We spent this past Fourth of July hiking.  It was still during this last heat wave, but we had water and it was much cooler in the woods.  We decided to pick Pack Monadnock as it is also on our list of mountains to hike.  This one in particular is due to its Fire Tower on top and we can check it off on our Fire Tower Quest. You can find the mountain list here:  http://4000footers.com/list_towerquest.shtml We had already gone up Belknap Mountain to the fire tower there, so it was time to check another one off of our list. Panoramic view from up the Fire Tower   On the way down we did a little Geocaching! We actually found 3 out…

For us, there is no better way to spend our time than hanging around the lake.   We had some new doors installed and they needed to be painted.  Some sort of a dark brownish grey.  Looks almost black in the photo, but they're not.  Matches our screen/storm doors.   I had to run back to the office - I replaced a few door knobs upstairs so they would match downstairs.  I only got around to doing three of them, and with two left to do, I let Cat (the Mrs) do the other two.  I told her she would fumble a bit but would figure it out.  This is the story I was retold when I got back up…

Ok, so the headline is a little alarmist...  But speaking of unwanted critters...   This guy showed up and just wouldn't leave:   Even as I was weeding, it just wouldn't leave...   Oh well.  I figured if it was going to be that brave and would have food over fear, I'd let her stay a bit longer and eat.  There's more lettuce there than I can eat at once so I didn't mind sharing.

Woke up this morning to my hive listing to its side.  A bear must have come along and tried to knock over the hive and get at the honey.  Really all it did was wedge the hive up between the stand and the fence and the pissed off bees drove the bear away. Time to set up the electric fence it looks like.   So I put on my beekeeper suit and headed on down to the hive and put it back together.  I didn't use any smoke so I had quite a few pissed off bees coming at me.  Didn't take too long and had it all back together.  The hive is now strapped down while I wait for…

Where to start... Came home at lunch and saw the chickens just walking around the coop. Something got it again and well, the chickens got out of their run. Went down and only saw two of the 6. Then slowly they came out from hiding until they were all accounted for! No idea. The run fence was torn open, but my feisty chickens all lived. Promptly ran down to the hardware store and purchased more chicken fence and put it up. Also put up some rabbit fence. It was also needed. The house we put an offer in on for a rental fell through. They got a better offer. That's fine. Wasn't going to work at a higher number for…

Tonight after a long day of hiking (more on that in a future post) and enjoying everything around me, I finish my Independence Day celebrating with a fine cigar. Arturo Fuente Anejo One of AFs best and most under-rated cigar in my humble opinion. Those in the cigar circles understand the beauty and flavor of this cigar. Those not in the know will pass by this cigar as it looks like any other. The band is simple, it doesn't stand out. It's not a $30 cigar but damn it, it sure tastes and smokes like one. Medium bodied with a slight hint of spice, it is a great after dinner or end of day smoke. This cigar comes highly recommended.

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