Friday, February 23, 2018


Turn around don't drown!

 When the streams are running too high to fish it's time to do a little shed hunting 

So why not go with the odds.  Take a look around they can go anywhere and they do.
Where are the antlers likely to be?  How about where the deer are. 

Ok, find a deer path and keep following it until you hit an area where the deer go. 

 Where they bed down or where they feed.  So where they feed.  Bean and corn fields.   A guy can cover a lot of  ground with good eyes or binocular. 

Either side of the fence line the sheds will go flying as a buck jumps a fence or creeps between the barbs.

Where will they bed down... a sunny hillside in the timber or set aside.  The does tend to hang together and the bucks tend to bed down on their own. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It's A Start.

Saturday  my helpers and I took the first load of supplies down\
 to the sugar bush for the 2018 season
 Ace and Maxine kept an eye on the drills until it was time to use them
 On average it takes about 30 cranks of the old hand crank drill per tap.
 Jerry my new sugar bush cat climbed up to get a better look.

 You've got to take a break every now and then and just enjoy where you are.
It's a start.

Monday, February 12, 2018


 With great powder conditions, both dogs and Susie and I were ready to hit the snow. 
 After receiving close to a foot of snow over the three day period from Friday to Sunday.  We took full advantage of the sunshine and no winds. 
 While Susie stuck to the edge of the hayfield.  The dogs and I hit the timber to check out the sugar bush.
Ace's scars are healing and he's been full of energy.
 Susie has been out skiing five times so far in 2018.

And I got this guy out on skies for the first time in 30+ years.
He seemed to like it!

There was work to be done. 
The best laid plans, have their ups and downs.

Along with Jace stopping by to see what Susie was baking, we also had a couple of other visitors .

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Super Bowl Weekend.

 Friday I helped judge cupcake wars.  I told the kids I'm spoiled with great baked goods at home but as long as they're trying I'm ok with that.
 Then it was up to the smoke stack for a democratic fund raiser for Abby Flenkenauer running for first district congressman/woman and this guy form maryland who is planning on making a run for the white house in 2020.
 She was a dynamic speaker who is a big union backer.  Then we ran into our future neighbor in down on the east end of DBQ,Falisha. A former student down in Maquoketa.
 After a little mexican and a brew down at Jubecks we were back at the townhouse for our first night in Dubuque.  We hit the farmers market early and then headed back down river to Bellevue. 
 After blocking up a good load of boxelder and hackberry I stopped in to see what Jace was up to.
Timing is everything.  High noon and Josh had some ribs on the the grill.  Cheers!

Thursday, February 1, 2018


For the second time this week the swans were out feeding in this field just East of the Hurstville Nature Center along the Maquoketa river.

 As the sun set the temperatures started to drop down to 13 *F

The babies were hungry for some food and attention.  Each winter when Mart and Joanie head South.  I help out with cat sitting duty and I make it a point to hike several different parts of the farm.

 I hiked out to owl pellet ridge.  A cedar crested ridge with a beautiful South Western exposure.  Just where I would take a nap if I was a big buck.

I stacked a little brush that Mart had cut a while back.

Even though my hands were cold, it was great to get out and hike the point.

Joan and Mart made it down to Little Corn.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Full Day of Adventure

With temps. in the upper 40's and no taps out yet, I took the pups for a long walk. 
 Two deer trails diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled or at least less traveled by any bucks dropping sheds. (frost?)
 I found this skull last spring and it hasn't moved too far from where I last saw it
 I can't believe Beau and I didn't pick up these stones twenty some years ago when we gathered rock from a nearby foundation
 But at that time we went for the easy pickins.
 Beau with the pry bar along with Zali 
Beau and I made many trips back and forth from the old foundation to the truck and back to the house to unload and then do it all over again. 
 Maxine checks out the smells all around this fallen oak I just wish I could get it out of the timber and to the woodlot to block up for next winter.
The Ohlert's and I gave the North fork a try now that the ice has gone out.  No luck.

Here's a shed hunting up date.... Susie found a chewed fork.  She's on the board with one.

Unstable Geniuses

 Susie and I got a team together with Julianna and Ron for Riverridges first ever trivia night.  With our collective brains I figured the "Unstable Geniuses" would clean up
 At the end of the first round....  common knowledge, we were only 2 pts. off the lead.  But, then came the second round.  Music, Ok we got this.  Play a short blast name the artist and album title. 
Then we find out that all songs are from 2010 to today.  Needless to say, not our wheelhouse.
 Second half killer was, name  the character and who voiced them.  Guess who got Miss Frizle.
Final score: fun, friends and beer.