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April 8, 2015

 

 

Full Moon – April 4th/The Pink Moon:  Flowers begin to appear, including the widespread grass pink or wild ground phlox.  Other variations indicate more signs of full spring, such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes).

 

3/12/15:  On Tuesday Merlyn and I went to visit Lenny.  He is recovering from his surgery and is very upbeat about the whole process.  He and his wife aren’t burning any wood this year so I threw a row of split maple into the back of the van since we are on the verge of running out. 

 

I did a dozen cedar arrows for a customer in San Francisco and took an order for ½ dozen carbon arrows for a local customer.  This will be the first business that we have had so far for the month of March and hopefully the trend will continue.  I would much rather be busy than just sitting around watching the snow melt!

 

It is apparent that our youngest dachshund is in the early stages of congestive heart failure.  That condition is genetic to her line of dogs so we are keeping her comfortable and providing her with all of our love.  She may have six months to a year but thankfully she doesn’t know that.

3/15/15:  The weather channel is calling for 48 degrees tomorrow which will be getting the maple sap starting to run.  I emailed Karen Hooker and ordered a gallon of syrup and she replied and said that they were finishing up the tree tapping today!  We had a fresh inch of snow this morning but it is melting away as I type this paragraph.

 

3/20/15:  I got the half dozen Gold Tip Traditional carbon arrows done up and delivered yesterday.  My California customer called this afternoon and ordered another dozen cedars in 45-50# spine so we will spend the weekend putting them together……I am always happy to do the work!

 

The Youth Camp Benefit Shoot is  being held on Sunday (22nd) and hope Ian Brucker gets a good turn out for the kids…..Cassety Hollow has the first 3D outdoor shoot of the season on Sunday as well.  Since my shooting partner Lenny is kind of immobile right now I don’t expect to attend either one of these events.

 

Although the DEC hasn’t yet released its deer take numbers from last season but it has been revealed that the crossbow numbers for the first season of limited use during the archery seasons was slightly over 4000.  I wonder what the numbers will be like five years from now?

 

3/21/15:  Our beloved Tuppence died last night at the age of eleven years, nine months and sixteen days.  She was playing with her cherished tennis ball and waiting for supper when her heart failed.  She was deeply loved and a steadfast companion.  She will be sorely missed.

 

 

3/23/15:  Fedora’s Archery has sold out and will continue production in St. Cloud, Utah.  They expect to be back in full production by the end of this month and their interim website can by seen from the “Our Bows” section of our website.  Margaret and I are currently evaluating their dealer line of custom bows to decide if we wish to continue to stock the line.

 

3/28/15:  The NYB Youth Camp Benefit Shoot drew about thirty shooters.  NYB Rep Bill Snyder said he had to leave at noon time but would get back to us with a complete report.  We didn’t receive anything from Cassety Hollow Rod & Gun Club so we don’t know if they were able to hold their 3D shoot or not.  I received an email from Rich Inman this afternoon to cancel their 29th date at West Winfield due to too much frozen snow on the ground.

 

It didn’t get above freezing today and we had a dusting of snow last night.  It is great to think about spring but with over a foot of snow in the backyard it certainly seems to be a ways in the future yet!

 

3/30/15:  The creek down over the bank finally appeared a couple of days ago!  All of the snow covering the water finally melted enough to fall into the rushing water and get swept away.  Another dusting of snow again last night but it cannot last too much longer.

 

The month is nearly over and our retail archery business was 100% mail order for the month of March.  Two dozen cedar arrows, half a dozen GT Traditionals and one 60” recurve string!  Too bad we had to spend more money on replacing stock than we took in our sales…..not to mention the fixed costs of maintaining the website.

 

The red winged blackbirds came back today!  We had a large flock of both males and females visit our bird feeding area today.  Three waves of the birds touched down, pecked in the feed for a short time and just as abruptly left again.

 

4/2/15:  It got up to 54 degrees by 5 PM today and another bunch of snow disappeared.  We had a flock of red winged blackbirds last week and when Merlyn and I went to town today we saw a flock of geese on the north side of Route 20 in one of the melted off corn fields!   I dropped off our lawn mower for spring servicing so that will be ready when the grass gets lush and green again.

 

4/8/15:  A busy few days……shared Easter dinner with Lenny and his family.  Picked up the serviced lawn mower so that is ready to go again.  The new used tire on the back of the van has been repaired twice.  Hopefully the last one will last awhile! 

 

Put gas in the van the other day and a certain amount ended up on the ground.  That condition has been diagnosed as rust holes in the fill pipe so that becomes the next needed repair.  Gasoline is in the $2.50 a gallon category but still much too expensive to pump on the ground!

 

Margaret says, "Sorry it wasn't on the 7th Scott!"

 

Click  to view this week's photos - April 8, 2015

 

 

Up-Coming Events  -  2015

 

 

 

May 15 ,16 & 17

 

NYB BANQUET RESORT WEEKEND 

 

Click for flyer 

 

 

 

July 24-26

 

NYB Region 6 Bowhunter Youth Camp Oswagatchie FFA Camp

Long Pond, NY

 

For Info contact:  Bill Snyder

 

3012 Pine Ridge Road

Canastota, NY

 

Phone: 315-415-0966 

 

Email: bill4nyb@gmail.com

     

August 21 - 23

8th Annual OxTAR - Click for flyer

 

 

Current 3D Shoot Results

When the results are made available to us.

 

 Next Shoot (s)

 

April 12, 2015
 
Pine Tree

Tri-Town

West Winfield

 

 

   If you are not on the 3D mailing list

and would like to be, please contact:

 

Rich Inman

209 Jones Road

Ilion, NY 13357 

 

Email: rjinman25@yahoo.com

 

or Phone:  315-822-5034

 

 

Central NY 2014 3D Schedule and  Directions to clubs

 

Click here for printable schedule.

 

 Click here for printable directions to clubs.

 

 

That’s about it for this week.

 

 

Thank you for checking in with us.

 

 

         george

 


 

March 7, 2015

 

 

Full Moon – March 5th:  The Worm Moon. 

 

Snow slowly begins to melt, the ground softens, and earthworms show their heads again and their castings or fecal matter can be found.  Other signs of spring gave rise to other variations:  the cawing of crows (The Crow Moon); the formation of crusts on the snow from repeated thawing and freezing (The Crust Moon); and the time for tapping maple trees (The Sap Moon).  Christian settlers called this The Lenten Moon and considered It the last moon of winter.

 

2/10/15:  Some time ago a friend shared the following bit of information with me thinking that I might appreciate knowing this bit of history.  Since I have never before shared it in the Diary it may be appropriate to do so now:

 

The History of the Middle Finger

 

Well, now…..here’s something I never knew before, and not that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.  Isn’t history more fun when you know something about it?

 

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers.  Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.  This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known a “plucking the yew” (or “pluck yew”).

 

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the surviving French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!  Since “pluck yew” is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F, and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger salute!  It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as “giving the bird”!

 

Isn’t history great?

 

Merlyn and I did some errands this morning in Richfield and had occasion to visit the new Kinney Drug Store and it is quite big.  It is going to take some time getting used to.  They will be able to expand their product lines by a large amount and (for awhile at least) will be quite a shopping experience.

 

Returning home I spent the balance of the day raking some of the excess snow off the roof areas adjacent to the back deck.  Recent snowfalls have accumulated to well over two feet on the roof and the ice jams were getting quite large as well.

 

More news:  I received a Martin Archery Newsletter making mention of a new compound that they will be marketing in 2015.  It is called the Krypton and is adjustable for draw length from 17” to 30” and peak weight adjustments from 30 pounds to 70 pounds.  The bow is 31” axle to axle, carries a 7 inch brace height and 80% letoff.  Stripped down it weighs in at 3.8 pounds and carries a retail price just shy of $300.  This offering almost makes me want to start carrying a few compound bows again!

 

I checked out their updated website and found that they have also expanded their traditional lines to include six wood riser takedowns and four new one piece traditional bows.  Because of the pricing I expect that the takedowns are imported items but we carry these as well.

 

2/13/15:  We had fifteen below zero last night and I got to put my wood in about noon today at six below.  This cold snap is supposed to last through Monday and it amazes me how the birds and small mammals can survive the cold.  I expect our feeding station in the back yard keeps them going and the traffic of flying creatures is heavy today with the sun shining!

 

2/15/15:  I threw in my wheel barrow of wood today at 1 PM.  The temps are below zero and the wind is brutal.  It was too cold to refill the wheel barrow (even inside the old shop).  The wind chill must be more than thirty below!  Global warming certainly has created some pretty extreme weather patterns.

 

2/17/15:  I just delivered my rusty old van to my repair shop to have the wheel bearings replaced on the left rear wheel.  After fifteen years and 180,000 miles these repairs become necessary!  It was 8 below zero overnight but I received an email from a new Canadian customer needing a new bowstring.  He was recommended by an old customer so we are happy to be of service.

 

2/20/15:  The van is fixed once again and now has wheel bearings that are new not just in one rear wheel but both of them!  It would be nice not to have any more repairs this year especially with gasoline prices working their way back up.

 

I cleared the first one third of the roof by the rear deck this morning.  The snow was reaching epic proportions one again and since tomorrow is supposed to be in the 20’s I will have to get the balance of it done since Sunday is predicted to be another snow event!

 

Interesting notes:  Although the robin is generally considered to be a sure sign of spring, the red-winged blackbird actually arrives here before the robins do.

 

In February the red-wings are in the southern US feasting on grain putting on fat and starting their northern migration.  The month of March becomes the peak of migration with the males arriving to establish territories with the females arriving behind the males.  April finds most females nesting with eggs starting to hatch.

 

So if you live where red-wing blackbirds normally live and nest I expect you will see them before the robins arrive in force.

 

2/21/15:  Finished pulling the snow off the back roof and then shoveled it off the deck.  Put in another wheel barrow full of wood for the wood stove and now sit here watching it snow.  We will be getting 3-6” and temperatures tomorrow should be in the 30’s so will have to plan on running the snow blower once it warms up a bit.

 

2/22/15:  We had at least six inches of new snow last night and I was able to shovel off the back deck for the dogs to get out when they all got up at about 7:45.  By 9 AM I was able to get the snow blower out and cleared off all of my dog paths and the entry way to the archery shop since I expected Lenny and Scott to show up as Scott needed some bow servicing done. 

 

Before they arrived I was putting the snow blower away I happened to notice that my front tire on the van looked suspiciously low.  Checking the air pressure I found that it was less than five pounds…….almost flat in other words!  Since my compressor was out “on loan” to another friend, Scott took Lenny’s van and brought me a small compressor that Len had at home.  After they left I got to the parking lot with the compressor, extension cord and pressure gage and managed to put 35# in the leaky tire!  I will check it again in the morning and try to make arrangements with Bob to get it fixed.

 

2/24/15:  Got the tire taken care of yesterday but it took a used tire and wheel to go on the rear and a rear tire brought up to the front.  The old tire had a break in the sidewall which means the tire went to the junk pile!  Margaret went into her emergency funds and we were able to pay Bob in full for his services.

 

This morning it was 22 below zero and the cable is out so no TV, no internet and no telephone service.  By the time the doggies were ready to go out it had warmed up to eight below so all three of them had to be carried back from the cold snow in the backyard to the warmth of the house.  At least the wind has calmed down and the sun is shining so it is almost tolerable outside.

 

3/2/15:  The following news item was received from the local TV station on February 28, 2015:  “Congratulations to those living in Central NY.  You officially survived the coldest month EVER on record.  The official average temperature for February 2015: 7.2 degrees, crushing the old record of 9.2 degrees set back in 1857!  Yes, 1857!”

 

Just got word from Rich Inman that the 3D schedule for 2015 has been printed and he expects to make the mailing during the next week.  Mohawk Fish & Game Club has been dropped from the schedule for non payment of advertising fees.  We will get the schedule on the website in the next few weeks.

 

3/7/15:  My good friend Lenny had major surgery last week.  He had his stomach removed to clear up tumors that were developing there.  He is coming home today and will be starting the recovery process.

 

Our youngest dachshund Tuppence had an emergency visit to the vet Thursday night.  She had a couple of days with difficulty breathing and seemed to have a buildup of fluids in her abdomen.  The vet gave her a couple of shots and medication to come home with and she is doing better so far.  Stomach swelling has gone down and her breathing is improving.  Another one of those wait and see situations at the present time.

 

  Click  to view this week's photos - March 7, 2015

 

 

Up-Coming Events  -  2015

 

 

 

March 22

 

NYB Youth Camp Benefit Shoot

at Lillies Agway & Archery Shop

7794 Park Avenue

Holland Patent, NY. 

 

For futher information

call 315-865-8105

 

 

 

May 15 ,16 & 17

 

NYB BANQUET RESORT WEEKEND 

 

Click for flyer 

 

 

 

July 24-26

 

NYB Region 6 Bowhunter Youth Camp Oswagatchie FFA Camp

Long Pond, NY

 

For Info contact:  Bill Snyder

 

3012 Pine Ridge Road

Canastota, NY

 

Phone: 315-415-0966 

 

Email: bill4nyb@gmail.com

     

August 21 - 23

8th Annual OxTAR - Click for flyer

 

 

Current 3D Shoot Results

When the results are made available to us.

 

 Next Shoot (s)

 

March 22, 2015
 
Cassety Hollow

NYB Youth Camp Benefit Shoot

 

 

   If you are not on the 3D mailing list

and would like to be, please contact:

 

Rich Inman

209 Jones Road

Ilion, NY 13357 

 

Email: rjinman25@yahoo.com

 

or Phone:  315-822-5034

 

 

Central NY 2014 3D Schedule and  Directions to clubs

 

Click here for printable schedule.

 

 Click here for printable directions to clubs.

 

 

That’s about it for this week.

 

 

Thank you for checking in with us.

 

 

         george

 


 

February 4, 2015

 

 

Special Consignment Sale Items:
 

         We will be removing these items in the near future so take a final look before they are gone from this listing.

 

         Easton Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game arrows:  Spine 400/5" die cut feathers/29 3/4" BOP/100 grain points/one half dozen.  Retail price:  $188.00 dozen.  Consignment price for 6 is $75.00.  Click for photo.

 

          NEW Another new item on consignment is a dozen "previously owned" custom cedar arrows that are 50-55# spine and 29" long.  The arrows feature spliced shield shape feathers and a unique custom cresting pattern putting them in a "super custom" category.  They also come in a "baker's dozen" of thirteen arrows for a selling price of $150.00.  Click for photo.

 

          NEW We also have two custom leather strap-on style four arrow bow quivers available for $75.00 each.  These were designed for one piece longbows.  Click for Quiver #1.  Click for Quiver #2.

 

           Although I have no interest in the crossbow accessory market we had the materials in stock to put together 2.5 dozen crossbow bolts.   I made them up and we are offering them for sale at this time.  They are fletched with 4" vanes and have moon nocks installed.  They are 22" long and have 100 grain target points.  Click for photo.

 

          Another consignment item has recently arrived!  A complete drum set is now available for $250.00!  Click for photo.

 

          We also have three guitars available as used items for $35.00 each.  Of the two blue ones, one has to be restrung but both are available with soft cases for "scratch free" transport. 

Click for photo.

 

          Techno Beat battery powered Keyboard (with no instructions nor any accessory items if offered for $30.00.  Click for photo.

 

  Any of the above items can be seen

  by appointment by calling us at 315-822-5893.

 

 

1/14/15:  It managed to get down to twenty below zero last night and at 11:30 AM it is still only four degrees outside.  It certainly hard to be outdoors in weather like this and is hard on our little dogs as well.  As cold as it is when each dog is ready to come back inside their feet are cold enough to have to be carried up the steps back to the kitchen door and warmth!  All the while I am breathing through a neck scarf to keep my lungs from freezing and shutting down in protest.

 

Full Moon – Tuesday February 3, 2015:  The Snow Moon – Snow piles even higher in February, giving this moon its most common name.  Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions.

 

1/18/15:  I have ordered the materials to make two dozen Legacy aluminum arrows for a customer in Georgia.  He ordered arrows from us two years ago and now needs to replenish his stock and we are happy to have the business at this time of year.

 

1/23/15:  Yesterday and today were filled with negatives.  I got the aluminum shafts from our supplier and got them unpacked and started on the building process.  Each shaft marked with a visible pencil mark to allow me to dip each arrow with a ten inch crown dip of white paint.  I got everything set up to dip the shafts and on the first shaft I found that my dip tank paint had thickened up to the point that it was unusable.  I cleaned the paint off the shaft and poured the white paint from the dip tube back into our paint storage container and added the proper amount of thinner to allow proper paint flow.

 

Properly mixing in the thinner I determined that the dipping paint was at the proper thickness to flow properly.  After a waiting period to allow all of the bubbles to work out of the paint, I dipped the first of the two dozen arrows that had been ordered.  Since the paint had to dry I quit the operation to wait for the paint to set.  Awhile later Margaret went to the freezer in the cellar and on the way checked my dipped shafts and advised me that the Pro Arrow Dipper didn’t wait long enough for the bubbles to disperse!  So, I had to clean the bubbled up paint from twelve arrow shafts!

 

1/24/15:  Today I was finally able to get the crown dip on two dozen aluminum shafts and get them cut to length and install the inserts and field points.  When I opened my supply drawer containing the white nocks that the customer wanted installed I found the drawer contained only three (3) nocks.  Callng Kustom King Archery I was able to order the urgently needed Bohning Classic nocks in the proper size and color.  They should be in early next week so I might just be able to ship the finished arrows some time in the near future!

 

1/25/15:  I have neat little story for you -  Around 1995, the citizens of Brasstown, North Carolina (population 240) decided that they could stage a yearly ritual on New Year’s Eve to match the New York’s Times Square ball drop.  They decided to host the first ever Brasstown Possum Drop and on that New Year’s Eve they lowered a live Possum in a plexiglass box from a pole at Clay’s Corner Convenience Store at midnight.  Thus, the first Possum Drop Festival was born!

 

As the years passed the Festival featured gospel singing, patriotic music, fireworks and a “Miss Possum” contest that featured local men in wigs, makeup, heels and ladies formal dress competing for the honor of being named that year’s Miss Possum.  The yearly festival gained momentum to the point that the attendance grew to over 4,000 souls and the possum was happily returned to the wild after each celebration.

 

Enter the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and their lawsuit maintaining that it is cruel treatment of a shy wild creature that must be left out in the cold mountain air and suffer the trauma of the festival’s fireworks and brass band.  A lawsuit was instituted and of course PETA won an injunction so this past year a live possum was not in attendance at the Festival!  Organizers stated that they would use a fresh road kill or a pot of possum stew!  For more info on this event please go to http://www.clayscorner.com/.  Looks like great fun in any event.

 

1/26/15:  We had a ruffed grouse and both a grey squirrel and a red squirrel eating together at our feeding station!  Amazing that wild creatures can closely share a space when food is involved.  I ran a bunch of errands this morning that had to be done and hoped that the 11/32 white nocks would arrive but that didn’t happen.  I have a customer coming on Thursday to pick up the used Black Bear that we have in stock so that is good news for our January sales!

 

Last Friday I made the mistake of calling one on our suppliers to make an address correction.  I moved out of the commercial building (1233 US HWY 20) and back in the house at 1237.  I have been dealing with these people for over 25 years but they had us reapply for a dealership and submit a copy of our tax license along with digital photos of the storefront, signage, work area stock displays, etc.  In the meantime our dealership is on “hold” to re-evaluate our dealership.  We owe them money for a recent shipment and my checkbook is on hold till we hear from them.

 

1/28/15:  The 11/32” arrow nocks finally arrived so now I can get to work on the two dozen arrows.  The customer wants 1 ½ dozen with 5” parabolic diecuts and the remaining 6 as flu-flu arrows with white 4” six fletch.  I got the arrows finished and boxed and sent them off to Georgia by 4:30 PM hopefully to satisfy another repeat customer!

 

1/29/15:  My Thursday customer arrived and was very pleased to purchase the used Black Bear and he added a few accessories as well.  I provided him with a free endless loop bowstring to use as a backup string.  He wanted to know what the differences were between a Flemish string and the endless loop.  I showed him the difference in the assembly techniques and actually cut and assembled a Flemish string so those differences were shown more graphically.  He seemed impressed and left happy after spending three hours in the shop.

 

1/30/15:  The 2015 Region 6 Youth Bowhunter Camp is scheduled for July 24-26 at the Oswagatchie FFA Camp in Long Pond, NY.  For information contact Bill Snyder at 3012 Pine Ridge Road, Canastota, NY 13032.  Phone: 315-415-0966 or email:  bill4nyb@gmail.com .

 

Ian Brucker has graciously agreed to host the Youth Camp Benefit Shoot on March 22 at Lillies Agway & Archery Shop/7794 Park Avenue/Holland Patent, NY 13354.  Call 315-865-8105 for more information.

 

2/2/15:  We had six inches of snow this morning but the good news was that the ground hog saw his shadow so we only have six weeks of winter left…..surprised that PETA hasn’t been able to free Punxsutawney Phil from his abusive captivity as well! 

 

The driveway has been plowed but the snow is still coming down and not supposed to quit till late afternoon.  I guess my errands will have to wait until tomorrow but I expect that I can deal with that.

 

2/3/15:  The insurance company came up with a check so it was off to the bank this morning.  We started off at six below zero but all day has been bright and shiny!  Paid all of the outstanding bills (including the new oil furnace) picked up a bunch of groceries and finished off the books for the month of January and even managed to run the snow blower around the back yard.

 

Click  to view this week's photos - February 4, 2015

 

 

Up-Coming Events  -  2015

     
March 22  

NYB Youth Camp Benefit Shoot

at Lillies Agway & Archery Shop

7794 Park Avenue

Holland Patent, NY. 

 

For futher information

call 315-865-8105

     
May 15 ,16 & 17  

NYB BANQUET RESORT WEEKEND 

 

Click for flyer 

     
July 24-26  

NYB Region 6 Bowhunter Youth Camp Oswagatchie FFA Camp

Long Pond, NY

 

For Info contact:  Bill Snyder

 

3012 Pine Ridge Road

Canastota, NY

 

Phone: 315-415-0966 

 

Email: bill4nyb@gmail.com

 

 

Current 3D Shoot Results

When the results are made available to us.

 

 Next Shoot (s)

 
The 3D season is officially over for 2014.

 

 

   If you are not on the 3D mailing list

and would like to be, please contact:

 

Rich Inman

209 Jones Road

Ilion, NY 13357 

 

Email: rjinman25@yahoo.com

 

or Phone:  315-822-5034

 

Central NY 2014 3D Schedule and  Directions to clubs

 

Click here for printable schedule.

 

 Click here for printable directions to clubs.

 

 

That’s about it for this week.

 

 

Thank you for checking in with us.

 

 

         george

 


 

January 16, 2015

 

 

Special Consignment Sale Items:
 

         We will be removing these items in the near future so take a final look before they are gone from this listing.

 

         Easton Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game arrows:  Spine 400/5" die cut feathers/29 3/4" BOP/100 grain points/one half dozen.  Retail price:  $188.00 dozen.  Consignment price for 6 is $75.00.  Click for photo.

 

          NEW Another new item on consignment is a dozen "previously owned" custom cedar arrows that are 50-55# spine and 29" long.  The arrows feature spliced shield shape feathers and a unique custom cresting pattern putting them in a "super custom" category.  They also come in a "baker's dozen" of thirteen arrows for a selling price of $150.00.  Click for photo.

 

          NEW We also have two custom leather strap-on style four arrow bow quivers available for $75.00 each.  These were designed for one piece longbows.  Click for Quiver #1.  Click for Quiver #2.

 

           Although I have no interest in the crossbow accessory market we had the materials in stock to put together 2.5 dozen crossbow bolts.   I made them up and we are offering them for sale at this time.  They are fletched with 4" vanes and have moon nocks installed.  They are 22" long and have 100 grain target points.  Click for photo.

 

          Another consignment item has recently arrived!  A complete drum set is now available for $250.00!  Click for photo.

 

          We also have three guitars available as used items for $35.00 each.  Of the two blue ones, one has to be restrung but both are available with soft cases for "scratch free" transport. 

Click for photo.

 

          Techno Beat battery powered Keyboard (with no instructions nor any accessory items if offered for $30.00.  Click for photo.

 

  Any of the above items can be seen

  by appointment by calling us at 315-822-5893.

 

 

12/19/14:  Our Christmas sales have improved somewhat.  A customer from New Jersey who hunts up here with a local guide service emailed us and ordered a dozen custom Carbon Express Heritage arrows.  We should be able to ship the finished arrows to him before Christmas which will double our sales for the month!

 

12/20/14: I am getting my year-end inventory started up and will work on that as the mood strikes me.

 

12/22/14:  Today turned out to be less than pleasant.  Our youngest dachshund (Tuppence) got out of bed with her face all swollen up due to an infected molar.  We tried calling our vet but he was on vacation and would not be available till the 29th.  Margaret started looking for an alternative vet to take her to and I rushed to deposit a check that came in yesterday to have enough funds to cover the vet bill.  After doing the banking, Merlyn and I stopped at the drugstore to get a prescription filled for Margaret.

 

At the drugstore I was advised that the prescription would not be covered by our insurance until the 31st.  When I got home with the bad news, Margaret tried to call the insurance carrier to find out what the problem was.  After a few false starts on the phone we ended up on hold waiting for a customer service rep to answer.  Shortly after 11 AM we had to give that up in order to take Tuppence to the vet to get a shot for her tooth infection.

 

Returning home from the vet visit we tried calling the insurance company once again and after another two hours of listening to their “on hold” music we finally got to talk to one of the companies service reps.  He determined that the problem was a combination doctor/pharmacy glitch that he wasn’t authorized to fix for us.  I then called our pharmacist who promised to get the problem fixed and get back to us when he could rectify the matter.

 

12/25/14:  I have been getting a few archery products catalogs over the past few days and can report a few things of interest.  Blackheart is a supplier of crossbow strings and cables:  Retail pricing on crossbow strings is $40.00 and cable sets sell for $50.00 plus installation labor.  This came in a private branding grouping of catalogs supplied to us from Kinsey Archery Products.  Beside the Blackheart line they also included catalogs for October Mountain Products, Fin-Finder bowfishing products and the Elevation line of bowcases, hip quivers and other accessories.  The OMP catalog is largely traditional equipment and they offer Flemish strings at retail prices of $19.99 for B50 and $24.99 for D97 material.  I know that the xbow strings and cables are largely machine made but I would like to order one of their dacron Flemish strings and tear it apart to see why it is worth $20!

 

12/26/14:  With rain and warmth all of our snow (if you can find a snow bank here and there) has turned into “dirty snow”!  Of course we will see plenty more fresh snow before spring returns but we will have to wait for that.

 

Merlyn and I went to Richfield this morning and picked up Margaret’s prescription with the apologies of the pharmacist.  We went from there to the store and picked up a few groceries and after gassing up the old van returned home.  Margaret was able to make an appointment with our regular vet to get Tuppence’s tooth removed on Monday at 8:15 so we can plan on getting that taken care of.

 

12/30/14:  As you may remember this summer when I harvested my potatoes I had one full row that had been eaten under ground by some burrowing varmint.  Margaret thought the varmints probably were the moles that infest that end of the garden.

 

Around mid-October she decided to start running a “trap line” in an attempt to get rid of some of the assumed potato predators!  Arming herself with mouse traps and dry wall buckets she set to work and as of today has scored a total of sixteen moles and field mice for her efforts.

 

Because the moles have also infiltrated one of our planter boxes to prey on the parsley roots she moved a trap to cover a burrow in the parsley plants.  A few nights ago she went to check her trap line and was very surprised to find that on removing the bucket covering the trap that the mole that lived in the hole had not only covered the mousetrap but had filled the bucket one third of the way up with dirt dragged up from under ground!  She smoothed out the area and reset the trap only to have it covered up for the second time.

 

Rather than being made a fool of three times she moved the trap to another location!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!!!

 

I have always been fascinated by the native American usage of moon names to denote the passage of time based on the full moon period of each month.  The most common usage was put forth by the Algonquin tribes that had the greatest influence on the early European settlers in the New World.  Each month I will note the day of the full moon and a brief description of that moon’s name:  January 5, 2015 – The Wolf Moon.  In January snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the cold still air.  Some tribes called this moon the Snow Moon, but most often it was used for the next month.

 

1/7/14:  My inventory has been completed for the year end and I have the financial records for 2014 properly recorded for my tax man to digest when he calls me to come in for our tax session.

 

Lake effect snow squalls are now evident as I look out the back window.  The bird feeding station has been filled with food but the birds and other creatures are not present due to the cold winds that are blowing.  Whenever it stops they will be back to dig through the snow for what seeds can be salvaged!

 

The weather services are calling for minus ten degrees tonight with snow continuing for the balance of the week.  I just finished my morning chores by getting the garbage can back in the shop  and have put another wheel barrow of wood into our little wood shed to feed the stove for two more days.  That was the worse chore as the wind managed to blow up under my coat, flannel shirt and tee shirt for the duration of stacking the wood!  (It was zero degrees on the back deck at 2PM this afternoon so sub zero tonight will not be an option.)

 

1/11/15:  Looking through the super market sale flyers last night  I was amazed at the number of breakfast cereal options available in 2015.  Of course everything is on special but still the box prices are higher than we want to spend.  Looking down the cereal aisle at the local market I can see the boxes stacked six shelves high touting colors/flavors/nutritional values etc. on both sides of the shopping cart all crying out “buy me”!

 

In the 1950’s when I was growing up things were much simpler:  Cheerios, Wheaties (Breakfast of Champions), Rice Krispies (pour in the milk and they would talk to you!), Shredded Wheat (the little hay bales that didn’t get soft till you poured boiling water on them), Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (grandma’s favorite) and Quaker Oats (with the Quaker’s smiling red face on the round container).  Quaker currently has 173 different breakfast style products available on the market.  Things were much simpler in 1951!

 

!/13/15:  It got down to minus four degrees last night and the back deck popped and creaked and groaned as I walked across it to deliver food to our wild creatures.  The sun was shining in full morning brilliance and the snow sparkled with light as I walked back to the house.  I wasn’t able to stay outside very long but can sit inside and watch the squirrels and crows eating side by side under the pine tree!

 

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         george

 


 

 

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