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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Just a couple of lines as we celebrate our Thanksgiving Day at home here at the Matrix Compound. Due to my work schedule and Al wrapping up his first semester of grad school next week, we chose to graciously decline invites from friends to share a Thankgiving Day feast in order to stay close to our work and give thanks for all that we have. We are thankful for our health, our families and our livlihood.
Although there is the focus on work, I am also focusing on a feast for two that will resemble a feast for 12. We love turkey, fresh and leftover. I figured it takes about as much energy to roast a smaller bird that an large one so I have a 15 pounder in the electric roaster that should be ready to eat around 1. Not a lot of fancy sides so just the basics: dressing, smashed potatoes, gravy and the fresh asparagus to green things up. My dressing is always full of veggies too. :-) Of course the homebaked goodness of a Marie Calendar's pumpkin pie and homethawed goodness of a Marie Calendar's coconut cream pie. Gotta love BOGO's at King Soopers!
Of course the leftovers will go into multiple packages with turkey and gravy frozen for soup starter for the winter, dressing just to slice and eat fried, on bread (yea right, like you have never heard of putting a healthy slab of cornbead dressing between two slices of bread with a dollop of mayo.... ), or nice dry pieces of leftover breast meat on a sandwich with butter.
For some reason, it is really hard for Al and me to get a good picture together. Perhaps it is the scurrying around with tripod/camera timer. Who knows. But just a quick hello photo shot from us on this very beautiful sunny Thanksgiving Day in Ellicott, CO
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
From the movie we went into the Black Forest to have dinner and spend time with our friends Mark and Christine. Since we hurriedly headed off to the movie, we forgot to pack a camera so we have no photos of their home, their minimal costumes or ours. But it was a good time. Christine prepared meatball subs, bloody mary cocktails and onion rings. We added guacamole and chips and a few Coors Light and Diet Pepsis. A good time was had by all!
Today we were in the high 60s and there is no trace of a snow storm left at our house. But we have had two storm systems in October that threatened clobbering conditions that did not materialize at the Matrix Compound. Granted, the goats were not loving life eating outside but they did as we have a herd of survivors. Since their natural body temperature is a couple degrees higher than humans, they have the mechanisms to deal with the cold.
This does make us wonder what we are in store for the rest of the dark seasons. I HATE that tomorrow we will wake up in a different time zone and we will have no evening light at all. It just annoys the shit out of me. But I will live.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
It is hard to tell from looking at these pictures, but they are in living color. Unfotunately today, it is primarily shades of grey.
Friday, October 16, 2009
I just returned today from a week away from the Compound working in Little Rock. It rained the entire time. I am very glad to be home but also glad to be back consulting at any available level. Perhaps the economy is slowly recovering and our President's stimulus package is making inroads.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
On Tuesday, September 29th, Kevin from Cheyenne Wind was out and did the test run prior to final inspections of our generator. How wonderful to finally see it spinning. We were issued our serial number, computer USB antenna, and SkyView 2.o software CD. This software allows us to know exactly what our generator is doing at any point in time. It is now installed on the computer and we have done our own “test run” of the generator. I am sure that we will be enthralled with the software for some time to come.
So there are three inspections that must occur. The building permit final inspection should be today. Next, the electrical permit inspection will be performed. Finally, Mountain View Electric Association will do a final inspection and switch out our analog meter with the digital net meter. At that time, the Matrix generator will be fully functional.
New facts regarding it operation were learned yesterday as well.
At 56 mph wind speed, the generator will lock itself and turn off. It will wait one hour before trying to restart and test the wind speeds to determine if it can safely operate. This is done to avoid damage to the generator.
The generator does NOT provide power in the absence of grid power. If we have a power flicker, the generator will shut down and will try to resume every 10 minutes. In the event of an extended power outage, this will continue until power resumes. If we had a backup generator wired into our home, we could shut the connection to the MVEA grid, the wind generator would sense the backup generator’s function and begin producing power to assist production in that closed environment. We may have to look in to that.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It was such an awesome site to see it fully assembled and all of the wiring is complete to the top including the computer WiFi communications antennea on the top.
Unloading and aligning three sections of the monopole was the first major step. These sections are precision made to the point that each pole set has a serial number.The first picture is moving the pole sections into place with the second picture of the 12 ton wench from a stationary truck pressure squeezing the two compression joints of the three sections together.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
There is a front forcasted to come through tomorrow afternoon. We would like to get the siding color on the building by noon so that when any storm would hit late in the afternoon/evening, would be good and dry. The siding color is a sage green, again that matches the house. Because of the style of the siding, it has to be brushed or sprayed. And if you keep in mind that we are erecting a wind generator, you know that we will be brushing the siding paint. :-)
Friday, September 18, 2009
I have two neices who's weddings I have misssed and I regret that. Janis married in 2002 (she is my first neice and my God daughter) and I ended up with shingles and could not travel to NE for her wedding. Then when her sister, Jamie, married, I was somehow too tied up with work.
My family is very important to me. I miss my brothers and sisters every day and my relationship with all of their children is very real and very important. As I continue to age (and get closer and closer to my young Mother's age) I hope to be a positive addition to all of their live experiences.
This has gone on too long and I am sitting in my chair aching from the heavy sand shoveling I have done this evening. Please forgive any typos but please tell me if you see them so I can correct them.
Love to all,
OK So.... As currently scheduled, the Cheyenne Wind guys will be erecting our generator on Monday! I am so freaking excited! I can barely stand it. I have been waiting for that moment since early July! Stay tuned!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Included here are photos of the work in progress. You can bet there will be a blog when it is completely finished so we do not leave all these bruises, bumps and pimples burned in your mind’s eye. It is really an awesome space.
We moved to this property from Gallup, NM, in late August, 2005. One vision I immediately realized that was a huge plus for this property over others we were looking at (the biggest draw was the fact that it was a "stick-built" home and not a modular/manufactured home like the largest percentage of homes out here on the high plains) was the fact that there was a "3rd" garage. Two-car attached to the home and then another single bay structure about 10 yards from the back door.
The Vision: It had 30 amp electric service to it. It had a foundation and slab capable of support a horseless carriage. It was sound in structure. I would make two wonderful rooms with its roughly 15' X 30" dimension. There was a solid slab of concrete on the back side of it that had been the resting place for a dog kennel 12' X 15".
We bought and sold the house in Gallup in a very good market so we had some cash burning our pockets. (No our savings account...) I was referred a contractor that will remain unnamed because his performance in the end was not worth what we saved... but I will NEVER blog about Jerry... I don't gossip...
The project had some major elements such as getting water out of the basement of the home to the structure, and the major construction of the interior and the installation of many doors, building the sloped roof addition (the kidding area) on the former kennel foundation, and related plumbing.
Sorry if this getting too long and boring....
Once the construction was completed (over budget AND over schedule, it was "usable" prior to our first goats kidding in February 2006.
In the summer of 2006, we decided to change our house colors so we wanted to try the colors out on the Parlor. So we slapped a couple of coats of paint on the weathered siding we inherited. We are not painters and although I have two brothers who are professional painters and drywall, I guess I never got the “prep” message.
Stay tuned for the next blog about the project on-going at this time....
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
So this was all new to me. I achieved all of my college education as an adult student with little concern for traditional student life. I have since learned that I also achieved this status as a Freshman but with the focus on a full time job and new life with wife and 2 daughers, I must have not bothered.
I researched it a bit. Here is wikipedia's blurb on the ALD Honor Society. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Lambda_Delta
The statistics quoted at today's ceremony filled my chest with pride. Of all first year students at CSU-P in the Fall 2008 class of approximately 1000 students, less that 50 achieved the status to join and be inducted into ALD. That makes me quite proud.
As the speaker continued to explain, the first term for most students is the most tramatic with the social pressure, demanding classes with lack of structure (as known in high school), and many missing home or their first time away from home for a significant amount of time.
The picture here is that of Bill (Ross) and his mom, Sue, at the conclusion of the ceremony. Thanks for enduring my brag moment!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
So this picture is the clock when all the human lightening rods had to leave the aluminum beachers. Barely into the 3rd quarter.
I sent Al and Sue to the car and I headed down to the band to see what I could do to help them get under cover. After a brief discussion that I could do nothing to help them, the rain and started big time. I started walking briskly to where I believed the car to be. But in the driving rain, frantic people, etc. there was no way I knew where the car was on the campus as I trecked to the west across the campus. I saw the banner of the School of Business and thought I might be able to get a bit of cover on the front steps to dare to pull out my Blackberry Bold into the we from the holster to call Al.
Al and Sue headed toward me and we met up and I got into the front passenger seat of the SUV. I was SOAKED! YIKES! We got back to their house and I changed into dry clothes and sat, had a couple of beers and tried to stop shivering. Finally I did.
Sue thought we should stay another night but we were determined to get home because we had taken advantage of our good friend doing the chores too long. We arrived home around midnight.
I woke up Sunday SO fluish. And I am still not over it on Monday night. OMG, have I connected with H1N1 through this weekend of activity? I think that if I am not feeling significantly better tomorrow afternoon I wil be getting tested.
Hope all are well.