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Learning New Things

 

Notice-there may be a lack of blog posts in the near future….I am doing something new for awhile.

I need to be studying to pass a test to sell health insurance….And I am not sure how much of my time this will gobble up.

So, I will be back at the end of this,,,maybe sooner.

Am wondering if I can even do this!  It is all a little overwhelming at the moment!

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1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.

 

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The Time Change

It’s that time of year….

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This winding down,

this descent into

shorter days and longer nights,

this preparation for an autumn austerity,

reminds me of my ongoing emptying,

once so full of fruit and seed,

now clinging to what is left me-

the joys, the tears,

the eyes of my brimming heart.

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It is time to turn the clocks back 1 hour.

And that means a change, a change in the light, not only dark so soon in the evening, but brighter in the morning.  Maybe this is a looked forward to change, or maybe not.

I find the light of the setting sun the most beautiful light of the year.

More changes of this season-the beautiful colors of fall will too soon be fading to the dull grey, chill of winter, the too soon ending of gardening chores as the day shortens, the too soon lengthening of the night that bring stillness…

The coming of the holidays-Thanksgiving and Christmas, with all of their special activities-will soon fill these short days and long nights.

Are you looking forward to the busyness of the holiday season, or to the quietness of the stillness of winter coming?

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Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord:

be of good courage,

and He shall strengthen thine heart.

 

 

 

 

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October Full Moon

The Hunter’s Moon

 

Tonight’s full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon.

When the settlers arrived in this country, they found that the New England Indians had names for all of the full moons-this months moon is also known as the Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon or the Blood Moon.  The blood either signifying the blood from the slain animals or the red color of the turning leaves.

The Hunter’s Moon is first recorded in 1710 in the Oxford Dictionary, and is an apt name for the moon. The leaves are falling and giving a more clear view through the woods. The fields have been harvested.  The deer are feasting on the fallen grain and are fattened.  They can be easily seen by the hunters. It was time to hunt and harvest meat in preparation for the long winter ahead.

The name Hunter’s Moon is an apt name in our household.  The hunters begin their hunting.  The men (and some of the women!) in our family have been long time hunters.

I know that I have readers who may be offended by the killing of deer, so if this is you, you may want to stop reading right here.  I well remember the blog post I did years ago about the trapping and killing of the raccoons that were raiding my hen house and killing my laying hens, and the hate comments that I received. (This post is now long lost in internet eternity!)  If you have a different aesthetic than we do, that is fine.  But, we hunt here, and will continue to hunt.

In the latter part of October, 3 days are designated as a special hunting season for youth and seniors.  And my husband is now a senior-65!  So, out hunting he went, on a balmy sunny fall day.  So different from the late November hunting season-think thermal underwear, heavy jackets, wool socks and caps. There have been some brutally cold hunting seasons in the past.  And when ever hunters go out, they always come back with hunting stories.  Here is his.

In deciding where to hunt, Dan was directed to go a dairy farm that is overrun with deer.  He was told what field to sit in and wait for the deer to come out to feed on the farmers fields.  So he laid down between the hay rolls, and fell sound asleep.  He reported that he had a very happy dream while sleeping!  When he awoke, he lifted his head, and there were 3 deer standing looking at him. They were probably wondering what this strange thing was laying in the field!  He kind of rolled over to get in position, got his gun ready and decided that these deer were too small to shoot. So he waited a short while till bigger deer came out of the woods.  Now, he only had 3 shells with him-he had taken some wrong ammunition with him and only 3 bullets were the right caliber. He better not miss!  Bang!  The shot dropped the first deer immediately.  He reloaded…and bang!  the second deer dropped.  Two deer in just minutes.  I would say it was the easiest hunt he has ever done.  And he got a nap in the bargain!

 

Getting the deer out of the field was not so easy. He had forgotten tie down straps, so he took off his belt to tie one of the deer down but the other deer was not tied down and it fell off the 4 wheeler and he had to go back for it.   He lost his phone in the process, but was able to track it later with the 360 app-in the dark.  This new technology is amazing stuff.  The deer were taken intermediately to the deer processor, and we will be picking up our packaged deer meat in just a little while.  (I am so glad the days are over of us cutting up our own meat-I found it a miserable job!)

So now we have meat for the long winter ahead!  If you are wondering how we use this deer meat-a lot of it is ground and is used just like ground beef.  Venison is extremely lean meat and it is well to mix it with some suet-so it doesn’t so easily burn.  I like to mix the ground venison with ground beef in most of my cooking, but sometimes I just use it straight-it kind of depends on the deer, whether it is an old deer or not. Some of the older bucks are pretty ‘gamey’ tasting.  Young does are the best and most tender. It also depends of what the deer have been eating-many deer are ‘corn fed’!  We also get deer roasts cut, and the most favorite cut is the deer tenderloin-the back strap of meat from the top of the deer that is cut into little steaks-so delicious. The meat that is not made into cuts, I can.  Canned venison is just the best.  It makes such a quick, delicious meal.  Canning makes even the toughest meat very tender.

My blog post on canning deer meat, now also lost to the internet infinity, was one of my most looked at posts-I’ve even had people call me and ask how to can deer meat as they could not find the post.  So, I promise that I will re-post ‘Canning Deer Meat’ in the near future!

Now, I have told you all about the senior deer hunt…here are the photos from the junior deer hunt-

A sweet grand daughter with her deer….

a sweet grandson with his deer…

and the sweet granddaughter with her second deer of the day!

This early hunting season was quite a success for the family.  And there are still more deer tags to fill.

Happy hunting all you hunters!

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Genesis 27:3 and 4

(Isaac speaking to his son Esau)

Now therefore take, I pray thee,

thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow,

and go out into the field,

and take me some venison;

(4) And make me savoury meat,

such as I love, and bring it to me,

that I may eat;

that my soul may bless thee before I die.

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If you have not read this story in the Bible book of Genesis,

you should…it is a very interesting story!

 

 

 

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A Rascally Robin

A Rascally Robin

One of my most favorite and anticipated signs of spring is the return of the red-breasted robins.

Robins are one of the first signs of spring, and a symbol of renewal and new beginnings after the winter.  How welcome is their cheery song as they sing from the housetop.

Some facts about robins-

Robins are named after the European robin because of the similarities of their red breasts, but are not closely related.

Robins are members of the thrush family.  They are very abundant in North America.

Robins are migratory song birds, spending their winters in the south (Florida and Mexico), and summers in the north.  They arrive in the north in February and March, while there is still snow on the ground, and leave for their winter home by the end of August.  Occasionally, a singular robin will over winter in the north.

Robins are very active during the day, and are one of the first birds to sing at dawn.  They also sing before and after storms.

Robins are one of the earliest song birds to mate and lay eggs.  They like open farmland, woodlands and urban areas, and are very comfortable living around people.

Robins eat earthworms, grubs, beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars, with worms being their favorite.  They hop through the grass searching for worms by sight and by sound.  As soon as they spot a worm, they pounce and pull it up.  A very familiar sight in the spring, and so fun to watch.  They do not eat seeds, at least while they are in the north, so setting out a bird feeder will not draw them to your yard.

Robins can raise 2 or 3 clutches of eggs a summer, building their nests in the forks of tree branches, or open ledges.  The eggs are the familiar ‘robins egg blue’.  The newly hatched baby birds are voracious eaters and keep both the mother and father robins very busy all day long searching for and bringing back worms for hungry family.

 

Robins, being members of the thrush family, are very territorial and strong defenders of their breeding areas.  And this brings us to the ‘rascally robin’ part.

Husband has a truck he is selling and had it parked in the yard so he could work on detailing it.  This is what we would find every morning….

one side mirror, and….

the other side mirror.

The back window class is tinted and reflective, so this is what the bed of the truck looked like.

What a mess!  This male robin could see himself in the mirrors and the glass, and spent hours attacking the ‘robin’ that he saw in the glass-himself.  Any car that was parked in the yard suffered the same fate.  Quite the mess to clean up and no more parking in the yard during the robin mating season!

By the way, this very nice truck cleaned up very nicely and is still for sale!

2001 Ford F150,

Laredo 4 wheel drive

53,000 miles

Looks and runs great if you are interested!

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Have you ever had a problem with a rascally robin?

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Psalm 19:1

The heaven declare the glory of God;

the firmament shewth his handy-work.

 

 

 

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The Worm Moon

The moon is full on this first day of March.

This full moon is known as the Full Worm Moon.

Traditionally, the three coldest months of the year are December, January and February, and are considered the ‘winter’ months.  March is the beginning of the spring months, though the calendar would tell us that Spring doesn’t officially start until March 21.  With its unpredictable weather, March can allure to Spring, but also let us know that winter is not done with us yet.

But, the unmistakable signs of Spring are here:  the temperatures are slowly but surely warming, the ground is thawing, (also known as Mud Season around here!) and with the thawing comes the emerging of the earthworms, thus the name of this full moon.  And, as sure as one season following another, the emerging of the earthworms brings the arrival of the the red-breasted robins.  What a happy sight and sound the robins are!

There is the smell of skunk in the air as they emerge and begin mating.  And the geese are honking high above as they return for the summer to raise their young.  Ahhh…. wonderful Spring!

This year is unusual in that there was no full moon in the month of February, but 2 full moons are in this month of March.

Now is also the time to go out at night and pull night crawlers.  You know…. in preparation for trout fishing?  What?!   You have never pulled night crawlers?  You are missing it!

 

The March wind roars,

Like a lion in the sky.

And makes us shiver

As he passes by.

When the winds are soft,

And the days are warm and clear,

Just like the gentle lamb,

Then spring is here.

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Back Again

Back to Blogging Again!

After a long absence from the blogging world, I am back.

The last blog post that you were able to see was in October.  That seems like a long time ago, and I have really missed blogging.  There was a major glitch at this blog site, involving regularly scheduled updates that caused it to crash, and there was only 1 person that could fix it and it wasn’t me. After struggling this whole time, I have decided that if I wanted to continue my blogging journey, I would need to start over again from the beginning.  So here I am, struggling my way through, by myself this time.  I have complete control of my blog now and do not have to depend on another to help me.

Now, this technical, computer stuff is a steep learning curve for this old lady, so bear with me as I learn and get things back online again.  There will be a whole new look for Margies Garden, and some changes along the way.

But, hopefully, we are back in business, and there will be many more blog posts coming your way again!

I have many things that I have been wanting to share-if no one reads, that is OK.  I still enjoy blogging, if just for myself!

So, welcome back to Margies Garden!

PS… I confess that I was not able to get everything back on line by myself-wonderful son Aaron came to my rescue!