Monday, November 06, 2006

My husband left me...

Newly married, and I find myself single again. Well, at least for the next few weeks! I'm what my mother-in-law calls a "grass widow". It's this time of the year when many of the men up here get together and leave their wives to go hunting. Bow season started already, but next weekend is when rifle season opens. I am so not looking forward to this!

Last year, because the deer population was so healthy (meaning, we had A LOT of deer on the Island), the MNR increased the number of tags each hunter was allowed to have. I think last year, each hunter was allowed three deer.

This really saddens me. I have always been a nature lover and deer are among my favourite animals to watch, sketch and admire. Every morning, I love watching the deer graze in the fields and valley behind our house. We have about a dozen that bed down behind our house. They're gorgeous animals.

I do know, as hubby explained to me, that the deer population needs to be thinned out a bit because when they get to be too many, they bring disease (like mange) and with that, they bring more predators like wolves to the area. It's still a very sad thing for me to see though.

Hubby doesn't hunt (thank goodness!) but he does have a hunt camp on our property, where a dozen or so guys come and stay for hunting season. Lately, Hubby has been hanging out with the boys, as they prepare for hunting season. The hunt camp is a "manly man" place. I wouldn't go near it if you paid me to. It has all the necessities for these men to live 'comfortably' for a few weeks. They have a wood stove, hydro, 2 BBQ grills, bunk beds, 2 fridges (the kinds stores have for pop- you know, with the glass doors). The men surprisingly cook a good meal for themselves. They had 'beer butt chicken', where they put a half full can of beer up the chicken's *ahem* cavity and BBQ it. Surprisingly, the chicken is really moist and the meat just melts in your mouth. The guys also bring up lobster tails, giant tiger shrimps, and a whack load of good food.

Eventhough Hubby doesn't hunt, I'll be single for the next few weeks. He has been clearing up the area where the hunt camp is, adding crushed gravel to our laneway so the guys don't get stuck...and he's been hanging out with the fellas. He gets paid a pretty penny for renting out the place. It's good money for a week or so of the bonus stuff we get in gifts, so I guess it's not so bad. I just told them that I do not want to see Bambi's carcass anywhere. It better be out of sight. :( So sad, but I realize they eat the meat and use all the parts so nothing's wasted...but still...I find myself whispering to the deer every morning, "Run! Run far, far away!!!" :(


ahappilymarriedmommy said...

I hear ya sister! My DH is also going hunting with the guys. I know J doesn't hunt, but he's still out with the guys, right? I guess it's their way of bonding as we do via phone, MSN, blog, etc. OH did you end up getting the flu shot after all?

Chrissy121875 said...

Hi! I did end up getting the flu shot. Didn't really see the need to, but since my Dad has a health condition, and my two nieces fall into that 'special risk' category as well, I decided to suck it up and get it. It was funny, we all got the shot today (my mom, dad, hubby and MIL). It was our 'family flu shot day' and then we went out for lunch.

BTW, the bulbs are Asiatic Lilies and Dutch Irises. Thanks for asking :)

Stephen said...

Tut tut. How the mighty has fallen from the pit of her wormy hole.

Chrissy121875 said...

Hi Stephen. I know, I know. It's horrible, isn't it? Long gone are the days of us (or mostly me) harvesting wormy dung through the vermicompost bins in the basement if Concordia University...

Do you and E have a vermicomposter in your flat? I've been searching for red wigglers everywhere. Did you know that they sell them for over $30/1 lb??? Grrr. So I just spread our fruit/veggie scraps over our garden. That's our compost heap. Sometimes my SIL asks for our fruit/veggie scraps for her chickens. Those things can eat anything!!

Stephen said...

No composters for us - our flat's pretty miniscule and, with the amount of food we cook, we'd ned about 20 composters to deal with everything.

curiositykiller said...

Freaked me out for a sec with your headline there, Chrissy!

Chrissy121875 said...

LOL! Sorry about that, Curiosity! :) Cool news...Hubby just built me a garage for my SUV! He has a garage for his truck, but it wasn't large enough to fit his 4x4 and mine. Now I've got a brand spankin' new garage. Yippeee!

When you come back to the Island for a visit, you'll have to come stay with us!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your hubby built you a garage? I say he's nesting too. LOL!

Chrissy121875 said...

Hey Curiosity Killer! Yeah, he built me a garage! It's so cool! When are you going to be in our neck of the woods again? I MISS YOU!!

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