Friday, April 28, 2017

Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms Sell Out Illinois Gun Shops and Owners!

From Valinda Rowe, of Illinois Carry: Springfield Armory's commemorative model to memorialize selling out their customer base, IL gun shops and gun owners this week by giving up the fight against SB1657 Dealer Licensing bill. Only cost 30 pieces of silver (votes).

If you are attending the NRA Annual Meeting, drop by the booths of these two Illinois companies and drop a dime for them.  Let them know that you know!

SB1657 passed out of the Senate yesterday with 30 votes - after Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms withdrew their opposition, in exchange they were exempted from being affected by the bill. Valinda Rowe


Weekend Steam: U.P Mainline Steam!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Eleven Shot In St. Louis Last Weekend...

...and several of them dead. Click  It scares me to go into St. Louis nowadays.  About forty years ago I drove through St. Louis on my way to East Kentucky, and it was late at night. Going over the Mississippi, a car got on my tail and I could see when we passed lights that there were three big Afro haircuts in that car.  They followed me well into Illinois, and it gave me an educational scare. I did learn from this that I can load a single action revolver in the dark while I am driving 55 MPH, with someone on my tail.  They finally backed off and I keep my head on a swivel to this day.  Be alert, be prepared, stay alive. Here are a couple of Colin Flaherty's latest videos.

Routine Activity Theory

Aberrant Behavior?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ash: A Clear Sign

Emerald Ash Borer has been on the march for many years, and now the trees at our place are obviously infested.  This is classic.  The tips are dead, the leave coming out are the normal green color. (Not yellow, as trees with Ash Yellow Disease.) There are lots of epicormic sprouts, similar to the response to Ash Yellow.

Ash is prolific, and when you see the amount of reproduction ash trees produce, you would expect it to dominate. It usually is poorly represented in mature stands of timber, and I blame Ash Yellow for that.  Now we have the borer, and it attacks trees of all ages.  I don't know the future for ash in future eastern hardwood forests, but it looks as though it will be an extremely rare commodity.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

Ruger is offering one of Mike Fifer's personal rifles this week.  It is an M77 in .300 RCM, and was used by Mr. Fifer on an Alaskan moose hunt.  It was built in 2011 and includes a Carl Zeiss scope.  It will sell mid-day, May 3, 2017, so CLICK HERE to read the full description and to place that winning bid.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Hit and Miss Briggs and Stratton Engine

805 RoadKing is a great YouTuber, making lots of videos of cool engine projects.  This video is the final one of a series where the Road King turns a 1951 Briggs into a nifty hit-and-miss engine with a beautiful governor assembly.

Road King's current project is building a water-cooled Briggs engine, and it is equally as cool as this project.  Here is the play list if you want to see the process that this engine went through: LINK

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gooses and Geeslings!

I don't know how they are avoiding all the snappers, coons, and coyotes, but there are still ten goslings, and they are growing!

The Easy Winners, Scott Joplin, Performed by Joshua Rifkin

Joshua Rifkin channels Scott Joplin.  I've never heard anyone who could play these songs better.  I first heard these renditions forty-five years ago, and they are still my favorites.  We feel like winners today.  It's been a beautiful Sunday, and I had a great nature walk around the pond.  No alarm for Monday!  Winner!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If You Want Oak, Plant Pine

That's a line that foresters learn from other foresters, and from experience.  Our little pine stand is shortleaf that was planted sixty some years ago, and we enjoy watching the sun set behind them in the evenings.  There is a problem, though.  The pines have been dying at an alarming rate, and oaks; mostly white oaks, are filling the gaps.  We now officially have an oak-pine stand, something that you will see in the Ozarks where there is an occasional fire.  It is a timber type that requires fire for long term maintenance.  It's a good thing I am now retired.

This spring and summer I will be doing chainsaw work to move heavy fuel away from trees that I do not want to be harmed, and then I hope to get the first burn in this fall.  What is happening is this; oaks have seeded in with the help of mottled sunlight coming through the pine stand, and the pines have not been reseeding themselves because the need a fire to create a seedbed.  I should have been working on this for the last five years, but you know the cobbler's kids never have good shoes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Farming Is Much Faster Now...

...than it was when I was a kid. Our renter tilled this 40 in the morning and planted it in the afternoon.  Boy have things changed!  I remember my parents reading in the newspaper when I was a kid that John Deere was discontinuing the 2-cylinder engines and was going to inline engines like the other manufacturers were building.  I thought the World was coming to an end!  I have loved that sound all my life, so here's a little bit of that, just for fun.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chainsaw Fail Video: This Poor Guy...

...needs to take a class.  Here are the basics for looking at lean/weight on a tree and figuring out if you can handle it, or need to call a guy with a bucket truck. (If a tree has a chance for hitting an improvement, you don't take chances! You call the guy with the truck!)

Lean Limit Basics

There is an easy set of guidelines for limits of lean you can handle on a tree you need to fall. Measure the distance from the back of the hinge to the back of the stump. Say it's 1 foot. That will be your segment length. Measure the height of the tree. If it is 50 feet tall you have a 50 segment tree. On 50 segment trees the limit on back lean you can handle with wedges is about 10 feet. (Not Fun!) That is true if the wood is solid and has good fiber strength. Eastern hemlock will be much less than that. Old black oak may be much less. Every tree has its own secrets. If it's taller by 10 feet, that's a  60 segment tree. Now the limit is about 8 feet.  If it's shorter by 10 feet to 40 segments,  the limit is about 12 feet. Tipping trees near the limit is hard, and the hinge may fail, making the tree go over backwards. A 1" wedge will move the top of a 50 segment tree 50 inches; two stacked 1" wedges can move the top 100 inches. Figure your height and number of segments on all trees that need wedging over and you will know if you can get it with the thickness of one wedge. Use parallel wedges to increase your lift.  Three side-by-side wedges will push three times as much weight as one wedge.

Your most important application of this skill is to know your limits on side lean, so you don't have the hinge fail. If 10 feet is the limit for back lean on a tree, the limit for side lean is less than 1/2 of that! That is because back lean is pulling equally across the hinge, but side lean is pulling hard on 1/2, and compressing the other half. Going too far on side lean will cause the hinge to fail, so don't push that at all. Watch some videos where people have side lean and do not pull against it. The tree will go where it wants! Look at all your trees from two vantage points to make a quadrant for weight and lean. You will then know within 90° where that tree will go if it is severed. You need to know that in case the hinge should fail you; then you will know where to step to avoid being crushed.

How do you determine the amount of lean? Step way back from the tree, at 90° from the fall line. Put your hands up in front of you and surround the crown. Bring your eye to the middle, and bring a line straight down. Note that spot, go to it and pace in to the stump (or measure).

PS: It looks like about 8 feet of back lean on this tree, and he probably could have wedged it over, but he used only one wedge.  You cannot pound one wedge against that much weight.  Instead, he cut the hinge thinner from the front, with predictable results.  If only he had watched a few of my videos he could proudly say, "I'm a logger!"

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

Ruger's offering this week is a Blackhawk Convertible made for Buckeye Firearms in .32-20/ .32 H & R Magnum in 1989.  It is up over $1000 already as I post this; who would have guessed that a rollmarked buckeye leaf would be such a hot item?  CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place that winning bid.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day April 19, 2017. (Patriots' Day + 242 years!)


Tuesday Torque: Let's Go Pump Some Arsenic!

I used to run across old orchard sprayers like these on my walks, but haven't seen any lately.  They have been sucked up by high scrap prices, I guess.  I saw a good one almost thirty years ago in deep Southern Illinois that had a restorable Fairbanks Dishpan engine, but the owner did not want to sell.  You will see a pretty good variety of engine makes on orchard sprayers, and believe it or not, the USGS has maps made showing the orchard locations from the Twenties to the Sixties because of possible soil contamination from arsenic, lead, and copper.  You have to wonder how farmers survived when they were spraying arsenic insecticide and getting it all over themselves.  Anyway, here are a few old sprayers with different engines for your viewing pleasure.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Strenuous Life, by Scott Joplin, Performed by Cory Hall... a pace for seniors.  Back when this was written, Teddy Roosevelt was still a force in the world, and he promoted "The Strenuous Life".  Lived it, too.  Cory's rendition is a bit sedate for me, but heck, I'm 65 now, and I'm not setting my alarm in the morning!

Carmi Rifle Club to Host NRA Women On Target Shooting Clinic

The Carmi Rifle Club in Carmi, IL will be hosting its annual NRA Women On Target instructional shooting clinic for women on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The day will begin with registration at 8:30 A.M., followed with firearm safety orientation and instructional sessions for shotgun, .22 caliber handgun in the morning, and rifles and centerfire handguns in the afternoon.  Participants will be treated to a picnic lunch.  The purpose of the clinic is to provide training in the safe handling of shotguns, rifles and pistols in a relaxing, non-competitive, and fun filled environment. The clinic will conclude at approximately 3 P.M. Firearms, ammunition, targets and lunch will be provided by the club. The event is made possible in part by the Friends of the NRA Foundation.

The event will be supervised by NRA certified instructors and range safety officers as well as experienced club members. The club is located north of Carmi on County Road 1250 E, just off Illinois Highway 1.

Registration for the clinic costs $30 per participant. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Valinda Rowe at Six One Eight-Nine Six Three-Two Seven Eight Eight, or send an email to VRowe (at) mvrowe (dot) com.

Women On Target, 2016

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Life Is A Risky Business

Last year our resident geese were not successful.  We never saw the first gosling.  We have coons, possums, skunks, and coyotes all competing for eggs and baby geese to eat.  We knew that the geese were setting, because we have been seeing only one at a time.  Today the babies appeared, and they sure are cute.  Now, if they can avoid snapping turtles, they might have a chance to grow up.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Enjoying Life To The Fullest...

...and also dead critters!

I see this behaviour frequently.  Evidently they enjoy the Sun's warmth as much as humans do.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nature Lover Eye Candy


                                                             Emerging Hickory Leaves

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Have You Watched Hickok45 Today?

I don't miss a day.  He seems a bit off his game in this video, though.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

Here's a very special deal from Ruger this week!  These Mk II pistols have consecutive serial numbers, and are prototypes for the training pistols that Ruger would make for the U.S. Army.  The U.S. mark is larger than on the production model.  This set has jumped from $350 to $2583.66 in 18 bids.  These collector pieces will sell mid-day, April 12, 2017.  CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place your bid.  $4050!!!!  Holy Cow!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Restoration Challenges

If you fool around with old machines you will encounter poured babbit bearings, and you may have to make some yourself.  I poured the rod bearing for the 9 HP Economy that you see  in Gary Bahre's engine shed. Zeke helped my do that when he was just a little guy.  Gary had to pour a new rod bearing for the Bessemer 8 HP engine after the new rod was built.  I have poured many wire rope sockets with babbit, back when I mechanicked for a living.  The  MadMailer has just posted a good video showing a challenging project, and he says there will be a part II, so stay tuned.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Makin' Wood Again

We're cutting wood while the weather is still cool, and the ticks aren't very thick.  Here's a nearly dead blue spruce we worked up for next winter's kindling.  Made a lot of stove wood today, too.

We All Need Time At The Range!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekend Steam: The Rock Train, Climax Locomotive!

This video is actually an advertisement, but it is a joy to watch.  Climax locos are mighty rare, and there are some good closeups here.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Can You See It?

Click on the first pic and look up in the fork on the right tree (black oak snag).  Do you spot things like this when you are out in the woods?  Landowners are always amazed when I point out the animals hiding overhead, and I really don't know why these things stand out to me.  I trip a lot when I'm in the woods because I do look up more than I look down.

Here it is.  We seem to be covered up in coons the last few years.

Not too many people hunt or trap them now, and the numbers are really up.

Coons, skunks, possums, and coyotes are all nest predators, sucking eggs and eating baby birds.  I think the depression in the fur market is the reason that we are seeing fewer wild turkeys the last few years.

Here's another one, up in a squirrel's leaf nest in a hickory tree. Squirrels like to suck eggs, too, and not very many people hunt squirrels.  Funny thing about these coons.  You can whistle, yell, stomp, and they just go right on taking their nap.  Squirrels will scoot around a tree and try to stay out of sight, but coons don't care.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

This week Ruger is offering a 1977 Convertible Blackhawk in .357 Magnum/9mm.  These are great guns, and it's one you can shoot and not worry about buying a safe queen.   It sells mid-day, April 5, 2017.  Click Here to read all about it and to place your bid.  $735

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Twelve Turning

You can read all about the Dornier DO-X on Wikipedia. It was first built with twelve 524 HP engines, which were swapped out for 610 HP Curtiss water-cooled V-12 engines, so the plane could reach a safe cruising altitude.  There were only three built, and there were many problems, but it was important from a pioneering and engineering standpoint.  This radio-controlled model appears much more airworthy than the original planes.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

One More Daffodil Post

Our daffodils have been beautiful this year, but they are just about done now.  I took these photos last week, and I could have taken more today, but I spared you and stifled the urge.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Rather Boring Fireline... generally better than an extremly exciting fireline, but this was just a bit too slow.  We got 'r done, though.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We Like Freebies! Samsung Dryer Dropped On Us!

Our brother-in-law was given a dryer with a problem, but he didn't need it.  Our dryer was still working, but it needs a new timer and sensors, so we upgraded to the Samsung and did the necessary repairs to get it going.  For fifty bucks we have a new-to-us dryer!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

This week Ruger is offering another 25th Anniversary .44 Magnum Carbine.  It sells mid-day, March 29, 2017. Click Here to read all about it and to place your bid.  $1525

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Allen Diesel Engine

We usually see big 2-stroke Diesels, but this Allen Diesel is a four-stroke, three cylinder engine.  It doesn't sound like the big Fairbanks engines.  The writeup on YouTube says it is 200 HP and 285 RPM.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ahhh....Monday Mornin' Comin'!

The Great Divide

I passed this milestone a bit more than thirty years ago, but today it comes to mind once more

At Thirty-Five

Three score and ten, the psalmist saith,
And half my course is well-nigh run;
I've had my flout at dusty death,
I've had my whack of feast and fun.
I've mocked at those who prate and preach;
I've laughed with any man alive;
But now with sobered heart I reach
The Great Divide of Thirty-five.
And looking back I must confess
I've little cause to feel elate.
I've played the mummer more or less;
I fumbled fortune, flouted fate.
I've vastly dreamed and little done;
I've idly watched my brothers strive:
Oh, I have loitered in the sun
By primrose paths to Thirty-five!
And those who matched me in the race,
Well, some are out and trampled down;
The others jog with sober pace;
Yet one wins delicate renown.
O midnight feast and famished dawn!
O gay, hard life, with hope alive!
O golden youth, forever gone,
How sweet you seem at Thirty-five!
Each of our lives is just a book
As absolute as Holy Writ;
We humbly read, and may not look
Ahead, nor change one word of it.
And here are joys and here are pains;
And here we fail and here we thrive;
O wondrous volume! what remains
When we reach chapter Thirty-five?
The very best, I dare to hope,
Ere Fate writes Finis to the tome;
A wiser head, a wider scope,
And for the gipsy heart, a home;
A songful home, with loved ones near,
With joy, with sunshine all alive:
Watch me grow younger every year --
Old Age! thy name is Thirty-five!

Robert Service

Collateral Damage In Prescribed Burning

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Steam: Steam Shows Comin'!

Here are some shots from Old Threshers of engines I have watched for years.  There are three different Averys; an undermounted, a straight flu overmounted, and a return flu.  A forty horse Avery used to be at Mt. Pleasant, but I saw in a steam magazine that it went out of commission with a bad boiler, and it is scattered to the four winds.

Video by 1957Shep

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hank's Daddy, Ervin Simpson, Rest In Peace

I delivered a tree planting machine to Ervin Simpson well after dark, many years ago during the Spring tree planting season.  When I was ready to leave, Mr. Simpson asked me if I wanted a cat.  That's an odd question from a landowner, but Hank had been fighting with the other cat, and they had Hank declawed.  That made him worse.  A declawed cat will become a biter instead of a claw fighter, and Hank wasn't fitting in.  I put Hank in the truck with me and he rode home cuddled up against me.  We already had cats, so we put Hank in the utility room by himself and that became his home.  He was happy there, and he didn't have any problems with our other cats that way.  Every time I saw Ervin after that he would ask how old Hank was doing.  He missed his cat.  Well, Hank got bladder cancer in his old age, and we had to have him put down.  We hated that, and I did tell Mr. Simpson what happened to his old friend.  This week I saw Ervin Simpson's obituary on the WFIW Radio website.  He was a good old country boy, and I liked him from the first time I met him.  When you keep a loved pet for someone, it creates a bit of a bond.

Buckin' Billy Ray On Topping...

This man is a genius, and he's better with a chainsaw than you or I will ever be.  Listen and watch while he shows us a butchered tree.  Topping kills, but it takes time.  It also causes rot, which homeowners are not  aware of while it is going on.  Kudos to Billy Ray for fighting the good fight, even if it means losing a job.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jug Band Joy

Roberta posted about a 1929 Jug Band record this week, and gave me a little brain storm.  I like music from the early Twentieth Century, and we have a pretty good collection.  Look for the album "Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow" if you like this sort of stuff. Here are a couple good songs you will hear on that album.

Not a jug band, but humor from the same era. This is Moran and Mack (The Two Black Crows), two white vaudevillians who pretend to be a couple of lazy guys making low-key humor. In this little video there are two segments featuring a kazoo, which is where this all started with Roberta's post.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

Here's another good one this week from Ruger!  It is a 1990 (first year of production) Ruger P85, 9mm, Decocker, New In Box.  This treasure has been residing in the Ruger vault for 27 years, and now it can be yours! Click Here to read the full description and to place your bid.  This fine pistol will sell mid-day, March 22, 2017. $700

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tuesday Torque; Moguls, The Pinnacle Of Farm Engine Development

Moguls, by IHC, were the best, but most farmers could not afford them. They are beautiful machines, side shaft instead of push-rod, mechanical oiler instead of drip, and throttle governed instead of hit-and-miss.  Collectors want them, and they are hard to get, so prices are high when they go on the market.  Pile Of Iron posted this video recently.  We haven't visited him in a while, and it's good to see he is still out there making videos.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's Almost Sprung!

Nearly centered up this morning! The equinox is supposed to occur at 5:28 CDT on Monday, March 20.

In other news, these daffodils looked pretty sad after a low temp of 18° F a few days ago, but most of them came out of it just fine. We just ran one stove yesterday, and the house temp was 80° last night at bedtime.  Gotta make a smaller fire.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cyanide Boobie Traps Are Legal? Who Knew?

From The East Idaho News:  The article is not clear on whether the United States Department of Agriculture is setting these bombs, or if they distribute them to private individuals for varmint control, but golly; it's ok, because this is the first time since 2014 that one has gone off and hurt somebody.  A pet was killed, a child was heavily exposed, and a parent was also exposed.  Unbelievable!

Weekend Steam: Hop Across The Pond For A Real Treat

The video of the Ruston Hornsby shovel has embedding disabled, so Click The Pic to go to YouTube and watch this neat video.  These machines with clutches, throttles, and brakes built up big arms on the operators.

Screen Shot from St Ervan's YouTube video.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

18° F Last Night,

Low 30s today, and we still had turtles out sunning on a log.  I counted three today.  Last week we had a temp around 50° and a crowd showed up.  They are anxious for Spring.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Cold Snap

Southern Illinois winters can be muddy, but we do get ice, snow, and cold weather, too.  The daffodils will probably be wrecked tonight.  The forecasters are calling for 18° F tonight, and that is a bit much for Spring flowers.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

This week Ruger is selling an oldie-but-goodie; it's a .357 Magnum Blackhawk made in 1974, the second year of production for the New Model Ruger single-action revolvers.  Click Here to read all about it.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day, March 15, 2017.  $651.11

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekend Steam: Rebuilding A Pickering Governor

From Old Steam Powered Machine Shop:

Mutant Parent; Defending The Indefensible...

This interview explains a whole lot of the problem in the welfare communities.  It's well worth your time to listen to this, and it will improve your awareness of the dangers you face if you navigate the cities of our country.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

A relatively new model Ruger is up for bids this week.  It is a Ruger American in .30-06, made in December 2011, and jury tested by Mike Fifer before the model was released in January 2012.  Click Here to read all about it and to place your bid.  This fine rifle will sell mid-day, March 8, 2017.  $700

Monday, March 6, 2017

Has The Weird Magnet Struck Again?

When you drive across southern Wayne County on I-64 in Southern Illinois you had best be careful. For many years there has been speculation that a mysterious force, known as the "Weird Magnet" makes people behave in a crazy fashion. Folks have been known to stop and disrobe while driving through, and there have been many other instances of bizarre behavior. Here's the latest, reported in the Wayne County Press from Thursday, March 2, 2017: "Florida Man Blames Crack Cocaine On Prostitute" Yes, he really did that! A truck driver from Palmetto, Florida was stopped last week on I-64 in southern Wayne County. When the door of the truck was opened, the trooper "discovered a plastic baggie containing approximately one gram of a rock-like substance that field-tested positive for crack cocaine." A pipe with cannabis was also found by the State Trooper. The truck driver told the cop that the cocaine "belonged to a prostitute he met in Laredo, Texas and she had left it in the vehicle." I guess maybe he was going to take it back to Texas and return it!? The driver also told the trooper that the cannabis "belonged to his cousin in Florida." The driver was taken to the Wayne County Jail, where I assume a good laugh was had by all personnel. You can subscribe to the Wayne County Press (213 East Main, Fairfield, IL 62837) for $57.00 per year and enjoy this type of entertainment twice a week.

Tuesday Torque: Beautiful Music From A 6 HP M, 1919

Watch the first video, and then compare the IHC M to the IHC Titan from 1917 in the second video.  Same horsepower, but size, weight, ease of operation all changed markedly in two years.

CPR For Your Dog; Watch This Video!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Should We Grind Something This Week?


Our Tipping Pin Oak

We have been watching our big pin oak tip with great consternation, because it is going in the pond, and there is no pulling it back.  It will become a "project" and there is no way to fight it.  Back in November 2015 the lean was 5 5/8" in 2 feet.

November 2015

March 2017

The tree is 90 feet tall, so 7" in two feet represents 315" off center at the top.  I had predicted that this tree would be in the pond by Christmas 2015, so I am not very good at predictions, but there is no doubt that this tree is going down.  It will be a project. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Weekend Steam: Pouring Babbitt Bearings

Here's a skill that everyone should have.  I learned about babbitt bearings when I was a kid, and have done it a few times.  That skill was important in my oilfield job, where I was expected to be able to pour wire rope sockets.  I did a bunch of those for a small fleet of pulling units and spudders, and none of them failed.  This video shows the process on a Minneapolis traction engine that is being overhauled.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stimulating Brood Production...

...and preventing starvation!

We have had a warm winter, and the bees have been active many days.  That burns up honey, and honey is needed for survival, and for raising brood. Ignore your bees and you risk having the hive die out just when things finally bloom.

Susan has given her hive three sugar cakes so far in late winter, and the bees are looking good.  I look at them every day to check for skunk damage.  We have been lucky so far.  Skunks can wipe out a hive if you aren't watching out for them.

Unholy Toledo! Our Cities Are Sewers

Note the news hack questions why the murder victim was at the scene.  If you get in the way of a heinous perpetrator it is probably your fault!  Sheesh!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

This fine pistol will be selling in just three hours after I post it, so go look, and make that winning bid.  It is a P-90 Decocker in .45 ACP; a fine gun in a fine caliber.  The next bid price at posting is $695, so the price is reasonable for a benefit auction.  CLICK HERE to read all about it.

Update: Five minutes to go and it is just $700 for the next bid.  Jump on it; they aren't making this anymore!

$695 it is.  Someone got a good deal!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tuesday Torque: I Wouldn't Say He's Disagreeable,

....but he is always trying to start something!  Gary's Crankup is coming right up!  We hope to be there to see all the flywheels turning again.