Monday, May 17, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Bam-Bam-Bamford!

 I love seeing engines from around the world and seeing how they start and run. It seems that engine enthusiasts seek the same thrills no matter where they live. Thanks for the pick, Merle!


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Humble And Sons Portable Engine

 About twenty of these were built around the turn of the Twentieth Century, and three remain. This is a break-in run of a newly restored engine.  Thanks, Merle!


Friday, May 14, 2021

Weekend Steam: Steam At Speed!

 Check your blood pressure before you watch this on a big screen! Many Thanks To Merle!


Bore Cut Basics


 We have a video uploading now. It will be up early afternoon, so check back.  And here you go!


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Joy Of Big Radial Engines!

 I had a brief free airshow thrill! Most of the crop dusters in recent years are turboprop powered, but a Pratt and Whitney radial was pulling this Ag Cat biplane yesterday. You gotta love the sound of these great engines.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Poppies Need Disturbance

 Our poppies have been dwindling the last few years. Iris, daylilies, peonies and euonymus vines have been getting thicker in our flower beds, crowding out our poppies. We are thinking over our options, but it looks like digging out a bunch of plants and herbiciding some of the unwanted plants is in our near future.


                                         Back To The Old Grind!  We miss you, Scooter!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Speaking Of Big Birds....

 Our resident geese are having fun flying up on the house and then taking a running go, gliding out to the pond like kids going down a water slide. The dogs do not appreciate the feet flapping overhead.




Three For Three, And Now Turkey Season 2021 Is Done

 Three good friends asked if they could hunt this Spring, and all three have now bagged a gobbler. One needed two days to coax one in, the other two were brief one-morning hunts. I'm impressed, especially with Susan who now calls in owls. It's fun and just a little spooky.



Monday, May 3, 2021

In Flanders Fields, 106 Years Ago Today

Tuesday Torque: 1904 Waterous Fire Engine

 It's good to note that steam powered pumpers continued to be made and used for many more years. This must have been one of the very first uses of a gas engine in fire fighting equipment.  Many Thanks, Merle!


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Pumpkin Patch 2021

 Susan is running a great garden this year. Yesterday and today we worked on pole beans, and today we sprayed the weeds that have come up in the pumpkin patch. Susan has made her hills and has about half of it planted already. 



Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Tom Got His Turkey!

 Our friends Tom and Ray both hunted for a gobbler this spring.  Ray got one in the first season, and Tom got his today, in the final turkey season for Spring 2021 in Illinois. The birds were taciturn yesterday and would not even talk to Tom, but this morning they were all chatterboxes, and Tom had his choice of three good birds.  Well Done, Tom!



Women On Target 2021 Is In The Books

 We had a good time at Carmi today. Women On Target was canceled last year because of the vid, but we forged ahead this year with a good turnout. There was even more interest this year in pistol use, especially ones suitable for home defense and concealed carry. Our members were glad to help, and we ran more than an hour longer than we usually do at these events. There was lots of comparison in shooting .380s, 9mm, .38s, and .45 in pocket pistols, compacts, and full size pistols. The target you see, shot on the indoor .22 range scored 100 with 8 Xs. Another lady, new to shooting, shot a 100 with 3 Xs. Folks are serious about their shooting!





Weekend Steam II: 1943 Locomotive. A Comment....

 ...tells us this is a German locomotive taken by the Russians after the war. The scenery is incredible. Thanks, Merle!


Friday, April 30, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

"Just Put A Thumb In It" Kentucky Ballistics


SLAP is an abbreviation for Sabot Light Armor Penetrating. The penetrator is held in a polymer sabot in the cartridge. It is possible that part of the sabot was lodged in the bore while the penetrator went on. That happens occasionally with WWII era armor piercing .30-06 rounds, just in case you come across some of those. If you use those bullets you should check your bore after every shot so you don't blow up your M1 Garand.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

We Saw A New Critter!


 We think this is a Broad Head Skink. It was up in a hollow hickory tree that is frequented by gray squirrels. We read up on it a bit, and they supposedly have a strong bite if you bother them. 

Proud Parents


We have two pairs of goose parents this year, and both of them brought out their goslings for a first outing yesterday. One family has three, and the other, four babies. We are keeping an eye out for coyotes.


 

 

Tuesday Torque: Henry Ford's First Automobile

Stops like Fred Flintstone's car!

 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Got Some Of This Planned This Week


                                                               Back To The Old Grind!

Friday, April 23, 2021

S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien Triple Expansion Steam Engine

 The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two Liberty Ships that is still serviceable. 2710 were built during World War II. The ship is fired up once a month and the engine is run for the public to see. Thanks for spotting this great video, Merle!


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Make A Plan For Every Tree You Cut!


We go through the planning process for every tree we cut, large or small. One of our viewers asked a good question about cutting a leaner, so we drew out the problem and figured out whether he needed to do anything special, and it looks like dropping his tree will be pretty much straightforward.

Holy Cow, It's Earth Day Again!

 I will most certainly go out and celebrate by whacking a tree or two today! Every time you cut a tree you create a place to grow a new one!


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Tuesday Torque: IL-MO Engine Show Coming Up!

 Illinois-Missouri Tractor and Engine Club will be having an invitational crank-up at Defiance, Missouri at the Daniel Boone Home, Saturday, April 24, 2021! Our friend Gary Bahre is planning to be there with the five horse Falk if the weather cooperates. 


Friday, April 16, 2021

Weekend Steam: Scrapped 34046 'Braunton" And Then After Restoration

 "Here we have 7P 5FA Light Pacific , West Country Class 4-6-2 34046 `Braunton` with a Before and After Restoration vid...first filmed in the Early 1980s @ Barry island scrap yard in south Wales seen in a sorry sight, then some clips of this Year 2013 on some tours in fine form....what a GREAT job done in restoration..i take my hat off to everyone involved"            Thanks, Merle!

He Made It Look Easy!

Our friends Ray and Tom came out to hunt this morning. Tom called and Ray, who has a tag for this season, did the shooting. One shot, done! Nice bird, Ray!  Tom will be back in the last spring season and try to get one for himself. 



 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Garden Is Up And Running!


                                                                          Radishes!

Pour Some Salt On Its Tail!

 We are enjoying wildlife shows morning and evening. Susan has become a real pro at calling in barred owls, and that is just a little spooky when they fly in and talk back to you. This morning a hen turkey was scouting around the house. She took off at quick trot when I stepped out with the video camera.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Aumann Auction, Coming Right Up!

 Click the link and have a good time browsing through the online auction catalog. There is some good stuff in this auction, but bring your big-boy checkbook!  AuctionLink


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Schindler's List, John Williams; Simone Lamsma, Violin; Davida Scheffers, English Horn

When Spielberg asked John Williams to write the score for Schindler’s List he showed him an early cut of the movie. Williams stood up and walked out of the screening room. He came back in a few minutes later crying and said “you need someone better than me to write music for this.” And Spielberg said “I know, but everyone better than you is dead.”


Cabbage, Broccoli, Onions, Radishes, Lettuce And Potatoes Are In


 Tomorrow, asparagus crowns! Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Strasburg Ghost Whistle

 Hmmm. Green board, train backs through. Don't worry, it's a tourist railroad. Thanks, Merle!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Egrets Visited Today


 The pond provides entertainment throughout the day. Deer, geese, an occasional coyote, and ducks have us reaching for binoculars regularly. These snowy egrets are a treat to see, and they will probably be gone tomorrow.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Tuesday Torque: 5 HP Hornsby Akroyd Oil Engine

 Great Pick, Merle! Thank You! Chris Eppings description should answer most questions that viewers may have. These oil engines were designed to burn heavy oil. 

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"You are viewing a very historically significant engine. This oil engine, built in Grantham England was designed by Herbert Akroyd Stuart. An Englishman, Akroyd Stuart designed and built the worlds first successful oil engine. His engine was patented, built, and successfully run a year before Rudolph Diesel ran his first engine in Germany. Akroyd sold his design to Richard Hornsby Co and they produced engines based on his design for many years. The blow torch on the head of the engine is used to heat the bulb for starting. Once under load, the engine would produce enough heat to maintain the temperature required for ignition and the torch could be removed. Fuel is controlled by the length of the stroke of the fuel pump as well as the valve connected to the governor which bypasses the fuel back to the tank rather than injecting it into the engine. The engine is very well constructed with bronze bearings and heavy castings. "


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Yard Work, Yard Work, And More Yard Work

 We are doing lots of pruning and cutting in addition to gardening and mowing already. Sharpen with every refill. Look for bright spots and make them disappear.



Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

How We Got Through The Winter

 I bet we have watched this video at least once every day for three months. Tchaikovsky was cruelly criticized by a critic when he wrote this, including the nasty remark that "you can smell the vodka." Well, wake up and smell the vodka! I remember the first time I heard this when we were taking the kid to Carbondale every week for violin and orchestra, and it was a real jolt. One of my favorite pieces. You gotta wonder how the male virtuosos are able to perform this piece dressed in a monkey suit. Pour a cup of coffee and buckle in before you hit Play!


Weekend Steam II: Sawmilling With A Case 110 At Pinckneyville

 Great Pick, Merle! This video has some shaky moments, but in a heavy crowd that is expected.  It is worth watching. The belt pops off the Case, and you will see that lumber is stacked next to the edger, which is used at the end of the video. The mill at Pinckneyville sure could use a log turner. You will see the guys turning the log down 90 degrees at the 4:30 mark. That is a good way to give the whole crew hernias. Standard practice is to turn the log up 270 degrees so it doesn't fall off the carriage. Lacking a log turner, you use cant hooks. Big logs can be a challenge, and trying to catch a log coming off the carriage should not be part of the equation.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Weekend Steam: Photos Of All The Big Boys!

 The only one I have seen in person is 4017 in Green Bay. Thank You, Merle!


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https://prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org/ - Please help fund the T-1 Trust! They are a wonderful organization, building an advanced new 4-4-4-4 T-1 steam locomotive from scratch! One of the most viewed Union Pacific Big Boy videos on youtube! This is my photo collection of all 8 surviving Union Pacific Big Boys today. 4004, Cheyenne, Wyoming 4005, Denver, Colorado 4006, St Louis, Missouri 4012, Scranton, Pennsylvania 4014, Cheyenne, Wyoming 4017, Green Bay, Wisconsin 4018, Frisco, Texas 4023, Omaha, Nebraska If you enjoy my videos, feel free to like, comment, and share! Thanks for watching!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Iron Skillet Update


                                                                    It's working great!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Iron Skillet Rehab

Susan is needing another iron skillet in the kitchen, so she sorted through some we had stashed in an outbuilding and found one she liked. It was dirty and rusty. She washed it, but it was still mighty nasty. I put some good white oak pieces in the stove, put the skillet on them when they had charcoaled up nice, and opened the draft.

The rust crumbled up nice and the stink was gone after the coals were burned down. I started washing and was amazed by the dark rust that came off. 

 

I finished up with a stainless mail scrubber. It looks like a good one. 


 Seasoned with beef tallow and ready to go to work. We will have to post pictures of food next!

Brassman Bart: Gladiator March

Monday, March 29, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Wheel Horse Re-Works

 Wheel Horses should get more of these conversions. They have a heavy duty trans-axle and a good frame. We used a  Wheel Horse for many years to mow our lawn, and now I sorta wish I had kept if for a retirement project. Oh Well. The first one is a Bradford engine, and the second one is an IHC. 


Sunday, March 28, 2021

A Double For Monday!

Susan and I were in Mt. Vernon and whipped into this filling station to have a gander at this neat setup. The guy with the beard had just acquired these two Fairbanks-Morse engines and two grinders on a nifty wagon. These were in an estate auction near Louisville on the Indiana side of the Ohio. He's ready to get Back To The Old Grind!


 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Pomona, California

 Thanks for the museum visit, Merle. We are getting better at traveling vicariously!  I figure I will never get to California again, so this is a nice little trip.

"Steam engines on public display in Pomona, CA. These giants are among the last surviving examples of their kind. The bell and whistle in the Santa Fe 4-6-4 Hudson are operable. Some of the engines on display have working bells/whistles, which are all fed by a large air compressor at the station."


Friday, March 26, 2021

Weekend Steam: Steaming Up The 7 1/4 Inch Feldbahn

 This video is a whole lotta fun, from rolling out the little tank engine to backing into the shed after a fine outing.  Many Thanks to Merle for finding this one!


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Quick Method Of Taking Down A Springpole

 Wood floating up in the air isn't really a trick. The trick is getting it down, and if it is in a place where there are people, you must bring it down. In this instance, the top of a tree we cut was being held up by an understory black walnut, and that tree was made into a springpole by the weight of the wood it was holding. Springpoles and extreme leaners need to be cut in special ways so they don't break and smack you in the face, so I did a face cut, a vertical bore cut to establish the hinge, (The walnut was too small in diameter for a conventional bore cut.) and a release cut. Chainsaw trainers will teach you to repeatedly shave the compressed side of a springpole, and that is fine on sapling size trees, but when they become large saplings or bigger, shaving and nicking can become very tiresome, and fatiguing your arms while running a saw is a bad thing. I have been using this vertical bore cut method of dealing with springpoles for several years now, and it works for me every time. On small diameter trees like this little walnut, as you punch through, the tree will settle a bit and pull your rpms down a bit on the saw. Be ready for that, keep it wide open, and pull back a bit, then finish. Pull out and sever the backstrap.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dope Out The Compression And Tension When You Buck

 You need to evaluate downed trees and limbs before making your bucking cuts and figure out which side is under compression and which side is under tension. A stem that is suspended on both ends is easy to dope out, and with no side pressure, this is an easy job.


More Fun With Fire!

 Back in 2017 we had this tree taken down with a backhoe because it was hollow and leaned severely. We worked up the easy parts for firewood and the big old hulk was just lying on the north side of they yard looking ugly. We will be cleaning up the remains for several days and then till and seed this spot. 


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Couple Of Simple Drops

 Here are a couple of simple pole sized trees to drop. If you thin your timber you will be cutting many trees of this size. They are great to work up into firewood, and just need to pass through your splitter one time. Evaluate where the tree wants to go by its lean and weight, and aim it that direction with your open face. Bore it to make the back of your hinge, and then cut out through the backstrap. Remember to escape from the stump as soon as you finish your release cut.


Brassman Bart: The Spring Maid

Monday, March 22, 2021

Fun With Fire!

 Susan and I burned off the dam on our pond today. We have to burn it every few years to discourage trees from growing on it, and it went quite well today, with a southwest wind of 10 to 15 miles per hour to help it burn and to move the smoke. It wasn't quite as hot as we would like, but we can use herbicide to kill off the trees that did not get burned. We don't get up and go to work; we are surrounded by it!



Tuesday Torque: Chris Epping Shows Off A 3 HP Victor Vapor Engine


This engine will have you scratching your head! I will need to watch it a few more times before I can comment with an intelligent question!

Good Comparative Info From Who_Tee_Who; .22 LR HP vs. .380 ACP HP

 Who_Tee_Who is a regular guy who is making videos regularly for his YouTube channel. He has been doing many of these videos with clay blocks instead of the ballistic gel that other channels use, and I really like seeing the results. This is gonna be a real fun video!


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Finally, Some Spring Weather!

We had several wet, cold days but the weekend was good, and Monday is going to be nice. We are enjoying the flowers. 



 It is nice not having to bug out in the morning and go to work five days a week, but on the other hand, we are surrounded by work!  Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Abandoned Narrow Gauge Railway in Flintshire Wales, UK

 This is an interesting place to visit. One of the commenters did some research and this was evidently a railway used in lead mining, and finally to move munitions in an ammo dump during World War II.  Click the video over to YouTube so you can read all about it. I love seeing old iron, and since retiring four years ago I am not seeing things in the wild like I did. Thanks for another great pick, Merle!


Friday, March 19, 2021

A Little Heartbreak This Week

 January didn't seem too bad, but February was a beast, with an extended cold spell with snow. We had seen bluebirds show up too early, and thirteen of them huddled up in one of our boxes. It was too cold for too long. Dang.



Weekend Steam: Springtime In The Harz

 Ten drivers! Pretty exciting, Merle!  Thank You!


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Danny Boy, Cathy Maguire and John McDermott

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: Kate and Liam were walking along the road in the late evening.

"I'm terrible afraid, Liam," she said.

"And what would you be afraid of at all, at all?"

"I'm afraid that you might be going to kiss me."

"And how could I kiss you and me carrying two buckets and a hen under each arm."

"I was afraid that you might put a hen under each bucket and then kiss me."




Monday, March 15, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Garyowen, Bobby Horton, Homespun Songs of the Union Army

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: Phelan was burying his third wife but O'Donnell, his neighbour on the next farm, wouldn't go to the funeral.

"And why won't you?" asked Mrs. O'Donnell impatiently.

"Well, to tell you the truth I feel ashamed. He's asked me so often, and I've never asked him back once!"


Tuesday Torque: McDonald Imperial Diesel Engine From Down Under

 Thanks, Merle for another great pick. This guy has been around engines for a few years, I'd say. His first start after acquiring it, and he made it look easy. Just in case any visitors have never worked on a Lawn Boy mower, after watching this video you will know how air is brought into the crankcase! A couple of our dogs barked, too, when this thing fired up!


Saturday, March 13, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Star Of County Down, Van Morrison And The Chieftains

 Three thugs attacked Slattery and it was a fierce struggle. Finally they got him down and took threee shillings and a half-penny from his pocket. 

"WHat the hell did you put up a fight like that for three shillings and a halfpenny?" asked one of the disgusted hijackers.

"Sure I thought you were after the ten pound note in me sock."


Weekend Steam II: Firing Up And Evaluating The Atlas Automatic Steam Engine

 Thank You for this pick, Merle!



Friday, March 12, 2021

Weekend Steam: Steam Revenue Freight, On The Road To Paradise

 Merle keeps picking 'em and we keep playing them! Thank You, Merle!


St. Patrick's Day Festival! Irish Washerwoman Medley, Don Richardson

Peader woke up in a hospital bed and he knew that he was suffering from more than the normal hangover. Groaning with pain, he turned over to find his faithful friend Terence beside the bed.
"What happened to me, Terence?"
"You went up on the roof of  "The Silver Swan" and bet you could jump off and fly over the city."
"Why didn't you stop me?" groaned Peadar.
"Sure, I had a ten bob bet on you!"

Hmmm...Needs A Blower And A Ceiling Fan!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! The Minstrel Boy, John McDermott

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: Mrs. Redmond went into the confession box and was about to start when she noticed an unfamiliar face behind the shutter.

"You're not Father Donlon. What are you doing there?"

"I'm the french polisher, M'am."

"Well, where is Father Donlon?"

"I couldn't tell you, but if her heard anything like the stories I've been listening to, he's gone for the police!"


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! The Rose Of Tralee, Roger Whittaker

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: The Co. Donegal farmer was convinced he'd swallowed a horse and he couldn't be persuaded otherwise. Eventually they got him to a psychiatrist who gave him an injection, put him to sleep and brought a big white gelding to the bedside'

"There yoiu are, Finnegan. I removed the horse."

Finnegan shook his head sadly. "Tis fooling me you are. Sure my horse is a Connemara pony."


St. Patrick's Day Festival Bonus! Brassman Bart Performs Garry Owen!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, John McCormack

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks:  Finnegan's phone rang in the small hours of the morning and it was Hourihan who wanted to know the time.

" 'tis four o'clock in the morning."

"Thanks," said Hourihan, 'I hope I didn't disturb you."

"Not a bit of it. Sure I had to get up to answer this phone anyways!"



Monday, March 8, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Hit-and-Miss Rat Rod!

 Merle spots good ones! Thank You, Merle!


St. Patrick's Day Festival! Mother Machree, Tom Waits in Buster Scruggs

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: The American tourist was looking over Phelim's farm. 

"How many acres have you got?" he asked.

"About thirty," Phelim said proudly.

"You know," the American went on, "at home  in Texas it takes me two days to drive around my ranch."

"Poor you," sympathized Phelim. "I had a car like that wanst, but I sold it."



Sunday, March 7, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! My Wild Irish Rose, The Irish Tenors

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: A classical Belfast joke tells of a new policeman who found a dead horse in Chichester Street, Belfast.

"How do you spell Chichester?" he asked some of the people around him, but no one knew.

"All right, then. Give me a wee hand to pull the animal into Mary Street."


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Weekend Steam II: A Day On The ATT & NW RR

 This fantastic little railroad was over at Steelville, Missouri and was open only for special events and groups. The comments on YouTube relate that the land had to be sold, so I guess that this railroad is no more. Thank You, Merle for spotting this one!


St. Patrick's Day Festival! O'Sullivan's March, The Chieftains

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: They were completely drunk but when they saw the black crepe on the door they decided to go in and show respect for the dead. They tiptoed into a darkened room lit only by two candles on a grand piano.  Heads down, they went over and knelt beside it, said a prayer and tiptoed out again.

As they staggered away Aongus shook his head at Fergus. 

"I'll tell you one thing, Fergus..."

"Whash that?"

"That corpse had the finest set of teeth I ever saw!"


Friday, March 5, 2021

Weekend Steam: Ffestiniog Railway Victorian Weekend, 2018

 This is really a neat video with all these little locos chugging around. Thank You, Merle!


St. Patrick's Day Festival! Finnegan's Wake, The Irish Rovers

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: "How is your son the doctor doing in Dublin, Mrs. Lenihan?" asked the curious neighbor.

"Grand, to tell you the living truth. He's making so much money that he doesn't have to operate on every patient now."


Thursday, March 4, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! The Wearing Of The Green, The Wolfe Tones

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: The Irish policeman was doing his best to stop a suicide from jumping off a New York skyscraper.

"Think of your sweetheart," he shouted at the man.

"I haven't go one," came the reply.

"Think of your father and mother," pleaded the cop.

"I'm an orphan," wailed the suicide.

"Think of the saints of Ireland, " begged the cop.

"Why should I? I'm English!"

"Jump, you swine, jump!"


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Molly Malone, Patty Gurdy, With A Hurdy Gurdy!

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: Ferguson the blacksmith came in with a badly damaged foot. The doctor was surprised, for Ferguson was a careful man.

"What happened to you, Paudeen?" he asked.

"Well, thirty-three years ago I was a young apprentice with Twomey of Ballinanaspickbuidhe..."

"But about your foot....?"

"This is about me foot. Twomey had a daughter and your eyes could gaze on her like the way a bullock would eat good grass. The first night I was there she came in when I was in bed and asked if I was comfortable and if I wanted anything and I said I didn't. The next night she came in when I was in bed and she was wearing her nightdress and she asked me if there was any single thing she could get me or do for me and I told her I was as comfortable as a bug in a rug. The next night she came in and the girl hadn't a thing on her and she asked me if she could do anything for me and not wanting to keep her standing in the cold and she without a shift I said there was nothing."

"What has that got to do with your foot, Ferguson?" asked the doctor impatiently.

"Sure it was only this morning that I finally thought of what she meant and I was so annoyed with meself that I threw me hammer against the wall and it rebounded and broke me ankle!"


Brassman Bart: Old Kentucky Home March

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Song For Ireland, Luke Kelly

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: The Judge was stern. "O'Driscoll," he asked, "have you ever been up before me?"

"I don't know, Judge. What time do you usually get up at?"



Monday, March 1, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Beijer 35 HP Hot Tube Engine, Running This Week!

 We're revisiting the Beijer hot tube engine that was rocking for us last week, and watching it run like it was meant to run. Many thanks to Merle for spotting these videos for us!


St. Patrick's Day Festival! Harrigan, James Cagney and Joan Leslie

 Kennedy came along the road to find his friend Finnegan lying in the ditch where he had been thrown by a passing truck. He lay on his back groaning and moaning, the rain was pouring down and lightning was flashing about.

"Kennedy, Kennedy, get me a rabbi! Get me a rabbi"

"Are you mad, Finnegan? Sure you're a Roman Catholic and what would you want a rabbi for?"

The victim opened his eyes reproachfully. "Aw, Kennedy, you wouldn't think of asking a priest to come out on a night like this!"


Sunday, February 28, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Sweet Rosie O'Grady, The Shannon Quartet

 Father Scally stopped Owen on his way into the church. "Owen, could you come back tomorrow night for confession? We have hundreds in the church at the moment. You haven't committed a murder since the last time?"

"Indeed I haven't, Father, Ill come back tomorrow night"

On his way out he met Declan.

"Go home, Declan, and come back tomorrow. They're only hearing the murderers tonight"


Saturday, February 27, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Where The River Shannon Flows, John McCormack, Fairies, Blarney!

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: The tinker was in court charged with stealing an overcoat. "My man, " said the District Justice, " three years ago you were before me charged also with stealing an overcoat."  

"Of course," said the tinker. "How long do you think overcoats last?"


Weekend Steam II: Count Those Drivers....

 ...on this fantastic model! Thank You for the thrill, Merle!


Friday, February 26, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! It's A Long Way To Tipperary, John McCormack

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: The County Cork hurler arrived at the gates of Heaven and the shadowy figure guarding the entrance had a word  to say.

"Is there anything you have done that might keep you from entering Paradise?"

"Well, now you see, sir," said the embarrassed hurler, "I played for St. Finbarr's in Cork and in the last game I missed the ball with my stick and I kicked it into the goal and we won, and St. Finbarr's shouldn't have got the match."

"Pass within!" said the shadowy figure.

"But St. Peter, I don't think I should."

"I am not St. Peter. He is off duty, so pass within."

"Well, who are you, then?"

"St. Finbarr."


Weekend Steam: Rockin' and Rollin' In Sichuan, China

 Look Out For The Chickens!  Thank You, Merle!


Thursday, February 25, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Rocky Road To Dublin, The High Kings

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: Mrs. Moriarty was buying medicine for her husband and a preparation for the sick horse.

"Be careful," said the chemist, "that you don't get the bottles mixed."

"Oh, you can be sure of it," she said with emphasis. "Sure wouldn't it be awful if anything happened to the poor animal before the spring ploughing?"


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! The Irish Rover, The High Kings

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks: They asked Mick to break it to the family that their son Thady had suffered an accident.

Mick knocked on the door and the woman of the house came out.

"I'm sorry, Mam, " he said, "to tell you that your son's gold watch is after having a bad accident."

"What do you mean?" asked the woman. "My son hasn't got a gold watch."

"That's a bit of luck then," Mick went on,  "because ten ton of rock is after falling on him."


Brassman Bart Performs High School Cadets by John Phillip Sousa!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield


                                                                Click The Pic For The Link. Sold for $2802.00

We have another .223 Rem caliber Ruger® M77® Hawkeye® African Rifle up for auction this week! This rifle was first introduced as “NEW” in the 2012 Ruger Firearms Catalog. This model only appeared in the 2012 firearms catalog as subsequent M77® Hawkeye® African model rifles were manufactured and shipped with the Ruger® Muzzle Brake System. The serial number is 711-76780, and the roll mark date is May 3, 2013. This rifle has never been sold and has never been fired beyond normal factory test firing. This rifle features a 23-inch cold hammer-forged barrel, with a shallow “express-style” windage-adjustable “V” notch rear sight and large white bead front sight. Other features include: the LC6™ trigger; non-rotating, Mauser-type controlled round feed extractor; patented integral scope mounts (scope rings are included); and three-position safety. It has a satin blued finish with an American walnut stock featuring wrap-around cut checkering on the forearm and pistol grip. The stock also features a red rubber buttpad with the Ruger Eagle logo embossed in the center of it. It has a hinged solid steel floorplate, with a box magazine that holds five cartridges, and features an engraved Ruger logo. The rifle will ship in its original rifle box along with the original instruction manual and locking device. The Ruger® M77® Hawkeye® African Rifle is being sold “as is.” The purchaser assumes all liability for its safe and proper ownership, storage, use, and resale. It is a part of the Ruger factory collection in Southport, Connecticut and a Certificate of Authenticity will be mailed to the winner of the auction. PLEASE NOTE: The winner of this auction will be responsible for paying the Federal Excise Tax of $71.16.  This fine rifle will sell mid-day, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Who Threw The Overalls In Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?

"Did you hear that I'm engaged to an Irish lad?"

"Oh, really?"

"No, O'Reilly!


Monday, February 22, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Whiskey In The Jar, The Dubliners

 From 500 Best Irish Jokes and Limericks, The Civic Guard was very anxious to discover where the poteen was being made, so he kept after Conan who was known to carry out repairs to stills. 

"Come on , Conan," he pleaded, "just tell me where you repaired the still."
"I will, Guard Clancy, " said Conan blandly, "I will."

"Where then? Tell me."

"To tell you the living truth, Guard, I mended it where the hole was."


Tuesday Torque: Alpha Diesel, Houmoller Brothers, Djursland, Denmark

 Engine collectors are a special breed. This is a one-of-a-kind engine from 1928, and the fellow who restored it takes it to shows to share with the public and other engine lovers. Pretty neat! Thanks for the pick, Merle!


Sunday, February 21, 2021

I Know Nothing More Comforting Than A Fine Spiced Pickle!


Back To The Old Grind! Are you ordering your garden seeds!?

St. Patrick's Day Festival! Come Back To Erin, John McCormack

 The innocent old lady had a bottle with her as she passed though Irish Customs.

"What have you there?" asked the Customs man with suspicion.

" 'Tis Lourdes water, I'm bringing home with me."

He took the bottle, tried some and spluttered.

"Let me tell you," he said, "That's not Lourdes water. That is first-class French brandy!"

"Lord bless us," she said. "It's a miracle!"



Friday, February 19, 2021

Dropped Another Leaning Tree! A Dead Ash Again, With Nothing To Hang In!

 ....So why are all my trees hanging up? This one had its own hanger-upper and stopped well short of the ground. Life is full of surprises.  We cut it yesterday, split it today, and the moisture is 20% and less, so it can go into the stove immediately!


Weekend Steam: 1883 Triple Expansion Torpedo Boat Engine!

 This is one of the neatest displays you will ever see! Many Thanks, Merle!


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Brassman Bart: Liberty Bell March

Pushing Snow With The Leaf Blower


 We had plenty of drifting, so the amount of snow is difficult to measure, but it looks like about 8 inches. The solar panels had a solid 8 inches on the upper panels, and 6 on the lower. It took a long time to move with the blower, and I couldn't move the snow at the top. I found that pushing powdery snow with a blower generates static electricity.  You can feel it working on your back, and if you touch anything, like these panels, you get a real jolt. I added a wire from the blower to drag behind me as a ground strap. I got enough that my heart was jumping around a bit, but it's OK now. We blew frequently to keep a clean path around the house and a path in the dog yard. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

                                                         Sold for $1025

 "This week’s auction item is a .22 LR Mark II Target pistol. The serial number is 210-53820 and the rollmark date is February 15, 1984. The pistol has never been fired beyond normal testing during manufacture. Features include a tapered 6-7/8” barrel with blued finish, a Patridge-type front sight and rear sight with click adjustments for windage and elevation. The black grips are made of impact-resistant delrin base material with a silver Ruger “SR” eagle medallion inlaid in the right grip panel. The 10-shot capacity magazine, included with the pistol, is not the original magazine. “RUGER .22 CAL. LONG RIFLE MARK II TARGET” is stamped on the left side of the barrel receiver. This pistol is being being sold “as is,” and the purchaser assumes all liability for its safe and proper ownership, storage, use, and resale. The pistol is a part of the Ruger factory collection in Southport, Connecticut, and a Certificate of Authenticity will be mailed to the winner of the auction."  This pistol will sell mid-day, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

"PLEASE NOTE: The winner of this auction will be responsible for paying the Federal Excise Tax of $19.25."