Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pocket watch for a friend named Buck


This Ingersoll Buck "dollar pocket watch" was made in 1897.  

Restored in 2020.  


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

`don't be a fool...

Proverbs 3:35

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.  

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Pandemic Saturday


"The light at the end of the tunnel is near.  We are rounding the turn," Trump told a group of fans Friday at an event in Fort Myers, Florida. "Don't listen to the cynics and angry partisans and pessimists."  Meanwhile - daily infections are hitting record high numbers worldwide and in 21 states in the US.  
Not sure what "tunnel" trump is talking about...

Friday, October 16, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

From the land of the lost...

Just found a pocket watch minute hand I lost over 3 months ago.  It's quite a surprise when one of these tiny lost parts magically appears on the floor... 90,96,72,0,B

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Late in the game...


Waiting for a little price drop to pick up twenty 2020 silver eagles.  87,93,68,0,C 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Path of the wicked...

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Pandemic Saturday


Over 2 million new cases reported worldwide in the past week - a new record high.  Meanwhile President Trump marked his return to the White House last Monday after a weekend hospital stay for coronavirus treatment with this message for the American people: "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life."  The president's tweet left many friends and families of coronavirus victims disgusted and angered. How could they not let a virus that snatched their loved one from them dominate their lives?  Amanda Kloots, wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero, who fought the virus for 95 days and died, was among those mourning the death of a loved one who took issue with the president's comments. 

Friday, October 9, 2020

new piggies...



Thursday, October 8, 2020

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


This one put up quite a fight but it is finally ready 
to ship back to the owner.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

parts for sale


Selling back a movement I ordered for parts I needed for a gold watch I have been working on.  87,94,67,0,B

Monday, October 5, 2020

Trump's Cluster...

The people in the White House cluster who have tested positive for the coronavirus so far...

This list includes people who attended the September 26 Amy Coney Barrett event and/or have had close recent contact with the White House.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

That no flesh should glory in his presence...

 1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Schadenfreude Saturday

As he continually seeks to insert rival Joe Biden's health and mental capacity into the presidential campaign, Trump has voiced escalating concern within his inner circle about how it would appear if he contracted the coronavirus and has insisted on steps to protect himself while he ignores protecting the American people...demanding these protections even as he refuses to wear a mask in public and agitates for large campaign rallies where the virus could spread despite health officials warnings.  During the presidential debate on Tuesday, Trump mocked Joe Biden for frequently wearing a mask.  Two days later, Trump tested positive after exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms and was whisked away by helicopter on Friday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment.  

Friday, October 2, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lost and Found...

Found this wristwatch dial marker yesterday.  I lost it over a month ago and much to my surprise, I spotted it on the floor after the light hit it just right.  81,89,58,0,B

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

the next mess...



Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020


 Galatians 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Pandemic Saturday


FYI - the global daily infection rate is still going up with a new record high of 361,390 cases on Thursday.  1.  I went to Alpine yesterday and visited a local watchmaker who told me he thinks the pandemic is a joke.  2.  Stopped by to visit friends who own an antique store and it was filled with unmasked tourists even though there is a sign on the door that says "masks required".  3.  There is a rodeo in town this weekend and apparently they are all Covid deniers - and probably Trump supporters.  Thanks to these yahoos, look for a big bump in local infections in the next two weeks.  94,101,65,0,B 

Friday, September 25, 2020

new mattress day...

 The last mattress I bought was just a little too squishy so I ordered an extra firm one with a box spring during a labor day sale in Alpine.  
Just picked it up today.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Airstream has left the Field Lab...


I haven't seen this view in over 9 years...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

David vs Goliath...


My favorite small American watch company just won a landmark lawsuit brought on by the multi billion dollar Swiss conglomerate The Swatch Group.  85,92,66,0,C  

Monday, September 21, 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020

don't stumble...

Proverbs 4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020


I'm running out of blog post and video ideas so I guess it's time for some binge cleaning... 75,83,68,0,B

Thursday, September 17, 2020

two tomatoes...


70,81,67, .12",B

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Staying on track...

The tracking circuit that controls my solar panels that follow the sun all day recently bit the dust after almost 6 years of continuous duty in the brutal Terlingua sun.  Just ordered a replacement.  80,83,69,0,B

Monday, September 14, 2020

Name these pills...

Just had my yearly physical.  As my doctor told me a few years ago..."Mr. Wells, you are at the age where all your youthful indiscretions are coming back to haunt you."  65,71,68, .05",C

Sunday, September 13, 2020



76,80,65, .10",C

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Pandemic Saturday


FYI - the world wide infection rate is still going up and just hit a new daily high.  So now Trump is saying he lied about the severity of the pandemic because he "didn't want to cause a panic".  A real leader would have warned and reassured the public by being honest and taking definitive action instead of lying and diverting attention away from a real crisis.   Unfortunately, not only has he constantly lied about it - he has ignored it altogether which has led to almost 200,000 deaths in the US.  He probably considers those who have died of Covid-19 "suckers" and "losers".  The real suckers and losers are his supporters.  If he gets reelected, then it will be time to panic.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Monday, September 7, 2020

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Trump in scripture?

Romans 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.  

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Pandemic Saturday


Trump vs Covid-19

March 10: “And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it.
And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
September 5: 188,274 dead Americans

Friday, September 4, 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

desert life...

The business end of a critter that got me two nights ago (in the knee while I was in bed). This is the first time in almost 14 years in the desert that a scorpion ever got personal with me. Felt a sharp sting that only hurt for about 15 minutes. My knee was a little swollen and itchy this morning but that has pretty much gone away now. The scorpion lost this fight. 90,100,76,0,B

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Old school watchmaking course...


The entire course in PDF format can be downloaded for free here. 

Monday, August 31, 2020

How I learned watchmaking...

The Bunn Special School of Watchmaking

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Due diligence...

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

Silver Sale!

Sold it in 5 minutes on eBay.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

an eBay impulse buy...


Almost identical to a pocket watch I am working on.  This one was made in 1907.  89,98,74,0,B 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

something new to play with...


Just got a SDR (software defined radio) kit in exchange for a recent watch repair.  89,98,75,0,B

Monday, August 24, 2020

road legal

Finished the final paperwork this morning and got the new plate for the Airstream - title should be here in about 2 weeks.  One step closer to unloading this unfinished project from TFL.  88,96,75,0,B

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Being humble...

2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020

Thursday, August 20, 2020



Perhaps for some upcoming videos... 90,100,78,0,B

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

selling the airstream...

So I found a buyer for the Airstream 2 months ago.  Problem is I don't have a title and the buyer kinda wants one.  When I bought it 9 years ago, it came with a title but I lost it before I did a title transfer.  Getting a replacement title under these circumstances is a bit tricky but I finally figured it out.  Finalizing the last bit of paperwork in Alpine on Friday.  It will be going to a couple that lives in Las Vegas.  They plan on completely restoring it.  90,98,77,0,B   

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

hot house...

Even in all this heat, one of my 18 month old tomato plants is trying hard to produce some fruit... 89,99,78,0,B

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Mediator...

 1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Pandemic Saturday


Americans are still dying from Covid-19 at an alarming rate, yet nothing from the white house about the growing numbers.  In typical Trump fashion, all we got this week was a mean, nasty, and disrespectful response to Biden's announcement of his choice for VP.  Trump called Kamala Harris mean, nasty, and disrespectful (imagine that) and it looks like his new nickname for her is Phony Kamala.  In almost the same sentence he referred once again to Biden and Warren as Sleepy Joe and Pocahontas.  It is unfortunate that this kind of immature grade school behavior is what most appeals to his supporters.

Friday, August 14, 2020

the happy Hamilton...

Got the hairspring issue resolved and the watch is now running within a few seconds per hour.  Cleaned up the dial and just making minor regulation adjustments while waiting for the new crystal.  93,106,78,0,C

Thursday, August 13, 2020

the guts of the Hamilton...

Looks to me like the fast running problem with this wristwatch (almost 6 minutes per hour) is a hairspring that is sticking to itself because of too much oil.  Going to try to clean it tomorrow.  The balance wheel and hairspring is the most delicate part of a mechanical watch.  Keep your fingers crossed... 93,104,77,0,B  

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Just in for service...


An early 60's Hamilton automatic wristwatch in a 14K gold case - running fast.  It hasn't been serviced in over 30 years.  92,102,77,0,C