…””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>

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…”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>

…”Until next time”…

Today started out as “one of those days” none of us want to participate in. But, then, there is something deep inside of us that tells us, we know where we need to go. One of “The Ole Fourth Ave South Kids”, the older sister of two younger brothers, life long friends of mine, Passed just the other day. She/The older sister was several years older than me. She was always a very friendly person, just like her Mother was. We lived next door to their family from the time I was 20 months old until I was 11 yrs old. My Mother remarried & we (my Mother, brother, & I) left my Grandparents house & moved about 7 miles away. At that age it was a LONG distance. But we, the brothers & I, kept in touch through the Summer Swimming Pool/Cascade Plunge where we all hung out at & Wahouma Ball Park where so many of us played Summer Baseball. Anyway, the younger brother & I were the best of friends thru our High School years. I went in the Military, as had his older brother. We reunited after the four (4) years I gave The USAF. And as some relationships go we slowly sort of drifted (careers, marriage, & children) apart. But we ARE still Friends! Always will be! We, the three of us, got to  spend some time talkin’ after the Funeral today. I did enjoy it so, but just not the circumstances. And life goes on. Until next time, my friends, under better conditions I hope…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”headed to our respective houses”…

Sittin’ around this afternoon got to be rather borin’ . It got so quiet about 3:15 p.m. I could hear a faint rattlin’ sound comin’ from the basement. So I told my Bride I was goin’ to walk down to the water for a while. Any of you that know me know a walk down to the water means I don’t go empty handed.

Well as I got to the bottom of the steps & entered “The Cave” the Rattlin’ got louder. So I stepped into the basement garage & picked up my rod with Ole Chrome & Blue danglin’ from it off of the boat, a pair of needle nose pliers,  & a hand rag & week all took a walk down to the pier. The Shad are startin’ to load up in the slough. Third cast & a Hook-up. Spoke to my neighbor who was sittin’ on his porch & he was headin’ to his pier. We were just jaw jackin’ as we were castin’.

After about an hour my neighbor had 1 & lost 1 @ his pier & I had 4 & had missed 2,  all Small Spots.. Now, none of these were goin’ to win any tournaments, but they filled our afternoon needs just fine. All of them were released to fight another day. Then we both turned, bid a good evenin’ to the other, & headed to our respective houses. It was a nice way to wind a day down…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”but most importantly BE PREPARED!!!”…

20160702_142010_resizedLast night our Weather Radio was goin’ off like a Radio Stations “Request Line” would durin’ a Saturday night “Special Request” call in line would in the late 60’s.

We/I watched the News & Weather last night until Midnight & then decided to crash, got my Bride up off of the sofa & headed to bed. Yes, there was bad Weather comin, I knew it, but knew the Weather Radio would wake us in the event of Sever Weather & when it was CLOSE. {{{{{ Go off it did }}}}}!!! I rousted My Bride up from the bed, about 1:00 a.m. & we headed down into The Cave. We were tuned into, on the TV, our favorite station, watchin’ the Storm Line movin’ across the TV/Landscape & headin’ our way!!! We were READY! I know by hearin’ the reports this mornin’ that it came thru. But when they gave the “All Clear”, for our area, some time after 2:30 a.m. this mornin’ I went out on our Patio to sort of “survey the damage”. There was no damage to be seen. All of the “Dusk To Dawn Lights” were on around the Slough. Heck, our Driveway was barely even WET! We know it was close, but for some reason it didn’t touch us here at The Gray House.

My heart goes out to all of those families I have been hearin’ about, this mornin’, in Mississippi & Georgia that have lost Love-one’s, & of course those injured as well. God Bless you all. Many suffered property damage & property loss as well. Those can be repaired & or replaced in time though. As we have heard this mornin’ there is the possibility of MORE bad weather head this way today. It’s just not expected to be as sever, mostly wind, rain & the possibility of Hail. Keep your ears tuned to your local Weather Casters & an eye on the sky from time to time, but most importantly BE PREPARED!!!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”at this time of year”…

As we say in Our Home – {{{{{ MERRY CHRISTMAS ! }}}}}…For those of you that believe in Santa Clause may you be blessed with gifts & love abound. For those of you that don’t believe, well just maybe, your Coal may be there when you rise CHRISTMAS mornin’.

In recent years I have been very bad about not sending out CHRISTMAS CARDS. Shame on me! Yes my Bride gets on me more often than she should have to. Still I Procrastinate! With the Cyber World out there, as it is, it appears I can reach as many friends & family by means of FB or my Blog. I’m not goin’ to go into a complete review of 2016 & it’s happenin’s. That would just bore you. Because so much of what I would say is already put out there in the Cyber World & you have probably already seen &/or read it. Soo, that bein’ said, I want to thank you, unbeknownst to many of y’all, for bein’ a part of my posts & musin’s.

In Our Home, at this time of year, every year, my family & friends remember & cerebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ, The Son Of God, My Lord & Savior. MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”continuin’ this path”…

Barrett School    1st grade  58-59 - CopyYesterday was a very Humblin’ Day to say the least. I thought my computer was about to suffer overload & the phone rang all day long! Thank you all. To receive soo many acknowledgements, Birthday Wishes, from FRIENDS & Family, as it was a “Mile Stone” in my life, that soo many years ago seemed unattainable. But now “I’m here, Hello 65”! I have been blessed to have met each & everyone of you at different stages & stops in my life. From the 4th Avenue South gang, to my earliest Church yrs, to Cascade Plunge, to Wahouma Ball Park, to the various schools I was Actually Enrolled in & those I spent soo much time visitin’, to my military yrs that REALLY changed my life, to my career yrs both co-workers, vendors & customers, & now into my retirement yrs on FB not only reconnectin’ but gettin’ to know & sharin’ with so many more of you. I have been blessed that soo many of you have been more than just a Friend, much much more & you know who you are. Let me just say it has been one hell of a journey up to this point & I’m lookin’ forward to continuin’ this path for many more yrs. From my family to all of you “MERRY CHRISTMAS & may you all have a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR”…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>