Monday, January 19, 2015

Paracord tangle and the trade blanket

This morning started out with me stepping in cat poo, not realizing it, and tracking it everywhere. Sigh.... Not the best start to a Monday. It is bad enough that she tracks litter everywhere…I have to vacuum pretty much every day, and I am sweeping several times a day. I think next time I will get a fish. Although a fish would have issues with all the temperature changes. Maybe a plant...

I do want to walk this morning. It has been several days. I got distracted yesterday and didn’t get it done. I don’t have plans until 1, so I should be able to squeeze that in. I have a whole list of things to do, maybe I can pick off one or two of those before the soapstone carving class this afternoon. I also have to remember to gas up the car for tomorrow’s rock club field trip.

I ordered a helmet for scooter riding. Took the scooter out and brought the garbage to the dumpsters and took the long way back. It is a fun ride and I think I am going to keep it. Now I need to either make a cover for it or buy one. I’m using a packing blanket at the moment. I may throw a couple of stitches in it so I don’t have to use clips to keep it on. I will leave it in Yuma so I don’t have to haul it half way across the US this summer.

I need to spend some time with my solar setup. I want to try using my crock pot at some point. I miss being able to use that. But will need to be here to keep an eye on the voltage. I also need to get the larger inverter hooked up before I can do that, plus figure out the programming. I need to test it’s limits, see what I can do and what I can’t do with it. It is nice having electricity when the generator isn’t running, even if it is only when the sun is out.

Was a good trade blanket yesterday, brought back smaller stuff than I took (my goal), and got some fresh off the tree grapefruit and tangelos’. I have already had two of the oranges. I’m not a huge grapefruit fan, but will try these. Lost several hours untangling hundreds of feet of purple paracord, that was very frustrating, but now have manageable skeins instead of spools that I can’t seem to find a spot for. I will sell and trade some of it, I don’t need all of it.


  1. I used to wonder how the pioneers cooked veans, srews, etc. when they crossed the plains--then I read about hay boxes. They would start their cast iron pot boiling ocwe the morning's fire, than nestle it into a box (about twice as big as the pot) so that it had a thick layer of hay or straw all around it, and, voila--dinner would be ready when they stopped for the night. The ancestor to our crock pots...well, there is a modern hay box. However, I'm frugal--read, cheap!--and thought they were way too spendy and looked easy to make. So, I searched and found this site easy and cheaper. the wonderbag instructions on Amazon wanted a silicon pad under the pot, but the homemade didn't use one. Just an idea...thought you might be interested.

  2. I believe I'm the queen of typos--they cooked Beans and sTews..........the pots boiled oVER the fire (head hanging in chagrin)

  3. No problem. I miss a few on a regular basis myself. Add to that auto never know what you are going to read.
    I had a Wonderbag and sold it at the tailgater. It was way too big for one person, took up valuable space and was always in the way. I had to try it tho. I used it once, and wasn't impressed. I think I need to get a couple of 12v appliances. I will have to see what is out there by next year. When I am not here, I usually have power.