Opening a Crossbow Hunting Season – Memories

Opening morning September 29th was a grand season opener (you can see exact dates here). The air was cool and the sky was clear. There wasn’t even a breeze as the sun made its way over the eastern horizon. As the darkness gave way to light, the sounds of the woods could be heard all around. First a great horned owl sounded off to the east and a few wood ducks whistled in the marsh in front of me. As the morning got lighter I saw a raccoon scurrying into the marsh for some breakfast. Squirrels were running from branch to branch and jumping from tree to tree. The morning held so much promise and as I watched a big fat fox squirrel climbing a nearby walnut tree, I was reminded of last deer season when as I sat in the very same stand I am in this morning that I was attacked by a squirrel. This squirrel was very cunning and not like any squirrel I had ever encountered.

I sat on my perch about 12 feet off the ground and had never noticed or at least given any thought to the fact that my stand was fastened to a walnut tree.

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How The Hunting Begun

On the morning in question, last deer season, I was setting patiently on my stand with my favorite barnett quad 400 crossbow when all of a sudden I noticed this very large fox squirrel climbing down the tree that my stand was fastened to. It was a bit unnerving to see this 2 pound wild animal heading down the tree and directly at me. I made some noise and moved around a little bit so the squirrel would know I was there. He stopped in his tracks about 10 feet over my head and started barking and squawking at me. I was getting a bit frustrated with all the noise this bushy tail was making. He finally shut up and headed back up the tree. I was quite relieved to see him go. Finally the woods were quite again. As I began to scan the area around me to see if any unsuspecting deer had entered my area, I was suddenly and rudely interrupted. I felt something crack me on the top of my head and I seriously saw stars for a minute. My camouflage head piece was little protection from this projectile that smashed into me. At almost the instant the pain collided with my head I noticed a large walnut bouncing off of me and falling right in front of me. I was quite startled and as I looked up the tree above me, there was that squirrel. I swear he had a smile on his face. I believe but can’t prove it, but I think that little rodent dropped that walnut on me.

It was not an accident, it was premeditated rodent harassment.

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One Year Later

That was a year ago and I am in the same tree with the same camouflage head piece on and the same crossbow for hunting. I am looking for deer but my eyes are also on the squirrels that are parading all around me. Maybe all this distraction to my main purpose is the reason that the very large doe about 40 yards out to my right has seen me before I saw her. I am sure that my movement has alerted her to the large blog on top of what used to be a perch for the squirrel that lives in the walnut tree. She looks at me and I stare at her for several moments and then she does an about face and walks back down the trail she came from. Boy all that coffee had done a number on my bladder and another cup of coffee is only a few miles away. It was a great morning to be alive and it’s early in the season so off of the perch I go and back to the coffee pot I come.

How to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

Everyone loves at least two things: 1. saving money and 2. Planet Earth. Right? Well, at least we hope most people love Planet Earth! Anyway, I personally hate a full trash can in my kitchen and I go to lengths to ensure that things stay tidy and not wasteful. Here are a few tips to keep things clean and green and might even save you some money!

1.Have a few bins. Rather than just having one large bin for all your trash, have several smaller bins so you can easily divide the trash up. Have one for pure, unadulterated landfill trash, one for plastic and cans, one for paper products, and one for plastic grocery bags. It might seem like a lot, but you’ll actually be more apt to recycle paper and plastic and you’ll have those plastic bags on hand to reuse, rather than just throw them out.

2.Grate ahead of time. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve let carrots and celery die a slow death in my fridge, turning flaccid and gray before finally hitting the dust. It can be an inconvenience if your grocery doesn’t sell individual carrots and you have to buy a bag of carrots or celery when your recipe only calls for one stalk or one carrot. So, rather than letting them languish in my fridge, I grate them up and freeze them in bags. Shredded or chopped carrots, celery, and onions are the traditional flavorful base for many, many soups, casseroles, stews, and sauces. You can either take whatever is left after your recipe and grate it all together or do it separately, pour into freezer bags, write the date on it and what’s inside, and pop in the freezer. Simply thaw it out before you use it! The vegetables do loose their fresh crunch after they’re frozen, so you couldn’t use them in a fresh salad, but they’re absolutely perfect (and save money!) when whipping up a sauce!

3.The sponge game. I feel like my sponges play a twisted game of musical chairs in my kitchen. I always keep one strictly for dishes. After I wash the dishes, I place it in such a way that it can air dry completely to prevent mildew or nastiness from forming. Occasionally, I’ll pour boiling water over it to freshen them up before I start cleaning my vegetable noodle maker. But, sponges can do a lot more than just dishes. After a sponge has started to become tired-looking and I’m ready to replace it with a new one, it becomes the one that I use for everything else– counter top, stove top, oven spot cleaning, etc. etc. It works much better than paper towels at cleaning off burnt-on muck from your stove or oven. I only keep one of these double-duty sponges in my kitchen and simply throw it out when the next dish-only sponge gets tired looking, and thus the story goes on! It’s also a great idea to keep one in the bathroom, too!

4.Rags, rags, rags! I hate using paper towels, it’s such a waste of a resource and money! But, like a lot of modern inventions, there are a few things they do really, really well. Instead of using paper towels to wipe up every little spill or smear, I use rags. Where do I get them? My T-shirt drawer! Every few months a shirt will become a little too worn, tear, or get  a stain and is beyond wearable or for donation. Instead of tossing it, I cut out and discard the underarms/sleeves and cut the broad flat sections into square or rectangular rags. These guys are perfect for really scrubbing some tough dirt, completely washable, and totally reusable. I keep them neatly folded under my sink and throw the dirty ones into a little box so I can wash them all at once. At this point, I have about two dozen that I keep around and I never throw them out ’til they are complete tatters. Since I use them with cleansers and on tough burnt-on oven grime, I never use them around food– even after they’re washed. But, you’ll still find your paper towel usage severely decrease with these rags on hand!

5.Try to contain yourself. Keep those plastic take-out containers you get from Chinese food delivery and delis! Rather than throwing them straight to recycling, thoroughly wash them out, dry them, and put them in your cabinet. It might seem like a laughably frugal thing to do, but they are enormously handy when you’re sending leftovers home with a guest. It’s a wonderful gesture to send some food with your guests when they leave after dinner– a few cookies, a slice of pie, etc.– and those plastic containers are perfect. You never have to worry about getting them back and they’re meant to hold food– perfect, I say! I also keep those plastic forks and spoons around, too, when I don’t end up using the myself– those are great for taking out on a picnic or to work!

Chromium Crusher Review – Best Appliance For Your Weed Vaporizer?

With so many comparable weed grinders or market, it is very difficult to decide which one is right for you. I good grinder will last you many years if not a lifetime, while a poor quality one may only last a few weeks. From my experience I have found it is not worth your time dealing with shady suppliers, this is because you will run into many problems when you try to return a product or if a product is faulty. By using trusted brands from trusted suppliers you will never face these issues. There will be no questions asked when you want to return a product.

I mention that because there are many poor quality grinders out there. There are literally hundreds of companies trying to pry you from your hard earned money, many of these businesses rip-off existing designs and market them as high quality products. Even though they are just crap made in china. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ripping off products manufactured in China, while my favorite herb grinder is manufactured in USA, there are many of comparable quality that come out of China. Without further ado, Let’s start with the review.

The chromium crusher is the best portable vaporizer. They make a range of herb grinders to suit many different needs, they come in a range of sizes from 1.5 inches all the way up to 3 inches. Out of all the grinders that I have reviewed the chromium crusher offers the best value for money, chromium crushers range in price from $10 to approximately $25. For as little as $10 you can pick up a decent quality grinder, this is incredible considering five dollars will only buy you a piece of crap.


Today I’m going to review the 2 inch chromium crusher, as this is what most of you will need, if you’re considering a smaller or larger grinder not much will change, the quality will remain much the same. The chromium crusher is a four piece aluminium grinder with a lifetime warranty. The grinder measures 2 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches in height. It features a durable zinc alloy construction which can help prevent nicks and chips. Like many 4 piece grinders this includes the screen to sift out the pollen, this allows you to collect kief on the bottom chamber.