Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More cross bow medals

Previous post on this


Edi also sent me this picture of some more cross bow medals he also received over the years. I meant to post it and forgot.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Hammy is the mascot for the Rockford Ice Hogs (the local minor league hockey team). He was featured at a promotional event this morning at Steiner Electric. I mentioned it to my wife. She remembered she had taken this picture of him at a KMart back on May 3, 2008, and had me print it up last night and take it to him this morning so he could autograph it for her.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015-02-21 distillery conservation area

A shortish 2 mile walk in a conservation area in Boone County. A lot of work walking through the snow. I had in mind walking around a couple of fields but ended up cutting it to just one field as we ran out of time. It started to snow a little on us as we were finishing.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Wilma and I had a nice hike in the snow. We basically walked the perimeter of the site with a short detour to the I39 bridge that provides access to County Line Forest Preserve. There is a sign at the trailhead that says County Line FP is closed due to tollway construction but the barricade I have been told was at the bridge was nowhere in evidence. Not even a sign. We did not go into County Line. Lots of snow and no foot prints. We encountered 4-6 inches of wet snow. The first two legs had trail broken by someone on a snow mobile. The 3rd leg it was mostly me and wilma and occasionally some deer prints. The 4th leg we just walked up along Ipsen Road as I was tired of the snow.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


This is the final video in the series. They have finally failed in a way I cannot fix them.

Ranger Pac Boots
First Update
Repair Attempt
The repair attempt sealed the holes in the bottom of the boots, but the RTV just wore off the wear surface, so I guess the repair was a partial success.

I can't really recommend them as anything other than light duty boots that are likely to fail.They were not real expensive.

2015-02-01 SNOW

Blizzard warning for later today.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mainstays 1.5 L Grease Pot (Walmart)

I bought this at Walmart to use as a water heating pot for hiking and camping. It is lightweight aluminum. Seems adequately made. I think it was $6.

I just wanted something to put water in and heat it up on the trail. I acquired it back in late November of 2012, and promptly set it in a cupboard.

(I originally wrote this post back in March of 2013, but never posted it for some reason).

Monday, January 26, 2015

Guy Fieri Pepperoni and Mozarella Beef Patty

I was grocery shopping at Walmart earlier and saw these for sale. The pepperoni and mozzarella burgers were priced at $2.50 for six 1/3 pound burgers. The other varieties were a lot more.

However, since just regular hamburger is now more than $1.25/lb, I figured I would give them a try and bought a box.

I fried one up when I got home. Pretty darn good.

Only 4 carbs per patty.

Not much on the web about them. I did find this:

I snipped this from the above URL.

ETA: 2-16-15
I haven't found any nutrition information for these on the web so I took this lousy cell phone camera picture of what the box says.
I have also noticed that the burger is thick enough that it does not cook all the way through when using the same heat settings as with regular 1/4 frozen burgers. I usually either cook it at a lower temperature or put it in the microwave and give it a partial cooking before frying it up.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015-01-17 cat can stove Walmart grease pot

Wilma and I went hiking in a nearby forest preserve. We stopped at a picnic shelter to see how my Walmart grease pot works for heating up water on a cat can stove I made. The grease pot is a little large, but the size means I can store a nice sized plastic coffee mug (handle removed) inside it. The coffee and tea fixings go in bag inside the plastic mug. The whole thing fits nicely in a gallon ziplok bag. I like that the pot has a handle on it. The cat can stove worked OK but I think it might work better with a pot stand. I read a few articles about them on the Internet that suggested aluminum cans work better than steel cans. Mine is steel because I thought it would hold up better.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Wilma and I hike in the slush and snow at a local forest preserve. It's one of the more well used preserves in the area and we ran across several people out on the trail. We also ran into a creek that had flooded its banks and then frozen so there was a solid sheet of ice I did not want to traverse so we went back and bypassed. I also tried out the cat can stove I made a while back along with the Walmart grease pot. I think the cat stove needs a pot stand The grease pot is just a little big but worked fine at heating water. Never really liked trying to heat water up in the SS cup or the enameled steel cup I was using. It made the cup too hot to drink from. I got a plastic coffee mug and cut off the handle and it fits inside the grease pot with room to spare. I had to cut off videoing when it got dark. Not much to video anyway.