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October Break

by on Oct.20, 2014, under Family

Had Sarah’s family come up for the weekend at October Break.  The two older grandsons came up with me on Wednesday, and the rest came up on Friday.

The boy’s job for this trip was to gather the waste lumber that was stashed in the loft and under the shed, cut it up and burn it.  Fire and teenagers… what could go wrong??

Hunter and Alex tending the fire

Hunter and Alex tending the fire

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Paint Colors

by on Oct.20, 2014, under Trim & Paint

We did a little painting this past year, using the same colors that we had used on the house to paint the shed.  On this last trip, I ran across the paint cards that identify the colors. I thought I might post them here, so that we can look up what the colors were even if we end up losing the cards.

The Brown color is Behr 230F-6 (Earth Tone).

Brown Paint Color

Brown Paint Color

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Remote Monitoring of Solar Charger

by on Sep.25, 2014, under Electrical

Over the labor day weekend, I installed a new add-on for my Midnite Solar Charge Controller.  It is called a Whizbang Jr.

Basically, this allows the charge controller to measure the actual current directly into and out of the battery, without worrying about what loads I might have turned on at any point in time.

This allows the charge controller to make better decisions on when to stop charging on any given day, putting less strain on the batteries.  It also will allow me to more effectively monitor the actual state of charge of the batteries, rather than guessing based on battery voltage.  But that part hasn’t been added to the software, yet.

I haven’t grabbed any photos of my install yet, but here is a generic one that I’ve borrowed from the manufacturer…

Whizbang Jr.

Whizbang Jr.

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September 2014 Finishing Cleanup

by on Sep.25, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

After Labor Day, I came up to the ranch again in the weekend of the 13th.  I wanted to finish cleaning up the back yard

It was a beautiful weekend, with warm, breezy days and cool nights.  I love this time of year.

Meadow in early evening

Meadow in early evening

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Labor Day 2014 at the Ranch

by on Sep.24, 2014, under Seasons

Our trip up for Labor Day this year was mostly to do some more cleanup behind the LittleHouse.

We ran into a few critters under the debris.  One of them was a nice taurantula. He was friendly, and posed no harm.

Taurantula Crawling on Ground

Taurantula Crawling on Ground

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