My Bread Recipe and Buying Yeast in Bulk

Filed in Food & Drink by on December 18, 2014 4 Comments
My Bread Recipe and Buying Yeast in Bulk

I thought I’d take this opportunity to write a post that I think will be quite helpful to a few people who are friends of mine. Not that my other posts aren’t helpful – you know, pictures of wood piles and such – I just think this one might assist someone in avoiding one of […]

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Our Second Maine Christmas Tree

Filed in Trees & Shrubs by on December 17, 2014 2 Comments
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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Third Stripe On My BJJ Purple Belt

Filed in Jiu-Jitsu by on October 7, 2014 4 Comments
Third Stripe On My BJJ Purple Belt

I was just moving over some posts from my old blog to this one when I ran across a few of my older bjj belt stripe and promotion pictures. I thought about them for a while and figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put up a shot of my purple belt sporting my […]

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What Does September 27th Look Like in Maine?

Filed in Nature, Weather by on September 27, 2014 1 Comment
What Does September 27th Look Like in Maine?

Well, I’ll tell you that it’s about 70 degrees out there right now. For some strange reason, things warmed up and are fairly humid. I’m not complaining because there are no bugs. Summer with no bugs is a wonderful thing, as long as it doesn’t get any warmer. I complain when it gets too warm. […]

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First Maine Autumn Update

Filed in Weather by on September 25, 2014 4 Comments
First Maine Autumn Update

We’ve got some changing leaves out there. Right now, the maples and birches are turning bright yellow and orange. Throw some red in there and you’re looking out my back window. As far as poplar, basswood and the rest – nothing. It’s all maple and birch. And that’s what’s going to make this autumn crazy […]

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New Animals Up the Road

Filed in Pets & Animals by on September 22, 2014 4 Comments
New Animals Up the Road

This is very exciting for us. We’ve got a whole new cluster of animals up the road and I’ll tell you, our walks just got a bunch more exciting. Luckily for us, Laura decided to bring her camera during our last trip to Don’s. Don’s is the end of the road, so I like to […]

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Indoor Firewood Rack

Filed in Firewood by on September 22, 2014 3 Comments
Indoor Firewood Rack

I have been going back and forth in my mind for weeks about what type of firewood rack I want. Should I build one? Should I buy one? Should I buy one and then build it? Up until this morning, I had no idea what to do. You might think this is a trivial matter […]

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18 Degrees at Sugarloaf

Filed in Weather by on September 19, 2014 0 Comments
18 Degrees at Sugarloaf

Apparently, snow making has begun up at Sugarloaf Mountain here in Maine. As reported on the Sugarloaf website, the temperatures dropped to 18 degrees last night and since the time was ripe, they went ahead to test their snow making equipment. According the Boston.com ski blog, both Sunday River and Sugarloaf had a cash infusion […]

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Summer is Over

Filed in Weather by on September 16, 2014 0 Comments
Summer is Over

Well, here we have it. Summer has apparently come to an end. Laura’s been murmuring recently about the pool water getting just a tad on the cool side. Strange, because she’s quite dolphin like – arctic dolphin like. If she tells me the water is getting cold, her lips must be on the brink of […]

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The Dragonfly

Filed in Insects by on September 12, 2014 2 Comments
The Dragonfly

Just so you know, the bug season in Maine starts around July 1 and continues until August 1. Before July 1, things are still fairly cool outside and you can do what you want. When July rolls around, you have to go hide inside. The bugs, coupled with the humidity will make you want to […]

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Location of Our Septic Tank

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 12, 2014 0 Comments
Location of Our Septic Tank

This is the last thing I’m going to say about the whole septic tank issue and really, the only reason I’m writing this post is for our own records. We thought it would be a good idea to, instead of marking the lawn where the tank is, measure things out and post it here. Since […]

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The Hummingbird Moth and the Beautiful Pink Phlox

Filed in Insects by on September 11, 2014 1 Comment
The Hummingbird Moth and the Beautiful Pink Phlox

You’re in for a real treat with this post. If this doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what will. Since this spring rolled around and plants and flowers began growing, we’ve been splendidly surprised at what’s been left behind for us to marvel at. If you’re curious as to what I’m referring, take a […]

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Grasshopper on the Fence

Filed in Insects by on September 11, 2014 0 Comments
Grasshopper on the Fence

There was a month or so during the summer when we had to save between 5 and 10 grasshoppers per day from drowning in the pool. I’m not sure why we chose the grasshopper as a more valuable creature over the japanese beetle (we find these in the pool as well), but we did. Perhaps […]

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It’s Getting Chilly Out There

Filed in Amphibians by on September 11, 2014 1 Comment
It’s Getting Chilly Out There

Even the frogs are hiding in the water. As the season moves along, my morning visits to the pond reveal fewer and fewer frogs. I wonder where they are going. Did the giant Heron eat them? Or perhaps those ducks that fly in every now and then? I know those birds are sneaky, so I […]

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How to Turn Off WordPress Expanding Editor

Filed in Blogging by on September 11, 2014 6 Comments
How to Turn Off WordPress Expanding Editor

I recently upgraded my WordPress install to the latest and greatest version 4.0, or otherwise known as “Benny.” While I’m sure there are many interesting new features and gadgets to play with, I’m also sure the creators of this version weren’t aware of how extremely annoying the new “expandable editor” option can be. Basically, the […]

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Adding a Section of DuraVent Chimney Pipe

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 10, 2014 0 Comments
Adding a Section of DuraVent Chimney Pipe

We were out and about in Skowhegan yesterday, so I figured I should stop at Tractor Supply to pick up the last piece of chimney pipe I need for my wood stove installation. If you remember back to my expert install, you remember that I mentioned that I needed one more two foot section of […]

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Cutting Trails in the Woods

Filed in Hiking by on September 10, 2014 1 Comment
Cutting Trails in the Woods

Now that the cooler weather has arrived, I’ve been getting outside much more to take care of some projects I’ve been thinking about all summer long. Cutting trails in the woods is one of those projects. Actually, I’ve been thinking about cutting trails a lot longer than just this summer. I’ve been thinking about it […]

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Installing a Septic Tank Baffle

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 10, 2014 2 Comments
Installing a Septic Tank Baffle

As I mentioned in my last post, I had to install a new septic tank baffle. For one reason or another, our existing concrete baffle broke off and is currently sitting at the bottom of the tank. Here is a picture of the exit pipe with no baffle. Don’t know what a septic tank baffle […]

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Pumping Out the Septic Tank

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 10, 2014 1 Comment
Pumping Out the Septic Tank

This task is finished. Thank goodness. I was really getting exhausted from thinking about what’s happening under the ground I walk on. This past Monday, I had Mike Pond from Strong, Maine come out to pump the tank. He’s a pretty nice guy. He pumped our tank, which was quite full, for the sweet price […]

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More Waterfall Pictures

Filed in Hiking by on September 6, 2014 1 Comment
More Waterfall Pictures

They’ve been released. Laura’s pictures, that is. If you remember back to my post of the freshly named, “Jay’s Falls,” you’ll remember all the pictures I showed you. Actually, most of that one was pictures. There’s only so much you can write about a stream and some mini-waterfalls. Today I present to you the other […]

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Banded Garden Spider – Argiope Trifasciata

Filed in Insects by on September 6, 2014 0 Comments
Banded Garden Spider – Argiope Trifasciata

What I think we’ve got here is a Banded Garden Spider, or otherwise known as the Argiope trifasciata. I am not 100% sure of this, but as far as I can tell, the Banded Garden Spider resembles what is living in the garage. It’s definitely not the Black and Yellow Garden Spider like I wrote […]

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Black and Yellow Garden Spider – Argiope Aurantia

Filed in Insects by on September 6, 2014 1 Comment
Black and Yellow Garden Spider – Argiope Aurantia

Starting in the second half of summer, I began noticing some rather large spider webs belonging to some rather large spiders hanging around the property. The webs vary in location, but the majority of what I’ve found is spun in the garage door openings. We also have a nice big female Black and Yellow Garden […]

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Enough Kindling Wood?

Filed in Firewood by on September 6, 2014 2 Comments
Enough Kindling Wood?

Earlier in the season, Sam’s father, Chad, called me and asked if I wanted some kindling wood. Since I’d have to be a fool to say no, I replied in the affirmative. He instructed me to bring my truck up to his house for pickup, which I readily did. I came back with a load […]

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Late Summer Photographs

Filed in General by on September 5, 2014 1 Comment
Late Summer Photographs

Laura’s been busy taking pictures of this and that and everything in between. Since I’m mostly a bystander during her camera outings, I often wonder what she’s taking photos of. Sometimes she shows me what she’s been up to by dangling the camera viewfinder in front of my nose. It’s a small viewfinder, so I […]

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Last Day of the Heat

Filed in Weather by on September 5, 2014 0 Comments
Last Day of the Heat

When I was younger, I would sit and hope that the warm weather would outlast the cold weather. In winter, I’d wish for warmth. In summer, I’d pray that the dog days would last all year. I’m sure that had something to do with the calendar of the school year, but I’m also sure I […]

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Locating the Septic Tank

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 5, 2014 0 Comments
Locating the Septic Tank

Ahh, the wonderful septic tank. The big concrete (or plastic) apparatus that lies beneath the ground that’s rarely, if ever, thought of. The contraption people keep talking about and that people warn others about, but that few ever pay attention to. When was the last time you had your septic tank pumped? Last year, 5 […]

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