Is It Fall Yet?
Sep22

Is It Fall Yet?

It is so much fun to create a fall table.  I love it when my daughter, Alex comes home for a visit and we gather things from around the house to put together a fun look.  It is  easy to get inspired when we are serving doves harvested from the weekend shoot.  A little touch of cotton from a South Carolina country field and antlers from last years’s hunt add to the style. I found these great bird napkin holders about 15 years ago and I look forward to using them in the fall.  The rustic table and unexpected splash of gold with the flatware and napkins pulls the look together! I have discovered how nice it is to use blue when decorating.  Do you have a favorite tablescape you would like to share? Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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She Was Born to Hunt- Guest Blog
Jan08

She Was Born to Hunt- Guest Blog

Down by the Riverlee… In the fall of 1998 the little township of Socastee, South Carolina welcomed a baby girl home. It was obvious from the start this little girl would be fiercely independent. She was always quiet as mouse and her big brown eyes were busy observing and learning.  Riverlee Grace Weaver was named for the place her parents met…on the river. Her Dad wanted to call her River but her Mama, being a southern girl, insisted they dress it up with “lee” on the end. Where Riverlee was most comfortable was in the woods. Her Dad was a passionate hunter and where her Daddy was, there was her Mama. At the time she was born they were members of Winyah Archery Club in Georgetown, South Carolina. At three weeks old Riverlee had already spent the weekend at the hunt club with her parents.   Nearly every weekend during hunting season for her entire formulative childhood, Riverlee spent in a hunt camp. Her Daddy took her with him when he sat nearly from the time she could walk, knowing he had no plans of shooting a deer, but taking the opportunity to share the joy of the quietness with her. Riverlee was an expert at stillness. She could sit for hours without making a peep, still as a statue with never ending patience, just waiting for something to show. A deer, a raccoon, a turkey, a rabbit, a hog…it didn’t matter in the beginning. At seven years old she shot her first deer.  As she got older, she began refining her skills. She moved into bow hunting with ease and embraced the challenge of luring the deer in close enough for a good shot. When she was thirteen she called out to her Mama that she was going hunting someplace close to home. This was not unusual. It was typical to see her backside leaving the yard with her bow in hand and backpack strapped on. This particular night she came home with quite a story! As she was walking to her stand she happened to walk up on a doe. The doe never saw her, which is a testament to her stealthiness, so Riverlee dropped immediately into the background as this doe nibbled on her acorn snacks. Over the next few minutes, thirteen year old Riverlee successfully stalked and harvested this doe with her own bow. Dad did have to help pull her out of the woods though! While she loved hunting in general, she preferred bow hunting. She and her family began traveling to expand her hunting portfolio. Gobbler Down! She took her first turkey with...

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Let’s Get This Giveaway Started!!
Jan07

Let’s Get This Giveaway Started!!

I have not been able to take the smile off my face…I recently had a very good duck hunt and I am in a great mood!  Bird hunting has always been challenging for me and I think now that I have my “hunting contacts”  worked out, I will continue to do well.  I will remain humble and hope that my next hunt will be just as successful.   To celebrate this memorable duck hunt, I am offering an amazing giveaway to one of my subscribers! It is absolutely one of my favorite books … Rice & Ducks.  No, it is not a recipe book!  It is a treasured best seller  that covers the history of our beloved Coastal Low Country and how the the rise and fall of the rice plantations influenced the habitat  not only for waterfowl, but for all other native species of the Palmetto State.  The author, Virginia Christian Beach,  traces 200 years and brings to life the men and women who toiled in the rice marshes and those who became unimaginably wealthy.   This book will not end up tucked away on your bookshelf…it will be read from front cover to back cover.  You will marvel over the rare photos and maps and recollections from interviews and personal journals and letters. The best part is the proceeds will go toward protection of the northern breeding grounds and protection of migratory bird habitat in the Carolina Lowcountry Instead of choosing a random subscriber, I have decided that I will award this very special gift to one of my subscribers who leaves a comment on my blog.  Winner of the 2014 Gold IPPY Award, this book is certain to be one you will be very proud to own.  The winner will be drawn on Feb 29th. All you have to do is subscribe to my free blog and those subscribers  who leave a comment after reading any of  my blogs will have their name entered in a random drawing.  I really appreciate your support so much!  Good luck! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Thankful for Hunting- Guest Blog

  Autumn begins its approach towards winter. The days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop. The crunching of the leaves echoes loudly through the silent forest. As I make my way through the woods to my hunting stand in the pre-dawn hours, the bite of the frosty air and the dark stillness around me breathe excitement into every ounce of my being. Sitting motionless in the cold awaiting the first glimpse of daylight, all of my senses are on high alert. I try to control the racing of my heart. I am thankful for this magical time…it is hunting season in Pennsylvania!! Each time I enter the woods to hunt, I detach from the fast-paced chaos of everyday life, push pause, and step into the moment. The soothing of my soul begins as Mother Nature reveals her wonder and beauty in the most magical and glorious ways. Whether it is the gift of a buck that fills the freezer with meat, a noisy squirrel that keeps your nerves on edge, or a cold soaking rain that chills you to the bone; Mother Nature never fails to amaze and educate. These lessons I am thankful for. I did not grow up in a hunting family, but I was fortunate to marry into one. My husband grew up a farm boy, and naturally a hunter. Over the years, I assisted my husband with preparations for his hunting trips with the men in the family. I shared in both the anticipation and rewards of each hunt. But, every time my husband went off to hunt, I found myself longing to be part of the family hunting trip and the secrets it held.             After some time, the demands of life began to alter the family hunting trips. The hunting party decreased in size. While these changes took place, the desire within me to hunt continued to burn even brighter. My husband could not help but notice. The day finally came and I was invited on the family hunt. I don’t think everyone was as happy to have me in the hunting party as I was to be there. I was put to the test, over and over again. I rose to each challenge. I would continue to hunt. How could I not? That first trip to the woods left me with an addiction to hunting that couldn’t be ignored. Not to mention, a whole lot of experiences that I am most grateful to have had.             My love for hunting has never waned. My husband and I continue to hunt together. Our family hunting party is now made up of...

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Guest Blog- Stay Cool with this Conceal Carry Bellyband!

  TODAY, there are more and more women and men who choose to conceal carry. As a woman who conceal carries myself, often times it is hard to find just the right holster that offers safety, comfort and allows you to wear normal clothing without the holster printing. The Comfort-Air Bodyband, by Telor Tactical, not only gave me safety and comfort, but after wearing and testing it for weeks, I found it was better than most of the others because it is made with medical grade materials. This “stretch to fit” gun holster design also fit my firearm snugly, close to my body, which I loved. The holster also has a perforated non-slip pad which maintains holster position for safety and closeness to the body. Because it is made with an anti-microbial fabric, the Sil-Air Silicone pad allows air flow from within the pad. I used the appendix position (at my hips) and the chest position (under my chest) and I was able to tuck my shirt in with no signs of PRINTING. This holster was easy to reholster and I was pleased that the holster did not collapse when the gun was drawn. As with any new holster, it became more of a fluid withdrawal with practice. While wearing the bodyband without an undertank, there were no irritations to my skin. I wore the bodyband throughout an entire week on my bare skin. It felt very light and comfortable for the entire time of wearing it. The airflow design kept me cool and dry in the summer heat while running errands. There were no roll ups nor bunching up from this holster band, even while seated. The band holster maintained it’s position on my body without shifting regardless of which of the two positions I used. The Comfort-Air Bellyband works for all bodyshapes because you can adjust the band size and place the holster where needed. The main reason Telor Tactical’s Comfort-Air Bellyband is my favorite bellyband is because it allows me to carry during extremely hot weather or while running. Get it while it’s HOT ladies or gents! DESCRIPTION: VERSATILE concealed carry or as an ITW Lightweight and durable Airflow design keeps you cool and dry Patented Sil-Air Silicone Foam pad – can’t feel the gun Contoured band maintains a flat shape Perforated non-Slip pad holds holster positions Secure gun retention Stretch-to-fit holster design All day wearability High quality commerical grade materials Made in the USA Machine washable, air dry Extended Sizes: small to 4x Compact or Sub-compact Custom orders 1 year warranty Lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship   TelorTactical Tarra Stoddard Is a native of Greenville,...

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Honey Camp Dove Club
Dec06

Honey Camp Dove Club

Opening Day of Dove Season could not have been any better at Honey Camp Dove Club.  We are first year members and we were welcomed graciously by this amazing group.  Being the first “full fledg ed female member” I was truly excited to be a part of this group.  There have been many females who have hunted as guests there, so the group was very happy to have me join in as these women have proved to be on their game!  After a blessing for the hunt and for the beautiful feast prepared by Dale Shelley, we took to our stands.  I did not by any stretch of the imagination limit, but I did not get skunked either.  I took home 4 birds and I was happy with that.  It was my first hunt with my new 12 gauge Benelli ultra lightweight and I was on a bit of a learning curve there for sure!  What a great time we had and Trippett did great taking home 10 birds.  Can’t wait until next week! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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