Checking on these house plants yesterday noticed that both these plants decided to bloom at the same time. I took a short time lapse of the jade hoya to catch a couple of the flowers popping.

This is the other hoya with a flat leave


2020 Hot Sauce

Once again this year I grew a garden of hot peppers for my hot sauce. The variety and quantity of peppers changes each year. A change i made to the sauce this year was to not smoke the carrots but to juice like 20 pounds of them for thinning down and sweetening the sauce.


I was having some issues with engine noise in the Saabaru and decided to swap rather than rebuild the engine. I got this EJ208 from a Canadian importer that gets low mileage engines from Japan. This is how the it started getting this mailed to my house.

I unwrapped wrapped it and got it mounted on a stand for what was to come. I then pulled the old engine out so that I could start to swap over accessories to the engine on the stand. As you can see, beers and hammers are required.

All was going fine, until it wasn’t. I had a bolt that broke swapping over the cross flow pipe for the coolant. It took a week to figure out how to get it out. I tried slotting it to remove with a flat head screwdriver, welding the broken part to a nut so that could unscrew it, but nothing would work.

After much time i drilled a hole into it, filled it with PB Blaster and then heated a thick drain plug glowing orange and placed it along side the metal the bolt went into. This was an attempt to use heat to make the metal expand and get the penetration oil to soak in.

After it had a chance to soak in i tried to use an EZ-Out reverse threaded tap to get it out. Well as soon as it was not threading into the bolt it snapped the bit. The end end result was drilling that out and tapping the bolt one step larger. This little bolt was the hardest part of changing an engine.

I rebuilt the top of the engine and took it off the stand to get the new clutch and flywheel installed.

Then slapped it back in the car. After priming the oil system and fuel it started first try.


Garden of 2019

Peppers eggplant and tomatoes started from seeds

2) Dads Habanero
2) Pepper fish
3) Corbaci Pepper (sweet)
3) Aji Charapita
2) Buena Mulata
3) eggplant
1) Purple cherry tomato
1) Hog heart tomato
1) Green zebra tomato

Think will do beans or cukes out the side of the garden fencing.