Jul 8, 2009

Wildlife and Violarium's blog contest

One of the reasons DH and I love living where we do is the wildlife. (Maybe not cows so much.) But we do enjoy birds and birdsong, and assorted wild critters. We have a lot of deer on and around our property.
My deer-hunting-obsessed DH notices the deer, and knows the habits and haunts of many of them. He always has a pair of binoculars handy to gaze out the windows.
He has gotten so well acquainted with some of the deer that he has named them. Last night, he took a picture of "DD" as she grazed near our back yard fence. She is called DD - short for "driveway deer" - because two out of three mornings, as DH drives to work, he finds her arising from bedding down for the night near the end of our driveway. She was hanging about waiting for DH's corn feeder to go off. He has it programmed to distribute feed at 6:30 morning and evening.
What do I call her? Hopefully come fall, I can call her freezer meat. Now before you all gasp and call me heartless, think of the many farmers and ranchers who name their cattle and then slaughter them for meat.
DH is not a sport hunter hunting for antler trophies. He is a game hunter; he hunts to provide us with food. Okay, he really does enjoy the hunting aspect, but we use and eat most of what he hunts. We eat venison or fish he has caught three or four times a week.
And normally, I'm not one to post about blog contests, but this one is for a very nice prize; a 712-page book with 800 different cross stitch alphabets. You can register for it over at Violarium's blog. Also, take at look at the Violarium website as it is nice ONS with unique patterns located over in Finland, Europe.
And I'm really looking forward to the IH35 Stitchtogether this Saturday. I'll be stitching on "The Alamo" instead of my Quaker freebie. I'm to the point where I have a lot of mindless no-count filling in to do, so I won't have to think too hard.


Gloria said...

I have never really understood the need to hunt simply for wall trophies. I do understand hunting for food. To me, hunting for food is no different than fishing. Nothing wrong with either one.

Thanks for the info on the blog contest.

mark said...

I agree with Gloria. I don't understand hunting just for the "fun and trophies". However, please don't name the deer. Then, it becomes too personal (of course, that's just me). If ya have to give a name, how about "Dinner"...lol. I've heard so much about venison chili and jerky. Is it really that good? Never tried it myself.

I'm so excited you're bring "Alamo". I've been wanting to see that up close and personal.


Cindy F. said...

I bet you guys eat good!!

Thanks for the contest link! I'm going to check it out:)

and forgot to say earlier....So glad your dh is finally getting over that nasty poison ivy!!
and thanks for your sweet comments on my blog:)
can't wait to see the "Alamo"!!