Garden Planning

As I sit here looking out my window at the -32 C weather that we are getting my mind drifts to warmer more sunny days working in the garden.

Which made me think that this would be the perfect time to dig out my garden journals and plan for this coming spring. I have also been improving how I document each season so that the next will be easier to plan.

So I figured I would share some PDF worksheets that I have been using to organize my planning and document things better going forward.






I will also make these available in the resource section of the website.

Hope these help and happy planning / planting.



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Umarex Beretta Mod 92 A1 CO2 Blowback

After picking up a Umarex Beretta Mod 92 A1 CO2 Blowback air pistol a few weeks ago, I knew I had to pass on how much fun you will have with this gun.

This gun gets top marks for being as close to the real thing as you can get. It is fully field strippable and is a joy to use as a training tool in the education of gun safety and maintenance. It also has the benefit of being close to the real weight and balance of the original hand gun, which aids in the practice of drawing and aiming the weapon.

With the blowback feature this gun also performs true to form with a healthy amount of recoil as the slide cycles. Which gives this gun a more realistic feel when firing multiply shots back to back. The slide will also lock open when you magazine is empty thus further enforcing the training aspect of reloading and readying the weapon for the next round of shots.

After field testing this weapon I am happy with the over all performance of this gun. The only thing negative about this pistol is its accuracy. Like most other reviews this gun shoots low and to the right by about 3-4 inches at 30 feet. Which is common for a smooth bore BB gun barrel. There is however a little known hop up adjustment dial hidden in the slide under the barrel that can be adjusted to bring the shots in a bit. After the adjustment  I was doing better with only being low and to the right 2-3 inches at 30 feet. What makes up for the inaccuracy is the fact that this gun has a full auto feature and is a blast to shoot. It was worth buying this gun just for the chance to fire a fully automatic weapon.

The fully automatic feature works flawlessly on this gun and is so addictive, be warned that you will go through lots of CO2 cartridges. Which isn’t bad thing when you are having this much fun. So next time you are looking to purchase a pistol for plinking and training purposes this gun is the one you want.

Hope this helps and I would be glad to answer any questions on the barrel hop up or any other adjustments I have made to this gun.


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Happy Holidays

Hi everyone just wanted to wish everyone the best over the holidays and hope you had a very merry Christmas.

It’s -32 C here at the moment so I figured it was a good time to clean up my websites and get back into the swing of things. I have a few days off over the holidays so will be able to focus on posting some really awesome content.

Hopefully this coming year won’t be so crazy busy and I will also be able to do more posts on acreage living and getting our properties moving in a more self sustaining direction.

Cheers everyone and I look forward to the coming new year with you all.

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If you are Canadian and want to get into trading crypto currencies, Coinsquare is an exchange that I use and have had no problems to date with them.

Their fee’s seem to be inline with all other exchanges and their server up time and accessibility to your funds during peak Bitcoin trading cycles hasn’t been a problem either. They also provide many different ways to fund your account and have an agreement with Interac to move money back and forth from your bank account and the exchange.

If you are just getting started I highly recommend you check these guys out, you won’t be disappointed.


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Sentry Safe

I figured I would share some interesting information regarding home safes that I stumbled across while doing my research before I made my purchase of a home safe.

You do not want to purchase a digital key pad safe under any circumstance. They are extremely easy to break into and are not to be trusted. This is all I am willing to say as I do not want to educate thieves on how to exploit a design flaw within these particular type of safes.

The one pictured above with the rotary dial and backup key lock is much safer and will give potential thieves a very difficult time in gaining access to your valuables. These are not completely foolproof either but a much better deterrent then any of the digital key pad models by far. All I can suggest is to look at some of the YouTube videos made with regards to these safes and make your own conclusion.

Hope this public service notice helps……..

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Ring Doorbell 2

The Ring Doorbell 2 is another home security product that we picked up a month ago and its simply awesome.

It is a little pricey, but in this case you do get what you pay for compared with other similar doorbells. It has a bunch of handy features and the smartphone app is very solid.

What we like about this device is that you can set the motion detection range out to 30 plus feet which alerts you to anyone coming up your walk and lets you decide whether you feel like answering well in advance. We also like the “Live View” mode when we are away just to see what the weather is doing and what is happening further out in the yard.

I think the Ring Doorbell 2 is well worth the money and is loaded with features that will more than likely fit or exceed most peoples needs. I will probably do a more comprehensive review with technical specs and what I did to make this product perform even better…..stay tuned.

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Nest Indoor WI-FI Camera

Another product for home security that I would highly recommend is the Nest Indoor WI-FI Camera.

I installed one in our kitchen last week to keep an eye on our front door and the activities of our 3 little dogs. So far I have nothing but great things to say about this video camera.

I did a lot of research into all the various brands found on Amazon and eBay, including the ones found at the local big box stores and must say that Nest stands out as a clear leader in this technology space.

It was by far the easiest cam to set up and the video quality is superb. It also has a great wi fi range that will more than likely meet most peoples needs around a 2000 to 3500 square foot multi-level home. Another reason I went with Nest is for its outstanding smartphone app that is well designed and is very easy to use.

So far I have found that its learning capabilities are awesome and after a couple weeks of these devices talking to each other and communicating with your smartphone, they start to operate by themselves with little to no intervention on your part. Can’t wait to start adding more Nest products to my system.

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