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2018 Japanese Beetle Plague

They say, I picture is worth a thousand words. Two nights ago, I made a point to check on the peach trees. (We currently have 7)   There were 3 or 4 Japanese beetles on the tree. 3 or 4! Made … Continue reading

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Bee Careful

Your time is valuable so I will try to keep this brief. 😉 Our honeybees  from last year didn’t make it. Some of you already knew. I think it was mites. Because the whole thing is a hobby, and both … Continue reading

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Canned Goods

Just fired up the dehydrator. The smell of garlic and tomato is still on my hands. Got me in the mood for a little Greg Brown…. Do you have any memories of helping someone in the kitchen growing up…even if … Continue reading

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It is possible

  I remember reading the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald way back in the mid 1980’s.  I remember writing out various long term life goals, mostly in the interpersonal relationship realm, but other goals as well. At … Continue reading

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Morning Cure

Morning Cure 6:00 AM The sweet unmistakable smell of freshly cut drying hay greeted me this morning when I woke up….. it reminded me of a Grant Wood painting. DM  

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Grounding

Small stand of  rye _______________________ Took this picture Saturday morning, just as the fog was starting to burn off.   I planted some rye late last fall for a cover crop in the garden, decided to let it grow to maturity … Continue reading

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They Are Here

View of my latest adventure…. Honeybees _________________________________ I have to tell you about a recent conversation with my son-in-law Matt  about honeybees.  When he was younger, someone offered his dad, several bee hives full of bees…They hauled them home in … Continue reading

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