3/2/2019

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It’s been awhile since I posted. I got flooded this week, had to stay at friends and traverse the river way to high, but I made it. It was scary getting through. I had to teach my Honda to swim.
I spent most of the day today cleaning out the garage. The flood was deeper than I previously thought, 16 inches up on the side of the car. There is water in the back seat floor of the green Honda. I’ll need to drill holes in the floor or bail it out. The mud was everywhere, fine silt. I used the hose and the boat brush to loosen it up and wash it down, first the entrance way and around my car so I stop tracking it in, then the garage. The wood shop side still had saw dust soggy with the flood, broom pushed out and shoveled, then washed with the hose. The washing machine area was thick in mud. I scrubbed and hosed it out, first removing all the tools I have stashed near the door. There was water in the dryer. I used a funky outside towel to sop it up, then dried my door shade towel to clean it out. It’s OK now. So much mud. I picked up more bottles and cans of this and that and stashed them back where they belong. It’s going to take a long time to get this place dried out.
I made a batch of Pasta Fagioli soup using the Costco bacon bits, carrots, celery, zucchini, green beans, mushrooms, onions, garlic and garden herbs. I had to wash the silt from the herbs before chopping, especially the oregano was covered. I added a can of pinto beans, macaroni parboiled, some tomato paste from the tube, some ‘Better than Bullion’ chicken with the chicken broth and a dash of white wine. It turned out fine, four buckets for lunches ready to go.
I got a new stand mixer I want to try out, researching good cake recipes to try it on, a strawberry shortcake in mind. We’ll see.
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12/31/2018

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I spent the last half of today working on Raven’s birthday present. It’s still not quite done.

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I cut the new nut from a piece of cow bone. It still needs notches and to be glued down after the strings are right.

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The strings will be silver plated round wound nylon. I couldn’t get flat wounds in scale. I need to attach the tuners, maybe file the bass one down to fit the large string. I also unscrewed the lower electric jack circuit to reattach the wire as it came loose in the crash. It’s not a perfect instrument, but should be good fun to practice on acoustically or maybe plugged in if the electrics work, yet to be tried.

Raven’s Birthday and New Years Eve. Happy Birthday! Happy New Year!

12/29/2018

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I spent the day clearing a path in the garage for a new washing machine and to fix the dryer with a new belt. Major moving stuff and throwing things out, mostly scrap wood under the band saw. Quite the chore. I still need to replace the dryer belt and install the new washer. I’m hoping the dryer belt in the gas dryer I bought will fit into the electric one I have, Else I’ll just get a new belt on Monday in SR.
I also worked on the bass uke today, I installed a notched stick to hold the inner back rib down with my hand inside through the sound hole. Then I got out the angle tipped brass tube I use to inject glue into the ribs and used a syringe to inject the carpenters wood glue. It went in heavy, so I used a paper towel rubber band and stick to clear most of it, then went in with my hand and towel to clean it up. It’s deep inside so it won’t be noticed, but it should now be a strong connection with a large glue fillet. I blasted the outside with the air compressor and lightly sanded a couple places before that. I put on another coat of lacquer, There are a couple thick lines on the top to sand out, but it looks good. I could spend another month on the finish or call it good enough soon.

12/4/2018

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I re taped the bass where I removed the masking tape to install the batteries to try the electronics. I got a tiny plug in amp in the mail and wanted to see if it will work. Seems to come through with a click, maybe it will work. It’s now ready to be lacquered unless I choose to cover that cross line on the back, hmm.
Pepper is in purring with a cuddle.
I decided to start a new soprano neck as the first mahogany one is fretted off. I cut a piece of cherry wood I found in the stash, two pieces on the table saw. I trimmed one on the band saw for the doubled foot where the neck meets the body and an angle cut for the head stock, glued and clamped. The doubled foot is really close to the right thickness, a little sanding of the body should make a nice light curved back fit.
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I made a big batch of Pasta y Fagioli soup, five buckets for lunches ready to go. Yum, my favorite.

10/28/2018

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It’s been an interesting weekend. I came in with an honorable mention at the Halloween party, good for two $5 Starbucks cards. Ancient red cloak from the haunt days in storage, stitched back up with a new tied neck knot button, my mechanical hand, red steam punk goggles. I need to get a picture from someone who has it.
Yesterday Saturday I worked on a soundboard in redwood for the next soprano ukulele build. I cut a piece of mahogany at an angle for the neck head after surfacing it to flat. Not really flat as I’d like, saved some dust for filler.
I also cooked up a batch of beef stroganoff for a couple lunches and one then, tasty.
Joe sent me a note, Brice on the Geyserville planning committee is having a party at the stallionĀ sculpture lot to carve pumpkins. Sounds like fun. I showed up and carved a few, saved some seeds and roasted them later, good times.
Today I slept in, then headed to town for free Bucky’s coffee on the card. There is a gem show at the Santa Rosa fair grounds and a flee market in the Vet’s hall lot. I scored an emerald and a string of amethyst beads, plus a nice forstner drill bit cheap at the flea market.
At the car show in town, I dropped off half the roasted pumpkin seeds at Brice’s booth. Simply salted and roasted at 350 F.
Back home, I cooked up a batch of primo chicken soup, with cabbage, parsnips, all the main veggies, a superior blend, four buckets.
Laundry day, and I cut out the neck in mahogany for the next soprano uke. I stacked the heal blocks and glued them, this will be a good neck. The clamped back is now flat, the soundboard is tight.
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Bend the sides next.
I have begun to sand the bass uke 2 back to flush with the sides, slow process, coming along.
Back to work in the morning.

10/8/2018 Columbus Day

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Another interesting weekend. Three days as they gave us Columbus day off paid, excellent. Too bad I had a dentist appointment, crown install so no pain.
Let’s see, Saturday a fun trip to the farmers market. I spent the rest of the day installing the new stove. I had to change the jets to propane. That was a challenge mostly because I had to find all the tools. It’s in and works OK, no frills, not even a clock, but the oven is correct according to my thermometer.
Sunday, a binge on Netflix, Hawaii five-O, laundry, then some cooking. I made a batch of primo chicken soup. I took a walk to the river and back the long way around. I wanted to make a Cocido, Spanish beef and tomato stew with garbanzos, but I’m missing a few ingredients, mainly sherry and red bell pepper. I did buy some organic garbanzo beans dry, and put them on to soak overnight, but for a different purpose. I drew out my logo on the inside back for the UB2 bass.
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Then I prepared the clamps for the back. I moved them around until I had good coverage with the different styles of clamps. I left it in place unglued overnight.
Today at the dentist I gave the assistant a couple guitar picks for her son as he’s learning guitar. I don’t use them and they come free with the uke strings I buy. A stop at Trader Joe’s after for sherry but they’re out, and I forgot the bell pepper. I did get a few odds and ends. Next door at Bevmo they had sherry and my favorite beer.
Back home I made a batch of Cocido for lunch and work lunches. I left out the pepper but added another fresh tomato instead. I tastes great, something like Dad used to make, but different without the bells.
Next on the agenda, Falafels. Chopped garlic, onions, and parsley. Using Gary’s tiny food processor in several small batches I chopped up the soaked chickpeas and veggies to a course paste. I added 1 Tbsp. corn starch to thicken it and avoid gluten for some. Salt, cumin, coriander, I can’t find any cardamom, left out. Added some canned garbanzo juice as I have some left from the cocido instead of eggs as this stuff mimics egg whites well. I rolled up 11 balls, deep fried in canola oil. excellent, though they could use some more salt. I froze the larger batch for future use in a plastic zip bag. Chopped lettuce and tomato bagged with mustard dill sauce and a pita for lunch tomorrow in style.
I took a picture of the electronics inside the UB2.
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Then I glued it and clamped the back in place.
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I re-posted the add to sell my boat Frolic on Craigslist for a bargain price. Wrote this to post.
A good long weekend.

9/30/2018

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Fun weekend of Hexenfest up at the local Isis Oasis hippy commune. Raven took the gypsy wagon up there and sold coffee and drinking chocolate. She did alright.
I’m making lasagna for the potluck this Wednesday. Problem, my stove oven died due to the mice ate the electric cord. I’ll get a new one from the landlord but not until Friday. I dug out a kitchen torch from stuff should work well enough to brown the top and the microwave will finish the cheese melt OK. Cooking for a crowd with minimal tools. Total organic sauce from the farmer’s market with help from Trader Joe’s tomatoes.
It rained yesterday, Hurray, first since spring. That should stop any more fires, wonderful. We’re all grateful.
I worked on the second bass uke today, added the electrics and drilled the holes in the bridge for the strings. I made the holes big enough to fit the fat nylon strings even though I’m using smaller wire wounds.
The gypsy wagon move back to home came off without a hitch, thanks to Syntha, a gypsy friend.
Good times, back to work tomorrow.