New Acquisition | Typewriter

I recently purchased an Underwood 3 bank portable typewriter. I purchased it knowing it had issues. Turns out it was missing the draw band. That is what moves the carriage along as you type. So it’s kind of a big deal. I figured out what needs to be done to fix it but the big question was what length does the draw band need to be?

That question has yet to be answered but I bought a second machine. The first one I got is a 1920 model. The second is from 1929. I didn’t even realize they were so different when I placed my bid. Underwood came out with a redesigned version in 1923 or 1924.

I buy all my typewriters on And I try to buy close to home. You never know what sort of packing job you’ll get. One of my first purchases came in a used thin cardboard box and a few packing peanuts. This one came in a brand new box with new bubble wrap and thick crinkled paper to keep it from moving around.

It has a few issues but I think I can get it mostly fixed. Issue number one is the typebars need a good cleaning. Most of them are loosening up and working well. A couple are being stubborn. A minor issue is the margin release jiggles down when I type and the carriage stops halfway across. You push the margin release and keep going.

The only hard issue is the ribbon vibrator adjustor. You can set how high the ribbon goes. This is really important since there are three characters per typebar. Lowercase and upper case work fine but the figures only half show up. I push the ribbon adjuster and it goes high enough but I can’t get it to stay.

So this month I’ll be trying to get this fixed up. Since I have two I’m thinking I’ll name them Cling and Clang. This one has a red ribbon so it’s Cling. Maybe I’ll get a green and black ribbon for Clang the 1920.

Updates | Life


Wow, it’s been a while. I’ve been distracted by playoff hockey. Neither of my teams made it this year but I’ve enjoyed watching the Golden Knights. If Seattle is half as successful when we finally get our team I’ll be happy.

Someday I’ll do a rundown of the blogs I read weekly. I tend to hover on the small house minimal wardrobe side. It was great to see this post┬áthat combined both. You should also read the rest of her blog. I’m envious of how well they make 600 sq ft work for their small family.

I’ve been tracking my wardrobe wears for the last couple months. If I figure out a visual way to show that I’ll post something. I haven’t found a good spot to take photos of my clothes so I’m thinking a year in review showing just the most worn items.

Since I posted last I’ve acquired an Underwood Three Bank portable typewriter. It needs a draw band to work but I’ve watched this video and can hopefully rope my husband into helping me. I knew going in that it was “untested” and “for parts or repair”. Just in case that takes me too long to fix I bid on a second one today. It appears to be in better shape but that means it will probably exceed my budget.

I also purchased a lunch bag from Etsy. I’ll post pics and links when it arrives. I went with a custom color and it’s coming from Thailand. Having to wait for it to arrive gives me too much time to second guess the purchase but it should be worth it.

Small Update | Life

If you have any interest in wardrobes I’m trying to document how often I actually wear the items in my closet. I’ve added a page called What I Wore for all things relating to that project.

Time | Life

I took a random break from the blog. Didn’t realize it had been over a month. Not much has happened. I’ve been watching lots of hockey and roasting coffee weekly. I’m over my goal in coffee sales. So that is a big check in the plus column.

I’ve started tracking how often I wear clothing. The plan is to help me get rid of some items I don’t wear. There must be things I don’t wear often enough to keep.

I’m also thinking of downsizing my books. I have close to a full bookcase to myself. I need to make room for new additions. There must be a few books I’m not going to re-read.

My husband has decided he needs an office outside the house. Mostly a storage unit with power & room for tables to set up the vintage computers. We don’t have much room here to have them set up for use. Or even enough space to work on them. We haven’t done any legwork yet but there are some good looking spaces for rent. The price per square foot is a little high but I think it’s in our budget.

The last piece of news is I’m hoping to win an Underwood 3 bank portable typewriter. I just got outbid but there’s nearly a week left so I will bid again when it’s almost over. My birthday is later in the month so I plan to splurge a little. The posting claims all the functions seem to work. The platen looks scratched funny but I can work around that.

I was eyeing some mustard colored clogs but they’re sold out. A nearly 100 year old typewriter seems like a better investment. If I lose that I might buy a Fellow Stagg XF pour-over dripper. It seems too cute not to pick up. But my french press works fine and I don’t really need it.

Fumbling Along | Roasting


Today I brewed roast #29. My efforts didn’t turn out the way I wanted. It was a City roast. A really good one, but not the Full City I was hoping for. So I headed straight to the roaster today to do another roast.

I thought I had it all figured out. I hit P2 at first crack for a little heat, then gradually went P3, P4, and ended on P5 for 1:15. That was clearly too long. I was in 2nd crack. I hit Cool and about a minute later I got the over heat error. I turned the roaster off and waited for minute. I was able to hit cool and it went just fine from there. I had dark-ish smoke too. Not enough to set off any alarms but annoying all the same.

I only roasted a half pound today. If it’s too dark I can mix the two roasts together and try it. If it’s all wrong I’ll just tell my co-worker it will be another day or two. That isn’t ideal in my mind. I told her Monday and she dropped off money already.

I learned a lot over December. I tried to apply it all at once to these roasts and might have done too many things at once. So I’ll be taking a step backward and trying to keep it simple. Also no highest heat (P5) on this bean I guess.

Update | Roasting

For the holidays I sold four bags of coffee at work. Two of my co-workers loved it so much they asked if I would sell them more. Today one of them them put in an order. She even kept the valve bag and made sure to drop it off for refill. That saves me $.80 or so.

The biggest thing is this gets me close to my goal. I want to bring in $100 selling coffee. That is what the 20 lbs of Mexican Chiapas cost me. I also sold two scarves at the same craft fair so my total is $92. The scarves brought in $30 and cost about $10 (plus time) to make. One more bag of coffee and I’ll reach my goal!

I’m already picking out which beans to buy next. I’ll build a 20lb box from Sonofresco. I need at least one African in the mix. One of my good friends mentioned he likes African and Asian coffees. I’ll surprise him with a roast once I get some. I’ll also get a Colombian. Anything Colombian was my go-to before I discovered Mexican beans and started roasting my own.

I made 12 order forms for the craft fair. They were so handy that I’m still using them. Mostly it’s a reminder of what I need to make. And they were super fun to make. Anytime I can find everyday uses for my typewriters is a win!

I also have a spreadsheet listing customers and what I sold them. So notes about how many ounces, which bean, the roast number, and how much they paid.

Milo is our cat. I name everything after him. So the scarf tags said Milo Knits and the coffee is Milo Roasts. The original lead time was one week so I could make multiple roasts and taste them before distributing. For regular roasting I just need 48 hours before grinding. Monday I will grind and deliver.

For today’s roast I tried to get close to what I originally sold her. I’ve learned a lot through holiday roasting. Mostly that I was roasting darker than I needed. This should be more of a true Full City and hopefully taste even better than the original. I went longer with no heat (P1) during first crack and went up to high heat (P5) for the last 45 seconds. I’ll taste it tomorrow.

Happy New Years | Life


This morning I celebrated with a second cup of coffee. Tonight we are keeping it simple. It was crackers, cheese, and sliced meats for dinner. We’ll probably watch a movie later. I’m thinking some classic computer film.

2017 turned out okay. Hopefully 2018 will be as good or better.

My goals for next year are:

  • Roast more coffee.
  • Read more books.
  • Shoot more film.
  • Write more posts about typewriters and film cameras.

New Years Roasts | Coffee

Since we’re approaching New Years I’ve given that name to the next round of gift roasts. I have four people on my list. Two roasts I need to get in the mail. One of those is ground. The other two are local. One ground and one whole bean.

Both of the ground are for drip grind. As long as I don’t overload my Kitchenaid grinder it does a good job. I need to clean my grinder but I’ve been lazy. So I guess I’ll make that a resolution for the new year.

Yesterday I started playing with bracketing. Partly because I want to reproduce the coffee I gave my co-workers without just roasting too dark. Also I want to find the sweet spot for this bean. I’ve gotten plenty of good roasts but I think the magic might be beyond what I’ve been roasting to.

I’ve been roasting in manual mode on P4. I hit C when first crack happens, then P1 for 35 seconds, P3 for 35 seconds and back to P4 for the remaining time. It is important to note that I wait till I hear “solid” first crack to hit C. Sometimes one random bean will crack and 30+ seconds later I hear multiple beans. I ignore the random first one. FYI I’ve found that everyone on the internet seems to have a different opinion on that.

For roast #27 I added 15 seconds. Roast #28 I added 30 seconds. We’ll taste brew them tomorrow and see if there was much difference.

It occurs to me now I should have done 12 days of Christmas roasting. Doing 12 roasts before Epiphany might be hard though. My Behmor says to wait one hour between doing roasts. I should plan ahead for next year and buy 12 different beans I guess.