Sunday, December 4, 2022

Rain - It Happens

Late Afternoon

Even Later

Rumor has it most of the moisture happens in the winter.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Rainbow Girls

And now, for something a little different...

All You Know of Me - Rainbow Girls

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright

Friday, December 2, 2022

The Staplers' Masquerade Ball

The battle between the Poodle & Stapler clans dates back to a time before now. 

Steve Cook - Panorama Boy

Michelle Cook - Costumery

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Them Other People

My early years were in Japan & Germany, both countries/cultures immaculately clean. 

Exhorted as we are to embrace diversity, I'm puzzled as to how to respond to behaviors like this? We HAVE laws against dumping, but as an attorney remarked the other day, "Nowadays, everyone is guilty of at least six criminal offenses merely by being where they are."

This is State Trust Land, supposedly accessible by permit only. Several years ago I was confronted by two volunteers out checking campers' permits. I had mine. In decades of camping they were the only ones I've met. And I doubt they had any authority.

It's a third the distance to Sahuarita.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Vegetable Stew


Red potatoes



Bok choy 

Fresh garlic

Green beans




At 3:30 I began. At 5:20, sunset, it was done.

My thanks to Jozien for encouragement.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

1996 Geo Tracker Clutch Adjustment

The drama! Those who eschew obviously have no appreciation for the MEANING it imparts!

As we, ah say, ah say now, Pay Attention When Ah'm Tawkin' tew yuh, son! we come intuh the home stretch to 70 years of age, despite D'nile as a primary tactic, I do b'leeve it be gainin' on me.

Yesterday we packed up and went and got the rubber washers needed to make the clutch repair Germannically solid.

1/8" Thick

Today, it was back underneath to measure -- by eye -- and cut the washers to fit in the recess in front of the clutch cable collar thereby shimming the cable back about half an inch.

Four...count 'em.

The cable's held in place by the tension on the clutch and there's about an inch and a half of pedal freeplay before the clutch disengages.

We came south to Sahuarita...and I am pooped.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Clutch Entertainment

One can't be too sure about these things, but I believe this is the third clutch since May, 2017.

I started on it yesterday when I determined there was no more adjustment on the clutch cable. Thinking to create more pull, I crafted a bushing from a cane tip. It didn't work.

I went into 4wd-lo got up onto the stump which gave easy access....but not good for sleeping. By yanking on the shift lever we achieved nuetral and rolled to level.

Today it's all up to the jack and maybe digging out a pit. I have an idea I've yet to try...plenty of food and water. I am, for the moment, taking my time.


Canned mixed vegetables -- carrots, potatoes, peas, corn, green beans, celery, lima beans -- dolmas (canned) with sardine paté on cracker. Mixed vegetables seasoned with salt & pepper and they & sardines got a dollop of mayonnaise.

All chased with a small sip or two of wine.

After Lunch

I did some light machining on the clutch adjustment nut to help it turn more easily. That isn't the problem, but it's something that needed doing.

2:04pm -- SUCCESS!! The bushing ended up working; it just needed to seat better. It then enabled further adjustment.

It's gonna need additional work, but I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed we can make it to the hardware store. 

Afternoon Light

Phoebe In Upper Right