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It seems that as I get older (even by the month), I get more and more business ideas or ventures that I want to pursue. Just over the last three years I have wanted, or have pursued a window cleaning business, having goats, chickens, coffee shop, maple syrup making, and teaching a course on hunting and venison preparation for Foodies
These all seem to be well and good, until you add into the mix that I am a full time dad with a wife, job, house to maintain, family to visit and so on. When all these ideas start pouring into my mind, I often step back and say “I CANT do all of these!!” But I so want to.
Where does it come from? Keep reading


This is my favorite time of the year. The air is cooler, potential for snow is in the air, wood stoves are burning, and hunting seasons are in mid-swing.

Thanksgiving seems to me to be tied to a wonderful heritage of self-sufficiency that has been all but lost in most Americans. The idea of growing your own food, hunting for your own food,  or raising your own food is mostly an interesting oddity to most Americans these days.  People are just so used to ordering food from a restaurant menu or seeing it all neatly packaged in plastic at the super grocery store down the road.

The personal interaction with agriculture is lost. The appreciation of a sacrificed life, or the toil of the earth is distant. I am thankful for being able to live where I do. It gives me plenty of opportunity to appreciate healthy homegrown and harvested foods. These foods not only cost less, but are much more healthy for your body as they do not contain all kinds of hormones, antibiotics, or chemical sprays.

I also love this time of year because my family is together under one roof. The conversation that fills the air is wonderful. Watching the kids play with each other, some excited about hunting in a few days, puts a smile on my face.

I will be traveling a few hours to my brothers house for the thanksgiving meal, and then returning with  another brother and his children and another one of my nephews. My home in North central PA turns into “Deer Camp” for the next few days after thanksgiving. Its a time of year that I favor most and just wanted to share my thoughts about it with you.

Hunting Success


Chubbs with nephew

Chubbs with nephew

…do you spend on a family dog? This is the question that has come to mind recently. We have a family dog named “Chubby”. He is a very healthy and friendly 5 yr old lab/GSP mix. He is great with the little kids, loves to hunt, and is very handsome!
We got him for free from my brothers dog. We brought him home when he was 6 months old. He had already received the name Chubby from my nephews who noticed that he was the fattest of all the puppies in the litter. He was also the last one to be born and the only all chocolate colored one.
Up till about a week ago it has been relatively easy to take care of him. Keep reading


They always loved laying near eachother.

So far we have had two dogs. They lived with us together for a while until Cadie, our Jack Russel mix died about a year and a half ago. We actually had her put down as she was having trouble walking and wasn’t able to even go out to pee on her own. She was always a feisty and loving girl and we will miss her. Our other dog, Chubby, is about 5 years old. He s a  Chocolate Lab/ German Shorthair mix. He is everything I wanted from both breeds. He has the lean muscular body and face of a Shorthair, and the calm, loving, less high-strung personality of a lab. And he is quite the natural bird dog as well! He was called chubby by my nephews who owned his mother. He was the last one to come out and was the only chocolate one, and he was the fattest! But as you can see, he is not so chubby anymore!


So handsome!

He loves kids and is vary patient with curious infants as they crawl on him and check his eyes, teeth, lips, and ears. He also loves where we live as there are plenty of rabbits to keep him ever wanting to go outside and run around. every now and then he goes on a excursion if we don’t keep our eye on him. His trips vary from the neighbors (which causes problems) to the fields out back looking for deer or any other animal. We have kept a tighter watch on him when he is out and we are in. Other times, if I am working outside, he will just find a nice spot to lay and watch me work.

He really is the dog I have always wanted.