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Monday, December 30, 2013

PICTURES OF MY CHRISTMAS VACATION

...are still on my camera which is in Rejean's truck down by the garage and it is - 20 out there so I am not going out to get it.
I promise tomorrow to post  my pictures.  Right now I am staying nice and warm by the fire.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
Our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Make the yule-tide gay
From now on
Our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends that are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years
We all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a Merry Little Christmas Now

Merry Christmas Everyone

Monday, December 16, 2013

VENISON DISHES


One of the perks of having had a good hunt this year is the amount of venison meat in my freezer.  I decided to get going on using it.  I first made a great venison chili the other day with kidney and black beans, onions and celery, diced tomatoes and some secret spices.  Delicious - we ate it for 2 days.  Great with some grated cheddar cheese on top and some crusty bread.
I invited Mary and Ron and John and Linda over for dinner last nite with the intention of making Beer and Deer.  I sat down at the computer to get the recipe off the Canada In The Rough web site but found the web site down!!!  I had given my printed copy to Ed back in November.  I started to panic.  I emailed and called Ed.  I checked the Canada In The Rough facebook page - I even tried to contact Thomas Pigeon thru Facebook explaining my dilemma.  I called Roger - he didn't have it either.  Ed was in Winnipeg and the recipe was at home.  I finally found a similar recipe online and that was what I was cooking for dinner.  (I made Linda something else because she doesn't like venison but she did try it).  It was delicious and every one enjoyed it.  (I did hear back from the Canada In The Rough but not until Monday).
I still have lots of venison left and you can be sure it will all be gone by next year.  But I do miss the pepperoni - we didn't get any done this year - maybe next year...

MY CREATIVE SIDE



It all started when Jenn and Steve came up in November and Jenn had a few balls of yarn to make a couple of scarves.  But she would be using her arms instead of knitting needles.  She generously gave me her first creation and she proceeded to "knit" a few more.  She tried to show me how it was done but I just couldn't catch on - I forgot if I had to go up and thru or down and out.  After they went home, I sat down in front of the computer and watched a tutorial video and mastered the art of "Arm Knitting" as you can see in the last photo of Mary and Linda with their new scarves.  That is my arm in the middle picture demonstrating the part where you use your arm.

Gee, I wonder what I'm going to be giving for Christmas this year....

Monday, December 9, 2013

WAY TO GO TEAM JACOBS!!!!

I don't make a habit of watching curling but I do enjoy watching championships or the Olympics - some of those "shots" are simply amazing.

Well the team  representing our area, Sault St Marie and Northern Ontario is coming home from the Roar of the Rings as champions and will represent Canada in the winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi Russia!!!

I for one will be glued to the TV cheering my team on.

Way to go boys!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

FEE FII FOE FUM...


...where did these big tracks come from?  We were over on the mine side looking for trees to take down for our fire wood when we came across these tracks.  They had to have been made by a rather large bear that hasn't found a place to hibernate yet.  Hope he finds a place real soon...

S-S-S-S-S-SNOW



Friday nite was bad coming home from the fish fry in Thessalon - big flakes in your headlights coming right at you - made me dizzy.  But made it home safely.  It snowed all day long on Saturday - we didn't even get to the dump!!  Sunday was clean up day.  All told we had about 6 inches on the ground and it was easy to blow.  We took the quads over to the garage and brought home the snowmobile - ready for the winter outings.
Kim says that we won't see the grass again until April - I tend to believe her.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

STEVE AND JENN'S SOUVENIR




A little piece of stump as a souvenir of their week up north?  They have plans for this baby.
Steve scoped out the bush and found a perfect specimen and together we all worked to get it out and loaded onto his trailer for the trip home.  Jenn took pictures and so did I.  Rejean worked his magic with the tractor and no one was hurt - only cold.
As you can see, it is winter up here.  Our lake is frozen over and covered with snow but it has a way to go before we attempt to walk on it.  The bird feeder is out and the squirrels have taken up their spots under the feeders - everything is as it should be up here.

Tomorrow we start our wood for next year.  We can take them down, block them and get them ready for hauling out in the spring.  No bugs this time of year...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

COUNT 'EM UP KIDS

We played Dominos last nite after dinner with Jenn and Steve.  They are good while we are just there for their entertainment.  In this game I had the highest doubles - 11- so I placed my tile in the middle and prepared to make my train.  Well it just seemed to keep going and going and going and before you knew it, all my tiles were down - on my first train and I called last tile as well.  Jenn and Steve had never seen this and I have paid very little attention to the fact that it could be done.  Well boys and girls, last nite it was done - and I still came in last (I think).
We had fun!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

SCARF GIRL

Meet my new scarf - and Jenn, who knit me the scarf -  on her arm. " On her arm?"  you say.  Yes, on her arm.  Apparently it is a new thing on the internet - Jenn had the tutorial going on her tablet and in 2 hours, she had it done.  And she gave it to me!!!  It is an infinity scarf which is different from a regular scarf in that it's ends are joined together instead of being just one piece.  And, surprisingly, I like it.  You have to keep in mind that I am not a scarf girl - never have been.  I am envious of women who can just wrap a scarf around their necks a few times and just go.  I like how it can change the look of an outfit - dress it up and add color.  I see them everywhere on everyone - from young teenagers to  grandmothers and everyone in between.  I have worn one or two but always aware of it around my neck and thinking it looked stupid.  But not anymore.  I have made 2014 the year of the scarf for me.  I WILL master the scarf and wear it without intimidation.  I have a tutorial on 25 ways to wear a scarf and I will attempt each and every one.
So if you see me with a scarf on, know that I am doing my best to make 2014 the year I become comfortable with scarves.
Just call me Scarf Girl...

Monday, November 18, 2013

ANOTHER FRIGHTFUL NIGHT AND DAY



I woke up today to no power - Rejean was awake at 3am and it was out then.  I called first thing and they said it should be 10am before power would be restored - and, just for the record, it was more like 11:30am.  Some powerful wind gusts last nite and into this morning driving rain and eventually snow.  And to top it all off, our beaver dam breached. The lake levels are extremely high and with all the rain last nite, it was bound to happen.  It is an old dam and is maintained by all the resident beavers throughout the years.  I wasn't worried about it totally breaking but with all the water flowing over, it was causing problems at the culvert by the road - as you can see in the second photo.  That culvert is not supposed to be underwater!!!  There was a section of our lane way that was about 6 inches away from being underwater.  I suggested berming with traprock but thank goodness it did not get that far.  The water receded as the lake levels went down from the overflow at the beaver dam.  It is a vicious cycle.
It is going to be a snowy winter according to the locals - I wonder what spring will look like...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

ANOTHER HUNTING SEASON OVER


First off, it looks like Rejean was not ready for that picture but everyone else looks good so - sorry.
All the hunters have left and as is our tradition, on the last nite I fix Beer and Deer for the hunters.  I had 2 back straps and a venison roast from last year so into the roaster they went.  It is a recipe I found on Canada In The Rough and it looked good and it used venison and it was easy.  It also has 2 bottles of beer in it and, during the last 15 minutes of cooking, you add dumplings.  I had Ed make the dumplings because last year, my dumplings didn't dumple.  But as you can see in the first photo, his did.  Please don't mind my red plastic table cloth but with 4 guys around, you need it.
It was a very successful hunt as I have mentioned before.  We still have at least 2 does and 2 fawns around here for next year's hunt.  Rejean calls them "the kids" and they have been eating up all the left over pumpkins from the Post and my little one by the back door.  And we have 2 partridges hanging around the house - maybe a mated pair?
And I have been checking Delta for prices for next year's Florida trip - it is never too soon to plan...

Friday, November 15, 2013

LUCKY BIRD

Spotted this little guy out my window - he was just sitting there all fluffed up probably looking for a little food.  Lucky for him all our guns are locked up and we are done hunting for the year.
Maybe he is a she and will produce a bunch of little partridge next year for us.

Good Bird!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

REJEAN'S LITTLE TROPHIES







WARNING ADULT CONTENT ON LAST PHOTO

We chose not to hunt any more as we already took 2 beautiful 8 point bucks.  We still have at least 2 fawns and 2 does hanging around as evidenced by the pictures above.  I like the first one as it shows the 2 fawns looking at the permanent blind where Rejean was stationed.  He watched them for a good 15 - 20 minutes - they were just being kids and playing around.  Next year they will be bigger.
The next one is funny as it shows one of the fawns (I think) watching a big fat raccoon invading it's space.  He probably doesn't know what to make of it.  It is pretty fat.
The next one is priceless - it shows the 2 fawns "practicing" their moves while the mother looks on probably rolling her eyes at their antics.  Fawns will be fawns...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ANOTHER GOOD DAY ON THE TRAILS








Yes blaze orange is a fashion color up here especially during hunting season.  I don't leave home without it.  Hard to believe that one week ago I was basking in 85 degree sunshine on the beach sipping my cocktail.  Today I was freezing my ass off up at Hinkler with the guys and Mary.  We got 5 and Ron and Mary got 3.
The first picture is just when we get on the Hinkler Road we always stop so the guys can have a smoke and check the straps.  The next is of Barry with his first bird today.  Nice shot.  Ed got his 2 at the end of the trail. There was an open area that was covered with bird tracks so he headed off into he bush.  Next thing we hear 2 shots - I was waiting for the 3rd one to indicate he was lost but he walked out of the bush with his two prizes.  Spruce hens.  As I have said before I am interested in what they feed on - the next picture is of the stomach of the one of the spruce hens full of spruce needles and I mean full.  The next one is of me with my bird.  I spotted it behind a stump with just his head sticking up - needless to say there were no pellets in the meat at all.  Mary made some soup for back at camp and it was greatly appreciated.  The last shot is of all of us - except Barry who took the picture.

Monday, November 11, 2013

IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL....







...someone fractures their elbow.  Yes, we had our first mishap but it happened on Thursday, well into our vacation.  But more about that later.
Our friends, Roger and Cherie were there and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday.  We got them a nice bouquet of flowers and a big firework display (put on by the Trade Winds Resort).  It was fun.  We did the usual things we do in Florida - shopped all day Tuesday as you can see by the overflow of bags in the truck.  Got lots of good stuff including new sandals - actually Fit Flops - Susan and Joanne got the same ones and Deb had her old standbys.  My foot is at the bottom of the picture just in case  you wondered.  My toe doesn't hurt at all in these shoes so a great buy for me.  The picture of the drink is a Sea Hag Brew which was totally responsible for my "condition" on Tuesday nite at Sea Hags.  Great Mo-Town music so we were up dancing all nite long.  The next picture is of us at Sea Critters enjoying our Happy Hour drinks and a bowl of their famous Tomato Bisque with a dollop of crab on top.  Delish!!!
We were on our way to breakfast on Thursday morning and Deb tripped on an uneven part of the sidewalk.  Down she went.  We were finally able to get her talked into going to the hospital later that afternoon where it was discovered that she fractured her elbow.  They fitted her with a cast and I got her a sling at Walgreens which was a big help.  It could have been worse and it really didn't stop her from enjoying her last days in St Pete Beach.
I am starting my countdown until next year...

A GOOD HUNT


There were 2 8 point bucks taken this year.  The first one was by Barry (in the bottom picture) - his first in 10 years!!  Roger got his on Sunday.  We have now stopped hunting as we have enough meat.  Rejean was watching 2 fawns and a doe but he didn't take the shot.  They will be around for next year's hunt.  All our hard work has finally paid off in a very successful hunt.  
We are heading up to Hinkler sometime this week to hunt for birds.  It'll be a treat for the guys and for me too as I enjoy that kind of hunting.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

THE BEAVERS ARE BUSY AGAIN


We just noticed this tree down this afternoon and the tree next to it in the process of going down - and they are cedars!!  Some trees are down across the lake as well so we know that at least one beaver is active.  The beaver dam has had recent maintenance done to it - new mud and a few new sticks. This is a good thing as the lake levels are very high this fall - as high as I have ever seen it.  If it is a good winter i.e. high snow levels - we may have trouble in the spring.
The next picture is one of our blinds all set up and ready to go next week for the start of deer season.  The hunters come in on Thursday to get ready for Monday November 4th.  We have seen them around so I hope it is a good year for them.  Time will tell...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

EENIE, MEENIE, MINY AND MOE



Look who's been eating at our stump.

JUST SOME UPDATES...

...got my flu shot yesterday - I was not looking forward to it as last year my arm was extremely sore for days after.  But, I am happy to say, that my arm is ok and I even slept on it last nite.
We picked up the trailer from Hinkler and got it winterized and it is now wintering on the other property.  I will clean it up in the spring.
Bird season (altho not yet over) was great this year since we have been heading up to Hinkler.  We were never "skunked" and we have our winter supply of birds in the freezer.  They are great cut into strips, coated in bread crumbs, cooked in butter and dipped in maple syrup.  Yum Yum.
We all have our moose tags - calf only - but so far no luck.  Ron has only seen the bulls and cows but no calves and we hear that no one is having any better luck.  But the season ends in December so there is still time.
That leaves deer season.  As I announced to the world a few weeks ago, I got a doe tag this year (happy happy happy) as did a couple of other people so we are good for whatever moves.  Our blinds are all set up and the hunters are coming in next Thursday, early enough to get theirs all set up and ready to go on November 4th.
I am getting ready to go to Florida with my sisters and Deb - who passed our rigorous tests last year to become an honorary "Scott Sister".  I have all my clothes ready, all my necessary documentation for our flight, hotel and transportation.  Itinerary is subject to change but we pretty well know what we will be doing but not necessarily in any order.  It is a time I look forward to with a great deal of pleasure - spending time with my sisters doing something we all like to do.

Can't wait!!!!