A “Relaxing” Weekend – Pt. 1: Adventures in Coax

After a month-long family crisis that ended in a bittersweet manner, we headed for our Hill Country hideaway for a long weekend of regenerative relaxation. We looked forward to a time of recuperation, both emotional and physical. But, you know what they say about telling God your plans. Here’s a hint: don’t. Our first indication… Continue reading A “Relaxing” Weekend – Pt. 1: Adventures in Coax

The Cretaceous Clapper

One of my favorite gifts last Christmas was completely unexpected: a sound-activated moving 3D triceratops wooden puzzle. My wife found it at our local Steinmart (it’s sadly no longer available via their website, but here’s what appears to be an acceptable alternative). The box looked a bit intimidating, as I’ve found that I’m usually less… Continue reading The Cretaceous Clapper

Hands-on Review: DBPower Portable Jump Starter

My tenure as a boy scout was pretty short (even counting the preposterous time I spent as a Sea Scout in landlocked Fort Stockton), but the “be prepared” mindset stuck with me. I’m blessed/cursed with an imagination that places me in the most disastrous alternatives of any given scenario, and the fact that one of… Continue reading Hands-on Review: DBPower Portable Jump Starter

Attraction Satisfaction

Perceptive Gazette readers will recall our recent traumatic bicycle wheel failure, which necessitated the replacement of both wheels on our recumbent tandem (the rear wheel failed, but we also replaced the front one out of an abundance of caution as well as to make sure the two matched). I’m happy to report that after a… Continue reading Attraction Satisfaction

Installing Lockey Mechanical Digital Lock: Abandon hope…

I’ve hired teenagers to mow our lawn for the past two summers, and one of the challenges in those arrangements was remembering to leave a gate unlocked so they could access the back yard. Because of travel plans and other scheduling uncertainties, that sometimes meant leaving the gate unlocked for days at a time.  Our… Continue reading Installing Lockey Mechanical Digital Lock: Abandon hope…

Winter is Coming

No, this isn’t a Game of Thrones post. But we are anticipating our first freezing temperatures of the season this week, so preparations are underway at Casa Fire Ant. It’s slightly ironic that our landscape is looking better than it has all year, just in time for a killing frost. Here’s a sample of some… Continue reading Winter is Coming

Slinging Henry

After almost a year of fearful contemplation, and thanks in no small part to a bit of cabin fever (it’s been really cold for TWO DAYS!), I finally worked up the courage to mount a sling to my Henry Golden Boy rifle. If that doesn’t sound all that courageous, then you’ve never seen that beautiful… Continue reading Slinging Henry

DIY: Secure your door with a security hinge plate stud

We’re going to have some remodeling work done on the house, meaning that we’ll have a crew of people we don’t know in our home for a week. And while they work for a reputable local contractor, there’s something a little unsettling about having strangers in your house while you’re not there. While we could… Continue reading DIY: Secure your door with a security hinge plate stud

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