Category Archives: Conservation

Convid-19 sanitize your smartphone

Fun facts and DIY projects.

Sanitize your smartphone.
First thing to do is using hot soapy water and steel wool scrub your phone carefully to remove virus germs.
Rinse under hot running tap water.

Second step, remove battery, place your smartphone in a glass or stainless steel container and cover with 95% percent Isopropyl Alcohol. Allow to set undisturbed for 45 minutes or more. Be sure the phone is covered with Isopropyl Alcohol.
Remove after 45 minutes or more sanitizing time. Dry well before replacing battery.

🙂 No other actions are necessary to insure you will not be infected by a dirty smartphone.

Happy undisturbed Gardening

Montana fish and game department explain safe social distant separation

Some convid 19 safe distancing advice better understood using common sense.

Montana sport fishing expresses safe social distancing using terms only fishermen and fisher-women understand.

Mandatory safe space between those on Montana rivers and lakes.

The recommended gap equals “4 trout,” “2 shovelnose sturgeon,” “1 paddlefish” or “1 fishing rod” measurements, according to the government agency.

Happy day out fishing.

Silver lining to convid-19 lock downs

New data confirms the improvement in air quality over Europe is a byproduct of the coronavirus crisis. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) a pollutant that comes principally from the use of fossil fuels takes a sharp dip.

There’s a lot of variability in NO2 from day to day. And that’s real variability, it’s not a measurement artefact, but it’s just due to changes in the weather. So when the wind direction changes, or the wind speed changes, or the stability of the boundary layer changes you will get different readings.

Polluting gases fall rapidly as coronavirus spreads. Eyes in the sky leaves polluters nowhere to hide. Sentinel-5P (S5P) maps have previously released of China and Italy. The new maps of Italy shows marked reductions in the north of country where the Covid-19 outbreak has been most severe.

The time period to see the dip in air pollution concentrations is also quite short.

Will we learn any lessons from quickly air pollution can be cleared from cities and countries?

Homemade Disinfectant That Works

Regular Bleach is safe for kitchen countertops and cutting boards. Bleach should never be used full strength for cleaning any surface, it should always be diluted with water. For disinfecting countertops, use a solution of 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water. Apply the bleach solution and let stand for 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and allow to air dry.

After cleaning with warm soapy water, dishes, cups, sinks, tubs, showers, toilets and ‘most floor surfaces can be disinfected with bleach water. Note Dishes must be rinsed well and dried before being put away.
Bleach water is also effective for disinfecting outdoor appliances and furniture as well.

Caution Always wear eye protection and latex gloves when using any bleach based disinfectant. When disinfecting appliances always unplug appliance before using bleach water to disinfect appliances.Bleach disinfectent must be used with caution and always in a well ventilated area.

Be on the front line protecting you and your family from bacterial and viral infections.

Being more productive

A newly hired software designer and university educated programmer told his supervisor that he must have access to a stand up desk to complete his software programming assignment.

His supervisor agreed to the young programmers demands and the engineering maintenance department setout to provide him with a standup work station.

Be very careful what you ask for, you may get it!

Communist China controls Americas drug supply chain

President Trump invokes Defense Production Act grants the president the ability to direct the production of certain equipment.

President Trump encourages US pharmaceutical industry to end drug production in China and return drug manufacturing to the United States.

COVID-19, has U.S. officials on an accelerated mission to bring the production of life saving medicines back to U.S. shores and away from the control of the Chinese government.
Das Nobel, founder and CEO of the New York based product and supply service MTX Group said “U.S. is over reliant on drugs from China, and it’s not a sustainable model.”

The spread of the novel virus throughout American shores in recent weeks has underscored the long held worry regarding the U.S.’s “over-reliance” on Chinese pharmaceutical production. America essentially ceased domestic production of penicillin around 2004.
Over 80 percent of pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. in addition to crucial medical equipment, including face mask come from China.

Congress has several bipartisan bills, including the “Pharmaceutical Independent Long-Term Readiness Reform Act,” are currently awaiting further action, all with the intention of urging and even forcing pharmaceuticals back into U.S. borders and away from Chinese domination.

President Trump last took more urgent action on the matter, signing an executive order to pave the way for masks and related respiratory needs to be American made amid the time of frantic shortage and crisis. The intention of the order is to close legal loopholes, streamline the tangle of red tape and encourage companies to manufacture products in the U.S., rather than China.

Department of Defense has long raised red flags about China dominance in the U.S. drug supply chain being a national security concern.

Ken Mahoney, New York based Mahoney Asset Management said “it would be a major investment to build more Pharmaceutical production facilities here in the U.S. The advantage would be that we can then be self reliant and the U.S. can’t be ‘blackmailed’ by China.”

Good News – Spring is coming early this year

Earliest spring in 124 years. Good news: Spring is coming early this year.

March 20th marks the earliest vernal equinox in 124 years. If your a stickler for knowing the actual arrival time of spring it will occur at 11:49 p.m. EDST (0349 GMT, UCT, Zulu on March 20).

Happy Spring Gardening

Home(stead) and Garden Projects [3]

OK, OK, this is the last of my project pictures…. I promise.

24 foot double gate

20 foot farm gate

sheep or goat milking / grooming stand

4 post bed frame

hunting cabin wood burning stove

shop work on a cold day

salvage trailer

finished salvaged flatbed trailer

12X24 foot portable building

salvage livestock trailer

finished salvage livestock trailer

Caelie Wilkes discovers succulent that never needs water – A must share moment

Never needs supplemental water succulent discovery is shared with gardeners.

Caelie Wilkes said”on her Facebook page, “I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about two years now. I was so proud of this plant. It was full, beautiful coloring, just an overall perfect plant. I had it up in my kitchen window. I had a watering plan for it, if someone else tried to water my succulent I would get so defensive because I just wanted to keep good care of it. I absolutely loved my succulent.”

When Caelie Wilkes decided to re-pot her succulent she discovered it was ‘setting on styrofoam with the plant and sand glued to the top!

Caelie Wilkes said “I feel like these last two years have been a lie.”

Happy waterless Gardening 🙂

Home(stead) and Garden Projects [1]

To allow wordpress to more quickly load pictures I am displaying photographs in a fairly small format. To see the larger version click the picture to zoom in.

This is my design and is handmade porch / patio bench I constructed for a friend and his new ‘trophy’ wife.

This porch / patio table was constructed using a slab of granite stone salvaged from a botched kitchen counter top installation. It has been on a patio for more than 25 years and looks as good today as it did the day I finished it’s construction.

A custom designed and handmade walk bridge connecting a path from a hobby work shop and the covered front porch of a home in the country. Walk bridge is 4 feet wide by 12 feet long.