Sorry folks, park’s closed………………

The Moose out front should have told you:

I am very late with posting this.  The month of December found me being not very well.

The entire month of October was wet and cold and it wasn’t until the end of November when I was able to help finish closing up my brother’s outdoor pistol range.

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Both sides are closed off with dirt filled in.  The logs in front are about 18 inches thick and we really only shoot 9mm and 22lr  so as long as were are on target, there shouldn’t be any worry about stray rounds.  Also cut the ears off the tops of the telephone pole to neaten that up.

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My brother just can’t stop adding things.  As it was, we would have to carry out a small fold up table to put our guns and supplies on and to reload at.  Here we have added what will be a small shed like building that will have a waist high shelf in the front and will put a roof on it in the spring and maybe close up the bottom third.

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I think the front of the shed is 45 feet from the backstop.  My brother wants to put targets up at 25-35 feet rather that directly on the backstop.  Some good and bad in doing it this way.  Will also get another couple of loads of the crushed blacktop and put that in all the way to the shed.

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This is how it looked earlier in the summer.  We finally cleaned the mess away on the left

 

 

 

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Compost 2017

The compost pile for 2017:

I FINALLY got to close up the yard !

Almost every weekend for the past two months has been wet and cold and I had not the chance to do a final mow and rake leaves.

But last week I did have have a mighty fine weekend and got almost all of the work done.  I mowed the yard three times: once high, once normal and a third  time low with the mulching bag on.  I ended up with a great mix of fresh green clippings with dead and finely shredded leaves.

If you watched the video, you would have seen the steam coming out when I turned the pile over.  I will try to turn the pile at least every other day until it freezes.

Shoot Point Blank

 

A gentleman at work told me a few months ago that there was a new shooting range opening near where we both live.

http://shootpointblank.com/point-blank-naperville-illinois/

https://www.facebook.com/shootatpointblank/

I was most pleasantly surprised to find out that the range opened a couple of weeks ago.

Since it was on my way home, I stopped and got some range time.

The normal price is $18 an hour and for the week of the soft opening, it was only $5 !!!

Why are the numbers not in an  order??

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I’m gonna brag just a little bit.  This was darn good shooting for the 45 foot distance !

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224 rounds on this day (14 magazines).

16 were fired at 45 feet and the rest were split between the 21 foot and 30 foot distance.

Now, I am never going to win a competition with my shooting abilities, but this was one of my best days all year.

Now, if you watched the first video, you would have seen a “Fail to Eject.”

I had about three of them on this day and have probably had only about 10 in 6,000 rounds.  Not to sure what to think about it.

 

Weekend At The Park

The park, aka my brother’s backyard:

https://bacontime.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/another-day-in-the-park/

https://bacontime.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/sunday-afternoon-in-the-park/

Sadly, this was not a fun day, but a work day.

There is a crick that runs between my brother’s property and our dad’s.

They buried about 500 feet of it and we needed to build a head wall to contain high run off.

Oh, what’s a “crick?”

A crick is a small body of water between the size of a creek and a garden hose.

This crick a hundred years ago had a dam built across it to be able to hold water for making ice for the ice house on the farm.

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My job for the day was just mixing the concrete.  Not a difficult task at all.

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We started at 8 am this is how far we got by about 10 am.  My brother thought we would be done by 11.  My dad had to make a run to the hardware store for more concrete so we are doing a little prep work for the right side wall.

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Mini Ho in action.

My brother works for a plumbing company and has access to all sorts of really cool equipment.

 

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ALL FINISHED !!

But, we were not finished by 11 am. This was a freak weather day for September 23rd in northern Illinois.  It was 90 degrees and 80% humidity by 10 am and none of us could go past noon.  So we started again the next morning at 8 am and we finished up by 10 am.

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A little fine tuning with the tractor.

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Almost done.  Some grass seeding and it will be great.

Story.

I am fairly embarrassed to admit that I failed miserably on that Saturday of work.

By 10:30 am I literally felt like I was going to collapse from fatigue.

One of the problems was that I skipped breakfast.  Another problem is that apparently I’m not 30 years old and in tremendous physical shape.

Going way back to when I was 30.

I used to work construction until I blew my back out and couldn’t do that work anymore.

The center fielder on our softball team was a couple of years older than me and I remember one game night he showed up and said, “Man am I tired.”

His job was being a buyer for a major department store so all he did all day was sit at a desk and make phone calls.

I told him this was my day:

Up at 5 am, physical labor until 3 pm, home by 4 pm,eat, go to the gym and then play two games of softball and I would be glad to play two more games every night.

Man, those days are long gone !!