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Sunday, November 02, 2014

FLASHBACK!!.....UPDATED

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Most of you know that Gail and I spent part of our 20s in VENEZUELA, trapping small mammals (mostly mice, rats, and shrews) in the extreme northeastern spur of the ANDES MOUNTAINS, as data for my PhD dissertation.  If you scroll down on the Andes link and look at the photos from south to north, you’ll see that while we weren’t in the most spectacular part of this mountain chain, it was an area of extreme beauty, nevertheless.  We had quite the experience:
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I apologize for the (lack of) quality of that image—it’s the best our printer/scanner would do on a Kodacolor print….
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This morning, I was wafted back in time to those months in the mountains….because we have RATS in the back yard!!  Naturally, being the “expert”, it falls to me to trap them…...

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Posted by Earl on 11/02 at 04:00 PM
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

APPLESAUCE 2014!!

It’s that time of year again…..and MACHADO ORCHARDS had their Apple Festival on the 18th, so last Sunday we headed down to get our apples. 

This year, Laura and the grandbabies were here, just as they promised in the comments to LAST YEAR’S APPLESAUCE POST

WHAT FUN!!  Making sauce with Laura again was a nostalgia fest for this Daddy:
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while introducing Sophia and Alana to where the bottles of “Papa’s applesauce” they eat come from brought back wonderful memories, as well:
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Posted by Earl on 10/23 at 01:54 PM
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Monday, September 15, 2014

HARVEST—September 15, 2014

Here’s what I brought in today:
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When I went back outside, I found another cucumber that had slipped through a hole in the bag, so that’s really NOT everything. 

You’ll notice that a number of eggplant are tiny - I had to clip an entire branch of one plant that had broken from the weight (Yes, I’ve been neglecting my little garden for a while.) of the fruit on it.  I salvaged everything growing on that branch before trashing it.

That’s an apple on the lower right—the only one on my little espaliered Georgia Rome tree.  Not very good, either - Chico is definitely NOT apple country…that’s up the hill in Paradise, where they get sufficient chilling through the year.

So, this isn’t a very good year for tomatoes at 1941 Preservation Oak….I’m not sure why.  Here’s the tomato bed:
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Posted by Earl on 09/15 at 08:39 AM
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Thursday, December 05, 2013

TOMATO SEASON ENDS IN CHICO…....

The overnight low temperature in Chico last night, according to Weather.com, was 30 degree F. 
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I have NO idea where they were measuring, but here on Preservation Oak, Gail left for work around 7:15 and the car thermometer read 24 degrees.
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That’s more like my experience, because when I got up around 7:30, the thermometer on the east side of the house reported 24, as well.
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I’d gone out the night before to fix things so our new citrus and our faucets wouldn’t freeze - the radio warned us to cover the first and let the second drip, and in the morning:
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Posted by Earl on 12/05 at 08:58 PM
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Sunday, December 01, 2013

PULLET EGGS

Jackie has new hens, after the BOBCAT gradually got the last of the previous flock in the fall of 2012.  The new ones just began laying this summer, and for pullets, their eggs are remarkably good:
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The brown one is Jackie’s and the white is a “Large, Grade AA” from the store…...
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Now look at what happens every now and then….I think I’ve seen two of these, but I’m not getting the eggs every day, so there may have been more:
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Posted by Earl on 12/01 at 05:50 PM
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

The Selby brothers mostly scattered to the in-laws this year, but Thor was over from PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE where he teaches, and we had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving Day.  It was a bit like old times, all working together in the kitchen, enjoying the meal and then cleaning up after. 
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This is what the kitchen looked like when we were barely underway.  One turkey is already in the WEBER GRILL (thanks, SAU Biology colleagues!) out on the patio, and the other is on the counter with potatoes to the right and the makings for sage dressing on the island…...
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Posted by Earl on 11/28 at 10:56 PM
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OUR NEW WHOLE-HOUSE VACUUM SYSTEM

By far the best way to install a whole-house vacuum is when the house is being built - when the studs are exposed and the plastic pipes that carry the dirt being sucked up from the floors can be hidden in the walls.
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However, sometimes one doesn’t get to choose, and we wanted a central vacuum.  We were told Advanced Electric and Sound were the guys who would retro-fit a system for us, so we made the arrangements, and Monday the truck arrived:
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Posted by Earl on 11/28 at 01:05 AM
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