Author: ron (page 1 of 4)

garden fresh

The garden is growing, and I was able to harvest almost enough basil to make a batch of pesto. Even though I had to add some commercial leaves, it still tasted better (in my mind?) than when everything comes from the store.

Yum.

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usb thumb drive stand

There are a number of cool-looking thumb drive holders around, but I decided to roll my own using FreeCAD and my 3D printer. It holds six drives with space in the middle for any loose caps. Continue reading

bit holder

I’m not talking about computer memory.

I have a fair size collection of 1/4″ drive bits. Flat and phillips screwdrivers. Many sizes of Torx. Star drives, nut drives. But any way you cut it, sifting through them loose in a box was a mess.

It reached a critical point when I knocked the box off my tool chest and they scattered all over the garage floor. Colorful vocabulary and lots of searching on hands and knees ensued.

A quick FreeCAD design and some 3D printing later, and they’re all organized. Files are available on Thingiverse.

pool day

Our tradition is that I set up the pool after the first day the temperature exceeds 90°. Today was pool day.

 

 

 

 

Even after all these years, I still marvel at how small the box is. Continue reading

coffee

I don’t want to get into a discussion about the “right” way to brew coffee. People have different tastes, and I’m okay with that. I even like the occasional cup of cheap powdered instant. It’s not coffee, more like Caltech pizza, but I find the taste intriguing. Did I mention occasionally?

Can you wait 12 hours for a cup of coffee? This is currently my favorite brew for daily consumption.

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how does your garden?

The garden is in that sweet spot: everything is young and growing fast, but the tomato worms and other would-be diners haven’t discovered it.

There isn’t enough basil for pesto yet, and the tomatoes are still small, but there’s mint enough to garnish our couscous and basil enough for soup and there’s lots of promise.

 

whole house fan

Last July I ordered a whole house fan. The day it showed up, it was over 100° and I wasn’t up to crawling in the attic. Then it sat in the garage until a couple of weeks ago, when I realized that the weather was heating up.

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lid racks

I have a lid drawer. I dread having to root around in it to find lids.

I have a 3-D printer. I can design and print lid racks.

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lampshades

Years ago, I bought a novelty gooseneck lamp for Joshua’s bedroom. It had four shades in primary colors (red, green, yellow, and blue if I recall correctly). It was fun, but the shades grew brittle with age and heat exposure and eventually broke. We redecorated Joshua’s room, and prepared to send the lamp for repurposing or recycling.

But wait…

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