Sunday, March 8, 2015

03/08/2015 Is Spring Sprung?

I'm trying to get back in to blogging again, but have too many distractions. I'm also trying to get things going my way again here to. With getting the jeep back in good enough shape to make it to Alpine and beyond It is going to help everything else. I haven't been using the fridge for a good while because of lack of battery power to get me through the long winter nights with power, but I've about cured that problem. I bought another battery from one of my friends and it is actually equivalent to two of the other batteries I use. It in its self should run the fridge all night even after cloudy days. I took my four best solar panels  off of the main bank and they will now keep the big battery up to run the fridge. That will be a big boost because its usually having to buy ice to keep perishables cold or not keeping any perishables around here which severely limits what I can eat and drink. (Which really sucks.)

At the moment and for that matter for the past few days I've had a backache from hell and I'm not sure why since I haven't done any heavy lifting for a while. I did manhandle that damn BIG battery last week, but if that's what caused it then it had a several day time delay effect. Stooping down to get stuff out of the small fridge doesn't cut it now days even when my back isn't bothering me and I plan to build a pedestal to set it on with room under it for the microwave. I don't use the microwave that much. Along with that I'm going to have to build a new battery box closer to the cabin to hold the big battery and another inverter to run the fridge off of. Now with the bad backache that's all stalled to.

I'll update on this as I get the chance.

And here are a few picture on my return trip from Study Butte yesterday.

The bluebonnets haven't started blooming up here yet, but they will. I never had them here until the septic system was put in and evidently some seeds came in with the soil hauled here.

Also for the past few trips to Study Butte I'd noticed a rocky hill with several canoes on top so I stopped in a driveway to take pictures of it and along comes a friend and musician  Jeff Haislip. I pulled up further to clear the driveway and got out to talk to him. He didn't get in to why the canoes were up there, but said he had built a fire pit up there and had parties there. He then left to go to the Chihuahua dog races and I took a couple of pictures. I thought they were of the whole hill and all the canoes, but the sun was reflecting off the view finder and when I got home I discovered I only got a picture of part of the hill and one canoe.

Well folks, that's it for this time.

12 comments:

  1. Dang, must have been some pretty high water (grin) or are they mountain climbing canoes? That is strange, but it is near Terlingua, right? Well, within 30 miles or so.

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    1. Art I guess. It actually looks cool to see it.

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  2. I think you should get setup this month for the summer heat to come even if it means taking some Advil and or asking for help.

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  3. rj, I have plenty of 700 MG Advil tablets and Tramadol pain pills compliments of the VA so I'll get stuff done even though it might not be at the pace I'd like and I'll take any help I can get to. I'll get what I can done.

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  4. Great to see you posting Dave - photos are great!

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    1. Bernie O, I hope to start posting a little more often.

      Take care.

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  5. Hope to see you posting regular again. Enjoy your blog. Hows the leg doing? You posted about issues but if you posted again I missed it. Take care. I'm over in south Mississippi trying to do alot that you are with more rain.

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    1. Nightshift, My leg is as good as it will get. I can't stand on it for long or walk far, but that's something I'll have to live with. The VA finally came through on medication to deal with other problems and that is helping a bunch. I doubt that I'll ever go back to daily posts, but will try to do better on not waiting so long between posts. I still have a lot to do here, but the leg will slow me down a lot.

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  6. Love the beautiful blue bottle tree also. First thing I thought was that the canoe must have gotten stuck in some bad rapids. thanks for the great pics and hope you get to feeling better soon. Hope to be out that way May.

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  7. Rita B. If I can remember to take the camera the next time I go that way I'll get a better picture and post it. Any more though I make as few trips south as I can though.

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  8. Hi Tffnguy! Love to see pics of my favorite desert, thank you.

    So glad to hear that you are now able to run the refrigerator because ice in Terlingua is quite pricey but a necessity in those incredible hot summers.

    Take care.

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    1. MsB, The battery for the fridge potted out early this morning after two really cloudy days so it isn't a 100% deal, but I hadn't stocked it yet so no big deal. I had family down so didn't have time to run the generator to charge that battery because we drove through the park. (First time for me) Got a lot of pictures for another blog post so hope to put another one up soon.

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