First project of the new year.

I am going to spend more of my time this year trying to help raise money for cancer research as well as raising awareness of cancer. I am working now to prepare for the Susan G. Komen race for the cure here in Boise Idaho. This is to raise money for research to find a cure for Breast cancer. I have never in my life even considered entering into a 5 k race before and I am not in any kind of shape right now to do it. I am beginning my training for the race this weekend. I am going to start with a 1 mile walk. I want to see 1st if I can walk a mile? 2nd How long does it take me?  3rd am I able to still move after that?
I used to walk a mile a day, but I have not done that in some time. It will be good to get back to walking again.
I am also looking to raise some money for the cause as well. If anyone wants to sponsor me on this I will figure out a way to do that.
I am really looking forward to this. I have wanted to try this for a long time, but have never done it.


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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News from the IDFG

The Idaho Fish and Game department has released the fishing regulations for 2011. The new regulations can be downloaded from the IDFG web site

The IDFG has also posted proposed changes to the Moose, Sheep and Mountain Goat hunting seasons for 2011. Go to the web page and leave your comments. The public comment period ends January 14, 2011.



Holiday Treats – Snicker Doodles

Growing up one of the treats my Mom would make that I really loved were Snicker doodle cookies. My folks both took a lot of time every year around Christmas to make many tasty goodies, and i enjoyed all of them and I now make several of them myself. I do have some of Mom and Dad’s recipes that I use, however I have never found Mom’s Snicker doodle recipe. I have tried many different recipes and none of them were quite what I remembered Mom’s cookies being. I finally have a Snicker doodle recipe that brings me back to Mom’s kitchen every time I eat one.

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Amazon Kindle – review

I am a total tech geek. I love to try out all the fancy electronic gadgets I can get my hands on. My latest love is the Amazon Kindle. This electronic book reader is awesome. The Kindle will hold 3500 books so you can carry your entire library with you at all times. The battery will last for a month on a single charge and is easy to read in any light.

The Kindle has several other features as well. There is an mp3 player, a basic web browser, and the text to speech function.

The web browser is crude, but not to difficult to use. in a pinch you could check email and social media sites or find directions if need be.

the mp3 player is also a bit crude, but it works well. the built in speaker on the kindle is fine for listening to pod casts, but if you are listening to music a good set of headphones would be a good idea.

the text to speech feature is great if you are busy with other tasks but don’t want to put down that book. The electronic voice is clear and easy to understand.

my favorite feature of the Kindle is the ability to copy my own files to it. I have made text copies of many of my recipes and loaded them onto my kindle. I can easily carry all of my recipes with me at all times and the text files are easy to read as well. The Kindle will display most of the more popular document formats including .pdf, .doc and .txt so what ever format your files are you can probably read them on the Kindle.

There are tons of books available from Amazon for the Kindle and there are many that are free or at least less than $1.00. there are books in all possible categories so no matter what your reading interests are more than likely there are hundreds of books that will interest you. there are also a lot of new authors that have self published their books for the Kindle. These authors may not have their books published by one of the print publishers yet, but they are turning out some great work that you can usually get cheap.

when you are reading a book on the kindle the buttons located on both sides of the screen make it easy to turn the page both forward and back with either hand. You can add bookmarks and notes to the book as well as copy clippings to a file for later use.

The Kindle can be purchased as wifi only or with both wifi and 3G. The wifi only version will connect to any wireless router to download books over the Amazon whispernet. The 3G version can also connect to Amazon via the cell phone network.

Books are easy to purchase and most will be downloaded and available to read in under one minute.

You can create collections to organize your books to make it easier to find the book you are looking for. Instead of having to search through the entire list of books you can organize them by category and search just the category you want to read.

Reading the kindle is not like reading a book on your computer. The Kindle uses an e-ink display that really is like reading a printed page. The screen is not back lit so it does not glare at you like a computer monitor, and after reading just a few pages you will not even realize you are reading an electronic book at all. The page turns are fast with very little lag time and when you are done reading for a while the Kindle will remember where you were when you come back to it, even if you change to a different book. This means that two people can read different books on the Kindle without either one losing their place.

Amazon has announced that the Kindle will have sharing available early next year. This means you will be able to loan your Kindle books to others with Kindle devices for 14 days. I expect that public libraries will also be offering Kindle books then as well.

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.

Pic of the dday for 11-15-09


View from the parking lot after work