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RULES FOR ARCHERY TOURNAMENTS AND MY LIFE

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Uncategorized |

In the world of ARCHERY, there must be some RULES!!!

Rules for Archery Tournaments are made to give all the participants the same advantage and most of all for safety.   At some tournaments there is a whistle system which may be used with beeps or other auditory signals. There may also be a clock, a lighting system or a series of flags to let you know when to shoot.  These are the colors you will see in competition:

  • Red means you may not shoot.
  • Yellow means that the end will be over in the next thirty seconds.
  • Green means you may shoot.

RULES FOR ARCHERY TOURNAMENTS: Colors

A small child knows these three colors from a very early age and anyone who has a driver’s license better know these three colors and what they mean!!  It is also very good to know these as a pedestrian at any intersection. Sometimes there is a big hand sticking up on a post to tell you to walk or not walk (but not always.)

This being the case, I was thinking of having this very same traffic sign installed at the entrance way to my house.

We have RULES and we have tried the “whistle system” to no avail. What could it hurt??

GREEN:  Enter – I’m in a great mood, the house is fairly clean and supper is simmering on the stove waiting for my lovely family to be seated around the table.

YELLOW:  Enter with caution…It has been one of those days.  I’m totally behind schedule, slightly frazzled and the house is disorganized at best.  The dog had an accident and that was a priority instead of planning dinner. You may even consider giving me a hand so that possibly this evening will not be a total bust.   There are at least 50 things I need to do – not much time and not much energy.

RED:  STOP and consider if this is going to be worth it to you.  I have a migraine!! I was going to pick up pizza but forgot my wallet. I was running low on gas and also had no money to fill up.    Late for dentist appointment, late for teacher meeting, late for work. Thanks for all of your support – by the way, where were you guys when I was carrying in all those groceries??  If you are still considering entering, watch your step – Yep you guessed it –the dog again. (Oh and one more thing – this would be a great time to remember to put the toilet seat down–for my wife!).

Hopefully tomorrow will be a GREEN day.

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How the DEER and I Survive the Winter Season

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Uncategorized |

Can You Survive the Winter Like a Deer?

How well deer survive the winter depends on three primary factors:

  • The amount of stored fat
  • The availability of natural foods
  • The severity of the winter

Stored Fat

In late summer and fall deer build up fat that will become winter fuel. Acorns and beech nuts — often referred to as “mast” — are valuable sources of this fat. Fat reserves can supply almost one third of a deer’s winter energy needs. The more fat a deer can accumulate before winter, the greater its energy reserves and the greater the amount of winter weather it can survive.  Deer also develop highly insulated winter coats. Dense inner fur and long, hollow outer hairs create a coat 10 times thicker than the summer coat.  They look very stylish in their new coats!!

Availability of Natural Foods

In winter, deer subsist on buds and twigs of deciduous trees and shrubs such as yellow birch, hazel, dogwood, mountain, striped, red and sugar maple. Cedar and hemlock foliage also provide food. Deer will eat snow for water in the winter, and can survive eating bark and some wintergreen bushes. In winter, deer move to suitable cover. They move around less and decrease their metabolism and body temperature. This biological “fine-tuning” enables deer to conserve energy and survive our northern winters.

Severity of the Winter

Deer pack accumulated snow into a network of trails and runways. Trails allow deer to move easily between food and cover, saving valuable energy reserves. Conifers also reduce winds and moderate the temperature. On cold nights temperatures beneath heavy conifer cover can be ten degrees warmer than in open areas. Deer spend many hours lying under this protection.  However, when temperatures drop to 0 and lower, deer are forced to use increasing amounts of energy to keep warm. To counter this, deer select areas that minimize their exposure to cold and windy conditions and thereby lessen the impact on their energy reserves. For deer, one of the biggest energy drains in winter is movement through snow.

Now that I know these 3 factors for the DEER to survive the winter,  I have decided to try this myself.

  1. Stored Fat:  I have loaded up on carbs and lots of good sweets..the “mast”  to load on the fat.
  2.  Availability of “NATURAL” foods:  Well there is no shortage of natural chips, Natural Beer, Natural Burgers — you know what I am talking about – we all have our favorites.   Also, I try not to move around too much so that I don’t diminish my fat supply. (Very Important)
  3.  Severity of Winter:  I have my favorite jammy’s and a few handmade quilts to bundle up in  – flip on the gas logs and lay back for a winter of binge watching a bunch of series on Netflix.  If I have to move around it will be a short distance to the supply of natural foods.

I will let you know in the spring how this worked for me. I may actually survive this winter!!

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