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Planting buckwheat for weed control and helping honeybees

June 28th, 2017

I have an area in the garden that I will not be able to plant this year. Instead of letting it stay fallow and grow weeds, I planted buckwheat. It’s something I’ve done through the years whenever I’ve been unable to use an area for one reason or another. Buckwheat is a fast growing plant … Continue reading Planting buckwheat for weed control and helping honeybees

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Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad

June 27th, 2017

This past week the Ansel crew were recreating around the Luzerne, Mio, Fairview area, and one of our favorite things to do is take the family on the AuSable Valley Railroad ride! What a fun and unique experience is waiting for all that venture into this hidden jewel of the North woods! The miniature railroad […]

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Black Bears Kill Two!

June 22nd, 2017

Recently two people were killed and one partially eaten by black bears in Alaska! Both attacks happened on the same day which is very unusual in it’s self! Black bears do not have the reputation of brown or grizzly bears, and in most cases are far smaller than their bigger cousins. That being said there […]

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Lambsquarters a wild edible bonus from the garden

June 22nd, 2017

One of my lushest weeds in the garden right now is lambsquarters. The pure stands coming up in my beds make it look like I purposely planted them there as a crop. I didn’t plant them but I sure am using them as if I did. Lambsquarters are the most nutritious plant that grows in … Continue reading Lambsquarters a wild edible bonus from the garden

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New Way to Remove the Fish Smell

June 20th, 2017

Handling fish, sometimes lots of fish if your day went well on the water, is something we all do. If you have tried some of the smell removal typeitems you can buy in a sporting goods store, you probably found … Continue reading

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Whoomp

June 19th, 2017

  The next big test of the Trump presidency is sneaking up on him. As I predicted, the domestic challenges that this administration has been dealing with will pale in comparison to international events where there is the very real possibility of escalation. Trumps generals told him and Congress that we are losing the war […]

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Lake Erie is en FUEGO/2017

June 19th, 2017

I never thought I would say this, but thank God it is Monday! That’s how it goes after four straight days of doing nothing but netting walleye and reloading crawlers on the hooks. While running with fellow team member ofNorthland … Continue reading

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Pruning milkweeds

June 18th, 2017

I saw my first Monarch butterfly several days ago. I know they were here much earlier because I found a caterpillar on my milkweed plants. That means there had to be a female butterfly around before that. It takes around four days for a Monarch egg to hatch. The caterpillar stage lasts around a week … Continue reading Pruning milkweeds

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A Bad Day of Fishing is Better Than a Good Day of Honey Dos!

June 17th, 2017

Today my brother Darryl and myself were fortunate enough to be asked out on a fishing yacht for a chance to take some Lake Erie walleye. We arrived at Toledo Beach Marina at 7:15 a.m. with the anticipation of two 13 year olds. Captain John and First Mate Jason met us at the dock. Snacks, […]

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Grizzly Attacks Three Kids in Alaska

June 15th, 2017

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska —Three juveniles were mauled Wednesday after coming across a grizzly bear and her two cubs while they were hiking in a heavily wooded area just north of Alaska’s largest city, in an area were two aggressive bears have already been killed this week. Anchorage authorities said four young people were hiking in […]

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Dont plant tomatoes to close together

June 15th, 2017

“You planted your tomatoes too close together.” Have you heard that from visitors to your garden? Not leaving enough space between tomato plants is one of the most common gardening mistakes. The good news is that it’s probably not too late to move them if you do it right away. It’s so easy to look … Continue reading Don’t plant tomatoes to close together

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Buggy Blades for Walleye: The Mayfly Hatch is On

June 12th, 2017

The mayfly hatch of 2017 is on! Inthe days of yesteryear,the old time walleye anglers would claim that the bite would shut down during the hatch, but au contraire mon frres. That’s French, which loosely translated means, not so fast … Continue reading

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The Credibility Gap

June 11th, 2017

During the Vietnam War, there was a lot of public skepticism regarding statements that came from the LBJ administration. Ultimately that led to Nixons election because he promised that he had a secret plan to end the war. He lied too and instead expanded the war. There were a lot of leaks including the Pentagon […]

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A Decade of Blogging Post

June 06th, 2017

  Random post from the last decade of blogging! More to come!

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

June 05th, 2017

Why is Trump so unpopular? His supporters claim that a biased media and the sore loser Democratic Party are to blame. While Trump supporters may draw some comfort from those excuses, the real cause is much more obvious. Trump has lost a third of his support since taking office based on his actions. He passed […]

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The Great Erosion

May 31st, 2017

Nixon left office with a 24% job approval rating. Ive often wondered what sort of people would still support a President after his spectacular abuses of power were revealed. Based on recent analysis by FiveThirtyEight, I now have a better understanding. Nate Silver makes a good argument that Trump has already lost significant support among […]

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Winter rye cover crop tilled into garden soil

May 31st, 2017

The rye cover crop I planted last fall made tremendous growth this spring. The plan all along was to till it into the soil before planting a week or so before planting. Timing is important when it comes to tilling under a cover crop like rye. The plants grew and entered the “boot stage” of … Continue reading Winter rye cover crop tilled into garden soil

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The Planer Board Caddy from Traxstech

May 30th, 2017

After all my spring tourneys, it’s finally time to get back to Lake Erie and catch some walleye for no other reason than the love of fishing. Which means I installed my latest piece of equipment on the boat, the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend Walleye

May 29th, 2017

While today we give thanks for those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, I was able to get out on Saturday and hit Brest Bay with my neighbor Cliff. Beautiful day for fishing, and breaking out … Continue reading

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its BACK, the Detroit Beach Boat Club Tourney!

May 26th, 2017

As much as I love getting into this fine local tourney….it drives me CRAZY that with all the fine walleye fishing available in the Monroe area, the boat club is the only place/organization that holds an annual walleye tourney in … Continue reading

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