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Sept 11-13 Sat-Mon.....continued to work on the goose blind and both dogs remain on R&R.After spending some time deciding how to construct the blind cover for this season, the solution was to use a large section of a blind originally built for my duck hunting mud boat. It has a waterproof fabric with a thick layer of raffia. The sizing was perfect fit for the width of the blind. More structural additions were added for a better seal against the weather (rain and wind). With four weeks to go before goose season, there is plenty of time to blend in with the shoreline. With to corn field right behind it and the easy, safe landing area of the pond, it is very inviting. The other areas not covered by the boat blind cover will be taken care of with fast grass over a water/wind proof fabric. The blind is cozy on a wet, cold day and the flip-out shooting window on the shady side is deadly. In addition, the unaware geese are almost always looking into the sun when setting up to land.

Sept 2 Thursday - day off for rest. Tomorrow, Pounce will begin transitioning to a new dog food...the same one Gigi is using - ProPlan Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb & Oat Meal. She will be eight years old in June and does not need the ProPlan 30/20 food anymore. Both dogs were given monthly "meds".

Sept 3-4 Friday/Saturday - Pounce is in the middle of transitioning to the same dog food Gigi is eating. In two weeks she is scheduled to have a small tumor removed from her neck. There is still quite a bit of the shoreline on Thorson Pond to be "whacked". However, the south shoreline is now clear. Clear means the geese feel more
secure when the shoreline is cover free with no visible chances for a predator be lying in wait, The geese land in the water and walk out a short distance to the picked corn field. The goose blind is being remodeled in the garage and will be soon transported to the blind platform. The plans are to make it easier to get in and out of plus be more windproof. With corn as the adjacent field crop, this will be a much better goose season than last (beans) and it will be even better if we have a late freeze.  

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Sept 5 - Sunday cool..."whacking" shoreline weeds is done every other day...Since I am 81 years old, "pace" is a process. The regular goose/duck season does not begin until October 17th. By then the shorelines will be short, clear and appear to be safe for any geese or ducks that are looking for a picked corn field close by. If and when the pond freezes over, the UTV may be used for a few field hunts up in the corn (many years ago it was good). 

Sept 16 Thursday - today was not easy...Pounce was driven (an hour away) to the Vet for cancer surgery. The rest of the morning was spent working on the goose blind. Two corners were put in place, the "flip out shooting door" was cleaned up some (stronger) and is not as noisy. At 2:30 pm, Pounce was retrieved from the Vet's and she was very groggy. The incision was 7 cm long because it took that much to remove all of it. When I looked at the bill, I knew ahead of time it would not make any difference. I signed the check without any hesitation. After doing an Internet search, I discovered the cost was much less than normal. With a month to recover (before goose season), Pounce will be "good to go".

south shoreline of Thorson Pond leading to eighty acres of corn

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Sept 8 - 10 - Wed-Fri....more shoreline weeds on the east side were "whacked" Thursday and Friday. My two bad shoulders seem to be improving with the use of the gas weed trimmer (exercise ?). I had been skipping a day (resting), but today was perfect to finish off the east shoreline. A larger section of this shoreline was "head high". 

Sept 1 Wednesday - "whack" shoreline weeds on Thorson Pond (early in the morning)....the plan was to use up one tank of gas and "quit". The high cover on south bank was reduced to half the width. There is a lot more to do. I need to take my time and not over do it. Up until the last few days, the pond has been covered with a thick growth of floating, summer weeds. The summer die-off has just begun. 

Sept 17 Friday - Pounce must wear "The Cone" too avoid scratching at her stitches. Yesterday afternoon, before getting the cone fitted, she nicked one slightly. When it was in place, she went into sulk mode and is not a "happy camper".......won't move much and stares at me.....like it is my fault. Stitch removal is on the 27th. It will be a long ten days and then two more weeks before goose season begins.  This afternoon, she finally figured out how to move

from one place to another and going down a flight of stairs to go outside had her moving much better (not nearly as anxious). The next step will be figuring out how to lay down (and get back up).  Just after reviewing this entry, I glanced over and Pounce was lying down.
Sept 18 Saturday - worked on the blind...covered the flip-shooting door frame, din the 2X2's on the back corners and pounded the stakes in front of the blind down about 2-3 inches (level with front of the flip-door platform). The view from inside the blind and over/out the "flip door" was adjusted. The last thing for today was to add some fast grass
sections. This provided a view of what it will look like....soon. The plan includes using some fake trees or shrubs
near the blind to reduce the appearance of a box on the shoreline. 
                        note: Pounce is doing well with the Elizabethan collar (nine more days). 

Sept. 14 Tuesday...decided the boat blind, raffia cover was too heavy. When it rains, wet raffia becomes very heavy. Therefore, the plan is to cover the frame with a waterproof fabric and then lay over that sections of fast grass (it is light and dries quickly). A few 2X2's were added to the original frame making it easier to locate the  fabric attachment surfaces. Zip-ties will be used to tie everything into the metal frame. A Weller Cordless Soldering Iron punches (melts) small holes in the waterproof fabric. This process makes it easy to use zip-ties poked through and then around the metal tubing. Sections of Fast Grass are backed by plastic fencing using zip-ties. Each section (there are many) is attached to the metal tubing frame using large, plastic clamps. In total, the blind cover has three layers - 1) fast grass, 2 plastic fencing and 3) a waterproof fabric. With four weeks until the northern Illinois regular waterfowl season, there is plenty of time to have everything in place. 
Sept 15 Wednesday...test day for the portable soldering iron. It worked to perfection and the initial section is in place. Now that the experimenting phase is complete, the rest of the blind cover will be completed in small steps. There are about thirty days until the opener and the difficult designing phase is over.  

Sept 6 - Monday...mowed part of lawn and both dogs had the day off.
Sept 7 - Tuesday....finished mowing the lawn and "whacked" another section of Thorson Pond's shoreline near the blind platform location. The blind frame will be modified to provide a few more inches of height, additional places for attaching new cover material making it more wind-proof (warmer). Fast Grass will cover the fabric. Both dogs are enjoying the down time and Gigi's digestive issues continue to show steady improvement.   

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