Water Management

Submitted by Ben on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 08:47

We didn't notice when we bought the house that the entire back yard slopes toward the house.  Nor that several of the neighbors' yards are higher than ours.  The result is that during a heavy rainstorm, like the one last night, the neighborhood's water wants to get into our foundation.

French drain into the sump pump hole

Static Eliminator - reusable dryer sheets

Static EliminatorI like to dry laundry outside whenever possible, but Jessie's not into scratchy towels, nor ragweed, and the weather doesn't always cooperate, so we wind up using the dryer about half the time.  Our high-efficiency dryer is fantastic, but it can whip up a lot of static.  My anti-static gun was not helpful -- you'd need at least one extra arm (or a very attentive assi

Ben Mon, 04/20/2009 - 11:36
Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Soap

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A Walk to Remember

Submitted by Ben on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 09:36

On Saturday Jessie and I went out for a walk, something we don't do very often... we walk to the store, we walk to church, but walking without a destination is rare.  Actually we had a destination, but it turned out to be closed, so in effect we didn't.  Anyway, what's notable is that we saw a lot of unusual things, bordering on surreal:

High Tunnel notes

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 09:36

Last night the Emporia Area Local Foods Network (EALFN) held a class on "high tunnels" -- unheated, plastic greenhouses large enough to walk through.  Attendance was unbelievable -- some 70 people for a 3 1/2 hour class at dinnertime!  After an introductory video, we had two speakers from K-State's high tunnel project, http://hightunnels.org .  Here's what I learned:

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On losing an organ...

Submitted by Jessie on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 21:46

So as many of you have already read or heard, I had my gallbladder out last Thursday. It was the first surgery I have ever had, first time under general anesthesia, first overnight stay in the hospital since I was born and first organ removal. Yes I still have my tonsils and my appendix. Until now the most major things I have had removed are my wisdom teeth. So here is how I remember it:

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Successful surgery!

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 12:01

Jessie had her gallbladder removed yesterday, and we're pleased to say that everything went as smoothly as it possibly could!  She would have been discharged yesterday afternoon, but her surgeon likes to keep patients under observation for as long as their insurance allows (23 hours), so she came home this morning.

Jessie's mom, Debbie, came to town to help out, and stayed overnight in the hospital room while I came home and slept with the cats.  Debbie will be here until Sunday.  Thanks, Debbie!

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We Gather Together

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 13:34

After playing just the melody notes through once, I like to play this a second time with twice as many strokes... it fills the song out somehow.

See below for an MP3 of this arrangement.

Note that this is in 3/4 time, with the first beat of each line held over from the previous measure.

Chords: G G - (C) - G C G C - (G) D G -
Melody: D4 D E D B C D C B A B G3
Lyrics: We ga - ther together in joy -ful Thanksgiving,