Thursday, March 26, 2020

time marches on...

Today's project - 3D printing a gear so I can add a second hand to the wooden clock kit I assembled last year.  88,99,54,0,B

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Coming up tomorrow...

My trip to Russia in 1989

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Be a watchman...

Ezekiel 33:7 “Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me. If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself.  

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Tesla Watch

Definitely a novelty item but somewhat collectable now as they were only made for a few years.  They originally sold for 50 - 75 bucks and mint condition ones are going for 150 - 250 now.  Got this one off ebay for $40.  Cosmetically it is in great condition but it needs fresh batteries and a new switch lever for the lights.  Hoping to repair it and at least double my money.  60,67,51,0,B

Friday, March 20, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

clock cleaned

After getting the musical clock running by giving it a healthy dose of WD40, I removed all that with some brake cleaner from Autozone.  While it was running fine, I had to degrease all the surfaces and gears - otherwise dust would end up sticking to everything and gum up the works.  Applied just a dab of clock oil to all the shaft bearings and added a touch of grease to the barrel gears and it purring along again.  76,83,59,0,B

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020

just a thought...

2 Chronicles 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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, March 14, 2020

old clocks

Clock mechanisms for restoration.  Seth Thomas chiming mantle clock (left), German Black Forest Badische Uhrenfabrik Musical Clock (right).  WD40 is an old clock's best friend...  78,90,64,0,B  

Friday, March 13, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

not my clock...

Got an ebay delivery today...they sent the wrong clock.  This one is the battery operated version.  I ordered the wind up mechanical one which is much more interesting.  Now I have to wait for the replacement.  80,91,56,0,C

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

solar clocks


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

cute little pov clock

I needed to replace the little USB fan I use for my computer during the hot summer months and found the perfect one.  75,85,43,0,C

Monday, March 9, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

that rare plant...

The Terlingua Creek Cat's Eye plants are starting to bloom.  
66,77 50,0,B

Friday, March 6, 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020

my stuff

A rehash of my hour a day cleaning method.  And no...I don't dwell very long over stuff that I "might" need someday.  1.  Identify immediate trash and throw it away.  2.  Identify stuff I want to keep.  3.  Identify stuff worth selling or giving away.  3.  If I can't sell it or give it quickly, it becomes trash.  In order to organize the stuff I want to keep, I am trying to store most of it in identical Sterilite 64 quart clear latching boxes (just ordered 12 more from Walmart).  Looks much better than piles of haphazard containers and boxes.  59,70,33,0,B

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

the solderfest...

52,61,41, .15",W

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

clock kit success...

video wednesday

Monday, March 2, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Don't let Satan fool you...

Turn from Satan and experience the gift of The Holy Spirit.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

happy bees...

My local hive found an old jug of honey in my trash pile that the cap came off of... 66,75,42,0,B

Friday, February 28, 2020

a bit of the flight...

Here is a launch and landing.  Chris flew the Devil's Playground out here the next morning.  It is like a mini Monument Valley.  I will post a link once his video is up.  64,77,32,0,B

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

farwell wing...

Paramotor wing all packed up to ship to its new owner next week.  

Monday, February 24, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Be careful what you cling to...

1 John 2:  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Moley lost his alfa status...

and has been taking a real beating lately.  42,56,36,0,B

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Paramotor for sale...

Recently sold the wing.  Now it's time to unload this beast (at a deep discount).  44,50,45,0,B

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

crappy day

Cool and drizzly all day with no indoor projects to work on so I ordered two more clock kits for the next crappy day...
48,57,46, .06",B

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020


Moley supervised while I built a little kitchen shelf for the Casita...

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Read and learn....

don't ignore these
life lessons

Saturday, February 15, 2020

visitors bearing gifts...

thanks Zach and Celina!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

parking money...

Checked my parking meters today for the first time in a year.
Made $6.46!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Casita Floor

Finishing up the final touches inside...the client is coming Thursday.  Yesterday I put down the first coat of polyurethane on the newly installed living room floor.  Second coat right after taking this photo this morning - floor and door trim tomorrow... 64,78,61,0,B

Sunday, February 9, 2020


How do you deal with an elderly friend who consistently denies Christ and uses the Lords name in vain in almost every sentence?  His time is coming...

Saturday, February 8, 2020

the bucket and moley

I explained my bucket video to Moley 
and he agreed to a bucket portrait...

Friday, February 7, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020


Little (very little) morning project while I waited for it to warm up a bit before getting back to work on the final touches at the Casita. Tried my hand at soldering four SMDs (surface mount device) for the POV clock kit. These are 2.5 x 4 mm resistors.   46,57,32,0,W

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Blizzard of 2020

Video Friday
38,45,31, .05",B

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lots of cutting...

time for some new saw blades...

Monday, February 3, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

rest assured...

these gifts only available if you accept Christ

Saturday, February 1, 2020

an old friend

Surprise visit today from an old business partner from my NYC days.  We worked together on a robotics project in Manhattan 20 years ago.  He and a buddy had flown out to Tucson AZ to get an old pickup and a corvette to drive back to NY.  Luckily I was "sort of" on the way for them so they stopped by to see TFL.  Not often a couple of NewYorkers get a chance to hang out up close and personal with a Texas Longhorn...  46,60,26,0,B

By request:
here are photos of the 1984 Chevy K10 and 1992 Corvette LT1

Thursday, January 30, 2020

supply run

Lumber for me, OSB for the Casita flooring, and feed for Ben.  46,57,37,0,B

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Getting ready...

...for the final trim and flooring in the Casita.  Removed all my tools, hardware, and temporary carpets and kitchen counter that were on loan for the client's last visit.  49,63,49,0,W

Monday, January 27, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

mind your manners...

Let no man deceive you with vain words:
for because of these things cometh the wrath of God
upon the children of disobedience.
Ephesians 5:6

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Was so close to testing out the Casita plumbing today but I bought the wrong hoses for the sink hookup.

Friday, January 24, 2020



Thursday, January 23, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020