…”Folks, let me tell ya”…

Just Chillin'Today I was the recipient of a “Beautiful Lovin’ Letter”. Let me give you a little background here. My Middle Grandchild, a six (6) yr old 1st grader, was havin’ sort of down day a couple months back. I don’t remember the exact situation but it revolved around her bein’ the “Middle Child”. She was feelin’ sad & I told her I understood. I explained to her that “I too was a Middle Child”. And trust me it does make a difference in the life of a child. Many of you will recall “no you’re not old enough/ready for that”. Or “No he/she is the baby leave them alone or let them have it”. I explained to her the “First child” will always be the first to get to do things. “The Youngest” of three will always get by with more than the first two because they’re “The Baby”. “The Middle Child” is expected to learn from the older siblin’ & to help teach the younger siblin’. That’s just life! I said “just always remember You’re just as Special as the 1st or the 3rd child”. And always remember “you & I both are Middles & that will always be our special bond”. We will always be “Middle-Middles”. With tears in her eyes she said “I love you Papa” as she hugged me! Yes, yes, my eyes too were waterin’ up! Now to today. As my son & his family were packin’ up to leave, after havein’ been here the last few days, for Thanksgiving, “My Little Middle-Middle” comes out of their room & said “Papa I have somethin’ fpr you”! I asked “what is it? And she held up a letter she had written to me. Well, I was washin’ some dishes in the sink. {{{{{ YES I DO DO THAT FROM TIME TO TIME ! }}}}} So, I asked her to read it to me. Gigi told me to “stop & read her letter”, or somethin’ to that affect. I said “no I want Her to read it to me”. Well she did! Yes, I was wellin’ up with tears AGAIN! So everyone stopped in their tracks as she began to read. These are her (written) words.

“I love you so much Midl Midl. You are my twin. Win you told me you wr a midl child it sprised me with joy. I love how you play with me. It is like you are my bruther. I wish you livd with me. But you just dont’. (signed)…Midl Midl”.

Yep, you guessed it! I was wellin’ up with tears & my heart wasa thumpin’. Mom, Dad, & Gigi were all Ooooin’ & Aaahin’. I was holdin’ back the tears as best as I could! Folks, let me tell ya “Life just don’t get much better than that”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

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…”So, yes I did!”…

It’s that time of year again. The “Holiday Season”! Turkey/Thanksgivin’ Day is this Thursday. I’m slowly gettin’ my chore list, I have been assigned, completed. Everything got vacuumed last Thursday. So when I took an “Ole Friend Fishin’ ” on Friday I didn’t get in trouble. Yesterday while my Bride was workin’ of some hand stitchin’ to try & get her New Fall Quilt finished I was takin’ care of the Washin’, Dryin’, Foldin’, & everything put away. Today’s agenda consisted of gettin’ all Six (6) of the Ceilin’ Fans upstairs vacuumed & cleaned off & replacin’ some of the light bulbs in the attached fixtures as needed. Got the ladder & vacuum cleaner put away & I didn’t even fall off of the ladder once. “DONE”! After scroungin’ around for somethin’ for lunch I just happened to find the last four (4) eggs in the frig. “Plop” went the butter into the skillet, cracked all four (4) of’em eggs gently, & got’em all in there without breakin’ any of the Yokes! After gently gettin’em rascals “over easy” in the skillet they platted up perfectly. A dash of Salt & Pepper to taste! Got me a couple of pieces of “White Loaf Bread”, for soppin’ up the runny yokes, like I did as a child, & a glass of Lemonade to wash it all down with. Remember how ya used to “lick the remainin’ runny yoke out of the plate, when your Mother wasn’t lookin”? Well, I’m home alone & No Body was lookin’. So, yes I did! Lunch is done, cleaned up & gotta head to the shower to defunk-a-fy myself. Hope you all have a wonderful day…”Hold’em Hook”!…BG>

…”I was completely shot!”…

WOW! What a day it was in the Game Of The Pigskin! My day started with “The Game Cocks” of The Lower Carolinas who survived their encounter with “The Gators” of Tallahassee. Seems the Gators found their way outta the Swamp & up to Columbia, SC. There they found more than they bargained for. Seems those “Carolina Game Cocks” got a little more of those Gator Tails than was expected! Those Gators slithered back to their Swamp after a close one, 23- 20 the Game Cocks of So. Carolina!This got me cranked for the day. The my focus shifted to Plains of Lower Alabama where the #1 Bull Dawgs from “The Peach State” sauntered into Jordan-Hare Stadium (check the pronunciation of that word “Jordan”) to gnaw on that Ole War Eagle, & yes it did fly. Well, that didn’t quite happen. ‘Em Ole Big Cats did some gnawin’ of they own! When all was said & done’ em Ole Puppies left the Plains ah squealing, havin’ lost that #1 rankin’, 40 -17 Tigers! As my day progressed I learned that The Trojans of Troy, AL (all found their way off of the shelves &) gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC to do some Bird Watchin’. As the game progressed & Ole “Chauncey the Chanticlee” (what ever that is?) lost many a feather durin’ that pluckin’ as he went down, 42-17 Trojans! Next up, the news broke that some Skyawks, from UT Martin, flew into the hen house of the Game Cocks of Jacksonville State, in the small little community of Jacksonville, AL. Well “Ole Cocky” was havin’ none of that! As “Ole Cocky” rounded up his flock & they began to peckin’ & spurin’ the hell out of’em Skyhawks. The whole time they was’a shewin’em back into the Hills of Tennessee, 14-7 Game Cocks! Now down near the Gulf Coast there was rumors of some hungry “Red Wolfs” from Arkansas St. (I ain’t never seen one of’em) was a creepin’ in for a fight with the “Jaguars” of South Alabama. And a fight they did get! That was a mistake on their behalf. Seems as though they lost that fight. Them Jags sent dem “RedWolfs” headin’ back to “Clinton Country” in need of some strokin’ & lickin’ (Easy Now!) of their wounds, 24-19 “Jags”! Then came the News outta San Antonio, TX that the “Dragons” of UAB, outa “The Ham in Alabama, went huntin’ for sump’en’ to roast. Seems like Ole “Rowdy the Roadrunner” had been doin’ some tauntin’. Now he can get by with that kinda behavior against an ole wore out “Wiley Coyote” but not a hungry “Dragon” (the Board of Directors tried to kill off AND FAILED!). Oh yeah “The Dragons” are now “BOWL ELIGIBLE” {{{ AGAIN }}}! As it turned out “Ole Rowdy” got his feathers scorched & his butt roasted! ‘Em “Dragons” just upped their stock even more (how’bout dat you rich ole foggies!), 24-19 UAB! Later in tha day came word of an invasion by “The Buccaneers” outta East Tennessee, (Johnson City to be exact) on that quaint Baptist College campus, Samford University, over there in “The Brook” (a burb of “The Ham”). But as it turned out the “Bull Dawgs” of Samford were have’n none of that. They got their hackles raised up & commenced to gnaw’n on the draggin’ butts of’em “Buccaneers” as they headed for their boats & sailed down Shades Creek, huntin’ their way to the Tenn-Tom Waterway, for a quick escape back hills of North East TN., 42-7 “Bull Dawgs”! It was now/then time for the LAST game of the evenin’, as far as I was concerned! Em “Ole (Nasty) Dawgs”, of “Hail State”, brought their “A Game” to their field. They let it be known from the git-go they were there to win!  But, “The Pachyderms from T-Town” had come to play too! It was one hell of a game. There was “Slobber Knockin’ ” takin’ place through out that game. Hell, ’em ole men in them Stripped Shirts even got run over a few times. They was a lotta hollerin goin’ on in my house, & the {{{{{ COLD }}}}} Beer had been flowin’ all the day long. I’m now out’a my easy chair, on my feet pitchin’ a fit, amongst others in my house! But!, as that ole Game Clock was’a windin’ down & that final Wave was’a ROLLIN’ in “The TIDE” bested ’em Dawgs from MS State, 31-24 BAMA! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}. I collapsed into my Lazy Boy for the last time, swagged down the remnants of my last {{{{{ COLD (now room temperature) ! }}}}} Beer of night. I was completely shot!…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…” I will NEVER NEVER”…

The Ghosts & Goblins shadows are still in sight! The Wild Turkey is still runnin’ loose in the Woods or has already been put in a Bottle! And there are those out there already tryin’ to force “X” on us & want us to celebrate it. What or Who is “X”? In my family we have always looked forward to Thanksgiving. Not only for the upcomin’ wonderful Thanksgiving Meal, Family & Friends gatherin’ in our home, a Wonderful Thanksgivin’ Meal, & the Thanksgiving Parade on TV. Because we all know, by the reactions of the little children, that Santa Claus is always @ the end of that Goofy Parade. And we all know once that Friendly/Fat/Lovable Character, all adorned in his Red & White outfit,  is either drug down the street in a “Rusty Ole Sled by Eight (8) Mangy Deer” or Riddin’ on a Float with Wavin’ Elfs, & the tossin’ of Candy Canes is completed can the Football Games finally begin! The commercial world created the “X” Day. They were/are so busy to get out ahead of the “Great Pumpkin” & the “Thanksgivin’ Turkey” that they didn’t even create their own Character. They tried to down-play the “Reason For The Season” by gettin’ You, The Consumer (& mostly Women), to rush out & buy their over produced, over priced products, mostly manufactured over seas (to lower standards & quality) so they can make their year end sales look better. Why do you think they reduce their prices at the END of the year? Can you say “Old Inventory”! Why do you think they call it “Black Friday”. Because “EVIL has always be shrouded in BLACK”! How many of you paid too much for those same, or similar, products earlier in the year? {{{{{ SUCKER ! }}}}}…As for My Family & Me we have & always will accept “Christ” into our home & Celebrate His Birth as “The Reason For The Season”. Not “X”! “X-Mas” has NO PLACE in My Home or Life. I will greet you durin’ this festive season with “Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”. I hope you will respond to me in a similar manner. But I will NEVER NEVER wish you or greet you with Merry X-Mas!…”Hold.em Hook”!…..BG>The Holy Bible

…”Gonna be a good day!”…

I’m down in “The Cave” for the day. Gotta get busy…Strippin’ old 14# test mono of off one Ole Spinnin’ Reel, on a 7 ft rod, & gonna re-spool it with 12# test mono. Then mounted NEW-Replacement Spinnin’ Reel, on another 7 ft rod, & spooled it as well with 12# mono. Walked down to the Pier to make a few casts before the Auburn – Texas A&M game. The New-Replacement reel has a Suspending {{{ Jerk }}} Bait on it. About 7 or 8 casts & hooked up. Had to get the drag adjusted on it. Then enjoyed the tuggin’ & jerkin’ for a short time. Finally got it in & a quick release. I then picked up the other rod with the older reel that had my trusty “Ole Chrome & Blue” tied on. Two (2) casts & {{{ HOOK-Up ! }}} on a small Stripper. Now that was fun. Again, another quick release. Then grabbed the other rod & headed to the house for the Kick Off of the AU game. Made it just in time! Here we go! {{{{{ COLD Beer & a Fresh Bag of Ruffles ! }}}}} as AU kicks off in to the End Zone. Gonna be a good day! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”As for Me, on this day”…

So-o-o after sleepin’ late this mornin’ ( till 5:45 a.m.) I slowly got myself organized & movin’. I enjoyed Two (2) Mugs-O-Joe while checkin’ in on the happenin’s of the World, over night, & then it was off to my Wednesday mornin’ workout. The “Good News” is that there were NO injuries or pulled muscles. I slowly made my way home enjoyin’ just bein’ alive. Showered up, cloths in the washer, & I’m now enjoyin’ my lunch with my third (3rd) & final Mug-O-Joe for the day (I don’t want to get too hyped up). There was an important decision to be made there! Samiches & Chips were on the menu! The choice was between two (2) of my favorites. #1 – A can of Vienna Sausages, perfectly makes 1 & 1/2 samiches. The Vienna Sausages offer a perfect blendin’ of quality Pork & Beef remnants with just the perfect blendin’ of spices then delicately formed in to those “Ittiy Bitty Hot Dog” shapes. Oh, & that rarely found piece of chewy gristle-well just enjoy it. Perfectly packaged seven (7) to a can in a wondrous Secret Sauce, that in cold climates jells perfectly. When sliced in 1/2, five (5) of’em fit perfectly on a Full Smaich, slathered well in Miracle Whip (my personal choice), & the remainin’ two (2) on a 1/2 Samich, both prepared on White Loaf Bread. Or #2 – A can of Deviled Ham, makes two (2) perfectly portioned samiches. A Small sized can of Deviled Ham, as well, offers a perfect blendin’ of quality Ham remnants & with just the perfect blendin’ of spices then canned. Every now & then ya might even find a Special Surprise! It could be a slight sliver of bone or maybe even a small chewy flavorful piece of Fibrous Hoof, if your real lucky. Sealin’ all of that wondrous flavor & taste into a can. Just one (1) small can makes 2 perfect samiches, slathered in French’s Yellow Mustard (again my choice), & served on white Loaf Bread. Now both of these entree’s plate up just fine with your choice of chips & served with you choice of Beverage. As for Me, on this day, I chose option #2! Yum-m-m-m…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Sweet Peas in a pot “…

This afternoon I took a Chartreuse Lizard down to the slough to walk the bank with. I ended up with three (3) very nice Spots. All of ’em were spittin’ half digested Shad up as I was tryin’ to get’em off of the hook. I missed the best one (1) of all though. On his second jump the threw that damn Lizard right back at me. But after about 45 minutes it was time to head back to the house & get supper a cookin’. My Bride a snoozin’ on the Love Seat. Cookin’ on my shoulders this evenin’. Pork Backbone/Ribs & Rice as a quick skillet entree’. Gonna throw Sweet Peas in a pot to simmer & Applesauce on the side. In just 30 minutes we’ll be sattin’ down to the table to enjoy – Yum-m-m…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>