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Durango Saison and Stouts

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 4:21pm

Durango Saison and Stouts, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

Cocktails at the Carver Brewing Company in Durango. They have a delicious saison and traditional stout right now.

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Road Juicing

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 4:17pm

Road Juicing, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We need to juice every other day. Sesame eats the pulp and it helps her belly. We also just love juicing for our own digestive ease. This is an apple, sweet potato, turmeric and carrot blend. We call it "glow" as they is what it is supposed to do for your skin. My tiny 200W beeped a bit, but ultimately completed the task without shutting off.

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Stick a Shoe in It

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 4:14pm

Stick a Shoe in It, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

This door won't stay open. Here is my "shoelution".

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Waking up in the San Juan's

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 4:12pm

Waking up in the San Juan's, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We actually found a pretty rocking camp site outside of Pagosa Springs last night. It was complete with trails just off of a forest service road.

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pre molds

The Field Lab - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 4:00pm
Cut up a 6" square slab of graphite for my first 3 home made molds.  Got the holes drilled and stainless steel hardware mounted (bolts to be trimmed) that hold them together for the melting process.  Milling out the inside to come next.  77,83,67,0,B
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Technology - Urban Landscape To Nature's Doorstep

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 8:08am
A motivation that I have on this trip is to see if I can realize the promise the internet offered up and work from anywhere. In addition to several project of my own and our existing cottage industry businesses, before leaving NM I took on a freelance gig that has me developing and executing a marketing and media campaign for a multimedia e-book. I took the gig because I the client is dear to my heart, the project is very good, and because the work provides me with an opportunity to test the model. I began working March 23rd and will continue through the summer.

So far I have had no trouble connecting to wifys while on the road.  The only glitch I had was uploading video to the web. I am not at cafes long enough for the uploads to finish. Luckily a member of the project's team was able to handle this for me.

Coffee shops and wilderness make fine office space, each has its mood and atmosphere. Sometimes it is inspiring to tap-tap-tap at my laptop keys while other people around me do the same. There are moments, like when writing copy or contemplating the next move, I prefer the squawk of overhead geese. As I type this I hear a woodpecker getting it on with a nearby pine tree set to the backdrop of Air which Mikey is broadcasting from a bluetooth speaker. My phone service's personal hot spot option has made web connection in the forest no prob.

(image: Can you tell someone is working in this vehicle by the antenna hanging out the window? Yah, it's Mikey picking up a cafe's wifi.) 
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Good Diggs: San Cristobol, NM & Pagosa Springs, CO

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 7:55am

One of the things I most looked forward to about living in my vehicle is waking up to natural beauty and the sound of birds, bugs, and wind. Last night as we pulled into the forest to sleep we saw a half dozen elk run past us and up the mountain. Though we stayed with friends in San Cristobol the previous night, we were hardly removed from nature. We enjoyed waking from a sweet yurt beautifully placed in a serene valley. Upon waking on the national forest road that we parked on last night (legal to do if your 40 ft from the road) we discovered meadows and vistas with expansive views of the San Juan mountains. Not bad at all!
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Stuff That Works: Silicone Bowls * TJ Garbage Can * Brush

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 7:44am


We've been on the road for one week. The first couple of nights, as expected, were wonky. Stuff didn't quite work or fit as expected. Luckily, a cold front grounded us in Santa Fe for what we called a "second chance," stop where we could modify while staying at a friend's home. We even sent a tub of stuff back home since our host was heading down to T or C.

We've also discovered some things that work, items and systems that we like. Right now my favorite objects are: collapsible silicone dog bowls (one for each of us: Sesame, myself, and Mikey); a Trader Joe's coffee tin with plastic fitted lid has made a perfect garbage can; and an old sturdy brush that I found at a yard sale for .25 cents in invaluable for cleaning out the car, brushing mud off our shoes, and dusting.
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Chevre/Feta Cheese class a success!

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2015/04/23 - 6:39am

Here is a picture of Alessandra’s feta cheese from last Home Grown New Mexico’s Sunday’s cheese class.  Diane Pratt and Alessandra Haines did a wonderful job prepping and presenting how to make these 2 great cheeses. Diane did the chèvre cheese and showed people how to make different flavors while Alessandra showed how to make feta cheese which takes longer. Everyone got to taste both cheeses (and different flavors of chèvre) on Diane’s freshly baked home-made bread and take home some chèvre curds to finish off at home. Hats off to both instructors for a great class! Many thanks!


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Kicking it with Carl in San Cristobal

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2015/04/22 - 3:25pm

Kicking it with Carl in San Cristobal, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We just had a great 2 day visit in San Cristobal, NM. We spent time with our new friends Carl and Romany. Carl and I had met briefly years ago at a fermentation workshop at Lama Foundation. We didn't have a chance to connect much with the workshop going on, but there was a mutual appreciation for each other's skills sets and we stayed in touch. Connecting with others is the best part of this kind of trip.

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the right tools

The Field Lab - Wed, 2015/04/22 - 2:14pm
Tried out the milling rig for the first time today.  Tested a block of wood first then a chunk of scrap graphite.  Worked like a charm.  78,86,56,0,C
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beefed up base

The Field Lab - Tue, 2015/04/21 - 2:31pm
Bolted down some 3/16" steel plate to beef up the drill press base.  79,86,45,0,B
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Laptop Time in Taos

Holy Scrap - Tue, 2015/04/21 - 12:34pm

Laptop Time in Taos, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

Great weather has us sitting outside and enjoying the sun again.

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Favorite Road Trip Gear: No Spill Dog Bowl

Holy Scrap - Tue, 2015/04/21 - 12:33pm

Favorite Road Trip Gear: No Spill Dog Bowl, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

Sesame's no spill dog bowl has been awesome on our road trip. Jeep roads and speed bumps have not been a problem. This bowl will not splash. This has been the best purchase of our trip so far. Now we just need a 12v thermos to heat water for drinks and meals.

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Tapered End Mill

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 5:30pm
Got the end mill today.  In case you are wondering why it is tapered 5°...that is so the sterling casts won't get stuck in the mold.  69,79,58,0,B
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Taos Bound

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 1:07pm

Taos Bound, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We departed Santa Fe this afternoon and are heading North to Taos for a few days. This should keep us in plenty of cool weather which seems to be a theme on this journey.

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Printing Postage on the Road

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 12:46pm

Printing Postage on the Road, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We brought our tiny label printer so we can continue to ship products on our six month road trip. After dragging our setup into the house we were crashing in I realized it would have been easier to print in Hondo.

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the hidden things of dishonesty

The Field Lab - Sun, 2015/04/19 - 4:42pm
2 Corinthians 4Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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fajita saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2015/04/18 - 5:49pm
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Standing Desk in a Pinch

Holy Scrap - Sat, 2015/04/18 - 3:18pm

Standing Desk in a Pinch, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

Just doing some hardware debugging on the stove. Nothing to see here.

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