Minnesota Fishermen...and Women...Start your engine's! - 04/25/10 06:26 PM
After today there is only 3 weeks until the Minnesota Fishing opener. I see this every year. People show up to the Boat Landing, dump the boat into the water and then for the first time since last year...try to start it.
I have seen Dead batteries, fouled spark plugs. One guy came pulling his boat with a flat tire. There the family sits, usually with a couple of crying kids who don't understand why they can't get going.
Besides the headach and swearing that will happen, it is the time of others that you waste also. You sit with
Why we have children while we are still young. - 04/25/10 04:51 PM
I had not thought of this reason before. I had several of my own, but, this is also a great reason.
With all the advancements in technology of late regarding fertility, a lady at the age of 56 gave birth. After being discharged from the hospital, she went home to start her mothering duties.
After a few days a friend stopped by for a visit. "May I see your new baby?" she asked.
"Not yet, I will make us some coffee and we can visit a bit first." After talking for 30 min. the friend asked, "Can I see the
A Father and Son day. Much needed! - 04/24/10 03:54 PM
We have not done this in a long time, so when my son asked me if I wanted to go to a model train show...Yea! I said.
I played around some with the models when I was in the pet/hobby business, but that was 20 years ago. I still have my train from when I was 2...and it is in fantastic shape still.
I have noticed the change in this hobby. The electronics. As with everything else, the Electronics allow the hobbist to do more stuff a lot easier.
While the young kids drool about having a train
An off the wall thought for a Friday... - 04/23/10 06:02 PM
People have all kinds of pets, but the dog and cats are the most popular. For many reasons. Foods for the animals have always brought a raised eyebrow to me.
Lets take Dogs first...many foods are vegetable based. In the wild, they are meat eaters.
How about cats. Now here is wide range of foods. Fish, chicken, shrimp, fish and chicken, liver Blah blah blah...
Cats in the wild don't catch fish or shrimp. They catch Mice!!!
So, why hasn't anyone come out with...MOUSE FLAVORED CAT FOOD?
A Mid week funny... - 04/21/10 09:23 PM
This was sent to me by a good friend. Said I need to keep this in mind when helping clients.
While showing off his new Condo to his Business friends, one of them asked...
"What is this big brass gong and hammer for?"
"That's a talking clock" the new owner replied.
"How does it work?"
The young man replies..."Watch this...." he hits the gong and and ear shattering echo erupts for it. Suddenly, form the other side of the wall someone yells..."Knock it off you Idiot...it's 2 o'clock in the morning!"
I am not sure this would be the best gift
Do you have a private well? Have you had the water tested lately? - 04/19/10 09:38 PM
This is something that many people don't think of doing, especially those with a shallow well. Contaminated can filter into the underground water source without you even knowing it.
I can't count the times that A water test has come up with a problem during the sale process. Even my Daughters water was bad with out her knowing it and making my granddaughter sick. Only because they were selling the home that it was discovered.
After the move and now with good water...she felt better within days.
Do Yourself and your family a favor and do the test. Usually less then
Are you tired of Junk mail and Telemarketers? - 04/18/10 08:08 PM
I think we all get tired of this type of marketing. I used to get 3-4 pieces of Junk mail a day at the office. Mostly credit card offers and charities.
This is what I hve done. The Charities, I send back the self paid envelope and ask to be taken off the list. Credit cards, I do the same. If the credit card keeps sending junk, I cross off my name and send the application back in their envelope. They pay postage and the post office gets some revenue.
I am down to 3-4 pieces a week now.
It's not quite fishing time, My Turkey season is 2 weeks away...What's a country boy to do? - 04/18/10 06:00 PM
It is the annual Snipe Hunt! and our Victim is...Umm I mean, Hunting Partner is a good friend, one of whom has never been Snipe Hunting. That would be Jack.
It was the perfect night...Very dark and overcast. Just a slight wind crossing our quarries lair, and just cool enough to see a hint of your breath.
Now, I know many of you are saying, "Just how do you Snipe Hunt?" Well, I am just the guy to tell you.
First of all, a Snipe is a delicious bird that we hunt in early spring. They mate mainly in the fall, so
Pruning Trees in Minnesota...The window will be closing soon! - 04/17/10 08:37 PM
In our area of Minnesota, Oak wilt is a devastating disease that affects the red oak family. We have been told for many years not to cut down or prune these hardwood in June and July.
Well, with the early spring we are having, that pruning should stop closer to the middle of may this year. Pruning for most trees should stop around that time. Leaving an open wound in a tree invites insects to move in and can have adverse results on your trees.
Check with your local DNR station about time lines for pruning in your area!
Do you have a private Septic system...Now is the time to service it. - 04/17/10 07:59 PM
Many people don't realize that if you have a private septic, that you need to pump the tank every2-3 years. In fact, many counties here in Minnesota now require proof that you did.
Spring is one of the best times to do this maintenance. One of the big reasons is because, Private Septic systems can freeze in the winter if there isn't enough snow during a really harsh cold spell. The reason for pumping in the spring, is that this gives your system a chance to get the micro bacteria growing again. These little creatures create heat while in the process
He who laughs last...Funny Friday! - 04/16/10 05:35 PM
You need to be careful when setting an example. You should know all the information before taking the leap.
A larger company with factory workers decided it was time for a shake up and hired a new CEO. The new CEO decided he was going to rid the company of all slackers.
On tour of the company, the new CEO noticed a man leaning up against the wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know he ment business. He asked the man..."How much do you make a week?" "$400, a week, why" he asked.
Dog For Sale...Humor - 04/15/10 05:43 PM
Now, I used to own a pet shop and have seen all kinds and sizes of dogs. But I will say, this one takes the cake. The lady is selling him for financial reasons....
DOG FOR SALE Free to good home! Excellent Guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more Drug Pushers, Thieves, Murderers or Molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat! Most of them knew Jethro only by his Oriental street name...
HO LEE SCHITT !!!
Unless this lady is a midget...This is one big dog!!!!
I just had to share
Why DID the Chicken cross the road....? - 04/13/10 05:25 PM
This is an old joke that has as many answers as any joke I have heard. Now, with the GREEN life coming into play, Even some towns are now allowing and licensing the right to have chickens within City Limits.
So, in today's world I do believe that this should give the Best answer to the Chicken Crossing the Road debate!
Hope you all enjoyed. Sounds like a bit like when we were on the farm!
This came to me in an E-Mail and I just had to share!
PAY IT FORWARD for PKS kids and their families - 04/11/10 06:34 PM
Many people here in this society, need our help and prayers. This is one that is very heart breaking. I understnd the trauma associated with a sever medical condition. Please take a bit of time and help.
Via Suzanne McLaughlin (Sabinske & Associates, Inc.):
This is an open letter to all Rainers and people who read the Rain.
If you can assist Andrew and his family by simply voting, please take the time. This is very important not only to the Schmidts but others facing this debiliating and enormous problem.
I appreciate your assistance. And thanks in advance.
OK...He got me that time! - 04/11/10 06:31 PM
As I reported...Yesterday was our anniversary. We had a lot of well wishes from friends, relatives and many from here in the Rain.
Well, this morning during church, the Pastor, who was a sub and who I don't know well, was asking me how things were. I said that our anniversary was yesterday. "You know Pastor, My wife is an ANGEL."
He replied..."Lucky you, mine is still alive!"
"WOW, I said, look at the time, I better find myself a place to sit!"
Now there is an outlet for recycling your old vinyl siding! - 04/10/10 06:16 PM
Plastic Recovery Technologies...REMEMBER THAT NAME !! Located in Wyoming Minnesota, they are the only place in Minnesota that recycles vinyl siding.
This firm worked for over 5 years developing the technology to do this great service. They will bring out a dumpster for a small fee, and come and get it when you are done.
This is a MONEY SAVER!!! Take your old siding to the land fill and you pay a steep price.
Plastic Recovery Technologies. 651-895-9024 Call them for more information.
This is one of the best recycling programs I have heard of in years!!!!!
Some of Murphy's lesser known laws... - 04/09/10 06:14 PM
Murphy and myself have been great friends for most of my life. If it can go wrong, it will !!! Here are a few that I find to be true...
Light travels faster than sound...This is why some people appear to be bright until they speak.
He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
Change in inevitable, except form a vending machine.
A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in the dark.
When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of
It's yard work time in Minnesota. - 04/06/10 06:48 PM
It is the time of year to get the lawn in shape. We are running 2-3 weeks early, so some precautions need to be heeded...
1) Fertilizer can be applied right now, BUT, Make sure that rain will fall within a day or two. Fertilizer can and does burn the grass when just sitting on top of it and will cause the lawn to look patchy for some time.
2) Preparing garden beds for flowers and produce. Working the ground now is great. Till in the fertilizer well and allow it to start to enrich the soil. Planting should still be
A Nature trip turns into a Science lesson for my Grand Daughter. - 04/05/10 06:55 PM
As everyone knows, I am a Nature nut. No, not a tree hugger, but I love the outdoors. Growing up on the farm gave the great insight of the great outdoors with the help of parents and grandparents to name just a few. I now share as much of this with my grand kids as I can.
Today's 45 min walk yielded some interesting things...
The first was this cast off Deer antler. Whitetail deer shed their antlers every year. Early march in Minnesota. This antler has been laying in this spot for at least 2 winters. (I seen it in
Census Workers...Give them a Break!!!! - 04/03/10 12:06 PM
I was having coffee with some of my contacts this morning. A table next to us was complaining about the census. One was upset that someone came to his door and was asking the questions.
He then started yelling at them and slammed the door in his face. I turned around and asked the man..."You must not like people who work for a living."
"OF COURSE I DO!!!! THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY, TO MANY FREELOADERS!!!"
"Well, I think that census taker should be commended. he is doing a job that many don't want and trying to
So you want to buy a lake home or cabin... - 04/03/10 09:33 AM
This is the time of year to start looking. If you already know the lake or area of lakes you want, your job is half done. If you don't, here are a few tips for starting...
Decide how you will be using the water. Is fishing the main event or is it water skiing.Do you need a level lot, or will a lot with a hill be better. Can you handle stairs and or will you be able to as long as you own the home.Should the home be one level or two. Will a basement be necessary. Many homes on
There is no advice, like an old farmers advice. - 04/02/10 05:58 PM
Some of my greatest memories, in life and business has been with farmers. I grew up on the farm and remember many of the things that the old farmers, (at least old to me at the time) would spurt out. Here are a few of the ones that stuck...
Keep Skunks, bankers adn lawyers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you just plow around the stumps.
A bumble bee is considerably faster then a John Deere tractor.
Words for the ages!
Hey you southerners....Do you know where your Robin is? - 04/01/10 09:26 PM
Well if you don't, I DO!!!
Did it look kinda like this? (Not the best photo)
I had over 1000 birds in my yard, well OK I had 100 Robins in my, Um, my wife said there were 67 to be exact. I asked her how she knew the exact number. She said..." Well, I just counted the wings and divided by two!"
Hard to argue with great math!.
Anyway, with the temps in the low 80's today, the Robins are on spring break, and there is a lot of hanky panky going on. So, if your bird is