I always am filled with a sense of hope and happiness when I see a bluebird. They bring a vibrant color to a forest especially in the winter months. When seeing a bluebird it brings me back to the summer days when the wildflowers are blooming and color is in all its glory for the viewer to see. I thought I would look at what a bluebird symbolizes and throughout history in Chinese mythology the bluebirds were messengers. In Native American folklore the Navajo identify the bluebird as a spirit in animal form. In Russian fairy tales the bluebird is a symbol of hope. It's easy to see how the bluebirds beauty can be used so often in different cultures stories and folklore. When I see a bluebird I see love in it's most pure and gentle form sent from above to give us hope for better days. Just when we think things may be most bleak, the blue bird is sent to remind us that there is still hope, love and happiness.
I got a call from the post office this morning to pick up the baby chicks and got there right when they opened at 8 am to be given a small white box that held all the chirping chicks! These chicks are just adorable and I made sure to take extra caution driving them home. Once I got them to the chicken coop, I put them inside the brooder space that is surrounded with cardboard and lined with wood shavings on the floor. Before I left for the post office I turned on the heat lamp to make sure that it would be warm and cozy for them once they got to their home. As I took each one out one by one I dipped their beak into the water so they would not be thirsty after such a long journey and to imprint in their minds where to get water. They are all happily chirping, drinking and eating as I type this!
One of my favorite moments fishing that I will always remember was the first day I ever limited out on walleye! The limit for walleye here in Ohio is 6 fish. I was fishing a local lake that day and remember it happened all so fast. There was a hump that I was drifting over that I could see on my fish finder when I hooked into the first fish. When I caught the first one I instantly marked the GPS location and paddled back against a nice breeze that was out of the Southeast so that I would drift back over that hump that led into weed beds. These areas are prime places to fish for walleye when they are on a feeding frenzy because that is where the bait fish hide from them. The walleye will also hide in them to ambush the bait fish. I kept drifting over and it felt like every time I did I was either getting bites or hooking into a walleye. It all happened within an hours time and I'll never forget that day.
Okay, so I have a slight obsession with fishing lures and have had it ever since my first order to Bass Pro Shops for my 13th birthday when I was a kid. I especially have an obsession with fishing lures when I can make them and not have to hardly spend any money doing so! For quite some time I have tried creating my own version of Rapala Jigging Raps. The early ones I made out of wood with weighted sinker lead inside of them. I found that I was not successful doing that because the wood created an imbalance to not want to sink directly to the bottom for vertical fishing and that is the main reason I have had so much success with the Rapala Jigging Raps. I finally figured out a way to make my own and not have to spend $8 each! Right here in this photo is $80 worth of Jigging Raps for the price of some silver solder, hooks, wire, and women's nail polish that can all be purchased at your local Walmart! I am making a video of this for YouTube and will be posting it soon! If you haven't already please subscribe to my channel Artdoorsman by clicking HERE
A bittersweet Half marathon race this morning at the Mill Creek Distance Classic. This was my last race ever in the age group for 30s! I turn 40 April 3rd and will be soon entering a new age group. I finished the 13.1 mile race in 1:56:13. I came in 10th place in the men's 35 to 39 age group and 140th overall out of 258 runners.
Things are moving right along with the chicken coop remodel! The chicks can arrive Monday so I want to have everything ready this week for them. Today I went to Tractor Supply and purchased the chick starter feed and grit. I also bought some new water and feeders that will hang instead of sit on the floor so they don't make a mess by pooping in them. The outside will be all painted brown to match everything else on the homestead! I'm excited to complete everything and soon in about 18 to 20 weeks start having fresh eggs everyday!
The weather is slowly warming up toward spring and that means that the fish will be biting! Crappie fishing is something my Dad always has loved and had patience for. With fishing for crappie generally the tactic is to use a slip bobber or drifting with jigs and live bait which can often feel really boring. When my Dad would take me out on his boat that would be the way that he would fish. He would generally catch a lot of crappie, but when it came to catching walleye we would only catch those incidentally. I think my Dad is enjoying fishing a lot more since I had started experimenting with fishing and researching even more because now sometimes we even limit out on walleye!
Yesterday I began the tear off project of all the old shingles and completed that. After removing the shingles I made sure all the nails were flush with the wood roofing. Then added the tar paper to both sides of the roof. Today I will begin to shingle the roof and depending upon how fast this part goes will begin tearing off the old siding and replacing it. I'm hoping to finish this project soon so I can continue on some art projects that I have been working on.