Saturday, July 13, 2013

New Video Posted and No Air Conditioning

My YouTube Channel Page
I just wanted to post a quick note that I have posted a new introductory video on YouTube. It explains a little more about what we're doing and includes pictures of the whole family.

I'm trying to make these videos as professional as I can but it's not so easy. My HP Pavillion dv6 laptop REALLY gets bogged down when I'm processing video clips. Once Wifey gets here (less than 3 weeks!), I'm hoping maybe her Mac will do a little better (IF she can part with it for five minutes).

Demonstrating charging my cell phone with the radio.
I also posted a video response to James regarding my ETON crank-powered, solar powered NOAA emergency weather radio. If you don't have a way to recharge your cell phone, rechargeable batteries, etc...this little guy is under $30 and does wonders. For the best price, buy it from Amazon like I did and have it shipped free straight to your house.

I also HIGHLY recommend getting Amazon's Prime membership. It will get you FREE 2-day shipping on anything Amazon ships. It also gets you TONS of MOVIES for FREE. Any time we watch something on the television (we disconnected our cable about six years ago), we watch either NetFlix or Amazon.

Sign up for a FREE 30 Day Trial at Amazon using this link. Try the movies and FREE 2-Day shipping to see what you think. Cancel within 30 days if you don't like it. Nothing to lose there. Wifey is watching Covert Affairs right now and LOVES it...and it's FREE to watch with Prime. Anyway, now that I sound like a commercial...

Ye old rusted box blade of yesteryear
One of the tractor implements that I pulled to the front of the barn was a box blade. I got it attached to the Ford 8N after cleaning it up and I have found at least ONE perfect use for it so far. It is terrific at scraping up all the cow manure which is scattered about the farm because the cattle are allowed to free range.

The watering area for the cows will garner me a good pile of manure for our upcoming gardening season. It's a WIN-WIN situation! I get to drive a cool tractor AND collect a bunch of free manure for our garden. Ding!


Back Home Report

Wifey unhappily reported that the AC belt snapped on our family Suburban today. Of course, it happens right in the middle of a hot Arizona summer. Not being there to fix the problem and soothe her nerves sets me back a bit as well. Luckily, we have a good neighbor (Thanks Ronnie!) that is a mechanic on the side and has agreed to put a new belt on either tonight or tomorrow. I can't say enough about the importance of a strong community.

Broken A/C belt
Unfortunately, this caused a cancellation of a fun-filled afternoon with Grandma. She and the girls had planned a fun day at the bowling alley. Sorry Grandma!


  1. You will find a lot of uses for your tractor. Pretty soon you will be telling everyone that you don't know how you ever survived without it. Will you have room for all your furniture when the family joins you? I assume you will be shipping all the stuff from your old house to the new place.

    1. I'm already digging the tractor quite a bit. I may have to get one of my own so I don't have to worry about breaking something on grandpa's old tractor. as far as the furniture is concerned, its hard for me to tell from a thousand miles away. my first concern is getting it all to fit in the U Haul trailer. there's always room for stuff in ththere's always room for stuff in the barn.

  2. The video looks okay from here. Btw, must be very cool to own a tractor and get things done so easily in the farm.

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