Friday, December 30, 2011

Photovoltaic on the Camper

The tempered glass on one of the panels on our photovoltaic plant got
shattered. So it had to be replaced but it still woks just fine. I
painted over the glass with two coats of liquid plastic which sort of
glued all the glass pieces togerther and put a protective layer over
it all. Then I installed it on the roof of our camper. It was a fun
project requiring some new skills and a lot of thinking to decide
where to put the wires, how to attach it to the roof and so on. It
will make us much more self sufficient on our next long trip.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


This is from an auction at Christies some years ago.  Why did I put this and all the other pictures of Hemingway, you may ask.  It's because Lou Jennings was my grandfather and he is mentioned here and is in all the other pictures I posted.  The book with the inscription was sold by someone who managed to get it after his second wife died.

HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. Green Hills of Africa. New York: Scribners, 1953. 8vo, original cloth; dust jacket, panels defective. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Hemingway on front free endpaper: "To Lou Jennings best always from his friend Ernest Hemingway." Additionally inscribed by Mary Hemingway on half-title: "and fun and fruitful enterprize, I hope Mary Hemingway," dated Sep. 8th 1955 on front free endpaper, below Hemingway's inscription -- [With:] 3 photographs, showing Hemingway posing with a large marlin. (4)

Ernest Hemingway

Thursday, December 15, 2011


My home made pizza. I cook the dough a bit first then put the stuff
on it and then back in the oven.


Giovanni thinks he has finally found his sport.  He placed first and second with the two teams he was on his first time out.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

American Design

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