Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014-12-24 roland olsen forest preserve

Wilma and I have been here a number of times. It's a nice short walk. Some drizzle. We ran across a group of other walkers. We saw a herd of turkeys just outside of the preserve on our way in. They were still there when we came out so I got some video of them. The turkeys are at the tail end of this video. Wilma and I like turkeys.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014-12-23 kieselberg forest preserve

Wilma and I had a nice walk in the FP. A little bit of drizzle. We met a couple of dogs and their human who were also out for a walk. Wilma got to play in the little creek there.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

22 ammo at Gander on Saturday

I got up a little earlier than I might otherwise have done so and headed over to Gander Mountain. They had 22 ammo advertised. I got there a few minutes before 8:00 am and found the parking lot had a bunch of cars in it already. The door was already open and people were inside in a long line waiting to buy the two boxes of ammo one was allowed.

 They were giving out tickets for the ammo. I got ticket 208. I think ticket 214 was the last one to get any ammo and he only got one box. The store was well organized for the ammo event and despite the long line, it went relatively quickly. No riots or anything.

 The line. I took this picture at 8:10 am according to the file time. Quite a few people had already gotten their two boxes.
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The actual goods! 1200 fps, so not exactly standard velocity, but SV seems to be unobtainium these days.
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2014-12-06 jensen forest preserve

Wilma and I came here after we went to a couple of spots in Boone County that turned out to be closed for hunting. This is a smallish forest preserve west of Rockton, IL that we have been to several times before.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2014-11-29 lib conservation area

A smaller conservation area in Boone County. Wlma and I have been here a number of times before. Nice walk. Might have seen a deer. Saw a couple of wading birds in the river. Maybe some cranes. Too far away to tell for sure.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WalMart Stocking Stuffers

Machete
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Tomahawk
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Throwing Knives
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Field Knife and Firestarter
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Snowed a little last night

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It snowed a little last night. Noticed some on a few cars and on the ground as Wilma and I were out walking this morning. A few flurries when we first set out.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

2014-10-29 Hike at Rock Cut State Park

Wilma and I had a nice 3.8 mile hike. We walked along the new bike path that has been cut through the forest along route 173, but has yet to be paved. It is pretty rough and slow going. Kind of an ankle breaker. Did not see any critters but did see some turkey and deer prints in the mud.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Free Kindle Book Posts

I am going to move the free book posts to the AR15.com free book thread. It is somewhat more tedious to post there, so I may give up and come back.

It can be found here. Just scroll to the last post to find the latest in free books.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-31-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Nothing new today interested me.


Two years ago, Sara's husband left for the gym one morning...and never came back. His car was found. He wasn't. Unbelievably, the police report said, "No foul play suspected." There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else.

Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.

And the note under her windshield wiper asks one foreboding question: Are you ready to play the game?

5 star:(257)
4 star:(186)
3 star:(56)
2 star:(23)
1 star:(17)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-30-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Jack Noble. Assassin for hire. Spy. Thief. He makes no mistakes. Passes no judgement. Feels no remorse. So why does he stop to help a lost child moments before he's supposed to complete a deal with one of the east coast's top crime bosses?

A simple decision that places Jack in unfamiliar territory. He's become the hunted and finds himself in a race against time to save those closest to him.

5 star:(291)
4 star:(131)
3 star:(37)
2 star:(22)
1 star:(29)
 
[#5. It's been free before. A Bookbub selection from yesterday. I read it and gave it 4 stars.]

FIRST PEOPLE GOT SICK. THEN THEY GOT VERY SICK.. 
Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult that not a single customer has come by his store today. It seems as though there’s a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it’s probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time. 

And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick’s first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door… 

HIS DAY IS ABOUT TO GET WORSE.. 
It won’t be long before Nick’s entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below? 

WELCOME TO RIPLEY HEIGHTS. WHERE THE FUN NEVER STARTS. 

5 star:(101)
4 star:(44)
3 star:(11)
2 star:(5)
1 star:(2)

[#94. This book has been free before, but I have not read it.]


Friday, August 29, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-29-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

This is a stand-alone novel and doesn't require reading the other books in the series 

It’s been a week without power. No phones. No computers. Nothing. Whatever shred of humanity is left in people is slowly dwindling away. Gangs are forming, people are starving, and the whole country is in a free-for-all. 
With his house burnt to the ground, Mike Grant finds himself on the road, fighting to stay alive. A single thought propelling him forward: get to his family. 
Accompanied by his neighbor, Nelson, Mike leaves Pittsburgh and heads to his family’s cabin in Ohio. For Mike the only thing worse than not making it to the cabin is the fear of his family not being there when he does.

[#30 - just two reviews, both 5-star.]

The Turner Chronicles: 
- Traitor 
- Betrayed 
- Pawn 
- Crusade 

Last Chance. 

On the edge of a far frontier rests a place of gentle manners and common civility--Last Chance. Threats of war change all of that. 

A hero is needed. A Savior. Meet Aaron Turner, the small unassuming man who runs the Last Chance General Store. He may not be all that they hoped for. 

5 star:(24)
4 star:(11)
3 star:(4)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)

[#75 - it's been free before but I have not read it.]


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-28-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Drew Ramsay’s legs are crushed but not his spirit despite a swarm of energy domes unleashing their fury across planet Earth. Millions are dead and his failed anti-gravity experiment may be the cause. With the help of his devoted foster brother, Lucas, the Ramsay brothers scramble to devise an ingenious plan to stop the annihilation of the human race, but soon learn that they’ve been unwittingly maneuvered into the middle of an interstellar battle--one where reality is measured on a planetary scale. Nothing is as it appears to be, challenging their faith in science and each other. 

Can they survive long enough to deploy their plan and save humanity, or will they surrender to certain death along with everyone else? 

Beneath a riveting plot that will hold you in fascination is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that will keep you reeling in anticipation. Witness the tragedy and the triumph of the human spirit that is the story of . . . Linkage. 

5 star:(31)
4 star:(18)
3 star:(6)
2 star:(3)
1 star:(1)

[#8. A bookbub selection yesterday.]

Everyone should know the very basics of First Aid and it pays to be prepared. 

First Aid Basics will take your hand and guide you through identifying and treating common injuries. Whether it’s a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), nosebleed, seizure, or someone in need of CPR, First Aid Basics is a concise guide that teaches what you need to know about First Aid. 

With an extensive list of common injuries and medical scenarios, we will provide insight on how to identify and treat common injuries: 

5 star:(9)

[#34. The author's summary does not claim any special knowledge, training, or experience in the area of first aid so it is hard to know whether the advice given is worthy.]
 
The timeless tale of survival and adventure that set the standard for the English novel

Robinson Crusoe is the only man still alive when his ship is destroyed in a terrible storm. Washing up on a deserted island, he realizes that he is stranded, with no immediate hope of rescue. Displaying remarkable ingenuity, Crusoe builds a crude home, raises crops, and keeps track of the passing days with a rudimentary calendar. Loneliness is his greatest adversary until a tribe of cannibals arrives with their intended victims. When one of the prisoners escapes, Crusoe rescues him. The shipwrecked sailor and his newfound companion, Friday—named for the day of the week on which Crusoe first meets him—band together to vanquish the cannibals and leave the Island of Despair forever.
 
Based on the true accounts of eighteenth-century castaways, Robinson Crusoe popularized the then-new art form known as the novel. Nearly three hundred years after it was first published, it is still the rare classic with the power to thrill and edify in equal measure.
 
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

5 star:(155)
4 star:(77)
3 star:(56)
2 star:(22)
1 star:(19)
 
[#78. A classic - but be warned that one of the reviews mentions that this edition has been edited from the original to make it more PC.]


 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-26-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

8-24-14 Nothing.
8-25-14 Nothing.

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Untimed: a Time Travel Adventure (Rules of the Regulator Book 1)
Untimed is an action-packed time travel novel by Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream and creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Charlie's the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can't remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don't take him seriously. Still, this isn't all bad. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there's this girl... Yvaine... another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine's got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history -- like accidentally let the founding father be killed -- they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.

5 star:(104)
4 star:(55)
3 star:(15)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)

[#6. A bookbub selection yesterday. The description has that "young adult" feel to it. Hard to tell much though from it.]

Canning and Preserving: Everything You Need to Know About How to Can and Preserve Anything! (canning and preserving, Canning, Preserving, Canning and Preserving ... food, canning supplies, canning recipes,)
Is your food budget tight and getting tighter? Are you tired of throwing food away because it’s gone bad? Do you wish you could get your hands on off season fruits and vegetables? Do you love the idea of making canned foods with no additives and preservatives? well, this book is for you!!

You’re about to discover how to can and preserve all types of food with all types of canning and preserving techniques. You’ll learn all the basics of how preserving food works, the tools you’ll need and the step by step process to make sure your food lasts for years. Canning is fun and easy, you just need to know how.

[#51 - six 5-star reviews.]



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-23-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Black Flagged: Book One in the Black Flagged series

Daniel Petrovich, the most lethal operative created by the Department of Defense's Black Flag Program, protects a secret buried in the deepest vaults of the Pentagon.

Blackmailed into executing one final mission, Daniel's carefully constructed "life" rapidly disintegrates into a relentless federal manhunt--and a "24-style" race against the clock to suppress the shocking truth about his past. 

To survive, he'll release the darkest side of his concealed identity. A dark side with few boundaries--and even fewer loyalties.

Black Flagged lays the foundation for a gritty, high-octane series exploring the serpentine link between covert operations and government agency politics.

5 star:(196)
4 star:(140)
3 star:(43)
2 star:(18)
1 star:(10)

[#6. It has been free a number of times previously. Was a Bookbub selection yesterday. I bought it several years ago and gave it 4 stars.]

In 1942, the Brooklyn-born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich: locating the top-secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running. To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator. He hung a portrait of Hitler in his apartment and “disowned” his Jewish best friend, then flew to Berlin, where he charmed Himmler and signed lucrative oil deals with the architects of the Final Solution. All the while, he was visiting the oil refineries and passing their coordinates to Allied Bomber Command, who destroyed the plants in a series of B-17 raids, helping to end the war early. 

After the war, Erickson's was revealed as a secret agent and received the Medal of Freedom for his bravery. William Holden even played him in a hit Hollywood movie. For a brief moment in the early '60s, Erickson was the most famous spy in the world. His secret? He hadn't played a Nazi collaborator. He'd actually been one - a war profiteer who'd made millions of trading with Hitler before having a change of heart. Black-listed by the Allies and disowned by his family, Erickson had volunteered for the spy mission in order to redeem himself, and ended up saving thousands of Allied lives. 

Based on newly-discovered archives in Sweden, The Secret Agent is a riveting piece of narrative nonfiction that tells the true story of Erickson's remarkable life for the first time. 

5 star:(108)
4 star:(101)
3 star:(34)
2 star:(10)
1 star:(5)

[#47]



Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-22-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

8-20-14 nothing.
Did not have a chance to do anything on 8-21-14.

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Extraordinary Retribution
Follow a rogue CIA agent who uncovers a shocking conspiracy deep in the intelligence community. But a shadow follows the investigation: a killer bent on a revenge so terrible, it is only matched by the crimes committed against him. In the end, no one escapes unscathed, no beliefs will go unchallenged, and no wrong will escape the terrible, final, and extraordinary retribution.

5 star:(27)
4 star:(21)
3 star:(2)
2 star:(3)
1 star:(0)

[#2 - it's been free before but I have not read it.]
 
Nineteen Weeks: America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940
‘Nineteen Weeks’ is Norman Moss’s riveting account of the events in 1940 that changed Britain and America forever.

The weeks between May and September 1940 saw Hitler’s stunning conquest of France, Britain’s struggle against the threat of invasion and conquest, and a passionate debate in the United States over the proper response to these events.

Two battles raged in that summer, both vital to Britain’s survival: the battle for Europe and then for mastery of the skies over Britain, and in America the battle for public and political opinion, between those who thought that America had a stake in the defeat of Hitler and the isolationists.

Author Moss moves swiftly between the battlefields of Europe and the halls of Congress, between struggle in the air and in American political convention halls. He gives us a fresh view of “our finest hour.”

When President Roosevelt and the movements of events turned the tide of popular opinion in America from isolationism towards help for Britain, the balance of world power was altered forever.

As Moss shows, the “special relationship” between Britain and America began in that brief, crucial period, setting the tenor of future American foreign policy. His lucid history offers a fascinating window on current world events.

5 star:(9)
4 star:(5)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)
 
 [#93]

Selection From Bookbub Yesterday 
This one is a Nook book.
Daimones
Dan and his family awake one day in a world where everybody is dead but nothing points to a cause. Initial searches for survivors give nothing and, in panic, the family turns their house into a stronghold. Acting as in a war zone, they find Laura. She manages to win the hearts of everyone and Dan's too. Dan's child hallucinations provide the answers to the humankind extermination: An older power controls the fate of men, and a few selected face the ultimate quest: a painful genetic transformation and work toward the rebirth of a new human race, or the oblivion and death in isolation.

5 Star (8)
4 Star (8)
3 Star (0)
2 Star (0)
1 Star (1)

[The 1-star review maybe the most enlightening review of the book. The book is also on Amazon,. but not free there.]


Monday, August 18, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-18-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

[#7 - five 5-star reviews.]

Do you love organic and fresh food? Do you wish to grow your own personal vegetables but think it’s too difficult? Well luckily for you we have put together this simple guide that will help you grow your own organic garden and save a few pennies in the process through mini farming.

There is nothing better than knowing that the food that is being eaten by your family has been growing from your backyard rather than from other farms, as you are 100% confident with the quality of it. You never know the hidden chemicals that could potentially be put into the crops. You also save a huge chunk of your grocery bills as this process is sustainable so more vegetables will keep on growing.

5 star:(5)
4 star:(1)

[#45 - only 21 pages according to the summary. Not sure how much information can be put in 21 pages.]

This book will help you prepare your own rich creamy cheese at home, so that you no longer have to worry about which brand to buy. In this book, you will find the following: 

The list of equipment needed to prepare your own cheese.

The techniques that used to prepare rich and creamy cheese.

Your favorite cheese recipes.

[#88 - a single 5-star review.]


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-17-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

Been a slow couple of days for free books.

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

A plane hijacked by fanatics, and a plot to use a horrific biological weapon against the Vatican. 

Former Navy SEAL Mac Walker finds himself in an uneasy alliance with the beautiful and mysterious Vatican operative Stasia as they fight to save the plane's passengers, and defeat the would be terrorists and their plot to kill tens of thousands. 

5 star:(12)
4 star:(1)
3 star:(3)

[#3 - a Bookbub selection yesterday.]


[ETA]
Selections From Bookbub Today 

WIRED
Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania?

David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions. But when Desh learns that the bioterror plot is just the tip of the iceberg, he is thrust into a byzantine maze of deception and intrigue, and he becomes a key player in a deadly game he can't begin to understand. A game that is certain to have a dramatic impact on the future course of human history. . .

5 star:(826)
4 star:(526)
3 star:(251)
2 star:(111)
1 star:(112)

[It's been free before. I have read it and gave it 4 stars.]



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-14-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Backyard Farming: The Beginners Guide to Growing Food and Raising Micro-Livestock in Your Own Mini Farm: (Urban Homesteading, Mini Farming, Urban Farming)
Have you been looking for a way to simplify your life? To save money? To create a common pursuit that will bring your family closer together? One of the best, easiest, and most satisfying ways to do ALL of these things is to prepare mini farms in your own backyard. It’s called a “backyard farm” or “mini farm.” It’s a hobby that provides sustenance and cost-savings even in times of plenty and protects families against potentially devastating effects of a job loss or financial disaster. A mini farm produces homegrown food that is healthier AND less expensive than anything you could buy at your local supermarket.

5 star:(2)
4 star:(0)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(0)

[#59]

Vertical Gardening: Grow your own Organic Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs in your City Apartment! (Urban Gardening, Vertical Gardening)
[#93 - five 5-star reviews]



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-13-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Plague - A Medical Thriller (The Plague Trilogy Book 1)
THE DEADLIEST DISEASE IN HISTORY . . .

A lethal pathogen appears on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Dr. Samantha Bower of the Centers for Disease Control is handed the case and assigned to investigate its containment and origins.

A MYSTERIOUS FIGURE WHO ISN'T WHAT HE APPEARS TO BE . . .

Dr. Bower finds a microorganism unlike any she has run across in her lifetime. The symptomology points her to the most destructive disease in human history. One man has offered her help. A man with insight into the disease who reveals nothing about himself or his past.

THE WORLD ON THE EDGE OF A CLIFF . . .

Dr. Bower discovers that there are forces at work she can't understand. All applying pressure to use the chaos of an epidemic to their advantage. But there is one thing she is certain of: humanity may soon be an endangered species


5 star:(76)
4 star:(72)
3 star:(43)
2 star:(25)
1 star:(13)
 
 [#1 - a Bookbub selection yesterday. The distribution of reviews suggests a book that may have some issues.]

Growing Organic Berries: Exactly How To Grow, Maintain & Preserve Every Type Of Berry To Support A Healthy Lifestyle (Growing Berries, Growing Organic Berries) 
5 star:(8)
4 star:(4)

[#37 - this was free yesterday too, but I never around to making a post yesterday. I am not a huge fan or organic anything, but as a general berry gardening book it may have some value.]

Coconut Flour Recipes 2.0 - A Decadent Gluten-Free, Low-Carb Alternative To Wheat (The Easy Recipe Book 37)
5 star:(14)
4 star:(5)
3 star:(2)

[#66]

Paleo Diet For Beginners: Ultimate Guide for Getting Started, including a 7-Day Paleo Meal Plan & 50 Paleo Recipes
[#73 - three 5-star reviews.]

Mini Farming: A Beginners Guide to Homesteading & Being Self Sufficient With Organic Gardening
[#87. A single 5-star review.  32 pages according to the listing. Can't get all that much in 32 pages.]

Supercharged Low Carb Diet Solutions You Wish You Knew
5 star:(4)
4 star:(1)

[#90]



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Crossbow Shooting Medal

A colleague of mine (he has the office across the hall from me) recently spent a few weeks in Switzerland on vacation. During his time there, he participated in a crossbow shooting match and was subsequently awarded this medal.


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Huguenin is the manufacturer of the medal that was awarded by the crossbow shooting association EASV.

Congratulations Edi!

EASV Web site (German)

World Crossbow Championship 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-10-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

Sat 8-9-14 Nothing interesting today.

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Dead Highways: Origins (Book 1)
His name is Jimmy. He's twenty-two, skinny, and still a virgin. He has no friends. He lives with his grandma and works at her used bookstore. He's a self-described loser.

This is your hero.

By his side, a diverse group of survivors, including a cop, a prostitute, a drug dealer, and even a newborn baby. They're crossing the country on a crazy post-apocalyptic adventure, following the infected as they migrate west. That's right, these zombies don't just stand around waiting to be stimulated, they're on a mission, and what is guiding them awaits Jimmy and his fellow survivors at the end of these dead highways.

But along the way Jimmy may discover something even greater.

His place in the world. Finally. Even if everyone else is gone.

5 star:(43)
4 star:(48)
3 star:(15)
2 star:(7)
1 star:(6)

[#19 - it's been free before but I have not gotten around to reading it.]

That's Low Carb?!: NINETY Tried and True Recipes for Low Carb Diets Second Edition
   It is much easier to stay on a low carb diet if you don't feel deprived of the foods you love!
   My signature recipes are the yeast breads. Breads that taste like REAL bread but have only 2 or 3 grams of carbohydrate per slice. You can have toast again! And sandwiches!
   There are low carb versions of many "comfort foods" and old standards as well as ethnic foods and sinful desserts.
   Because more and more of us are working outside the home, many of these recipes make use of pre-cooked items that can be made on the weekends and frozen for later use. Many of the recipes can be put on the table in less than half an hour.
   Second Edition has more than FORTY new recipes, and updates to many of the old ones reflecting improvements I have made to them over the past year.

5 star:(10)
4 star:(4)
3 star:(4)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(1)

[#67]


Friday, August 8, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-8-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
[Amazon has several times changed the actual link to the top 100 free books. This link has not changed. You will have to select the top 100 free tab yourself.]

Looking for a great way to save money, eat healthier, and learn a time tested skill set? Learning how to can your own foods is a great way to accomplish all of that and more! This book will cover the equipment you’ll need to get started and the different methods of safe, effective canning. During any unstable economy, good preparation means being ready for an unexpected shortage in basic necessities. Learning these techniques will ensure that you're prepared for months, even years with an assortment of wide-ranging nutritional foods. However, preparedness isn’t the only reason for food preservation; there are several economical, nutritional, and enjoyable reasons to embrace this movement.

[#53. A single 5-star review.]

Smoothies are top of the list of my family’s favorite things. Delicious superfood veggies with a little of bit of healthy fruit and superfood seeds or herbs added. They are the easiest breakfast or snack you can make in minutes and if made properly smoothies are bursting with nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. You can even replace a whole meal with a superfood smoothie because it is full of healthy nutrients, fiber and vitamins and will naturally curb your appetite. 

5 star:(2)
4 star:(1)

[#74]

Looking to start a ketogenic diet? 

Summer is a great time to start. It’s time to grill outside, go for picnics, hit the beach, and enjoy a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The weather is great for being outside, and who doesn’t think a walk in the sunshine beats a treadmill any day? 

In the summer, you naturally crave cooler foods like salads and fruit. Meat and seafood taste great off the grill, but the heat helps you eat in moderation. There’s less need for the filling comfort of winter carbs – the potatoes, the casseroles, the homey smell of cookies in the oven. 

Let’s be real, though. Real life still happens in the summer. You still have to go to work, run errands, take care of the kids/dog/whiny significant other. You still have to get your butt off the couch to exercise. There’s still laundry, scrubbing the toilet bowl, and mowing the lawn. 

This cookbook is designed to help you start and stay on a ketogenic diet, with specific recipes that will help you with packing your lunches for the week, making dinner when you’re running late, and offering ways to get yourself to eat breakfast when you’ve barely even had your coffee. 

These recipes will help you take advantage of smart food shopping, smart food prep, and how to handle parties and cookouts. 

5 star:(6)
4 star:(0)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)

[#100]

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Free Kindle Books 8-6-14

General notes to free Kindle book posts
I was unable to post Friday, Saturday, and Sunday due to my wife's hospitalization. Nothing in the free list tripped my trigger Monday or Tuesday. Maybe I did not miss all that much.

From the top 100 free list
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The Fringe Worlds (The Human Chronicles Saga Book 1)
After all, what would you do if you were abducted by aliens and transported into a strange, new universe away from your home, your family -- everything familiar to you? Would it make you happy? Not likely!

Now imagine you're stronger, faster and more coordinated than every alien species you encountered. Would you start kicking some ass? Of course you would!

This is the story of Human Superiority in the galaxy, a gritty, realistic profile of a young Navy SEAL would doesn't like aliens very much -- and he makes them pay for the bad mood he's in.

5 star:(101)
4 star:(97)
3 star:(53)
2 star:(25)
1 star:(22)

[#11. This one has been free before, but I never got around to reading it. It was a Bookbub selection yesterday. The less stellar reviews suggest a juvenile plot line with a lot of writing errors.]

The Natural Cure For Tooth Decay: How To Cure Tooth Decay Naturally In The Comfort Of Your Own Home
[#28]

Herbs and Spices: Natural Health Benefits - What Doctors Don't Tell You! Super Charge Your Health with Natural Herbs and Spices (Herbal Remedies! The Complete ... Health and Wellness Using Herbs and Spices)
[#40]

Box Set: Natural Remedies that Work + Essential Oils & Aromatherapy for Beginners + Apple Cider Vinegar for Beginners (FREE Book Offer): Detox, Home Remedies, Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Healing
[#50]

Homesteading Handbook vol. 3: The Heirloom Seed Saving Guide (Homesteading Handbooks)
The Homesteading Handbook vol. 3: The Heirloom Seed Saving Guide is the 3rd book in the well-received Homesteading Handbooks series of books. It's your guide to collecting seeds from a number of popular garden fruits, vegetables and herbs. If you've ever considered saving seeds, this book is your key to unlocking the secrets of seed saving.

[#93. No reviews yet.]



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-31-14

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Nothing interesting to me 7-30-14

From the top 100 free list
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Fast Low Carb Cookbook - 50 Quick And Easy Low Carb Recipes For EXTREME Weight Loss (low carb cookbook, low carb, low carb diet, fast low carb, low carb slow cooker 6)
5 star:(6)
4 star:(5)
3 star:(1)

[#56 - oddly the book has a picture of an ear of corn on the cover. Not low carb. The 3-star comment notes that the book does not list carb count, only calorie counts. Not what one might expect from a low carb recipe book.]

The Chimera Vector: The Fifth Column
The Fifth Column: the world's most powerful and secretive organization. They run our militaries. They run our governments. They run our terrorist cells.

Recruited as a child, Sophia is a deniable operative for the Fifth Column. Like all operatives, Sophia's DNA has been altered to augment her senses and her mind is splintered into programmed subsets.

On a routine mission in Iran something goes catastrophically wrong. Bugs are beginning to appear in Sophia's programming and the mission spins out of control.

High-speed chases, gun fights, helicopter battles, immortal psychopaths, super soldiers and mutant abilities are all in the mix in this edge-of-your-seat action-packed techno-thriller.

5 star:(66)
4 star:(76)
3 star:(6)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(2)

[#89]




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7-29-14 Free Kindle Books

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From the top 100 free list
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Book Seven: The Ajax Protocol 

The Project is a Black Ops intelligence unit reporting only to the President of the United States. When an assassination attempt takes the President out of commission, the Project is caught up in a conspiracy that threatens to spark a world war and runs a lot deeper than just trying to kill the leader of the free world. 

Led by Director Elizabeth Harker, the Project team discovers a cold-hearted plot to turn America into a totalitarian police state. Betrayed by powerful enemies at home and forced to rely on doubtful allies abroad, Harker and her team are driven underground. With time running out, they must stop the conspirators before they destroy everything America stands for. At the same time team leader Nick Carter and his lover, Selena Connor, struggle to commit to each other in a covert world where love and compassion are in short supply and enemies lie in wait at every turn. 

The Ajax Protocol could be taken from tomorrow's headlines. It will disturb you and keep you turning pages to the end. 

5 star:(45)
4 star:(21)
3 star:(4)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(1)

[#2 - I think this was a Bookbub selection yesterday. Several books in this series have been free before but I do not recall that I have read any of them.]


5 star:(8)
4 star:(0)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)

[#9 - the 1-star review claims some or all of the content was stolen.]

Urban homesteading is a way to step into the past and live a simpler life. Luxuries will be sacrificed, but it’s also a way to live a better life from a different time. Recently, it has become a trend in the US, and many find that it is a life that provides a chance to live outside of city constraints. Urban homesteading means that you’ll have to learn food preservation methods because not every month will give you’re a chance at plentiful crops. Remaining self-sufficient as an urban homesteader isn’t easy, but it can be done. 

As far as planting is concerned, there are various urban gardens that can be used, or a combination can also be used. This book will take you through the pros and cons of using a combination or a single method of gardening, and even though it’s truly up to the discretion of the individual, this book can give you a better idea of which urban garden will suit your needs and locations. 

Urban homesteading is difficult, but the main thing to remember is that you have to be self-sufficient. This book will teach you everything that being self-sufficient truly means, and you’ll learn how to run your home and garden. There are many facets of preparing your house for urban homesteading, and that means learning how to use alternative energy sources, alternative water sources, and alternative transportation methods. You’ll also have to learn proper waste disposal. 

5 star:(5)
4 star:(1)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)

[#79]



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-27-14

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From the top 100 free list
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The truth can be a dangerous thing. 

Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend there are no suspicious circumstances and more than the usual share of rather unlikely “coincidences,” he sets off a veritable avalanche of secrets, violence and treachery. Aided by an unlikely partner, Gregg Kaplan, the air traffic controller who was the last person in contact with the airplane that crashed, Jake sets out to untangle the webs of deceit and to find a vicious killer. 

Nothing is as it seems, nobody is who you thought them to be. 
Nothing is sacred. 
Nobody is safe. 

The Savannah Project is an action packed political thriller with a twist around every corner. If you like thrillers by great authors like David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and others, then you'll enjoys this book as the author incorporates his 3M formula for his novels: Murder, Mystery, & Mayhem. 

5 star:(56)
4 star:(21)
3 star:(5)
2 star:(9)
1 star:(5)

[#7]

ETA:

A Bookbub selection today.

Viper Trail (Playing The Game)
Detective Patton and his LAPD partner, Charlie Holland, fly to Washington DC where a killer has demanded their attention. The investigation is further complicated when a second killer strikes, seemingly competing with the first.

Five years ago, Mayor Cyprian Hague set up Viper - a zero-tolerance surveillance unit to crack down on crime in Los Angeles. Viper were then recruited by Senator Conrad Conway to carry out covert missions for the Animi - a group of politicians, movers and shakers who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

One member plans to use Viper for one final mission -

A game Detective Patton has no choice but to play.

5 star:(7)
4 star:(2)
3 star:(1)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-25-14

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I did not see anything new yesterday that interested me so I did not make a post.

From the top 100 free list
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"It's enough to make Ludlum seem humdrum." 

ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION Christian Hatcher, the licensed killer they call the Shadow Warrior, is out of jail and looking for the betrayer that got him there. With his body wasted and his spirit nearly crushed, Hatcher returns to Hong Kong and Bangkok—deadly stops on the heroine pipeline—and comes closer to a solution that he fears to discover . . . . 

"Diehl knows how to tell a story, and his novel moves." 
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 

When his best friend vanished, Christian Hatcher, the Shadow Warrior, had no choice. He had to follow the heroin pipeline . . . from Hong Kong to Bangkok, to the deepest darkness of Vietnam. The sensational new national bestseller by the author of Chameleon and Sharkey's Machine.

5 star:(5)
4 star:(4)

[#26]


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-23-14

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From the top 100 free list
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Alyssa Chambers is rich and privileged by birth, but a criminal by choice. She steals secrets from the powerful and influential, and sells them to whoever pays - and they pay very well. But when someone assassinates a Presidential candidate in an office Alyssa just robbed, she's framed for the murder and her whole life goes up in smoke. Now she’s running for her life, hunted and alone. The last man she can trust is the one she can’t stop betraying. To survive, clear her name, and uncover the assassin, she must face the truth about her past, the truth about her family, and the truth about her Life of Secrets. This political thriller will grip you right to the very end.

5 star:(10)
4 star:(1)

[#12]

ETA: This is a Bookbub selection today. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-22-14

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From the top 100 free list
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In This Book, Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn…
Introduction To Homesteading And Organic Gardening, You will learn all the benefits of Mini Farming, how you can save money, become healthier and do your part for the planet.
The Art Of Permaculture, Looking after your soil
Setting Up Your Own Organic Garden, step by step to building your garden
Raising Livestock, The basics

[#60 - just 3 reviews - all 5-star.]


Monday, July 21, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-21-14

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From the top 100 free list
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BOOK ONE in the NEW AMERICA series. 

America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record; a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich. A hidden army of terrorists is on American soil. This is the story of three men: Howard Beck, the world’s richest man, also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Richard Dupree, ex-Navy SEAL turned escaped convict. Maxwell Harris, a crippled, burned out Chief of Police of a small Texas town. At first they must fight for their own survival against impossible odds. Finally, the three men must band together to save their beloved country from collapse. 

5 star:(385)
4 star:(208)
3 star:(72)
2 star:(44)
1 star:(36)
 
[#5 - it's been free before. I have not gotten around to reading it. My guess it is a fairly typical PA fantasy. Sometimes they turn out to be a fun read, other times they can become tedious, often due to the strange political and religious viewpoints of the authors. At free, you are not out anything if you don't like it.]


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-20-14

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From the top 100 free list
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Start An Original Standout Thriller Series That Twists, Turns and Tangles! 

The Alex Hollick F.B.I. Series takes readers into an underworld of secretive government agendas and a troubled young agent caught between love, morality and survival. This exciting, gripping and original thriller series combines murder mystery, saga, love story, and conspiracy thriller into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric story. 

Alex Hollick: Origins 

In 1985, a young field agent enters a dark underworld of the FBI, where he must participate in the cover-up of a fellow agent’s corruption while protecting the woman of his dreams from the consequences. 

5 star:(9)
4 star:(2)
3 star:(5)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(1)
 
[#54]

MAKE YOUR FRIENDS LAUGH 

How does the Pope buy stuff on the internet? 
He uses his papal account. 

MAKE YOUR FRIENDS CRINGE 

I just got hit on the head by a fragranced stick. 
I was incensed. 

101 Classic and original jokes to be told and enjoyed by all ages.


5 star:(4)
4 star:(1)
3 star:(2)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(0)
 
 [#70]
 
As the world trembles with the approach of World War II, a woman dies at the hands of Hitler's henchmen. Her murder forever changes her lover, Francis Scott Keegan, a relentless anti-Nazi mercenary, who becomes locked in a desperate cat-and-mouse game with the Third Reich's perfect spy, a man of a thousand faces. In an arena that encompasses presidents and gangsters, spies and sirens, the deadly present and the dark past, Keegan pursues his elusive quarry into the cutting edge of world events—and into the secret inner workings of a terrifying mission known only as "27." 

5 star:(18)
4 star:(7)
3 star:(5)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(3)
 
 [#95]

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-19-14

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From the top 100 free list
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Nothing new today that seemed all that interesting. Some stuff still there that has been free for a while.

From Bookbub
This one is not in the top one hundred free list (at least yet) but was featured in the Bookbub list today.

Overture to Disaster (Post Cold War Political Thriller Trilogy Book 3)
It's a thriller right out of today's headlines, though it took place in the early nineties.

The theft of Soviet nerve gas weapons as the Cold War ends and the fate of a Special Operations helicopter mission to Iran set the stage for a thrill ride across continents as international chicanery gone wild seeks to restore dictatorial rule in the former Soviet republics. Can a disgraced Air Force colonel, a Belarus investigator framed for murder, and a spymaster suddenly left in the cold stop a disaster that will paralyze Washington?

5 star:(4)
4 star:(0)
3 star:(1)

[Might be a little dated.]

Friday, July 18, 2014

Luna Moth 7-18-14

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Wilma and I saw this luna moth on the wall of the Schnucks grocery store as we passed by this morning. We saw one there once before a while back.

Free Kindle Books 7-18-14

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From the top 100 free list
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Food dehydration, freezing, and pickling are some of the most effective methods of food storage and preservation that exist. They’re practical not only in case of an emergency or natural disaster, but also for stretching your food budget. During any unstable economy, good preparation means being ready for an unexpected shortage in basic necessities. Learning these techniques will ensure that you're prepared for months, even years with an assortment of wide-ranging nutritional foods. However, preparedness isn’t the only reason for food preservation; there are several economical, nutritional, and enjoyable reasons to embrace this movement. These age-old practices are every bit as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago, ultimately standing the test of time. Whether you’re familiar with these techniques or not, this book delivers the goods in an simple, easy-to-follow manner. Learn the best food drying and dehydration methods as well as helpful tips on freeze-drying and pickling that are certain to change the way you look at food.


5 star:(2)
4 star:(0)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(0)

[#22]


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-15-14

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From the top 100 free list
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Matthew Bracken has a minor following among some on the far right. I have never read this series so can't tell you how good or bad it is.  If you enjoy this genre you probably will like it. 

5 star:(448)
4 star:(98)
3 star:(23)
2 star:(9)
1 star:(20)
 
[#36 - it's been free before.]


5 star:(225)
4 star:(62)
3 star:(10)
2 star:(2)
1 star:(5)
 
[#42 - it's been free before.]
 

5 star:(256)
4 star:(28)
3 star:(8)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)
 
[#44 - it's been free before.]

You’re about to discover... 

...some quite surprisingly little tips for how YOU ***the beginner*** can grow some delicious fruits in your very own home. To grow fruit indoors is not something reserved only for the seasoned gardener. This book is ideal for people that are more interested in healthy eating and diet than actual gardening. 

So if you want to compliment your diet with some healthy organic fruit which has not cost fortunes at the grocery store - then this book is here for you! 

Learn how to grow fruit indoors - for beginners!! 

Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn In Grow Fruit Indoors Book!

The Basics Of Growing Fruit Indoors
Growing The Meyer Lemon Tree Indoors
Growing Watermelon Indoors
Growing Pineapple Indoors

5 star:(2)
4 star:(1)
 
 [#67]


5 star:(5)
4 star:(0)
3 star:(1)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(0)
 
[#81]



5 star:(19)
4 star:(8)
3 star:(3)

[#88 been free before.]


5 star:(14)
4 star:(3)
3 star:(2)
2 star:(3)
1 star:(3)

[#100 - been free before.]

Monday, July 14, 2014

Free Kindle Books 7-14-14

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From the top 100 free list
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The Keto Living Fat Fast Cookbook is so much more than just a cookbook. 

This unique outing in the Keto Living series from Ella Coleman, will take you on a journey into the exciting world of Fat Fasting, an excellent strategy to break through a stall in weight loss and guide you to a state of Nutritional Ketosis. 

The Keto Living Fat Fast Cookbook starts by taking you back to the origins of Low Carb dieting and Fat Fasting and looks at the relevant pioneering studies and their astounding conclusions. 

As the simple, yet effective protocol is examined further, important questions are posed. 

What criteria qualifies as experiencing a weight loss stall, and are you a candidate for Fat Fasting? 

What are the guidelines and safety considerations of a Fat Fast? 

What is Nutritional Ketosis? Why does it matter and how can it be measured effectively? 

What kind of higher fat foods are most suited for a Fat Fast? 

With questions such as these, and many more answered, the Keto Living Fat Fast Cookbook then delivers 50 Delicious Savory and Sweet Recipes designed to make the whole journey an adventure. 

The misconception that a Fat Fast means staring at a block of cream cheese for three days is quickly put to rest! 

Including nutritional information, carb count and fat percentages for every recipe, an Appendix of where to easily source additional Fat Fasting recipes, and also including metric measurements, the Keto Living Fat Fast Cookbook is a comprehensive guide to this unique protocol.

[#41 - ten reviews - all 5-star.]


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fran's farm 7-12-14

Free Kindle Books 7-13-14

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From the top 100 free list
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Nothing new today on the top 100 list that interested me any, but there are still some from yesterday there.


What if US Army Green Berets led by Dave Riley must take on not only criminal drug traffickers but also betray their own government? 

A US Army Special Forces team carrying sterilized weapons and unmarked uniforms is on its way to Colombia. The mission: conduct covert, unilateral raids to destroy cocaine processing laboratories. 

Of course nothing is as it seems especially once the CIA gets involved. Throw in an Israeli mercenary, betrayal and double-dealing in Washington and the team soon finds itself wondering what the real mission is. 

5 star:(71)
4 star:(37)
3 star:(16)
2 star:(3)
1 star:(1)

[I bought this book several years ago and read it. I think it has been free for a week or two. Five stars.]

Tree Down Rock Cut State Park 6-30-14

I often drive thru the park on my way home. Not this night though. The gate to the back side of the park was closed, possibly due to flooding of the creek across the road (or fear that it might flood). This tree was across the road going the other way, so I had to turn around and go back out.

Chipmunk in driveway 6-15-14

I have not had the time to upload pictures and video for a while so I am doing it now.

I saw this little guy in my driveway when I got home from work one evening.


6-14-14 Winding Creek Conservation Area

McHenry County Conservation District.

I have seen the sign for this place a number of times and finally decided to take a look. It is right off of O'Brien Road, a road we have often been on while traveling to visit Fran's family in Lake County.

It is mostly open fields and with no shade probably not a great summer hike. Maybe Wilma and I will come back in the winter. It looks like a fun snow hike. Not real long. Couple of miles of trails.

I saw some kind of critter near the sign when we pulled up. I was not quick enough to get his picture. I think it was a fox, but not 100% sure, as he disappeared into the knee high weeds (aka native prairie plants) as we pulled up.

There is a parking area out by the road and a picnic shelter, well, and bathroom facilities farther in along a gravel road.
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North Point Marina IDNR 5-4-14

We happened to be in the area so took a drive through this IDNR facility. Just now got around to posting the pictures.


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No one out on the beach yet.
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Did see a single sail boat out on the water.
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The Great Blue Heron was standing on the dock.
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