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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Friday Morning Music

Austin City Limits Music Festival, Charlie Brown, Cold Play, Friday Morning Music

Start your weekend with this number live from last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Cold Play - Charlie Brown.

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How to Make Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Backyard Homesteading, Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Home Canning, Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Sure, I know you're probably asking yourself -  He's got it backward. Shouldn't it be strawberry rhubarb?  You never hear of rhubarb strawberry pie?  It's always strawberry rhubarb pie.

I have it correct inasmuch as here is more rhubarb in my jam by weight.  As the dominant ingredient it goes first.  I digress.

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Friday Morning Music

Adele, Friday Morning Music, Hot Women, Set Fire to the Rain

It's the start of the weekend people.

Kick it off with some stunning vocales from Adele...

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The Garden Chronicles

Backyard Homesteading, Growing Your Own Vegetables, Organic Gardening, Spinach Salad

Got the pumpkins and Lima beans planted today.  The pumpkin variety is called Snackface Hybrid - supposedly a big producer of tasty seeds - if you fashion roasted pumpkin seeds. 

We'll see.

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Quite Possibly The Perfect Magazine

Culture, Firearms, Food, Hunting, Reading List

As I was taking my recycling cart to the curb recently it occured to me that it was largely full of expired gardening journals, newspaper food sections, bowhunting, turkey hunting, pheasant hunting, NRA magazines, and Wisconsin Outdoor News.  It was an eclectic collection of reading material for sure. 

And a big pile of it too.

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Friday Morning Music

Awesome Vocals, Breakfast At Tiffany's, Friday Morning Music, Umass Dynamics

Need a jumpstart on life as you start your weekend?

I have just the prescription.

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Birds of a Feather

House Finch, Life In Tosa

Do you remember the post from a couple of weeks ago about the bird nest in one of the hanging baskets on my front porch?

It's been abandoned. Dang. 

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Birds of a Feather - Babies!

Critters, House Finch, Life In Tosa

I fetched the paper from the porch this morning and mama finch wasn't sitting on her clutch of eggs.

So I sneaked a picture.

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The Garden Chronicles

Backyard Homesteading, Gardening, Growing Your Own Vegetables, Jung Seed Company, Friends

This past weekend a bunch of us got together for an organized bike ride.  Have I told you lately how well that new hip is working-out?  Getting back in the saddle was - in a manner of speaking - just like remembering how to ride a bike.

In any event there was some serious post-ride porch sitting that followed and I had to chase a couple of my friends out of the garden.

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Friday Morning Music

Candy Dulfer, Friday Morning Music, Hot Women, Moondance, Van Morrison

It's the start of the weekend and time to feed the Van Morrison jones.

This is a really, really jamming version of Moondance with Candy Dulfer...

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Birds of a Feather

Critters, House Finch, Life In Tosa

Our house finch nest is tight quarters now that everyone has hatched.

You have to sneak-up on these fuzzy little chicks to snap a picture.  Get too close and they all pop-up in unison with their mouths wide-open expecting a meal.  

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Kiss Your Ash Goodbye

Don't Move Firewood, Emerald Ash Borer, Flatlanders, Kiss Your Ash Goodbye

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is knocking on my door just about everywhere it counts.

Waukesha County to the west of Tosa and Brown County just southwest of our tree farm. 

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Affordable Care Act Upheld - Heads Explode

Affordable Care Act, Freeloaders, Health Insurance, Strange But True

I admit that I was surprised to learn that the Supreme Court of the United States upheld most of the Affordable Care Act today.  If you'd have asked me yesterday what the odds were of that happening I'd have suggested slim to none.

The messaging has now commenced and GOP heads are exploding over THE TAX.

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Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, Perfectly Good Guitar, Please Be With Me, Scott Boyer, Cafe JIVE - Hiroshima

It's the start of the weekend people and time for a a cover piece written by Scott Boyer and popularized by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.

An exceedingly nice acoustic set from the Café JIVE - Hiroshima, Japan...

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