Wednesday, December 28, 2016
I think this is turning into a rant ~ which is why I haven't been posting. I guess I need to get it out of my system. I have been a deer hunter all my life. I understand the wanting the venison part. But, to have to shoot the neighborhood pets we all love ~ I just can't understand that. I was so perturbed, I didn't even go out hunting this year. I had bought my license and thought I would. Altho, I haven't been all that enthusiastic about it the last few years, I still have gone. It is also getting really difficult to find a deer I don't know! And, I refuse to shoot someone I know..... But, when they got shot ~ I just couldn't find the interest in getting out there and doing it. The first week it was too warm anyway. We don't have a walk in cooler and it was staying 65 degrees in the garage! We will see what happens next year. I might be done! I still like my venison ~ and being a lot self-sufficient. But, I like my pets too!
This old boy, taken during that week before hunting season when he got back here ~ (too early) ~ finally ran out of luck this Fall also. A neighbor down the road about a mile had his 12 year old grandson here hunting. They got him ~ the boy's first buck. Buck of a life-time while hunting with Grandpa. I guess it doesn't get any better than that. At least, in their case, they didn't know about this deer. But, what a first deer for a boy! I sure do miss this guy tho. He always loved to page me at my window in the basement for treats. He always was there waiting for me by the garage for his alfalfa too. Boy, did he love that! Fine deer buddy for the last few years. Been a tough year for losing deer buddies. But, as they say ~ life moves on. It is hard to not get attached to one's friends.
So ~ we will see what the new year brings ~ in many respects. I hope it will be a good one for all of you. I will leave you with a photo of one of my handsome buddies, who is already bald!
Happy New Year to you all ~ and, I promise to post something more cheerful! :)
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Anyway ~ we are settling back into our Fall routine of getting everything ready for winter. My deer friends were happy to see us back. They came on a run from the various spots they were laying in the yard when we pulled in. Just how dare we leave them for all those days and no treats to be had!!! They are pretty funny some times. Several have gotten into the habit of touching noses with Betsy these days. She can get pretty friendly with them and have them unperturbed. She has even gotten her face washed a few times. Too funny! Glad they get along so well.
With that ~ I will leave you with a yesterday's photo of Betsy ~ posing!
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
I have been out trying to get all the trail work done, even tho it is quite a bit warmer and more humid than I appreciate when doing that work. I made a lot of miles yesterday, between walking dogs, trail work so the mower could pass and then, mowing itself. The trees just keep coming down this year. Lots of wind. I manhandle anything I can off the trails ~ like rotten birches that keep falling! They aren't light, but ~ many will break off or are able to be pulled off trails. Same with popples or balsam. I don't like having to chainsaw them as so many are rotten and dirty in there, all they do is make dull chainsaws in a hurry. But, there is never a shortage of solid downed trees that need to be cut up to move either. Got a good start on mowing yesterday ~ more to come!
The gardens have been doing well. It is so nice to just walk out to the garden, this time of year, and pick what you want to eat that evening and have it nice and fresh. I really would enjoy being able to pick veggies year around. But, that would be hard living here ~ and I like living here!
I've been keeping busy and haven't been too inclined to sit down and write. I have thought about a few good political rants. That may still happen. But, I will leave it for another day. The circus that is politics these days always keep you listening. I still find it strange that the two people we have to vote for are so unpopular. It boggles my mind that anyone with a brain would ever vote for Hillary ~ given her and her husband's 30 years of treachery and deceit ~ and lying!!! Honestly, I can't believe the Democrats couldn't find someone better than that. I've said it before, I'll say it again ~ it'll be a cold day in Hell before I'd ever vote for Hillary! And, with that said, I better quit before I get a full blown rant going.......
Friday, July 22, 2016
So ~ we have summer ~ and it's too hot to enjoy it!!!
Friday, July 8, 2016
We have gotten through the busiest time of the summer for me ~ now that the Hovland Arts Festival is done with for another summer. I have to say I was feeling a bit stressed about pulling that off this year. The dates for it are put out there well in advance to every one who is helping or in on it. Right up to the last couple of days, the gravel piles were still not leveled and there was no place to park. On the other side, the construction of the new roof on the church was making for shingles and trailers and stuff parked everywhere. I was getting pretty hot and bothered! The crew wasn't going to be working on the church over that weekend so they kindly got all their stuff moved. On the other side of the town hall, things weren't progressing so well. I finally had to make some calls and get a fire lit under them. That project was let almost a full 4 years ago. It was supposed to be done by the HAF last year. Then, the commissioner told me it would get done right after our last years HAF. Well, here we were, at this point, less than a week to our HAF this year. Nothing was yet done. NOTHING!!! Would you be running out of patience yet? I told them that the kids in the community were going to be all grown up before they ever got the project done at the rate it was going. Plus, at this point, I wasn't the only person upset about it. Well ~ I started "squeaking" and part of it got sort of done. Long way to go tho. Now that the others have started to speak up as well ~ maybe, just maybe, they can finish the project. The HAF went fine and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. So ~ now I can go in and do my volunteer duties at the Grand Marais Art Fair this weekend!
Another spring favorite is the pitcher plants. There is a bog not too far away I love to go to because it has so many wonderful bog flowers in. That was outdoing itself this year too. The pitchers had just started seriously blooming and there were hundreds of them popping above the moss. The dragon's mouth orchids were also in full bloom. They are so gorgeous. The yellow potentilla was blooming and were the sundews, cranberries, and buckbeans. It was truly a sight to see. Of course, to go to the bog and see the flowers, you have to dress for it. Water is always at least ankle deep and it's half way to your knees in many places. Always is a wonderful place to explore ~ at any rate!
I'll end with a shot of some of the tall grasses that are now "flowering" and catching some sun's rays.
Summer is here ~ in all it's beauty! Enjoy it!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Well ~ if you are in our neck of the woods on July 2 and 3 this year ~ stop in and see our Hovland Arts Festival. I'll be there!