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Neat, cheap accessories for a “varmint rifle”

Here are two neat accessories I’ve acquired for my CZ-527 Carbine in .223 Rem. The first is the a nifty quick-attach clamp from Amazon that allowed one to attach pretty much any flashlight between 5/8 of an inch thick to … Continue reading

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Clothes dryer

I really find it funny how the marketing folks at appliance companies think. I am seeing now “eco” branding appearing on clothes dryers, both gas and electric. How absurd. These contrivances can neither be ecological nor economic. Unless you live … Continue reading

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Starvation is Cruelety

I see this with alarming frequency, particularly with smaller dairy cattle (Jerseys, Gurnesys and Dexters). People who THINK they know how to take care of a diary cow, but really are just abusing (usually starving) them. This is because of … Continue reading

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What I Mean About Worthwhile Grains

For honest reasons, I suspect, many homesteader type folks like to grow grains. This desire dovetails with the “prepper” mindset as well. And I’ve struggled with it. But we must allow our rational side inform us here, at least partly. … Continue reading

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Yet Another Rainbow

I’ve pointed out before that we get rainbows pretty frequently around here. This one was unusual in how complete it was, and how relatively bright it was. Thanks goes to Hurricane Harvey for this one. Maybe Irma will send a … Continue reading

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Pear Pickin’

Perhaps the only good idea the previous owners of our farm had was to plant five pear trees, which we think are Bartletts, the kind found at Tractor Supply/Homedepot for $20 each. Pears seem to me to be even hardier … Continue reading

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Orange Watermelon

The Orangeglow watermelon is excellent. It almost lives up to the seed catalog hype. Very good, sort of mango-ish flavor, and sweet, but not just a taste of sugar. Beautiful orange flesh, nice healthy rinds. Vines were very productive (yet … Continue reading

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