Bought a new Cub Cadet walk-behind mower today, one with the “MySpeed Drive Control”. Best walk-behind mower I’ve used. The MySpeed Drive Control really does work. It’s fucking amazing! I’ll be doing a lot of walking with this mower this summer, as I can’t get a lawn tractor until much later.
I also got a couple wildflower plots seeded today. I should have done it a week or so ago, about a month before our last freeze, but oh well, I’m sure they’ll be fine. More plots this weekend to seed.
Nice hike today out to O-Kun-De-Kun and Peanut Butter Falls. I’ve been wanting to see these for quite some time, so today was the day. O-Kun-De-Kun is a very pretty 20 foot falls and Peanut Butter (named so due to the color of the water) is another very pretty 8 foot falls. Both falls are on the Baltimore River in Ontonagon County. The 2.5 mile round trip hike is quite nice, though there is quite a bit of good ol’ slippery mucky mud this time of year. My legs are going to feel it tomorrow I’m afraid, as I seem to be out of shape from the winter.
Peanut Butter Falls
Peanut Butter Falls
I had plans to go out somewhere today, but decided to stay home and get a few things done. It was a beautiful day with a high temp of 75°F with bright clear skies.
First thing I did was to get my new (free directly from Reo-link) camera setup and mounted.
I then dug into some garbage bags that I really screwed up on this past winter. I had about 8 bags of garbage set outside ready to be taken to the garbage truck this winter (they were sitting out on some snow), but then the the first of our two largest snowstorms hit and I started to shovel the roof, well, I forgot about the garbage bags sitting out just a little ways from the roof eves. So, while I was pushing the snow off the roof it started to bury the bags, DAMMIT. Not much I could do about it now. Then came another snowstorm only about a week later and I had to clear the roof again, and again a lot of snow fell on the already buried garbage bags, DAMMIT. Anyway, now that most the snow has melted with the exception of where it’s really piled up (where the bags are), enough of the snow has melted for me to get to some of the bags, the rest will have to wait for a few more days, or a week.
The dogs and I sat out on the front deck for a while and watched the birds. Birds, they have arrived. 🙂 For the longest time I thought all I would have around here were chickadees and some nuthatches. Well a bunch came today. Now I have Gold Finches, Purple Finches, a couple different sparrows, and Female Evening Grosbeaks.
I did little bits of other stuff around, but mostly enjoyed sitting out with the dogs on the deck watching and taking photos of the birds.
I think I got a little sunburned.
Evening Grosbeak – Female
Purple Finch – Female
American Gold Finch – Male
I think spring is here. Today I spent most the day sitting out on the front deck with the dogs in the wonderful sunny 58° day. Not much going on at work today, so I was able to sit outside for a while. It felt so nice to be able to sit outside again, and it’s nice to be able to sit on a deck. While setting there I tried to take a few photos of some birds, but I seem to have mostly Chickadees and a couple doves.
The other day I found an old sled of some sort out in the weeds. I pulled it in so I can maybe use it for flower pots or something.
Looks like a beautiful day today with sunny skies and temps in the mid 40s, but what to do. Still too much snow after this last storm to go out on the trails and hit some waterfalls. The lake shores are kind of boring due to lack of ice and too much snow again to hike along the shore. It’s already 8:30 AM, so time is running along. I just don’t know what to do. I have things to do around the house, but I hate wasting such a nice day, but again, it’s between seasons. In a week or so the trails should be good, so I guess I’ll just have to wait. Don’t know…
So I’m just sticking around the house, though I did make a quick run to get some bird seed and down my road a bit to check it out. Just past the snowmobile club the road stops being plowed and it looked like a couple people have driven further, but it looked pretty deep still, so I turned around. Between the snowmobile club and the house there is a little road that I’ve been wanting to go up, but it to is still too deep with snow. I did get out though and walked up to a bridge that crosses Menge Creek and took a photo. Looking at Google Earth, there looks like there’s a nice pond up the road a bit, so I’ll be checking that out when I can get back there.
We did end up getting a pretty good amount of snow, 6.8 inches. Last night after I went to bed I got woke up by ice, sleet, something hitting the windows. I’m not sure what it really was, but it was noisy. I guess I’ll have to shovel some, just the front deck I think, but most should melt during the day with temps getting up in the low 40s.
Other news… I’m getting new and free webcam from Reolink. They have contacted me a few times asking if they could share a couple of my cam videos, but yesterday they asked if I could get a video of the storm for them, I said sure. They said if I do, they will send me a RLC-511 5MP 4X Optical Zoom Camera. That’s a newer model of the one zoom camera I have and goes for $110.99. Here is the link to their Facebook page with the video… https://www.facebook.com/ed.nephler?sk=approve&highlight=836295373396718&log_filter=review&queue_type=non_friends¬if_id=1555037944034755¬if_t=mention&ref=notif#_
I’m sure I wont see the camera anytime soon, as I think it will be shipped from China. lol Anyway, I think it’s pretty cool.
This morning’s sunrise. Weather forecast is for a snowstorm hitting us later today, I have my doubts.
After quite a rainy morning I thought I was take a chance and go out to Big Erick’s Falls on the Huron River. It was well worth it. The weather turned out really nice, at least out there away from Lake Superior. When I first got to the river it didn’t look all that great due to almost too much water rushing, so I drove on for a ways. There’s a wee bit of mud on the trails this time of year and the Subie did great going through it. After a few miles I turned around and went back to the river and decided hike back in along the river. When I first setup my camera, there was a really cool fog that would roll through just above the river. After a while the fog lifted and the sun came out and got really warm, the car said 60°F when I got back to it.
It was good to get out again, I feel better for it.