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Solar Power on a Shoestring

Posted by on 20 May 2009 | Tagged as: father sun, green, nature, pictures

(or, “Gee, it’s great being married to a nerd!”)

Solar power on a shoestring

Solar power on a shoestring

This is our first attempt at a small scale solar power system.

We can use this to power things like our computers, lights, the TV, and the stereo. You can also use this as a car battery charger, if your car battery dies and the electricity’s out.

Friday afternoon…

Posted by on 08 May 2009 | Tagged as: nature, soapbox

My neighbor has some beautiful lilacs, and she brought me some cuttings. I put them in 3 different places, and we’ll see if they decide to grow. 🙂

The Spring Ant Wars have been a bit easier this year.
I do a lot more spraying when there’s an invasion than I used to. I know the spots they like to come in, so I’ll hit every single spot when I see signs of an invasion.

Trying to get health care without insurance in the USA is a real pain. In a small town, it’s even worse, because the staff act like they’re doing us a favor by even existing. *sigh*

Random thoughts

Posted by on 16 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: caretaker, chores, cleaning, cooking, family, nature, wifehood

1. Tri tip steaks (as in, tri tip that’s cut into steak-sized portions) work well in the oven. Just make sure to put a little water at the bottom of the pan, sprinkle some salt & pepper on ’em, and pre-heat the oven to like 425 and reduce heat to 350 after a couple minutes.

2. I’m very much digging the tech work, though I’ve been in housework catchup mode lately. (Still am, as I’ve lost most of today to a migraine.)

3. Spring is nearly here… woo hoo! The daffodils have made their appearance, and all that snow seems to have helped some of the lawn re-appear here and there.

4. Our eldest cat, Velcro, is 21. The next eldest, Xtra, is 16. They’re the original two cats my husband had when I met him 13 years ago.

5. My poor husband’s lumbago has been really bad this year. 🙁

Happy Christmas!

Posted by on 25 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: nature, pictures

Christmas, 2008

Christmas, 2008

Another rattlesnake!

Posted by on 09 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: nature, pictures

Not the best pic, but…

Rattlesnake, 9/9/08

Rattlesnake, 9/9/08

We didn’t see any in August, which is supposed to be when they’re really active.

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