…”let me just say”…

22218_989848007712282_8481197791787430355_nAs I sit here on “The Deck”, enjoyin’ the peace & solitude of the early mornin’, caressin’ my 2nd Mug-O-Joe, watchin’ the little swirls of steam risin’ from it as I anticipate the magical elixir it’s about to deliver upon my taste buds, let me just say “I hope you enjoy your mornin’ as much as I am mine”. Y’all have a wonderful day…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG> 

…”Nice way to start my mornin’ “…

About 9:20am this mornin’ my son & his family rolled out of the drive way headin’ back to “The Ham”. In, what seemed to be, just a short time I got a call. Papa, the girls forgot to release their bucket of “Water Creatures/Snails” they had caught over the weekend & want you to go & turn’em loose on the “Sandbar”. I consented to handle the chore. That meant a trip to the Water. And what does a “Trip to the Water mean”? I grabbed a rod & reel, with a “Lunker Lure” with white & red skirt on it, & down to the water I headed. First things first, I released the “Bucket of Creatures” as I said I would. Then the castin’ began. I missed two quick strikes. First thing I did was reel it in quickly, with that 6:3 gear ratio Abu Garcia, & checked the sharpness of the hook. Nope, couldn’t blame the misses on a dull hook. I guess I was too anxious & didn’t wait for the feel of the tug on the other end to “Set the Hook properly”!  Number 1 Rule when fishin’ “Top Water”! So I made a few more casts, caught two good tournament size Spotted Bass, released’em to fight another day, & headed back to my chores. Nice way to start my mornin’ though…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…””HAPPY FATHERS DAY”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16Today is “Fathers Day”! To all of you FATHERS “HAPPY FATHERS DAY”! To both of my Fathers, Charles W. Gray (1953 R.I.P.) & my Step-Father Claude C. McGraw (2002 R.I.P.), I thank them for, both, the rolls they played in my life. My Father (Charles) passed away, in an accident, when I was only 20 months old. I really never knew him. I would also like to thank all of those “Neighbor Hood Fathers” who shared their time & leadership with me in my early years. To THEIR children thank you for sharing them with me, it meant more than you’ll ever know. To those of you who have lost your Fathers cherish your time & memories with them. To those of you who are lucky enough to still have your Fathers make sure you recognize them today. The day will come when you’ll wish you had. If you can’t be with them today CALL them, it’ll mean an awful lot. Folks of my age & older care NOTHING about getting a TEXT. DON”T DO IT!. Those are for you younger folks. As for Me, I’m blessed to have my Children & Grandchildren with me…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”Future Leader of the this country?”…

As I sit here this mornin’ sippin’ my “Mornin’ Joe” and catchin’ up on the News from yesterday & over night I have seen & heard several snippets of a speech that a United States Senator, a DemocRAT, delivered. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, from the Great/Sorry Liberal State of New York, at a Personal Democracy Forum at New York University. This told me all I needed to know about Her, New York University, the Students in attendance, their acceptance & approval as reflected by their response/applause to her choice of words. I wonder how PROUD her Parents were of her at that moment in time? Total Lack of CLASS by all!

So is this where the DemocRATic Party is headed? Hum-m-m-m…DemocRATic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s command of “The F Bomb”. Impressive or Embarrassing? Mistake?-NO! Intended?-Oh YES! Strictly for EFFECT. Wasn’t she cute? Just “Playin’ to her audience. It was done too many times to be a “Slip Of The Tongue”. So, this DemocRAT has visions of being the Future Leader of the this country? So goes the The DemocRATic, Socialist, Communist Party Slide we’re on…”Hold’em Hook”!….BG>

…”she’ll reach ever higher each day”…

Eight years ago God gave me a New Branch on My Family Tree. Oh how it has continued to grow & bloom into such beautiful limb. So straight & tall. I have been truly amazed by the direction this new limb has steered the direction of my life. I was fortunate enough to retire just a couple of weeks prior to this Little Sprig Buddin’ into such a tiny limb.  Watchin’ her grow & now swaying in the breeze yet always comin’ back to this straight little limb growin’ even longer, stronger, and more beautiful as the seasons go by. I look at her in amazement. It makes me so proud to be able to be close enough to witness all of the changes she has experienced. I now realize that we all have grown new foliage for the new season. I too have bent in the breezes & weather my storms. My bark grows thicker & darker thru the years & decades. My limbs have begun to weaken, we all hate to admit that, & some get weaker as each storm takes it toll. As I approach each new season of renewal I appear to have fewer leaves, my colors aren’t as vivid as they once were on my individual branches. My roots get a little loose in the soil around me. But I sprout others & send them as deep as possible into the soil around me to hold this Old Trunk upright, to support those other limbs that depend on my strengths as the Storms continue to rage & blow my way. Some Old Trees are looked upon as “Trees Of Wisdom”. I don’t know where I rate there. That’s for others to judge. I now understand it’s directly related to the seasons, the storms, the climate around us, the denseness of the forest around us, & the transplants we have weathered give us our Strength & Wisdom. And yet as the risin’ of each mornin’ sun radiates it warmth upon us we always seem to try to stretch just a little higher than the days past. To that little eight year old Branch, I can only hope I have been able to give her the shade and protection I have all of my other Branches thru the years. Now as she celebrates a new “Ring” in her branch I wish her love, strength, & wisdom. I know she’ll find her proper place in the sun & she’ll reach ever higher each day. HAPPY EIGHTH BIRTHDAY Josie Marie Gray. Always remember, Your Papa LOVES YOU!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”so I trudged back up”…

20150613_125051_resizedToday has really been a laid back Sunday afternoon. After lunch my Bride decided she wanted to watch “My Show! My Show”! So that meant I was banished to The Cave. Yeah, “it’s a hard life but somebody’s gotta do it”. It might as well be Me! After bein’ down there a short time I decided to lumber down to the water & just check things out. I was sittin’ in the swing on the pier just relaxin’ & soakin’ the peace & quiet in. There were just a few boats out on the lake in our area. I heard my (favorite) neighbors walkin’ down to their pier. I throw up a friendly wave & they returned it with one. They got in the water on some floatin’ chairs & enjoyin’ the same peace & quiet. The sun moved behind some clouds, a slight breeze picked up, & the motion of the swing got my attention. I shuffled over to the pontoon boat, dug out a Life Jacket, shuffled back to the swing, folded the Life Jacket in the proper pillow shape, got the swing goin’ like I wanted it, laid down & got TOTALLY RELAXED! Thirty (30) minutes later I wake up with a light rain blowin’ in on my face. What a way to ruin a good nap! Oh well, so I trudged back up to The Cave & here I am! Hope y’all have as good of an afternoon as I have had…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”all of us as a Family”…

MY Bride & I arrived back home last night safe, sound, & worn out. We spent the last week out in the Ft Worth, TX area with her sister & family (husband, daughter) @ their house. It wasn’t a “Vacation Trip” either. It was one of those “Family Get Togethers” about evaluating a elderly family member (NO not me, not-yet anyway) & their ability to live alone. MY Bride & Sister-in-Laws Widowed Mother is 89 years Old & currently lives by herself in Ohio. There are NO family members within a 11 hr drive or more. She is currently visitin’ with them as well. The days drug on as the Adult Children, family members, were observing daily activities, physical abilities, & conversation to evaluate memory skills, etc. of Mom. Fortunately she has not suffered any major health issues but she is startin’ to slip. And it is a slippery slope! There have been & are increasin’ “tale tale signs”. To openly discuss Assisted Livin’, givin’ up her Car, movin’ closer to or movin’ in with one of her two children (daughters), meets with a lot of resistance. I understand NO ONE wants to give up their Independence/Freedom and have to rely on someone else for most all of your/their needs. But, if we live long enough it usually takes folks in that direction. For those of you lucky enough to still have your parents livin’ it is not easy to go through. Love them all you can! My family has already lived through it & it takes a toll on all involved. But, they are Our/Your Parents & that is just what we do. No firm decisions were made but hopefully we, the family, will be able to convince my Mother-in-Law what will be best for Her & Her Family. She will be with my Sister-in-Law & her family for a few more days. So we’ll see how things go from there. While in the Ft Worth, TX area, I was fortunate to be able to separate myself from those issues to MEET & have lunch with a “FB Friend” who broke away from work for a short time. We shared only an hour together but it was enjoyable finally meetin’ & gettin’ to know him. I look forward to doin’ it again my next trip out, hopefully under better conditions. Also my Bride & I were able to breakaway, on another day, to meet an Ole Friend from our Germany days for lunch. It’s amazin’ how much you can share & catch up on in such a short period of time. I have other friends in that area but time was limited for OUR time. I hope & pray that all our efforts, as a Family, have a positive result for my Mother-in-Law. Because what ever the outcome of this “Family Get Together” is it will eventually effect all of us as a Family…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>