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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/10/24 - 3:23pm


So a day after a new high for daily Covid-19 cases both in the US and worldwide, trump returned to the campaign trail for a series of rallies and again sought to minimize the surging pandemic by mocking Biden for following the social distancing recommendations of public health officials.  The world according to trump. "People are tired of Covid.  I have these huge rallies.  People are saying whatever.  Just leave us alone.  They're tired of it.  People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots."   

"Coronavirus infections are spiking across the country, but President Trump decided to attack Dr. Fauci as a ‘disaster’ and call public health experts ‘idiots’ instead of laying out a plan to beat this virus or heeding their advice about how we can save lives and get our economy moving again. President Trump even criticized me yesterday for listening to the scientists — that’s not an attack, that’s a badge of honor. Waving a white flag and saying “it is what it is” is unacceptable when thousands of American lives are being taken each week when businesses are closing and schools remain shuttered. The American people have never backed down from a challenge, but they need a leader to show the way and all President Trump has done is cower and wallow in self-pity. Mr. President, you’re right about one thing: the American people are tired. They’re tired of your lies about this virus. They’re tired of watching more Americans die and more people lose their jobs because you refuse to take this pandemic seriously. Now, more than ever, we need a leader to bring us together, put a plan in place, and beat this virus — but you have proven yourself yet again to be incapable of doing that."  Joe Biden.

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20 months old...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/10/23 - 2:15pm



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Unloading some greenhouse pavers...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/10/22 - 3:10pm



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Pocket watch for a friend named Buck

The Field Lab - Wed, 2020/10/21 - 2:17pm


This Ingersoll Buck "dollar pocket watch" was made in 1897.  

Restored in 2020.  


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quarantine hair...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/10/20 - 1:59pm



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Saving Green Tomatoes

Home Grown New Mexico - Tue, 2020/10/20 - 11:11am


Saving Green Tomatoes by Jannine Cabossel, the Tomato Lady

Now is the time to finish picking your ripe and green tomatoes as next week it will be in the 20s at night. If you wait till after a hard freeze, it will be too late.

How to save green tomatoes
If you have an abundance of green tomatoes on the vine, you still can bring them inside your house to finishing ripening them (not in a cold garage). Here’s how I do it although there are many ways to save them, I find using paper bags from the grocery store (yes that’s why you’ve been saving all those bags!) works really well.

How to pick tomatoes that will ripen

First you can tell which green tomatoes will probably ripen fully by looking at them. If you see the green is getting lighter on the sides, it will probably ripen as it has started the ripening process. Some have very dark tops and that is ok as long as the sides are a lighter shade of green. Also I just pick the bigger tomatoes as they are usually further along in the growing process versus the small totally dark immature tomatoes.

Use paper bags to ripen them

Place 2-3 layers of rock hard green tomatoes in bags as shown above-no more  that a couple of layers because as they ripen, you don’t want the ones ripening underneath to get crushed. Also discard any that have blemishes.


Place tomatoes that are just starting to get color in another bag and move the ones that are starting to color up from the ‘green’ bag. Look into your ‘green’ tomato bag every few days and move them to the ‘just starting to color’ bags.

Important tip: Put a slice or two of apple (any color) in each bag. The apple slice will release ethylene gas which is a natural ripening hormone that is in many fruits. It will speed up the ripening process of your tomatoes in your paper bags. Replace apple slices as needed. It really works!


Close up all the bags so the apple does it’s work and none of the gas is released. I fold the paper bags over several times and then I put either something on top of the bags to keep them closed or I shove them under a rack to help keep them closed as shown above.

The trick is you must inspect the bags every few days and move them to another bag as necessary. If you just put them in the bag and forget about them, you might wind up with a bunch of the ripen ones squished with the heavier unripened ones on top.

Once they have changed color but still hard, you should take them out of the bag and put them on the counter to finish ripening. Never put a ripe tomato in the refrigerator. A cold refrigerator dampens the taste.

This method is really good on extending the tomato season once the weather is too cold. They will never be quite as good as the sun-ripened ones but are still about 200% better than store bought ones. I use a lot of them that get a little too soft for pasta sauces and eat the rest.

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Another night visitor to trap...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2020/10/19 - 3:24pm



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`don't be a fool...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/10/18 - 2:57pm

Proverbs 3:35

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.  

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/10/17 - 2:45pm


"The light at the end of the tunnel is near.  We are rounding the turn," Trump told a group of fans Friday at an event in Fort Myers, Florida. "Don't listen to the cynics and angry partisans and pessimists."  Meanwhile - daily infections are hitting record high numbers worldwide and in 21 states in the US.  Not sure what "tunnel" trump is talking about...82,89,58,0,W

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The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/10/16 - 11:53am
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coon trapping tonight...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/10/15 - 3:03pm



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From the land of the lost...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2020/10/14 - 2:33pm

Just found a pocket watch minute hand I lost over 3 months ago.  It's quite a surprise when one of these tiny lost parts magically appears on the floor... 90,96,72,0,B

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Late in the game...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/10/13 - 4:43pm


Waiting for a little price drop to pick up twenty 2020 silver eagles.  87,93,68,0,C 

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too cute...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2020/10/12 - 10:57am
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Path of the wicked...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/10/11 - 1:43pm

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 3:36pm


Over 2 million new cases reported worldwide in the past week - a new record high.  Meanwhile President Trump marked his return to the White House last Monday after a weekend hospital stay for coronavirus treatment with this message for the American people: "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life."  The president's tweet left many friends and families of coronavirus victims disgusted and angered. How could they not let a virus that snatched their loved one from them dominate their lives?  Amanda Kloots, wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero, who fought the virus for 95 days and died, was among those mourning the death of a loved one who took issue with the president's comments.   
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new piggies...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/10/09 - 5:20pm


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another pesky coon...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/10/08 - 11:40am
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The Field Lab - Wed, 2020/10/07 - 2:57pm

This one put up quite a fight but it is finally ready to ship back to the owner.  88,93,72,0,C

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parts for sale

The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/10/06 - 3:52pm


Selling back a movement I ordered for parts I needed for a gold watch I have been working on.  87,94,67,0,B

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