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.