Hobbies

Results of Overwintering Banana Tree

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So 6 days ago I was battening down the hatches for a storm. As I was coming around the pool deck I noticed a familiar sight. The beginnings of a bunch of bananas! I pretty much knew that this was going to happen after the tree started from about 4 feet tall. But it was […] Read More

Overwintering Banana Results

Results of Overwintering the Banana Tree

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So it has been a couple of months since I unwrapped the banana tree. There were a couple of threats of frost, so I put a 5 gallon bucket over it for protection. I may have left the bucket on too long. It was smashing the top of the banana tree. This made the first […] Read More

Unwrapping the Banana Tree

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I unwrapped the banana tree. It is still stiff, which I think is a good sign. I pulled back some of the top and it was very wet inside. Not sure how it will do, but I am thinking that maybe it needed some air. For this winter I may make a wire cage or […] Read More

Overwintering Banana Tree

Surviving Fish From the Eggs

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Of course I was excited to see baby fish after the eggs disappeared. And I saw at least 6 at one time. But since the pond project is complete I have only seen 3 at one time. That would actually be good, but I had my heart set on 6! But some could still be […] Read More

Baby Koi

Fish Pond Nearing Completion

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Seems like a lot of time, sweat and tiredness (if that is a word?) have gone by since starting this project. But I have to say that in the end it will all be worth it! I find myself sitting out there every morning and every evening. Staring, planning, and enjoying. Here are a couple […] Read More

Enlarging the Fish Pond

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We have had this fish pond for about 11 years. I met a fellow who breeds koi and he sold me some butterfly koi. They are absolutely beautiful. So I get the idea that I need to enlarge my pond to accommodate more fish! I find that he has a domain name, but no website..... […] Read More

Pool Floats Storage

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We normally get a couple of SwimWays spring floats for under $20 and they last for a year or 2. We just leave them lying on the pool deck out of the way. We decided to get a couple of nice ones, since we really like floating around in the pool when it is just […] Read More

Tamron 150-600mm on the Nikon D5000

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I have been wanting a longer telephoto lens for as long as I can remember. I finally decided to get one. So after a LOT of research I found one that was budget friendly as well as in a quality range that I could live with. The Tamaron AFA011N700 SP 150-600mm. And of course as […] Read More

The Canoe Paddle Coat Rack

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I bought a canoe and it came with 2 broken paddles. So I headed down to Cabela's and bought 2 new indestructible paddles. I really couldn't throw the old ones away, so I decided to repair them and make a coat rack for the hall from my garage. Well when I repaired them, they came […] Read More

Still Loving the GrillGrates!

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Yes, I am still loving the GrillGrates and the fantastic way they cook EVERYTHING! The other night we tried a potato recipe from the GrillGrate website. It is actually a Bobby Flay recipe changed up to work with GrillGrates. Bobby par boils his, but there is no need with the GrillGrates. We sliced some Yukon […] Read More

GrillGrates Chicken