Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Bronco is Blessed


It was raining off and on during my 2019 deer hunt and I noticed this rainbow. It came right down on the Bronco. I can never sell it now as it has been touched by a rainbow! I made diligent search around and under it but alas there was no pot of gold to be found. I think that I will put in my will that I want to be buried in it.

An Era has Passed - Rush is Gone

 It is sad that Rush is gone early. I listened to his show only occasionally so I probably would not qualify as a Ditto Head. There was always a strong effort for facts and analysis on many topics. He seemed to stay away from vitriol. I could never stand the hosts that were shouting at me as volume convinces me of nothing. Rush Limbaugh was a Great American. Rest in peace.

Who is going to try to fill his shoes?

Grand Baby #2

Beautiful baby girl! I decided that I needed to start posting anew since it has been some time since the last one. This is a perfect starter since babies are beautiful!

 Her brother is quite pleased that she has arrived.

We are quite pleased for our daughter and son-in-law.

Did I mention that babies are beautiful?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Father's Day

My Sweetie surprised me as I had forgotten that I had the below circled in one of the catalogs. Nice gift!

Almost made me want to take something apart and put it together last night just so that I could play with the tools.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Just Thinking

Just thinking again and it still hurts. Best man I ever knew.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Getting Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse

Just kidding as I am actually getting ready for some steel shoots. I was doing inventory and relocated these older polymer coated bullets from Lucky 13 so I loaded them up. This company seems to have folded. The green color on these was called Zombie 13. I had loaded a few for a test batch some time ago and they shot well.

I am having poor luck with companies. Lucky 13 is gone. I have purchased bullets from Eggleston as they had good prices and polymer coats in different colors. They are now transitioning to new ownership and no orders are being taken until the transfer is completed. We shall see what their prices look like when they come back online for sales.

It is time to get back to some blogging and some steel shoots!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Glow in the Dark Wild Boar!!??

Wild boars roam Czech forests - and some of them are radioactive

Hunting radioactive boar at night could be an alternative to wild boar hunting in Texas! Some of the boar have been eating a seasonal false truffles which have an affinity for Caesium 137 which is what was released in copious quantities at Chernobyl.
From the article ....
"The semi-good news is that even meat from radioactive animals would be a health hazard only in large doses, Drapal said. You would have to eat it several times a week for couple of months, to get sick, he said."

I can hear the conversation in the night time hunting blind now, "OK Comrade, don't shoot the glowing one in that pack. It probably has too high a level of nuclear energy to use the meat. The others you can take because you can eat a little bit of them."

I will have to get my thoughts around that statement. Let's see, the half life of Caesium 137 is 30 years. You have taken it into the system by ingesting it. The race is on! How long does it take the body to purge all of it out of the system before you have that next pulled pork sandwich? I guess you could add a little Prussian Blue to the diet which could it get it out of the system a bit quicker but I think I may just pass.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fishing at Silverbell

We went fishing at the Aaron Lodge #49 Masonic Family Picnic that was held at Christopher Columbus Park. A fine time was had by all and there was a nice turnout. Don't laugh at my little fish as I believe that it was the only one of the day!
There may a trend developing here in that I must take a picture of every teeny fish I catch when going out. I am sure that I will do the same if anything notable (in a larger sense) is caught.
I am having fun with the teeny fish pictures.

UPDATE: I needed to update this post with a picture from the 2019 picnic. I am becoming more proficient at catching very little fish!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Back to Chicago - Part II

Once again I found myself outside the windy city in the hamlet known as Kingery on the 15th to visit with daughter #1 (D#1) and fiance (F). The F and I went to Bass Pro on Friday to talk to the guys in the fishing department about where to go and to buy 3 rods/reels along with the appropriate tackle box and terminal tackle. Yes, there were a few lures thrown in there along with a book on fishing in Illinois. F spent the usual amount of time, for a first time visitor, admiring the myriad of mounts and displays. I remember the first time I went into a Cabelas/Bass Pro and how impressive it is. We had lunch at the Islamorada Fish Company and headed back to the homestead to prepare for Saturday.

Saturday found F and me at Heinecke Lake for our first stop. This is a man-made elevated lake that serves as cooling water for a power plant. There is a lot of rip-rap posing as a shoreline. The guys there were mainly fishing for catfish although there are bass, sunfish, and some walleye. We were a bit late in the day for Walleye fishing but did not care as this was an exploratory trip. We wet a line and proceeded to hook up on the rocks with a few hooks being lost. A few nibbles were encountered without any serious strikes.

After Heinecke, we went to check out Whalen Lake which is closer to the homestead. This is pleasant little lake in one of the many preserve areas of Illinois. Again we wet a line and proceeded to start playing with bluegills. I had a great time roaming around with F.

Sunday was a stand-down day. We got a paper in the AM, ate breakfast, looked at the paper and then returned to Bass Pro to get D#1 a fishing license. We picked up a few things that I thought would be handy for the next day fishing. Later, we went for a walk to the little waterfall in Waterfall Glen Preserve. No, it not named that because of the waterfall. It is actually named after Seymour Waterfall who was an early president of the Districts Board of Commissioners. The waterfall is man made. Zoey, the guard dog, went with us to keep us safe. She was hilarious as when D#1 was going to set her down in the water, the feet were going like she was swimming before touching the water.

We were off to Whalen Lake on Monday morning for all of us to play around. No one caught any large fish but due to my extreme expertise  and endless patience, I was able to catch the smallest bluegill and this very small gobie pictured below.
There really is a fish in this picture! Note the amazement on D#1's face that I was able to accomplish this almost impossible task. I am proud to have my picture taken with this elusive hermit of the lake.

The 18th was D#1's birthday and the 20th was mine. We split the date difference and went to Cooper's Hawk that evening. Cooper's is a winery and restaurant. It was excellent. Good wine, food and company. There is not much more for one to ask for!

On Tuesday D#1 and I returned to Whalen to play around with some more fish. My last day there went too quickly as always.

I was off to the airport Wednesday morning to wait out a thunderstorm to catch my flight. I thank D#1 and F for the hospitality and putting up with the "old man". I believe that I will switch modes and start fishing for the largest fish on the next trip!