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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 Daily live streams at John Wells
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for larger casting projects...

Tue, 2021/04/20 - 4:49pm


Petrobond isn't quite as fine as delft clay - but it's a heck of a lot cheaper.$65.95 only buys 4.4 lbs of delft clay.  73,79,54,0,B

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new test coming up...

Mon, 2021/04/19 - 5:57pm


3D printed a property corner marker to cast in aluminum bronze.  66,75,47, .06",C

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I keep seeing this prayer...

Sun, 2021/04/18 - 4:40pm


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Pandemic Saturday

Sat, 2021/04/17 - 5:12pm


daily cases worldwide3,000,000 dead

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Another view of the Starlink swarm...

Fri, 2021/04/16 - 3:10pm
Starlink satellite movements in a 6 hour timelapse. Each satellite completes a full orbit of the earth in approximately 90 minutes. Interesting note: The flat map of the world known as the "mercator projection" was created by 16th century geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569. A prolific map, globe, and scientific instrument maker - he is most renowned for creating a world map based on a new projection which represented sailing courses of constant bearing (rhumb lines) as straight lines—an innovation that is still employed in nautical charts today.
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plaque for a friend

Thu, 2021/04/15 - 3:13pm

Broke out the 3D printer to make a master to try to cast in bronze.  86,89,64,0,B

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rootin tootin

Wed, 2021/04/14 - 3:32pm

My 2 year old tomato plant is thriving - has 9 tomatoes on it now.  Took a cutting to root from this healthy rooted cutting today to keep the dream alive... 82,88,54,0,B

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the new pups...

Tue, 2021/04/13 - 2:47pm
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First batch...

Mon, 2021/04/12 - 1:47pm

...cast and ready for cutting, grinding, sanding, and polishing.  90,94,56,0,B 

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watch your mouth...

Sun, 2021/04/11 - 2:38pm

Ecclesiastes 5  Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.  God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.  A dream comes when there are many cares and many words mark the speech of a fool.  

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Pandemic Saturday

Sat, 2021/04/10 - 3:16pm


This is no time to be complacent (or stupid).  We have a long way to go.  Get vaccinated and continue social distancing and mask wearing.  And for God's sake - don't go on vacation!

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pig love

Fri, 2021/04/09 - 3:29pm
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Golden Skull

Thu, 2021/04/08 - 3:05pm



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Casting some bling...

Wed, 2021/04/07 - 3:08pm

Years ago Chupa tore off a spur and my friend Dwight Brooks made it into some bling.  Cast it in bronze this afternoon.  87,90,66,0,B

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Tue, 2021/04/06 - 11:03am



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Another drone through the fog video...

Mon, 2021/04/05 - 12:46pm
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Easter Sunday

Sun, 2021/04/04 - 3:22pm

 What does it mean to you?

(Hint: It has nothing to do with bunnies and eggs.)

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Panemic Saturday

Sat, 2021/04/03 - 3:55pm


Did my part to be part of the end of the pandemic.Covid deniers and anti vaxxers need not comment.  77,80,57,0,B

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Third time's a charm...

Fri, 2021/04/02 - 3:17pm

Finally got a perfect cast of an AA desire chip in aluminum bronze.  This will polish up nicely to a dark golden color.  For any of you folks out there that are proud of your sobriety - these will be for sale soon.  $55 including shipping.  Custom years will be available for $85.  80,82,50,0,B

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old friend...

Thu, 2021/04/01 - 4:36pm

When people first move out here they tend to connect online and mingle with other newbies thinking about relocating here.  A woman formerly known by her online persona as "Mama Crow" was one I met when we were both new to the area.  She ended up not pulling the trigger on buying property out here but has been following my blog and we have kept in touch via Facebook for over 12 years.  She popped in a couple days ago for a long overdue visit.  72,74,46,0,B  

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