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Urban and rural sustainable homesteading in the desert southwest

Archive for June 2010

Homemade dehydrator

June 18, 2010

A friend of mine recently was going through junk in her garage, and found the shell of a metal drawer rack. All the drawers were being used as baskets elsewhere, so she was going to toss the frame. Instead, I took it home thinking I might be able to MacGuyver it into a dehydrator.

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No progress on the Ranch this week

June 13, 2010

I haven’t got much to report on the Ranch. Last week I purchased a small (6 gallon) air compressor and a new framing nailer, so I don’t have to keep borrowing my neighbor’s. I was hoping to test it out this weekend, but ended up helping The Boy move his non-functional Jeep from its storage […]

Digging sucks

June 3, 2010

… Especially when it’s desert hardpan. I’ve been making slow progress on my condo’s backyard, digging down about 6 inches in order to put a bed of sand for paving stones. The area I’m digging is about 11’x11′ of rocky, compacted fill. You can imagine the growing proto-blisters on my hands. Despite that, I am […]

Debt Update

June 2, 2010

I managed to pay off a little over $4300 in debt last month, thanks in part to getting a small loan paid back from a friend. On May 1 my debt (excluding my condo mortgage) was $49,456.05; today it’s $45,122.00. That’s a lot, I know. Part of the problem is my retirement property — when […]