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Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TheFieldLab Daily live streams at https://www.youtube.com/thefieldlab/live John Wellshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12783305402239706779noreply@blogger.comBlogger3937125
Updated: 12 hours 35 min ago

Storm Damage...

Tue, 2019/06/18 - 4:37pm
The severe thunderstorms have been relentless this week but I have dodged most of them.  Lots of people on the ranch have had a lot of damage.  Had another cell pass this afternoon that wasn't in the forecast that had very high winds.  The Casita lost the south half of the roof in this one.  It could have been a whole lot worse... 87,91.73,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2019/06/17 - 11:31am
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The cross I bear this year...

Sun, 2019/06/16 - 12:17pm
Matthew 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
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last night's storm...

Sat, 2019/06/15 - 2:03pm
This cell missed me by about 5 miles...but I ended up getting three tenths of an inch out of another cell that I just caught the edge of.  I like lighting...when it is far away.  This photo is pretty grainy because it is a still from some video I was shooting during the storm.  86,95,74,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2019/06/14 - 3:05pm
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Got Shade?

Thu, 2019/06/13 - 2:08pm
video tomarrow...85,96,75,0,B
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roof sheathing

Wed, 2019/06/12 - 3:15pm
Had a couple of rain days off.  Got the roof sheathing up over the living area today...porches tomorrow. 84,91,66,0,C
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The Field Lab Rain Gauge

Tue, 2019/06/11 - 2:27pm
Are you a true off-gridder? Here is a test. My "rain gauge" has 150 gallons of rainwater in it after the last 24 hours. This was caught off a roof surface that is 352 square feet. How much rain actually fell? 80,86,63,?,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2019/06/10 - 10:00am
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The will of God

Sun, 2019/06/09 - 2:29pm
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
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BCSTFLTMCPB

Sat, 2019/06/08 - 5:18pm
The Field Lab version of the classic BLT:  bacon, cole slaw, field lab tomato, melted muenster cheese, course ground pepper, on pita bread. 91,103,73,0,C
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a friday night film

Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:05pm
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Down Time

Thu, 2019/06/06 - 4:19pm
I made good use of construction down time waiting for storms to pass by clearing the front of the greenhouse.  The inside is a whole other matter I am just beginning to attend to (again).  In other news - the doves have left the nest.  89,98,63,0,B
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Sheathing...

Wed, 2019/06/05 - 3:01pm
Started sheathing the casita now that the threat of severe afternoon thunderstorms has passed... 64,98,87,0,B
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State Of The Water Supply

Tue, 2019/06/04 - 3:29pm
Well it looks like the dry season is finally over.  Got an inch of rain over the past two nights.  Up until last week, TFL got only a half inch of rain over the past 6 months.  My total storage capacity is 20,000 gallons and I was down to 9,225 gallons as of Saturday.  All my catchment surfaces combined yield 2,000 gallons per inch of rain - and if the arroyo runs, I can pump an additional 3,000 gallons after a good rain event.  Sunday night I got 1/2" of rain and caught 1,000 gallons off my roofs and pumped 2,500 gallons out of the arroyo.  Monday night I got another 1/2" of rain - so another 1,000 gallons off my roofs...but it was too late to pump the arroyo again.  As of today, I now have 13,725 gallons on tap.  Chance of more rain tonight so this might get updated.  83,91,66,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2019/06/03 - 10:04am
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temptation...

Sun, 2019/06/02 - 1:00pm
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
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new doves update...

Sat, 2019/06/01 - 1:21pm
All feathered out now...ready to leave the nest in about a week.85,99,71,0,B
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a friday night fillm

Fri, 2019/05/31 - 3:01pm
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Ready for sheathing...

Thu, 2019/05/30 - 4:56pm
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