…”FUN, FUN, FUN!!!”…

Clean up duties here this mornin’ after my son & his family left for “The Ham”.  My Bride had headed to work as well. After mornin’ chores was Lawn Mower Shoppin’ time. After 11 yrs my old one, after 11 hard years, laid down & died on me last week. This evenin’ my Bride & I got thru with a “Left Overs Supper” so I went down to the Boathouse afterwards with a “Perch Jerkin’ Rig” in hand. Needed to work off some stress. You know, the tensions of bein’ Retired! My Son left some “Live Red Worms” here so I thought I’d just help myself. I think I only really used about 6 of’em all total. But damn’em Lil Suckers were all over’em. The total catch was 2-spotted bass (1 of which was pretty good. On 6 lb. test line on a medium action rod it was a blast!), 2-bream, & about 25 to 30 small Squealers/CatFish. FUN, FUN, FUN!!! Made me recall “Ole East Lake Park” days as a child. “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>

…”Ole Frijolies & Cold Beer”…

Today has been a relaxin’ laid back day. My Bride had the day off so there was no real rush to do anything. Oh, I took my daughter to pickup her car from havin’ Hail Damage repaired. A good job I must say. Then I took my Brides car to get it serviced. As the afternoon progressed my Bride & I made a trip to Wally-World for items. Then later went out for an early dinner, we’re becoming “Sun-Downers” you know. A local Mexican Restaurant fit the bill just fine. I enjoyed a COLD 22 oz. Draft Beer in a {{{{{ Frosted Mug }}}}}, & “The Mexican Dinner Plate”. It consisted of a Soft Beef Taco, Beef Burrito, Re-Fried Beans, Mexican Rice, & Guacamole Salad. Not to mention a bowl of Tortillas Chips & Salsa. Quite good I must admit. My Bride had her usual #M Plate. I hope those Ole Frijolies &  Cold Beer don’t kick in later on. Hum-m-m there is a slight rumblin’ goin’ on right now…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”what I could & could’t spend”…

This mornin’ as I was sippin’ on my, second, mornin’ Mug-O-Joe I was listenin’ to the News. It seems like gettin’ caught up on local & world events, for some reason, is hard to do. You have to wade through all of the CRAP that is spewed out, from all sides, tryin’ to convince you that only their “Kool-Aid” is the one you should be suckin’ down. Talkin’ Heads…ya just can’t get away from’em. But I did happen to catch an article about todays College Graduates, with Undergrad Degrees, havein’ an average of $35,000.00 in Student Loan Debt. Could it be that money is just too damned easy to get or are the students livin’ way beyond their means? Then I thought back on my Junior College Career, that ONE long year, & I’m thankful I got out with NO Student Loan Debts. Hell my Bride told me what I could & could’t spend. And I damn sure listened to her! Oh well, lookin’ back now, I don’t regret it…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I’m blessed to have her”…

4036Today, Thursday,  was one of those weird weather days. After gettin’ a late start this mornin, @ 6:30 am, I got myself “Joed up”.  My Bride has been gone for over an hour by now. I got me a shower so I felt better, got a shave, & then dressed. The wind was what “Winnie The Pooh” would call “A Blustery Day”. The wind was blowin’ about 40 mph here. I walked up to the road to survey if there were any downed trees. Lucky for me there weren’t. Then down to the pier and all was good there as well. I came back in the house to get me a  Refill of Joe & catch after havin’ been out of pocket for a few days. There I was, sittin’ in my La-Z-Boy with Eeyore staring me down from the sectional. I wasn’t in the mood for his state of depression so I threw a pillow over his head to cover his Sad Eyes & went about checking my back log of emails & writtin’ my blog.  The wind died down, lunch was had, & I got three (3) loads of cloths done. The the rains slowly began to move this direction. Not long after that my Bride arrived home, we shared some good time together then I left for a BHS get together, I like to attend when ever possible, in “The Ham”. There were about twelve (12) folks there, inf my math was right, but is questionable. I really enjoy spendin’ time with Ole Friends. My Bride doesn’t mind/object & yet seems to think it’s good for me. I’m blessed to have her as my Bride & partner in Life. I’m back home, it’s 54 degrees & she is now in bed where I’ll be joinin’ her a little later. She was up this mornin’ @ 4:15 am. Luckily she’s off tomorrow… “Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”& the laughter began all over again”…

New Boat 005-aYesterday started out pretty good. I was able to get my Ole (2003) Expedition,”OleBig Red”, out of the Auto Hospital/Shop. Finally, got some minor lingerin’ issues handled. Hell, with 292,000 (+/-) miles on it its bound to have some issues. But it’s ready to go for my up coming Fisin’ Trip. My daughter & I were headed to have & enjoyed a good lunch together at a local Buffet Bar. I always enjoy bein’ able to have a little one on one time with my Adult Children, it does my heart & mind good. Even though she’s 39 yrs old I look across the table & have flashbacks of her as a Little Girl & moments in time locked away in my mind of her & me together – “Good Times”! Lunch bein’ over we move on to get her car appraised for Hail Repairs. She zips over to run her car through a Car Wash, before, I wait for her, in “Ole Big Red”, & decide to floss my teeth after lunch. A habit of mine. Nothin’ worse than that “ole chunk of meat or salad greens left hangin’ around” for someone else to see. Well, durin’ the process I break off part of a, rear, tooth. Oh hell yeah! This is just what I need today, I shift into {{{ PANIC MODE ! }}}. My magical fingers break into action on the cell phone, to my local Dentist, explain my {{{ Emergency }}} & he says come on by. My daughter shows up about that time, we go to the Auto Body Shop to get her inspection started & I head on to my Dentist. Luckily, it isn’t as bad as I thought it was. After checkin’ me out he said “you’re good to go for now, on my “Fishin’ Trip” & we’ll deal with it when ya get back. So, I headed back to the house. Shared with my Bride & Daughter  my Oral Issues. Made some more personal phone calls, got ready to head to “The Ham for a monthly Social Event” with Ole Friends I was lookin’ forward to. I went thru my Thursday afternoon/evenin’ round-up of house hold trash. I always try to get it, in the large container, & up to the road on my way out so I don’t have to do it when I get home later in the evenin’. As I’m gatherin’ my personal items & loadin’ my pockets, I kiss my Bride a “fond farewell”, out the door I go, hook the Garbage Container on the ole trailer hitch (it’s a perfect fit) to get it up hill to the road (about 200 feet) ready for an early tomorrow mornin’ pick-up. Well, I get distracted in “Ole Big Red”, fiddlin’ around as usual, finally kick it in gear & I off to “The Ham”! Have ya ever had that feelin’ “Somethin’s Not Right”…I get on down road a block or so & notice a strange sound! I turn down the “Oldies” I’m rockin’ with & try to tune in these big ears I’ve got to figure out what I think I’m hearin’. Hell, I just got “Ole Big Red” back, earlier today, after repairs & think NOW what? A quick scan of the dash gauges, nothin’ out of kilter there. “Door Ajar” light isn’t lit up! Check windows, they’re all up, so it’s not Road Noise… What am I hearin’? By now I’m about a mile from the house. “Ole Big Red” ain’t pullin’ one way or the other, so it’s not a flat tire! What am I hearin’! As I approach a Stop Sign, I begin to slow down more, as does the muted roar I’m hearin”. Then it dawns on me…”It’s The Damn Garbage Container” hangin’ on the trailer hitch right where I put it!!! I quickly go into a “panic survey” in all directions. Did anyone see me? I passed several house along the way. I get turned around & head back to the house. Now I’m hearin’ every damn dog along the way justa raisin’ hell, barkin’ like crazy! I hope the neighbors weren’t lookin’. Ya know, it’s amazin’ how true that damn Garbage Container tracks behind “Ole Big Red”. Anyway, I got back to the house, unhooked it, turned around & speed off, tryin’ to minimize my visibility to the neighbors along my route. I called the house, my daughter answered the phone, I shared my calamity with her & my Bride. I accepted all their ribbin’ through their roarin’ laughter, hung up & continued on my way. Then I happen to hear the voice on radio station I’m rockin’ to, again, warnin’ of a traffic snarl on “The Super Slab” headin’ towards “The Ham”. I quickly shift my mind into “Road Map Mode”, determine an altered route I’ll take, thru the “Back Woods” that I love to travel anyway, & adjust accordingly. As I calm down from the afternoon activities I relax & enjoy the ride & scenery along my way. Finally arrive I at my destination for the “Monthly Get Together”, stroll on in & begin an evenin’ of reunion & friendship. It was a great crowd to share an evenin’ with. The evenin’ passed too quickly though. Yes, “all good things must come to an end”. Folks were beginin’ to thin out & head for their destinations, as did I. I finally arrived back home. There sat that damn Garbage Container, right where I finally left it. I stopped for a moment & had a good laugh, at my own expense, headed on down the drive, into the house, & the laughter began all over again. All in all, it was a good day…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>