Hunting II

A murder has occurred in Canada.  My dad shot a black bear earlier this week.  This is the 5th or 6th bear that he has “harvested” since he started making his annual pilgrimage to the killing grounds known as Long Lake Adventures.

Please don’t misunderstand – I love & respect my dad, really, I do.  He worked hard to provide for our family and deserves to enjoy his golden years.  I just don’t agree with some of his choices.

I’ve realized that I can no longer pretend to support his involvement in this so-called sport, nor can I remain silent about it.  My reaction would be quite different if he were hunting to provide food for his (or someone else’s) table, but that’s not the case. 

Trophy hunting, especially when animals are baited, is cruel and senseless murder.  In my opinion, there are only three good reasons an animal (wild or domestic) should be killed:  1) food; 2) severe illness; or 3) gross overpopulation. 

Baiting any animal should be illegal, period.


So, my dad is in Canada, bear “hunting.” I use the term “hunting” loosely because, IMO, sitting in a blind while waiting for a bear to approach a bait barrel is not truly hunting.  It’s not fair to the bear (or any other animal “hunted” in this manner).  I truly cannot understand the attraction to this “sport” or the desire to bring such “trophies” into one’s home.

Dear ol’ Dad has quite a few black bears, preserved in various ways, from a rug to a full, standing mount; enough to devote an entire room to the display.

I think it’s disgusting and have no desire to see his “trophies,” though I am expected to support & congratulate him on his excellent marksmanship and choice of prey (after all, if the bear he sees is too small, he can just wait for the next one!).

I guess I’m finally admitting to everyone what a few close friends have known for a long time…I despise trophy hunting. Hunting for food is different, and I’m not talking about that.  I’m against hunting when it’s purely for sport – to take a trophy, whether that be antlers, claws, or a fully-mounted carcass. 

There, I’ve said it.  Let the flaming begin…

I’ve Been Jammin’

Strawberries started arriving at the local produce stands about a week ago.  I visited my favorite orchard on Day 2 of strawberry season, purchasing 8 quarts of the ruby-red beauties.  I used most of them to make jam; the rest were eaten.  Ok, I’ll admit it!  I ate a quart of strawberries the first day!  They were so sweet and yummy and juicy and mmmmmmm!

Yesterday, I bought another 8 quarts of strawberries!  This morning, I made more jam.  But I also froze about 2 quarts.  Another quart or so are ready for fresh strawberry smoothies!  That will be a wonderful treat to share with Hubby tonight :-)

In a few days, I’ll probably head back to the produce stand for more strawberries.  Yes, more jam will be made.  But most will probably be frozen or just eaten fresh.  Hubby’s birthday is coming up soon and he loves it when I make butternut pound cake with homemade fudge sauce and fresh strawberries.  Gotta keep my man happy ;-)

In cross-stitchy news, well…there isn’t much stitchy news!  I haven’t been stitching much at all thanks to a bit of tendonitis in my arm; achy arms are not good for stitching!  It’s been frustrating, but I know my arm will feel better soon and then I’ll stitch like the wind!

Happy Stitching!


OW! is Not My Friend

I have my stitching mojo back and was ready to continue on my current WIP and then…the dog bit the living snot out of my finger!  Our foster dog, Philip the Yorkie-Poo, didn’t like the way I was holding him, so he grabbed my pointer finger in his sharp little teeth and SHOOK it.  OW!  Double-OW!  My finger is all bruised, bloody, and swollen, so I can’t hold my embroidery hoop :-(  I guess my stitching mojo will just have to be on hold for a day or two.

There are days when I just love that little dog to pieces and days when I can’t wait for a good forever home to be found.  Obviously, today has been the latter :-\

Good news, though!  The shelter we’re working with has an applicant for Philip!  They’ve done the phone interview and things are looking quite promising.  Next comes the home visit where they’ll take Philip to meet the applicant and their dog (a Lhasa Apso).

Even though my mojo is on hold for a few days, I wish you all Happy Stitching!


I baked some Brownies this afternoon, but had to take them out of the oven because I just couldn’t stand to hear them scream. ;-) 

Seriously, though, I did bake some delicious brownies.  The house was filled with their rich, chocolatey aroma.  It was a wonderful pick-me-up on this dreary, rainy day.

I haven’t done much stitching for a few days.  We’ve had too much going on!  Hubby & I left Friday morning for Michigan (arrived late afternoon) where we attended the NAMES Expo.  What’s that?  Well, it’s a time for model engineering enthusiasts to gather and admire one another’s scale model engines (they run, too!).  We saw some really pretty and fascinating works of engineering art.  Then, we drove home on Sunday.  Quick, tiring trip; but we had fun! 

I hope to get back to stitching tonight.  I’m on the 3rd part of a 4-part project – the end is in sight!  I can’t wait to finish and frame this project and post it on here so everyone will see it!  So far, it’s turning out really well :-D

I hope your week is lovely!  Happy Stitching!


Happy Monday!

Here I sit on a rainy Maryland Monday, trying to decide what to write about.

I’ve been working hard at spring cleaning. Who knew we had so much JUNK?!?! Our neighborhood has a big yard sale early next month and I’m busy gathering and pricing items for that. I also have a bunch of books (homeschool materials, novels, you name it), cross-stitch pattern leaflets & books, and cross-stitch kits to list on ebay.

Handsome Hubby and I operate a small business, LittleLocos Model Engineering. We’re preparing to set up a booth at a model engineering expo later this month. It’s always fun, but so much work :-)

In stitchy news, my mother-in-law LOVED the All Our Yesterdays design I made for her! I finished it up with a pretty blue frame. Yesterday, she told me that she hung it in her hallway, along with the framed stitch I gave her for Christmas :-) Now, I’m working on a new project, but it’s going to remain a secret until it’s complete. I’m almost halfway done :-)

Happy Stitching!