Fucking Squirrels

I have squirrels, red squirrels, chewing inside the walls and ceiling. Yesterday I put together a trap/drowning thing to try and kill them off. I went to TrueValue and they cut me two 4″ PVC pipes 5′ long each. I put peanut butter in the top opening then some more about 1 1/2 foot down the pipe, the pipe then sits in a bucket of water. Once the squirrel get in the pipe, it can’t get out and drowns. Unlike Chipmunks, squirrels can swim, so that’s why the use of a long pipe, they can’t climb back up, it’s too slippery. I guess the one benefit of not sleeping is that while I’m awake and making some noise, they keep quiet and stop chewing.

Lake Superior Performance Rally

Pretty cool having these cars pass right by the house. I stood out at the end of the driveway, waved and took photos. A good number of the honked as they went by, and a few waved. I tell ya, the smell they give off is definite of some high octane fuel.

I’ll edit and add more photos and info later…

I haven’t had this much fun taking photos in a long time, just wish I had someone to talk to about it.
I saw other photos on FB with some carnage done to the cars, one even on it’s side. I’m sure this was quite a challenge for the drivers with the snow and slush.

Coat Rack Hung

Finally got my old coat rack hung near the front door, the newer log rack I’m going to hang in my bed room. This job took a number of days due to it being drywall and nothing I tried worked. So, I looked on Amazon for drywall anchors and read the reviews. The photo below is very similar to what I picked up at TrueValue this morning. You drill a 1/2″ hole, slide the steel end in and make sure it flattens out, then push the plastic piece up tight to the wall and last, break off the plastic bits that everything is attached to. These are by far the best and easiest I have ever used. Also, each one will hold up to 80 pounds, much more than I needed but stronger the better.

Other than that, not much going on today besides more unpacking. I did go grocery shopping, yippee.

Getting Pissed Off

Yes I am! So the water here has an eggy smell when it’s first ran, hot or cold, but after a minute or so the smell goes away. There’s a Evolve Conditioner in the house, but the readout screen is broken and every night around 8:00 PM it starts beeping. With the screen broken, there is no way of seeing what is happening, like an error of some sort, so I just press a button (any button) to stop the beeping. Also, it seems like it’s not using any salt at all. Earlier today I contacted the closest seller/service place about the unit, which happens to be in Norway, MI. They told me that one, the PC Board needs replacing so that the screen then works, it’s all one unit. Then two, they said it sounds like the unit isn’t working at all and plugged up if it’s not using any salt and there is still a smell. Well, I was told by the ex-owners that it worked fine, just the screen was broken. Wrong! So, it’s going to cost me about $300 for the PC Board and another $125 for a service call to fix things up and get it working again. They also told me that the only service call the ex-owners ever had was the freebee one year after it was purchased, which was in 2013. It should be checked and a minor $7.00 part should be replaced once a year. With that being said, the service guy told me I could just unplug the unit now, which would stop the beeping, because it’s not working anyway and wait until the part comes in and the service call.
Anyway, I’m pissed off about this when the ex-owners said it was working fine.

Waterfall Day

Yesterday I spent the day out and about with an old friend showing him a few waterfalls in the area. I haven’t seen him since living in Alaska when we had a small gathering at the house. He got in touch with me the other day say he was in Munising hitting some waterfalls in the area.
Anyway, he picked me up around 9:00 AM and we headed out to Big Falls. I didn’t know if we would be about to make it there due to the high water level and having to ford part of the Huron River, but it was fine. We spent a couple hours there taking photos then headed back to explore some of the Slate River. Of course I’ve been to all these falls many times, he hadn’t and was trying to mark off some he hasn’t been to.
After spending another few hours at the Slate River, it was time to head back and get something to eat. We had planned to get to a couple more falls, but ran out of time.
We stopped at The Finns to eat, and I must say it’s quite a nice place. I’ve always wanted to stop in there, but just seem to drive by. The pizza was really quite good and probably the best I’ve had in the area so far. I’ll be getting more for take-out another day.

Outhouse on the way to Big Falls. It was kind of startling see the dummy sitting here there.
The outhouse again out in the middle of nowhere.
Big Falls
Big Falls
East Branch Huron River
Quartzite Falls
Quartzite Falls
Grand Staircase Falls and Around The Bend
Road to Big Falls
Autumn Leaves

Install Day

I get proper internet today. Charter Cable will be here between 8:00 and 9:00 AM to set things up. Not since living in Alaska have I had good high speed internet. This is kind of exciting. lol

First Night Of…

Sleep! Yes, for the first time in probably over 2 months, I got some sleep, still only about 6 hours, but that’s at least 3 hours more than before. I didn’t get up until around 3:00 AM. That’s a good sleep for me.
I plan on getting out and about for a bit today, but I also need to go to the store for some screws and such.

Update – 4:45 PM

Went into town, Houghton, today, but on the way I took the long way, out Menge Creek Rd past the house. You could be lost out there! Taking right hand turns, knowing that this would take me back to somewhere near Baraga. I was correct, I came out right next to the Drive Inn.
The following photos are of Menge Creek Road.

Yay, A Whooping 2 Hours

Yep, that’s all the sleep I got tonight. I have no idea what is up with my sleeping, or lack of sleeping, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Oh well, not like it really matters.
Looks like we might have our first coldish night, it’s down to 29° at 12:30 AM and dropping pretty quick. We’re forecast to get to or above 50° today, that’s close to normal for this time of year.
I have so much to get done today, but not sure how much I’ll be able to do with this lack of sleep, but at least with it being Saturday, I can nap during the day. I would like to get out and about at some point this weekend for the fall colors, as this will most likely be the last of it. We’ll see I guess.

Updated… 2:00 PM

Well I did get some things done today, and it’s only 2:00 PM. The weather station got an extension of 6 more feet, so it’s now about 20ft tall. I got real lucky while hammering down the spikes, it came out perfectly level right off the bat. Got my log bed frame put together and had to turn my mattress 45°, I thought it felt funny. Also got the last couple of items I wanted inside the house from the quonset, one table and 3 trunks. Took out a bunch of empty boxes to the quonset. Oh, and I got my surround/back speakers mounted on the wall. The wire isn’t ran yet, just along the floor and under rugs, but I have enough wire and stuff to run them where I want.
Oh yes, and one more thing. I washed some more windows.
Still lots to do around here.