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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.comBlogger3634125
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Tyrian shekel...

Sun, 2018/08/19 - 1:34pm
Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,  15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16  And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
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just made it...

Sat, 2018/08/18 - 4:34pm
Had a bread and cookie order today and was able to just squeak by getting them all done in the solar oven this afternoon.   Every time a cloud comes by, the solar oven loses temperature that is critical to my baking times.  Had a little extra bread dough left over so what did I do?  Cheese muffins...  Cheese always saves the day.  85,96,71,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/08/17 - 3:23pm
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throwback thursday

Thu, 2018/08/16 - 8:02am
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New Nest

Wed, 2018/08/15 - 2:28pm

Got a new nesting dove in the greenhouse.  The last time they tried this nest, the hatchlings ended up falling out after about a week.  Lets hope they beefed up the nest and this round will work out better... 85,96,73,0,B
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time for a new torch

Tue, 2018/08/14 - 3:40pm













My Bernzomatic TS8000 is finally shitting the bed after melting almost 200 ounces of silver over the past 3 years.  First the trigger lock went out and now it can't keep a nice high temperature flow.  Was trying to do a test casting today for some crosses that have been ordered and ended up with an ounce and a half of silver stuck in my ceramic crucible.  A replacement torch is coming tomorrow and the good news is it was 25 bucks cheaper than when I got the first one in 2015.  84,90,68,0,C  
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/08/13 - 10:12am
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fear?

Sun, 2018/08/12 - 1:59pm
I recently got this in a daily devotional that I subscribe to.  I think this was an odd combination to include together.  I am not a big fan of fear scriptures...

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a little water...

Sat, 2018/08/11 - 3:20pm
It has been almost a year since I got enough rain at once for the arroyo to run'n'pump. My creek tanks are pretty low after all that time. Just bagged 2,900 gallons.  Video coming Monday.  68,74,69, .65",C
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/08/10 - 2:46pm
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throwback thursday...

Thu, 2018/08/09 - 8:09am
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back to basics...

Wed, 2018/08/08 - 1:28pm
Took a break from baking silver today for a batch of solar oven croissants for a local customer.  Note: silver skull orders start going out in the mail tomorrow... 92,98,75,0,C
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Casting a silver ring...

Tue, 2018/08/07 - 1:51pm
First try at ring making.  Casting it is the (relatively) easy part.  Finishing and polishing it is quite another story.  Video of the casting coming Friday.  89,96,71,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2018/08/06 - 10:13am
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the length of days...

Sun, 2018/08/05 - 1:58pm
Job 12:9  Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?  10  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 11  Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?  12  With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13  With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.  
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fine silver skulls for sale...

Sat, 2018/08/04 - 5:02pm
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a friday night film

Fri, 2018/08/03 - 3:11pm
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throwback thursday...

Thu, 2018/08/02 - 9:32am
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the silver bug...

Wed, 2018/08/01 - 3:50pm
Got a great 2fer deal off ebay.  Ordered a skull mold and got a hobo nickel mold instead.  The seller told me to keep the wrong mold (even though I offered to return it) and he would send out the correct skull mold right away.  The skull mold will cast with one troy ounce of silver.  The hobo nickel will be 2 - 3 ounces.  It is an enlarged replica of a famous design.   As soon as I find out how well these castings work out using 999 fine silver, I will be offering them for sale in limited/numbered editions.  92,97,64,0,B    
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SOLD

Tue, 2018/07/31 - 4:07pm
Been posting my 18' trailer for sale on Facebook the past couple of weeks and nobody responded.  Made some old school flyers late last week and tacked them up at the post office and the Motor Inn Café.  At the last minute, I decided to also put one in the laundromat as well.  Got a call from someone in the laundromat on Sunday afternoon and they came out and bought the trailer yesterday.  77,82,73,0,W
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