New Brighton–the house on the hill.

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How to do a Home Inventory

I just recently inventoried my house and its contents. With a digital camera, it is easy to do. There are three basic levels of doing an inventory and I’ve done all three at various times, depending upon how long it has been since I did the last inventory.

First level: Take a photo of each room and the basic contents and layout. It is quick and easy and can be very useful if there is damage to the house due to wind or a minor fire or flooding.

Second level: In addition to the first level, take photos of the contents of closets, cabinets and cupboards. Open all drawers and photograph the contents—underwear, junk, everything.

Third level: In addition to the first and second levels, take photos of the model number and serial number of appliances, electronics, computers and power tools. If the insurance company questions why two people would have three computers, I can tell them it is three plus the one in reserve and I have the serial number of each. Once, when we had some bicycles stolen, we were able to give the numbers to the police. They really liked that—unfortunately, we never got the bikes back.

Finally, keep a copy of those photographs on a separate hard drive, on a cloud server, at a friend or relatives home. I have a drawer with DVDs from my kids. I am their safe storage location.

Better, get an exterior hard drive and back up the contents of your computers, with all your family photographs and documents and keep it in a secure location.

I’ve been doing this for thirty years and have never had a serious loss, and therefore, never needed it, but it is simple to do and helps protect future.

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I’ve made a 5 part video about the Experimental Breeder Reactor – 1

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Stake Activity

The link to the Stake Activity, held on June 29, 2018 is:

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Kids and Water

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There is something about water that is irresistible to a young child. It is cold, fluid and there is an unlimited supply. All of it equals fun. Learning about these things while in the forest is a valuable part of education. I remember spending may hours digging little trenches in the dirt and running water water down the miniature ditches. We built dams and carefully watch as they failed. It was useful information when, as a teenager, I flood irrigated field of grain and sugar beets.

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Logan Lifting a Pole

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Logan said he could lift a pole that held up part of the shelter. I didn’t believe him, but, look, he actually did it! (With a little help from photoshop.)


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