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November 5th, 2009

12:29 pm - Much suckage
So, it with great regret that I have to document the passing of my mother, Shelli Hertha DeSteur, at noon today.
I'm sure I'll have more to say later, but I needed to jot it down in brief right now.
Current Mood: crushedcrushed


October 6th, 2009

10:36 am - Alternatively
I'm in the middle of doing my PAL ( Possession and Aquisition Lic) or otherwise known as the FAC ( Firearms Aquisition Certificate) so that I'm gonna be legally certified to own my own firearms. Right now I'm doing the non restricted, then in a week or so I do the restricted.
Non restricted is the rifles and stuff for hunting/sport shooting, restricted is the fun ones like handguns and such.
I'm actually REALLY enjoying the course, I have good instructors and my BIL is letting me dick with his firearms tonight for a couple hours so I can become more comfortable handling them, and practice the procedure for making them safe etc, so on Wend, for the practical exam, I'm good to go.
The best part of it is that my little brother is MAKING me a couple of beautiful custom designed rifles for me, sized and weighted for ME, just cuz he has all the parts to do it for me.
I think he is more excited about me hunting than I am, and I'll tell ya, I'm pretty damn excited about it.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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October 3rd, 2009

08:20 am - And so, my nerosis shows through....
We had a little stray balck cat flaoting around the 'hood. Everytime she saw me, she'd run.
Until one day, the same day I'd noticed she's lost a LOT of weight, REALLY fast, I was out having a smoke and she came to my pond to get a drink. I did the standard "spsss spsss spsss" thing at her and she startled, looked like she was gonna bolt, then changed her mind and came up the stairs to me. SHe sat in front of me for a moment and then jumped into my lap and promptly started purring. Oooookaaaaayyyy....
Blarg. Kittens. She had kittens somewhere.

Okay, so I've spent the least 3.5-4 WEEKS feeding her and getting her to trust me enough to show me where she hid her brood. Searching the 'hood, and yes, even digging up beside other folks steps was involved here. It was a concentrated effort on my part.
Anyway, I was just about to head out the door to hit the range and sight in my bow, and there on my step with Kitty Mow, a set of little tiny eyeballs. All my work paid off, she trusted me enough to bring her babies to me when they were able to move.
Of course, I dart out and snag the poor thing before it can blink, and fire it into one of our rooms, away from the other cats/dogs/kids/chaos.
So spend 10 min getting that one settled... food,blanket/box etc, and I'm walking down the sidewalk to load my bow and lo and behold, Kitty Mow is coming up the grass with two more in her shadow. A small catharsis and those two are snagged and place in the room. Instructions are given to hubby unit and children on how to deal with any more.
By the time I'd gotten home, the hubby had snagged the 4th kitten, Kitty Mow ( momma cat) was in with her brood, AND he had put a bowl of water and a litter box in the room.
3 precious little tabby and a black just like mom.The kids are taking "shifts" at spending time with the kittens and getting them acclimated to human contact, though they are NOT as feral as one would expect. They hiss and spit a little, then calm right down and *almost* purr when in the lap of a child.
I'm gonna fill out a SNAP application, and see if I can't get a little help spaying and neutering them, then I'll find them homes myself.
Anyone local interested? They'll be kid proof, dog proof and essentailly bomb proof by the time they're good to go :P

Bless my husband unit for being so understanding about my neurotic NEED to "rescue" everthing, esp animals.

That alone will earn him blowjobs for the rest of his natural born life.

On a side note, I'm VERY pleased to say that my first night at an actual range was successful. I'm grouping 3 shots within a couple inches at 20 yards, within 4 inches at 30 yards and within 6 inches at 40 yards. Consistantly. I'm also pulling a 43 lb draw weight, when I had thought it was about 37-38 pound, and it's a comfortable weight for me at the moment, so I am OFFICIALLY good to go for big game. ( you have to have a minimum 40 lb draw for the big stuff up here)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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September 15th, 2009

08:20 pm - WOOOOOOOOOOOOT! Let the Killin' begin!
I just TOTALLY aced my Hunters education course, so I'm now able to obtain the tags/licenses that will allow me to kill things** and bring them home to eat!
I am positively giddy, esp given that I will be in the possession of my very own bow and all it's party favors as of tomorrow evening, and oh yeah, I'll be posting pics of stuff.

**NOTE : Kill things that aren't gilled and scaled, as I've been fishing quite successfully all summer.
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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August 22nd, 2009

06:57 pm - Happy Food Goodness
Shrimp, deveined, peel off, tail on.... chop up 2 tbsp of fresh dill and fresh tarragon, toss shrimp in this and put on skewer. BBQ to done. Add a little sea salt or Aromat.

Salad: Mixed baby greens, glazed pecans ( 3 c sugar, 1 tsp cinnimon, 1/2 tsp salt and 4 tbsp water to saucepan, boil till disolved, dump in 3-4 c pecans, toss, then spread to cool) blueberries.... for the dressing, blackberry yogurt, little milk to thin it, 2 tbsp raspberry balsamic vinegar and 1/8 c sugar, stir, let sit to disolve sugar and pour on top.

Seriously, the BEST freaking meal I've had in a long while.
Farmville ( facebook app) rocks my left sock. Stupidly simple, but oh so addicting.
Took the kids fishing last wend, and between 6 of us, we landed about 60 fish. All Walleye ( catch and release in that body of water) but fun as hell, nonetheless. I've got some of the BEST pictures of them all.
Tomorrow, I'm going fishing for walleye ( gooooooood eating, them) and pike ( if I can tag a few) in a body of water that I can KEEP the buggers out of YAY!

Other than that, not much else going on with me.... getting kids ready to head back to school, and my youngest is starting kindergarten this year so I'll have mornings to myself ( although after the first week, I'll be slowly going loopy for lack of "kid" being around), lookin after critters and plants and garden and house and all that jazz.

Meh... as boring as my life is right now, I'll take this over stupidity run chaos anytime!
Current Mood: amusedamused

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August 5th, 2009

Anyone know where to edamame beans in this cursed city?
My kids have developed a hard on for them and I can't find them ANYWHERE....
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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July 4th, 2009

09:10 pm - Note to Self
Solarcain spray WILL, in fact, numb your lips beyond usability.
Current Mood: amusedamused

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June 15th, 2009

05:01 pm - So
we have a couple of funky birds hanging out in my front yard waterfall, and I can tell you this, I'm 34 years old and havent' EVER seen these guys before.

Cedar Waxwings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Waxwing

Now, these things are GORGEOUS and the sounds they make are even more so.

I'm making a couple bird feeders tonight and putting them on the top of the waterfall for them.

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June 13th, 2009

10:35 pm - Proud As Punch
All my babies are now 9th level kyu in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. Okay, it might not be 6th dan Steven Segal shite, but it's still damn WIKKID stuff....

In short, they all tested and passed to get their next level of rank in aikido.

All 5 of mine, plus 3 of their cousins all tested today.
I was so proud of all of them I actually felt like puking all over the dojo.

I'd like to point out that my oldest is 11 and my youngest is 4.
She's not even in kindergarten yet and she can toss the sensei if she wishes.
Kickin ass and takin names... BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA

Nah, but I feel a whole to better about things knowing that if it came down to it, my kids CAN defend themselves in a way that isn't gonna get anyone hurt badly.
Current Mood: jubilantproud

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June 8th, 2009

09:31 am - Learning curve...
I figured out the hard way exactly WHY they suggest that you do not disturb momma hamster for the first 10 days....
1) they're BITCHY
2) they move *FAST*
3) they have very very VERY large teeth.

In my defense, I was TRYING to take out the worst of the peed upon wood shavings ( which is suggested that you do so there is lower risk of illness etc) at the part of the cage furthest from her and her nest, but appearantly a 3 foot radius isn't enough for her comfort.

Fair warning.... anyone with kids, your kidlet might be getting a hamster for it's b-day/graduating school etc :P

Heck, even if you're an adult, lemmie know if you want one.
Momma is a long haired black, soft as heck, and the pups WILL be hand raised/hand tamed and good with kids, dogs, cats and pretty much bomb proof.
Current Mood: amusedamused

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