It looks like fall is going to be a short season here in Michigan this year. We have had snow the last two day, just flurries, but it sure seems soon even for Michigan. If this is any indication of what’s to come, it looks like it may be a long snow season for us. The trick-or-treaters will have to be in snow suits this year, and be all bundled up. I am planning on wearing my heated jacket to the football game again tonight. Normally this would be the last game of the season but our kids are on a winning streak and going to the playoffs this year. Next year we will be attending college games as our youngest will be playing at that level.
This is the first chance I have had to give you all an update on my 94 year old Gram, the one who had several strokes 2 weeks ago. She is doing great and you would never have know she was having health problems. Last weekend she had the time of her life helping with processing an elk my Dad brought home from out west. Every year he goes on a hunt and this year he brought home a cow. Our family gathered at my Grams place for an all day processing event. My Dad is a retired meat cutter, so he was in charge of the major part of processing the animal, and spent 7 hours cutting this huge 700 pound elk. My uncle trimmed everything from the bones and an Aunt ran the trimmings through the grinder. Then it was my turn to carry all the meat into the house to be packaged. My Aunt in the house measured and placed the meat into the freezer paper, my 94 year old Gram wrapped and labeled the cut of meat, and I placed it into the freezer.
This took most of the day to accomplish, but with all the help of family it went like a well oiled machine. My Gram kept commenting on how much fun she was having, and couldn’t wait to have an elk burger. When I was young our family always got together to process deer every year. This brought back so many memories for me, it touched my heart so much that I even had a little cry on the way home. This is what family is all about, lending a helping hand and enjoying every minute you have together. I am very fortunate to have most of my family close by and can spend as much time with them as I want. My Gram and Aunt still live in the same town and my Dad is about 40 minutes away. I am sure it was a long day for my Dad, since he did the bulk of the work, but it was that kind of work that you felt good about at the end of the day. I must be getting old, because things like this mean so much more to me these days. Thank you all for listing to how my weekend went, and I hope you get some family time of your own.