Monthly Archives: April 2019



I made a batch of hamburger mushroom stroganoff that’s pretty tasty. I got four buckets for lunches in the freezer and fridge.
This morning I was binging on Youtube watching ‘Primitive Technology’ really good show about survival techniques worth watching, turn on the captions.
So I got a much needed haircut, itches but it looks good.
I worked on my ukulele projects. Yesterday I cut a walnut fret board for a small soprano copied from Uncle Bob’s 90 year old Kamaka. I also cut down the neck with a router to fit the fret board, I had messed up the cuts, now it’s right. I also prepared another walnut blank for a new bass ukulele I’ve just begun. I’m planning this one to be a solid body bass uke with a 20 1/4 inch string length, same as the other ones but solid, maybe maple and mahogany.

These are very short basses with fat strings, but they sound right, easy to play.
Laundry done, another week ahead, but I like the work and they pay me well, with great coworkers. Life is good.


I got a new keyboard today, thought I’d try it out. I also got a new enameled dutch oven, big 6.5 qt in red and white. Gary would approve. I’m planning on spending Easter with friends Joe and his family, cooking potatoes au gratin to go with the ham. Think I’ll use this thing. It’s heavy cast iron enameled, pretty in red.
My friend at work is interested in a bass ukulele at a cheap price. Thinking of an electric unit. Not sure where to get a nylon wound in magnetic nickel thick enough for a super short uke bass with coil pickups. So I ordered another set of rubber strings and a piezo pickup/pre-amp. It could be fun to make an electric solid body bass uke. A 20 inch electric string length is hard to find.
I’ve been cooking, Pasta Fagioli soup as usual. Italian sausage, onions, garlic, garden herbs, wild asparagus I’ve found in the good places, and potatoes smothered in cheese, tasty stuff.
Yesterday was Greg’s birthday at work. I gave him a jar of pickles. As he’s diabetic, perfect.
It’s warming up again, Spring time, hurray.