…””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>

…”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>

…”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>

…”a fond adeiu”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16This mornin’ I was headed to my two granddaughters “Awards Day” at their school. I get into the parkin’ lot and my cell phone goes “to blowin’ up” with post on FB that I had been HACKED as folks were gettin’ FR from me, that I had not sent of course. Anyway I have to admit FB was very efficient in gettin’ a post/some posts removed. Thanks FB. I responded with the followin’ post on my FB account.

“I guess I WON THE HACKED AWARD, again! It amazes me that Lazy Ass people with NO life of their own want to disrupt others just to make themselves feel like they have accomplished something in life. LOSERS! SORRY ASS LOSERS!…..BG> ”

The awards program went off well. I’m proud of both of my granddaughters. I left there in a great frame of mind & decided to head to a near by Restaurant, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, for some lunch. Old Delta Jersey front 08-17-10I called a couple of ole friends that I knew were close by, “The Marine & The Banker”, to see if they were available. They were & we had a wonderful lunch for a little more than an hour. Good food, good friends, good times! We bid each other a fond adeiu & all went our separate ways. Until next time!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”livin’ in your town, on your streets!”…

Barrett School    1st grade  58-59 - CopyMay 21, 2017 is a sad day in American History, for many reasons. One of which is, after 146 years, The “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus” is NO MORE! My mind takes me back to a song, by James Darren, “Goodbye Cruel World (I’m off to join the Circus)”. Who of you, as a child, ever dreamed of runnin’ away to join “The Circus”? How many of you, out there, as a child, got excited when you heard “The Circus is coming to Town”! I can smell the roasted Peanuts, in my mind, right now! “Cotton Candy! Get your Cotton Candy” echoes in my mind! I remember as a small child bein’ taken to watch the Elephants, Lions, & Tigers get unloaded off of the Train. We got to watch the Parade thru Birmingham, AL. I remember my Mother takin’ my brother & I to go see “The Circus”! THREE RINGS!!! More activity goin’ on at one time than my eyes & mind could really process. WOW! Did you SEE all of those Clowns? They were EVERYWHERE! They were {{{ FUNNY }}} back then. Now everyone is {{{ HORRIFIED }}} of’em! What changed? It was truly an EVENT! And now, It’s DEAD! Talk about Unemployment! Imagine HOMELESS CLOWNS livin’ in your town, on your streets! Think about!…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>