Friday, May 24, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pepino News

Years ago when I first built Pepino (my 12VDC swamp cooler), I bought a bunch of greenhouse evaporative cooler pads for it. After a lot of trial and error, I found this type of pad works best for my application.  Been noticing that last years pad just isn't cooling like it should so I used the last new chunk I had on hand to replace it. That made a 10° cooling difference.  Ordered a new slab that should cover me for the next three years. Each replacement requires a 12" piece.  76,105,93,0,B  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bought and paid for...

1 Corinthians 6: 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

BLT time soon...

22 tomatoes in various stages of development on my plants.  The first one I spotted is finally starting to turn red.  65,90,83,0,W

Friday, May 17, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ben waiting for breakfast...

Ben just stares at the house until I come out to feed him in the morning.  I think he uses his horns to send me telepathic messages.  The only time he moos is when I am late giving him his range cubes for dessert in the evening.  72,99,89,0,C

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2 down...

...2 to go.  11 bags for these two posts.  Video Friday.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Field Lab Followers...

Hand a great visit yesterday with Sam, Derrick, and Dennis.  They seem to have all been carefully following the blog for years and very well might be able to win a Field Lab Blog Trivia Contest if I ever get around to posting one...  84,93,54,0,C

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

let no man despise thee...

Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ever Changing Focus

Today I came across a YouTube channel that came in very handy.  I decided to do a search on how to repair airstream windows and came across Miller Garage.  They had a great series on all the steps involved.  Last time I did a search for that (about 6 years ago), I found very limited information.  Checking out some more of their content, I found they were shifting direction in their lives - but seemed to be concerned about their shift and how it may affect their channel and social media.  This blog has shifted direction over the years and often people complain that I am no longer true to my "original vision".  One thing I like to point out is that my online life is a diary - not a dialog.  I found their Facebook page and offered the following:  Thanks for that series on rebuilding Airstream windows. Something I have been wanting to do for a long time with my old Airstream. As for your channel and lives changing focus - don't give it a second thought and don't worry about losing followers (I am a new subscriber and I don't subscribe to very many channels). I have lived off the grid for 11 years near Terlingua, TX and at first I was all gung ho on all aspects of off grid and "sustainable living". I have been doing a daily blog for 10 years since moving to the desert and I am no longer focused solely on all things off grid. We all change and (hopefully) evolve and when someone who follows you feels "betrayed" if things change - they seriously need to get a life. I have had a YouTube channel for 13 years, but just started concentrating on it at the beginning of 2018 - posting 2 videos a week. I do it for myself...not for my "viewers". I don't try to appear as if I am friends with them to develop some kind of false personal relationship - contrary to what YouTube says you need to do in order to have a successful channel. If people like my content...great! If they don't...they are free to watch whatever they want. I don't concentrate on producing content consistent with one particular view or lifestyle because I have a lot of different interests and they are always changing. For me - living a life worth talking about is much more satisfying than sitting around watching what others do - and trying to entertain a group of people who are watchers instead of doers is a losing game.  83,91,53,0,W

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

new eggs

The dove nest that was vacated a week ago has two new occupants waiting to hatch...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

company coming... I cleaned house today.  

Friday, May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


video Friday...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dove update...

I shot this photo yesterday and apparently I caught them just in time.  Checked the nest today and they are out in the real world now.  87,94,64,0,B

Monday, April 29, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

the company we keep...

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.  

Saturday, April 27, 2019

new camera gear

My seven year old Canon T3i has taken a real beating over the years and is beginning to have intermittent problems and recently it blew over during the last Casita build video and the jack for the intervalometer broke off inside the camera.  I found a video on how to take the camera apart and replace the mic and external shutter release jacks...but I decided it was time for a new camera before I start taking this one apart (I put a lot of effort into my YouTube channel and I need good/reliable gear).  I easily found the replacement part on eBay and ordered one for 12 bucks.  I checked with Canon Factory Service and they no longer do any repairs or maintenance on this model.  I also sent off a repair request to another camera repair shop but won't hear back from them until Monday.  I am  certain I will be able to do the repair myself...but I am curious how much a camera repair shop would charge.  The new Canon T7 kit was $550 (my T3i was almost $800 just for the body and 2 lenses back in 2012).  For another 50 bucks I ordered a compatible battery grip and two extra batteries. I discovered a couple of years ago that having twice the battery power is a must - especially when shooting a lot of video or a long time lapse sequence.  The trade off on the new camera is the screen on the back is fixed and doesn't fold out or swivel - but the sensor is 24 megapixels vs. 18 megapixels on the old camera.  The new lenses are identical to the ones on the old camera, but the kit price with new lenses and all the extras was worth it compared to buying the body alone.  Last but not least - I have a new intervalometer coming too.  Gotta keep my YouTube subscribers happy...  90,97,59,0,C

Friday, April 26, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dove uptate...

They are growing fast.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

beam work

75,86,55, .02",B

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

Crucifixion was invented by the Persians between 300-400 b.c. It was "perfected" by the Romans in the first century b.c. It is arguably the most painful death ever invented by man and is where we get our term "excruciating." It was reserved primarily for the most vicious of criminals.  The most common device used for crucifixion was a wooden cross, which consisted of an upright pole permanently fixed in the ground with a removable crossbar, usually weighing between 75-100 lbs. Victims of crucifixion were typically stripped naked and their clothing divided by the Roman guards.

The victim was then placed on his back, arms stretched out and nailed to the cross bar. The nails, which were generally about 7-9 inches long, were placed between the bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna) and the small bones of the hands (the carpal bones).  The placement of the nail at this point had several effects. First it ensured that the victim would indeed hang there until dead. Secondly, a nail placed at this point would sever the largest nerve in the hand called the median nerve.  The severing of this nerve is a medical catastrophe. In addition to severe burning pain the destruction of this nerve causes permanent paralysis of the hand. Furthermore, by nailing the victim at this point in the wrist, there would be minimal bleeding and there would be no bones broken.

The positioning of the feet is probably the most critical part of the mechanics of crucifixion. First the knees were flexed about 45 degrees and the feet were flexed (bent downward) an additional 45 degrees until they were parallel the vertical pole. An iron nail about 7-9 inches long was driven through the feet between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones. In this position the nail would sever the dorsal pedal artery of the foot, but the resultant bleeding would be insufficient to cause death.

The resulting position on the cross sets up a horrific sequence of events which results in a slow, painful death. Having been pinned to the cross, the victim now has an impossible position to maintain.  With the knees flexed at about 45 degrees, the victim must bear his weight with the muscles of the thigh. However, this is an almost impossible task-try to stand with your knees flexed at 45 degrees for 5 minutes. As the strength of the legs gives out, the weight of the body must now be borne by the arms and shoulders. The result is that within a few minutes of being placed on the cross, the shoulders will become dislocated. Minutes later the elbows and wrists become dislocated. The result of these dislocations is that the arms are as much as 6-9 inches longer than normal.  With the arms dislocated, considerable body weight is transferred to the chest, causing the rib cage to be elevated in a state of perpetual inhalation. Consequently, in order to exhale the victim must push down on his feet to allow the rib muscles to relax. The problem is that the victim cannot push very long because the legs are extremely fatigued. As time goes on, the victim is less and less able to bear weight on the legs, causing further dislocation of the arms and further raising of the chest wall, making breathing more and more difficult.

The result of this process is a series of catastrophic physiological effects. Because the victim cannot maintain adequate ventilation of the lungs, the blood oxygen level begins to diminish and the blood carbon dioxide (CO2) level begins to rise. This rising CO2 level stimulates the heart to beat faster in order to increase the delivery of oxygen and the removal of CO2.  However, due to the pinning of the victim and the limitations of oxygen delivery, the victim cannot deliver more oxygen and the rising heart rate only increases oxygen demand. So this process sets up a vicious cycle of increasing oxygen demand-which cannot be met-followed by an ever increasing heart rate. After several hours the heart begins to fail, the lungs collapse and fill up with fluid, which further decreases oxygen delivery to the tissues. The blood loss and hyperventilation combines to cause severe dehydration.

Over a period of several hours the combination of collapsing lungs, a failing heart, dehydration, and the inability to get adequate oxygen supplies to the tissues cause the eventual death of the victim. The victim, in effect, cannot breath properly and slowly suffocates to death. In cases of severe cardiac stress, such as crucifixion, a victim's heart can even burst.  To slow the process of death the executioners put a small wooden seat on the cross, which would allow the victim the privilege of bearing his weight on his buttocks. The effect of this was that it could take up to nine days to die on a cross.  When the Romans wanted to expedite death they would simply break the legs of the victim, causing him to suffocate in a matter of minutes. At three o'clock in the afternoon Jesus said, "Tetelastai," meaning "it is finished."   He then died a human death and in that moment, all sin was washed away forever for all of mankind that choose to accept his sacrifice and follow His teachings.

Open your mind, be humbled, and seek with all your heart - He that suffered a horrible death that all mankind might be saved. It is very well worth the effort and the rewards are astounding...the promise of abundant life everlasting.  I reached out to Him and He answered me and I know He is real.  To ignore this great sacrifice only welcomes a death in eternal misery and torment. Without Him, all the pleasures and extravagance of earthly life will be but a painful memory...bound in never ending suffering and regret. If ever there was a time to think "out of the box" is right now.  Turn off your TV and your computer and open a Bible - and your heart.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

one wall to go...

Wall Week video coming Monday.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

PastBook arrived...

Very pleased with the quality of the printing.  580 photos from my Facebook timeline over the past 10 years in a hardcover book.  I highly recommend PastBook  74,8258,0,B

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

no bugs (yet)

Just over a month and the tomato plants are growing like weeds...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New Doves

Interesting fact about some birds including doves: The parent flew away from the nest and did the "broken wing dance" feigning injury to try to lure away what was thought to be a predator near the nest. 
It was a photographer...not a predator.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Praying for Aaron...

From Aaron's sister:  During they day in the hospital room in the cardiac ward where Aaron is staying. My mom sent me these pictures and it’s CRAZY seeing how many people are cramped into one space. Luckily, these are some of the sweetest humans you’ll ever meet (my dad purchased 40 apple pies from McDonald’s to give to them and my mom has made cookies to share with them all).
The bottom picture is the same room, but the view at night from underneath Aaron’s hospital bed, where my mom is sleeping on a mat. You can see how family members of all of the other patients also sleep under the beds, as to be beside their loved ones who have fallen ill.
Keep in mind, there is no air conditioning.
Strength and love to ALL of these patients and their families. ❤️
I hope one day, I can help others the way others have opened their hearts to my family.
From Arron's father, Steven Lawrence - a long time follower of The Field Lab:  This is the difference between $35,000 in Vietnam and between $400,00-$500,000 in the US. Both have top notch surgical staff and state-of-the-art surgical equipment and facilities, but the facilities and customs for care while patients await surgery (and post-op non-intensive care once stabilized) are very, very different. Families, not nurses, care for the patients' non-medical needs. The nursing staff only supplies the medical procedures (IVs, bandages, dispensing medication, etc.,). Family members take care of everything else and are with the patients 24/7.  
Please pray for him with me and contribute what you can...

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 3 The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

new dove nest...

In the old battery house for my defunct wind turbines...

Friday, April 12, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

reviewing the plan...

I start cutting lumber tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

McCoys, Melvin, and more materials...

Ben and I both approve of the new delivery driver for McCoys.

Monday, April 8, 2019

a monday matinee...

In other friend Steven Lawrence who has been following the blog for a number of years is in desperate need of funds to help his son Aaron who is in a hospital in Vietnam.  They both teach English there.  Here is a link to the gofundme campaign. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

by your words...

Matthew 12:31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The deck is done...

Big push today to get all the plywood down.  Taking a couple of days off - all the framing lumber and sheathing for the walls and roof arrives Tuesday.  80,89,60,0,B

Friday, April 5, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019


A couple of days ago I was picking up a few things at The Little Burro store and my friend Carole was working the counter.  She was thumbing through a hard bound book of photos and I asked her about it.  It was filled with very nice quality printed photos from her Facebook page - from a company called PastBook.  I was so impressed with the quality that I ordered one that contains 580 randomly picked photos (including captions) from my Facebook timeline since I have been a member.  With the 40% discount, my cost was $63.39.  You can order books using photos from just about any source.  Hopefully it will look as good as Carole's did.  It is supposed to arrive in 7 - 10 days.  Might end up being a giveaway for a Field Lab trivia contest someday.  84,92,49,0,B

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

YouTube to the rescue...

Got sidetracked on the way to the job site today. Finally got fed up enough about the passenger side exterior door handle not working on my truck (it hasn't worked for 5 years) and decided to do something about it. Watched a YouTube video on how to do the repair and fixed it. The trickiest part is removing the interior door panel. Found a bolt that had come loose and fallen down into the bottom of the door panel and put it back where it belonged.  One long overdue repair job done.  79,90,42,0,B

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Whole Armor of God...

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints - 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

special guest...

Nice visit yesterday from David Johnson.  He has been tuning in every night for the bunny feeding live stream for months now and came out to meet the bunnies (and me and Ben) in person.  Nice tshirt…  57,67,53,0,W

Friday, March 29, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The irony of it all...

I wonder how many of my blog readers have noticed that new badge on my opening page.  I was notified on Monday that my YouTube channel was added to a list of the top 20 Sustainable Living YouTubers by Feedspot.  Pretty ironic considering that one of the main things I have learned after 11 years of The Field Lab experiment, it that it is virtually impossible for one person to live a completely sustainable life out here (or just about anywhere else) - especially if you are a meat eater.  I suppose if I was a hardcore vegan - I might be able to make a go of it...but it is doubtful (and incredibly boring).  I pretty much have figured out that true sustainable living is just a myth.  There are lots of internet sources that promote it...but they always leave out things like gasoline for your vehicle, building materials and hardware, taxes, insurance, ect.  Sure I have long had all my water and electricity needs taken care of - but food is a whole other story.  One of the main reasons I haven't been growing anything in the greenhouse is because the amount of calories and nutritional value produced vs. the expense, time, and effort (and my precious rainwater) doesn't make it worthwhile - plus, I suck when it comes to farming.  From time to time I have been asked..."in all my years of living out here what have I found to be the most efficient means of sustaining myself?"  My answer....Amazon Prime.  80,90,52, .14",B

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

day off

No heavy lifting today...since I handled over 5,000 lbs of material yesterday.  Spent all day assembling clock #2.  This one is turning out to be much more temperamental than the Chupa clock and will take a lot more work to get it running smoothly.  77,80,50,0,B

Monday, March 25, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

and not unto men

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

horology saturday

3 axis tourbillon escapement virtually assembled in Tinkercad.
the parts...

the designer... 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6,560 pounds down...

2,240 to go.