Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Farm Equipment Query

I have a couple of tractor accessories I'd like to know about--and possible sell if they are worth anything, since I don't have the tractor for them anymore, or any need for one.

First is the plow, which I think might be a Little Genius Single Bottom. It's been in the woods for at least 30 years, but still looks pretty good. One wheel (left side is metal, the other is a wheel and tire. I don't know exactly what it is, except that it has a International Harvester logo on one side of the part  with the number on it below


 The full number on this part is P1618  \/
Parts move stiffly, but most look like with a little elbow grease and TLC they would work.

 Second is a disc harrow of unknown identity.  It's a little more worn, with some of the discs missing chunks of the metal to rust.

Last is something to do with hay mowing.  All have been in the woods for the same length of time. My dad used the harrow back in the 80's with an old Case tractor he restored to running, but when he passed in '96, the tractor was sold and the rest left out in the woods. My mom didn't want to deal with them, but now she'd like to sell them.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Van Conversion 3

Finally got some insulation and framing in.  The driver side, the back and side doors are insulated, the side framed and the passenger side wall is next.

The hanging thingy is the framing for the ceiling.  I'm having a little shoulder trouble, so it's just hanging there now on bungee cords and a piece of pipe. (After driving around with it like that for a few days, it's mostly just sitting on the stuff in the back.  You can see the passenger side door insulation in the last pic--a little pink stuff and duct tape did the trick!  The driver side wall needs a bit at the back for which I'll use whatever is leftover after the ceiling and other wall.

I'm hoping that the fall I took last week doesn't result in more surgery on my shoulder--I had an MRI this morning and should know by next week.  Sheesh!  All I need is one more thing to slow this project down some more!!

My current to-do list is:
  • finish the walls and ceiling
  • put in paneling
  • plywood on the floor
  • furnish with "kitchen", storage, bed platform and bed.
  • Fix the brown wire under the van for the trailer lights
  • Pay the car taxes so I can:
  • register the trailer and motorcycle
  • Get rid of the truck camper and truck cap
With the van ready for furniture, the garage will get cleaned out of the plywood, drysink, cabinets and shelves, which should go far in checking off the "Clean the Garage Out" list.  Since I just got notice of an available apartment, I need to get things going faster!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Van Conversion 2

Spent a lot of time working and planning, and recovering from rotator cuff repair surgery in January--still have a month and a half of physical therapy to look forward to, but as of week six, the restrictive sling is off and I can finally drive again!
I'm able to get a little more active now, but it's slow and cautious, no heavy lifting...meaning nothing heavier than a coffee cup!
 Here's the tentative floorplan.
Really rough plan, I need to measure again the van and the stuff I have to go in it again, maybe write it all down this time lol.  The dotted lines on the bottom are the extended sofa-bed I got on sale for $88.  Nice and firm, and a good size for the space, except that the back flattens down onto a non-movable frame, so if I don't do something about that, it will take up all that space no matter if it's up or down.  I'm thinking of cutting off the square-tube metal frame behind it, fastening the back bar and feet onto the wall, then adding smaller square tubes that will fit into the ones under the seat part, and letting them slide in when it's put back.The biggest problem (aside from my limited physical stuff) is that the couch is in storage, and hard to get to if there is snow--which we are expecting tomorrow from 12-18"--in March!  So, I just take it slow and do what I can.  People have come to see the house (which is for sale), but it doesn't look like it's going to sell too soon, so I still have time. (knock on wood!)

Pepper and Henry

Just needed an online-linkable pic of my two furbabies.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

New Project: Van to Camper Conversion

Here is the inside of my 2003 Ford E350 Cargo Van, as seen from the open back door. Step one in the conversion:
I took out all the shelves, cabinets and tool /supplies storage units* (which are for sale, sold!), leaving only the flooring (padded and insulated and rubber) and the partition--I figured that would keep things from hitting me in the back of the head if anything disastrous happens.

about 5.5'passenger side
almost 9', driver's side

Friday, September 09, 2016

Chlorophyllum rachodes--Shaggy Parasol Mushroom--Maybe**

This was up under the big maple in the back yard, all by it's lonesome! About 5" tall.

This is the other side, showing a little one at the base.
Here's a peek up under the "skirt".

Barely ten minutes later, it was opening up the parasol.

**Disclaimer:  I'm by no means an expert and from Wikipedia I find this:

"...The shaggy parasol is popularly praised as a choice edible mushroom. However, it contains toxins which can cause gastric upsets when eaten raw or undercooked, and some individuals show a strong allergic response even after cooking.[citation needed]
Furthermore, young shaggy parasols look identical to the poisonous Chlorophyllum molybdites (the mushroom that causes the most poisonings in North America yearly).[2] Checking the spore print is essential as C. molybdites' print is green (older specimens have slightly green gills). As a result, this mushroom is not recommended for inexperienced hunters..."

Wild Mushroom Treasures!

Big surprise this morning on the lawn next too the ash tree--FIVE, count 'em FIVE giant puffball mushrooms bigger than softballs!!
I had them harvested, brushed clean and the bottoms cut off before I realized a picture would be nice.

They are probably a few hours past perfect for picking, but I took them anyway. 

You can see the skin on this one is a little browner than it should be, but the skin comes off easily enough. I left them on for slicing and sauteeing.
You can see here they were white and fluffy on the inside, just right!!

These slices show a slight tinge of yellow-white in the center, not perfect, but still good.

A little butter and oil in a nice big skillet, and sizzle away into yummy goodness!

 I had to have two big skillets going to get them all done.

Here is the whole batch, ready for the fridge to be used in omelets, side dishes and anything you could use regular mushrooms in.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My New Friend Millie!

Putting aside catastrophe for a little while, I'd like to introduce my new friend Millie:

It's a Millennium Longarm Quilter!  Big enough to put on a King Size quilt, or a little 2x2 wall hanging, and whatever you need in between! This pic is from the company website, but it's the same model as the one I get to use now at the Stitch Chicks Quilt Shop.  I took the certification class last night and am totally in love!!
Here is the little wallhanging I used for the class:

the front

the back

We had a little difficulty getting going, but it turned out the thread was bad, once replaced, it was smooth sailing!  This machine is heavenly!  The whole thing glides around with a feather touch, and you can do freeform designs (that's what I did) or set up the pantagraph in the back to copy images and patterns with laser guidance! (That's another class that I'm looking forward to!)

I love the look of the back of this project so much that I want to try a whole cloth quilt down the line.  My first date to work on my own is in the first week of November and I'll quilt my Shadowbox quilt. I'll post a picture when it's done.

Swap-bot Ambassador!

A nice post on the Swap-bot blog about me!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Backing went Pear-shaped--almost Literally!

Lesson learned: When sewing 2 1/2" strips in a sort of "Jellyroll Race" fashion, it's better to follow the instructions.  At least look them up and see how it works.  What I did was sew all the little strips together into one very, very long strip, with nice mitered seams (this part was right) then I cut one off that was (I thought) the correct length for the quilt (110")  Then I took the new end, and attached it to the one I cut off and sewed them together. cutting it off at the 110" length (I thought).  Then I added the new end to the other two and sewed it on, cutting it at the 110" (I thought...see the picture developing here?)

After I had made a width of about 20 inches, I ran out of pre-sewn strips, so I cut more and sewed them together.  Realizing I was almost out of one of the six colors, I bought another 1/4 yard and continued, though I started with a fresh 110" length and added to it, because the whole piece had been getting bulky at the machine.  I created another 20"  and decided to sew this one to the first one.  THIS is where I finally noticed the first error.  My first strip had not been 110", but 130"!  Which was why I ran out of one of the colors.  I also now had run out of another color, one I couldn't buy at the original shop because they were out, too. :( I decided to take apart some of the sections to re-sew some of the yellow strips and spread out the colors a bit so I could make the thing balanced.  THIS is when I found the FATAL ERROR.

When you sew the jellyroll race properly, you're supposed to sew all your strips together into a mile-or-so-long strip, then fold this in half and sew it together into a half-mile-or-so length, then fold that in half, and so on.  This puts the strips together in a way that they remain straight.  When I did it my way, what happened was that every one I sewed together pulled just a little bit on the previous one, causing the whole thing to create the most graceful CURVE!  It looked like a very shallow rainbow. :(  NOT what I wanted AT ALL!!!

So.  I took the whole mess to my favorite quilt shop (The Stitch Chicks in Franklin, CT ) where, try as they might, I finally received the bad news--I would have to either take the whole thing apart, strip by strip, or cut it up into manageable squares and redesign the whole thing.

I chose to redesign it.  I couldn't stand the thought of ripping out 800million-or-so stitches.  So, I bought some extra 1/4 yards of the colors, ordered the yellow one online from Amazon, and when I get it, I'm cutting the stripes into squares and rectangles, and leaving the new color pieces in wide strips and I'm going to use some smoke, mirrors and lights to fake it until I make it look good. 

Just goes to show that, especially if you don't follow directions created by someone who probably went through this process themselves, you are doomed to repeat history. I really, literally pays to look before leaping.