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Forum: Animals 02-17-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By doc
We owe our domesticated animals food, shelter,...

We owe our domesticated animals food, shelter, kindness and respect. It's one thing to prolong a life, and another to prolong a death. We're not doing them any favors by prolonging their suffering in...
Forum: Conversations 02-14-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,277
Posted By doc
Gardening forums often have great, long...

Gardening forums often have great, long discussions about what varieties people are planting. I find it silly. Most of us hobbyists plant only a few plants but harvest more than we can use, so...
Forum: Plants 02-01-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,617
Posted By doc
Great idea, but we don't live in the FantasyLand...

Great idea, but we don't live in the FantasyLand of the TreeHuggers.

Nut & fruit trees & shrubs are perennials, but, except for maybe asparagus, crop plants are annuals.

I suppose we could just...
Forum: Financial 01-27-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,192
Posted By doc
We were discussing this "problem" of China...

We were discussing this "problem" of China refusing our refuse on another forum. The TreeHuggers have this false premise that our garbage poses some kind of a threat to the environment.

But, in...
Forum: Water 01-25-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,481
Posted By doc
Great idea, Jeff! Usually a pipe is jammed...

Great idea, Jeff!

Usually a pipe is jammed into the slope parallel with the flow of water downhill. But if I take a drain tile 10 or 20 ft long and bury it perpendicular to the flow, it'll take...
Forum: Conversations 01-23-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
:) Your post reminds me of a patient I once had....

:) Your post reminds me of a patient I once had. She was manic-depressive but was doing well and off meds for a while. She came into the office having another manic attack. "We can get you back on...
Forum: Conversations 01-23-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
Two sweet spots on a bat-- one at the fat end and...

Two sweet spots on a bat-- one at the fat end and one just above your hands on the handle. They are the vibrational nodes.(You can find them by balancing the bat on your index finger and tapping...
Forum: Conversations 01-23-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
Myth. Hitting a baseball is a transfer of...

Myth. Hitting a baseball is a transfer of momentum, not energy. M1v1 = m2v2, not 1/2m1v1^2 = 1/2m2v2^2 as the partially educated think.

A bat only weighs 2 lb. Bat speed is limited by speed of...
Forum: Conversations 01-22-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
Thanks for the quick reply. I have 50+ that...

Thanks for the quick reply.

I have 50+ that are 50-60 ft tall and only 4 or 5 inches in diameter. I was thinking of getting a lathe and making baseball bats. They sell for $125 each and aren't...
Forum: Conversations 01-22-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
I used to know a waitress at a pizzeria. She was...

I used to know a waitress at a pizzeria. She was always amazed at the fatsoes who would come in and order a family size pizza for themselves... with a diet pop :)

I've been meaning to ask you,...
Forum: Conversations 01-21-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
I know just how you feel. The bank just...

I know just how you feel.

The bank just called. My credit is so bad, they want their calendar back. :cry:
Forum: Conversations 01-09-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
Didn't you ever wonder why the argument over...

Didn't you ever wonder why the argument over "Global Warming" clearly takes sides according to political perspective?...How can that be if the facts are there and one analyzes them...
Forum: Conversations 01-07-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
Just heard on the news that the average temps for...

Just heard on the news that the average temps for the past two weeks here (ave. 1*F) are the coldest 2 week period for the area since 1896, although no daily extreme records were set. I've had to...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-07-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 920
Posted By doc
The medical management for ingestion of petroleum...

The medical management for ingestion of petroleum products is to do nothing. They aren't absorbed and just pass right thru.

From the culinary standpoint, I guess you'll just have to taste it and...
Forum: Conversations 01-04-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
I'm 60 miles from Madison, the only "city" around...

I'm 60 miles from Madison, the only "city" around here. Closest collections of population are 6 & 10 miles away, pop's ~9000 ea.

I was thrilled to see the MIlky Way for the first time in 60 yrs...
Forum: Conversations 01-01-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,484
Posted By doc
About 15 below last night. We'd have moved into...

About 15 below last night. We'd have moved into the new house this week, but the instant-on water heater gave out a warning siren about two days after I plugged it in for the first time last...
Forum: State / Country Talk 12-22-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By doc
Excellent thought, Don. Not only do we need...

Excellent thought, Don.

Not only do we need to take time to slow down and smell the roses, but we need to be conscious that we're slowing down to smell them. Appreciation & Thanksgiving.
Forum: State / Country Talk 12-22-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By doc
I'm confused...Who is one hundred yrs old?...the...

I'm confused...Who is one hundred yrs old?...the house, the gentleman....or you? :)

..so glad to hear you're doing well and have this great new opportunity!
Forum: Conversations 12-07-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,660
Posted By doc
Got cold here last coupla days (15--31*F) and...

Got cold here last coupla days (15--31*F) and really windy (30-50mph).. a dusting of snow on the ground.

Trying to figure out this new gassification wood boiler system... it seems @61* it hardly...
Forum: Homesteading 12-03-2017, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,367
Posted By doc
consult a CPA??? ...What's a Car Parking...

consult a CPA??? ...What's a Car Parking Attendant gunna know about it? :blink:
Forum: Homesteading 11-24-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,367
Posted By doc
Good run-down, Setanta. I can add this-- you...

Good run-down, Setanta.

I can add this-- you can't deduct start up costs on your Fed return until you're actually "in business," ie- selling stuff. If you spend money on equipment this year, then...
Forum: Conversations 11-17-2017, 11:00 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,450
Posted By doc
Had a rough nite-- reminded me of being on-call...

Had a rough nite-- reminded me of being on-call as an intern--> The HVAC guy finally got my boiler system installed and we fired it up. It has to heat up 150 gal reservoir + 2800 feet of water filled...
Forum: Solar 11-03-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,164
Posted By doc
I get a kick out of all those hypocrites who...

I get a kick out of all those hypocrites who camped out in teepees all summer in Dakota to protest the new pipeline: how did all those GreenFreaks get to the campsite?....in cars and buses made of...
Forum: Your Homestead 11-02-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 313
Views: 87,915
Posted By doc
Txanne! How ya been? Good to hear from you....

Txanne! How ya been? Good to hear from you. You've been missed here.
Forum: Solar 11-02-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,164
Posted By doc
That's what I think too. The guy from Maine...

That's what I think too.

The guy from Maine claims he charges his hybrid car and drives it every day until the batteries go out and it switches to the ICE. He doesn't say what brand of car it is,...
Forum: Conversations 11-02-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,450
Posted By doc
Must be one of those millennials who have that...

Must be one of those millennials who have that entitlement mentality. Does he take a knee too when he hears the National Anthem?

Starting to feel like late fall here too after a couple weeks of...
Forum: Solar 11-01-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,164
Posted By doc
The Fourth Great American Lie

It's been said that American men lie about three things: their salary, their gas mileage and the number of women they've had. I'm beginning to think we can add a fourth-- how much energy their PV...
Forum: Your Homestead 10-24-2017, 01:49 AM
Replies: 313
Views: 87,915
Posted By doc
Good for you two! And you guys are so down...

Good for you two!

And you guys are so down to earth-- you even just wore your everyday clothes for the photoshoot.
Forum: Health 10-24-2017, 01:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,429
Posted By doc
High mileage problems. If you hadn't gotten this...

High mileage problems. If you hadn't gotten this old, it wouldn't be a problem now :)

The cartilage in our joints is made of "complex polysaccharides." So is pasta. And just like pasta, getting it...
Forum: Health 10-24-2017, 01:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,429
Posted By doc
Capsaicin is made from hot pepper seeds. It...

Capsaicin is made from hot pepper seeds.

It and things like Ben Gay (menthol) work by irritating the pain fibers and diverting attention from the old pain to the new pain. It's like the old...
Forum: Health 10-24-2017, 01:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,429
Posted By doc
Sorry for the delayed reply-- I lost track of...

Sorry for the delayed reply-- I lost track of this thread.

Yes, surgery. We have four parathyroid glands, each the size of a dehydrated pea, embedded in the thyroid gland tissue. Delicate surgery...
Forum: Homesteading 10-07-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,384
Posted By doc
My strawberries are multiplying like crazy also....

My strawberries are multiplying like crazy also. They're in a less than ideal, temporary location now and I would have preferred to move them earlier this fall, but we're still building and there's...
Forum: Prayer Requests 10-06-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,727
Posted By doc
I've always said that the happiest people in the...

I've always said that the happiest people in the world are the bums on SkidRow because they're the only ones who are doing exactly what they want to be doing.

For the rest of us, we have our...
Forum: Hunting/Fishing/Trapping 10-06-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,220
Posted By doc
Hunting Question

I was just checking out the WI hunting season schedule to see when I should dress my mini-horses in orange and I saw that for raccoons, the season runs from Oct 14 to Feb 15 for residents and Nov 4 -...
Forum: Health 10-06-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,429
Posted By doc
I had it myself 20 y/a: I suspected the problem...

I had it myself 20 y/a: I suspected the problem when my hands & feet started hurting-- feet got so bad I had to sit on the stairs and scooch down like a little kid each AM. Hi Ca also causes excess...
Forum: Health 09-30-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,429
Posted By doc
Warm soaks and massage offer temporary relief of...

Warm soaks and massage offer temporary relief of aching hands. If your stomach tolerates naproxen or ibuprofen, then 200mg once or twice a day may get you thru the harvest season.

Wearing elastic...
Forum: Energy 09-10-2017, 10:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,282
Posted By doc
Please don't take offense at my comment either. ...

Please don't take offense at my comment either.

If one is not willing to conserve as you have, then the cost of providing the average 1000kW-hr per month via alternative power sources...
Forum: Energy 09-10-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,282
Posted By doc
a)Who you calling old? I'm only 68 and don't look...

a)Who you calling old? I'm only 68 and don't look a day over 66.

b) $7.5K? Proving once again you've either got to be stupid or willing to live in a spider hole to use solar any place but in the...
Forum: Energy 09-09-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,282
Posted By doc
Good point, Hunter. If I were only worried about...

Good point, Hunter. If I were only worried about the occasional short term power outage after a big storm, I'd go with a generator.

But given the influence of George Soros' billions on buying...
Forum: Plants 09-08-2017, 12:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,632
Posted By doc
There's a website for everything: ...

There's a website for everything:

http://strawberryplants.org/2010/05/transplanting-strawberries/
Forum: Energy 09-08-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,282
Posted By doc
Wind or Solar?

We're getting ready to install our wood burning boiler that requires 50W for the control panel & air flow control motor and two 87W circulating pumps-- 224W x 24 hr ~ 5.4 kW-hr/d.

We're located ...
Forum: Plants 09-07-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,632
Posted By doc
Transplanting Strawberries

I planted about 50 strawberry plants last fall in a less than ideal place, anticipating construction traffic over this summer. (Good harvest this summer.) I'd like to move them to a sunnier location...
Forum: Conversations 09-01-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,371
Posted By doc
Lo 70s by day; 45 at night; a little rain every...

Lo 70s by day; 45 at night; a little rain every 2-3 days. Great weather.

Got the walls framed. If The Mexican Cartel, my buddies from Chicago, make it out here tomorrow, we'll get the roof on it...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 08-29-2017, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,003
Posted By doc
Yes, it's also hi in Vit K, which nobody needs...

Yes, it's also hi in Vit K, which nobody needs because our bowel bacteria supply it for us-- but that extra in the diet does screw up things for those on warfarin.

If the wife really likes kraut a...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 08-28-2017, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,003
Posted By doc
Ma is Sicilian; Pa Volga Deutsch. Ma would try to...

Ma is Sicilian; Pa Volga Deutsch. Ma would try to cook German, but somehow sauerkraut seasoned with all that garlic & oregano didn't seem quite right.

Rotted cabbage, except for Vit C, isn't very...
Forum: Conversations 08-27-2017, 09:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,879
Posted By doc
Poured the floor yesterday with a little help...

Poured the floor yesterday with a little help from my friends. Finishers finished up by 4PM and luckily it didn't rain (it poured) after midnight-- no harm done.

Concrete work finally completed!...
Forum: Food 08-24-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,498
Posted By doc
Apple cider ??

I have about 10 "wild" apple trees on the property-- they got there because the previous owner in years past had fed apples to cattle and the seeds were processed and dispersed by them as cattle...
Forum: Conversations 08-23-2017, 04:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,691
Posted By doc
Hazy sky here-- you could almost look at the sun...

Hazy sky here-- you could almost look at the sun without eye protection. We glanced at it with welding mask occasionally as we continued to work on constructing the house. They said it was ~75% at...
Forum: Financial 08-14-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,224
Posted By doc
I heard a piece on NPR a few months ago: experts...

I heard a piece on NPR a few months ago: experts anticipate a rise in value over the short term, but then probable collapse as people realize they have no intrinsic value.

Watcha gunna do when the...
Forum: Conversations 08-14-2017, 03:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,043
Posted By doc
Given that they're using plastic for everything...

Given that they're using plastic for everything they possibly can on cars, could it be that plastic tanks don't comply with safety standards for gas tanks? Resistance to rupture under deformation and...
Forum: Hands-on 08-10-2017, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,923
Posted By doc
String Mower vs Brush Hog?

Besides a lot of fencing that's getting pretty raggedy with weeds, I also have a good deal of steep hillside that needs to be mowed down periodically. Much of that over-growth involves wild rose with...
Forum: Food 08-02-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,892
Posted By doc
Also best to avoid strawberries that have Santa...

Also best to avoid strawberries that have Santa Claus hair & beards.
Forum: Conversations 08-02-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,879
Posted By doc
Got the walls poured, forms stripped,...

Got the walls poured, forms stripped, waterproofing up and drain tiling in place over past coupla days. Gotta drive back to Chicago tomorrow to return rented equipment. Hope to get foundation...
Forum: Homesteading 08-02-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,162
Posted By doc
This brings to mind the problem a 24...

This brings to mind the problem a 24 hr-convenience store had a while back-- before cell phones--when they had a public pay phone in the parking lot. It seems it got to be a popular hang out for...
Forum: Food 08-01-2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,892
Posted By doc
Why does sour cream have an expiration...

Why does sour cream have an expiration date?---It's already sour.
Forum: Health 07-28-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 16,893
Posted By doc
Lone Star tick bite & meat allergy: ...

Lone Star tick bite & meat allergy:
http://www.whsv.com/content/news/A-bite-from-the-Lone-Star-Tick-can-give-you-an-allergy-to-red-meat-437150913.html

Even squirrel meat! :eek:
Forum: Self-reliance 07-26-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,991
Posted By doc
-also glad to hear things are normalizing. ...

-also glad to hear things are normalizing.

Do you think the barricades at the reservation was part of a plan to get improved housing from insurance/govt? An example of Greek-Restuarant-Disease?
Forum: Plants 07-25-2017, 09:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,330
Posted By doc
Thanks, Don. It's been so wet here this year the...

Thanks, Don. It's been so wet here this year the stalks are toppling over but still green. I'll be more patient.
Forum: Conversations 07-25-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,010
Posted By doc
Same story for my mom. She likes to tell the...

Same story for my mom. She likes to tell the story of how her co-workers at the Stop & Shop in The Loop in Chicago always talked to her in raised voices thinking she was hard of hearing. She began...
Forum: Conversations 07-25-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,946
Posted By doc
Just poking fun at your escapades getting in...

Just poking fun at your escapades getting in arguments with not only the neighbor but also skunks and dogs.

Back in the 70s in Chicago, we had Harry Caray assisted by Jimmy Piersall announcing the...
Forum: Conversations 07-25-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,010
Posted By doc
Thanks for the links, MOFree. I like checking out...

Thanks for the links, MOFree. I like checking out fashions & lifestyles from the past. That's why I watch movies from the 20s -40s on TCM channel-- it helps you appreciate our present. I bet 80 yrs...
Forum: Plants 07-23-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,330
Posted By doc
New to Growing Onions

I've never grown onions before. My early seed starts were a disaster, but I also bought about 2 dz onion sets (white onions) which have grown to about tennis ball size.

My question is about when...
Forum: Self-reliance 07-23-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,991
Posted By doc
Thanks for the update. It's informative for those...

Thanks for the update. It's informative for those of us who've never had to experience such a problem.

I feel like I'm listening to Edward R. Murrow's war correspondent reports.
Forum: Conversations 07-23-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,946
Posted By doc
Setanta: you seem to be having disputes with...

Setanta: you seem to be having disputes with everyone you encounter, every time you leave the house. Have you considered counseling for your personality problems? :)

Hunter: Are those like...
Forum: Jobs/Business/Investing 07-20-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,605
Posted By doc
I dunno--maybe I am and don't know it? What is...

I dunno--maybe I am and don't know it? What is NACE CIP? :patsak:
Forum: Conversations 07-19-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,946
Posted By doc
Having grown up there, he can surely handle it....

Having grown up there, he can surely handle it. Just be thankful he won't be confronted with the terrible problems European hikers face: DEADLY COW ATTACKS! Oh, Noooooh!
...
Forum: Conversations 07-18-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,946
Posted By doc
Upper 80s & humid now. Grueling conditions...

Upper 80s & humid now. Grueling conditions working on forming the foundation for the house. We have plenty of buzzards hovering overhead. I don't mind so much except when I see them staring at me and...
Forum: Conversations 07-13-2017, 11:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,946
Posted By doc
Had a Dutch friend who was teeny-bopper age in...

Had a Dutch friend who was teeny-bopper age in WWII. She said they survived on nothing but turnips for two yrs and her pa slept days because he had to stay up nights to guard the field.

Population...
Forum: Rifles/Shotguns 07-09-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,768
Posted By doc
I'm still confused: You need a Philips head...

I'm still confused:

You need a Philips head screwdriver to drive a Philips head screw. You can't use a Torx drive tool to drive the Philips head screw.

Do you need a center fire rifle to shoot ...
Forum: Rifles/Shotguns 07-08-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,768
Posted By doc
Wow! A lot of info in a concentrated space....

Wow! A lot of info in a concentrated space. Thanks guys. Now I have a starting point.

I am lefty-- does that limit my choices or are LH models readily available? ("I'd give my right arm to be...
Forum: Rifles/Shotguns 07-07-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,768
Posted By doc
New to Hunting

I don't own any guns and have only rudimentary knowledge about them. But now that I've got 40 ac with frequent visits by deer, turkeys and varmints, what firearms would the experts here recommend to...
Forum: Wild/Feral/Nuisance/Control 07-06-2017, 09:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,736
Posted By doc
I know what you're saying. And it's further...

I know what you're saying. And it's further complicated for the flu shot in that it doesn't give you lasting immunity: it's only good for about 3-4 months, so anxious people who get it in Sept won't...
Forum: Books/Poetry/Member Fiction 07-05-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,961
Posted By doc
Poignant. Thanks for posting.

Poignant.

Thanks for posting.
Forum: Wild/Feral/Nuisance/Control 07-05-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,736
Posted By doc
The problem with proving medical effects is that...

The problem with proving medical effects is that it's all based on statistics, and statistics only apply to the group and not to the individual.

Eg: suppose we take 1000 Americans and give them...
Forum: Conversations 07-04-2017, 06:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,946
Posted By doc
Excellent weather last several days: nites in mid...

Excellent weather last several days: nites in mid 50s & days mid 70s. We poured the footing for the new house yesterday. Setting forms for it was a two week struggle: we're on bed rock so we had to...
Forum: Wild/Feral/Nuisance/Control 07-04-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,736
Posted By doc
Very true. In regards getting the flu: the...

Very true.

In regards getting the flu: the common cold (rhino virus) and influenza can be confused. The flu shot does prevent the majority of episodes of the flu in most recipients.

People who...
Forum: Tractors 07-02-2017, 03:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,550
Posted By doc
I grew up in Chicago. Great grandpa & grandpa had...

I grew up in Chicago. Great grandpa & grandpa had an empty lot next to the house. In Chicago, an empty lot is euphemistically called a "prairie." They grew tomatoes and zucchini using the usual hand...
Forum: Wild/Feral/Nuisance/Control 07-02-2017, 03:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,736
Posted By doc
When the flu vaccine originally was developed in...

When the flu vaccine originally was developed in the mid 70s, the lobbyists sold it to Congress as a way to keep workers on the job. Before long, the lawyers got into the act and sold it to the...
Forum: Financial 06-29-2017, 03:49 AM
Replies: 493
Views: 114,559
Posted By doc
Not only do I have insomnia tonight, but...

Not only do I have insomnia tonight, but wouldnchaknowit, I can't sleep either.

So I just looked up price of gas and average income in 1985: $1.20/gal & $23,000/yr For 2017, $2.10/gal &...
Forum: Conversations 06-29-2017, 03:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,890
Posted By doc
But it's dry heat :rolleyes: OTOH- it's been...

But it's dry heat :rolleyes:

OTOH- it's been 10 -20 deg cooler than normal here in the upper MW. It all averages out: the same amount of sunlight hits the planet each day. Quirks in air/ocean...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 06-25-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,526
Posted By doc
Peach schnapps? Pig food? Put it in bird feeder...

Peach schnapps? Pig food? Put it in bird feeder for hummingbirds/orioles? I wouldn't a boiled it down--just blended it and made it into jelly.
Forum: Conversations 06-25-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,248
Posted By doc
Cool and rainy around here last coupla days--4+...

Cool and rainy around here last coupla days--4+ inches and only 45degF this AM. We're framing for the footing on the new house, so the cool is good but the rain/mud makes it a little slow going....
Forum: Plants 06-21-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,641
Posted By doc
Excellent! I love organic solutions (no pun...

Excellent! I love organic solutions (no pun intended) to gardening problems.

But I see two problems with this recipe:

(a) Catch 22: you need good rhubarb leaves to make a soln. so can get good...
Forum: Conversations 06-19-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,248
Posted By doc
We wish you good luck. For the next 2 months...

We wish you good luck. For the next 2 months you'll curse the surgeon and the whole world. Then it'll start making more rapid progress and 4 months from now you'll be downhill skiing, dancing and...
Forum: Conversations 06-17-2017, 07:37 AM
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Views: 15,248
Posted By doc
LOL! I like the way you think, Anna. Re:...

LOL! I like the way you think, Anna.

Re: power outages. That's the problem with living in a rural setting-- we're not really on a "grid" but probably get our power from a single line that usually...
Forum: Financial 06-15-2017, 10:34 PM
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Views: 6,288
Posted By doc
Sherlock Holmes story The Man With the Twisted...

Sherlock Holmes story The Man With the Twisted Lip: a news reporter assumes a disguise as a beggar and works for a day in order to write a story. He did so well he gave up his job and went to begging...
Forum: Conversations 06-15-2017, 08:30 AM
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Views: 15,248
Posted By doc
I also heard a rumor that TimHorton moved to...

I also heard a rumor that TimHorton moved to Canada and changed his name because he's in the
Witness Protection program....or maybe it's because someone in the Witness Protection program has...
Forum: Financial 06-14-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,288
Posted By doc
Bingo. It's a scam. Many of the rabble get...

Bingo. It's a scam.

Many of the rabble get involved in "foster parenting" with the sole intention of making money off the govt subsidies for childcare.

Real adoption agencies are quite...
Forum: Conversations 06-14-2017, 10:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,248
Posted By doc
That reminds me of the story about how Canada got...

That reminds me of the story about how Canada got its name:

It seems three early French voyageurs were sitting around the campfire one evening and one says "I theenk we should give dees place a...
Forum: Financial 06-13-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,288
Posted By doc
First off, how is it possible that an adoption...

First off, how is it possible that an adoption agency is even considering them if they can't afford the up-front fees? How are they to pay for continued care?

I trust no one with donations. Even...
Forum: Wild/Feral/Nuisance/Control 06-13-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,736
Posted By doc
I just talked about this two weeks ago with our...

I just talked about this two weeks ago with our vet: no scientific info exists about how long the rabies vaccine lasts. Antibodies are no longer found in the serum after a couple yrs, but there's no...
Forum: Conversations 06-13-2017, 10:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,752
Posted By doc
So true, Ruby-- More & more the...

So true, Ruby--

More & more the LameStreamMedia is looking like the National Enquirer:

Headline: Trump Secret Love Nest Revealed!

Article: Pres Trump gives nesting box to grand daughter for...
Forum: Energy 06-12-2017, 06:49 AM
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Views: 2,675
Posted By doc
Root Cellar

Posting this here just so it won't blot out active threads in more appropriate places:

I came across this fairly elaborate plan for a root cellar...
Forum: Tractors 06-12-2017, 06:34 AM
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Views: 5,697
Posted By doc
No knowledge, just logic: -thicker, wider...

No knowledge, just logic:

-thicker, wider blades will take more abuse, like hitting rocks, but probably give a coarser cut
-thicker blades are heavier and will take more power to get going, but...
Forum: Wild/Feral/Nuisance/Control 06-11-2017, 07:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,736
Posted By doc
Funny, but true. This is also the best and...

Funny, but true.

This is also the best and only argument needed against all those meddling, Goode-Two-Shoes Liberals who insist all kids must be vaccinated before entering school: as long as...
Forum: Homesteading 06-11-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,653
Posted By doc
Beauteous! And it even looks like you...

Beauteous!

And it even looks like you already have a rack set up to hang a carcass for dressing, although it looks like some thoughtless vandal has hung some sort of swing right in the middle of...
Forum: Wild/Feral/Nuisance/Control 06-10-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,736
Posted By doc
Good advice. All mammals can get rabies, and all...

Good advice. All mammals can get rabies, and all bats, skunks and raccoons should be considered rabid unless you can catch the bugger and prove it's not.

Years ago, a friend's son tried to rescue...
Forum: Homesteading 06-07-2017, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,653
Posted By doc
Congratulations! Do the Revenooers know you're...

Congratulations!
Do the Revenooers know you're there?
Forum: Conversations 06-06-2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,752
Posted By doc
Good points. If I may be allowed the mistake...

Good points.

If I may be allowed the mistake of trying to simplify a complex situation: it's the dehumanizing effects of living in a society too engrossed with new technology.

How often do you...
Forum: Conversations 06-05-2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,248
Posted By doc
The 30 ac of pasture that I bought 5 yrs ago had...

The 30 ac of pasture that I bought 5 yrs ago had not had cattle on it for many yrs. It was a weedy mess. I let the neighbor put about 25 cow/calf pairs on it and it turned it into pretty good pasture...
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