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February Weather was Tough

Not MY home… Thank goodness!

Good thing February is a short 28-day month, and this is not a leap year. We will have to see if March is a lion or a lamb on Monday.

There should not be another sub-zero weather event this year. Spring comes early for Texas so am hoping that holds true for 2021.

We had no property damage from the Texas Power Grid Fiasco. We are very lucky. The only reason and words we can use.

 Texas State Authorities are being examined for the extreme short-sightedness of state energy management and I am certain the blame will follow many paths, political as […] Continue reading » February Weather was Tough

Presidents’ Day Texas Power Outage 2021

Infrequent zero-degree Fahrenheit Texas Winter weather brought the Texas power grid to its wobbly knees. My home in Frisco, Texas (just North of Dallas) suffered a 36-hour continuous total outage with zero (0 F.) degree outdoor temperatures.

My home is total electric (100%) with no other energy source. When indoor temperature dropped to 50 degrees F. we were forced to abandon home. I was in total panic of water system freeze and extreme property water damage due to frozen water pipes.

Faucets were left dripping but no assurance of the home not going below 32 degrees for an extended period and total water freeze occurring. This would severely damage […] Continue reading » Presidents’ Day Texas Power Outage 2021

Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

Not actually in the sky, but it looks that way. We had a very heavy rain in the morning. Not a lightning and thunder, but a good hard rain.  The lake actually flooded and overflowed the banks. It was temporary and in less than an hour the lake was back to normal height. 

The day became very bright and clear and you can see the clouds that remained. I went to the edge of the lake to survey what the flooding may have done. Nothing of importance.

But mama duck brought her 5 ducklings over to introduce them to me. I assume she thought I was going […] Continue reading » Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

September 18th

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I looked out my window this morning and I noticed The turtle lineup on the far side of the lake. As you can see the water is very low and it exposed this concrete buttress where street storm […] Continue reading » September 18th

The ROBOAT Project

I am toying with an idea. Toy may be appropriate but there is a lot of engineering nerdy-ness involved. That’s right down my alley. Brace yourself for the following toy hobby nerd-speak.

My vision is to turn a remote control type model boat into a robotically controlled model boat. They are both remotely controlled but the robot boat can and will have a lot more interesting things it can perform when underway, or even in port if we want to get into the details. For simplicity I will mostly use the term boat for any water craft including model ships.

The hobby of scale model boats has long been the […] Continue reading » The ROBOAT Project