Sunday, February 25, 2018

Weather Warning

By Uncle Hans

Two identical and beautiful 6-inch snows in 48 hours.  It had been a "dryer" than usual year, but now we have caught up.  First thing to do is to go to happy hour at  Snag's.

snow

WARNING:

Happy hour, Friday afternoon

6 inches of fresh powder

fresh grooming

Beautiful sunny day

unlimited horsepower

This may be a combination that is more fun than is recommended for someone our age!!

snow1

......the next thing to do is to blow the snow .......TWICE.  But I enjoy it and pretty much do the whole neighborhood.  There is getting to be a lack of space to stack the damned stuff....

snow2snow3snow4

...........the last thing to do is sit by the fire with a cold Milwaukee's Best Light and feel sorry for all my friends in Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Arizona because they miss this....

snow5

Uncle Hans

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Coyote

By Uncle Hans

Came home from Snag's and just got settled into the house, when I heard a shout from Renee, "You gotta see this!!"

     Looked at it for a moment when she suggested, "You should shoot it".  Bear in mind, I'm not even sure which end of the gun to hold.....

20180215_17032320180215_170327

     It was wandering slowly along the shoreline.......... and looked sick and thin.

I was actually buck-assed naked.  Had to find shoes, run out into the garage and find the shells, run back into the house and find the OD's plinker varmint piece, run outside at 10 degrees (still in just shoes).

      Got the first round into the chamber just as she got to the boatlift.  Put the cross-hairs on her heart and squeezed the trigger.  She flinched, but kept walking.  I fumbled another round into the chamber (It has a clip, but no time to fill it).  I squeezed off another round.....clean miss.  She kept ambling, not running.  I dropped the third shell into the snow (only grabbed three).  I plucked it out of the snow and loaded it.  By now she was over by the big spruce tree in front and I was at the top of the steps to the lake.  I put the crosshairs on her chest again and fired.  She flinched again, but kept walking.  I was going to have to run out on the lake in just shoes and wrestle her to death, I guess.

.........But then she toppled over......

Renee could not resist a picture to prank her family, they loved it!

20180215_172734

20180215_172821

You can see a little blood on her chest over her heart so one or both of those rounds hit home.  I guess the OD's old .22 hasn't got much stopping power!!

20180215_17311620180215_173414

This last picture shows her tracks along the shoreline.  If you look close, she did briefly reverse course after the first shot, then turned and resumed plodding along the shore.  the second shot was off the picture.

20180216_113345

     Apparently, there is no season on coyote in Wisconsin and the consensus at the bar is that they should be shot on sight.  She was probably a yearling, had not done very well hunting during a somewhat harsh winter, was very hungry and possible sick, and shooting her was a good choice.

It was, however, the first time I had killed anything of consequence with a gun and I still feel a little funny.....

Uncle Hans

Sunday, February 11, 2018

FITBIT STATS

IT’S BEEN EXACTLY ONE YEAR SINCE I STARTED CARRYING MY FITBIT IN MY POCKET EVERYDAY. MY GOAL WAS WEIGHT LOSS, AND I LOST THE 40 POUNDS IN ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS.

fitbit

ALONG WITH THE PEDOMETER YOU GET THE FITBIT SOFTWARE WHERE YOU CAN TRACK MANY THINGS, INCLUDING CALORIES, SLEEP, WATER, EXERCIZE, AND OF COURSE STEPS.

ANOTHER FUN FEATURE IS THE “FRIENDS” OPTION WHERE YOU ARE CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER THROUGH THE FITBIT SOFTWARE. YOU CAN SEE EACH OTHERS STEP COUNT FOR THE LAST SEVEN DAYS, CHALLENGE EACH OTHER TO STEP COUNT CONTEST, SEND EACH OTHER NOTES AND ENCOURAGEMENTS, AND FITBIT AWARDS YOU DIFFERENT DIGITAL MERIT BADGES. MY “FRIENDS” LISTS INCLUDES MY THREE GRANDSONS WHO LIVE IN HAWAII.

OK HERE COMES THE BIG NUMBER, 4,324,115 STEPS IN A YEAR. THAT’S 2,034 MILES. THAT’S AN AVERAGE OF 11,847 STEPS A DAY, OR JUST OVER 5 MILES A DAY.

THERE IS SOME SERIOUS STEPPAGE GOING ON OUT THERE !!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

50 YEARS

I RECENTLY MET UP WITH  HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE, CHRIS KNAUER. IT HAS BEEN OVER 50 YEARS SINCE WE’VE SEEN EACH OTHER AND VISITED. CHRIS AND HIS WIFE KAY ARE SNOWBIRDS SPENDING THE WINTER MONTHS IN PHOENIX AND THE REST OF THE YEAR IN DUBUQUE, IOWA.

DSC06118

I WAS AMAZED AT THE NAMES THAT CAME UP DURING OUR VISIT, OF CLASSMATES AND OTHER RESIDENTS OF STOCKTON, ILLINOIS.

CHRIS SPENT HIS CAREER AS “CHRIS O’BRIAN” A POPULAR RADIO DJ SERVING NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS, SOUTHERN WISCONSIN, AND EASTERN IOWA.

ASH FORKS

I’VE BEEN UP AND DOWN INTERSTATE 40 A LOT SINCE I RAN AWAY FROM HOME IN 1999, AND NEVER GOT OFF ON THE EXIT FOR ASH FORKS, AZ. TODAY WAS THE DAY, SINCE MARY WAS WORKING AND I HAD ALL DAY TO DRIVE FROM PRESCOTT TO MOHAVE VALLEY. TO SAVE YOU ALL FROM TAKING THIS EXIT I INCLUDE A COUPLE OF PICTURES OF ASH FORKS:

DSC06119DSC06120 

THAT’S A SALOON AND AN HISTORICAL MARKER. TODAY ASH FORKS IS KNOWN FOR IT’S FLAG STONE MINING OPERATIONS.

FROM ASH FORKS I DROVE THE LONGEST REMAINING SECTION OF US ROUTE 66, 140 MILES, COMPLETE WITH BURMA SHAVE SIGNS.

  “SUNNY & 80”

Saturday, January 20, 2018

B-B-Q COOK-OFF

TODAY WAS A BIG B-B-Q COOK-OFF AT ROTARY PARK.  THEY TAKE THESE COMPETIONS PRETTY SERIOUSLY AND FOR BIG MONEY.

DSC06091

DSC06094

DSC06097

BESIDES THE COOKING TEAMS THERE WAS A BLOODY MARY BAR, PETTING ZOO FOR THE KIDS,

DSC06088DSC06089DSC06090

AND LIVE MUSIC.

DSC06098

CHECK OUT THIS B-B-Q SET UP.

DSC06100DSC06101DSC06102DSC06103

THIS IS THE FAMOUS GREEN EGG GRILL.

DSC06095

ROTARY PARK MAKES A NICE SCOOTER RIDE, IT’S CLOSE TO THE MOOSE LODGE, AND IT HAS A NICE LONG WALKING PATH THRU THE PARK AND ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER. THE MAIN REASON I WENT TO THE PARK WAS TO GET SOME EXTRA STEPS, AS THERE IS SOME SERIOUS STEPPAGE GOING ON THIS WEEK-END WITH A FITBIT CHALLENGE INCLUDING, LAURA, AMY, MARY, ALAN, AND REX. I HOPE NOBODY GETS BLISTERS. IT’S A TWO DAY RACE TO GET THE MOST STEPS. DAY ONE IS NOT YET COMPLETED AND COMBINED TOTAL STEPS FOR THE FIVE OF US IS 82,684. I’LL LET YOU DO THE MATH, AND GUESS WHO’S IN THE LEAD.