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Monroe in the Time of Typhoid

July 30th, 2015

This post is not about beer, it’s about water. So why is a beer blog doing a post about water? One; beer is mostly water. Two; beer was often drunk as an alternative to polluted water. St. Arnold of Soisson’s miracle was to get local peasants to drink beer, “gift of life”, instead of water. […]

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The Best Perch Rods for Lake Erie

July 24th, 2015

The best perch rods are the ones you have the most confidence in, basically meaning what works best for you, is the best perch rod. For me, I have a couple of St. Croix rods that work the best for … Continue reading

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Flight of the Sphinx

July 23rd, 2015

Last summer I brought you some incredible views of a Spurge Sphinx caterpillar from Northern Michigan. Later in the month, after the leathery burrowed into the soil to complete its third stage of metamorphosis, I peeled back the moss to reveal the equally fascinating pupa at the end of the tunnel. The adult emerged last […]

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More tree frogs in our garden this year

July 21st, 2015

It sure seems like our garden has become a haven for baby tree frogs. Standing in one spot without having to move, I could see three of them. I’ve also seen a lot more hopping around in the yard. Tree frogs need water to reproduce, either permanent ponds or temporary pools of water. This wet […]

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Wet weather now may contribute to gnarly tomatoes later

July 15th, 2015

I don’t have to tell you we’ve had more rain than usual this gardening season in southeastern Michigan. Some locations, like my garden, have had significantly more rain than the official reporting stations because of localized heavy down pours. Don’tbe surprised if you see a higher proportion of misshapen tomatoes in your garden this year […]

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Who Makes the Best Crawler Harness?

July 15th, 2015

  The question posed today was this, “Who makes the best crawler harness?”. The answer to the question is an easy one, and many anglers will say the same thing, I do! Not to say, those many will say … Continue reading

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What Do the Skinka Do?

July 13th, 2015

The skinka the five-lined skinka to be precise do what it hasta do to stay alive and healthy. A big part of this survival strategy involves keeping the inside fires burning and because lizards like skinks dont have inside fires they depend largely upon the generosity of the sun. For them life is all […]

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Pain relievers carry higher risks

July 13th, 2015

Suddenly, many over-the-counter pain relievers don’t seem to be that safe anymore. The Food and Drug Administration recently decided to increase the consumer warning language on the labels of many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) due to the increased risk of stroke or heart attack for users. NSAIDs are used to reduce fever temporarily or to […]

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Mon-Roll: Bicycle to Beer

July 12th, 2015

There is an event in Detroit called Slow Roll. Every Monday night bike riders gather for a pedal through Detroit’s neighborhoods. I got me thinking, why can’t we do this in Monroe? We can! So Mon-Roll was created. We did add a slight twist so we included a stop for Michigan craft beer. So here’s […]

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Drifting for Big Water Walleye

July 08th, 2015

You want to try your hand at catching walleye on the Great Lakes, but your boat might be too small, or its not rigged yet for trolling….no problem! You have many options available, and they all produce almost, or on … Continue reading

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Courts Decide

July 03rd, 2015

The Supreme Court recently did what they are empowered to do make decisions based on their best interpretation of the constitution. The Constitution provides for an independent judiciary for a reason. We are a nation of laws where the power of the majority does not trump the rights of the minority. Our federal judges […]

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Woodpecker Watering Hole

July 02nd, 2015

Woodpeckers will come to earth, so to speak, for the purpose of getting liquid refreshment but many of them avoid this potentially dangerous trip by frequenting tree top watering holes. Certain shallow tree cavities regularly accumulate rainwater and serve nicely as natural reservoirs. One such drinking establishment exists on a Red Maple overhanging my shed […]

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The Catch Counter, almost Perch Season again!

July 01st, 2015

I saw what was trending today on the blog search type thing, and apparently great minds do think alike because I was just thinking about perch fishing last night, and breaking out my Catch Counter to keep track of all … Continue reading

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New from Church Tackle for 2015

June 30th, 2015

A couple of years ago when Church Tackle came out with the TX-007 Stern Planer, I started thinking about what it might be like to fish smaller sizes in the Upper Peninsula’s inland lakes. Pike, crappie and even bass fishing … Continue reading

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Too much rain causes waterlogged garden soil

June 30th, 2015

Gardeners in our area are having to deal with unusual amounts of water in their gardens. The amount of water in the soil is more like what we would see in early spring after the snow melt rather than late June or early July. Driving around I see standing water all over our area with […]

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Moth mullein welcome in the garden

June 29th, 2015

There’s some new unexpected members to our garden family of plants this year. It is a group of moth mullein plants. I’m not really sure how they got there. I figure they most likely hitched a ride as seed in soil from some other plants that I transplanted from someone else’s garden a couple of […]

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A Midge with Mites Uponem

June 28th, 2015

A midge with mites upon em might be covered top to bottom. Though small the midges are, Their mites are tinier by far. Let me start out by saying that Chironomid Midges are not Mosquitoes. Similar looking to their blood-sucking dipteran cousins, they do not, and cannot, bite humans. I figure that knowing this will […]

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Battling the mosquito plague

June 26th, 2015

Looks like the mosquito plague will be with us until at least November given the spate of recent wet weather. The blood-sucking insects seem so thick in some areas it makes it difficult to be outdoors for any extended period. But there are ways to repel the critters. Wear insect repellent: Products containing DEET, such […]

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Area beaches to be sampled again

June 25th, 2015

Monroe County health officials will be taking water samples again on Friday to see if the contamination levels that resulted in no-contact advisories for three area beaches have fallen within acceptable levels. The health department issued advisories Wednesday afternoon for beaches at Bolles Harbor and Avalon Beach as well as the mile-long beach at Sterling […]

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The Willow Blade

June 24th, 2015

Afterthe Colorado blade, the willow blade just might give the Indiana blade a run for its money when it comes to 2nd place amongst all walleye spinner blades. During the early part of the 21st century, as far as I … Continue reading

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