30 Oct 2017

We pulled some carrots and a leek yesterday for Carrot Puree. The total harvest so far is 723.87 pounds. The pie chart shows percentage by weight but a more useful measure might be something like "meals" or "servings". 94 pounds of squash wasn't nearly as useful as 370 pounds of tomatoes.

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27 Sep 2017

I'm clean! And exhausted…

And RapidWeaver 7.5.1 and Stacks 3.5.5 seem to have fixed a hard crash bug that prevented any posting since 9/1…

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1 Sep 2017

Welcome home, Kodi!

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19 Aug 2017

More than half of our 2017 harvest has come in the last 16 days.

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13 Aug 2017

Yesterday's harvest brings our total to 353.8 pounds.

116 pounds!

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Gherkins

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Bell Peppers

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Orange Hybrids

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Jalapeños

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Hybrid Corn

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28 Jul 2017


Year to date garden production: 133.99 pounds. Garden 2017/Harvests has the up-to-date list.

16 Jun 2017


The written is done, all of the solos are done, the simulated instrument is done… all that remains is a stage check, end of course check, and the check ride.

2 Jun 2017


I only need 0.3 hours simulated instrument and 1 hour of instruction to be ready for my PPL checkride. I added a few pictures from yesterday's XC to West Point / Middle Peninsula and Louisa County to the We Fly album.

28 May 2017

Life is slowly returning to normal for the first time since 26 April. We were able to get the tomatoes planted but not much else.

In 2015 and 2016 we tried trellising with t-posts, garden wire, and turnbuckles. This year we're going back to cages.

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27 Apr 2017 to 6 May 2017

My Copilot, IAD - FCO on 27 Apr.*

* The crew was already scheduled, so I didn't actually get to fly the plane. Not having an ATP doesn't help, either.

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Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017

Heading southwest. From left to right, A330, B744, and Citation C56.

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Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017

The robins are back. In 2012, they hatched about 25 Apr.

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Wednesday, 5 Apr 2017

Asparagus grows really quickly!

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Saturday, 1 Apr 2017

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Best.Veggie.Ever.
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Asparagus
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Rhubarb. I was sure it was dead after we moved it. I was wrong. Even I can't kill rhubarb.

Sunrise, 28 Mar 2017

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End of an Era


I've had cable TV in one form or another since 1986 or 1987. When Cox added a "regional sports surcharge" fee to my bill, I complained. They read me the PR-approved talking points and ultimately told me to go pound sand. I told them I wasn't going to pay the fee, and I meant it.

Their recalcitrance actually worked out really well for us. After testing a few options (for free!) we now have Playstation Vue running through Apple TVs and Roku Expresses. An HDTV OTA antenna runs through the house wiring (using the cable company coax, ironically) to deliver Channels 7 (ABC) and 9 (CBS) - 4 (NBC) and 5 (Fox) local are already on PSV.

Cox would have cost me $167.19 x 12 = $2,006.28 for the next 12 months.

I had to buy one more Apple TV, a Roku, and the antenna, plus the monthly PSV subscription. Total cost for 12 months: $209 in equipment and $779 for PSV = $988… AND that's with HBO and Cinemax, which we didn't have before, AND unlimited cloud-based DVR, AND an infinitely superior user interface, AND without these butt-ugly boxes.

Hey, Cox, thanks for helping me thinking outside the [cable] box.

Birthday Dinner

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All Tracks after 17 Mar 2017 Cross Country

KJYO - KLYH - KMRB - KJYO

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Blizzard 2017

03/14/2017

As recently as yesterday, they were forecasting up to 12" of snow for here. Here, as in this spot on the map. How can they be so far off?

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Planting Planning Planting

03/10/2017

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Germination - Week 2

03/10/2017

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Ideal soil temp: 75-78F. Got it.
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Baby Beets

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Leeks

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Homemade French Bread
Technically, it didn't germinate, but it was delicious!

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Red Cabbage

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Lettuce


Farther and Farther

03/04/2017

I updated my all-tracks in Google Earth in advance of tonight's cross-country.
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Germination - Week 1

03/03/2017

Four days after sowing, 5 of the 6 red cabbage seeds have sprouted. The leeks are just barely breaking the soil. Morning soil temperatures are 72F. Afternoon should be a bit higher - will check it in the next day or two.
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The Farm - 2017 Edition - Begins

02/28/2017

On Sunday, and on schedule, we sowed the "long lead time" seeds - onions, leeks, and eggplants, as well as those for which we want early production - PEPPERS! They're all under grow lights that turn on at sunrise and off at sunset, with the Nest thermostat set to heat to 78 starting at 9 AM and to turn off at 5 PM. We go (roughly) by the Old Farmer's Almanac dates - the Frost Calculator says April 11th is the 50% last frost date, but we usually wait until the first Sunday in May. We also schedule the sowing based on the planting dates calculator.


Outside Prep

02/21/2017

Before

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Garlic

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Farm Work

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Training

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After

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16 Jun 2017


The written is done, all of the solos are done, the simulated instrument is done… all that remains is a stage check, end of course check, and the check ride.

19 Aug 2017

More than half of our 2017 harvest has come in the last 16 days.

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