• You are looking at a single five gallon test bucket. With a hose attached to the maple tree from a spill. That goes down into the bucket. I'm testing to see if the maple sap is running yet. If it is, I'll tap my other trees for maple syrup season.
    Self-reliance

    Maple Tapping Time In Central Wisconsin

    It’s that wonderful time of the year again: maple tapping season in Wisconsin! The temps have begun to warm up above freezing during the day time, while dropping below freezing at night time. This is the time I keep a very close eye on the weather. When we have at least a week straight of the right temperatures, I drill a test tap to see if any of that sweet delicious maple water is running. I’d say most folks don’t do a test tap, they just go for it all right away. For me I like to test one tree to see if it’s flowing before tapping them all. I…

  • You are looking at the comet NEOWISE taken with a Nikon D7000 and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. I took it with a long exposure. The comet looks golden with a very long tail of ice and rock.
    Photography

    Comet NEOWISE in the night sky

    Comet NEOWISE was an amazing sight to see in the night sky through July. I hope you were able to view it in your area. We had several clear nights with a little haze in the sky, but I was able to get a few photos of this historic event. The comet was first discovered on March 27th by the NEOWISE Space Telescope. It is considered a once in a decade comet and is as large as Mount Everest. NEOWISE, with is long icy tail, was a beautiful sight to behold in the night sky. I took the above photos using my 50mm lens around midnight. My comet chaser and…

  • You are looking at a large group of fireworks in the colors of red, green, orange and yellow. This is to celebrate our fourth of July in the U.S.A.
    Photography

    Happy 4th of July Under The Full Moon

    Happy 4th of July to the U.S.A! This is your two hundredth and forty fourth birthday! We the people sure have come a long way since the beginning of it all. While there have been many cancellations with celebrating our traditional 4th of July holiday, many private businesses and citizens have been making their own fireworks shows for the rest of us to see. I think they were even better than what our own city puts on! Since this was a three day weekend, we’ve been lucky enough to see fireworks all the way through the weekend. I’d like to give a big thank you to those who shared their…

  • You are looking at a photo of my dad who was in the First Infantry during the Cold War. This is a dedicated blog post to my father, Happy Father's Day.
    Photography

    Happy Father’s Day To All The Dads

    Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the other dads out there! I want to dedicate this Father’s Day post to my dad, Robert, or Bob for short. Thank you, Dad, from all of us kids for being there when we needed you. Thank you for being a leader and provider through the years. Our dad grew up on the Bryan family¬†farm in a household of 16, with 14 kids in all. Back in the day, farmers had lots of kids to help with running their farms. I don’t know how my Grandma took care of so many kids, but she did, and did a pretty amazing job! She…

  • You are looking at the Tackle Box, 3D box card I made from the Sunday With Dad card kit. This card has several drawer layers to it. So it actually looks like an opened tackle box.
    DIY

    Tackle Box 3D Box Card: From Sunday With Dad

    Here is another great 3D box card from the Sunday With Dad kit. With Father’s Day coming up this would be a great card gift! I happened to make this one for my dad’s birthday, but it’s fun for any occasion. If you’re interested in making this tackle box 3d box card, you can purchase the whole svg file from svgcuts.com. Materials Needed Electronic cutting machine Sunday with Dad kit 2 sheets of green textured 12×12 scrapbook paper (I use AC Cardstock brand) Scraps of several colors, including a shiny blue, orange, white shimmer, red, silver, coral, yellow, lime green, metal, and ivory (Or whatever colors you’d like. These are…