Sunday, February 28, 2016
Over the past few weeks I traversed many miles over different terrine.
From secluded cedar ridges.
To 30 year old white pine plantings in search of a shed antler
Finding a skull here or a scapula there.
Notice how the critters have chewed on the end of the lines.
I think I know this tapper.
It's a shed from last spring. Small and chewed up from rodents looking for a nutritional meal.
I spent the rest of the day and into the evening down in the sugar bush taping a few more trees, cleaning up wind fallen trees and firing up the stoves to boil a little sap
Saturday, February 20, 2016
In the past years the first sap run has hit at the start of the second week of March right around the 8th or 9th and I've always had a good snow base for the first run.
No snow, leads to a problem of how to keep the sap and beer cool.
A couple of years back a large wind fall branch slammed into this maple.
The winter winds have dropped a lot of old widow makers that have grown weak in the roots.
I would much rather block up a fallen tree than drop a tree in the timber and it's mighty handy when it drops just a few yards away from the sap stove.
Stove is a little iced up.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
But the rugged terrine said driftless region.
The Joseph’s Church Sugar Creek 1855 - 1980 must have been some construction project back in the day.
Starting with a small church that they built for $1,500 and followed by a small school about 50 years later for around $6,000.
Looks like a stream that would produce a few small mouth.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
I was happy to see some activity when I went down to check out my hive.
She said I'll just walk along the fence line.
As I slid on patches of ice I heard "oh my god, oh my god!"
The result was this BIG 5 with a small kicker at the base. Way to go Susie.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
We just got our new wood stove from our buddy Greg at Dubuque Fireplace & Patio.
First step was to remove the quarter round wood trim on the pedestal and replace it with ceramic tile quarter round. With the cuts all made, Susie piped out the adhesive and laid it down in place.
We also added a tile surround to catch any cinders that pop out of the stove.
The Craftsbury is perfect for our smaller home, heats with the classic good looks of embossed cast iron. Offering medium heating capacity and small dimensions, the Craftsbury is remarkably functional and adaptable. The Craftsbury is lined with soapstone instead of firebrick, so it continues to radiate for hours after the fire dies down, which is a great feature for a stove with a small firebox. Big ash pan and nice looking castings. One of my favorite features is its big stay-clear viewing window for a small stove and a decent size cooktop, if we ever need to use it for cooking.
The first weekend of the month is our martini night in honor of Kendo.
So, my martini of choice was a Pomegranate Kicker with Sky Vodka, Pom Wonderful, Grand Marnier, fresh squeezed lime juice, rimmed with granulated raw sugar and garnished with pomegranate seeds and an orange. CHEERS!!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Last night we caucused just down the road in Springbrook. We had just over 30 folks/neighbors show up form our township and the adjoining township, which meant two delegates. It only took us a bout an hour to do the horse trading and it ended up with Bernie and Hillery each getting one.
The final results of the 16th Precinct Jackson County: Hillary 45 (two delegates to the State Convention); Bernie 22 (one delegate); O'Malley 13 (one delegate).
My friend and coworker at school Iowa State Senator Tod Bowman stumping for O'Malley.