Tuesday, October 19, 2021

part two


Monday, October 18, 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

the inside...


70,78,71, .01",B

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Monday, October 11, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021

lack wisdom?

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 

Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. 21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Pandemic Saturday


Our own local super spreader event this weekend.  
(parts of this advertisement have been altered)

Friday, October 8, 2021

water pigs...



Thursday, October 7, 2021

Dove life...


Hard to believe they were just eggs two weeks ago.
Will be leaving the nest any day now.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Bargain of the month...


Couldn't pass up this deal from TrueValue.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

gutter job...



Sunday, October 3, 2021


Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

Seems the latest internet Covid preventative is gargling iodine.  The antivaxxer and conspiracy theorist idiots who deny all clinical science and common sense continue to cling to any alternative that pops up on their web browser.  It is really a shame that so many people use the web to spread such horrible misinformation not only about these whack job cure-alls - but also completely false theories about so called "big pharma", "government control", and misplaced beliefs about their "personal liberties".  FYI - bizarre alternative preventatives and treatments aren't being "suppressed" by the pharmaceutical industry, the media, the government, or some nefarious new world order cabal.  You aren't hearing about them aside from conspiracy websites because they don't work - plain and simple.     

Friday, October 1, 2021

Desert toad life...

73,82,63, .02",B

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Too cute...



Monday, September 27, 2021

The dead gennie...

So it wasn't a faulty AVR for my neighbor's "reconditioned" generator that failed after only 2 weeks.  Further diagnostics show it is a shorted out rotor.  Too expensive to replace the entire generator head but at least the 7 HP engine is good.  Removed the rotor and stator from the engine and the engine from the cage and going to rig it with a car alternator, some pulleys and a belt to create a 12 volt / 80 amp battery charger.  I always wanted to make one of these... 84,90,63,0,B

Sunday, September 26, 2021


Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. 21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

What is it with cowboys and covid?  For 12 years I have bought most of my feed supplies in Alpine from what used to be Johnson Feed & Supply and is now Out West Feed & Supply.  Throughout the pandemic, none of their employees have ever been masked nor have they ever requested patrons to be masked.  Rarely have I ever seen a masked cowboy shopping there.  In addition, several of there employees have told me they have no intention of getting vaccinated.  Since there is now a Tractor Supply right next door, I decided to give them a try for feed.  Not only are their employees masked, they also encourage their customers to wear masks.  I got all the feed I needed at a cheaper price and signed up for discounts through their rewards membership and their Tractor Supply credit card - and I got a free hat.  82,89,68,0,B

Friday, September 24, 2021

new arrival



Thursday, September 23, 2021

new eggs

These eggs were laid 15 days ago.  As soon as I spotted them, I reinforced the nest with some cardboard underneath it.  (Doves are notoriously bad nest builders.)  The previous occupant lost both hatchlings because they fell through the nest.  These two eggs both hatched in the past 24 hours.  I'm shooting some video each day now until they are big enough to leave the nest which should be in about 15 - 19 days.  I hope they make it...   84,91,54,0,B

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

water transfer


Moving water from my creek tanks to my greenhouse tanks.  By gravity, the flow rate is about a gallon a minute.  The two greenhouse tanks I am topping off need about 1,400 gallons each.  I get 1,500 gallons per inch of rain off the greenhouse roof, but I can pump 3,000 gallons out of the creek after a fast 1/2" of rain so it is good to have some room in the creek tanks in case that happens again this year. It would be nice to top off all the tanks for a change as it has been 2 years since that has happened.  Total rainfall so far for 2021 is 5.71".  Last year I only got 1.95".  76,83,64,0,B  

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Bug life...



Monday, September 20, 2021

Sunday, September 19, 2021

sweet savour

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

 These kinds of stories of outspoken anti vaxxers dying are all over the news these days and will continue as anti vax idiots keep refusing the vaccine.  They are the new 99 percenters.  The vast majority of Americans who are getting serious cases of Covid-19 or dying are unvaccinated  The simple truth is the majority of deaths and hospitalizations from the virus continue to overwhelmingly be among unvaccinated Americans.  As of August 30, a little over 1.6 million Americans were hospitalized with Covid-19, but only 0.65 percent of them, or 10,471 patients, were fully vaccinated.

Friday, September 17, 2021




Thursday, September 16, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

new and improved...

After 10 years, it was time for a new (Pepino III) swamp cooler. Pepino is Spanish for cucumber - as in "cool as a cucumber". Pepino II went through 3 pumps, 2 timer circuits, and 1 fan replacement over the years as well as a new cooling pad every year - but it was finally time to upgrade the whole system. After a day of tweaking the settings, the new one works a little more efficiently than the old one but with about the same 20° drop in temperature for the outside ambient air. For now, the timing circuit is programmed for the pump to run for 30 seconds every 5 minutes. The 12 volt cyclical timer has 18 different programming modes. The numeric display as well as the circuit can be turned on and off without effecting the saved settings. As long as I was in testing mode, I double checked the rate of water consumption on a 92° day - 1 gallon per 1 3/4 hrs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Bringing order to the chaos...


Tomorrow I tape and mud.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

This article recently came out with the clickbait title "Questioning the catchphrase: Pandemic of the unvaccinated" - which most likely leads the idiots who are refusing the vaccine (without actually reading and thinking about what the article says) to think it means they aren't to blame after all for the surging pandemic.  The article's key points are as follows:  1. hospitalization rates among unvaccinated adults are 17 times higher than among those fully vaccinated.  2. the virus has reemerged in the southern United States primarily among unvaccinated people.  3.  unvaccinated people continue to account for the fast majority of those hospitalized.  

The reason the catchphrase is in question has little to do with whether or not it's true...it's about the message it sends and worrying about how the public will react to it.  "It is true that the unvaccinated are the biggest driver but we mustn't forget that the vaccinated are part of it as well...the pandemic clearly involves all people, not just the unvaccinated".  Anyone with any common sense is aware of that - but the fact remains that it is the unvaccinated that are the MAIN problem.  The article goes on to say "branding it a pandemic of the unvaccinated is "provocitave" and "stigmatizes the unvaccinated". 

The idiots who remain unvaccinated have an opposition toward Washington and there is concern that the more you stir the opposition, the more it convinces them to not give in. A poll in July found that 45% of adults who had not yet received the vaccine said they definitely would not get it.  2 in 3 unvaccinated adults said they had little to no confidence the shots are effective against mutations like the delta variant - although the data show vaccination dramatically reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Bottom line:  Unvaccinated Americans are still the ones most at risk and still the main ones putting everyone at risk.  Quit following the misinformation and conspiracy bullshit you read on the internet, get over your "opposition to Washington", and if being told you are the main problem in this pandemic is provocitave and makes you feel stigmatized...then tough shit.


Friday, September 10, 2021

computed tomography scan

Did my annual lung cancer screening chest scan this morning at Big Bend Regional Medical Center.  Was in and out in exactly 14 minutes.  Won't know the results until next week.  Wasn't able to get the procedure last year due to Covid.  Lucky to get in this year with hospitalizations on the rise again.  A lot of people don't realize there is a trickle down effect of the pandemic.  Covid might not get you...but you might not be able to get tests or treatment for other conditions.  90,96,68,0,B

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Fresh casting...

Pre cleaning and polishing - a custom desire chip for a client celebrating seven years of sobriety.  89,95,76,0,B

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

problem corner...

Working on someone else's construction is always a challenge.  Especially when nothing is plumb, level, or square.  92,97,67,0,B

Monday, September 6, 2021

Sunday, September 5, 2021


Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Pandemic Saturday


Several members of this church on Terlingua Ranch have become ill in the past month.  The self proclaimed pastor as well some of the congregation are Trump supporting Covid deniers - anti mask and anti vaccination.  A relatively new resident out here who was a member of the church, died of Covid related complications 2 nights ago.  At least one other person is hospitalized.  It is difficult to get exact numbers or do any contact tracing as these folks are all being tight lipped about the situation.  It is believed that the deceased was infected by out of town guests.  The ring leader (pastor) is Hat Bailey...long thought of as a harmless eccentric due to his soft spoken nature and belief in bizarre conspiracy theories about government, etc.  Seems he no longer "harmless" as he is sinking deeper and deeper into his own little fantasy world of conspiracies and misinformation and his distorted views on the pandemic have made him a danger to himself, his congregation, and the entire community.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021

new javelina


8,94,74, .05",B

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021


Going to attempt to repair a neighbor's generator that was bought on sale from Harbor Freight as a reconditioned unit.  It stopped putting out any power after only 2 weeks of use.  I am going to replace the AVR and brushes - but I think it has deeper problems.  It runs fine - but rough, and I noticed that the center lug on the rotor isn't spinning true.  If you look closely at the photo, you can see that it is off center.  That can't be a good thing... 90,96,78,0,B

Monday, August 30, 2021

the plan...



Sunday, August 29, 2021

You've been warned...

 We don’t like to dwell on warnings because we think they’ll get in the way of enjoying life (the pandemic is a perfect example), but it’s imperative to pay attention to them. For instance, Jesus gave us a clear warning while sending out His disciples to proclaim God’s coming kingdom (Matthew 10:7). He said, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven” (vv. 32–33).

We have a choice. In love, God provided a Savior and a plan for us to be in His presence for eternity. But if we turn away from God and choose to reject His message of salvation and the real life He offers for both now and forever, we lose out on the opportunity to be with Him.

May we trust in Jesus, the One who chose to save us from being eternally separated from the One who loves and made us.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Pandemic Saturday


The evidence is overwhelming that the resurgence of the pandemic is the direct responsibility of Covid deniers and those who refuse to get vaccinated or practice any of the suggested safety guidelines.  Unfortunately, the future outcome of coronavirus on the population falls on the backs of complete idiots who follow the plethora of internet misinformation and conspiracy theories, and/or have distorted views of what they believe are their "personal freedoms".  If you express anything different in the comments - you obviously have no idea what you are talking about and you are part of the problem.    

Friday, August 27, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A challenging project...

Helping out with A LOT of finishing details on a house that has been under construction for 15 years.  87,92,74,0,B

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Gennie love...

Recently had to loan out my 3000 watt All Power generator so I thought I would see how my trusty old Generac was doing.  This generator is 12 years old and powered through a lot of projects as well as all the welding I did on the greenhouse.  All I have done for this over the years is replace the AVR and brushes twice.  Easily got it started after sitting idle for over 3 years (I am a big fan of starting fluid) - but the carb and gas lines are shot.  Ordered replacement parts for a total of $44.34 on Amazon.  92,98,78,0,B

Monday, August 23, 2021

QR Coin...


...for a client in Alpine.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

How bad will the global pandemic have to get before (1.  everyone chooses to get vaccinated  2.  governments mandate and strictly enforce vaccination  3. it simply kills off all the unvaccinated and ends there).  Will any of these scenarios happen in time if need be?   Is it already too late? 

Friday, August 20, 2021

New video

It has been awhile since I have posted a video to YouTube.  My old software was no longer cooperating so I recently bought and installed an upgraded version to get back in the game...  82,94,73,0,B

Thursday, August 19, 2021

How's my road?

Sometimes it can be very unforgiving...even for 4WD vehicles.  This is the second time this week someone has gotten stuck in this spot. 75, 90,76,T,B

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Pattern prepped...

The pattern is a little rough straight from the 3D printer so I give it 10 light coats of spray putty to smooth it out and soften the hard edges so it will release easily from the molding sand leaving a good impression to cast from.  82,88,76,T,B

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Door plaque for TFL

 3D printing the pattern for a mold to cast this in bronze.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Right on schedule...


First egg hatched this morning.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

ye shall be free indeed...

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Pandemic Saturday


weeding out selfish idiots through natural selection

Friday, August 13, 2021

Etched Code