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VOLUMES 195 & 196 -------- SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

November 10, 2018

Yes, I'm getting a late start on this newsletter. (AGAIN)

We've had two birthdays, some rifle shooting in preparation for deer season, visiting the Spokane Interstate Fair, Rick's buck, and other sundry items.  So let's get started.

Ann and I visited the Fair on September 11th and were sorely disappointed, although there was one special highlight.  As we approached the ticket booth with wallet in hand, two ladies came running up behind us, one of them hollering, "Wait, wait, wait!  I have a bunch of extra coupons that will get you in free!"

Sure enough, she quickly tore out two tickets from a booklet, and handed them over.  We thanked the lady profusely!

The young man behind the ticket counter commented, "Go for it," reached for the coupons and handed us our passes.

One thing we didn't understand though.  With all those ticket coupons of various colors, why did that nice lady automatically choose the red one that had 'Senior' printed on them?  I guess life is full of things we can't understand.

Turned out that incident, along with the deep fried bacon and corn on the cob, were about all that didn't disappoint.

The deep fried bacon was OK but not spectacular.  This booth had 'battered and deep fried' dang near anything you could think of.  Candy bars, various veggies, and even deep fried Philly Cheese Steaks in addition to the bacon.  Talk about an overdose of grease!

Mouthful of battered and deep fried bacon!
(Ain't all that good)

The local Rotary Club has maintained a booth for many years selling locally grown 'sweet corn on a stick.'  The ear of corn is dipped into a crockpot of melted butter and handed to you in a cardboard tray dripping with goodness!  Ann doesn't eat corn and I must cut it off the cob in order to eat it, but man, is it good!

We were also suprised at the lack of livestock.  There were no beef cattle, hogs, sheep, or dairy cattle.  Other than goats, rabbits, and chickens there was very little livestock in evidence.  Our visit was about midway into the Fair's 10 day run, so we don't know if the stock had come and gone, or were slated to come in later in the week.

The biggest letdown however, was the lack of pork tenderloin sandwiches!  The vendor who has had those tenderloins for many years, was not there!  To add insult to injury, another vendor who was listed in the Fair Program as having pork tenderloins on their menu, actually didn't have them!

Had we not gotten in free, we would have asked for our money back!

I mentioned two birthdays earlier.  Well mine was first.  On 'the day' September 20th, Ann and I ventured to Texas Road House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for my birthday supper.

As usual, my entree choice was 'Roadkill.'  This tasty dish is nothing more than a large hamburger steak with the Roadhouse's special seasonings.  Delicious!

Birthdays at the Roadhouse always include a dessert and an opportunity for a 'ride' on the celebration saddle and this was no exception.  Our waitress was very nice as well.

Anticipating that good Texas Roadhouse food!

Ridin' the Celebration Saddle.

After the Roadhouse, we had more dessert at home.  Ann had baked one of my favorite cakes, which is not a cake at all.  It's called babyfood bars.  Be nice if Little Heifer would put that recipe on Ann's Corner wouldn't it?   We shared that and ice cream.

Baby Food Bar cake (the numerals were accidentally reversed)

Blowin' out the flames

Will my birthday celebration ever end?  I hope not!

On September 21st Rick joined us for a road trip to Pullman, Washington to have another birthday supper and see Jennifer.  Jennifer was working, as usual, at Nuevo Vallarta Mexican restaurant.  We have eaten at Nuevo Vallarta numerous times and it is excellent Mexican fare!  They also apparently really like Jennifer and we are always treated like royalty there.  Much better than the deep fried stuff at the Fair, we had deep fried ice cream for the first time.

Deep Fried Ice Cream with chocolate and raspberry sauce.  Ann's was served next.

Mercy, September was a busy month!  Just four days after our trip to Pullman, Ann put together a 'Walking Taco' night at the Elks Lodge.  Here is the announcement in the Lodge Bulletin:

If you haven't tried walking tacos, you should.  (perhaps another recipe for Ann's Corner?)

There were some difficulties getting this show on the road however.  About the time we were ready to pre-heat the food at home, the power went out!  No electricity: no stove, no microwave, and no crock pots.  We quickly packed up our stuff and headed for the Lodge to do the prep work.

Another problem!  Not having used the kitchen range in our new Lodge facility, we found that it has a 'lockout' feature that avoids inadvertent heating of the stove top burners.  A phone call to someone who knew, 'unlocked' the stove so we could proceed.  On with the show!

In addition to the tacos, the festivities included two piņatas, one for kids and one for adults.  The kid's prizes were mostly candy.  Gotta get that sugar high goin' for the young ones!  Adult's prizes included a half dozen or so 'miniatures' of various adult beverages.  All prizes included a strip of paper with one of the 'Hillbilly Wisdom' sayings or quotes you have seen for many years at the end of each of these newsletters.

The big prize for the evening was a drawing for a nice, crisp $100 bill!  Everyone who was on the reservation list received a ticket for this drawing when they arrived.  The winner was Lodge member, Sharon Garrett.

In all there were eighty some attendees, the largest gathering for a Lodge function in a long time!

A big THANK YOU to Little Heifer, as she did most of the work and donated the food for this function!

Unfortunately we were so busy keeping everything moving and on schedule, we didn't take any photos, so you'll have to use your imagination.

With upcoming hunting seasons it was time to sight in the rifles we would be using for deer.  I undertook the chore on October 9th.

Ann elected her Savage Lady Hunter in .308 Winchester, me my Sako M85 in .30-06, and Rick chose the Ruger M77 MKII in .300 Win Mag.  Note, I said THE Ruger instead of HIS Ruger.  In spite of Rick's repeated attempts to claim the Ruger as HIS rifle over the years, I'ts still mine!

Ann's Savage .308

Sako .30-06

Ruger .300 Win Mag

All three of these rifles are capable of much better groups than those shown, but on that day I wasn't.  I continue to blame the Epirentinal Membrane in my left eye for lack of visual clairity though the scopes, but I aint that good a shot anymore either.  All these targets show 'minute of deer angle' though.  Another way to look at it is, none of the shots are more than two inches from point of aim, so we were good to go.

Whitetail Deer seasons here in Game Management Unit #124, began October 13th and ended October 26th.  The so called 'Late Buck Season' runs November 10th through 19th.  Because of the overabundance of deer in this area, 350 second deer tags were available for GMU 124.  Ann, Rick, and I all applied and were all drawn for these antlerless tags.  As a side note, being old farts, Little Heifer and I could legally take antlerless animals during both seasons.

Saving our doe harvest until late in the season in order to keep the 'girls' around to attract mature bucks, resulted in only one buck kill during early season.  This guy had been hanging around here for several weeks, so could have been taken about any time.  Rick decided to wait until the last day of the early season.

For those 'tree huggers and animal rights activits' who want to 'humanize' or pretend that animals, wild or not, have the ability to 'reason or plan' like people, I offer the following trail camera shot:

Here they are kissing and planning the amorous liaison they are anticipating for estrous and rut.

Shortly after this picture, the buck kicked her butt away from where he was feeding.

The reality is, like it or not, hunting is a vital and necessary part of managing our wildlife.  Those who advocate the hands off approach to wildlife management would be spot on if we entirely removed humans and all their activities from the world.  In that scenario the animals would and could manage themselves.

I have neither seen nor heard even the most avid 'leave the wildlife alone' advocates making any offers to leave this world in order to advance their ideas of wildlife management.

But I digress.

Rick had to wait until the last day of the early season for the 'kissing buck'

After getting the buck to the shop building via tractor bucket, Ann and I left for dinner at the Elks Lodge, leaving Rick to do the gutting and skinning.  (I would pay for that later)

I mentioned the trail camera picture above, and need to elaborate on that a bit.  We put out three trail cams well before the season opens to see what is around the ranch in the way of wildlife both day and night.  One is an older model Moultrie that uses regular flash in low light and at night.  The other two are another Moultrie and a Browning, both of which switch to infrared images when light fades.  All three accept ordinary SD cards to store their images and the cards were changed out every one to three days.

The emphasis is of course, on mature bucks when looking at the pictures, but we get a lot more pictures of does and fawns than anything else.  Also we occasionally get things that surprise us.  This year the surprises included a coyote, a skunk, and a bobcat with a half-grown kitten.

Unfortunately, me and my trigger happy mouse finger managed to delete those original pictures when culling trail cam photos to save space.  It happens that all those photos were in infrared mode, so they weren't all that clear anyway.  I did manage to salvage a cropped and enhanced image of the grown cat which I will put on here.  (Obviously, my elementary Photoshop software ain't professional grade)

Bobcat on trail cam, she was followed by a half grown kitten

We keep hoping to get a picture of a cougar, but that has not happened for us.  We know they are here because Ann sighted one crossing the County road here in the neighborhood several months ago.

October 30th marked Ann's Birthday.  I have permission to publish her age but will only say she is 40 days younger that I.

To avoid other conflicts we started Ann's celebration a little early on October 29th.  First was the bouquet of roses I delivered that morning.  Little Heifer's favorite rose color is yellow, but I also added a dozen reds to balance things out.

Birthday Roses for the Birthday Girl

Later in the day we visited Black Angus Restaurant at Spokane Valley Mall for an excellent steak dinner and a giant cookie and ice cream for dessert.

Birthday Dinner at Black Angus Restaurant

On October 30th, which is the real birthday, we shared pie and ice cream here at home to wind up the celebrating.

This pie looks like cake to me.  (Again the numbers appear to be reversed)

Blow out them candles, girl!

Time to move on to November/December activities!

This month's hillbilly wisdom comes from a survey of the darnedest things Grandmas say:

"If you neglect your housework for 20 years it might take a week to make it up.  But if you neglect your child for a week it might take 20 years to make it up."

Well, it's time to shut down here, so. . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!

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I'm trying a new way of operation for the newsletters.  Since I get so far behind sometimes, I'm going to add things as I get them done and post additions as I develop the material and organize the photos.  Look for this new procedure in the near future as I move on to November/December 2018.