Tuesday, June 19, 2018

new propellers...

I kept getting turbulence warnings on that last road check flight with the drone even though it was relatively calm.  Thought it might be a good idea to put on some new propellers.  According to the flight logs, in the past year the Mavic Pro has flown 127 missions for a total of over 133 miles and almost 18 hours of flight time - and not a single crash.  91,97,73,0,B 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The size and age of all...

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...

Saturday, June 16, 2018

mattress day...

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

another flat...

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   

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How much is enough?

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  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Enjoy the ride?

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.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

the ramp bunny...

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018

oven repair

The solar oven repair is taking a lot longer than anticipated...but almost done.  94,103,78,0,B

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

flour shakers...

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


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  

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

How shall they be judged?

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.  

Saturday, June 2, 2018


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.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lost Donkey...part II

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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

the new doves...

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

more panels

Finally prepping to put another 400 watts of solar into service.  I think I bought these panels about 4 years ago and they have just been sitting in their boxes (not very effective) since then.  I was short a combiner cable but finished bolting them down in time to order one from Amazon Prime around noon in order to get it delivered tomorrow.  Not quite sure where or how these will get permanently mounted yet and will decide that after I see how much more I will need to keep up with my AC.  Either it's getting hotter out here or I am getting soft in my old age. Video coming Friday... 102,108,73,0,C

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 

(Disclaimer:Although I am quite fond of my new computer, it is an important tool in my life and not necessarily a possession that I covet.)   

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

another computer down...

My almost 8 year old HP "All In One" computer finally shit the bed today.  https://thefieldlab.blogspot.com/2010/06/big-brother.html  Ordered a new one that is twice the speed and four times the storage space for half the price ( still gotta love Moore's Law).  Luckily I just backed up all my images and videos that were on it about a month ago.  Pulled the hard drive out and will see what else I can salvage from it when I get the new computer tomorrow.   89,95,63, .03",B

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


The Field Lab Solar Oven Super Cookie has come to life...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

coming soon...

Field Lab Solar Oven Super Cookie

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

the fullness...

Psalm 24 The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therin.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

State of The Water Supply Address

Last time I had a good rain out here was last year on December 6th (.65").  Since then I have only had .24" of rain in almost 5 1/2 months.  Might get a little rain Sunday and Monday so I figured this was a good time to check my tanks.  Out of a total storage capacity of 20,400 gallons, I currently have 11,150 gallons on tap.  I am almost half empty (or half full).   95,102,68,0,B

Friday, May 18, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

a little toasty...

Got the AC tricked out just in time and even it could barely keep up.  It was HOT today.  Received an order to cover the next 90 loaves of my solar oven wheat bread.  (FYI - there are approximately 107 tablespoons in five pounds of honey).  96,104,71,0,B 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pure Sine Wave

Since I seem to be going soft in my old age, it was time for a little upgrade to my Frankenstein solar system.  Just tested out a new 3,000 watt pure sine wave inverter to run my 5,000 Btu air conditioner in the afternoon.  Although Pepino is still a real gem keeping me cool overnight into mid morning, it just can't keep up with my comfort zone in the blazing hot afternoons this time of year.  The test went flawlessly and my solar ran the AC just fine.  Up until now, I have had to run the AC for a couple of hours in the afternoon off my generator.  90,99,65,0,B

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Estonians in Texas

Got a call out of the blue yesterday from some film makers from Estonia wanting to come by for a visit.  They are filming all across the Texas/Mexico border.  Turns out the guy in charge (Herbert Murd) has been visiting the area for a number of years and owns a Texas themed restaurant in Tallinn, Estonia.  91,101,60,0,B

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Lamentations 3:55 I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.  56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.  57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.  58 Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.  59 Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Texas Country Reporter

Caught up with my special friends from Texas Country Reporter today in Alpine.  I got wind that they were doing two separate stories on a couple of my other special friends there - artist Shelley Atwood and my fresh milled flour mentor Ginger Hillery.  Made sure they all got some Field Lab Solar Oven Bread and Croissants.  92,102,60,0,B

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Solar Baking Day

A lot of solar baking today for some very special friends in Alpine...Chupa Bread, fresh milled hard white wheat, and croissants.  91,101,67,0,B

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Coming Soon...

Just got an order of tempered glass for some new small solar ovens I am building.  These will only be for sale locally but I will be doing a "how to" video soon.  89,98,60,0,B 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

morning prayer

Awake, my soul, and with the sun
thy daily stage of duty run;
shake off dull sloth, and early rise
to pay thy morning sacrifice.
Lord, I my vows to Thee renew.
Disperse my sins as morning dew;
guard my first springs of thought and will,
and with Thyself my spirit fill.
Direct, control, suggest, this day,
all I design or do or say,
that all my pow'rs, with all their might,
in Thy sole glory may unite.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Landlord

Not only have I not used my shower in over 3 weeks...I installed a shelf next to the nest, put a bird seed bowl that I keep filled near the nest for the parents...and today I just put an old comforter in the bottom of the shower as a crash pad.  Twice today one of the hatchlings almost fell out of the nest while flexing its wings.  Sure will be relieved when they are finally out safely on their own.  86,95,66,0,W

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018


When I was growing up, my family attended church services every Sunday.  Part of every service was the doxology which was repeated so many times in all the years I went to church that I have always remembered it although at the time it was never explained to me - my parents never discussed the weekly service they were so adamant about attending.  The doxology just seemed like something that was dutifully repeated by church goers every Sunday - right after the collection plate got passed around.  For me it meant the long boring sermon was coming up soon. 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all Creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye Heavenly Host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

Recently it came to mind and I did a little research

Saturday, April 28, 2018

money in...

Nice to have some money come in for a change.  Morning gig welding up a dish mount for a new Big Bend Telephone customer.  Afternoon gig selling the go kart.  78,88,46,0,C

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ready for breakfast...

...video tomorrow.  91,97,55,0,B

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The twisted logic of atheists...

It's funny how non-believers will latch on to something like this because they refuse to accept the idea of eternal punishment.  It is also funny how often they latch on to something the Pope says and twist it around.   The Pope did not in fact "reveal the answer", and is well aware of the concept of Heaven and hell.  I think he handled this the only way he could and was just being diplomatic because it was a child in a very public forum.  But being the greatest guy in the world doesn't gain you much credit in the afterlife without having accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior - and splashing your children with water doesn't do anything for them or you.  That is the problem with the Catholic religion...they offer blessings and atonement at the hands of mere men when only God can grant such favors through the death of his only Son.  I suspect that if the Pope was dealing with an adult in a private situation, he would suggest the following scriptures:  Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Mathew 10: 33   But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ben has a health issue...

I recently discovered that Ben is exhibiting signs of rectal prolapse - not uncommon in cattle.  My friend Terry Burger (Ben's godmother - she has known him since he was a pup) sent me some medicine.  Her husband Paul is a veterinarian and they are both well versed in large livestock care.  Never thought I would be applying Preperation H to a longhorn's butt hole.  She also sent some Panalog that I have to inject into his rectum with a large plastic syringe.  This should be interesting.  Ben is about to take trust to a whole new level.  I will spare you a photo of his infirmity,  but there might be a video coming soon...  78,85,53,0,W

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

cross county

Had a traveler camp at TFL Sunday night.  Tobias Foglia was looking for a rustic campground out my way and ended tenting it right behind my house.  He was pretty beat having just peddled 65 miles from Alpine.  The perfect overnight guest - he brought his own food, cookware, stove, and bedroom.  He has been cycling cross country since he left Boston last September...on his way to San Diego.  After his night here, he was planning on a couple of nights down in the national park before continuing his journey west.  89,97,56,0,B

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hidden in my heart...

Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.  11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

a little life...

At least something is still alive in the greenhouse...  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

business is picking up...

Baked nine loaves for two clients today and just got a double order of croissants for Monday.  Finally gave in and started an Instagram account for my bread photos.  89,97,49,0,B

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

the shower is occupied...

Just discovered this nest in my solar shower a couple of days ago.  Looks like I am back to sponge baths for at least the next month.  Would hate to disrupt this family as the nest is right next to my pump and one of the parents is always on the nest.  I will be live streaming video on my YouTube channel every afternoon til they hatch and leave the nest.  This is a Eurasian Collared Dove.  Since I have been watching them, the father tends the nest during the day from about 10 AM to 6 PM and the mother takes the night shift.  71,79,53,0,B