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Beautiful Sunset

It has been a busy first week of the new year at work. I have not had a chance to take the camera out of the bag since I got back to work Tuesday. This was the sunset Jan. 2, 2012 taken from my back yard.


Is this a Blacktail / Whitetail hybrid?

This is a buck that my Wife’s brother shot many years ago. We have had this head hanging on our wall for a long time and to this day it confuses me. I can see both Blacktail and Whitetail traits in these antlers.

Jan1, 2012 Moon

The first night of 2012 was cold, but beautiful here in SW Idaho. The half moon was nice too.

Happy 2012

I am looking forward to the year 2012. It is so hard to believe that we are starting 2012. I remember as a kid thinking that the year 2000 was so far in the future we would never get there and now its 2012. I am going to make the most of this year. I plan to spend a lot more time taking pictures and enjoying the outdoors this year.


I now know what is wrong with this country

I figured out today why our country is going to hell in a hand basket. This realization came to me suddenly and it was all clear to me.

I had to pick up a few things at the store on my way home, and as I stood in the express check out line looking at the heaping cart  of the lady in front of me and the sign that said 20 items or less it dawned on me that its the new math that is ruining our country. Being the dumb backwoods redneck that I am I learned to count at a young age using my fingers and toes. I have gotten quite good at that over the years and only rarely need to take my shoes off to make sure I don’t have more than 20 items when going through the express lane. As I waited in line for my turn to pay I tried to figure out just how this new math thing works to make that cart full of stuff add up to less than 20 items. I never did figure that out, so I would like to ask that anyone explain to me just how this new maths works?

1 Long month today

One month ago today I smoked my last cigarette. I have struggled with my addiction for many years, and over the last month I have struggled with my resolve to quit. The biggest thing I have realized over the last month is just how ingrained smoking is in my life. I have smoked for the last 25 years and that habit is ingrained in every waking moment of my day. Until you decide to quit you do not realize just how much everything you do is centered around smoking. The addiction to the nicotine is not what is the hard part about quitting, it is the process of retraining your brain to do things without involving  a cigarette.  I have been doing really good at suppressing the habit for the last week, and then yesterday I pinched a nerve in my back and was experiencing some serious pain from my lower back down my left leg. It hurt to sit, stand, walk or even lay down. All day as I was trying to find the least painful position my brain was looking for the cigarettes. I finally was able to ease the pain by lying on a heating pad on the bed. Once the pain eased so did the urge to smoke. As I thought about that I realized that before now when I was in pain I would usually smoke more to help me relax and to help ease the pain. I am feeling much better today and the urges are back to their normal level. Every day I feel a lot better about my chances of success with quitting this time and as each day passes that success does come easier.

2011 – the year ahead

Now that we are at the end of 2010 and preparing to start 2011 I have been thinking about what I wanted to get accomplished in 2010 and over all I had a good year. The two brightest moments of the year were the births of my Grand daughter Milley in January and my Grandson LJ in May. Adding those two with my first Grandson David now gives me 3 new hunting and fishing partners in the future and I am looking forward to that.

Now I am looking ahead to 2011. I am hoping to make 2011  an even better year than 2010. I have a number of goals I want to accomplish this year. there are a few things I have on the list I have never tried before so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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What can you expect from my blog?

As we prepare for the start of the new year I am starting a new direction with my blogging. I have decided it is time to get back to writing for myself. I started this blog some years ago with the idea of writing on all the things I enjoy, but other things came up and I was doing more writing for other sites and I got to the point that every time I thought of something to write about here I didn’t because that would be a topic for one of the other sites I was writing for. I am know only writing for myself. This blog will cover everything I enjoy. I will talk about hunting, fishing, hiking, photography, cooking, and even current news events that interest me. I will do product and television reviews at times as well.
Another area I intend to focus on in this blog is cancer awareness. I have lost many family members and friends to cancer over the years and it is time to do something about this. We all must do our part to help with research and early detection. I will be looking for groups and programs in my area and nationally that work on this and bring those here to the blog.
I will also be adding my recipes to the site. I am looking for healthy ways to eat and will share what I come up with here. I know that most health experts say to not eat red meat, but I can not stop eating red meat so I will work on recipes that are easy, fast and make healthy foods taste good to go along with the red meat.
This blog will be a glimpse into what is going on inside my head on any given day, and I do look forward to comments and suggestions from anyone that is reading my posts.

Start each day with a Hardy Breakfast


I just wanted to share a hardy breakfast with everyone.

Revamp is under way

I know it has been a long time since I posted to this blog, but that is all going to change. I have cleared up the things that were preventing me from posting here on a regular basis and I will begin posting all of my blogging here next week. I am going to completely revamp the blog. I am working on a new look and layout now and hopefully will have everything set up by the end of the year.