Category Archives: Outdoors

A Spontaneous walk in Woods

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It seems that while so many people around here are coming down with the Flu, I’ve caught a bad case of Cabin Fever. After trying all manner of cures, nature finally decided to moderate the weather for a few days So out the door I Went! Small game season is still on until Feb. 28th this year in Pennsylvania. Squirrel, Rabbit, Pheasant, Woodchucks (Groundhogs; not Phil), and Porcupines are all in season now. I don’t hunt Porcupines since I’ve never seen one around here and Woodchucks got the word from Punxsutawney to stay down for a few more weeks. Pheasants … Continue reading

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Range Test Tula Ammo vs. Remington UMC

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Sorry there are few pictures with this one….Camera messed up or something and I lost all the photo’s.   Well, the other day I was wandering around Walmart and decided to stock up on some ammo.  After calling an ‘All-Hands’ search party for the ONLY Associate with the keys to the Ammo case………I found some Tula Ammo in 50 round boxes for 9.89 each and a 250 round bulk pack of Remington UMC for 59.89 both in 9mm. Thought I’d do some range testing with my Glock 26 (itty-bitty Glock 9mm sub-compact) and here is what I found: Tula Ammo Pro … Continue reading

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Calendula – A Flower, Herb, and….Salad Ingredient?

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A Hardy Annual that can reduce pain and inflammation while also dressing up a salad.   Sounds like a fun plant to play with, No? Plant Specifics Name: Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Zone: 5 to 11 Height: 24 inches Soil Type:Rich & well drained Ph Range: 6.0 to 7.5 Preferences: Sunny to partial shade Germination: 10 days @ 59°F to 68°F Bloom: Mid-Summer till 1st Frost Planting Guide Early Indoors: Plant 6 Weeks Before Last Spring Frost.   Place seeds 1/4 inch deep in seed starting mix and moisten.  Keep Warm (70°F) and moist and sprouting should occur within 15 days.  … Continue reading

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Thinking I’ll do a huge Herb Garden….

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I think that this year I want an enormous Herb Garden!  The photo above shows my three Raised-Beds (an Earlier Post on Raised-Beds) that have produced wonderfully for three years now. Let’s take a closer look at that first Raised-Bed: This Raised-Bed is 3 feet by 4 feet for a total of 12 Square Feet of Gardening Goodness!  How’s that for Enormous?? Now, What Herbs to Plant? My Short-List of absolutely required Herbs: Basil (Sweet, Italian, Liquorice, Lemon) Dill Garlic Oregano Parsley Rosemary Sage Thyme These are some of the most common Herbs found in most kitchens in the U.S.   … Continue reading

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Learning to Fly Fish in PA –Part 1 – The Journey begins..

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For years I’ve wanted to try Fly Fishing but never had the chance. Finding time to get out on the water and do ANY kind of fishing has become a challenge! Now I find that I’ve some time to fill up and I think it’s time to learn Fly Fishing. The first thing I did was to do some research. I wanted to find a couple of good books to read on the subject. I found:   Book: The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer Book: Trout Streams of Pennsylvania by Dwight Landis   Together, these two books cover just … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard: A Great Early Season Crop

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  Plant Specifics Name: Swiss Chard Zones: Any Height: 18 to 24 inches Soil Type: Almost Any, but likes a lot of humus PH Range: 6.0 – 7.5 Preferences: Sun or Shade, Spring, Summer, and Fall.   Planting Guide I always plant Swiss Chard directly in the garden bed.  Some gardeners pre-soak the seeds but I’ve never had any luck with that.  I put them right into the garden about 1/2 inch deep and spaced 6 inches all around. Swiss Chard requires a good bit of water.  I start watering once a week in the Spring and Early Summer and … Continue reading

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Time for a new plant in my Garden: Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

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I First tasted this when a friend of mine had a plant in a pot on their front porch.  She used the leaves to sweeten her ‘Sun Tea’ and I had just happened to get a leaf in my glass.  I asked about it and she replied: “Chew the leaf a bit, You’ll be surprised.” Boy was I surprised!  It just kept getting sweeter as I chewed.  The stuff is really amazing!  I’m going to put some in my Garden this year as an Annual (I’m in Zone 6) for some fun. If you like sweets but want to limit … Continue reading

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Firearm Storage

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Firearm Storage is a subject that seems to be discussed all of the time, yet never receives the attention it should.  There are several different way to store a Firearm, usually determined by the intended function. A function of Time…… If a Firearm is relied upon Daily, it would need to be stored differently than a Firearm that you want your Grand-kids to learn to use a decade from now. Safety This MUST be the primary concern!  Store your Firearms in a safe place: Safe from unauthorized use, Safe from Theft, Safe from a house fire..etc.. This can be accomplished … Continue reading

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The Gunsmithing task with the most Bang for the Buck Ever–Cleaning!

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Yes.  You read that title correctly.  The single most effective task you can perform on a gun is as simple as cleaning it properly.  A clean gun functions as intended, the projectile fits the bore as intended, the action moves within the timing intended, Every single thing WORKS AS INTENDED.  When you add several hundred rounds worth of gunk, Stuff stops working well. Don’t forget about maintaining value in the gun.  Not cleaning, oiling, and caring for your firearm will result in rust and corrosion.  This will lower the value and, if let go too long, destroy the gun. Tools … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 2011

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Christmas is finally here, though it really doesn’t feel much like Christmases I remember from my youth.  It is awfully warm this year! Last Night, I recorded a Hallmark Book for my daughters, 7 month & 3 year olds.  If you haven’t seen these, they are books with a voice recorder in them.  You can record each page of the book and lock the recording in.  It’s preserved in some type of non-volatile Chip so batteries can be changed or dead without losing the recording.  Here’s a link to Hallmark’s site for: Recordable Storybook I recorded “The Night Before Christmas” … Continue reading

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