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Large Smallmouth Equals Large Smiles!

September 19th, 2017

My son-in-law Glen Pafford is a fishing fanatic. every chance he gets he has a line in the water somewhere. glen is a carpet store owner and does most of his installations by himself, so his fishing time is limited. He has a 14 foot aluminum boat at my cabin and I have a 50 […]

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Dogbane in prairie area

September 19th, 2017

When I was aroud ten years old, back when all kids were free-range, I spotted spotted a plant during my wanderings that impressed me so much that I’m intrigued by it to this day. I didn’t know what it was called at the time. It wasn’t until later, when I was in college, that I … Continue reading Dogbane in prairie area

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Tar spot on maple trees

September 19th, 2017

In many cases, diagnosing plant problems requires an in-person look at the plant in question. Too many disorders look similar when all you have is a photo to go by. Earlier this week someone sent me a photo asking about spots on a valuable tree they have in their front lawn. That was an easy … Continue reading Tar spot on maple trees

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Grape ripening

September 19th, 2017

According to my records, my grapes are about ten days ahead of last year at this date. Every growing season is different and any particular year doesn’t necessarily line up with seasonal average growing conditions. Ten days is a long time when it comes to grapes. I covered the grapes with netting last week to … Continue reading Grape ripening

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Take a Kid Fishing and Youll get a Reward

September 09th, 2017

Last weekend I had three of my grandson’s and one of their buddies up north at the cabin. My son-in-law Glen has a small boat and always takes his boy Kyle fishing when their in camp. On the first day we arrived Glen went to McCormick Lake and He and Kyle caught about 10 small […]

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Michigan Youth Hunt and Bear Season are Upon Us!

September 05th, 2017

Just returned from the north woods and I think things are looking pretty good for the September 16,17 early deer hunt! Seen more deer this summer than I have in the last several years. there are at least 4 different young bucks hanging around my place with a nice little basket rack 8 pointer just […]

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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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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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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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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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