This past Sunday - February 20th - I put in my 50 taps to prepare for maple syrup season. Even got a few drops of sap in the buckets while doing so! The weather this week is looking to be perfect: Above freezing days and below freezing nights. I'm hoping to have enough sap by mid week to try out the new reverse osmosis. Sap buckets aka Sap Traps! I have the odd habit of calling my sap buckets, sap traps. No idea why? It rhymes and makes me smile I suppose. Maple Trees I've been thinking of adding 15 to 25 more taps this season. If the reverse osmosis works as well as advertised, I would be well advised…

It's been a good long time since I've made a good home brewed beer. I used to love making it, but it was also easier when I had folks that drank all I could make. Back in college I made over 100 gallons one year. Hundred and five to be exact. It was because I could... and because the legal limit was 100, so being in college and being me, that extra 5 was to show the man he couldn't contain me. I had a few new home brew toys that have gone unused and unloved for too long. I went online to a supply shop and picked up something that I knew I would enjoy: A chocolate milk stout.…

We adopted Penny almost 13 years ago along with her kennel (not litter) mate who lived to 12 years old. The two were inseparable and went on many adventures together Enjoying some water time On a boat adventure! Ice cream for Penny! So we had to make sure we celebrated Penny's milestone of making it to 14 years old with some "pup"cakes. I made them on Sunday and even had one myself. They are dense, but perfect for a dog with banana, peanut butter, and some sliced carrots. One removed spleen and well spent money later, Penny is still with us and enjoying her best life. We surely can't ask for more from you. Happy Birthday old girl! Happy 14th…

As part of my new addiction to pipe smoking and collecting both pipes and tobacco, I grabbed one of these pocket vest pipes. The stem can spin around and point inwards so it becomes and even more compact design. The bowl is small and oval shaped as to probably give a short quick smoke while out to dinner or a show. Needs some maintenance and smells as if it really needs a cleaning - probably been sitting in someone's basement for far too long. I'm going to give this pipe a good cleaning, alcohol bath and polish and see how it comes out.

On a day we were destined to receive 6 inches of snow, we bundled up and set out for a two mile hike. Hiking down the trail The trees were covered and so weren't we. No stopping and enjoying hot chocolate this time, we were on the move. Trees covered in new snow Our snow shoes worked as advertising and we easily broke new ground on the trail. The silence was everywhere except a faint blowing from a mother moose as she tried to call in her kids. We quietly circled around her and while we never actually saw her, she let us know she was there. Bundled up Selfie We have a new neighbor that moved in from out…

Just some photos from our Thursday Night Curling league. A total of nine people showed up to play and we spent roughly 3 to 4 hours out in the 10 degree weather throwing some stones. Cigars were had, stories swapped, and drinks shared. Always a great time. The ice is readySending the stone homePerfect form?Send it

I recently started to get back into pipe smoking. I was introduced years ago by a friend who sent me a complete kit (pipe and all) to get me started. I never mastered the packing of the pipe at the time, so gave up. Can't explain why, but I decided I was going to try again. Read up on how to correctly pack a pipe, tamper (that is key), light, re-light, and how to properly puff on a pipe. Pipes are not cigars and need to be smoked differently. Who knew? Also pipe smoking preys on my collecting aka hoarding nature. I can collect multiple pipes, styles, vintage, etc. Of course then there is different types and styles of tobaccos…

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