Our Second Maine Christmas Tree

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Our Second Maine Christmas Tree

Funny thing about Christmas trees. Around Thanksgiving each year, Laura and I start talking about when we are going to go out back into the thick and cut down our Christmas tree. During the week that follows Thanksgiving, we go outside and walk around the woods for a while in an effort to find the […]

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Air Sealing Insulation Makes a Big Difference

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 16, 2014 0 Comments
Air Sealing Insulation Makes a Big Difference

Since we received some nice snow recently, Laura and I decided to go for a walk in it. We did our usual route – up the road and back. It’s two miles and just long enough to get out whatever it was that we needed to get out. Remarkable how that works. Take a break […]

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My Baffin Impact Snow Boots

Filed in Gear by on December 14, 2014 2 Comments
My Baffin Impact Snow Boots

Well, I finally bought them. Our recent frigid temperatures drove me to place an order on Amazon for my new Baffin Impact snow boots. And just as luck would have it, I made the order on Cyber Monday and received 30% off the price of the purchase. Isn’t that some goodness? These boots remind me […]

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Continuing to Insulate With Rigid Foam

Filed in Home Improvement by on December 13, 2014 6 Comments
Continuing to Insulate With Rigid Foam

I have a somewhat entertaining story for you. Here goes… Last week some time, mother nature decided to throw some -2 degree temperatures at us. I read the weather forecast ahead of time and after reading it, I stood up tall and puffed my chest out. I did this because I was me – and […]

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More Snow in December 2014

Filed in Weather by on December 13, 2014 0 Comments
More Snow in December 2014

This is our third or fourth snowfall and this one was completely unexpected. According to the weather report from just last night, we were forecast to receive a few snow showers and then perhaps rain this afternoon. Tonight, they say it’s going to snow or rain and then it’s all expected to freeze up. Any […]

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Using the Self Timer on the Canon T3i Digital Camera

Filed in Photography by on November 30, 2014 0 Comments
Using the Self Timer on the Canon T3i Digital Camera

I was browsing through a few woodworking posts last night when I stumbled across one with really great “action” shots. You know the type – up-close pictures of someone working in a wood shop, hands holding whatever they’re working on, tools running. This particular post had three or four photos with really great detail. It […]

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How Much Firewood Have You Burned So Far?

Filed in Firewood by on November 29, 2014 4 Comments
How Much Firewood Have You Burned So Far?

My friends, December is virtually upon us. I have to tell you, there aren’t many things I’ve obsessed about in my life as much as I’ve obsessed about firewood, wood pellets and heat. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m getting older, but whatever it is, I feel myself getting more anxious as […]

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Getting into Woodworking

Filed in Woodworking by on November 29, 2014 3 Comments
Getting into Woodworking

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed making things out of wood. I’m talking about small things here – not large ones like sheds or houses or barns. More along the lines of tables, bed frames, small area fences, etc…The thing is, for as long as I can remember, I’ve never really […]

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Lakewood Theater and Restaurant in Madison, Maine

Filed in Destinations by on November 28, 2014 2 Comments
Lakewood Theater and Restaurant in Madison, Maine

Somehow, this post has fallen by the wayside, which is unfortunate because it pulls the chronology of my posts out of whack. I’m sure I’ll get over it, but still… Anyway, about a month or so ago, Laura and I decided to jump in the car and drive over to a road I found on […]

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Cub Cadet Snow Blower in Action

Filed in Home & Living by on November 27, 2014 3 Comments
Cub Cadet Snow Blower in Action

Like much of the east coast, we received a fair amount of snow last night. If I had to guess, I’d say anywhere between eight to ten inches fell. The forecast was calling for twelve to fourteen inches, but like usual, the forecast fell short. I guess that’s good for us. After the Snow I […]

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Short Time Lapse of Our First 2014 Season Snow

Filed in Weather by on November 26, 2014 0 Comments
Short Time Lapse of Our First 2014 Season Snow

We’ve had a few very minor snowfalls already this season. Key word being minor, so I really didn’t make a fuss about them. Today’s snow, though, is a fairly major storm, so I figured I should capture some of it’s essence digitally. Since I wasn’t sure how I could differentiate these snow pictures from all […]

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Cub Cadet 2X 528 SWE Snow Thrower

Filed in Tools by on November 26, 2014 1 Comment
Cub Cadet 2X 528 SWE Snow Thrower

This is not something I wanted to buy. I’ve been avoiding it for, pretty much, a full year. Obviously, I knew the snow would eventually return and that I’d be forced to drive off to Tractor Supply or Home Depot to shell out a wad a cash, but I figured that if I waited long […]

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Chimney Cleaning, BioBricks and a Nice Video

Filed in Firewood by on November 9, 2014 0 Comments
Chimney Cleaning, BioBricks and a Nice Video

Yesterday, Laura and I went on a bit of an adventure. We had a few things in mind to do – most of which I’ll cover in later posts. One part of our adventure was to stop by our local hardware store in Madison to pick up some chimney cleaning products. I abandoned my old […]

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Picking Pears

Filed in Around Town by on November 6, 2014 1 Comment
Picking Pears

Last week sometime, Don and his beautiful wife were driving up our road during one of our walks. In Maine, it’s not customary for someone you know to drive by and wave. What the custom is, is to stop and talk for a while. Every time Don drives by, it’s known that he’ll stop to […]

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Back to Smalls Falls and Rangeley, Maine

Filed in Destinations by on November 6, 2014 1 Comment
Back to Smalls Falls and Rangeley, Maine

This past Monday was a sunny one. The previous weekend gave us a lot of rain and wind. Since the new week offered us sunshine (and wind), Laura and I decided to get in the car to take a trip up to Rangeley. The last time I was there was during my motorcycle ride with […]

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Growing Swiss Chard Indoors Over Winter

Filed in Gardening by on November 2, 2014 0 Comments
Growing Swiss Chard Indoors Over Winter

My good buddy, Steve, invited me over to his place this past Friday. He wanted to give me some gigantic chard plants that he grew in his garden this past summer. Since the cold weather is moving in, either the plants die or head inside. He figured that we could dig the plants up and […]

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The First Very Wet Snow of the Season

Filed in Weather by on November 2, 2014 1 Comment
The First Very Wet Snow of the Season

There’s been a bunch of hoopla all week long about a snow storm that’s supposed to hit today. Even on intellicast.com I read two weather alerts. They both told me there was supposed to be 3-6 inches of snow by 4pm. Well, it’s 3:26 and we’ve got nothing. Perhaps a dusting on some wet roads. […]

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The Prospect of Snow is Very, Very Exciting

Filed in Weather by on November 1, 2014 0 Comments
The Prospect of Snow is Very, Very Exciting

I’m not sure about you, but I get really excited when snow is on the horizon. And when I see the local ski mountains blowing snow like they currently are, I can hardly keep my pants on. Just ask the neighbors. Sugarloaf Mountain is blowing snow right now. You can check out the current pictures […]

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Fixing a Smelly Septic Pipe With Fernco Flexible Couplings

Filed in Home Improvement by on November 1, 2014 0 Comments
Fixing a Smelly Septic Pipe With Fernco Flexible Couplings

I’ve got a fun story for you. You probably won’t want to read it if you aren’t into smelly basements and septic pipes, but if you are, read on. You might be entertained. When we moved into this house last November, I remember going down to the basement to check things out. One of the […]

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Wood Pellets vs. Firewood – Where to Put Your Money

Filed in Firewood by on November 1, 2014 0 Comments
Wood Pellets vs. Firewood – Where to Put Your Money

I’ve been going back and forth with this question for some time now – which would I rather have, a pellet stove or a wood stove? I think it’s taken some chilly weather to answer what I’ve been looking for. Last night, the temps dropped down to 34 degrees. Tonight, it’s supposed to go down […]

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Firewood Prices – Maine vs. Lower New York

Filed in Firewood by on October 20, 2014 4 Comments

Just for giggles, I did a Google search to see what firewood prices are down where I come from – lower New York. I nearly choked when I saw what people are charging for wood in my home town. Let me first preface this by telling you what firewood costs in my neck of the […]

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How To Make Wooden Sawhorses

Filed in Home & Living by on October 20, 2014 0 Comments
How To Make Wooden Sawhorses

A few weeks back, I had a project to finish up in the downstairs bathroom. Apparently, the upstairs toilet, which is directly above the downstairs toilet, was dipping (not dripping, dipping). For whatever reason, it felt like the floor under the toilet upstairs sat ever so slightly lower than the rest of the floor in […]

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Never Enough Wood

Filed in Firewood by on October 20, 2014 0 Comments
Never Enough Wood

I’ve been busting my ass outside for the past few days trying to gather as much firewood as possible. Do you want to know what I’ve come to realize? It’s never enough. The craving will last forever. As long as I’ve got someplace to store it, I’ll keep collecting it. I was talking to one […]

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Picking Apples at North Star Orchards in Madison, Maine

Filed in Around Town by on October 7, 2014 0 Comments
Picking Apples at North Star Orchards in Madison, Maine

What a beautiful orchard. I’ve been to some really lovely (yes, I said lovely) orchards in my time, but nothing quite like North Star Orchards in Madison, Maine. Last week, Laura and I decided that if we were going to pick apples this month, we better get on the road. We have a terrible habit […]

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Finishing Up Next Year’s First Row of Firewood

Filed in Firewood by on October 7, 2014 0 Comments
Finishing Up Next Year’s First Row of Firewood

Do you remember that post I wrote where I showed you what the beginnings of next year’s store of firewood looks like? Well, I figured I’d show you how much more wood I gathered from the rear four acres of our property. Basically, I finished up the row, which equals a bit over a cord. […]

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