Workshop Wednesday⁠—Pressure canner rebuild

In addition to the massive amounts of dehydrating I’ve done over the years I also do some home canning. Since moving home after my mom passed last year I’ve been trying to make use of her dream kitchen that she designed specifically to make canning easier and more efficient. There’s a huge island, five burner…

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Workshop Wednesday—I’m not going to Mars

Lately I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts and audiobooks due to lots of solo time at work. One subject I’m stuck on, not surprising to anyone who knows me well, is space and space travel. Today I was working on some back episodes of StarTalk and listened to an interview with Dr. Mae…

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Drying food: Banana “jerky”

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like raw bananas. Put them in bread and you’re on. I also don’t like the fried-then-dried ones from the store. Then I found the dried mini bananas at Trader Joe’s. The only problem is the price. So I figured out my own version of…

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Piecing things back together

My oldest brother recently told me about Kintsugi, the Japanese method of fixing broken pottery with gold. The method celebrates the item’s history by emphasizing the cracks and breaks instead of hiding them. Sometimes the repaired piece is more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it and giving it new life. I’m pretty broken right now…

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Is this thing on?

Yep. Life steamrolled me. Again. So, here’s a scattered dump to bring you up to speed. Let’s see.   How long has it been? Two years… ugh…. Dogs. So much with the dogs. New titles in Barn Hunt, Weight Pull, Rally Obediene, Conformation, and progress made on more.     Ranger won the NALC B-Bay…

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Is your red the same as my red?

While the video below from Michael at Vsauce deals with color, the bigger picture he covers (including what taste, sounds, etc you experience vs what I experience from those same stimuli) is near and dear to my heart. Or, more accurately, my brain.

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The summary of my last few weeks

Halo came into heat. This is actually good timing since we have a show in a week and a half any my dogs run in a 2-dog event together. Having her in heat at the time would really suck, especially since both are ranked in the Top Ten for that event and this is the…

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Presentation: Bicycling Pittsburgh to D.C.

Coming up tomorrow night (February 5, 2015/7:00-9:00 pm) at True Heights Equipment Outfitters near Dayton is a free presentation via the Dayton Backpacker’s Campfire. Bicycling Pittsburgh to D.C. From the event description: Presenters: Mike and Vickie Staley. You are welcome to join us on our 335 mile bicycle adventure from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. The trail…

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Presentation: Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Another last-minute plug here. I went to a great presentation at True Heights Equipment Outfitters in Dayton, OH the other night and I’ll be going again tonight to watch a presentation from Lucy about her trip on the John Muir Trail. For more information check out the event listing at True Heights Equipment Outfitters. If…

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