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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers from 27f and hazy N.E. Indiana. Not enough humidity to produce hoarfrost, just yucky. The coffee urn has signaled READY with Ashpit blend. The special is Steak and eggs, American fries, and Texas toast. Oatmeal pot is loaded for the toothless. Other beverages at the end of the line.

    I did some cooking here yesterday out in the shop. I used the old electric pot, about a dozen walnut husks and boiled then let them simmer overnight. I'll check out the brew in a little while, and see how much walnut stain I made. At least the shop smells like lemons. This is a new experiment, and I'll see if it works as expected. Hundreds of black walnut trees, yields quite a few walnuts.

    Today will be shop day with a lot of straightening up out there to do, along with building a small table. Wood prices are inflated as is everything else!

    Have a Super day!

    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Yesterday started out nice looking and turned gloomy; still have the gloom today....bacon on 1/2 a bagel and lots of coffee is required...

    Making walnut stain..........have not heard of that being done in many, many years! Now just what are you going to be staining??? Did you also save the walnut meat? I've got a good sized hickory out back that the squirrels love so all I get from it are the hulls.

    Got a few office bits to attend to and then time to wrap up a few shop projects; packed up to ship out a commissioned build so some space reclaimed in the shop for other projects now.

    Got the front and side yards raked yesterday, so maybe during a half time today will attend to the main back yard.

    In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.


    • BurleyJim
      BurleyJim commented
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      I'm refinishing a 50+ year old dresser with the stain. It was very thick by this morning, not like the commercial stuff that is more carrier than stain. I put it in about a half an hour ago, and it is darn near a perfect match. I'll cook some more up today, for the nightstand table I'm building. My SWMBO tried using the walnuts several years back, and decided it was too much hassle to dehusk, bake, and crack the shells for the meat. Definitely about 5 times stronger than the California Nuts to crack. Hammer time The taste was also much stronger. I envy those squirrels and their teeth .

  • #3
    'Morning, Jim, Martin and crew. Another nice day in Tidewater, Virginia. I'm heading to the club this morning. I'm just going to hang out and talk trains. Life is good.

    Have a good day.
    Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.


    • #4
      Good morning Jim and the rest of the crew. It is sunny and 35 degrees here in S.E. Michigan.

      We will start putting the Christmas tree up today. I'll get it in from the garage and get it in the stand this morning. This afternoon, after the limbs have a chance to spread out, I'll get the lights on the tree. We will probably add the ornaments tomorrow.

      Have a great day!


      • #5
        Hazy sun and 30s today Will be readying for a trip to the North but that may get a delay due to weather. We’ll see. The Doll needs a break from her, mostly self inflicted, stress. Little holiday feel around this year. The sun setting before dinner time is no help, either.

        Breakfast sounds good, Jim, I’ll pass on the steak, a couple more taters would be great, tho!

        Everyone have a fine day.


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        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

        Cedar Swamp
        SW of Manistique, MI

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        • #6
          Good morning guys and all incoming crew. Thanks for the great breakfast this morning. Always a great way to start our day.

          It is a cold 34 degrees and Cloudy here in Rhode Island today.

          I guess it could be another day of bench time. The vacuum boxcab is just about nearing its time at the bench.

          Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. See you all on the RR-Line Forum.

          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


          • #7
            Mornin' All!

            34, headed all the way to 35 and blowy here inthe northern mitten today. Winds now at 16, gusting to 27, and the grey blanket has been shredded, as there are distinct pockets of sunshine in numerous places across the Bay. No sun here, but that's normal for this time of year. Karl, in only 17 days the sun begins its inexorable movement back to the north, so hang in there!

            As blustery as it is, though, today seems like a good day to take the recycling stuff to the recycle place, hit the grocery and then retreat to the bench. Hmmmm....

            Make it a great day, All, and stay safe!

            in Michigan


            • #8
              Good morning, all, from the sunny and mid-30s Lower Merrimack Valley. I spent much of the morning working on house water, but won't have a final solution till early next week. I'll have lunch next and then head southwest to the HUB Division's NEMTE show in Marlboro, MA. Really only one substantial thing I'm looking for, a P2K Maine Central E-7 in maroon/gold. Through the mid-50s, B&M and MEC pooled E-units and one should show up every 3rd or 4th session.


              • Orionvp17
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                If you see an E-7, I'd grab it. Paint and decals are available and it's a relatively easy application.... If you do get it, though, hunt uop some replacement axle gears from A-Line. Excellent probability you'll need them! Good hunting!

                in Michigan

            • #9
              Good morning crew. It's 37F and rainy here in Port Ludlow, WA.

              Jim, we did go through the Snoqualmie museum about a decade ago on one of our trips with our son, who lived in Seattle at the time. Indeed, well worth the visit.

              No plans for today. We will try to get out to explore Port Townsend and hope for breaks in the rain. Yesterday was a walk along the beach at Point No Point lighthouse and at Foul Weather Bluff. The three of us plaied Ticket to Ride in the evening.

              Have a great day, everyone!


              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


              • #10
                Ed Traxler spent some time with me this morning on SketchUp. He said, "Do you use layers?" me: "No, but I understand the concept. Where do I find this?" After a lot of frustration where what he saw on his screen didn't match what I saw on mine, we finally did an internet search and discovered in 2020, SketchUp renamed "layers" to "tags." Sigh....

                But I think I can much more easily redo the walls so the doors and windows work -correctly-, and that would be A Good Thing for next week's "walk through the models" sessions.

                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


                • #11
                  Well, I missed breakfast. I was waiting for a bit warmer weather today to almost finish up a project in the garage,

                  Here it is, all set for a test run. A 1200watt generator for the Dark Winter as this Admin likes to call it.

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                  I've got over 60 gallons of diesel fuel. All I need is to make up a plug for the 220/120 50amp socket. Gave it a test run and it holds the voltage pretty steady.

                  Back into the man cave for some modeling. Going to post an update on the window making of the Suydam Engine house.

                  New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds


                  • #12
                    2000 watt? Looks like a 13 Kilowatt unit. Now you just need to make a hat for it to keep the weather away from the power panel. I've got basically the same 18KW unit with a Honda 25hp Trifuel motor. Longest run time was 7 straight days about 6 years ago. Two thumbs up on this one!

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                    Take the red pill


                    • #13
                      Originally posted by BurleyJim View Post
                      2000 watt? Looks like a 13 Kilowatt unit. Now you just need to make a hat for it to keep the weather away from the power panel. I've got basically the same 18KW unit with a Honda 25hp Trifuel motor. Longest run time was 7 straight days about 6 years ago. Two thumbs up on this one!

                      You're right Jim 12,000 watts, 13,000 surge watts. I forgot to add a zero. I can park it in the garage with the tractor outside and partially close the garage door. The exhaust points forward so it wouldn't blown into the garage. But I was thinking of adding a cap to it and am going to as soon as possible. I've got two Honda twin cylinder engines that were taken out of a genset that run on propane or natural gas. Going to look into maybe using one of those eventually.

                      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds