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Urban and rural sustainable homesteading in the desert southwest

Archive for September 2010

Ranch Update: Bathtub Blues

September 27, 2010

Just a quick update on my work at The Ranch this weekend. I spent the whole time trying to get the drain set up for the bathtub. It shouldn’t be that difficult, but apparently it was. First, the drain comes directly out of the flood in exactly the spot I wanted it to. That’s actually […]

Credit Score: Now that’s just funny right there

September 21, 2010

My credit card company recently started displaying my Transunion credit score when I log into my online account. It’s in the “good” range, but being an over-achiever, I was curious as to why it wasn’t in the “totally fabulous” range.  TransUnion helpfully provides the following: Yeah, you’re reading that right. Let’s translate, shall we? No […]

Ranch Update: Cedar Ceiling and Recessed Lights

September 20, 2010

One of  my neighbors at The Ranch has access to a very cheap source for tongue and groove cedar. As a result, many of us are using it in our various building projects. In my case, I’m using it for the ceiling above my porch, within the house, and for the ceiling, walls and floor […]

Food Friday: Joining a CSA

September 17, 2010

I recently joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The way it works is that you prepay for a session — $247 for 13 weeks in this case — and then pick up your “share” of produce each week. This allows the farmer to have capital to grow his crop and a guaranteed market for it. […]

Quiche Florentine with Amaranth Greens

September 17, 2010

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 small onion, choppped 1 lb fresh amaranth greens 1 8oz package cream cheese 4 oz cheddar cheese salt and pepper to taste 1 unbaked deep dish pie crust 4 eggs, beaten 1 cup milk Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet melt butter over […]


September 16, 2010

ZombieFit The link speaks for itself.

To borrow, or not to borrow?

September 16, 2010

I’ve been hit with a few unexpected expenses this past month that has pushed back my repayment plan slightly. First, my daughter needed to borrow $500 for textbooks because her financial aid payment was delayed. Then my roof came in at $700 more than anticipated. Finally, I spent $300 on a chop saw, since I […]

Excuse the dust!

September 15, 2010

I’m playing around with themes until I find one I like, so the appearance may change occasionally.

How does my garden grow? A bit at a time.

September 15, 2010

I spent a couple hours on Monday making a few raised bed garden frames. They’re 2’x4’x7″ each.  The reason for the weird dimension is that it gives me flexibility to move them around in the yard as needed in order to take advantage of every inch of space. And longer boards wouldn’t fit into my […]

Confessions of a Relapsing Smoker

September 14, 2010

I have a confession to make: I smoke. I’ve been battling this on and off for decades, quitting for months — even years — at a time, and then picking them back up. As Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times.” Yeah, I’m right there with you, Mark.  […]