Posts By Carter

Picked up some Silver Laced Wyandotte chickens at my local hardware store. You just KNOW your not living in the city when your local mom and pop hardware store is selling chickens! They are growing fast too. Since the photo, I already have them in a larger box and you can see their feathers coming in nicely now. Here's why they're supposed to look like fully grown: I was reading up on them: The Wyandotte is a truly American breed, originally named after a native American tribe called the 'Wendat'. The name was changed by settlers in the 19th Century. The very first Wyandotte was a Silver laced, bred in Wisconsin, USA. It remains one of the most popular and…

It's that time of year again! Time to get the Yacht Club ready for a new season of sailing and racing. As you can see, the water level is so high right now that the dock goes up! Need to get my boat registered and prepped, mooring ball needs to be placed and boat put in the water.

Part 1? Oh, I'll get to that... So I prepped the site last year to get it ready for a brick walkway. I have access to this "old" brick and it looks great against my white house. I also want to make a patio off to the right of the walk way. Since the grass area slopes down I dug out and down the walkway so I could make it more even - and less work in the long run for me. I used these boards as gauges when building the walkway and they work out great: Got it all done in a day I made a few alignment adjustments after this photo... But then (and here is where part…

Amazing. Still running. Next year I will definitely give it a go. The catch is going to be how to have the sap store well over time. For example, it's 73 degrees today and the sap is running, but at those temperatures there is no way it will store well over time. The other major issue I forsee is with bugs. When I removed the buckets after a week, of just leaving them on and letting it go - due to being too busy and giving up on this project - the buckets were filled with bugs. I mean filled. I think I'll need to look into those sap sacks if I'm going to do birch. Just need to make…

Honestly it was completely due to burn out. I'm done. I did collect a bunch of sap and ran it through the RO machine. Probably obtained enough sap/concentrate to get 1/2 a gallon of birch syrup. I just couldn't find the time and it's no longer cold enough for the sap to keep for long periods of time. So there is much more to consider during this time of year when it comes to birch sap. Going to cut my losses, clean the buckets and put everything away and work on prepping a better way to retain my heat so I can boil faster next year.

On the prior post: To Canada and Back, a Spring Road Trip, I wrote about my paintball trip and the cold weather. We knew the cold/high wind/rain/snow/downright miserable weather was coming, so those of us that went packed accordingly. I over packed. Now keep in mind, this was just purely simple car camping and I was able to bring a ton more gear than I normally would, but as I unpacked and cleaned, I kept a list of what I used and what I didn't in the hopes that it would help me better prepare for the next adventure. So here's my list: USED Tent Thermal Air Mat Gloves x 2 (Heavy gloves, Light Gloves) Boots x 2 (Playing boots,…

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