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
Friday, April 8, 2011
talcum powder road...
Worked on a soft/dusty puddle in my driveway today to try and firm it up. Every time I drive through, it explodes into a cloud of dust and gets bigger every time I pass. Poured about 50 gallons of my old creek water on it today to soak in and pack hopefully. Not really talcum powder but seems to have many of the same characteristics: It occurs as foliated to fibrous masses, its monoclinic crystals being so rare as to be almost unknown. It has a perfect basal cleavage, and the folia are non-elastic, although slightly flexible. It is the softest known mineral on the Mohs hardness; allowing it to be easily scratched by a fingernail. It is also sectile (can be cut with a knife). It has a specific gravity of 2.5–2.8, a clear or dusty luster, and is translucent to opaque. (from Wikipedia)
Inspired by the partial success of the waterboxx project - I'm prepping some palo verde seeds of my own for germination. They are almost 2 years old - hope they are still viable. I got these from a tree in my Crazy Aunt Jean's back yard in Circle City, AZ. Jean and I shared the same birth date...she passed away last year so we no longer have a chance to call and wish each other happy birthday. Some offspring from her tree would be a nice addition to TFL. Her memoir from the great depression is still available through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Colorado-Whoopenhollars-Living-Despite-Depression/dp/1441529896 87,96,64,0,W