Saturday, December 27, 2008

Dec 26 2008b

Dec 26 2008b, originally uploaded by de4570.

32 inches from the road to the door. Had to dig our way in. Picture looking up the deck.

Dec. 26 2008

Dec. 26 2008, originally uploaded by de4570.

Glad I borught my snowblower to the lake.

Monday, November 17, 2008


DSC_2347, originally uploaded by de4570.

A cold frosty morning the day after opening of 2008 firearm deer season. Photo by: Brian Edwards

Deer Slayer

DSC_2360, originally uploaded by de4570.

Brian Edwards posing with his 4pt. buck and his trusty Remington 700ADL .30-'06 at deer camp in Onaway, Michigan November 15th, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008


brian, originally uploaded by de4570.

Brian at deer camp one week before he gets his buck.


greg, originally uploaded by de4570.

Greg Edwards at deer camp helping get the blinds ready one week before opening day.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Summer is going fast

This weekend it is time to take out the boat, jet ski, and hoist. It never fails to amaze me how fast it turns cold. Fishing has picked up. Had a lunker break my line last weekend before I knew what was happening. Hopefully I can retreve my lure from it this Saturday.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Wicked weather

Last Saturday I hurried to cover the boat before the storm came. We just fixed a rip on on the quick cover we use for emergency protection. Well, the storm had other ideas in mind for that cover. The wind was about 50 mph and switchy for about 5 minutes. I even had to adjust the dock due to the wind bobbing the boat. Sunday was beautfull, 70 and scattered clouds.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008

Brian is moving

Tomorrow I am helping my son Brian to move to Mt. Pleasant, MI so he can get back to school at Central Michigna University. He will be finishing his degree in computer science. I wonder if he can figure out Vista?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Apartment "No Go" for my son

It has been a busy week so far. Work has been demanding. Greg’s apartment didn’t work out. Seems the landlord had it rented to several people at once. Too bad Greg found out three days before he was to be out of his present apartment. I can’t figure it out, why would the owner give back all of his money plus $200? Something is strange there. So if you know of affordable housing in Grand Rapids downtown let me know.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Greg's new appartment in Grand Rapids

Greg is moving back downtown to be closer to his classes at Grand Valley State University

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Old JV3

The Old JV3, originally uploaded by de4570.

Printing for 10 hours straight today. A true workhorse! The last two weeks she has printed over 125 hours without missing a beat.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Remote revisited

Well, the remote control of my work station does work form the lake it is very slow. I have 2-3 bars on my cell but when I connected to Verizon Wireless had only 1. It does work but is extremely slow. But I am publishing this entry from the lake.

On a lighter note, Crusin’s had a great band performing at their store on Sage Lake. Wild Hair rocked the woods and brought in many a “Laker” to enjoy their music and Crusin’s fantastic Coney Dogs and ice cream. Tim and Jan real do it right. The rain didn't help but most everyone stuck around till the skys dried to enjoy more music.

Street dance with"Wild Hair" at Crusin's on Sage Lake

Street dance at Sage Lake, originally uploaded by de4570.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Remote Control

After last weeks interrupted vacation I decided to look into the ability to remote access my computer from the lake. I already have Verizon wireless all I needed is a way to connect to my workstation. I downloaded a trial copy of Go to my PC and behold it works! I was able to easily control my computer from home. The wireless card works like a cell phone, the more bars the better connection. At home I have 2-3 bars as do I at the lake. This weekend will be the final test. I am 99% sure this will work up there because my signal strength is the same as at my home here in Corunna, MI. Lets hope so I purchased a laptop yesterday.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer is going fast

Well, Independence Day is over. I took a few days off to spend with my sons up at the lake. The older you get the more you cherish times with your family. As you can see in my fish photos I had a little luck late in the week. I didn’t photograph all the small ones.
Now it is time to focus on deer camp. Wood needs to be cut, blinds need dressing up and trails must be cleared of new growth. With the unreal gas prices it makes it a challenge to travel to Onaway. But Hunting is a lifestyle for me and a tradition that has been in my family for centuries. It takes $178 to fill my suburban’s tank. It takes us about 5/8 of a tank to go up and back so I have to make the best of my time in the woods.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Kylie Fritz gets a single!

Kylie Fritz gets a single!, originally uploaded by de4570.

She is quite a girl! Just got home from my grandaughters game. Those girls sure play hard.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Well, I was 8 hours into my much needed vacation, when I was called back to work. It’s 12:30 am Tuesday morning and I have been working since 4:30 pm when I came back from the lake. We received a rush job on some banners. Oh well that is what you get when you are your own boss.
I had a great Independence Day holiday weekend with my two sons.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A bad computer morning

This morning I sat down at my work station woke up my computer and a malicious software program had loaded itself to my drive. We bring in several files in each day: documents, artwork, logos, and photos...I was so busy yesterday I failed to scan each for bugs. Well after four hours of frustration and trying to read removal instructions on my adjacent computer I killed it. You can bet ALL FILES WILL BE SCANNED in the future regardless of deadline time lines!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Light on the batter

Few fish this weekend, storms every afternoon. I bought a minnow trap in hopes of cutting down in drive time to acquire the lively bite. I used bread dough for bait but after a 30 hour soak, no minnows. Guess this just wasn’t very productive fishing weekend even though it was relaxing and enjoyable.
I'm back at work printing political yard signs again. There is sure a lot of excitement this election season on the local front. We have been printing signs for offices that normally don’t purchase this form of very effective advertising. It becomes difficult to create different looks when all the copy is the same only the name changes. But that is the challenge and it opens us up to new ideas.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Fishing weekend

It’s Friday and I’m ready to enjoy a fishing weekend if the rain /storms hold off. I finally got my boat out of the marina and into the water. Seems the starter was rusty due to an event last summer when I put the boat into the water after a short visit to the mechanic and didn’t check the sea plug. We didn’t sink, but did take on quite a bit of water. $350 and five weeks later I’m back out fishing on the lake. Let’s see about $45 per pound of fish. But if you figure the money I saved by not gassing up at the marina, I’m ahead of the game. Fishing has been slow so far this year. I can’t say why. It must be that climate change thing everyone seems to be talking about. At least that is a good scapegoat for my less than adequate fishing skills. I’ll let you know just how many fish, large or small get boated this weekend. By “large” for me I'm takling 2”-3”.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

My attempt at Blogging

Since this is to be the new communication conduit I felt it nessary to dive on in.


Douglas Edwards's Facebook profile

What I do

The morning I was born my mother was screen printing 7 foot bus benches, so you could say I have been in the business all of my life. I began to help my father Arlie Edwards hand letter at the tender age of 5 by filling in his lettering. As time passed I began to graduate to higher forms of lettering. By the time I was in 9th grade my lettering was on par with the old pros.

Our business has evolved over the last 60 plus years from brushes and paint to the digital age of rips and vinyl. By the way we began printing on pressure sensitive vinyl in the 50's Some of the first police decals ever made were printed by my mother Rosemary. Only the brushes have changed, not the art. A computer is mearly an expensive pencil in which to express a design. In much the same way as a piano is with a song. Some can play it, some think they can.

I love my work, it is my life!