourdain that has been making the rounds on Facebook sends a very dangerous message straight from Satan.  With a life philosophy like that, it's not surprising that Bourdain chose to end the ride....  1 Corinthians 6 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Romans 12: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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the ramp bunny...

Sat, 2018/06/09 - 5:00pm
This is Notchi (notch in his ear). When it is really hot out, he spends most of the day under the ramp to my porch. He and George are the only two bunnies here (out of about 60) that I recognize well enough to name.  Video coming Monday... 92,99,77,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/06/08 - 3:06pm
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oven repair

Thu, 2018/06/07 - 6:08pm
The solar oven repair is taking a lot longer than anticipated...but almost done.  94,103,78,0,B
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flour shakers...

Wed, 2018/06/06 - 4:00pm
Quick Alpine run for oven parts.  Got some flour shakers in the mail today from my friend David Johnson.  I see more baking in my future.  90,105,75,0,C
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Toasted...

Tue, 2018/06/05 - 3:16pm
Been doing a lot of baking with the solar oven this year so I thought I would freshen up the outside with a new skin.  Discovered the excessive heat has taken quite a toll on the insides - even through a layer of sheet metal (this charred piece was the bottom of the oven).  As bad as it was, the good news is the flash point of wood is 572° so it's doubtful the oven would have ever gone up in flames (although that would certainly make for a good video).  Getting parts and extra insulation tomorrow so I can start baking again by the weekend.   Just ordered aluminum plate and ceramic insulation for the smaller solar ovens I will be selling soon.  100,108,71,0,B  
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/06/04 - 10:07am
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How shall they be judged?

Sun, 2018/06/03 - 1:11pm
So the lost donkey story had a happy ending today.  He just got picked up and transported to his new home.   A group of folks are starting a rescue operation for local livestock that gets cast aside or left to die (which happens a lot out here).  Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.  
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babysitting

Sat, 2018/06/02 - 3:28pm
A few more days before the lost donkey goes to his new home.   He is still welcome here, for now.  I need a video for my monday matinee.
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/06/01 - 3:04pm
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Lost Donkey...part II

Thu, 2018/05/31 - 5:44pm
Some people just shouldn't be allowed to have pets.  Back in 2016, some folks I know out here adopted a burro that had been put out by his two previous owners.  Well this morning that burro stopped by for a visit and looked very malnourished so I fed and watered him then did a little digging.   Seems the couple that took him in have recently split up and left all their livestock behind.  Someone took in a horse and miniature donkey but the burro was just put out to fend for itself.   I have had my worries about this family since they moved here as they are also raising a teenage son (from a previous union) and very young daughter.  I don't know what mom's perpensity for alcohol is, but the father has rarely been seen without a beer in his hand.  Some of their acquaintances suggested that turning out the burro was the best way for it to survive.  I don't know about you, but he looks half starved to me.  As far as I am concerned, only a selfish asshole allows a domesticated animal loose to just go fend for itself - especially out here.  I don't care what their personal circumstances are.  They had a responsibility to make sure ALL their pets were taken care of.  99,105,77,0,B  UPDATE:  Some friends of mine have stepped up to the plate and are going to adopt all 3 of the animals that were left to fend for themselves.  This burro is getting picked up tonight and taken to a good home where he will be well cared for.  Just baked a batch of super cookies for them.
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the new doves...

Wed, 2018/05/30 - 3:41pm
They hatched on Saturday and Sunday.  If all goes according to schedule, they should be ready to leave the nest in two weeks.  102,109,74,0,C
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