All posts by Doug Alley

Doug Alley

About Doug Alley

I grew up in Bath, Maine in an upper lower class family with 3 step sisters, a step brother, and a little sister. After high school I spent 3 years serving in the USAF at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage AK. I've competed in, and won, demolition derbies. I've competed in, and never won, stock car races. I am the 47-year-old father of an 11-year-old boy who is pretty sure he is smarter than I ever was. We live on a little less than an acre of land in a 1973 mobile home in Stetson with my wife Jen, some cats, a few chickens, and rabbits, and a couple of goats. I hunt, fish, camp out, dabble in photography, gardening, and I cook in variable degrees of near success.

Catnip. Are we sending our children mixed messages?

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Our cat Shoo Shoo was lying on the floor minding his own business. I took a tub of catnip and sprinkled some of it on his scratching post. He looked up at me and continued minding his own business. So I sprinkled some catnip on his forehead. Eventually, he took his front paw and rubbed […]

Snow days aren’t like they used to be!

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  In the winter of ’79, I was ten-years-old. If snow was forecast for a weekday, I was excited for the chance for a snow day. For me, a snowy day began around 5 am. I would race down to the kitchen to turn on the radio and listen closely to the long list of […]

How my ungrateful kid cost me a World’s Record fish!

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So I took my boy William fishing today. Since I am a pickerel slayer, I drilled 5 holes, and set the traps, then told Will to go ahead and choose where he wanted to set his traps. He’s just a beginner, so I figured I would let him fish my traps. You know, so he […]

Ice fishing on a budget…Equipment hacks!

Photo submitted by Ryan Fitch. "Ice fishing with my 4 year old. That's what ice fishing is all about!"

Ice fishing is a great way to get out in the winter time to get some sun and exercise. Naturally, it is also a very good way to catch fish too! Getting started can be expensive, and storing gear can get messy. No worries! I have been ice fishing since high school, and on a […]

Something must be wrong…I had a GOOD day of fishing!

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I’ve said it before…”If I claimed to be a lousy fisherman, I would be bragging!” and I PROMISE! It is the truth! With a rod and reel, I would be lucky to get so much as a nibble from the proverbial fish in a barrel if they hadn’t eaten in a week! But that is […]

Ratchet straps, cargo hooks and fence posts: Not your typical ice fishing gear

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I have this buddy who claims to LOVE fishing…But apparently he doesn’t consider ice fishing to be in the same category, so after a poor night’s sleep a few years back he decided to stand me up for a planned day out on the ice…Instead, he suggested we do something more amusing…like some mid-winter yard […]

A WISE man would NEVER tempt karma, and Mother Nature!

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I’ve lived in an elderly mobile home since 2009. I have learned LOTS of things in that period of time! Things like how to bleed my own furnace line. As many times as my furnace has gelled for not using a winter blend, stalled because of frozen water built up in the filter, or simply […]

An open letter of thanks to my family and friends

My mother in her Mayfair attire at a celebration in Bath, where she read her poetry to children

I have not shared with my blog audience, that I lost my mother back on the second of November. In addition to medical issues, she also had a long history of mental illness, and she simply gave up the will to live.   This created a strain on her relationships with others, and truly broke […]

Remembering Sandy Hook

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Sweet little babies, waking up excited about Santa coming. A time of year when the little ones are just so happy to be alive and are enjoying all the magic of the season. Not aware of the monsters that are out there, and so innocent of the evil things we do to each other… And […]

I thought I was all ready for ice fishing season. Then I discovered I had been sabotaged!

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Without a doubt, ice fishing is one of my all-time favorite activities, because it is SO MUCH more than just fishing! I mean there are SO many things you can do while you are ice fishing: Hang out on the ice with friends, cooking, listen to music, ride snowmobiles/ATVs, sit in a comfy chair and […]