Sunday, May 31, 2020

Wounds and kisses...

Proverbs 27:  Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Behnken and Hurley

Successful launch today from SpaceX.  Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon capsule carrying 2 American astronauts to the ISS.  This is the first launch of American astronauts from American soil with an American made rocket since the Shuttle program ended in 2011... and the first stage successfully landed to be reused.  83,91,65,0,B

Friday, May 29, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tool Time

Got a wooden tool chest to organize all my watch repair gear.
Guess which one I bought...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

big / old plants

Time to severely prune my 14 month old tomato tomorrow.  86,93,66,0,B

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Fixed a very small part...

Soldered on this tiny tooth that broke off the center wheel on one of my key wind Elgin pocket watches.  Had to be the smallest repair of anything that I have ever attempted.  For scale - that is the edge of a dime in the photo.  This certainly helped.  Won't know for sure if it was a success until I reassemble the movement. Video of the repair on Monday.  71,98,89,0,B

Thursday, May 21, 2020


Stripped down a cheap Elgin movement for parts that I need for 2 good pocket watches that I am servicing - I got it cheap from eBay.  91,98,65,0,B

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

State of The Rainwater Supply Address

So far this year I've had .67" of rain.  Out of a total storage capacity of 21,000 gallons - I have 10,850 gallons on tap.  90,105,69,0,B

Sunday, May 17, 2020

He that is in you...

John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

No turning back...

Fully disassembled the spare key wind Elgin pocket watch movement that was manufactured in 1883 (video Monday).  I got it cheap off of eBay.  Only 16 parts inside.  After cleaning - will they all go back together and function?  91,99,61,0,B

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Taking the next step...

Gearing up for my first full disassembly and cleaning of a key wind pocket watch movement and all the parts.  Setting up the webcam to record the action so I will know how to put it back together.  This is a spare movement that donated a mainspring for another Elgin.  I have a new mainspring coming for this one by the end of the week. 88,95,54,0,B

Saturday, May 9, 2020

another load...

unboxing video monday

Friday, May 8, 2020

Speaking of nests...

The dove nest survived gusts between 20 and 30 mph this morning.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

the shuffle continues...

Clearing out shelves in the hut by my computer has created more chaos.  Like I have said before - getting things in order out here is like a giant Rubik's Cube.  Making room for 57 more pocket watches coming this week and I need to get more organized - so all my stuff has to get moved around and sorted so I can have space to work on them efficiently (in order to eventually sell them).  Tiny house living...  80,89,69,0,W

Monday, May 4, 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020

from an old college friend...

Nice to find friends from my past who like me eventually came to Christ:

Here we are once again, apart intentionally for the health and well-being of others, still worshipping as believers in the risen Lord, for our faith in Christ cannot be quarantined, only our physical presence can be cordoned off.
This week, a colleague of mine at Geneva College, shared the image of the sheep tumbling down the hill. The timing of the image fits perfectly with the lessons for this week, which speak of the Good Shepherd.
As we read through Acts 6&7, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2, and John 10, the question arises for us, who are we following? Who were we following before this current crisis? Were we following "too much the devices and desires of our own hearts" as we say in Morning Prayer? Were we following the sheep in front of us or beside us? Were we following our leaders, but only when it suited us? Was Christ in the mix? Who are we following now?
In crises past, present, and future, Christ Jesus was, is, and will be the Good Shepherd for his sheep. Jesus has the gate open for all of his sheep. He goes ahead of us to secure our path. He has promised that he is with us always and that he will never forsake us which is a great comfort for sheepish people in these uncertain times.
To reaffirm Psalm 23, the Lord is my Shepherd; he leads me, he restores me, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Will you join me and listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd as he calls us by name?
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
O God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd of your people: Grant that, when we hear his voice, we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

coming soon...

New TFL doves...

Friday, May 1, 2020