…”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>

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…”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>

…”the highlight of my day”!…

20160422_105144-1_resizedThank goodness NATE has finally “Petered Out”. It has moved on north of “The Big Pell”. It has really been a wet & dreary day. I think even the Fish are bored. I’ve been out on the patio a few times, gazed down toward the water, & haven’t seen any activity. I’m now in my 2nd year of not allowin’ The NFL into my home. As a proud Veteran of the USAF I refuse to pay to be insulted by a bunch of overpaid radical athletes, that probably couldn’t make a livin’ doin’ anythin’ else & I’d bet many of’em can’t even count the amount of money, that high, they’re bein’ paid to play a game. Enough of that topic. But the highlight of my day was the Matas Greek Pizza I just enjoyed down here in The Cave. Thank you to who ever invented the Freezer! My condolences to a life long friend & her family on the loss of her Father this mornin’. My thoughts & prayers are with you. I hope you all have a better evenin’ than you had last night, where ever you are…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”It’s the little things in life”…

Yesterday mornin’ I was handed a Grocery List & was pointed in the direction of the Grocery Store. Well how hard can that be? As for me, well, that damn Grocery List always seem to get me in trouble. It seems like there are always items that come home that weren’t on that Grocery List! I realize I’m probably in the vast minority of people that this happens to. But as far as I was concerned it was a good shoppin’ trip. And as usual, I was reminded how simple of a list it was. I never claimed to be a good shopper anyway. From there my day rebounded. I received a return call from a friend (he’s a Financial Advisor) about lunch we had been tryin’ to set up for a while. I told him I was goin’ to be headin’ to “The Ham” for an evenin’ get together so we decided to meet 1/2 way along my route. I arrived a little early which is usual for me. To my good fortune I happened to run into a cousin of mine, that I hadn’t seen in a while, that had been havin’ lunch with some of her friends. We spent about 10 to 15 minutes catchin’ up on the others family & other topics as well. It was very enjoyable. The Financial Advisor arrived & my cousin left. Ya never know who you’ll run into! The Financial Advisor & I caught up over lunch. We weren’t there to discuss business just to catch up on each other. It was very relaxin’ to just talk. Business never came up! A short lunch seemed to turn into a 2 hour period of total relaxation. We bid each other a farewell as he had to return to the financial grind & I had time to burn, before my later engagement. So as fate would have it the Bass Pro Shops facility just happened to be along my route as well. So I popped  in there to kill a little time & see what I needed. After perusing the various departments & examinin’ items of interest, I exited there with the same amount of money, in my pocket, as I entered with. I headed back to “Ole Big Red”, my trusty old Expedition, cranked up my tunes & headed toward “The Ham” for my evenin’ get together. Again I was a little early as was one another friend who was there for for the evenin’ get together. As we were catchin’ up a couple of others arrived. Oh & by Couple I mean TWO (2) other friends arrived right on time. About an hour went by & another couple of folks came in. And again by couple I mean Two (2) other friends (husband & wife) joined us. The Six (6) of us laughed as we caught up, shared stories, & talked about others that weren’t there. those that were too busy, too tired, too sick, too poor, or too far away. Yeah, probably YOU! As the Witchin’ Hour, 8:00 p.m., drew near the small group thinned as usual. I departed shortly after the Witchin’ Hour myself as the last Two (husband & wife) were orderin’ them somethin to eat. It was just a handful of folks but an enjoyable evenin’. As “Ole Big Red” & I made our way back to “The Big Pell” I had all of the windows down, the Sun Roof open, my favorite Oldies Cranked Up just enjoyin’ the 70 degree evenin’ air whippin’ thru “Ole Big Red”, as it also sucked all of the dust out of it. The Moon was Full, Bright & there wasn’t a single cloud in sight. MY 45minute drive went by too quick as I found myself turnin’ into my driveway. I coasted down to where the Garbage Can is kept, hooked it to the trailer hitch & back up the 200 ft long driveway I went, so I wouldn’t have to do it before the sun comes up in the mornin’. It’s the little things in life. Good night all..”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”& back on the Stove”…

 Yesterday mornin’ had been some what normal. I got up at 4:30 a.m. while my Bride was gettin’ ready for work. Got the “Joe” to workin’ to deliver that Magical Elixir I now seem to require in the mornin’s. The alarm went off to let me know it was ready in just a short time. Poured my 1st Mug of the mornin’ so it could cool just a tad while I choked down a banana & a small cup of dry Cheerios “The Breakfast of Champions” around this house. Got Mug #2 for the road as I wet to work, yesterday was Friday, no excitement there. Got home poured up Mug #3 as the pot emptied out. I started to work on a 7qt Pot of Chili for today, “Game Day”! It’s a process, you other Chili cookers out there know of what I speak. As I was gettin’ my onions chopped up {{{ DING DONG ! }}}…Seems I was on the “Hit List” for a visit from the good folks from the local “Kingdoms Hall”. I was polite, told’em I didn’t want to shake hands as I was in the middle of Choppin’ Onions. They understood, I refused their print out greeted’em a good day & got back to my Onion Choppin’. I get all of my fixin’s thrown into my 7qt pot then simmer it for 4 hours at a minimum, stirrin’ as needed & add a cup of water, or so, occasionally as it needs some replaced. Got folks commin’ today & will had the Grands last night. Always look forward to that. The New/Next Generation of my genes. Now let THAT sink in! Today I’ll be prayin’ for Auburn, as they are from my State of Alabama, & cause I think they’re goin’ to need it. There’s a lot goin’ on down there on The Plains. But I’ll be hollerin’ “ROLL TIDE ROLL” as usual. Got to go, time to get the Chili out of the Frig & back on the Stove. {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I guess ya just can’t impress everyone” Part#1 of 3…

Now bear with me while I set this up. When my daughter was in High School she was in a Gifted Program (GP). Actually had been since the 1st Grade. I know for a FACT that she didn’t get her genes from my Gene Pool. It was drained out before I ever started school. So it’s a good thing I married up when it comes to intelligence. Both of my children are PROOF of that. Back to my daughter, when she was in High School she was takin’ Advance Placement (AP) Courses, when ever offered for her. They were, basically, College Level Courses that she got College Credits for. She was so advanced that she eventually skipped the 12th Grade, her Senior Year, & went to College on an “Early Enrollment Program”. I think it odd that the State Of Alabama would allow her her, based on recommendations & GPA, to go on to College, but would NOT be given any type of acknowledgement for her achievements in High School, but WOULD consider her, on paper, as nothin’ more than a “High School Dropout”. Why? Because she didn’t complete thru the 12th Grade, with THEIR APPROVAL! Anyway, the Teacher who was the head of The GP/AP Programs would put together Trips to Europe over Spring Break for her students. They were usually a 7 to 10 day trip only offered to the GP/AP Kids. The were  set up to be both Educational & Vacation type trips. They visit 4 to 5 European Countries, visit major cities, see Historical Sites, & Art Museums. These kids all had to work ahead to get school work done for the days that they would be gone beyond normal Spring Break Days. No Special Treatment to let’em slide. MY daughter went her Freshman year, 9th grade, & loved it. She had heard the Teachers & Chaperones talkin’ bout wishin’ they had a Male Chaperone on their trip. And for the next year they were goin’ to try to get one to go with them. Now don’t try to figure this part out because it’s a L – O – N – G Story. Most people I tell don’t really believe me but my Educational Pedigree is a bit of a comedy story. Anyway, I was, at that time, on the Board of Education of the City School System we lived in. My daughter took it upon herself to tell the Teachers & Chaperones that Next Year “My Dad will come as a Male Chaperon”! Well when we were at the Airport, upon their return, my/our daughter ran right pasted her Mother/My Bride standin’ there with open arms waitin’ on her Baby Girl to come to her first for a welcome home HUG!. She ran right to Ole Daddy yellin’, as she passed her Mother, “Daddy I have already sign us up for Next Year cause we need a Male Chaperon to go with us, OK”! Well My Bride & I were just lookin’ at each other in wonderment. Her look said “Why YOU”! Mine said “Hell Yeah”!, as my daughter was huggin’ all over me just ramblin’ on about what all they had seen & done, & Ole Mom was just standin’ there wonderin’ why she’s bein’ left out at this time of excitement? When I finally got my daughter to calm down long enough to catch a deep breath, I said “well your Mother & I will need to discuss that”, me tryin’ to play down my daughters selection. We finally shared all the hugs & love of her bein’ back safely. Because to be honest with you we were wonderin’ if she would really enjoy it. That was her first time to REALLY be away from Mother & Daddy, in-case she wanted to come home after a day or so…(to be continued)…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”especially one on one”…

I received a phone call this mornin’ after I had left the gym, where I had been workin’ out, today was day 2 of this week. I aim for 3 days a week. It was an ole friend (Ole Ax3 Manager), another Ole Curry Tech Kid, an ole East Lake Park Fisherman, and “Brother” since High School. He invited me to ride over to “The Peach State”with him so he could get him Lottery Tickets for tonight’s drawin’. He allowed me time to get home & clean up & then we met up at his place on the lake. We got in ahead of the main crowd. He got his tickets, I already had purchased mine, the other day. On the way back we, Ole Ax3 & I, attacked a “Truck Stop Buffet” for lunch. I must admit, not only did we get our money’s worth, but we put a dent in that rascal. I forgot how much I used to really like eattin’ in those places back when I drove a “Rig” in the early years of my career. I really enjoyed catchin’ up with Ole Ax3, especially one on one. Yeah, it was a good day…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>