Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Right Tree In The Right Place

I am not anti-maple, I just don't want you to be disappointed in the future because a tree is in the wrong place. Look at your space and keep soft maples 100 feet away from your house. 

Back To The Old Grind!

Weekend Steam II: The Last Coal Fired Train From Durango

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Weekend Steam: To Be Restored?

Merle sent this one last year, and I am hoping this engine really will be put back in operation. Thank You, Merle!   Link To Engine Info

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Long Distance Litter

 We can't make them go away, but we can refuse to be part of the problem.  Don't buy mylar balloons. They never make it to Heaven!

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Look Quick Or You Will Miss Her!

 Mama Owl pops out of her hole and leaves while we were talking about her. We get our owl thrills every day in the back yard.

Tuesday Torque: Lobster Fishing In Norway

 The Solfrid is 1924 vintage. The Brunvoll hot-bulb Diesel is from 1957. They work well together. Many Thanks, Merle, for spotting this great video!

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Weekend Steam II: Mt. Washington Cog Railway

 Many Thanks, Merle. This suggestion came from Merle several months back.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Weekend Steam: Smoke And Drama!

 Merle sends lots of links, and I went back to last year and spotted these great shorts. Thank You, Merle!


Pruning Walnuts (And Other Trees, Too!)

 Prioritize your cuts and make them right. Will the tree be merchantable as is, or if you prune it? Can you make the tree produce more merchantable volume? Can you improve the value of the wood? Let the answers guide you as you prune.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Pipeliner Fly-By

 The pipeliner flies by about once a week, looking for problems along the petroleum pipeline that goes through our timber. In the rare event that we would have equipment on or near the line, we call the operator so they can inform the pilot, rather than trigger alarm bells. We always enjoy seeing him go over.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Waiting To Pounce!

 Something is always out to get you, even in the relative safety of your back yard. Keep an eye out for hazards!

Remember The Guy Using A Stick And His Flipped Cart... start his little Diesel engine? He now has an upgrade to his starting system!

Monday, March 18, 2024

Tuesday Torque: Midwest Old Threshers Parade Of Tractors

 Merle picked out a short by Someplace or Another of the LaCrosse Rein Drive Tractor at Mt. Pleasant. I have admired this little mechanical wonder since I was a kid. I looked up the long version, and you can see the LaCrosse at the 8:00 minute mark. Thank You, Merle!

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Enjoy Spring!

 Down in the twenties tonight, so unhook your garden hose! Admire the flowers while we have them!

Back To The Old Grind!

Weekend Steam II: Irish Steam At Speed!

Friday, March 15, 2024

Weekend Steam: Homemade Steam Motorcycle!

This is a  great one, Merle, and obviously one-of-a-kind. Thanks for spotting! I wonder what the range is on this baby. 

Here is a better look at this nice ride.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Busy Sunday

 Plenty to do outdoors!

Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Weekend Steam II: Rough And Tumble Engineers Historical Association

 Here's another great suggestion from Merle. Rough and Tumble Engineeers Historical Association at Kinzers, PA is the second oldest steam show in America, and it is one that all of us should attend. There are many great videos on YouTube, so remember their name and look them up for yourself to have a good time. Thanks, Merle!

Friday, March 8, 2024

Weekend Steam: Mick Savage, Over In U. K.

 Mick has some nice content on his YouTube channel. Thanks for spotting, Merle!

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Ranger Is In Training!

 We are taking Ranger to classes and working with him every day to improve his behavior on leash, for call backs, sitting, and threshold discipline. He is doing well with circling, figure - 8s, and zig-zags. He is a quick learner and is always anxious for a lesson.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

The Harps Of Spring Are In The Air!

 The spring birds are hollerin', the buzzards are circling over us every day, our barred owls are hatching young'uns, and the daffodils are lovely. The crocuses are looking great, too!

We let the fire go out for a day, and fired up again. We still need some heat. 

We Are Getting Ready...

 ...for the Eclipse Wienie Roast! We are building the new brush pile for that glorious day.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Save Your Old Potatoes!

 Don't let last year's potatoes go bad on you! If you won't eat all of them before they spoil, peel them, cut them up, and can them.

Back To The Old Grind!

Friday, March 1, 2024

Weekend Steam: New Zealand Logging Locomotives

 Wow, Merle! You found another great one! Thank You!