GoPro Birdwatching #6 ~ Grizzly Backyard

One of my guilty pleasures is bird watching. GoPro allows me to take that to a whole new level. I attached my GoPro to a mason jar lid and filled the mason jar with BB’s to weight it down and allow it not to be easily knocked over Continue reading GoPro Birdwatching #6 ~ Grizzly Backyard

Taking out the pups and setting up the GoPro ~ Grizzly Backyard

Just a short video of me taking out the pups, showing off my GoPro BB Mason Jar set up that I capture some great videos of the birds we are blessed with here in our Bonnie Doon Homestead. I think I will use this BB Mason Jar rig on Continue reading Taking out the pups and setting up the GoPro ~ Grizzly Backyard

GoPro Birdwatching #5 ~ Grizzly Backyard

Things go quiet at the bird feeder. There maybe a hawk in the area. You can see I added some peanut butter, and still no takers. Do you notice the shadows of the tree limbs? The gradient of the snow and shadows. The curious Maple Continue reading GoPro Birdwatching #5 ~ Grizzly Backyard

GoPro Birdwatching #4 ~ Grizzly Backyard

The birds overcome their fear and dive into bird feeder! Can you ID all the birds? What type of Sparrows? Any Finches and where did that nuthatch go? Don’t forget to watch the action in the tree the second or third time you watch this video! Continue reading GoPro Birdwatching #4 ~ Grizzly Backyard

GoPro Birdwatching #3 ~ Grizzly Backyard

There is a lot of action on the tree and thistle bag but the birds still don’t know what to think about this new GoPro camera addition to their bird feeder, so they play it safe and chase each other around the tree. Was that a finch that was Continue reading GoPro Birdwatching #3 ~ Grizzly Backyard

GoPro Birdwatching #2 ~ Grizzly Backyard

In this video you see my pup Daisy doing her business early and just walking off camera. The shadows cast by these trees are interesting and a bit more seed may help this experiment along. The traffic on the road breaks up the monotony but the bird watching, like fishing Continue reading GoPro Birdwatching #2 ~ Grizzly Backyard

GoPro Birdwatching #1 Grizzly Backyard

One of my guilty pleasures is bird watching. GoPro allows me to take that to a whole new level. I attached my GoPro to a mason jar lid and filled the mason jar with BB’s to weight it down and allow it not to be easily knocked over Continue reading GoPro Birdwatching #1 Grizzly Backyard

Can you Smell the Serenity? ~ Grizzly Relic & Treasure

This is my first attempt at GoPro Birding. I have two really nice maple logs that have become our bird feeders and I will make into Mushroom logs here this Spring. I set the GoPro up late afternoon and of course the birds were too cautious to come Continue reading Can you Smell the Serenity? ~ Grizzly Relic & Treasure

I can’t tell you how grateful and blessed we are

001Yesterday we closed and sold our dream fulfilled homestead back in Princeton, MN.  There is something maddening about having property you can not protect and utilize thousands of miles away.  We could not pay anyone to keep our best interest so we had to sell our property there but feel so grateful that the next owner and caretaker can now bring life back into that homestead we loved so much.

The decision to move to Ohio was a quick and simple one.  We really are enjoying our piece of heaven here but the move damn near killed us.  And having our property sit vacant while we go from one con man to the next who we spent good money on continued to let us down.  Finally we just had to cut our losses and dump a wad of cash into selling this great piece of property.  It was painful.  Monetarily painful, but also emotionally painful. I have suffered many storms in this life but this one literally damn near killed both Michelle and I.

Now that it is sold and into another caretaker’s hands I really felt at ease.  This huge debt that we could not pay anyone to care take on our behalf is now all taken care of and under someone else’s watch now.  It is a bit easier to breath, and my mind has been racing with all the projects I have planned for this home in Ohio that were born and percolated there in the dream fulfilled homestead.  My mind is now again nimble to exercise my dream muscles again.  The sweet memories are now flooding back to fill the void left by all the disappointment, challenges and despair with not being able to protect and fill that homestead with life that we cherished while we were there.

We were blessed to own two homes but it is so nice to only have one now to worry about.  We were blessed to have the savings to pay the difference between the sale price and what we owed on the mortgage without having to take out another loan.  Things are going to be tight here for a while until our savings can be built up again but we can do that standing on our head.  We were able to get to this point in our life because we have always sacrificed for our dreams.  We sold our Dream Fulfilled homestead and now we are in our Bonnie Doon Homestead here in Leesburg, Ohio where if God is willing we will live out the rest of our days.  It is just a shame they can’t cache me, or bury me by the old privy when my Lord calls me home.  Yet, we have a lot of life yet to surround ourselves with here before our day is through.

Finally I feel like our feet are getting a good footing again.  I hope to share the joy with you more now that my mind is at ease.  It is hard to write, make videos and publish when you can’t protect what you are responsible for.  Now I feel I can again.

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Tobacco cutter Grizzly Relic & Treasure

Adam Dyer of Bainbridge, Ohio had these two Tobacco Cutters for sale and today I took that lovely drive with Michelle to pick them up. Damn it is lovely country here in Ohio. It was great talking with Adam as he is very knowledgeable and I know I Continue reading Tobacco cutter Grizzly Relic & Treasure