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Too long of a pause in writing. Seems that I stop during winter and start when the trees bud/bloom.
Planted all of the seed balls I had made. Also planted trees from Arbor Day. Continuing to work on property layout map.
Started working on a scarf for stepson. It uses a new stitch, but I can’t remember the name. It uses two rows of 1×1 ribbing and 2 rows of garter stitch.
Looking forward to going fishing. I need to re-rig some of the poles based on issues noticed last year. I am also thinking about trying punch bait this year. There is a local guy (CJ Bait), that would be interesting to try. Plus he has some homemade slip bobbers that I want to try.
Found another batch of Persimmon seeds. Not sure if any of them will survive in my area as they seem to like to grow in swamps.
Also made the first batch of seed balls. These were the mixture of seeds for the hedge rows. The next will be individual seeds for the orchard.
No luck so far with getting the blackberries to germinate. Assuming that the seeds aren’t dead, I am going to put them back in the refrigerator to see if they just need more time to break dormancy
Started working on a new version of winter squash and like this recipe more so far. I need to modify it a little to meet my requirements for nutritional content, but its a good baseline. First experiment is to increase protein by adding peanut butter. If that doesn’t work, I can try either lentils or beans instead.
Tried to do some roof repair on one of my inlaw’s houses, but the steep pitch and tall peak caused me to panic too much. Will have to try again in a few weeks, at the least I can direct traffic to make a temporary repair. The damage is to extensive for a handyman fix.
Quick catch up. I found and processed some Persimmons, Fire Thorn, and Pecans. The Persimmons were a surprise as I have never seen one before and wasn’t looking for them. Need to head back and gather more.
Done some work on my Mosin-Nagant. I installed an aftermarket trigger return spring and am trying to replace the extractor. At first, thought it was just seized in to place, then suspected it was soldered in place. But none of the tricks for dealing with those issues worked. Finally had to concede defeat and try and grind the remainder of the old extractor out. The rifle seems to function better with the new extractor installed.
Tried catching a skunk that lives under the house, but caught a cat instead. I haven’t had a chance to try again.
Made up snells for my circle hooks (stores don’t usually carry them and I didn’t want to spend the extra money on shipping). Instead of using a regular snell knot, I made some using the hair rig knot and others using an egg loop knot. Curious to see how they work.
Also discovered a trick to help tying knots in fishing line. I’m really good with knots, but my hands and eyes aren’t up to the task of fine work. What I realized was that I could use a fine crochet hook to help tie overhand loops and figure 8 loops.
Unfortunately, the fishing was a bust. Part of this was due to wrong time of the year and wrong time of the day. But I couldn’t even get bluegill to bite which makes me think something else was wrong. Oh well, try again next month.
The fishing trip wasn’t a complete disappointment, as I finally found some Persimmons. Since I wasn’t sure of what I found, the initial harvest was just a handful. But I can head back later as they ripen.