Coffee 4-22-2017

Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 6:03 am

Good day friends! The coffee & tea water are piping hot & waffles & strawberries are aimed at the table. Come in, join us & share a moment in time.

The grass is showing a gentle green and all the snow is gone. Ahhhh, finally Spring is here. Linda is planting seeds in little start up pots. She planted tomatoes way too early, like in January. Her mind is still on a PA clock. There's about 4 or 6 weeks difference in planting times between Maine & PA.

Easter supper is tonight. We had a small Easter as everyone we know was busy....so tonight a dozen people are coming for supper. Yeeehaaa! Stop in if you want.....we'd never notice another person or two.

Ohhhh, I've done it..... There was an auction and I "won" a Oculus virtual reality headset & controls. I think as time goes on there will be a much larger amount of software. We'll be able to go anywhere on Earth without leaving the house. I have already downloaded a 3D tour of the International Space Station. There's also one of Mt Everest. Plus a bunch of fun & silly games. It should be fun & interesting.

Enjoy the weekend!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined


Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 7:08 am

Good morning everyone!!! It's a new day and I am happy to say I am the proud owner of 8 baby chicks from TS. Never had chickens before so this should be a real adventure. Basically what I have learned from reading and such is keep em warm, make sure they have water and the right food and change their bedding every few days. Mostly the only other instruction was leave em alone!!!

They are about two weeks old now and have more than doubled in size. Their wings are growing out white and they are discovering flight. :o I have got to finish that coop in the backyard.

I am building a coop from the ground up and its the first time I every did anything like that. I always tell people that critique my wood working projects that I never claimed to be a carpenter. I need to keep my day job of being retired!!! :lol: Anyway I got the structure up and a week later it's still standing and it actually looks like I envisioned in my mind before I started.....but figuring out how to cut the rafters almost did me in. So simple right? NOT if you don't know what your doing. Thanks to YouTube video's I got it. Now to put on the siding and the roof. That stuff I know how to do.

Any how since I was here last I formed an LLC with another couple and we bought a fixer upper to flip. I had an attorney draw up the papers and handle the purchase. The house has good bones but the interior looks like it wasn't touched since 1962. One good thing about this area is that you can get houses cheeeeeeep. Oops I think that was a chicken joke. Any way I gotta get going because the flip house needs a new roof on the porch. I think I worked less when I had a job...... :lol: Stay warm everyone.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 7:21 am

Good morning everyone,

Spring is here, too. Even the lawns that no one takes care of are bright green and the leafs outback once again block our view of neighbor's yards. The wild flower garden I'm putting in out back is starting to take shape. I'm using native plants and am trying to get a variety of plants that bloom as different times in the year. Right now "butter cups" and some blue flower are blooming.

You will just have accept that it's happening because I haven't figured out how to move pictures from my new phone to the computer.

The swarms have all been claimed by other beekeepers and moved to their apiaries. We have rain in the forecast next week so there shouldn't be any swarms for a while but the swarm season isn't over by any means.

My thoughts have turned from swarms to honey production and I have my hives set up to maximize that. Or at least I hope I do. :)

Not much going on today being that it's raining. I may have to do some house cleaning in order to find something to do. I hate it when that happens.

I hope everyone has a great day, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: samhill On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 7:35 am

Morning all, another anniversary for the wife & I so I'm sure to be doing something somewhere but haven't been let in on it yet. Got my oil changed in my van yesterday & decided to take it somewhere for the next (getting too old), I do it once a year if it needs it or not as I don't put on much millage. Other than that the weather cooled down yesterday & today but back up again after that, I will have to cut the grass for the second time already. The hay fields seem to be growing faster than ever, got the last cut late last year & didn't think the first would be till much later if everything keeps pace. Hope all have a safe productive weekend!
samhill
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 7:42 am

Good morning. The glaciers have receded in Northern NY, and there is green grass showing. I will probably have to mow some high spots in 2 weeks or so, depending on the weather.

Rev. Larry - nice to hear you are getting into the chicken business. Hopefully you got hens and not roosters. ;) Make sure you build the chick coop big enough. Mine is too small and I need to move the hens to a new one this summer. I also suggest you run power to the coop, it is very handy for lights and/or a heated water base.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 8:21 am

Mornin all, 38* here on the hill. Outstanding b-fast choice as always Freddy! Got a couple lil girls comin for summer socializing school in a week or so. (standard bred) Mom's will come also till we wean then come the end of May. Got to lower the bottom insulators on the fence lines. Other then that, not much goin on. Enjoy the week-end people.
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freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: the snowman On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 8:34 am

Morning all,

Yup, looks like spring is actually here. We still have some snow in the woods and on some sheltered dirt roads. It is going to be an easy day today, nothing too hard. This will be a new experience for me. I can see it now, Freddy goes into the virtual world and never returns. I heard those systems are very cool. We finally have our laptop back as two weeks ago the hard drive decided to fail. The laptop is only 8 months old. It was a shame the hard drive failed as I had documents and such I had not backed up to another drive. Lesson learned. I am happy the repair to the laptop was covered under factory warranty.

Good luck with the chickens. When I was a young lad on our family farm we had a very large brooder. We would go into the building housing the brooder and watch the young chicks. All the time trying not to pick them up and play with them. We were always given the job to change the paper in the brooder. Shortly you will have full grown chickens producing a nice steady supply of eggs. Do not forget to take pictures of your chicken coop as you should already know this is a requirement here on the forum.

My wife and I are getting ready to plant the garden as soon as the snow pile melts. I figure by next weekend the snow should be gone. The wife can not wait until we are able to start harvesting.

I hope everyone has a safe and productive weekend. I am going to try to have an easy uneventful weekend. Only time will tell if this happens as planned.

The snowman.
the snowman
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 9:53 am

freetown fred wrote:Got a couple lil girls comin for summer socializing school in a week or so. (standard bred) Mom's will come also


I always liked the joke: One lil' pony looks at the other & asks: "Why the long face?"

Enjoy those babies FFred..... they grow fast!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined


Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: gaw On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 9:55 am

The weekend is here. I wanted to mow early but the weatherman ordered showers this morning. I believe I can get some mowing done before we go to an anniversary party this afternoon.

Fred, we have a mom and baby across the street running around. The neighbor raises, races, and trains standard bred horses.
Hope everyone has a good weekend.
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 10:05 am

Good Morning,Gang !

We've had quite a change in the weather,but We seem to be avoiding a good dose of rain passing South of Us ! With the Lake Breeze being cold,I've decided to make just a day visit to The Bay for a second cutting of grass and a few maintenance items. This also allows for a stop at Freddy's !

Make it a Good Weekend in All You do !
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Blower Model Coal Chubby 1982-Serial#0097
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: johnjoseph On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 10:43 am

Morning all,

Snow is falling up this way...3 inches of freshhhh white stuff.... :o
johnjoseph
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Other Heating: pellet stove, oil boiler

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: the snowman On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 10:51 am

johnjoseph,

Take and post some pics of this beautiful event you have unfolding at your house.

The snowman.
the snowman
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: top top On: Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 5:05 pm

Freddy wrote:[................... I always liked the joke: One lil' pony looks at the other & asks: "Why the long face?" ..............!


Don't know if you're familiar with him, but Emo did a good version of that joke. Hang with it, the setup and last punch line for the joke is 2 1/2 minutes long.

top top
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiac Hand Fired with hopper.

Re: Coffee 4-22-2017

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 5:58 pm

Good late afternoon friends and how everyone doing? I'm keeping it short today as I'm beat( don't know why as I just sat around a fire all weekend) I hope your Easter supper went well Freddy :yes: . Take care and have a good week to come!!
Keepaeyeonit
 
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump