…”Hot Tottie”!…

It’s been one of those long dreary Fall Days. Got a lot accomplished though. Just kickin’ back right now, in my La-z-boy, with a nice “Adult Beverage”! Served myself up a couple of shots of Amaretto in a Whisky Sippin’ Glass, ran it thru the Microwave to warm it up. A true “Hot Tottie”! If you haven’t enjoyed one you SHOULD! Aahhh…”Hold’em Hook”!….BG>

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…”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>

…”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>

…”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>

…”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>