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  2. TFF Admin

    Happy Father's Day!

    Just wanted to give a shout out to all of the fathers out there today! Today is YOUR day! Happy Father's Day! It is sweltering here in TN. Hope everyone else has a plan to beat the heat.
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  4. alleyyooper

    Ithaca Mi dust off car show

    Rare Dodge Diplomat with 4 speed trans. Al
  5. alleyyooper

    Ithaca Mi dust off car show

    No I think it just had a 327. Lot more pictures when I catch some time. :D Al
  6. TFF Admin

    Ithaca Mi dust off car show

    The Buick is looking good Al. Love that black Impala SS. The red strip accents the black paint just right. Does have an original 409?
  7. I started out with 61 hives that got off to a great start in early Spring........then came some very hard freezes later in March which killed about half. I purchased 9 hives from a friend from which we were immediately able to make a split into a nuc to make 10 and I split the other 9 hives last Sunday. To make up my losses, I fed and built up the remaining 30 hives as big as possible and have been making a series of walk away splits which so far the majority have been re-queening themselves. About 10% so far have not re-queened and I have had to either add a queen cell, a frame of uncapped young brood, or a frame of broom with queen cells on it. I have lost count of the number of hives I currently have but I am pretty sure I am almost to 100 hives give or take. I am moving hives I have on 6 way commercial pallets off of them onto 2 cinder block high hive stands with landscaping timbers layed across the blocks. I try to keep 3 hives to a hive stand but some have 4 or 5. I am also removing the Apivar strips, installing queen excluders, and adding honey supers while I am checking for queen right hives. I realize that I am a bit late getting my honey supers on but it was a priority to make up the losses first. I expect there may be about a 45 days of a good strong nectar flow so I am hoping my bees can make some appreciable amount of honey. Next week, I am planting foraging crops for my bees at various locations on the farm.
  8. alleyyooper

    Ithaca Mi dust off car show

    Ithaca Mi only show we found for this week end that the threat of rain wasn't so great. Never the less the people who worked to put it on set a rain date, if it did happen to rain, and had a Phone number to call to make sure it was still a go for today. It was dry and some places even a bit of sun shine driving over. As we turned off M 21 to 127 it started to sprinkle. Closer we got to Ithaca the harder it came down, wipers now set full on slow speed. Kare calls is the show still on despite us beiong about 25 miles away. OH YA he said it is still clear here and there are already a bunch lined up on the street. We drove out of the rain about 5 miles south of town. We get there and park, Kare goes to sign us in and donate to the fund they asked for while I start from the bottom up cleaning the car, tires are now sparkling black and clean even the tread. As I started the detailing wax it started sprinkling, Lady with Pick up next to use tells hubby they are wasting their time, I keep going as the Lucas detailing wax Dave said was good stuff seemed to work even better with the sprinkles. I finish shortly after Kare gets back and I tell her she has to do the windows, turns out she doesn't do windows, either do I today, they will have to be good enough. The fire house, is old and neat for this old farming town. Our Buick is looking really good even though no cars are being judged today (sunday). Our neighbours to the east were traveling as a group so were not real neighborly. Al
  9. alleyyooper

    Our Buick spent the winter in the beauty shop.

    The Buick has two coats of epoxie primer over the bare metal to start. Then four sanding coats of primer that were block sanded till deemed smooth enough. One base color coat of each color and block sanded again. Once that first coat was sanded they decided it was ready so three coats of the base colors were applied, then four coats of clear. Was hand buffed our once and a machine buffing to finish it off. New door rubbers were installed as the old ones were bad to start and had to be removed to paint the inside door edges & the jams. I had removed the trunk rubber for them before I took it up to the shop. I will stress get every thing you want in writeing, and I meen every thing. I am totaly happy with all aspects of the job we had gotten the estmate for all verbal. But we had talked about pictures along the way, chrome stripped off, old paint stripped off to bare metal and the different primer coats. We didn't get a one picture of the process other than what I took. Al
  10. alleyyooper

    Our Buick spent the winter in the beauty shop.

    Cost depends on what you want and who is doing the work. Our estmates went from $4500.00 from the fellow who we assume backed out to $17,000.00 who must have thought we were rich city folks. If your trucks body is still OK and it runs good it is far cheaper to do paint by at least a 5th of the cost of a new truck last time I looked. Al
  11. TFF Admin

    Our Buick spent the winter in the beauty shop.

    Nice! Better than new. I am considering doing something like this with my truck. She is getting long in the tooth.....almost 17 years old. Not meaning to be nosey, but what does a job like that cost? The cost of a new truck would be over double what I paid for mine new. I only have about 87,000 miles on it so it is just getting broken in. Real nice looking car there Al!
  12. alleyyooper

    Our Buick spent the winter in the beauty shop.

    We got the call the mouldings were in and being installed. Made the appointment to pick it up April first. As soon as they rolled it out of the buffing shop I was awe struck it was so beautiful. The hood sines now as does every thing else. The body side mouldings are a match to the stock ones except no peeling chrome. The Emblems were painted too. The strip now is painted on. Our first car show 2018. Al
  13. alleyyooper

    Our Buick spent the winter in the beauty shop.

    We searched all spring 2017 for some one to paint our car. thought we had some one who said couldn't get to it till September. When September roll around we had not got a call from him as he said he would do. Here we are into mid May and he still hasn't given us a call. So after September we started our search again. At car shows one name kept popping up and then a card with a phone number was given to us. Called early Oct. for an appraisal appointment and got one in a couple days. Drove up and got the appraisal and a date to do the job is we so decided. One thing we didn't do was get every thing in writing a mistake on my part. We also delivered the car at the end of Oct even though he was going to start on it till November. that was no problem as I was getting ready flor deer hunting and would not have to drop the car off while I was doing that. We also stayed away from the place till January 2018 when I asked if they had stripped the car so I could get the power antenna off to repair. Said it was ready to pick up and return the next day for reassembly. Pictures of the process had been agreed to but we have gottn none. I do have a few I took when I got the antenna and returned it. Left side in the first sanding primer coat. Trunk lid being block sanded first primer coat. Right side with the first sanding priner coat. Right side with the final epoxy primer coat over the clean metal DOOR. Clean this engine compartment. It was finished in mid March but the body side mouldings were on back order because they were gray. Al
  14. alleyyooper

    Our Buick spent the winter in the beauty shop.

    Yea seems the site got fixed my post is working. Al
  15. Our Buick spent the winter in the beauty shop. There were several issues with the paint from setting out side for 5 years with no care. Biggest issue was the paint was cracked and pitted from age and settin g in the summer sun and never being polished. there were a few other issues too. Surface rust on the right rear quarter. the paint stripe wasn't paint at all but a tape. Paint was peeling from the right upper quarter where it meets the roof. There was a scratch like it had been keyed at one time and the touch up paint was coming off. The Emblems were also in bad shape. Al
  16. TFF Admin

    I'm a bee keeper again.

    Al, I just posted a new thread without any problem. Please give it another try and see if it works for you now.
  17. I purchased a Mitey Mite Killer at last year's Tennessee Beekeeper's Conference. It claims to kill mites, hive beetles, and tracheal mites by heating up the hive to 105 degrees for about 180 minutes. The temperatures outside need to be above 70 degrees to use it so I have not had the opportunity to test it out yet. I plan to test it out in June and will post my results, comments, and impressions. https://www.beehivethermalindustries.com/product/10in-frame/ https://www.beehivethermalindustries.com/
  18. TFF Admin

    I'm a bee keeper again.

    Yeah, I had the same problem with posting and replying too. Mike is currently working on it. Very frustrating.
  19. alleyyooper

    I'm a bee keeper again.

    I can reply to threads here but I can not make any new ones up. I don't like being absent for several months but have no choice. We made it thru endless winter that went to prolonged mud season and then summer. :D Al
  20. TFF Admin

    I'm a bee keeper again.

    How are your bees doing Al? I got most of mine through the Winter up until Spring came early and the temperatures got unusually warm. This caused the hives to brood up and they Mother Nature had here way and we got hit with 3 really hard frosts which killed off about half of the hives I got through the winter. That left me with 30 hives. I purchased 9 and we found a nice queen cell in one of these so we made a nuc on the spot. Now that nuc is in a 10 frame deep. The rest of the hives I built up really big. Like 3 to 5 ten frame deep boxes big in an effort to split like crazy and try to make up my losses. I have split all of the those surviving hives at least once and some I have split twice, a few 3 times. This week I will be splitting the rest of the hives and removing them from the commercial 6 way pallets and placing them on a regular hive stand. They will all be single deep 10 frame hives with a queen excluder and medium honey supers stacked on top as needed. We hope to be pushing a 100 hives if all goes well. The bees are making honey like gang busteres! They have a record bloom of black berries and now the tulip poplars are blooming. In June I will be looking at treating for mites again. I am treating right now with Apivar. I purchased 3 Mitey Mite Killers at the Tennessee Beekeepers Conference and am looking forward to trying them out to see how they work. I also got a Pro Vap 110 to do oxalic acid vapor treatments. It will be interesting to see what the girls produce.
  21. alleyyooper

    Thursday morning.

    I was drawn as Brents partner for the next two weeks Sunday. He is Johns brother in law is how we met and became part of the group so long ago. He is a hyper guy and set very much in his ways, he isn’t some one you want to be stuck in a boat with trolling on Lake Huron or Saginaw Bay. We met at the truck stop and headed out for our first sets. Along the way I was telling him about How Dean and I had been doing all day hunts and had some good luck at mid day. He just said nope you guys were just lucky the coyotes were moving and I have things to do this afternoon. We make the first farm the Reynolds beef farm, gather our gear and head out for a stone pile on a hill over looking the 20 acre wood lot. Set the decoys out about 25 yards from the woods then get back to the brushy stone pile and start calling. Isn’t to long and I see a coyote sneaking thru the grass at the woods edge but I wasn’t the first to see it. Brent shot and the first coyote was down in that grass. I would have let it get in the corn stubble. Had a hard time keeping him in place for a full 20 minuses let alone a full 30 minutes. Back at the truck I asked why he didn’t let the coyote clear the grass so it was closer and in clear view. He just said what makes you think it would have came in the clear? Best to take a shot when you see them. I had a feeling that the morning isn’t going to be much fun for me, am starting to think I am going to be really busy the rest of the week. Arrive at the second farm Crushanks dairy operation, milk around 200 cows give or take. Not much of any place to set up there except in a fence row with some taller grass and it is a flat farm as so many in the thumb of Michigan are. I think the chance of getting a clear view of any coyotes here is going to be a good bet since we are about 200 yards from the woods and slough. Got the decoys set and settle in for the calling. It was 28F when we parked the truck but you could feel the sun warming things up when you were out of the bitter NE wind off Lake Huron. At 20 Minutes nothing had showed up and I motions for Brent to set still for a bit he shakes his head no and started to get up and a coyote pops out of the slough sees him moving and switches ends and is gone. We get back at the truck and I ask why he can’t wait for 10 minuses more to make sure there are no sneakers? He says all the books say 20 minutes and if nothing shows quit and git to another spot. I tell him this isn’t 1900 and things and thoughts have changed, you still running deer with dogs like in the 1900’s? We are even useing decoys and Ecallers they didn't have when your old books were wrote. He just shuts up and drives to our next farm another dairy operation. Mister Jenkins comes from the barn and meets us at the truck and says they saw 4 on Wednesday while spreading manure and they were in no hurry to leave as they spread more manure. Said they had disappeared in the big drainage ditch in the south west corner of the place. We get back to a brushy fence line set the decoys out about 150 yards away from us settle in and start calling. At 15 minute mark a coyote comes over the top of the ditch, I sign to Brent to wait there were supposed to be four of them. About 5 more minutes another appers and there is no holding Brent back he signs to take them. I fire and have a coyote down as does Brent. Get back to the truck and Brent says that has been a good morning, maybe this afternoon will be as good. I tell him if he is quitting till late afternoon I am going home and do some work the rest of the day. We get back to my truck and part ways, with a call me when you are ready for another morning. Al
  22. I solved the problem. My dumbass cat torn the vacuum line loose from the top of the vacuum pump when she was climbing up in the engine compartment during the Winter.
  23. alleyyooper

    The honey house.

    Diesel fumes inside a building lingers and stinks. Al
  24. alleyyooper

    Sunday Sunday

    Dean and I met at our meeting restaurant, DST Sunday morning. I don’t know why the time switch effects me so much as I am normally out of bed by 3:00 AM any day. But maybe because of my age never have like the effects on my internal clock it has mentally. After a breakfast and several gallons for coffee we hit the road to a sheep farm about a hour and a half away. Arrive Just as it gets light enough you can see the nose on your face. Trucks temp read out says 12F, so glad I put on my medium weight long johns. Climb out of the truck and start putting our camo on as the farmer comes out the door. He said he would be a minute and would be around to give us a lift part way back . We say no thanks as we have our packs, rifles and such and the cab of a MF 1105 is not all that big. One thing the snow has melted down to just a couple inches deep in some spots but mostly frozen mud. I’m happy as I still have not found the pattern for my ski binding, Knew I should have copied it to a flash drive. Work our way back to a finger field surrounded by woods. Nice stone pile not far from the edge of the field, presume some time in the past there was a stone there that could not be moved with the equipment of the day so a stone pile formed there. We set the decoys out on either side Decide we would go with one caller and use the distressed piglet sound. Saturday was over cast all day and not overly warm but today by the time we were set in place the sun was just starting to peek over the tree line. The call had only been going a short time when 5 deer come out of the woods to our left and walk single file along the fence to our front to a bald hill top to browse on the grass. The callers sound has them uneasy how ever as they kept looking at the decoy set not far from the caller. They do not stay long and enter the woods near by. After a half hour of calling we had seen nothing but deer so wait a bit and pack up to go. Back at the truck the farmer has just put the tractor away after seting out a round bale for the sheep. Tells us he has not heard a coyote in close to a month, laughs and says we have did a good job cleaning them out of the area. We tell him to not be holding his breath as the coyotes will be back and maybe soon, just the way they are now here in lower Michigan. Say our good byes and leave. Drive about 10 miles where we hit a beef farm and have got a lot of coyotes. Is the first farmer who called asking us to do some thing about the bold coyotes that had been getting in the feed bunks eating grain. Sun is up now, we could feel it starting to warm up still glad we had long johns on as the truck read out still was not to 20F yet. We walk back to a fence line with a rise where we can set up across from a slough full of multa flora rose. Decided to go with two callers and clip turkey feathers to the decoy so it looks bigger. Go with the cat sound in one caller to start after Dean has a happy coyote family sound going. At 5 minutes nothing has shown and the cats disagreeing kicks in, that did the trick as a coyote comes tearing out of that slough bee lining for the decoy. Is Deans zone so I am waiting for him to fire and when he does it still made me jump. In case you wondered we do wear those foam ear plugs, light to carry and work well. Wait a bit to see if any others show, nothing does. It is a big old tooth worn male shows signs of mange so it gets drug over to the fence and pushed under to feed other critters. We hit two other farms with no luck be fore we decided to go grab some lunch. The plan was to make a day of it. Tempture had climbed to 31F sun shining bright and snow slushy. Al
  25. TFF Admin

    The honey house.

    Thanks Al! You know.....that is a VERY GOOD point. I had not even considered that, at least not to large extent. Most of my equipment is diesel but still fumes of any kind would be very serious issue when extracting and bottling honey. It would be best to move all of that equipment and anything else that could possibly generate any fumes outside.
  26. alleyyooper

    The honey house.

    Rereadding you post I see the plan is to have one building with home, honey house and farm shop all under one roof. Not a good Idea as the honey can draw the taste of gasoline and oil not to mention the dust and dirt of the shop getting in the honey house section. Seprate them by more than a wall. My wife would screem bloody murder every time fumes of gasoline, oil , welding and exhaust from the shop got in the home part of the building. Al
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