Friday, November 22, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

New Battery Bank

New batteries and busbars hooked up and charging.  Put down one section of the final bathroom floor first.  I don't ever want to have to move those batteries again...they weigh 100 lbs. each.  70,82,41,0,B

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Christ In You

Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Utilities Wall

Finally got the Casita batteries and I will be installing them next week...the ones we had were loaners from TFL so we could get phone and internet.  Went in this morning and disconnected everything from the solar panels and pulled out my batteries.  Installed a firm backing of OSB for the electronics and future plumbing (water pump, expansion tank, and water heater).  63,74,37,0,B

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

a winter day

35,38,31, .07",B

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

but don't ask for a pony...

1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Saturday, November 9, 2019

interior trim

Started the interior trim today and had to figure out a way to wire the light switch for the living room.  All the other wiring I can hide with trim...but not this run.  Ended up having to remove one section of ceiling tin to have just enough room to drill a hole through the double top plate so I could snake the wire behind the wall.  It's all in the details...  65,78,50,0,B

Friday, November 8, 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Evil Out Here

Had a rather large FBI raid at the compound near Camels Hump on the ranch today.  Seems they finally found just cause to take Tom Arthur into custody.  Many of the locals have known about his history for years but apparently he was very careful about avoiding prosecution by only trading "fictional" stories about raping children.  He rarely left the compound and I only saw him once in the 12 years I have lived here.  His wife Sandra Parks was active on Facebook years ago as part of a donkey rescue operation.  I sent her a friend request and told her I would like to meet her.  At the time she told me she and her husband are rather reclusive and prefer not to have visitors.  Their compound is surrounded by locked gates and surveillance cameras.  Once I figured out where she lived, I called her out on her husband's pedophile website that I had learned about from the above link that another local passed on to me.  She unfriended me right away and soon disappeared from Facebook altogether.  Nice to know the law has finally caught up with these deviants.  Will share more news on the raid as soon as it becomes available in the press.  55,64,58,0,B

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

tank tucked in...

Pre storm drill at the Casita ahead of the chance of rain tomorrow.  Everything powered down and unplugged in case of lightning / downspouts secured / tank tucked in.  If we don't get any rain, I have made arrangements for a delivery of 300 gallons of water to make sure the tank won't budge.  79,88,63,0,B

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

gutters and tank...

Chance of rain coming later in the week.  
The Casita is ready to catch it.
Video of the install Friday.  

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019


Am I religious?...No.  I hate that term.  Too many people make the mistake of thinking that those who are "religious" have made a choice based on some mystical belief system.  Have I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and welcomed the very real influence of The Holy Spirit in my daily life?...Yes.
John 14:16 
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Big Boy

Took a little overnighter in Alpine to shoot the Big Boy as it rolled in last night and left this morning.  Video Monday.  Took a real shower and pooped in a real toilet for the first time in years at the Highland Inn.  (sorry - no video of that)  57,65,36,0,B

Friday, November 1, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

a pad...

Leveled a pad for the water tank...only a few rocks in the way.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Something for rainwater...

Catchment tank arrived this morning.  It will take about 5" of rain off the roof to fill this with 1,750 gallons.  Final placement along with gutters and plumbing coming next week so we will be ready for the next rain...  75,83,48,0,B

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Something to consider...

Haggai 1:7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

Saturday, October 26, 2019



Friday, October 25, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

the client is coming...

Installing some interior lighting...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

more batteries...

Had to add 2 more batteries to the Casita solar to fulfill Big Bend Telephone's requirements (minimum of 800 Ah).  They are coming tomorrow morning to hook up the equipment.  Video tomorrow night.  79,86,47,0,B

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

a new friend...

video monday

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Some of the low wattage lighting for the Casita just arrived...  77,87,67,0,B

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

don't be a fool...

Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

more concrete coming up...

Jackhammered a 10" diameter hole 30" deep through solid rock on Friday.  Picked up a 13' long 4"x4" steel post this morning to set in with concrete tomorrow morning.  This if for Big Bend Telephone to mount their dish to in order for the Casita to have phone and internet by the end of the month.  We would've had to wait 90 days for the phone company to come out and do this at a cost of over $250.  It took me 90 minutes and $30 bucks worth of my time to make this happen sooner than later.  Video Monday... 68,76,52,0,B

Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Some of the 2000 GoPro photos of today's ceiling work.  
Thank God for the digital age.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ceiling tin

Halfway done with the ceiling... 82,90,54,0,B

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Don't wait until it is too late...

Matthew 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.  
Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.  

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Outdoor juice...

Getting set up for Big Bend Telephone to install their equipment so we can get phone and internet beamed 11.2 miles to the Casita from the top of 9 Point Mesa.  They will pass the wiring for the phone line and modem through the exterior wall, but they require the customer to set up the weatherproof outlet for power due to liability issues. 86,94,76,0,B

Monday, September 30, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Behold the fowls in the air

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ready to jump?

One of the hatchlings is venturing off the nest now.
...contemplating first flight.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Front Door

Got the front door trim done this morning...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Final Dove Days

The hatchlings will be leaving the nest in about a week.  86,93,67,0,B

Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

right in his own eyes...

Proverbs 21:2  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

a little juice...

The Casita is solar powered now.  Video Monday.  
84,91,67, .56",B

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

the power center...

All set up for the client to learn how to plug the solar panels into this.  88,95,71,0,B

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Prepped for the client...

The client will be here tomorrow for a week long working visit to his casita.  Just finished the back porch this morning.  He is bringing out a futon bed and gas grill.  We will be setting up some solar this week and I am going to have him do all the connections so he knows how it works.  89,95,66,0,B

Monday, September 16, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Firefly Q6

New camera for a slightly bigger rocket.  Shoots 4K video.  
60 bucks - from China.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

front porch decked...

250 screws
87,94,70, .38",B

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Casita Power

Some of the solar gear arrived today for the Casita.  
Panels coming Saturday. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A big rocket...

So a guy in the Houston area named Mauricio Valdez who has been following my blog and YouTube channel donated a partially completed mid/high powered rocket to the cause.  It is a Binder Design Excel Plus.  67" tall and 4" in diameter with a 38mm motor tube that will handle G, H, I, and J motors.  I can only purchase certain G motors for now.  To be able to purchase larger motors, I will have to get HPR certification Level 1 for H and I motors and Level 2 for J motors.  We shall see how far I take this... 83,92,74,0,B

Monday, September 9, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Do rockets bring you closer to God?

Psalm8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Saturday, September 7, 2019

another rocket test coming up...

Rocket: Estes Phantom Blue
Camera: KEQI 1080P
Engine: C6-5
Projected altitude: 1,000 ft.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A little side gig...

A friend on the ranch needed to replace a burned out pump on her catchment system.  She bought the exact model so everything lined up (almost) perfectly.  The previous plumber had the presence of mind to put slip unions in all the right places so switching out the pump was pretty easy.  87,95,76,0,B

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

There is a method to my madness...

So I have been watching a lot of model rocket videos lately.  Most are pretty lame - some are just OK - and only a very few are what I consider to be pretty darn good.  One thing I haven't seen is some close up video of the chute deploying.  My goal is to get some really good video with my drone of the rocket deploying the chute at apogee.  Model rockets ascend rapidly during powered flight - continue ascending while coasting after the propellant is finished - and reach the point of maximum altitude (apogee) before falling back to earth.  It's a bit tricky just getting the right motor with the correct delay to fire off the chute at apogee.  Larger, more sophisticated (and expensive) model rockets have an electronics bay with an altimeter that fires deployment charges at apogee and/or specific altitudes.  With these cheaper models, it is going to require a bunch of flights and a bit of luck to capture apogee and chute deployment close up with the drone (without hitting the drone of course).  I just got another inexpensive rocket and some spare parachutes and shock cords so I can work toward my goal.  86,93,65,0,B

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Free Tin

Cutting up some old/donated tin for the Casita ceiling.  67,95,87,0,B

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019


1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Saturday, August 31, 2019


The client sent out a couple of chairs for me and the guy who is helping me build the Casita...88,97,72,0,B

Friday, August 30, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lots of staples...

Over 2,000 staples and have yet to whack a finger...