Hunters vs Anti-hunters

This is a topic that has been really bothering me lately… Maybe because there aren’t enough articles or blogs or post from hunters themselves therefore uneducated anti-hunters can then basically walk all over us when it comes to media posts (keep in mind, we’re all probably outside enjoying nature as it is the middle of duck season and deer season… why hide behind a computer screen?).

One things that bugs me the most is the fact that most anti-hunters are not educated in what us hunters do… mind you, I am still pretty new into the sport (yes, it’s a sport) myself. However, I’ve grown up with my family hunting and I’ve been educated on what hunting does for the environment.

Most anti-hunters feel all we do is kill animals in a none humane way and I must say, this is not the case. Hunters in fact kill our food in a more humane way then the animals you purchase in the grocery store. Our food is not born and raised for the sole purpose of fattening up and slaughtering. Our food is the true meaning of free roaming. They eat naturally, and they’re not pumped full of steroids and antibiotics (even “organic” meat, isn’t truly organic).

Outside us hunting to provide for our families, us hunters also help with wildlife preservation. *Gasp* YOU DO? How is this possible when you’re murdering poor defenseless animals?! Yup, it’s true, lefou! We purchase these things called hunting licenses for each animal we chose to hunt (ie: deer, bear, small game, moose, waterfowl) and these licenses are not cheap either, which is okay by us. Because we know what our fees are going towards (unlike you with your taxes). If a certain population is low*, the money from our licenses goes towards re-population purposes. We help preserve the wetlands also. (*Also, please note that we hunters actually fill out various survey’s to help with determining whether or not a certain’s species has lowered in numbers in certain areas… as we are always out there and we notice change!). This is also true when it comes to fishermen as well. We also buy licenses every year at the strike of midnight. Where does the money for those licenses go? Re-stocking programs for the waterways, cleaning the waterways and other places as well.

Another thing to stop and think about: Us mean ol’ hunters (who truly are only doing what has been passed down from our ancestors) will probably be one of the only ones who will pull over on the side of the road in a rainstorm because there’s a turtle on the side of the road… not just any turtle at that, but a mean old snapping turtle… just to make sure the little fella doesn’t get run over by you and your fancy sports car where you’re going to be more concerned about the damages done to it then the fact that you just killed (or wounded) a poor defenseless animal yourself without the intent of making sure the animal is out of its misery. You’re too busy cussing up a storm because you’re fancy new $100 shirt is getting ruined by the rain and your precious car is damaged.

Honestly it’s not always about the kill. We don’t shoot the first animal we see. We honestly get to experience so many cool things being out in a bush, in a stand, or out in a boat. We also learn things too. I grew up fishing with my dad and Rob grew up hunting and fishing. We can both say that we have learned patience, we have learned compassion, we have also gotten to see things that you could only imagine. Anything from getting inches from a deer, or seeing an osprey up close and personal diving into the water to catch his supper, the sunsets you get to see, and most importantly… the time you’re spending with your loved ones that’s outside enjoying nature and not inside in front of a screen.





It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

That’s right!! Today marks the beginning of Fall. My absolute most favourite season ever.I figured I would do a blog post of all things Fall that I absolutely love..

  1. All the b-e-a-u-tiful colours that appear when the leaves change colour. e31260fc518760d7c2bda3e4df3ea42b.jpg
    I am from Collingwood so for any of you who do not know, that is basically at the base of blue mountain. The colours that you get to encounter this time of year while’s driving down First street towards the mountain never fail to amaze me! Also sitting at the Collingwood Harbour looking towards the mountain… it’s gorgeous!
  2. The crunchiness of the leaves under your feet!8ce919f708fc5f93d03edf76ce2b2cf8
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I make sure to step on every single leaf possible just to hear that crunch feeling, and to be honest, I get a little bit disappointed when I don’t get to hear that crunch!
  3. Fresh apples!!
    I love freshly picked crunchy apples, the smell of apples, apple pie… apples dipping in yogurt (<– my newest obsession). Apples are just so delicious!
  4. Now, this is going to sound like a stereotypical white girl… but pumpkins!
    I love pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice muffins, pumpkin pies, carving pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin as decorations…. it’s just something that I have always loved!! Go ahead, bash me.. but it really is something that I love!
  5. Hot drinks & Cozy blankets
    I love drinking insane amounts of hot chocolate and on occasion coffee… I recently just got a new pretty blue Keurig and the obsession with the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is 100% real right now. I love that there are places that you can buy individual K-cups to try lots of different flavours without buying the whole box!!
  6.  Comfy cozy sweaters!
    Sweater weather for the win!! One certainly can never have enough sweaters! Knit sweaters, comfy over sized sweaters, stealing my fiance’s sweaters, hoodies… they’re all just so comfy.
  7. Comfy, cozy blankets
    Nothing like snuggling up with a comfy blankey, a hot chocolate and a good book during the fall season. I feel that blankets are something else that you can never have enough of… one of the projects I have for the house is to create a blacket ladder for all the comfy blankey’s we have!
  8. Fires!!
    I love fires at anytime of year, honestly… but I love fall fires because you actually need them to keep warm some nights. I love gathering with friends around a big ol’ bonfire an having a couple drinks and laughing… those are certainly the moments that I love the most!
  9. Last, but certainly not least… Fall Weddings!!
    I have always loved fall weddings… mainly because of all the colours and basically everything listed in here. But, there’s something about planning your own fall wedding that just makes it that much more special… deciding what different fall time favourites you want to incorporate and which you want to leave out… the fact that my wedding will be taking place next September will just be one more thing that will be one more thing to add to the list next year!

I hope that everyone enjoys this fall as much as I plan too… I can’t wait to decorate my house in all things falls… now that I actually have a house to do so! Decorating in an apartment was just basically impossible… so bring on all things Fall!

bobbie jo

Hello, Fall.

Well, hello there people of blog land! Apparently I haven’t been bothered to put a post up since May of this year… and I must say a lot of things have happened since then. I graduated college, unfortunately had the summer off because I have knee damage that I needed to tend too so now I am just waiting for my police check to come back before I start working, got engaged, went to African Lion Safari, the rodeo, camping, went to Grand bend a few times, got to see the lovely Hayley and Shayne tie the knot this past weekend which was awesome!

So yes, I am engaged!

Honestly, the proposal was perfect. A month ago we went up to Fenelon Falls because my dad and uncle sold our family cottage and Rob and I went up to help clean it out because there was a bunch of items that I wanted. We spent the Saturday night at my other Uncle’s who live in Fenelon and we got to see them which was nice. Sunday we got up, went to say the final “goodbye” to the cottage and got to meet the new owners and see a few other people on Stewart’s road (I wasn’t kidding when I said family cottage, the road was named after us… that’s another story), then went into town to my favourite place for lunch, Dockside grill. After lunch we went to watch the boats go through the locks, then we went across the road to see the Falls since you can’t see them by car and we were standing right beside the falls when Rob got down on one knee and popped the question. I’m not going to lie – my response was less then perfect. He had completely caught me mid thought about something that I cannot even remember now, so when he asked and I saw the ring I was just sorta like “…uhhhm… yes??” in a very unsure voice. But then everything all clicked in and the excitement kinda improved from that moment on…. then followed the 4 hours of phone calls calling everyone on our not-so-fun adventure from Fenelon Falls to Chatham.


That was exactly one month ago to be exact. I’m so happy, stressed, and excited all at the same time. Everyone has said to me that I am suppose to enjoy the wedding planning process but so far I am stressed out. A lot of people don’t realize that yes, it’s suppose to be a happy time but, when you’re trying to plan a wedding from 4 hours away… gets stressful.  Mainly because one of the oh-so-famous answers I have been getting from Rob is “I don’t know, we have a year to plan it out”…. that has got to be one of THE most FRUSTRATING answers I could get right now. The only things he has really cared about is the damn cake and the cake topper! Which, he apparently ordered two cake toppers last night! So at least we got somewhere with that.

So far I’ve already got the church booked (that was a hassle in itself), the reception hall booked, photographer, most of my bridal party, their gifts picked out, invitation ideas, 95% of the guest list, and then a couple of other little things. The only big things left to figure out is a DJ and figuring out catering.

Which hopefully with the help of the bridal expo this weekend in London that I am going to, hopefully I’ll be able to knock a few more things off my list for ideas.

SO, consider this a warning for more blogs of wedding planning that will be coming ahead.

bobbie jo

One month… 2 days…

That’s exactly how many days there are until I graduate college and I am an official certified PSW. I joke and say that June 18th is the day I become a certified butt wiper… but being a PSW is so much more than that and I can tell that I made the right choice going to St Clair College Thames Campus… I made the right choice becoming a PSW. I made the right choice by working my butt off to reach my goals.

I never thought that I would complete college. I wasn’t capable of doing that. I remembered how I was in high school when it came to homework and projects and assignments. I would bullshit my way through them or just wouldn’t complete them at all. I am not going to lie, I was terrified of not being able to actually pull my shit together to complete my homework in college. What if I lost interest in the course? I never studied for tests in high school. I never studied for exams. I didn’t care in high school. But, I think when it actually comes to paying for your own education that’s just the motivation that you need to stick you nose in books and work hard and succeed.

But guess what… I did it. I did study. I did do the assignments. I did do the projects. I did hand stuff in not only on time, but most of the time early too. I did take part in class discussion. I did take notes. I didn’t slack off.

Honestly, I think of the biggest things that helped me work SO hard to complete my course was making my dad proud. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to make my mom proud too, but she has always told me when she was proud. Dad telling me he’s proud…. it still surprises me and he’s been saying it since September.

I am freaking out.


Dining Room’s are used for packed boxes.. right?

So, we are officially done with the apartment! As of Saturday… thank god! I am SO happy to be out of there for a lot of reasons, one being we have more space!! Last week Rob spent most of the evenings bringing the rest of the stuff over from the apartment since when I was sick, nothing got done and now my dining room is filled with boxes and to be completely honest, I have no motivation to unpack any of them. We have sort of just been unpacking as we need things. Which is fine and dandy and all, except for the face that I have about a billion boxes… It’s not a pretty sight and I apologize to anyone who has entered the house while it is looking like this — I swear it will look all organized and unpacked soon!

I honestly still cannot believe the fact that Rob and I BOUGHT a house…. we’re not renting anymore… we have a back deck AND a front porch as well as a front yard. I love the fact that I don’t have to walk down 4 flights of stairs just to check my mail, I don’t have to have money on a laundry card to do laundry, or carry it down 4 flights of stairs to take it to Rob’s parents or to my parents when we go visit. I can do laundry as need be and I love it. I love not having a landlord anymore setting off fire alarms for tests like every month scaring my cats…. and me. I love not having to worry about the fact that someone in the building could be the one to start a fire and cause me to lose all of my belongings. I love it.

One thing I don’t love though is it actually being real that I am an adult. I will be done college in a couple weeks – was suppose to be done on May 5th but my being sick kind of kicked that to the curb with me having to make up 10 shifts because I was sick… but, it is what it is. With everything going around this year, I can’t really control when I’m going to be sick, I can try to prevent it by washing my hands and whatnot but, that only works for so long with some of the things going around.

For the most part, with the exception of my Uncle having a heart attack and needing a triple bypass surgery, this year has started out to be a good year, completing college, buying a house… graduation in June… having my parents come to Chatham to see me graduate… Actually having my dad around to do that… Hopefully the second half of this year is just as good… maybe I’ll even have a ring by the end of it 😉 ! Who knows. All I know is I hope that this summer and even the rest of the year will be filled with lots of awesome adventures, BBQ’s, and lots of great memories…. and hopefully it will end with my house being unpacked, painted, and the few renovations we want to do will be completed.. like painting… I can’t tell you how much I HATE tan paint after living in apartments for 3 years. ICK!


New House!

Ahhh, how good it feels to be out of the apartment and finally moved into the house. So much more room to move about for both Rob and myself and the cats! We’ve been living here for about a week now so boxes are still sitting in various rooms waiting to be unpacked and there’s still a few odds and ends over at the apartment that need to be packed up and brought over – but that’s kinda of been put on hold temporarily as I have a chest infection and haven’t been able to do too much due to coughing fits.

I must say – it is SO nice being able to do laundry in my own house and not have to pack it up and take it somewhere or pay out the butt to do the laundry at the building + not having to worry about whether or not the machines are in use! Although we have already had a couple minor technicalities with the the washer and dryer – they were easy fixes with the help of both my dad via phone and rob’s dad being here in person to eventually figure out why the dryer was not drying my clothing within. One load was going on the 3rd hour in the dryer and was still soaking wet! Then Rob had some buddies over (which included a marshmallow fight… that I am still cleaning up marshmallows from!!!!!) and the hose came off of the washing machine and almost flooded the basement – good thing Rob was in the basement and caught it fairly quickly!

Despite the piles of boxes that I had in my house – Saturday night we had Rob’s parent’s over for supper and I had made a homemade spaghetti sauce (I’ll include recipe below), Cesar salad and garlic bread – It was SO good and SO filling.

Here is the recipe for the spaghetti sauce  – I did a double batch and I needed two crock pots! I also used the Diced tomatoes that already had herbs and spices in it. I found I had to add an extra can of tomato paste to the sauce but that is by choice.

Homemade Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
3 -6 cloves minced garlic
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup broccoli
1 tbsp dried/ fresh oregano
1 tbsp dried/fresh basil
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 bay leaf

1) Prepare all ingredients and combine in crock pot.
2) Cook over 6 hours
3) Remove from crock pot & take out bay leaf
4) Place in food processor or blender and pulse until desired consistency
5) Use immediately and freeze extras!

Honestly this sauce was SO easy to make and was SO good. And since Rob is an extremely picky eater when it comes to veggies it’s a great way to get him to eat veggies especially because it’s all blended together so he can’t pick out the carrots or the broccoli!

Also another great Tip with Cooked Carrots (Thanks Shrub!) – Cook carrots in boiling water, drain, mix in butter & brown sugar and put back on the stove for 5 additional minutes… SO FREAKING GOOD!

And for Broccoli – Microwave with a couple tablespoon’s of water add some onion and garlic powder and some of the Clubhouse Tex Mex spice also very very good!!!


Always Stay Humble && Kind <3

Honestly, I am obsessed with this song by Tim McGraw. It is stuck in my head and such a beautiful song. And completely true. It’s only March (and already half way through March at that) and I am loving the songs that have already been released in 2016 in Country Music. Honestly, that’s basically all I listen too (if you know me, you know that this really isn’t a surprise at all). However, there is one song by Megan & Liz called “Big Kids” and I couldn’t help but laugh at it because it is, once again, completely true at this stage in my life. Basically talking about how you’re all of a sudden at that age where your friends are getting engaged, married and having babies. Last week I swear it was every day someone was announcing that they were engaged, that they had a baby, or that they were expecting. It was crazy. It drove me nuts because in a way, I feel like I am a step behind everyone else my age, I mean, I’ve basically JUST finished college, which took me forever to figure out what I wanted to do. And I get it, the main thing is, I did it. However…. feeling like you’re a step behind everyone sucks… Hands up if you’re a big kid!

Although, I will admit, I am slowing getting there with everyone. I will be graduating college in June, and Rob and I are slowing starting to move into our house. I cannot wait to have more room and more storage and to be able to decorate things how I want to… and to paint! Paint the walls how I want to. Add a Pallet wall…. these are all things that will be happening. As well as making the back deck bigger and fixing up the front porch. Ahhh. So much to do ! It will be exciting when it’s all done and looking like ours and not like every other apartment in the building.

I have been loving the weather lately. The birds are starting to sing in the morning, I haven’t needed to wear a winter coat in a few weeks AND I’ve already broke out the Flip Flops… Enjoying the weather outdoors… and starting to feel myself starting to get a little more happy. I find by the end of the winter that I start to feel pretty miserable and over winter. Even though this Winter hasn’t been too horrible, we have actually had a pretty decent winter this year… but still.. BRING ON SPRING & SUMMER!!

Anyways, since I am all done with classes and exams, this girl is going to enjoy a glass of wine and Pinterest… because she’s missed Pinterest Oh-so-much while being busy with school.

Remember, always stay humble and kind 🙂

xo, bobbie-jo