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weekending – buck deer

October 30, 2011

~Dan removing deer sinew from the lower legs for, y’know, projects~

~magpies sliding on the icy morning shed-roof, carrying off scraps of deer fat and tendon~

Everyone’s been chanting: buck deer buck deer, thank you for what you leave here, which is our family’s little gratitude song for this animal, this deer that’s—after three days of work—almost all parceled up neatly in the freezer, putting the final exclamation mark on the hunting season.

The other chant around here has been Col declaring,”I want to do some cutting!” I was thinking of sticking him in the package-labeling station, but watching everyone else slice and dice while his only tool was a sharpie was a little like signing up to go to Naples and then finding out you’re in Newark instead. Col actually did great, not necessarily speeding up the process, but showing us that some day he actually will.

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Our boombox finally died, the one that up until this morning was still playing mixed tapes titled: “Rachel’s driving mix” (made on the occasion of getting my drivers license a few hundred years ago!). So, we turned it over to the children along with screwdrivers, and it turns out that home butchering is ho-hum compared with dismantling electronics.

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I wish there was more to share about this weekend, but mostly it was a busy blur of knives and meat and celebration. And now I’m suspicious that the warm glow I’m feeling is a fever. Off to eat a fried egg and get into bed.

XO,

Rachel

Happy Halloween from the local leopard and wizard!

Also, still a few days to enter a great giveaway for one of my favorite books!

Linking with Amanda, for weekending.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Tammy permalink
    October 30, 2011 9:28 pm

    You’re a great writer-thanks for sharing your weekend fun!

  2. October 31, 2011 8:36 am

    I clicked over with some trepidation but the photos weren’t too bad. Thanks for that! =>

    Hope you’re not getting sick. We’ve all got Romanian coughing and snot germs right now, so I can empathize. Do fried eggs help, or is that just what you were craving??

  3. October 31, 2011 9:21 am

    i love how the little pumpkin in the first picture is giving the stink eye to dan and that deer leg.

  4. October 31, 2011 11:00 am

    mmm…fried eggs. love. even my little guy loves them, picking up every last little bit of egg with his little fingers. i do hope some rest did you good and you’re feeling better!

    and yay for deer meat! we just used our last package of venison sausage from last year…enjoyed it but hated to see the end of a good thing.

  5. coleen permalink
    October 31, 2011 12:34 pm

    Glad your freezer is full! What a good feeling. and…..

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  6. Maja Sommersted permalink
    October 31, 2011 2:38 pm

    what a reat idea to let the kiddos have at the old boombox! At three my younger sister had wished for an alarm clock for her birthday, which sort of puzzled my parents until she asked for a screwdriver:)))))

    • Maja Sommersted permalink
      October 31, 2011 2:40 pm

      great idea!

  7. Emily P. permalink
    November 1, 2011 9:31 pm

    Congratulations on the deer! Was there a collective sigh of relief that Dan got one?

    • 6512 and growing permalink*
      November 2, 2011 2:03 pm

      Oh yes, very much so. And on 2 levels: 1) meat! 2) Dan is home! Thank you for your well wishes.

  8. November 4, 2011 9:40 am

    hurray hurray hurray!!!! and ooooh, you have magpies. jealous.

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