Coffee 6-28-14

Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:41 am

Good morning! Come in, stay a moment, share a thought & a cup of coffee (or tea). I'm thinking one sausage, one egg over easy & a piece of toast with home made blueberry jam for breakfast.

We've had some beautiful weather! There was a couple days of rain this last week, but other that, it's been wonderful! Also, the next week looks very nice.... 80's during the day & 60ish at night. Sweet!

A friend & I were the first humans on the East coast (and perhaps the entire USA) to see the sunrise last Tuesday morning. About 100 people made the trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. We saw to it that we were on the tallest point & logically we saw the sun before anyone else. Off to our right were three college boys on a taller rock, but, 30 seconds before sunrise, they got blown off their rock! That left our heads above everyone else's. But, the sunrise itself was anti-climatic. Clouds obscured the actual moment, but, it was still the best sunrise that day!

I think I'll go to "Marty's bus" & write a little story. At least one thing happened this last week that should be there.

Enjoy the weekend. Hug your loved ones.
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:46 am

Hiked Cadillac Mountain many years ago.. ... -light.htm

Breathtaking but exhausting.
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: the snowman On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:50 am

Nice Freddy! My wife and I once took my mother-n-law hiking up one of the high peaks here in Northern NY. It was a four hour moderate difficulty hike at a fast pace only to have the morning fog not burn off but linger all day. Usually the view is great, however, not on this day. No complaints since we did get to spend the day together. My wife sat in the top of the fire tower and proceeded to write a couple poems about our climb. I believe those poems made the final cut for her book. Simple things, no complications, digital/electrical components ringing, dinging, vibrating or buzzing, just enjoying those you love and cherish.

Graduation and a wedding today with a three hour drive between the two events. Should be fun. The new shop took on water a couple times this week when we received rain. Not a happy camper. I'm just glad no customers projects have been affected. I need to do some work to change the flow of water towards the shop. I went to spray on a finish this week and did not pay attention to the air pressure setting and ruined my great expensive spray gun. I guess 200 psi exceeds the recommended 40-50 psi it requires. I had to use my old back up gun to do the job. I'm happy and lucky the canister didn't blow apart. This is what happens when one is in a hurry. Lesson learned I hope.

I hope everyone has a productive and relaxing weekend. Don't forget to enjoy your loved ones. Oh, just a friendly reminder, we are now one day closer to the return of winter.

The snowman.
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:11 am

Morning everyone,

I'm in Morganton, Ga this week visiting with my mom. She is 84 this year. While she's not preoccupied with death, she is ready to go. She has decided that now is the time to go through everything and deciding who gets what. We'll be doing that and packing things up this week. It's tough but she wants there to be no fights.

I think it's no secret here that I am not a fan of big government or those that support it. My mom is just one example why I feel that way. She sits here in the house using little or no electricity because she is trying to keep her monthly expenses down. She has ample money in different IRAs and other accounts but won't touch it because if she does she has to pay taxes on it - again. That sucks! That money has already been taxed. Why is an 84 year old widow being taxed twice on what she has worked hard for so that others who make other choices can be on food stamps, Obamacare or whatever? What's fair and equitable about that Mr Obama or anyone who supports his agenda? I find it sickening that my Democratic Congressional representatives won't touch that question with a 10 foot pole. They don't have a problem spending my mom's money.

Enough of a rant on what's going to be a typical North Georgian day of the 3 Hs - hot, humid and hazy. Have a great weekend, be safe. Lisa
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:26 am

Mornin all. Sunny & just beeeeautiful here on the hill :D Outstanding breakfast choice Freddy! It's been a long time since I've been to Acadia. My X-wife's tribal connection is Passamaquoddy/ Mic-Mac. They are located in Maine & Canada. They refer to themselves as "People of the Dawn" for that particular reason---they see the sun rise first-- Nice pix my young friend!!! I'm headed for the porch to enjoy what the creator has given us weather wise today. Enjoy the week-end people. Damn, did somebody let politics sneak into our lil coffee stop?? :(
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: McGiever On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:41 am

Arcadia NP...We're headed on a 2 week adventure/journey up to and back from there in a few weeks ourselves. :D

Who will watch over my bees? :roll:
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:51 am

morning all , going to work on the little cabin today (landscaping) breakfast sounds good, but make it 2 of everything...have a good day all... B.B.
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:01 am

Morning all! My wife picked a few pints of ripe Blueberries from her garden last night, so today I will be making my famous (to our kids) Blueberry Pancakes. She is already picking Peaches too! The wet spring has really accelerated the growing season.
I've been out building a new coal "bin" for our next TT load of coal. It is basically a 3-sided log cabin made from Southern Pine I am thinning out on our property, so the log sizes vary widely. Notching every log for corner strength. One side is 40ft long, the back side is 22ft long, and the uphill side is 32 ft long. I was able to use the trees that are growing in the area as natural supports on two of the walls. The third wall will get a support I am building into the structure. It is only 4 rows high, about 4 ft. More than high enough to contain the dumped coal. I'll get pics today.
Oh! and this week I got my Christmas present! A Granberg Alaskan Chainsaw Mill, model G776-60C2 . It has a 72” bar, with a 60” cutting swath. Total length with Powerhead is 8 feet long. That tape measure in the pics is at 60 inches. I estimate it to be 110lbs. Good thing it has a helper handle out on the end of it. If my Stihl 076 Super doesn’t have enough power, I can always add a 2nd powerhead by removing the Helper Handle. So far the 076 has had enough power to run it. The Black thing at the end of the bar is an auxiliary bar oil tank.
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:12 am

Good Morning ! And a bright sunny one it is! Supposed to be the hottest day so far this year, around 89* forecast.

I'm working on getting my truck and trailer ready for the trip starting next week, I need to do normal maintenance, check tire pressures, lube trailer bearings, check trailer brakes etc.

Did a lot of things this last week, but seems like I didn't accomplish anything.. setting up the little bits and pieces needed to finish a job. Then all of a sudden everything is put together, and the job is done.. Well no job got done, but a lot of little bits and pieces got ready.

I did spend some more time on the '41 Plymouth pickup truck. I FINALLY found out what was wrong with the idle circuit on the carb.. and it WAS NOT clogged up! Just the opposite: there is an air bleed in the idle fuel passageway that connects to an orifice just under the choke in the top part of the carb. This orifice is supposed to be about .015" diameter. Well some bozo 'rebuilder' in the past must have thought 'if .015" is good, then .125" must be better' ! The large orifice let nothing but air down to the idle needle valve, there was no way that the engine could pull fuel through a tiny fuel metering jet, with an 1/8" orifice open to atmosphere in the circuit.

I found an original carb top, with the correct orifice, but there were too many things wrong with the top. So I took a piece of solder, cut just a bit longer than the depth of the too-big orifice, swedged it into the hole: I tapped on it with a hammer and blunt punch, wedging it in the hole.. then I took a jet drill and put the correct size hole in it..
VOILLA !! it idles at about 400 rpm. just ticking along, I can hear the .008" valve lash of virtually every intake and exhaust valve.. NICE engine !!

Next on this truck will be some more steering parts. so far I"ve replaced the passenger side tie rod end, and adjusted the steering gear box, but the driver's side tie rod is pretty worn too, and it's the left hand threaded one, tough to find for this old truck. The drag link has some play in each of it's ball joints, but thankfully these are the adjustable type, so I'll soak them in some penetrant to soften up the ancient grease and mud.. very little rust on this truck.

I finally broke down and bought a battery for it.. $105 for a small 12v battery !! I need to check on the salvage price for lead !! $22 core charge !! Anyway, with a proper size battery in the box under the drivers floor, I was able to make a new plywood floor board, [was originaly plywood] and now I have a 'normal' floor in the cab.
The truck is really starting to shape up!!

Well time to get my butt out of this recliner. and get my hands dirty yet again.

Hey Freddy, I'm heading over to 'Marty's Bus' to read your latest addition to the saga.

Freetown Fred: glad you are feeling better every day, and I'm sure you will appreciate getting your plumbing hooked back up!! One word of 'warning' you will be like a newborn for a week or two:: no control, and everything comes out when it wants to come out !! It will take a week or so to retrain that sphincter muscle !! Well worth it though !!

Snowman: is that water problem a roof drainage issue? or is it a ground sloping towards the building issue??

Lisa: I cannot agree more! Just think how much better people would be if they could get taxed only once on their money? I just get furious about our government at times..
Right now every single item is either being taxed or some damned polititian is trying to get a tax on it to increase the income for the government's toilet bowl of spending. [our money going down the toilet]

Social Security was never supposed to be taxed, but now 85% is taxible.. grr.. I'm gonna quit before I ruin my whole day.

Take care everyone !! And give all your loved ones a hug: 'just because'.

Greg L
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:22 am

Freddy & freetown fred , how will you guys make it till lunch time with such a little breakfast ? 12 oz orange juice,2 slices of toast, 5 very large eggs scrambled, 1 banana ,4 large prunes, 16 oz home made tea & I hope to make that & several more glasses of drink last till lunch. A working man has to eat in order to work, at 5' 10 1/2" & 175 # its not going to the wrong place. I have lost about 10-12 # since my kidneys are back on the job. Feeling good this morning with 59* at 6:15 a/m,light breeze,lots of sun. Hope you all have a very good weekend !
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:19 am

80 degrees and humid here at 10:15 AM. It's going o be a hot one today here.

For something completely different the wife and I just attempted our first ever batch of homemade American Cheese. We have read where American Cheese and Velveeta actually contained real cheese at the onset, but this was continually reduced over time until by the early1980's there was no actual cheese remaining in either of them. The homemade American cheese we made contains mainly Colby and Cheddar, plus whole milk, salt, gelatin, cream of tartar, water, and powdered milk. This is pretty much how it was made when Mr. Kraft first invented it. His big secret discovery was to add sodium citrate, which not only preserves it, but more importantly emulsifies the cheese fat into the mixture so it doesn't "oil out" when heated. We noticed that sodium citrate was added to our "natural" gelatin as a preservative, so we even have some of that in ours. It's presently sitting in the fridge to gel.
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:33 am

Hi all how's your day going? Not much here just a spur of the moment camping trip going to enjoy the day, the wife is out with her family today so I'm enjoying it with my daughter and the dog( a morning dip in the lake)going to be lots of swimming today 90* 8-) . I feel the same way as most of you when it comes to the worthless Government I feel they do more harm then good!! Well guys and gals enjoy the rest of the weekend.

PS,Freddy that's a real nice sunrise you saw there thanks for sharing. :) Keepaeyeonit
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:24 pm

Just back from pickin up a jug of honey & figured I'd snap a shot of his set up :)
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:25 pm

Here is my new "Coal yard", where I'll have the TT loads delivered. I'll throw a Poly tarp on the ground, and lay some sheets of OSB against the logs to make sure the coal stays clean. I think I can store 75 to 100 tons here.
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Re: Coffee 6-28-14

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:45 pm

Evening all, I'm late posting as usual. Was on here earlier, but had to run before I finished reading all the posts.
Hope you all had a great day. We had a couple of showers, but for the most part the day was a good one.

Take care and be safe all, as I'm headed over to the 'Marty's Bus' thread.
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