Archive for August, 2017

Long Weekend With Friends At The Cabin!

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Just returned from a long weekend at the cabin.  My wife and I took two ladies from our church up to experience the wonder of the area.  Friday the three girls shopped and visited the Amish Bulk House along with a store we call the Amish Wal-Mart! They also visited a Christian book store in Fairview.  I stayed at the cabin cut grass and moved part of the popple tree that was cut down two weeks ago.  Spread some dirt around and did just a small amount of work on the new cabin.  I had set a live trap for a “Porky” that’s been chewing on my new cabin and ended up catching a feral cat!

We have three turkey hens that hang out around the cabin and one of them hatched 12 chicks and one hatched 7 chicks.  The third one never had any young ones.  Well when we arrived and got settled in we found that the hen with 12 young now had 7, and the hen with 7 now had six.  Foxes, Coyotes, and I’m thinking feral cats have been feasting on these young birds.  They can fly but have to constantly be on the lookout for predators!

Saturday we went to the AuSable Valley Railroad and road the train with our guest.  Winnie Webb’s deceased husband Gary used to work for the railroad so she was enthralled by the events of the day.  After the ride we went to Cedar Valley Golf and Amusement Park and played 18 holes of putt-putt golf.  The Amusement Park has tons of rides, arcades, carnival food, and batting cages.  If your not into amusement parks but like to golf the course is one of the finest in the area.  I play it every chance I get.

Late afternoon we headed for the Lewiston Lodge for a great dinner by East Twin Lake.  We capped the night off with an ice cream cone as we met up with old friends Ed and Pat Alger, who have a place in Lewiston.

Great friends, great fellowship, and an agreement to do it again in the future.  We love it in God’s country!

Mike

Basement Family Room Repairs

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Six weeks ago our basement flooded during a rainstorm the dumped 3 inches of rain in our area. Panelling, dry wall, carpeting, furniture, and anything on the floor was water logged!  We had insurance, but not enough to cover the help I needed from the various “trades” needed to renovate my “man cave!” The only way to tackle this problem was to “do it myself!”  My son-in-law ripped up the carpet, and I had help getting the furniture up into the garage, but I’ve been on my own since!

I ordered a load of tongue and groove pre stained siding in 1″ x 6″ and have been pecking away at installation.  It’s the same wood I’m using on my cabin in Luzerne.  I eliminated a closet and put a recessed shelve in it’s place.  New insulation, vapor barrier, and drywall had to be installed first.  Many trips up and down the steps has my “new” hip hurting, among other muscle aches and pains, but last evening I put up the final piece of panelling.  I still have trim work to do, but now I can start moving my mounts back on the walls and out of my wife’s laundry room! she will appreciate that I’m sure!

Carpet and furniture are next.  Actually we are thinking about some vinyl plank flooring that would not get ruined if we ever flood again?  I’ll be glad to get my room back.  It may come in handy if North Korea starts the “beginning of the end!” My Kingdom is not of this world as I realise all things in this life are temporary at best, and my hope rest in the promise of Jesus to “Never leave of forsake me!”

Mike

M-50 and Hillsdale County Michigan’s Scenic Drive

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Took a ride from my house up M-50 to north of Onstead a couple days ago.  It’s a very relaxing and scenic drive through the heart of “big buck” country (Hillsdale!)  The corn is high so I didn’t see any deer, but I did see quite a few turkeys.  Just south of the small town of Michigan Center I saw a group of 9 Tom’s feeding about 30 yards off the road.  I turned my car around and was able to snap a few photo’s of them.  The leader had a huge (12-14 inch) beard, and the others were 8 inches and up.  If you zoom in on the second photo you’ll see Mr. Long Beard on the right.  Sure would like to see one like that during hunting season!

Mike