Today was not my day again, I think someone called Mother Nature and told her to give me rotten weather that I could not or would not hunt in, Ok mom I know you sent a message to the deer at the opening of the bow season, you can take it back now.

Today was warm, it would have been nice for hunting as for comfort, but the winds were suppose to be high, guess what when I decided that since the winds werent too bad I would go out, well they picked up, so with 40 mph gusts, I like to keep my feet on the ground.

I always have a plan B, today was to make chicken and dumplings, made extra meat no veggies, made a big pot and there are no dumplings left, but half pot of chicken and stock still left, so we will have left overs for Monday night.

The house is mostly cleaned as well, a good deep clean, almost all the wood is treated, and cracks and crevices are cleaned, yahoo.

I have 3 more days left of my vacation and from the looks of it I should have a at least 2 of those if not all 3 to hunt in, just a matter of getting the deer to come in, of which I have a new call that I have that I will be using this week.

It seems that we are about a week behind the rest of the State, my Mother who is in Madison Area says that they have had lots of movement the deer here are not really running as much as they say they should be.

The bucks necks are not full like they usually are when they are in full rut, oh well maybe I will get lucky in the next 3 days, anyone who would like to say a prayer for me to get a deer this week I can use all the help I can get.

Once I get the first deer, hopefully everyone else in my family will get at least one as well, I know they have not been hunting as hard as normal since they want me to really get a deer this year, I know they want me to get one, but I would really like to get some deer in the freezer, right now I really dont care who gets the deer but we really need to start filling the freezers.

When I was reviewing the articles to link to my blog tonight, I found this one; http://our-compass.org/2011/11/07/please-protest-bowhunting-in-wisconsin/ As I do dis-agree with blocking bowhunting in WI, for rather obvious reasons, I have posted a comment to their blog, but I thought you should know that there are people that do not believe that we should bowhunt in WI, I would ask them what would be better to live off the land that God has provided us, or to allow these deer to die an ugly death due to over-population.

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I have spent most my life in and around Madison, WI.

Now that I have that confession off my chest, lets proceed, I have family that used to have a farm in New Holstein WI, and I spent nearly every summer there, not for a punishment but to give my dad a break from me, I think ?? ok I hope?? ok maybe not, ok going on.

Ok I liked going to the farm, I didn’t like the letter writing I had to do either, we didn’t have the computers when I was a kid, if we had I may have been better about that. But I spent my day’s swimming in the creek, running in fields with the cows, yes cleaning my feet from the leftovers from the cows as well.

I learned to bake, and cook, and cook some more, and talk about eating, oh man I tell you the spreads that they used to have on the table for lunch, beef & pork roast, vegetables, gravy and LOTS of caloric intake, funny I would lose weight, be “brown as a berry” that never made sense to me cause if a berry is brown hasn’t it gone bad?? ok I am off the track again.

Believe it or not I would show up at the farm a chunky girl and when I went home I would weigh more but be thinner, by evidenced by my being able to wear clothes that would be too tight in a few weeks after my return.

We bale hay, did lots of work, I learned to milk the cows, and even drive a little when my great Aunts couldn’t see my Uncle John let me in the seat for my lessons, oh those were the days.

Days of no bills, not worrying about the things us grown-ups are told are important for us to do.

I worked in the city, lived in the city, and really did like the city for many years, I lived in the cities suburbs for years, preferring the quite that escapes those in the city on a nightly basis.

Years pass, I do the normal, ok normal for me, have a couple of kids, have a couple of marriages, basically live, survive.

In the time that passes I find my current and final husband, who just happens to be my best friend, for those of you that ask if a friend really could be your spouse, yes, it has been great.

When we got together he had another love, it came around every year and it involved some pretty does, and I am being very literal here, does as in the 4 legged kind, furry, venison.

I never planned to be a hunter, nor a hunters wife, but it seems that my family history seems to have served me well, I can cape a deer, as well as 1/4 it and butcher like I was trained, which I never was formally. I think it was in my blood, since my Grandfather was a butcher by trade.

Now I not only am the family butcher, I am also a “huntress” yup I hunt now too, at times I miss the quite time when I was left alone at home to cook dinner, clean, and all that kind of stuff, and I was warm in the house, now I freeze with the men to have a chance to see a deer let alone have one come close enough to get a shot off.

Oh I should also explain I don’t hunt with a gun, I hunt with a bow, that means those deer need to be closer to be able to shoot one, and so far they havent gotten that close to me, everyone else in my household has at least one deer to their belt, but supposedly this is my year.

I hope so, it would be nice I could for once butcher my own deer this year, I have seen pictures of some of the deer that hunters have seen or killed this year, none from our household, but from shows I watch, as well as news reports and my Facebook friends.

Personally I am not greedy I don’t care what it is doe, buck, yearling, anything that comes within my 25 yd shooting distance and I can get a clean and ethical shot, it will be mine…. I hope, and pray, and hope some more and pray a whole lot more.

Anyone who has better tips for me for hunting or keeping warm while hunting I am ready willing and able to try almost anything.


   Anyone that lives near an area that has skunks in residence knows the fear of these black and white “cats” aka pole cats, I swear my dog thinks it is just another cat.

 It is again that time of the year, the black and white neighbors seem to be most pesky in spring and fall, and even if you take the precautions to keep these critters away, you too could fall victim to these critters.

 He knows what a cat is from our neighbor who has cats, and on occasion he has paid them some attention, but unlike the neighbors cat, the skunks dont run from him, they spray, far and wide.

 Friday morning I am awakened at 4:15 am, “Honey get up and dressed, hurry” ok in my daze I am thinking there is a fire or something else, the next words are the chiller, “Hogan was sprayed by a skunk”

 Thus began my day, did I mention I HATE skunk smell?

 Next step I have to begin the process of getting the smell OFF him.

Their are a number of things that you will need and I will give you the recipe of needed ingredients first then the order you will need to use them.

Bottle of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, Coke classic (not diet or other generics, only the high octane coke will work for this), dawn dish soap, ash ( from fireplace is fine). Scent removal shampoo for final clean up and last step.

I will take you step by step how I took care of this, mind you this is the 4th time I have had to do this so it doesnt take me long, but the first time it took me over an hour to do this, also that experience was with another dog that was not into getting a bath esp. when it is cold and snowy outside.

Open 6 cans of Coke and doused the dog from nose to tale, if your dog is larger you may need more coke, but Hogan is a lab/boxer mix and of medium size, and short haired also makes this easier, once he was soaked to skin with coke, I covered him in ash being sure to work the ash into his coat down to his skin.

I let that sit on him for a few minutes (5-10 is best) while I open 6 more cans of Coke, I rinse the ash from him with the coke.

I attempt all the way through this to not let him shake the items off as I apply one after the other.

Next mix 1 small box of baking soda, 1 standard bottle of peroxide and a good squirt of Dawn, this is again a name brand thing, I use it all the time as a degreaser for laundry too so I dont have to buy it for only this. 

Mix these 3 items with some warm water to be a thin paste, I pour this onto Hogan from head to tail to be sure to get his under belly, chin, again I let this soak into his coat for another 5-10 minutes.

I now use the scent killer shampoo to lather him up with the paste, and a little added water, yes I use a lot of this shampoo, on Friday I opened a new bottle, and used about half to soap him up.

The rinse part is last, if you can use a hose this is easier, but since it was cool outside and I was attempting to make him comfortable my husband and son carted buckets of warm water to have me use to pour by the cupful over him to attempt to rinse all the soap off of him.

I dont know if it is just Hogan but he seems to be sprayed in the face, so he tends to also have the skunk scent in his mouth as well, this can be hendled by adding a few capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to the water, if you add too much you run the risk of giving them an upset stomach, but if you only put a capful added to about 1/2 gallon of water. It will not be an immediate cure, but it will help with a little time.

For any of you that have to use the above to clean your, I am sorry, I can only hope that you do not have the wake up that I had.


As we do every year we planted a garden this last summer, this year has not been the bumper crop as we have had in previous years.

Usually we have enough that we can share with everyone and still have LOTS in the freezer, this year we still shared, but we have less in the freezer than we normally do.

Much like my relatives from the past I do as much stocking up as I can throughout the year, I know I will have a bumper crop of comfrey, enough that I can share some and still have some in stock for the winter.

We have an abundance of Acorn squash, and more than a few pumpkins, too bad my family only likes the squash and pumpkins in 2 ways, squash with butter and brown sugar, and the pumpkins for their seeds and for pumpkin bread.

Oh well guess I will be baking soon.

Any other ideas I would love to have them.

Hopefully we will get deer this season so that we can fill our freezers, speaking of deer, I also wanted to share our favorite, ok my favorite recipe for the meat, this recipe is good for beef and pork too.

Take your strip steak, or cut your steak so that you can have the meat laid out  tenderize the meat so that it is truly a strip steak.

Season the meat with salt, pepper, olive oil to moisten, put sliced green onion (thinly sliced) and parmesan cheese on the meat, then roll the steak onto the “stuffing”.

either us toothpicks to hold or butchers twine to wrap the steaks.

you can either cook on a hot grill, or in a pan, searing the outside through until the cheese is slightly melted, BUT do not over cook optimum would be to cook until medium rare.

I will write more as I am able.


Some of you may or may not know of me from my other blog about identity theft.

I have been working and doing things and attempting to use some of the old things that are well rather Old Fashion as the blog says, I am going to start this journal of sorts so that maybe someone else can benefit from some of the lessons that I have learned along the way and possibly have a few others that can chime in and give me some feed back for their experiences.

My family history of which I have gone many generations back is one of a multitude of different cultures of which I attempt to blend, sometimes well, others? well not so well.

I will always be honest with you, the good and the bad.

Welcome to my experiences, and if you laugh a little on the way, so much the better.