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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Deer Opener

Today is a day that a great many northern Minnesotans have been waiting for: the opening of deer hunting season. Deer hunting is the biggest of the hunting seasons up here, and many people rely on their stock of venison in the freezer throughout the winter and into next summer's months. Tom used to be a big bow hunter down in southwestern MN where he grew up, but the hunting is much different up here (thick forests vs. wide-open corn fields). Last year he went out but didn't have any luck. To be fair, though, the area he went to was not a high-density deer area, and he went more to enjoy the Great Out-of-Doors than anything. If we weren't so busy this year I think he would have gone out with more of a mission. Next year.

So, for us, all the season entails is reversing our down jackets to their blaze-orange side and putting Maisy's orange reflective vest on her. Hunting season can be a dangerous time if you don't pay attention to the rules. And, as an aside, Swamp River is not a high density deer area: where there are moose there tend not to be many deer and vice versa (due to what they each prefer to eat). So, because of the type of forest/plants/shrubs we have, we have many more moose than deer.

We had a good little storm Thursday night - rain down here by the lake but snow in the higher elevations. That made yesterday's trip to Canada a little sloppy in the morning, but the plow and sanding trucks were out in full force. Since the nearest big city is in Canada, that's where we go for a lot of our errands - yesterday the main stop was a very-overdue grooming appointment for Maisy.

The find of the day was a utility sink for the new house. The utility sink we currently have in this house is just a junky plastic thing on wobbly, tacky legs. But, it was the only thing we could find. I was determined to find a good, solid, old-fashioned stainless steel one for the new house, though. But, we managed to do one better than that! We found one that sets into a base cabinet (so I'll have storage underneath) and is white - very nice looking (if a utility sink can be called that). I guess sometimes you have to go to another country to find just what you want!

Tom's up at the property already this morning for a full day of work. He's been working on installing an LP heater in the battery room to keep the batteries warm and at a full-functioning level this winter, and that is now ready to be fired up. Then, today's project will be insulating and finishing the walls for that room - a heater doesn't do much good with no walls! He already has the electrical wiring, outlets, and light switches installed - now for the sheething and insulation.

I'm still sanding, sanding, sanding the shiplap for the ceilings. As soon as we have a good day that doesn't threaten some sort of precipitation we can put that on. But, time is dwindling: we have to have it done by the 17th when the panels are still scheduled to arrive.

So, I'd better get my rear in gear. Hopefully I'll have a chance to do more photo journal catching-up tonight.

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