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poor farmer/logger

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  1. No shortage of snow there yet anyways. Brekaups starting here. Sledding is almost over now. Got a few more days left but if it warms up much more it'll be done. Fired up the old sled the other day for the first time this year.(98 Yamaha 700 XTC) Had to clean the carbs on it and get it ready to go. Dad claims he wants to go for one ride this winter so we'll see if that progresses or if it's "to cold" for him when the time comes.lol.. Went ice fishing today with my brother so got out for one last small ride if all else fails. Got to give them credit for real world testing at least.
  2. Looks great. Shouldn't be any danger of bending that one. Dang I felt bad spending 8 bucks on a bag for the cat that someone droped off here.(it decided the shop was a pretty nice place to live so it stays in there right next to the wood stove) Surprisingly our golden retriever made friends with the cat, they actually play together once in a while.lol..
  3. Where's your connecting flight after anchorage? I assume it's not a direct flight? I'll wave if you fly over.lol..
  4. Nice shots. Looks like lots of ice fog and hoar frost. Sure drives the cold in when you're working outside.
  5. looks like the snow is pilling up nicely there. Went out for a little ride this afternoon. Not really enough snow yet to snowmobile. Can hear the carbides hitting ground once in a while yet. It's not bad if you stick close to the bush but it's far cry from perfect yet.
  6. Dam I was gona make the 100 page lol.. 8 more though and you'll make a even 1,000.lol.. 7 more after this I suppose. Got our first snow today almost enough a guy could bomb around in the fields a bit. Ended up with 3-4 inches. Might take the sled out tomorrow and get it all washed up so I can check it over. Maybe give it a little shake down run along the road and back. Cooling off here too. Forecasted lows are around 0F
  7. We ended up with a stray cat here a week ago. Someone dropped it off. Our golden retriever didn't know what to make of it for sure. She was pretty tolerable till the cat snuck in the house and stood up on her dog food pail. The fight was on. I though shed actually but the cats head off lol. The cat kind of learnt its lesson and now they seem to be buddies. Came back to the house they other day and try we're both laying on the blanket outside the front door. Cat actually rubs up against her now and walks all around her.
  8. Certainly wasn't trying to gloat or relish in someone else's pain. Actually surprised you weren't cheaper. Figured there'd be quite a few pellet mills around the southern part of Alaska. Truth be known you might not be further from the plant then I am.lol.. Pellets we're buying are being trucked in about 900 miles. There's one new plant here in Saskatchewan that we might look at buying from if the quality is good. They're selling them for 4.75 a bag by the pallet of 60. Trouble is we'd have to drive 200 miles to get it. Would have to bring back 4 or 5 pallets to make it pay unless we were in the area. Looks very similar to the forecast here.
  9. For once were getting a better deal lol. We looked into makin our own pellets for a while but the set up cost was very high to get a decent non homeowner set up. Cheapest we found was around 25-30,000. Any of the comercial guys we talked to said don't even look at the ones made in china. They said you really get what you pay for there. Its a shame really we have cords and cords of slabs tons of sawdust and even a bunch of round wood yet we're going out and spending money on wood to burn lol.
  10. Once they're compressed into wood pellets I don't think it makes a huge difference. We burn pellets year round too. We tried some hardwood pellets one time but the extra 2 bucks a bag didn't seem to justify it. There wasn't any more heat from them and at the end of the day there was still 1 bag burnt so for us it didn't look like a good idea. Just out of curiosity what are you paying per bag by the pallet? Just bought a pallet here a couple weeks ago and it was 5.50 a bag plus tax.
  11. Funny you should post a pic of that just saw a 747 fly over home here that left anchorage 3 hours ago. No connection but still thought of you when I saw it lol. Cathay pacific 80 was the flight number. 747-8 was the plane.
  12. Lol. Could substitute our new "leader" in their too.
  13. Christmas cake was out allready here too. Guess they have to start early to try and sell it all so they don't have to give it away after Christmas lol.
  14. To be honest I can't actually remember. We bought ours in 92 with 670,000 kms. Was 34,000 then so I would suspect a new one would've been in that 60-80 k range. Was only 8 at the time.lol.. New one now is 150-200 k depending on how you dress it up. It's really ridiculous on how we've let prices get as high as they have. I can remember in 08 when dealers were starving to make a sale. Brand new dodge diesel moderately loaded 37,000. Every time we turn around companies are blaming rising costs on the dollar but that only flies for so long. Eventually things catch up and you can't use that excuse any more. That's about the time our dollar gains again but prices never do drop down. Just a vicious cycle.lol..
  15. Some very nice views for sure. We've got a few peonies planted here on the farm that have been here for probably 30 years or more. The one group my grandma planted lord only knows how long ago. Still bloom nice every summer though. You're sure gona be busy clipping once they start blooming. The guys that I know that have def haven't had allot for problems so far and it gets pretty cold here too. I was actually looking at new trucks the other day. Priced out a couple but they were both over 70,000 for a 2015 GMC loaded up pretty good. To much for a bloody truck if you ask me.
  16. Always check up and see what you're up to. Besides snowmobiling seasons only a few weeks away for you lol. Always appreciate the pics even if there's a ski doo or two in em lol. Course the other stuff is interesting to see. Not allot for pipeline activity here.
  17. Please keep it in the north for another cocuple months please.lol.. Not quite ready for sledding season here yet. Sitll have half the crop out. Need the crop in so I can buy a new or newer one to play with this winter. Been awful wet and cold here too though the last week now. Hopefully it'll turn around now. I keep saying that but so far it hasn't happended. Get a couple good days and things just start to dry out then it rains again.
  18. Is neat to see what's going on in other parts of the world. Actually made in Winnipeg I believe unless things have changed which they might have. Looks like Manitoba plates on the trailer. Little hard to tell for sure though. Probably hauling a new model down to run on the wheat run hence the no decals maybe. Don't want to give anything away to the competition lol..
  19. Their versatile combines. Owned by rustlemesh(spelling not right but its something along those lines) has a rotor that spins one way and concaves that spin the opposite direction.
  20. Best thing for em. Nice to see kids out actually playing rather then cooped up in a house with a computer or a smartphone.
  21. Princess auto is much the same. I know some guys that are addicticted to it. I only go in with a 100 bucks or less in my pocket. Can't get in too much trouble that way lol.
  22. There's allot of speculating going on right now as to weather there will be a crop this fall or not. Some are dry done are wet and some are just right. We're on the edge of to wet at the moment but that is better then to dry. Was at another. Auction today and it was up and down. So e stuff was up pretty good and some stuff they could hardly get a bid on. Overall I'd say in saskatchewan our economy is doing pretty good yet. Things have slowed up a bit but if there is no crop you'll see things drop right out from underneath you. Its a shame when someone else has to fail for you to get ahead. Someone else's crop failure could mean good thi gs for us as our crops so far are looking good. I don't like to look at it that way but unfortunately that is the stock market world we live in today. On a side not my nephew is working in Alberta on storage tanks for crude for the keystone pipeline and so far there's been no sign of slowing up. Little buggers making more then me lol. Even more then his dad when he's really going at it lol. Crazy part is he's still going to school for electrician. 2nd or 3rd year apprentice now.
  23. If the suns out bright its pretty bright outside till around 10:00. Starts getting dark after that. By 11:00 its dark and by midnight its black. Can still see a orange glow in the north but its more or less dark. By 3:30 4:00 its nice and bright again though. Was fairly dry here but the last two weeks have been pretty wet. 3 inches on our home quarter and as much as 4-4.5 inches on some of our other land. Go further south though and its still somewhat dry from what I hear. Has to be a certain amount of doubt amount farmers as ritchie brothers had a big 1 day sale in Saskatoon today and some stuff was up to a third less then what it had been selling for.
  24. We have a Ruston Hornsby elevator engine similar to that but a little bigger. Don't recall what the hp rating is on it but it is a neat old piece of history. Ours starts off air pressure or belt pulley on a tractor. Good ol crank power too but that's be a bit tuff on them cold mornings lol. Ours has a wick that burns and seems to me there's some kind of percussion cap but its been so many years since I've really been around it I can't say for sure.
  25. There are some software programmers that are able to hack into the new tractors so its not quite as bad as they make it sound but pretty darn close. Guy I know locally here works for ekotuning and can tune the newer deeres as well as cnh tractors and combines. They're doing def deletes on some of the new stuff too. Don't think he's done any himself yet though. It sure is nice to open the hood on a tractor or what ever though and not see a computer staring you down in the face. It'll be a sad day when we start to recycle tractors like we do computers. (And I don't mean sending them to the wrecker to be parted out)
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