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Synphul

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My cherry tomatoes are the first to ripen as well. Unfortunately I only have 1 plant and like clockwork every day or two in spite of the 30-40 green tomatoes on it - I get maybe 4-5 ripe tomatoes. No more, no less. lol.

Mom's birthday was yesterday. She's not a big fan of going out so did a home cooked dinner for her. I can't take credit for all of it, not being a seafood fan not really sure about cooking it. She cooked the seafood. Baked potato, a salad, scallops, lobster tail and a teriyaki ny strip I cooked on the grill with garlic bread toasted on the grill.

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SteveS45

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I have a shitload of green tomatoes on the plants and some are getting big. Hoping the Beef Masters are gigantic this year~! Wine time yet? Yeah it is 2021~!
 

Synphul

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@SteveS45 or anyone else here who's pretty handy. Kind of a random question. Looking to build a workbench that will serve for general purpose as well as some wood work. The planned top for it will be 3" thick mdf (4x 3/4 layers glued up) and edge with probably syp. To keep the edges from disintegrating with use or getting bumped. Reasons are it's fairly cheap, I have it already and it's flat/stable.

That said I'd like to leave a slight overhang along the front of the bench of around 3" so I can clamp to it. Something like a bar clamp vertical where the fixed jaw and pad will contact the underside of the bench top and I can screw the adjustable jaw down onto whatever work piece. Will it be problematic clamping directly to the underside layer of mdf? I know the stuff is pretty heavy and dense, just not sure if clamping force bearing up against the underside on a relatively small footprint of a clamp pad will mash/dent or crush the exposed mdf. Or if I should cut my edging around 3/4" wider (height wise) and glue a piece of 3/4" thick strip of syp or something so it's flush with the lower lip of the edge band and takes some of the brunt of the clamp spreading it out over the mdf. The top of the clamp would be against whatever piece was being worked on.

It won't be my only means of holding stuff but would be a nice option. There will be a leg vise and end vise of sorts built in with wood inserts glued into the mdf as dog holes. So bench dogs don't wallow out holes directly in the softer mdf. Just unsure of the hardness factor or crushing resistance mdf has to clamp forces. No need to add more wood to it if it doesn't need it but hate to skip it only to find out clamping things half a dozen times is already pulverizing the mdf or leaving large dents on the underside that cause the clamp to fit funky.
 

Synphul

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I have a shitload of green tomatoes on the plants and some are getting big. Hoping the Beef Masters are gigantic this year~! Wine time yet? Yeah it is 2021~!
Mine are doing the same. Not sure what's up with them. Large green tomatoes, across the 5 or 6 regular tomato plants the other day I counted like 70 green tomatoes. They won't ripen though. I added epsom salts awhile back, added bonemeal around the base of them and watered it in around 1-2wks ago. Still nothing. The older bottom leaves are curled which is somewhat normal for the high summer heat. But also a bit darker green and like leathery feeling. The newer leaves are nice and soft and open. Not sure if that's a problem or not. Just refusing to ripen. I've had tomatoes on them for the last month or better.
 

SteveS45

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@SteveS45 or anyone else here who's pretty handy. Kind of a random question. Looking to build a workbench that will serve for general purpose as well as some wood work. The planned top for it will be 3" thick mdf (4x 3/4 layers glued up) and edge with probably syp. To keep the edges from disintegrating with use or getting bumped. Reasons are it's fairly cheap, I have it already and it's flat/stable.

That said I'd like to leave a slight overhang along the front of the bench of around 3" so I can clamp to it. Something like a bar clamp vertical where the fixed jaw and pad will contact the underside of the bench top and I can screw the adjustable jaw down onto whatever work piece. Will it be problematic clamping directly to the underside layer of mdf? I know the stuff is pretty heavy and dense, just not sure if clamping force bearing up against the underside on a relatively small footprint of a clamp pad will mash/dent or crush the exposed mdf. Or if I should cut my edging around 3/4" wider (height wise) and glue a piece of 3/4" thick strip of syp or something so it's flush with the lower lip of the edge band and takes some of the brunt of the clamp spreading it out over the mdf. The top of the clamp would be against whatever piece was being worked on.

It won't be my only means of holding stuff but would be a nice option. There will be a leg vise and end vise of sorts built in with wood inserts glued into the mdf as dog holes. So bench dogs don't wallow out holes directly in the softer mdf. Just unsure of the hardness factor or crushing resistance mdf has to clamp forces. No need to add more wood to it if it doesn't need it but hate to skip it only to find out clamping things half a dozen times is already pulverizing the mdf or leaving large dents on the underside that cause the clamp to fit funky.

I have never worked with MDF so I can't honestly give an opinion. My suggestion is use wood like a 2x4-2x6 in the front for clamping and then you should use wood blocks when clamping.
 

SteveS45

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Mine are doing the same. Not sure what's up with them. Large green tomatoes, across the 5 or 6 regular tomato plants the other day I counted like 70 green tomatoes. They won't ripen though. I added epsom salts awhile back, added bonemeal around the base of them and watered it in around 1-2wks ago. Still nothing. The older bottom leaves are curled which is somewhat normal for the high summer heat. But also a bit darker green and like leathery feeling. The newer leaves are nice and soft and open. Not sure if that's a problem or not. Just refusing to ripen. I've had tomatoes on them for the last month or better.

Here the tomatoes ripen around August. I have a couple of Roma starting to get yellow/orange already though. Need the nice late Summer Sun for them. Too much rain which is why the plants are small with lots of tomatoes.
 

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Made something different tonight for dinner and boy can I come up with some Doozies of great meals.

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Fried Eggplant with Angel Hair Pasta Alia E Olio. Garden Fresh Italian Parsley for the taste.
 

Smigo

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If only I ruled the world.

My landlady got rid of our green recycling bin. We have walkers and joggers all day on my street, and they will put their soda cans and styrofoam coffee cups in the green bins when they pass by. All of us were getting notices from the city about fines for having these things in the green bin, with accompanying photos of the offending items. I always gave them hell. I would write the letter and spend the stamp, saying this was not my soda can, that we have eight apartments in this building, and giving them the landlady's name (but not her phone number or her address) for further contact. This is the cost of bureaucracy. I would always get a letter of apology from the city. Finally the landlady told the city to haul away their f*cking green bin and leave us alone. So now we have no place to put cuttings. As I described, I shoved the cut bamboo back into the neighbor's hedge. That tall bamboo grove has always been there, and I believe the woman who lives there is too elderly to care or think about it anymore, so it is now dangerous to its concrete holder, her cobblestone front yard and our driveway. Her yardtard averts his eyes from it too, because it can't be handled with his leafblower, but the same bamboo forest is on two or three other properties on this block. We have the invasive English ivy as lawn cover at my building, but it climbs up our live oak trees. I go out, pull it off the trees and keep it cut down to the ground. We had a soft, charming fig leaf ivy climbing the front of our brown rock facade, keeping the building sheltered from summer heat, looking beautiful and green. So the landlady ignores the bamboo invasion, ignores the English ivy on the trees, and has the beautiful, harmless fig leaf vine cut down.

This is why I need to rule the world, or at least my neighborhood.
The world has gone mad.
Yesterday shopping im exiting the parking area, looked both ways, no drama. Next I hear a car horn blaring at me. A P plate driver, P plate means just got their license here. A girl who must have been driving stupid fast to be there as its supposed to be walking pace in parking areas. Im thinking ok suck it up and just wave nicely, she was the idiot but whatever. Oh no, she now is giving me the finger and abusing me with profanities. All the while she also had a child that was easy jusy 2 to 3 yrs old in her front passenger seat, thats illegal here, with no child seat or restraint on her, even if the driver had that on the kid its still illegal. I think yeah whatever. Drive out onto the road, she floors it and comes righ up my cars butt. Still going on with it. This crap is now common. No matter how nice you respond even if they are in the wrong they just keep upping it. Old young it makes no diff these days.
I utterly hate going shopping these days, and hate going into the general public too. I used to like it up until a few yrs ago. I now loathe it.

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SteveS45

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Synphul

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Here the tomatoes ripen around August. I have a couple of Roma starting to get yellow/orange already though. Need the nice late Summer Sun for them. Too much rain which is why the plants are small with lots of tomatoes.
Mine did something a bit odd. This year was the year for weird tomatoes I guess. The original branches started out growing but then growing tomatoes on them earlier caused them to droop I guess. The branches come straight out around 5-6" then drop down at like a 70-80* angle. Now that those older branches have sat there like that the plants on several are trying to grow vertical from those branches. Not exactly suckers, I've been pinching the suckers off. More like forming a thick node not necessarily where the crotch of the branches is at and sending anywhere from 1 to 5 shoots up of new growth. Almost like a creeping plant would do as it sends out runners, then stems shoot up off the runners. Funky. I didn't know what they were so I snipped them off. Seems like just an energy drain on the rest of the plant.
 

Synphul

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The world has gone mad.
Yesterday shopping im exiting the parking area, looked both ways, no drama. Next I hear a car horn blaring at me. A P plate driver, P plate means just got their license here. A girl who must have been driving stupid fast to be there as its supposed to be walking pace in parking areas. Im thinking ok suck it up and just wave nicely, she was the idiot but whatever. Oh no, she now is giving me the finger and abusing me with profanities. All the while she also had a child that was easy jusy 2 to 3 yrs old in her front passenger seat, thats illegal here, with no child seat or restraint on her, even if the driver had that on the kid its still illegal. I think yeah whatever. Drive out onto the road, she floors it and comes righ up my cars butt. Still going on with it. This crap is now common. No matter how nice you respond even if they are in the wrong they just keep upping it. Old young it makes no diff these days.
I utterly hate going shopping these days, and hate going into the general public too. I used to like it up until a few yrs ago. I now loathe it.

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I miss my old pickup. It was an '84 chevy heavy half ton 4x4 with a suspension and body lift on it. Total lift was 7" and had 33" mud tires on it. Had me sitting up close to where semi drivers sit. Had someone do to me what that girl did to you, come flying up on my tail end. So I locked the brakes up. Thought go ahead, you'll be wearing my rear bumper in your windshield dumbass. lol.

Normally I try to take things in stride, don't get serious bouts of road rage or anything. But I don't put up with ignorant drivers either. Like the asshole who cut me off one morning on my way to work shortly after leaving the house. It's a small rural paved road, no lane markings. Barely large enough for 2 vehicles to pass. Rode up on my rear end, flew around me and cut me off when he moved back in front of me, so I honked at him. We both pulled up to a stop sign at a cross street, this clown pops his door open like he's about something and starts walking back to my car. Was working at the shop and often had tools around, so I got out. With a 24" breaker bar in my hand. He thought better of it and got back in his car. I was minding my own business, this tool wanted to be a prick. Guess he didn't want to play. lol
 

Synphul

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Got the rest of the sand unloaded out of the truck finally since my back is starting to feel better. No wonder it was squatted. Best way I could think to store it was using empty large plastic tubs used for pasture minerals for livestock I had laying around. I think they're 20gal, same size I put the peach trees into for the time being. Already used at least 2 wagon loads for the patio pavers, 2 wagon loads translated to 60gal of sand. The leftover sand in the back, I filled 6 of those tubs. Another 120gal of sand. Did a quick bit of googling, supposedly sand is around 12.5lbs/gal. Safe to say the 1/2t truck was loaded with 2000-2250lbs. Just the stuff I offloaded today was 3/4t, over the truck's rating. Gained another 2-3" in bed height once I got it emptied out lol.
 

SteveS45

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Mine did something a bit odd. This year was the year for weird tomatoes I guess. The original branches started out growing but then growing tomatoes on them earlier caused them to droop I guess. The branches come straight out around 5-6" then drop down at like a 70-80* angle. Now that those older branches have sat there like that the plants on several are trying to grow vertical from those branches. Not exactly suckers, I've been pinching the suckers off. More like forming a thick node not necessarily where the crotch of the branches is at and sending anywhere from 1 to 5 shoots up of new growth. Almost like a creeping plant would do as it sends out runners, then stems shoot up off the runners. Funky. I didn't know what they were so I snipped them off. Seems like just an energy drain on the rest of the plant.

I have some plants that are less than 12 inches with Tomatoes on them, in buckets no less~! Weird growing season for sure. Corona related?
 

Smigo

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I miss my old pickup. It was an '84 chevy heavy half ton 4x4 with a suspension and body lift on it. Total lift was 7" and had 33" mud tires on it. Had me sitting up close to where semi drivers sit. Had someone do to me what that girl did to you, come flying up on my tail end. So I locked the brakes up. Thought go ahead, you'll be wearing my rear bumper in your windshield dumbass. lol.

Normally I try to take things in stride, don't get serious bouts of road rage or anything. But I don't put up with ignorant drivers either. Like the asshole who cut me off one morning on my way to work shortly after leaving the house. It's a small rural paved road, no lane markings. Barely large enough for 2 vehicles to pass. Rode up on my rear end, flew around me and cut me off when he moved back in front of me, so I honked at him. We both pulled up to a stop sign at a cross street, this clown pops his door open like he's about something and starts walking back to my car. Was working at the shop and often had tools around, so I got out. With a 24" breaker bar in my hand. He thought better of it and got back in his car. I was minding my own business, this tool wanted to be a prick. Guess he didn't want to play. lol
I wish I drove this sometimes.
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Synphul

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I have some plants that are less than 12 inches with Tomatoes on them, in buckets no less~! Weird growing season for sure. Corona related?
I don't know, it's been a weird season for sure. With weather at least. A typical wet spring that was a bit warmer than usual, then got a really early burst of triple digit heat. With snow hitting again in what April or May? The wet season seemed to hit sooner, temps I've been having here in the midwest are warmer than usual. Or were. The last month or so are the kind of temps we typically see coming around now in later mid July to August. Yet right now while humid it's been fairly mild in the 80's.

With the fluctuations I think it keeps throwing the plants out of whack. Blackberries were starting to produce for a bit as were the strawberries, then the heat slowed them a lot. No new blossoms, now they're starting to blossom again. Same with the eggplant, have a couple same size fruit on there they've stayed static the past 2-3 weeks? No new flowers, no real plant growth. Now some new growth appearing and a few flowers. While not abysmal the squash plants have been slow this year. I mean they grew fine enough but production while steady is just down. Two plants per hill like last year and where I'd typically haul in 3-4 zucchini every day or two sometimes more - maybe one or two. The patty pan's growing just fine, typically I go to pick and have 5, 6 or more squash. This year 1 or 2, maybe 3 at most every several days.

My cucumbers are growing better this year than last. Same setup, same dirt (same source, new dirt filled into the planters though). Last year they were wimpy, slow to produce and all my cucumbers while visually normal looking were bitter as all hell. This year they're mild, almost sweet. And literally in the same spot, I didn't move the planters but maybe a couple feet and rearranged them.

I'm think weather related for my area, at least as a big contributor. A few things I can typically count on, rain on or near 4th of July (dry 4th this year), scorching heat mid-late July. Every year I go to the effort to make a birthday cake for my mom, devil's food cake two layers with sliced banana in the middle and homemade buttercream icing. The banana doesn't help but it's typically a race to get it iced before the icing runs and the layers are sliding every which way due to triple digit heat. This year, like 80-85F. And the summer heat usually sticks around for a mild pleasant late summer fall through Sept and Oct with the bottom falling out right at Halloween so you go from tshirts and shorts to sweaters just in time for trick or treating. Will be interesting to see what this year brings. Nothing else has been normal this year.

Sometimes I wonder if it's simply air currents varying or if the earth's tilt is fluctuating, if it's getting geared up for a pole reversal or what. According to space/weather articles, the poles are drifting faster than they have in the past. Though I usually take their findings with a grain of salt only because they're comparing more recent changes to those from 1981-95. But they're also using different tools to measure, a pair of satellites that monitor pole shift that have only been recording since 2002. Hard to use one method of measure in the past and compare it to a different monitor used more recently and equate the two.
 

SteveS45

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Up early and put on the front sprinklers but not enough pressure to reach to the street line. Pulled out the single on the hose and that reaches. May have to see about putting a valve in to split the front sprinklers but at times it has enough pressure to reach the street.
 

SteveS45

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So had to run to Home Dipshits for some Solar Lighting for the backyard and hit the Fish Market on the way home. Planning on going to the beach tomorrow so I charged my Ipod and my Bluetooth Ear Buds for my phone. Can't find my freaking ears buds which I store on top of the freaking Ipod~! Had to buy a new pair at 5 Below.
 

MyMagicMist

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“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.”
― joseph heller, Catch-22

“They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.
Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."
And what difference does that make?”
― Joseph Heller, Catch 22

Yeah, feeling Catch 22-ed this morning. Of course, that seems my normal state. So, reckon it's not news.
 

MyMagicMist

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Put the Sprinklers on real early this morning.

Always used a bucket to water our gardens. Not ever used sprinklers for lawn care. Never worried over lawn ph, feeding a lawn, weeding out dandelions (whatever). Probably that's due to living rural all my life.

I did help my mom do up some flower beds, dig out a small pond. Some of the stuff she had me do, might as well been a landscaper. We set in stone steps down a hillside. The mailbox was at the foot of the hill. Since we did that we also did a flower garden like Machu Picchu down the hill. She didn't want me mowing it.

But never fussed over a lawn. Sure it was mowed but that was pretty much it.
 
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SteveS45

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Our lawn is one of the best looking on the block. Many pay Thousands for a Landscaper I do it myself.
 

MyMagicMist

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Our lawn is one of the best looking on the block.

Yeah, see? Right there. I've never lived where there's "blocks". Not ever worried over what neighbors think much. And I've told wife, she agrees, no HOAs for us. So ah, hm, it's a city mouse and country mouse thing. *chuckles*
 

MyMagicMist

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Long Island.

Right near P.I.A.D.C. *chuckles* Ah and biotech firms, all kinds of research institutes. Would figure you've run across the Jersey Devil or know those that have. Man, right in the thick of Mutants-R-Us. All we got down here is Nitro, where Mothman come from. He was visiting Chicago last I heard. Eh, we also got Logan county where they say the cannibals roam freely.
 

MyMagicMist

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It seems that our neighbor's cat has decided she lives with us. She also goes up the way to Tim's farm to hunt.

Tim is the millionaire farmer. Made his money via working and selling industrial electric gear. He's a master electrician too. It was him that told me and her grandfather we had wired the hovel up to code. The inspector the next day asked if we had help. We told him who looked it over. He slapped a pass sticker on with no further inspection.

So, this cat has taken up to being adopted by me. She's a funny one too. I can give her tail a little gentle tug and she doesn't swat. The barn up top of the hill is her "house". At times she's tried rolling into a car with someone. We've taught her to not do that and she hangs back out of the way when we come and go.

Speaking of her, will get my medicine and go feed her. Did some mowing yesterday with weed eater. Had supper at the Mexican place. An older Mexican man who was a customer come to our table.

"Does this actually seem like authentic Mexican to you guys?"

I chuckled right away and explained I'd eaten authentic, and no this wasn't. My wife said it was as authentic as we could expect in WV. He chuckled and mentioned needing to get to cooking, having green peppers come off. My eyes lit up. He grinned and said that told him I knew what he meant. I nodded. My wife was confused. He told her, "Mexican green peppers, cayenne but a different type."

He excused himself and we finished our "supper". She asked if those peppers were anything special. I told her not as hot as jalapenos but not as juicy as cayenne. They're a sturdy pepper offshoot of cayenne, hybrid with another pepper but not sure which one. Never asked, just liked eating them.

Well, ...
 

Smigo

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No watering required this morning since it rained last night and hard I see from stuff blown around.
Mate...rain! It started here where I live 3 months ago. 1st month we got 3 to 4 days a week rain. That here is very unusual. But the last 2 months!? 1st was rain 5 to 6 days a week. That was huh! wha...! This last month has been rain or drizzle every single day! With temps not above 10c. 90% of them under 10c. The month prior was temps not over 14c. We hear on the news, ha ha, Melbourne news, which for Victoria they think is it. What a joke. They are on the coast which is crazy milder. Say summer, Melb temps 30, here 45. Winter 12, here 3. They get a 2c and freak our, we get minus 5 with our roofs frozen over. The news and Politicians are so out of touch with us here its a joke and we laugh at them.
We got our new mower the other week, 2 weeks ago. Still cant use it. And our forecast for another week is rain rain rain..... So funny, Melb weather which gives the whole state weather said a week ago.....we'd get here a few days dry.........yeah right...not 1. Said today would be dry and 14c here....rained all day and was just 8c. So out of touch with us here that we laugh at them.

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