…”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>

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…”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>

…” it’s goin’ to get tense”…

My Bride & I got home about an hour ago. We’ve been up in Ohio checkin’ on her, 89 yr old, Mom who lives by herself. Her Husband passed in 2008. It’s “THAT TIME” in life where all of our parents, well those of you who are lucky enough to still have’em, need your help. Too many of us have been thru this & many others are currently dealin’ with it, Our Parents needs! It ain’t fun, but it is somethin’, I FEEL, we all owe them. So now family discussions need to escalate & Mom’s 2 Daughters have decisions that Have to be made. Hopefully Mom will understand the Love & Dedication that is goin’ into what ever the results are that come from this process. Mom has one daughter, & her family, that live in Texas. Then there is My Bride & I here in “The Big Pell”.  There is NO Family in Ohio for her to depend on. She does have one 92 yr old sister that lives in North Carolina, who is currently experiencin’ health issues of her own, &  is bein’ assisted  by her family there. Please keep us in you thoughts as we get deeper into this process as the days, weeks, & months go by. I’m sure it’s goin’ to get tense within the family. God Bless Mom, & God be with the Family as we move forward…..BG>  

…”take heed the WARNINGS”…

I’ve been up since 4:30 a.m. My Bride left for work about 4:45 a.m. There are surgery patients she will have to get ready for their 6:30 a.m. procedures this mornin’. I’ve heard “She’s Pretty Good @ What She Does” from folks who would know. Makes me Very Proud to get confirmations on somethin’ I have known for a long time. It is now 6:20 a.m. I’m well into my 2nd Mug-O-Joe. As the mornin’ Sun Light begins to appear across the slough I realize the outside temperature is still a Cool 50 degrees, calm waters, birds chirpin’, clear skies, & how lucky I am here in The Big Pell, & not directly in Hurricane Irma’s” path. God be with all of those that are. My thoughts & prayers continue to go out to those in Texas & Louisiana, recoverin’ from “Hurricane Harvey”. And now “Hurricane Irma” is goin’ to be catastrophic as well. It’s currently cuttin’ a swath thru the Caribbean & is headed directly toward the Florida Peninsula. It is continuin’ to bewilder all of the Weather Forecasters as “Hurricane Irma” keeps veerin’ off more & more to the West/North West. With each move, it seems as thought, the possibility of damages grow more intense. It ain’t goin’ to be pretty folks. Monday or Tuesday it is soundin’ like we will be gettin’ the indirect effects of this storm so we will be preparing accordingly for it. Pardon me, but I’m headed for my 3rd Mug-O-Joe. Be alert out there folks & take heed the WARNINGS that are bein’ given…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Memories, every item you have has some”…

Sittin’ down here in The Cave this afternoon I got to lookin’ around & considerin’ myself to be lucky to be where I am in life. This room takes my mind in many directions. There are “Souvenirs” of my life. Many of’em are items, rewards, from my workin’ career that allowed me to have what I do. Many are from my Military days forward to my current life. There are trinkets I brought back from Germany. MY two large Bier Steins. One, a five (5) Liter Mug Type, from the Olympics in 1972. The other is a 7.5 Liter, mach Castle Style that tells of Medieval Times in Germany. Both of which, durin’ my years as a single man, I consumed many liters of fine German Bier from, all “As Smooth As Mothers Milk”. A plate from an Open House held in 1972 @ Kindsbach Bunker, where I worked under ground. There is a collections of Books I acquired, mostly while in Germany. I was not a good student in my School Years, but I became facilitated with WWII while there, in Germany. I collected & read many books on the Third Reich & Adolf Hitler. I even acquired a hardback copy of “Mein Kampf”, which I was told at the time (I don’t know) was illegal to possess. At a German Flea Market I even bought a collection of Paper Money, all worthless now, from before WWII. Yes, from The Third Reich. Oh, & my Wooden Shoes, from Holland. And YES they do fit me. I’ve worn them many times. I have several, scale model cars, from an ole friend from those days. A picture of my Bride & I, as part of the Crew, where we “performed admirably as crew aboard the 1987 AMERICAS CUP 12 METRE RACE (Sail) BOAT STARS & STRIPES in the St. Maarten “Americas Cup” Regatta. There is a framed “Masters Pin Flag” from The Masters Tournaments I was fortunate enough to be able to attend twice. Several Fish I’ve caught & had mounted, from different fishing trips over the years. There are many things around this room all with nothin’ but good memories. But there are two (2) little items that I got from my Grandparents house. One was a Little Brass/Copper Cowboy Hat & the other was a Little Hand Painted Clay Mexican Sombrero. They’re many years older than me, but they just bring back so many memories from my child hood. We lived with my Grandparents, after my Father passed away – I was only 20 months old, until I was 10 years old when my Mother remarried. I remember wantin’ to play with’em & my Grandmother, Mama, tellin’ me “you can look at’em but don’t touch’em”. On her bookshelves there were many “Little Pretties” as she would call’em, that we, my brother & I, were NOT allowed to handle. Memories, every item you have has some. You just have to listen to’em…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>  

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

Every day, different matchin’ out fits. Some times two (2) or three (3) different out fits in a day & evenin’. Our group really had fun makin’ comments, within our group, of course, about how CUTE they looked! Hahahahaha…One night in Paris, France we had had a very long day. A lot of walkin’ thru museums, the Eiffel Tower, & The Artist’s Square up @ Montmartre. After dinner that evenin’ it was late, as Europeans tend to eat late, we were walkin’ back to our Hotel for the evenin’. It was dark, damp & rather dreary. As luck, or happenstance, would have it, Ole Bitchy Barbie & Ken were draggin’ along in front of us holdin’ up the whole group because “SHE WAS SO (DAMN) TIRED”! Well, I don’t know why it did but a strange hankerin’ was comin’ on me. I have a tendency to get these from time to time. I don’t know why? But as my eyes, are always doin’, were surveyin’ the terrain ahead of us. Like I said, it was dark, late, damp, & Ole Bitchy Barbie was TIRED & BITCHIN”! When there ahead, my eyes caught a glimpse of a recessed doorway ahead of us right straight in our path. I slowly raised my hands to my mouth, cupped’em like a megaphone, as though I really needed that effect, & as Ole Bitchy Barbie & Ken had just about cleared the doorway I gave the best BIG Barkin’ Dog Imitation I could muster “{{{{{ Arrr – Arrr – Arrr – Arrr !! }}}}}”. Well, Ole Bitchy Barbie Like to have $#!+ herself (if the truth were known she probably did, but we’ll never know)! She Screamed! I mean she {{{{{ SCREAMED ! }}}}} like a LITTLE GIRL! I mean BLOOD CURDLIN’! Ole Ken had to grab her arm & latch on to her. She was tryin’ to “bust loose”! Now just as a footnote (like you Teachers out there like) we had been seein’ Big Dogs, Dobermans & Rottweilers, walkin’ loose on the streets of Paris all day. Well, Ole Bitchy Barbie just knew one was comim’ out of tat dark doorway to eat her (ass) up! After all of her wild/crazy flailin’ arms & beatin’ on Ole Ken he had to settle her down & convince her it wasn’t a REAL dog, just someone behind her havin’ a little fun. Hell, she turned immediately at ME, breathin’ hard & shakin’ her finger at me screamin’ uncontrollably “That Wasn’t Funny”! I was doin’ my damn-est not to laugh in her face, but I just couldn’t hold it! I laughed even harder, as did others behind me. By now even Ole Ken, in his cute look alike outfit, was even laughin’ out loud. She then turned to him, right in his face & said somethin’ to the effect of “What are YOU laughin’ at? That wasn’t FUNNY”! He quickly tried to compose himself & she picked up the pace back to the Hotel while all of our group were still laughin’ like hell. Even most of her group was as well. The next mornin’ they sat all the way across the dinnin’ room from us, by themselves, with Ole Bitchin’ Barbie mutterin’ somethin’ in my direction. Needless to say we didn’t speak to each other the rest of the trip & we kept our distance as well. I guess ya just can’t impress everyone. All in all, for me, it was a wonderful trip…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I guess ya just can’t impress everyone” Part #2 of 3…

Well obviously that wasn’t the case! The Teacher, who was the Head of the GP/AP Program, wandered over to us and started tellin’  us how wonderful the trip had been & how much our daughter seemed to enjoy herself & gained from the experience. She also, gingerly, mentioned to us “that our daughter liked it so much she was already hopin’ & plannin’ on goin’ again the next year & had mention, possibly, I might be able to join them as one of the Chaperones”! From her position it would be GREAT to have a BOE Member along & to held justify the trip to others interested. Again, my Bride & I just looked at each other & I responded somethin’ to the effect “that we’d just have to look into it”.  Those Trips weren’t cheap for one. Now we were talkin’ about payin’ for two! And there wasn’t really any discount, real discount, on the second person in a family goin’. Well things did work out & I was lucky enough to be able to accompany my daughter the next two years on those trips. It was really special, for both of us, from educational experiences, travelin’ together, & the Father Daughter time we were bless to share together. These were times I know that I’ll never forget. Speakin’ of times I’ll never forget, there was one night when we were in Paris. Now these trips are set up for a certain number of folks. On my first year that I went we had above the minimum number that went to qualify for a certain price which would allow us to have our own Tour Bus, all to ourselves. The second year we didn’t quite have as many kids to go so we had two choices. Higher Rates or be teamed up with another small group, to be named at a later time, to share a Tour Bus, & expenses, so we chose the second choice. As I had mentioned earlier we were a City School System Group. We happened to get Teamed up with a Private Religious School Group. Let me just say “STRAIGHT LACED” didn’t do them justice! Our kids, for the most part, were experienced travelers. Our “Team Group”? Not so much. All Students had to have “Permission Slips” signed allowin’ the Specific Child to be able to be served Bier/Beer or Wine in small portions of course, under supervision, along with meals to experience the specific meals in the specific countries we were in. As were the customs. NOT so with our Religious School Team members. They didn’t allow their kids to do so. One night all the Chaperones shared a large table in Rome, Italy. One of the Chaperones, from the other group, made a sarcastic remark/comment about “Those Children bein’ served Alcohol just wasn’t right”!  Yep you guessed it, I just had to ask “Why?  Now help me out here, I always thought Christ drank Wine, Alcohol, with his meals? Yes or NO”? She turned a shade of red & didn’t answer my question. I just let it go. Needless to say she & I didn’t sit next to one another again that trip. We (my daughter & I) had nicked named this specific lady & her husband who was also on the trip as Barbie & Ken. Now Barbie & Ken were one of those couples that dressed in matchin’ outfits. I know you know the ones I speakin’ bout. Like “LOVE BIRDS” wore back in the 60’s & 70’s. Hell, maybe some of YOU have even worn some’em!…(to be continued)…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>