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What is this?

What is this?

Cutting edge fishing technology in a bucket.  What is in this bucket could change fish cleaning forever….

The inside of this wonder machine.  I thought it looked like an ice cream maker.  Grandpa Gibson saw this in action last winter on a lake to the south and took all the dimmensions and spent the first part of the winter in the garage putting it together.  Now it is time to test it out

What is this orginally used for?

What is this orginally used for?

This is the inside of the scaler.  Question is what was this orginally made for before Grandpa got ahold of it and punched all the holes in it.  I will give a hint that it was purchased at the most useful store in the world Fleet Farm

The middle paddle another recycled item

The middle paddle another recycled item

Any good contraption involves a power tool

Any good contraption involves a power tool

Insert fish into contraption, hook up a drill, run for one minuted and…..

Pan Fished nicely scaled

Pan Fish nicely scaled

Fish ready for cleaning

Fish ready for cleaning

Contraption works and grandpa is happily headed back to the garage for whatever he can dream up next.  I hear the ice shack needs a 3rd seat will there be a remodeling of the ice shack?  That will have to wait for later in the winter for icefishing trip number 2.  You never know what will come out of the garage work shop

In other news this dandy Crappie was caught by Troy.  It came in just under 13 inches.

Cold

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-10 below looking out the window through the frost

-10 below looking out the window through the frost

Sunrise in the pines

Sunrise in the pines

View from between the lakes

View from between the lakes

I had to stop in at a neighbor’s plowing and snuck down to take this picture.  I was right between the big part of the lake and the smaller side a few doors down from the wagon wheels

Ice fishing at Sunsent

Ice fishing at Sunsent

Grandpa Gibson reported crappies in the cold.  He had the camera down and spotted them by the 5th hole.  Fish dinner I hear Friday night

With the cold temps the lake is snapping and booming sounds like a base drum

Note to Paul, your screen saver is coming tomorrow with the new snow

We woke up this morning to the automated phone message from the kids school tellling us school was called off due to transportation issues.  Looked out the window and it was minus 15 with a wind chill much below that

Sunrise in the cold

Sunrise in the cold

It is as cold as the picture looks along with the wind

Too cold for ice candles?

Too cold for ice candles?

We started making our first batch of ice candles for the year.  They froze much thicker that I would have liked.  They did not freeze all the way through and we still managed to drain some of the water out for a really thick walled ice candle.  Stop and see Troy if you are in the area they are the only Christmas shopping he does

Bearskin trail groomed and set up

Bearskin trail groomed and set up

The last of the deer hunting closed last weekend and the Bearskin is now open to snowmobiles.  I am not sure if all the lakes are marked for safety but the trails are all open.  I am sure after this cold snap the lakes will firm up for snowmobiles in time for Christmas

Need to escape the relatives for Christmas, give a call I still have a few cabins open relative stree free.

Lower Kaubashine with fresh snow

Lower Kaubashine with fresh snow

Heading back from coffee and plowing out Steve Sunday morning Lower Kaubashine was a picture post card with the pines loaded with wet sticky snow

2 figures spotted in the snow

2 figures spotted in the snow

Grandpa Gibsona nd Troy drilling the 1st holes of the season

Grandpa Gibsona nd Troy drilling the 1st holes of the season

Setting up Ice fishing camp.  10 inches of ice was the report from Marv and Troy

Time for some fishing!

Time for some fishing!

Fish Cam

Fish Cam

Grandpa brought along Fish Cam to see what was going on under the ice

One way of entertaining a 9 year old

One way of entertaining a 9 year old

This is all fun and games til you scare the 9 year old with what is in Lower Kaubashine

Insert Jaws music here

Insert Jaws music here

See ya next summer

See ya next summer

Missing pic was when the Northern swam right up to the camera with a great head shot checking out the camera

Happy to catch little fish

Happy to catch little fishThe big catch

Coming next Grandpa’s new invention..  Stay tuned

/Take a trip back in time with Maynard and Millie

Take a trip back in time with Maynard and Millie

Do to the fact that I can’t think of anything to take a picture of or write about it is time to pull out the old pics.  So enjoy the pics from Black’s Cliff from the 50’s and 60’s.  John the Groomer guy tells me this snowmobile is an old evinrude from about 1968.

By the way ever wonder why the intitials MJB are on the office door?  Stands for Millie Jeanette and Maynard James Black they both had the same initials MJB.  Ben thought til this year it stood for mom, Jake and Ben

Yes that is Craig in Maynard's arms

Yes that is Craig in Maynard's arms

Bayview in the snow

Bayview in the snow

These snow shoes hang on the wall in the lodge to this day

These snow shoes hang on the wall in the lodge to this day

Love the car!

Love the car!

Deep snow

Deep snow

Anyone remember the old bird house that hung between the birch trees?

Trivia challenge of the day, what cabin is pictured below.

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Fresh snow fell last night

Fresh snow fell last night

Snow is adding up and I think it is safe to say that 6 inches of snow is covering the Northwoods

Shamrock covered in white stuff

Shamrock covered in white stuff

We have not plowed yet but I think it might be time to get the truck going.  Thankfully the guys got the plow on a couple of weeks ago.  There is nothing besides dock straightening that I dread more than getting the plow on the truck or gator.  It is a test of marriage to see if you are still talking with one another after a hair raising and swearing fest getting everything lined up and connected.  It is supposed to be easy but it never is except for this year when Steve was Troy’s assistant and of course it went right on done in 15 minutes.

How long til this tree is buried

How long til this tree is buried

Birchwood back together

Birchwood back together

I just wanted to prove that the guys did get the siding back on before spring.  No stain til the mercury hits atleast 50.  Just happy to see the black paper hidden by siding

Everyone in Blog land say a little prayer for Steve today.  He is going on the search for Lifespring’s septic tank lid today.  Just send him good wishes and put in a good wish for him on his search.  Those that do not have a septic tank in the winter today enjoy being on city sewer

The Calendar order has been made.  Took some fanageling (is that a word?) with Walgreens over 63 dollars in postage.  I got them to reduce the postage in half and I can keep the price of 15 for the calendars.  I ordered 30 of them and have orders for 21.  If anyone else wants one let me know.  They should be here in a few days and hopefully I can get them in the mail on Friday so they can make it under the Christmas tree

Poe's Winter Report...... It is cold!

Poe's winter weather report.... IT IS COLD!

Poe would like to report the first sub zero temps last night.

Is the lake safe?

Is the lake safe?

I probably could have done this test last week but it has been a little busy so Poe and I went down to see if his far back (way back) wild wolf genes senses say it is safe to go out on the lake

According to Poe it is safe

According to Poe it is safe

Ok time to let me in!!

Ok time to let me in!!

I humored you going down to the lake, even went running out on the cold lake OPEN THE DOOR!  I am not a wolf dog I am a mushy golden and it feels like Siberia out here

Poe favorite place in the winter

Poe favorite place in the winter

I leave Siberia to the nutty Huskies, I will take a cushy bed by the woodstove

In other news

Who is missing?

Who is missing?

Doug and Vicki where are you.  Could your trip to Jamaica really have been better than a weekend with Rob, Barb and Bob?

Poe would also like to put out a thank you to Rob, Barb and Bob for saving him from crossing his legs while the Gibson’s were gone to the Swim Tournament.  He had a slice of heaven sitting by the fire on a rug with the rawhide that Barb bought for him.

Last call for Calendars.  I have them at 25% off at Walgreens.  I am making the order email info@blackscliff.com to get on the list.  So far I have orders for 20 of them and they should get to you by Christmas.  I hope to have them in envelopes and out my door by Friday

Sorry for the delay in the announcement of a winner I was supposed to have it up by 9am on Saturday.  We ended up on a hair raising trip down Hwy 70 in snow Saturday morning to get to a Swim Tournament in Phillips by 8:15 am.  Roads were terrible and no internet connection.  Tournament lasted til 5pm 92 events and another fun drive home in the dark on snow covered roads left me with no desire to get on the computer at 7:30pm when the woodstove and couch were looking good along with a movie

The big winner of the Black’s Cliff Can Contest is Chuck with a guess of 325, the actual lbs on the truck was 345.  Chuck send me your home address and I will get the 5 dollar coin out to you for Hilltop.

Til Ice Out Contest March 1st….. that is unless I come up with any other contests to pass the winter away.