A Little Harvest Rambling, Time of Year Thing

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Frost on the truck windshield. I think my brain looks like this during the harvest season

It’s that magical time of the year when rain turns to snow, lakes are freezing over, forests are bare of leaves and most humans are less than half prepared for the winter ahead. I think our fall-winter harvest season does something to the brain.

Most of us in this area of the country harvest our own meats this time of year. Venison, waterfowl, various small game and fish stack the freezers to last through the next few weeks or months. Early ice fishermen must have strange DNA as it’s possible to take a (non-photoshopped) picture of an ice shanty (with one or more fishermen inside) out on the thin ice and open water with a fisherman in a boat a stones throw from the ice shanty. Self proclaimed sensible people might have a lot to say about how much is wrong with that picture, but the rest of us might wonder which one is catching more fish? after all, we are in harvest mode here!

My neighbor has an odd tradition going; he spends bu-koo bucks on food plots and fancy condo deer stands with heaters, nice windows, a stash of food, cup holders and a place to put the thermos full of coffee. Most years all his deer are harvested quite close to the door of the cabin. I told him it would be more comfortable in his condo deer stands than sneaking out the back door and around the cabin in the snow with his bare feet to harvest the deer taking the last frozen apples off the tree.

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See the deer?

Me, I’m normal. I get my deer walking through the woods or from a simple stand. This year I only had one cup of coffee and was in the middle of contemplating life from a deer stand (a good book title by the way) when a nice buck interrupted me. So now I am looking for my long cross country ski stuff  as they distribute my weight better on thin ice.

My wife has a strange tradition going as well. She seems obsessed with life insurance quotes about this time of the year. I found her stash in my ice fishing bucket. don’t tell her but with all the money we saved by tossing those quotes I am getting her own set of skis and ice fishing stuff as an early Christmas gift.

Meanwhile I’m still looking for my ice scraper as my eyebrows and cheeks freeze sticking my head out the truck window going to the lake.

Happy Thanksgiving Deer

Gary

 

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Seen in the woods

I carry a camera. When I walk the woods, I see.

See any wildlife in one of the pictures?

To really see, one has to thread their vision into every crevice of sight as far as possible otherwise all that is seen is the forest.

One of our deer hunting tales (true story) tells on one of our hunters who saw no deer from his stand. he was in a very scenic area so he took a few pictures with his camera. when he got home and looked at his pictures he discovered several deer were in one of the pictures.

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I took this picture while trekking through the deep woods when I spotted the rabbit about 4 feet away. See the ears?

Life is a lot like a walk in the woods. Seeing what is really there is a practiced skill and it relates to every area of our lives should we care to interact with such details.

Why notice the pain in a stranger’s smile if I act indifferent? Why notice the old couples broken porch rail for the 20th time when my tools to help are in the garage? Why not see the young mother trying to help feed her family instead of the slow cashier (same person) in the line you happened to be stuck in?  why not purpose to see beyond ourselves?

I am such a non-noticer. I have this tug of war to see or not to see. After all if I see I might have to care. If I care it will cost me something. I,Me, My…selfie time is important right? Do I use the care lens or the selfie lens today?

My daily prayer each morning is that I would see over the logs and beyond the brush and trees of life.

Gary

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A Little Deeper

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I often wonder what lies hidden in the lives of other bloggers. the adventurer in me loves to paddle into the fog and discover what lies beyond. The relational part of me would love to get around a campfire discussion with other like minded bloggers. Thus I began to explore a deeper blog about my relationship with God.

SO… I redirect those interested to My Spiritual Blog. Like the picture above, taken early one morning from an island deep in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, there is light shining through the fog. Go toward the light and you will discover the Author of life who would invite you into one’s most important relationship.

Click here to see Gods Ways Are Different…

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Some spiritual food, discussion and warmth for the soul

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I Wish

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“Grandpa, can we have another adventure tomorrow?”

I wish we could have a pause button on time. Took the boys fishing again without the success of the former fishing trip. It was still an adventure. more of a snake and spider adventure from the bank. The boys left several hooks and bobbers in the nearby trees. Some in trees that were not nearby. A nearby bank fisherman decided he had work to do at home about three casts later from the boys. Sorry man but not stifling the adventure.

“Grandpa, how old are you?” “How long will you live?” Me: “Well, I have taken to celebrating my birthday at least three times a year so I could live to be 150 or more” Grandson: “I don’t think it works that way  Grandpa!”  Me: “I Wish”

Grandson: “Grandpa, I wish you could live here forever” Me: “I will, but not here” Sometimes I want to pause time and just talk

What conversations do you hope for?

Gary

 

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Bounty: A Tribute to Dad and Mom

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I belong and am part of a family of “Bounty”

Everyone belongs and everyone contributes. It’s a way of life and seems in our DNA. Let me explain by way of our september adventures to visit some of the family back home. I have pictures to back it up!

My uncle knowing that I work for a truck bed cover manufacturer, ordered a cover so I could deliver it and save a bit of money. He also needed a recommendation for who could do an installation. So, yes, we volunteer each other. If we can we do. If we cannot they understand. It’s that simple. No keeping track of who has done more for the other.

We picked apples and crab apples at Dads. Corn (lot of corn), onions, peppers, squash and potatoes till the car sagged from one of the brothers farms. Meanwhile a sister in law trimmed our little dogs nails in the “pet grooming shop”

Somehow family seemed involved in everything while we who live the furthest away seem out of sync a bit…More in the sense that we are missing out on a lot of things with each other.

One brother is remodeling a bathroom for our handicapped daughter at Dad’s place. Two brothers are collaborating on building the cabinets for our sons new house. Dad often does parts runs for one brothers farm. Family gets really good deals on a half or whole beef from one farm. An Aunt gave me some trout so I brought it over to smoke it (Don’t worry dad has a smoker) and we put in some lamb-pork sausage from the farm as well. We had a couple of hours this morning before traveling the 5 hours to our house so Dad and I  picked up a meal of pike from a little lake casting off shore. Fresh pike filleted boneless is a great meal. It was shared by a brother who is cutting up the blown down trees on his saw mill on dads land. I could keep going on and on about how we work together and help one another but here are some pictures.

                  7 siblings and Dad, and we are Family. Miss you mom.

4 things about Mom and Dad; 1) They were lovers of God, each other, us kids and our neighbors (a lot of others)

2) They had depth of character.  They did what needed to be done when it was needed to get done (Not when they had time).

3) They worked earlier, later and harder than most people. Their kids now do as well.

4) They spent extra time talking and thinking life issues through. Their goals and how to get there were important. Their relationship skills were honed well and they were together in tackling all that life brought upon them.

Becoming a bountiful family is hard work. So is a Bountiful garden, a fruit bearing apple tree, a great herd of beef, straight and true boards off the sawmill, a remodeled bathroom and even a successful fishing trip. As Dad would say, “everything bountiful takes a lot of time, work  and intentionality”.

Hey guys we left some apples ready in the freezer for making apple crisp!

Gary

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The Thrill of Frill

frill fril/ noun (Google “Frill”)
1. A strip of gathered or pleated material sewn by one side onto a garment or larger           piece of material as a decorative edging or ornament
2. an unnecessary extra feature or embellishment.
“it was just a comfortable apartment with no frills”
  1. synonyms: ostentationornamentationdecorationembellishment, fanciness, fuss, chi-chi, gildingexcess

We love Frills. Frill is a spice for our everyday lives. Frill is unordinary, extraordinary, exciting, over the top and yes we get it. Well, maybe we get it.

Nature has Frills!

How about a sunset with frills? how about just showing the frill?
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    I walked around our front yard and picked some of our mostly wild plants for my wife. Yes we have a place full of frills.

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Hey, do we come with frills?

Smile, say a kind word to the cashier and use their name (notice the name tag). strike up friendly conversation while standing in a long line. In the workplace: Be pleasant. Be more than worth your pay. encourage your boss (not to be confused with buttering them up…be genuine with no ulterior motives), pick up after yourself (even in the fast food restroom), be on time and there every day (even when the fish are biting…this is me biting knuckles).

Frills are intentional

I mean it takes discipline, forethought and creativity for frills to become a part of us. Character. We all know someone like that. I believe our creator loves frills. I see them everywhere and try to capture frill moments in nature with the camera.

What are your favorite Frills you see in others? There is a Thrill to Frill!

Hey I’m trying out signatures for my pictures….so far it’s

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Thanks for reading, feel free to comment, frills are ok.

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The Root of Beauty

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I would venture that in the midst of life’s chaos I miss many a life lesson. Nothing would sit still for the camera on this cold, miserable, windy and misty day. Almost nothing but a nice little red bird on a stout oak branch. Beauty sitting still in the midst of chaos. I had but a few seconds to enjoy, focus a lens and wrap my mind around this tiny speck of color, warmth, peace and vibrance. The fragility of the moment was not lost. May we all find a stable place to perch as we watch the sun set.

A short time later…

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Beauty is everywhere should one care to look. Looking however seems to be rare unless it’s pasted on the sky. Sometimes depth of beauty is is measured by the depth of who we are. Can anyone imagine not having the capacity to enjoy beauty? Admit it; sometimes we are not in a place to see or enjoy beauty. Other times we see beauty everywhere.

My thoughts: Beauty, a great argument for there being a creator. It’s so much bigger than just happening along.

Next Day: Then there is food. Beauty probably measured by taste buds.

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Beauty, one of life’s best spices. Best shared with everyone around!

On this Memorial weekend I am still seeing sunsets and dwelling on those who have had their last sunset. I can only imagine mom’s last sunset as she walked into her last sonrise.

Miss you mom. By for now

Gary

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Sunsets I have known

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Sorry, how on earth did that BWCA fishing picture get in there??

hope you enjoyed them.

Some day we will each have our own sunset..My prayer: Get to know our creator and enjoy his creativity forever. Amen

Gary

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A New Quest

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“You kids go outside and pet the snake” They did!Bear Poquette Lake

“Go outside, maybe you will see a bear or a deer” They did!

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Bear tracks by the shed, little buck outside the living room window.  Not afraid of the kids.


I have often reflected on the nature of kids. Oh to crave fearless adventure in developing my latest great idea. To go outside my shrinking comfort zone and get to know a whole new group of great people. To actually start writing a book. To finish writing the next song. To quit working so much, be a little more frugal and take the family on a few more great adventures before my adventure gene shrinks any more. Maybe we either grow or shrink?

So…I propose a new quest. I just have to choose wisely! 

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Meanwhile…I’m thinking this new quest thing through while grilling corn and some sirloin

Gary

 

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The Beholden

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Counter to popular opinion it’s there weather (intended) anyone validates the event or not. If a tree falls in the forest…Yes it made a sound. Yes I caught a big fish; quite a few actually. Maybe the bigger questions: “Do we look?” Where does importance lie? With us?

A whole lot of people saw this sunset but only my wife and I watched this from our front screen porch. Perspective is important but the beholden probably more.

Just a thought as I post a bunch of pictures…Maybe we long to be a part of something much bigger than us. It’s July 4, I am an American. A rather proud one at that.

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I suppose the sun will set for America someday. I know it will set for each of us and set the next day when we are gone. Could it be the beholden, as magnificent as our sense of beauty allows, is merely a reminder. A sign that we should live, touch, feel, and behave with each moment in the context of Eternity. Fishing Tackle email

My relationship with our Creator draws me in many common ways. From Grandiose wonder to depths of intimacy.   Strange to some I guess.

Meanwhile I am organizing the tackle to take someone fishing again…all with eternity in mind! If my boat could communicate…From laughter to heart-ache, the stories and themes between fish easily overlap the right now—Eternity. No wasting sunsets please!

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Gary

 

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