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3/5/2018 – 1st week of Early Spring

Seems sort of important to post something for this week, since it is the first week of my year. On a side note, I need to update the calendar for this year.

Been spending most of the last few weeks plotting and planning on what I want to accomplish this year. As such, I have decided that this year will mostly be devoted to getting ready, or laying the groundwork. This seems particularly appropriate since taking a break the last few years means I am starting from scratch.


I need to get quite a bit of pruning done before the weather gets much warmer. At least one set of tires needs to be pollarded before the get much taller. I will try to propagate the cuttings from the Honey Locust, Mulberry, and Hawthorne trees. Any of the cuttings that root will go to building the living fences.

I started the pruning last weekend and will probably be at it for a couple more.


Current plan is to take one of half fields (100′ x 100′) and layout 9 beds (4 for plants, 1 for a water feature, 1 for green house, compost, etc, 1 for perennials, and 2 for chickens). This year I plan to get a bagger for the riding mower and all of the grass clippings will go to mulch these beds. This will go on all year.


Mostly these will be mowed for mulch. I am debating renting a rototiller in Middle or Late Summer and putting in Rye on one field.

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1/2/2018 – 1st week of Middle Winter

Finally got some rain. Less than a tenth of an inch, but it was nice. Looked up a little info on Weather.gov. Previous rain was back in November. We aren’t that far behind for the year since we had a surplus coming out of November.

Decided that I won’t put a garden in, but will work on building the garden itself. So this spring, I will rent a rototiller and till up the plots. Then I can layout and rebuild the beds and walkways. Then I should be I great shape for a weed-free garden next year.

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12/31/2018 – 4th week of Early Winter

Unusual warm spell has been replaced by unusual cold spell. Water pipes froze last night. Need to replace insulation around the pipes in the crawl space and make sure to leave a faucet dripping when it is below 20°F.

Try to decide whether to put a garden in this year. I’m afraid that if I don’t, I will get out of practice. On the other hand, there always seems to be too much other work to do.

At the least, I was able to get the trees planted. However, there hasn’t been much rainfall so far.

Really need to get bills paid down so I can start building the new house. The one upside to being so busy at work is making extra money.

Posted in Daily, Gardening, House

11/27/2017 – 4th week of Late Fall

No luck on getting a deer this year so far. Being on second shift isn’t helping. However, I did bump a few deer and found a few scrapes so I am sure that I have the right area. In addition, I saw several pheasants and a flock of turkeys. Not too bad of a time.

Trapped and killed a skunk that was under the house. Only got sprayed a little and that was due to coming into contact with the bag I was using as a shield. Tried using a low speed .22 round (~700 for) to shoot the skunk but wasn’t happy with the results. Will most likely go back to subsonics (~1100 fpm) from now on. Or use the slower round with the faster round as a back up. Need practice with both rounds on the range.

Got a little work done on planting trees outside. I ended up buying some pecans and planting those and the black walnuts. Since I wasn’t able to gather many acorns, I will supplement them with conservation seedlings in the spring. Still have quite a few other seeds (hazelnut, ash, locust, hedge apple) to either plant or transplant. And I am not sure when abor day trees will show up.

Finally, working on getting the house thru another winter. Hopefully in January I will be able to work on house plans again. Not sure how much longer the current house has left.

Posted in Daily, Gardening, House, Hunting

Recipe – Beef Stew


  • 3 lbs. boneless chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 T vegetable oil (or more as needed)
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 onion, diced coarse
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c red wine
  • 3 c beef broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and chillies (Rotel)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ bag baby carrots, cut into thirds
  • 6 large potatoes, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 cans corn
  • 2 cans green beans
  • 1 can peas.


  1. On medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil to a large heavy pot (one that has a tight-fitting lid). Brown the beef in small batches, seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove from the pit and set aside
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add more oil, if necessary, and saute the onions and for about 5 minutes, until softened Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add wine and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Add the broth, bay leaves, thyme, the beef, and both kinds of tomatoes. Bring back to a gentle simmer, cover and cook on low for about 1 hour.
  5. Add potatoes, carrots, and the juices from the canned vegetables. Let simmer covered for another 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender. 
  6. Add corn, green beans, and peas. Taste and adjust seasonings. Turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
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10/30/2017 – 5th week of Middle Fall

Quite a bit of work lately getting ready for inspections. Mostly putting locks on everything and cleaning up. Finished converting a wardrobe/armoire into a gun cabinet.

Got a chance to zero new sights a few weeks ago. My long distance vision has gotten pretty bad. My max range nowadays is about 100 yards with aperture sights. 

Been doing a lot of research on handloading. The need for a bench to mount everything to had been discouraging, but Lee has a couple of options that don’t require mounting. Thinking about getting a hand press so I can do pistol ammo also.

Just about ready to start setting traps out. Couple more weeks until the season opens. As this is a first try, I am focusing on the skunks that like to winter in the crawlspace. Last thing to sort out is an easy way to make cubby sets.

Posted in Daily, Hunting

Hunting – Gun Solvent and Oil

  • ​1 part Dexron II, IIe or III Automatic Transmission Fluid – GM Spec D20265 or later
  • 1 part K1 Kerosene
  • 1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits
    1. Combine ATF and Kerosene and mix well.
    2. Reserve one half of the mixture as Gun Oil.
    3. To the other half, add Mineral Spirits and mix well. This half is the Gun Solvent.

    Untested. Adapted from Ed’s Red Gun Cleaner:


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