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Forgive Me Father For I Have Sinned

August 21st, 2017

For those unfamiliar with this Catholic meme, it is the opening sentence Catholics whisper to the priest to start confession. My confession is that I find this particular point in our history fascinating. We have a President who appears determined to self-destruct, a party that is uncertain they are willing to go down with him, […]

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Long Weekend With Friends At The Cabin!

August 21st, 2017

Just returned from a long weekend at the cabin. My wife and I took two ladies from our church up to experience the wonder of the area. Friday the three girls shopped and visited the Amish Bulk House along with a store we call the Amish Wal-Mart! They also visited a Christian book store in […]

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Lincoln Wept

August 21st, 2017

Lets take a step back and just review briefly the various defenses of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and good old fashioned racists that weve heard so far. Racism as free speech Its true. Our constitution does protect racism as free speech. Free speech, however, does not guarantee that you are free from other forms of punishment […]

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Whats Next?

August 16th, 2017

via GIPHY After the violent clashes in Virginia, America looked to the President for healing. Instead Trump could only think about his own obsession of winning an argument with the media. As a result, we have a President who insists those who support Nazis and white supremacists deserve the same respect and consideration as those […]

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Sunflowers cause problems in garden

August 15th, 2017

Plants have developed an number of different survival techniques that can give them advantages over other plants competing for the same growing space. For example, some plants have roots that produce chemicals that inhibit the growth of other nearby plants of other species. It’s a process known as allelopathy. Black walnut trees are probably the … Continue reading Sunflowers cause problems in garden

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Basement Family Room Repairs

August 10th, 2017

Six weeks ago our basement flooded during a rainstorm the dumped 3 inches of rain in our area. Panelling, dry wall, carpeting, furniture, and anything on the floor was water logged! We had insurance, but not enough to cover the help I needed from the various “trades” needed to renovate my “man cave!” The only […]

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Hoverflies are beneficial insects

August 03rd, 2017

As mentioned in an earlier post on this blog, I planted a fairly large plot of buckwheat adjacent to our vegetable garden this spring. The main idea behind planting buckwheat was to provide forage primarily for honeybees and for any other pollinators that might be around to take advantage of it. As it turns out … Continue reading Hoverflies are beneficial insects

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M-50 and Hillsdale County Michigans Scenic Drive

August 03rd, 2017

Took a ride from my house up M-50 to north of Onstead a couple days ago. It’s a very relaxing and scenic drive through the heart of “big buck” country (Hillsdale!) The corn is high so I didn’t see any deer, but I did see quite a few turkeys. Just south of the small town […]

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Billy the lumberjack!

July 28th, 2017

I have been building a new cabin on my property in Luzerne and am winding down on the major issues. It has been a long tedious process! When your doing most of the work yourself, and you live 240 miles away it can really drain you. Just this past week I had the propane tank […]

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Escanaba, MI to host TWF Walleye Tourney on July 30, 2017

July 24th, 2017

The Walleye Federation (TWF) is having a one day tourney in Escanaba, Michigan on July 30th…that’s this month folks. Its a two person team tourney and the entry fee is $200+federation membership fee for the event. You could qualify for … Continue reading

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Cedar Valley Golfing With Friends!

July 22nd, 2017

This past week my wife and I were at our place in Luzerne with good friends Ed and Linda Ponzy and Bob and Linda Baltrip. Everyone brought their golf clubs including both Linda’s! Monday morning we showed up at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Comins, just about 5 miles North of Fairview. I have played […]

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Busting out the Weapons

July 20th, 2017

Its perch fishing time out on Lake Erie, but its also one of those times where I like to break out an old friend, the Weapon Rig. Sometimes referred to as a Mayfly Rig, this simple contraption is a walleye … Continue reading

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Tomato disease score

July 19th, 2017

This is the time of the season when tomato plants start showing signs of disease infections, usually as different shapes and colors of spots depending on which particular disease has infected the plant. Last week I took an informal survey of several varieties of tomatoes to see how each variety is holding up under early … Continue reading Tomato disease score

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Perch Fishing Tip for Tighline Rigs

July 15th, 2017

The perch fishing season is starting to get into full swing, and with that many anglers will be hitting Lake Erie in search of yellow bellies. One of the most popular rigs out there iscommonly referred to as the tighline … Continue reading

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Whos Your Caddy?

July 14th, 2017

I have an awesome 12 year old grandson who happens to play some pretty good golf. I started him playing when he was 6 years old after his mother bought him a kids set of clubs through Costco. His dad is a baseball fanatic, so I am awarded very little time to hone Kyle’s skills […]

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Doh

July 11th, 2017

It only gets worse for President Trump and the rest of us. On our national holiday, North Korea demonstrated that they overcame the cyber-attacks that impacted their previous missile tests. They also figured out how to build a missile that meets the definition of an ICBM. They are on a fast track that will soon […]

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Striped cucumber beetles causing problems

July 11th, 2017

A couple of gardeners I know asked me why their cucumbers didn’t come up this year. Others have mentioned that their beans didn’t come up either. Was there something wrong with the seeds this year? After inspecting a few gardens, it became apparent to me what was going on. In each case, there was a … Continue reading Striped cucumber beetles causing problems

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Forth of July at the Cabin!

July 07th, 2017

Made it up to Luzerne over the 4th of July with my wife and daughter Tara, husband Glen, and grandson Kyle. I had some work to do on the new place and had hired a local Mennonite builder to take care of several jobs I just don’t have the time or energy to do! I […]

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Counting Perch, with the CatchCounter

July 05th, 2017

With all the perch coming back to the boat on the crawler harnesses lately, it really has me thinking about the perch fishing that will be starting soon out on Lake Erie. At least for me that is, those that … Continue reading

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Kool aid

July 02nd, 2017

via GIPHY I must admit that I remain astonished at our current political landscape. We have a Congress who are attempting to take healthcare away from at least 22M people in the name of what? Reducing premiums for the young and healthy? Providing the first of many big tax cuts to the wealthy? Further punishing […]

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