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Wild Hogs Continue To Do Damage!

August 12th, 2018

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) Wild hogs have dug up most of the sod in Rachel Huzior’s backyard, knocked down several lawn lights and ripped holes in her screened-in pool house. They come in the night, voracious eating machines that can cause massive damage to expensive landscaping. They are wild hogs, and the U.S. Department […]

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Join the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

August 02nd, 2018

By now I’m sure you know we are in danger of losing the monarch butterfly migration in our lifetime. This critical situation was addressed in 2014 when President Obama met with President Pena Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Harper of Canada about it. At that meeting they agreed toto establish a working group to … Continue reading Join the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

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Quilt gardens tour in Elkhart Indiana

July 31st, 2018

We recently visited the Quilt Gardens, a really fun ongoing garden tour in the Elkhart Indiana region. Volunteer gardeners from that area installed more than a million plants in eighteen gardens. Flowers and colorful foliage plants are arranged to reproduce quilt patterns on a large scale. In addition to the gardens, twenty one large quilt … Continue reading Quilt gardens tour in Elkhart Indiana

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Tomato blossoms damaged by hot temperatures

July 31st, 2018

During the past couple of weeks I saw a lot of gardens having problems with tomato plants not producing fruit. When discussing this problem with gardeners, the first thing I hear from them is usually,” I’m growing lots of leaves but no tomatoes”. Then they go on to attribute it to an overabundance of fertilizer … Continue reading Tomato blossoms damaged by hot temperatures

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Socialism

July 30th, 2018

via GIPHY The recent nomination of a democratic socialist in a NY congressional district has awakened the great red scare among some conservatives. The standard conservative line regarding socialism is that there isnt one successful socialist country and it is a stepping stone to communism. But that begs the question. There isnt one successful libertarian […]

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Become a bee helper

July 24th, 2018

By now, most people are aware of the declining honeybee population.What is not as well know is wild bees are having the same problems. Wild bees are important because in many instances they are more efficient at pollinating some crops than are honeybees. They are also highly adapted to pollinating wild flowering plants making them … Continue reading Become a bee helper

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The lawn of the future

July 24th, 2018

Imagine self-propelled robotic lawn groomers, too sophisticated to be called merely lawn mowers, taking care of your lawn without any help from you. Miniature drones with intelligent eyesight hovering over your lawn identifying weeds insects and diseases, zapping them with pin-point precision accuracy. All this guided by on-board artificial intelligence leaving behind an absolutely flat, … Continue reading The lawn of the future

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Are We There Yet?

July 22nd, 2018

via GIPHY Lets just do a quick recap. Trump goes to the NATO conference. He gives an interview to the Sun in which he blasts PM May, his host. Then he denies that he said it even though the Sun has the whole interview on tape. He blasts NATO, lies about how much of the […]

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Huron Metro Park Fishing With Papa

July 18th, 2018

What a beautiful day we had at the Huron Metro park on Huron Drive off of I-275. I took my grandson Kyle there to do a little fishing and enjoy this summer cool spell. We fished from the dock going out into the lake, and could see 10-12 inch bass swimming around in the shallow […]

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Liking your lovage

July 11th, 2018

Every once in a while we’ll be making something that calls for celery, like potato salad or chicken soup. I’ll check the fridge only to find out there’s no celery in the crisper drawer. Not to fear, there’s a perennial plant growing in the garden that’s always on stand by for such an eventuality — … Continue reading Liking your lovage

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Money Grabbing state Officials At It Again

July 09th, 2018

A few years ago the State DNR upped the price more than double to ride your 4-wheeler or snowmobile on state lands. In fact if you wanted (or needed) a state sticker you first had to buy another sticker (base) that would allow you to buy the sticker you needed. What a bunch of crap! […]

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Cabin Week July 4th.

July 08th, 2018

Finally five days at the cabin. My wife and I were able to leave Sunday after a grandson’s graduation party and stay until the following friday evening. Our daughter Tara, her husband Glen, their son Kyle, and his cousin Brady joined us late Tuesday evening. We crammed a lot into 4-5 days and were even […]

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Fleeing to Another Country

July 07th, 2018

  Fleeing to another country is the ultimate act of parental desperation. Yet somehow those parents who are seeking asylum in this country are being cast as the villains in Trump’s twisted passion play. Instead of embracing this situation with the compassion that we as a country normally exhibit when when people are in need, […]

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Alaska Bear Attack!

June 21st, 2018

Police in Alaska are searching for an “aggressive” brown bear that they believe killed a hiker who went missing this week and later attacked a member of the search party that was out looking for him, authorities said. Officers discovered the remains of the missing hiker, Michael Soltis, in a wooded area in Anchorage on […]

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Mystery of the missing apples

June 19th, 2018

At a function I attended over this past weekend the conversation turned to gardening. A friend mentioned his apple trees were being raided by an unknown animal. This animal was very stealthy, so stealthy in fact, that it left virtually no trace of ever being there. The thief left no footprint despite the fact that … Continue reading Mystery of the missing apples

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Liars Poker 2

June 13th, 2018

The ink isnt dry yet on whatever it was that Trump and Kim signed and we are already dealing with WILDLY divergent claims about what happened and why. Before we start, however, I do want to acknowledge that at least in the short term, this is much better than threatening any kind of conflict. On […]

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Milkweeds can become a nuisance

June 12th, 2018

In this day and age pretty much everyone knows about the relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants. It wasn’t always that way. Before modern chemical weed killers, farmers had limited ways of dealing with weeds. Depending on the weather conditions, a farmer might have to go over a field two or three times with … Continue reading Milkweeds can become a nuisance

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Finding a sphinx moth pupa

June 12th, 2018

Butterflies and moths overwinter in different forms depending on the species. For example, the famous Monarch overwinters as an adult, swallowtails in the chrysalis stage. Other species of moths or butteries spend the winter as as eggs or as pupae. Earlier this week I was filling up a plant container with growing mix that I … Continue reading Finding a sphinx moth pupa

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Liars Poker

June 11th, 2018

via GIPHY Heres how the old joke goes. Two liars walk into a bar. The first turns to the other and says, Isnt this the place that you always told me about? The second says, No. Liars Poker is a fun card game when you and your pals have tired of all of the other […]

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Third Animal Attack This week at Yellowstone

June 07th, 2018

A woman was gored by a bison yesterday as a crowd of tourist once again invaded the territory of these lard beast. A crowd had gathered on the lower basin when a herd of bison were seen from the road. People got out of their cars and walked within 15 feet of these dangerous and […]

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