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Old 05-01-2013, 08:30 PM   #12121
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Fabulous designs for the terrariums.
I have a smaller and simpler one, featuring mosses, bits of wood, shiny pebble size rocks and polished minerals, and of course 2 plastic deer figurines (cake decoration size).
Terrariums are cool!

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Today is supposed to get unseasonably warm and the plan is to stay cool as best I can without A/C. In the meantime, I spent the morning assembling 2 new terrariums, one for ferns and mosses, and one for succulents.



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Old 05-01-2013, 08:41 PM   #12122
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Today was a real cooker for ths time of year in my area...80F in the shade according to my outdoor analog thermometer. Whew!

I reorganized and vacuumed my screened porch. I did some more Earthbox planting, including strawberry plants ordered online, Early Frosty peas, and the seeds from a Mexican cherry pepper (medium hot) variety I bought at the grocery store. I tried strawberries in the open garden years ago with poor results due to the blasted chipmunks, ants and bees eating them . I will put these outside the porch in a few weeks for growth and pollination, and bring them back inside the porch when the berries just start forming.

I transplanted a 6-pack of pansies, 1 each into 5 inch pots. I will give a few away as gifts for some of my gardening challenged friends.

I did the planting while seated to give my big toe a break. I was on my feet for several hours yesterday helping my buddy organize his kitchen. Sure enough, it swelled up again.

I have my annual mammogram tomorrow morning. Please remind any ladies you know to get theirs done.
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Lost a dear cousin today to brain cancer...she was only 58.

She lived about six months after diagnosis. Rest in peace Nancy, we miss you.
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On way home from work I spotted a street sweeper, so I swept the winter sand / gravel off the side walk today. I was brushing along the edge of the grass, and I heard a metallic sound, and spotted a ring that my DW lost over a year ago!!!!
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Even though it's early in the day, I decided to crack open a bottle of wine. It's Mirassou Sunset Red...an inexpensive wine...$9 a bottle. It is delicious. It's good for what ails ya, and even if it doesn't cure ya, you don't really care.

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Walking around in the back yard, I looked down and saw four beautiful morels! We've lived here almost nine years, and this was a first, so I was pretty excited. Immediately brought them in, sautéed them in some butter and had a tiny feast. Less than three ounces total weight, but they sure were tasty! I'll be watching that spot like a hawk from now on.

Quite a day indeed!
A couple of hours after finding the morels, I saw the first hummingbird of the year. This is VERY early for Ohio. Scrambled to get the hummer feeder cleaned and filled for them. We do love the little critters.
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Went to Kohl's today with DH. Bought a beard trimmer for $45, and two flannel shirts ($40 each) for him. I got a pair of boots ($90.)

The flannel shirts and boots were on clearance..I had a 30% off coupon and $10 of Kohl's cash. Total amount of purchases $58.00. Plus I got another certificate of $10 Kohl's cash.

I saved over $150.
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Organized my workshop. Started like this:



ended like this:

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Cut the grass. Played on the computer. Played with a macro lens, extension tube set, and close up flash set. Took DW out to dinner. Nice day.
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..........I saved over $150.
I celebrate these small victories, too. Yesterdays triumph was getting a 3 foot piece of angle iron for $1 at the scrap yard.
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I celebrate these small victories, too. Yesterdays triumph was getting a 3 foot piece of angle iron for $1 at the scrap yard.
You dah man!


On another note...I'm still trying to figger out Ronstar's post.
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Now that I've got my junk power supply de-moused, rewired, and mended (one bad capacitor), on to the next thing. I have this ancient TenTec PM3A, a little radio transmitter and receiver for Morse code (CW) operation. It's most noteworthy for, well, being weird. Physically, it uses RCA jacks, the phono plugs like you may have seen behind older stereo sets, for almost all it's connections except audio, which goes through a pair of pin jacks. So...

I spent a few hours fabricating adapters. Power to RCA... Antenna (SO-239) to RCA... Telegraph key to RCA... Oh, and pin jacks to 1/8" audio connector. The RCA jacks have a hidden risk. Put any of them in the wrong connection on the radio, and POOF!

Next up... Hook the repaired power supply to the radio, and hook the radio to the mended antenna tuner & dummy load, and conduct the traditional smoke test.
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Visited four wounded warriors at Brooke Army Med Ctr. They all had one simular concern~no one (other than family/friends) really seems to care that they are still fighting and getting ground up in the Afghan. Their wounds and sacrifices are just as valid as those in 2002 when the citizenry were all behind the war and thanking them for their service.

Many of these guys I saw today were in the 5th grade at that time.
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We completed our garage reno today.

Scraped off popcorn ceiling, painted, added recessed lighting and beams. Painted the walls and put down new flooring.

'What do you do all day?'...my Aunt Fanny.

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Scraped off popcorn ceiling, painted, added recessed lighting and beams. Painted the walls and put down new flooring.

'What do you do all day?'...my Aunt Fanny.

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Nice decorative touches. That motorcycle actually looks real.
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Had a moving sale this weekend. Rained pretty much all day yesterday and today. Decent turnout and sales yesterday in spite of the rain but we still had way too much stuff to get rid of so it looked like we would need to run the sale again next weekend. Instead, we took the easy way out and called everyone in the neighborhood this morning and told them to come get as much as they wanted free of charge. We told strangers they could pay $20 and take all they wanted. By 1 PM we still had the better part of a three car garage loaded. Then a nice lady came in and I offered her the same $20 deal. She asked if I was serious and i said as much as she can haul. She was very happy as her church was having a yard sale next weekend and they didn't have enough donations to make it worthwhile. She filled her Ford Explorer three times and will be coming back for another load tomorrow morning. We were ecstatic because, at the rate we were going, we were looking at having to pay someone to haul it all away. Our home is 4,300 sf and it's amazing how much stuff we had accumulated between the five of us over the last 13 years here. Virtually all of our furniture is sold too.

We ER and leave for Mexico in 20 days and we're actually ahead of schedule! Yay!!!
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Now that I've got my junk power supply de-moused, rewired, and mended (one bad capacitor), on to the next thing. I have this ancient TenTec PM3A.
A PM3A - wow - one of Ten Tec's first transceivers. I had one in the very early 1970s and it was a lot of fun. Even had the matching antenna tuner. Of course, really low QRP output and a regenerative receiver made things interesting. Currently using a TT Argonaut V - several generations removed from that original PM series.

Spent a bit of time today manually programming frequencies into a TH-F6A I picked up recently. That plus food shopping.
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A PM3A - wow - one of Ten Tec's first transceivers. I had one in the very early 1970s and it was a lot of fun. Even had the matching antenna tuner. Of course, really low QRP output and a regenerative receiver made things interesting. Currently using a TT Argonaut V - several generations removed from that original PM series.
And it actually runs! I spent a few minutes tuning it up, ran the transmitter into a dummy load, and everything appeared to be working. I hooked it to the antenna tuner and a doublet antenna (fancy name for a couple of 30-odd foot wires and old TV antenna wire down to the house), flipped the bandswitches to 20M, and picked up hams in Fairbanks, Alaska and Windsor, CT. Some quick tests show that I'm putting out a whole watt of radio signal when transmitting, about as much power as a cell phone's transmitter, or the leakage from a microwave. It's not bad for a 44 year old $75 transceiver.
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