Monday, November 30, 2009

Why Can't I Get A Job?

Tattoos and some types body jewelery are cool....but things can get a bit out of hand and be job limiting.

Nuff said!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving.....And No Bird!

One would think that with hundreds of turkeys running around Coyote Ridge we would have turkey for Thanksgiving. That was not the case.
Two weeks ago we had a fabulous turkey dinner at Sue's brother's home. Molly and Harv cooked the 25 pound bird and it was fantastic.
On Thanksgiving we decided to be non-traditional and make some heritage food.
In keeping with Harv's Slovakian background we had.........
Porgies....mashed potatoes and cheese wrapped in a pasta dough then boiled and served with onions and butter sauce.

Then there was the boneless pork that was made in the crock pot and slow cooked all day served with sauerkraut.

Molly and Harv made the most delicious halupkies....ground sirloin, rice and spices wrapped in cabbage served with a tomato sauce.

Rounding out the meal we had a nice relish tray, special bread and three different kinds of pie.

What a GREAT meal!
I think Sue, Molly, Harv, Ben and Anna all agreed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It Is Soup Time Again

With winter knocking on our doorstep, Sue hunkered down in the kitchen for a time late Sunday afternoon. This soup making session involved White Chicken Chili.
The ingredients include chick peas, lots of white chicken, cheese, milk, green chilies,tomatoes, onions, garlic, chicken broth, flour and some ingredients Sue would not divulge.

And now....the finished product.....

Tune in again real soon for another edition of "Now What Are They Doing?"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More About The Hose

Several days ago I wrote a story about getting a colonoscpy. Actually, Dave Barry, the syndicated columnist wrote the article.
I could not help myself and just had to share this with you.
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!

2. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'

3. 'Can you hear me NOW?'

4. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'

5. 'You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married.'

6. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'

7. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'

8. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'

9. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!

10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'

11. 'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?'

And the best one of all.

12. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'

Tune in again soon for another edition of "Now What Are They Doing

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Here We Go Again!

Winter time is project time out here at Coyote Ridge. We are keeping to tradition and have at least one major project that has made it from the drawing board to semi-reality.
Last winter we completely re-did the main floor bath. Today we started the demo work on the second floor bath.
Here are a few pictures of the process.

We will be installing ceramic tile above the shower.

The ceiling will be tongue and groove cedar.

We will be installing all new tub and sink water fixtures as well as counter tops. A new mirror and light fixtures should finish off the project....hopefully by Christmas. I will update you along the way, as we make progress.
Tune in again real soon for another edition of "Now What Are They Doing?"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

You Are Going To Stick That Hose Where?

If you are over 50 years old you probably know where I am going (and the hose also) with my headline.
Being the recipient of more than one colonoscopy over the years, I am all to familiar with the somewhat dreaded procedure....after all, where the hose goes is usually an exit, not an entrance.

One of my favorite writers, Dave Barry, wrote this story several years ago, and I wanted to pass it along for some education and humor.

Enjoy the is worth it!

Click here

Was I right?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jeffers Petroglyphs

This past Wednesday we had the day off and did one of our impromptu road trips. On several motorcycle rides we had driven by the Jeffers Petroglyphs and never stopped. This day we did.

Sue took a picture of this sign that gives a brief history of what we were about to experience.
Click on the pic for a larger image.

The building was closed but the walking trails were open so we could explore the area that was so rich in history.

This LINK will provide you with some great history and video of the area.

Here is another site that does a great job explaining the rich history.

It is humbling to think that these Native Americans lived here and had done these rock carvings long before the pyramids were built.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Early Thanksgiving

We had an early Thanksgiving at Sue's brother Chris' home in St. Peter,Minnesota.
As usual, there was too much food and all of us were on a mission to clean it up. Well, the food won as we all gave up after four or five helpings. The newest member of the family was there today. He is Silas Meyer. He is the son of Geoff and Josie Meyer. Here is a picture of Harv holding his newest great grandson.

And, a picture of Sue holding our niece's son Silas>

I am still so full from all that food that I can hardly I had better go. Tune in again soon for another edition of "Now What Are They Doing?"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Best Flu Mask Ever!

In case we run out of masks during the flu H1N1 season..

Here is a ‘homemade’ mask you can make yourself.

It is even compatible with the wearing of glasses

One thing though ---

Make sure your mask has been washed and clean!!!!!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

He Survived....So Far...

The firearms deer hunting season is on it's last leg as it ends Tuesday. Each day at about sunrise and sunset you can hear shots ringing out from the woods surrounding us here at Coyote Ridge. Last Sunday morning shortly before 7:00 I heard 32 shots.
Anyway, I could go on about people shooting carelessly trying to bring down a deer, but I will save that for another time.
I checked the trail camera Friday after work to see what critters may have wandered into it's path and was happy to see a nice buck that has so far survived.
As always, feel free to click on the picture for a larger image.

There will still be deer hunting after Tuesday. The bow hunters and muzzle loaders will still have their shot a the whitetails for a few weeks.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mountain Lake,MN

We had the day off on Wednesday and decided that a road trip was in order. We piled into the truck and off we went. As usual, we had no idea where we were going. We got to the end of our country lane here at Coyote Ridge and literally had to stop and decide....turn right or left. Left it was and we we were off to who knows where.
We took all back roads, mostly gravel, and saw lots of new areas, or new to us anyway.
For years we have passed by a town called Mountain Lake, MN and never pulled off the highway to check it out. To say the least, we were impressed.
Mountain Lake website
We discovered a very nice city campground that has water, sewer and electric hookups for only $20 per night. It was very clean, well maintained and priced right. Looks like we will be adding that campground to next season's must do list.
We stopped and had a late lunch at the Parkside Depot Restaurant in Mountain Lake. The owner, Ron is a swell guy and a real train nut.

Do yourself a favor, next time you are anywhere near Mountain Lake, stop in. The train atmosphere is great and the service and food outstanding.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It Is Soup Time Again

I do love the Fall for many reasons. Soup, the homemade variety, is one of those reasons.
Sunday we made yet another variety....this time it was clam chowder.

Sue's "secret" recipe includes clams,butter,corn,potatoes,carrots, condensed milk, bacon and a few spices.
The finished product is out of this world!

Son Ben and his wife Anna came out Sunday to help convert the tractor from a monster mowing machine to a monster snow blowing machine. Ben and I (mostly Ben) made the conversion in no time at all until it was time to install the chains on the rear wheels. After struggling for over an hour Sue and Anna came out to the shop and asked what was taking so long. We explained the issue and they looked down and said "well there is your problem". The chains were on within minutes. Thanks ladies!
Several beers were in order after the ordeal, and well deserved.
Once we went through our "attitude adjustment" we dug into the clam chowder. Another soup success for sure!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last Leaf Removal Of The Fall

This past Saturday we spent about five hours doing one last leaf pick up here at Coyote Ridge. The only leaves left on the trees are the Oaks that will drop right after we change over the tractor from the mow mode to the snow blower mode.
We had to wear our blaze orange vests and hats while working because the firearm deer hunting season started Saturday and it sounded like a war zone out here.

For a larger image, click on the pictures.

The next order of business is converting the tractor over to winter mode with the attachment of the three stage snow blower and chains. Our son Ben helps with that every year. It is nice to spend the time together with him.

Saturday night we had supper at Sue's folks home. Once again Harv and Molly outdid themselves with a fantastic meal that was topped off with fresh dutch apple pie.

On the way home we saw the deer I am sure many hunters were looking for. It was pitch black and all of a sudden Sue exclaimed "DEER!" Standing in the middle of the dark country road was a beautiful ten point buck. I brought the truck to a stop about 20 feet from the trophy and he just stood there staring at us. After a few seconds he ran off into the ditch and out across a field where he disappeared into the darkness.

I was out on our back deck Sunday morning shortly before 7:00 watching the sunrise and the early morning calm was shattered by gunshots. Before the flurry was over, I counted 32 shots. Now, there must have been a huge herd of deer or hunters who were terrible shots. I have never heard so many shots in such a short period of time. I hope the big buck we saw wasn't involved.
Tune in again soon for another edition of "Now What Are They Doing?"

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Well Done!

The above headline is true on several different fronts. Please allow me to explain.
We crawled out of bed Saturday morning at about 6:30 trying to muster up enough courage to face the day.
Sue turned on the bathroom faucet and exclaimed "we have no water." Still in a fog I tried the same faucet apparently thinking I had magical powers. Well, I didn't have the power and yes, we had no water. Thank goodness I filled up the coffee maker the night before!
I ventured down stairs to look at the well equipment with great confidence actually thinking I could solve the dilemma. Once again, I didn't.
My next plan was sure to work. I called the good folks at Jadd Seppman and Sons Well Drilling and Septic Systems. Their after hours service took my name and number and promised someone would call back.
Within two minutes I received a cheery call from Peggy Seppmann offering assistance. I apologized for such an early call on the weekend but in typical Peggy style she said she was up already with coffee in hand and had the sheets in the washing machine. I was OK with the coffee part, but she really got to me with the laundry statement. I have no water Peggy...please don't mention again you are blessed with plenty of it.
She promised someone would be out soon and they were.
These guys were great. They dug right in and started pulling up pipe.

To make a long story short, The pipe going down to the well pump 200 feet below ground was broken in several places causing pump to run constantly. These fine men replaced the well pump and the 200 feet of pipe. Within three hours they were finished and we had water again.
My hat is off to these great people. They are real pros and excellent at customer service.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Coyotes Attack and Kill....A Human

This is a very unulual story. We hold the coyote as an almost sacred animal and go out of our way not to harm them.
It sounds like these coyotes are too familiar with humans.
Coyotes Kill Canadian Folk Singer

This isolated attack incident will not change our mind about these beautiful animals who have adapted themselves over thousands of years, even as we continue to move into their habitat.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kind of Makes You Wonder!

Spread the Stupidity

Only in drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.


Only in people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke..


Only in banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.


Only in we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.


Only in we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight..


Only in they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.


Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?


Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?


Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?


Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?


Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?


Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?


Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?


Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?


Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?


Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?


Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?


You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!


Why don't sheep

shrink when it rains?


Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?


I like this one!!!
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?


If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It is Time For Chili!

Yup....It is November in Minnesota and all but the Oak leaves have fallen to the ground. The cooler temperatures signaled my body to beg for homemade chili.

I can't give you the exact recipe, but I can show you a few pictures.

It all starts with browning five pounds of lean ground beef.

After the hamburger is cooked, the "secret" spices get added. What I can tell you is that next we add six different kinds of beans, tomatoes and homemade tomato juice.

Before you know it, the finished product...The best chili around.

Before we could transfer the goods from the soup pot to the freezer containers, we stuffed ourselves with the body warming nourishment.

Looks like we will have plenty for the freezer and the cold winter days ahead.

Please stop in again soon for another riveting edition of "Now What Are They Doing?"