…”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>

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…”Naw, I don’t think”…

As I sit here this mornin’ lookin’ out the window I see many things. There is no breeze outside, at this time. As a result of that, the calm water, of the Slough we live on, is like glass. “The Beautiful Colors of Fall” takin’ it’s toll on the leaves of the trees, before they fall from the trees & then I have to deal with’em. But it’s times like this that really make me think about life. It won’t be long before I turn 66 yrs of age, & I feel blessed to be here at this point in my life. It makes me think of the popular phrase folks are now usin’ about “Their Bucket List”? I, personally, can’t say I ever heard my Parents or my Grandparents throw that phrase out in conversation. Where did it come from? Who made it up? What does it really mean? Is it a Make Believe Bucket or a Real One? I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone ACTUALLY walkin’, joggin’, or drivin’ around with one. Have YOU? I consider myself to be pretty observant. But I must admit “I’ve totally missed’em”. Or is it a List? A list that folks, maybe bored with their lives, wish they had taken action to actually do things in their lives they were either too nervous to step out there & do or weren’t willin’ to spend the money it would cost them to do what they dream about? Or is it a combination of the two? That would mean they would carry around with them a said “Bucket” with a said “List” in it where ever they go, just in case, they think of or see someone else doin’ somethin’ they (themselves) would like to do, so they could write it down before they forget what it was. Then they can carry it, their “Wish List around in “Their Bucket” with them & remember, or regret, all the things they wished or wanted to do. Hum-m-m-m? Do You or Others attend “Bucket List Parties” to compare your/their Lists in you/their Buckets? Maybe that could be a NEW activity? Maybe while I’m out doin’ my errands today I’ll go by a Hardware Store & buy me a Small Bucket (Galvanized or Plastic?) & then by a Stationary Store & by me some List Paper & a #2 Pencil (cause that’s what we were always required to have to write with) & start carrin’em around with me. This could be interestin’? Or I could look like a bigger fool that most that know me already think/know I am. Naw, I don’t think I need “A Bucket (&) List” to tote around…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I was completely shot!”…

WOW! What a day it was in the Game Of The Pigskin! My day started with “The Game Cocks” of The Lower Carolinas who survived their encounter with “The Gators” of Tallahassee. Seems the Gators found their way outta the Swamp & up to Columbia, SC. There they found more than they bargained for. Seems those “Carolina Game Cocks” got a little more of those Gator Tails than was expected! Those Gators slithered back to their Swamp after a close one, 23- 20 the Game Cocks of So. Carolina!This got me cranked for the day. The my focus shifted to Plains of Lower Alabama where the #1 Bull Dawgs from “The Peach State” sauntered into Jordan-Hare Stadium (check the pronunciation of that word “Jordan”) to gnaw on that Ole War Eagle, & yes it did fly. Well, that didn’t quite happen. ‘Em Ole Big Cats did some gnawin’ of they own! When all was said & done’ em Ole Puppies left the Plains ah squealing, havin’ lost that #1 rankin’, 40 -17 Tigers! As my day progressed I learned that The Trojans of Troy, AL (all found their way off of the shelves &) gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC to do some Bird Watchin’. As the game progressed & Ole “Chauncey the Chanticlee” (what ever that is?) lost many a feather durin’ that pluckin’ as he went down, 42-17 Trojans! Next up, the news broke that some Skyawks, from UT Martin, flew into the hen house of the Game Cocks of Jacksonville State, in the small little community of Jacksonville, AL. Well “Ole Cocky” was havin’ none of that! As “Ole Cocky” rounded up his flock & they began to peckin’ & spurin’ the hell out of’em Skyhawks. The whole time they was’a shewin’em back into the Hills of Tennessee, 14-7 Game Cocks! Now down near the Gulf Coast there was rumors of some hungry “Red Wolfs” from Arkansas St. (I ain’t never seen one of’em) was a creepin’ in for a fight with the “Jaguars” of South Alabama. And a fight they did get! That was a mistake on their behalf. Seems as though they lost that fight. Them Jags sent dem “RedWolfs” headin’ back to “Clinton Country” in need of some strokin’ & lickin’ (Easy Now!) of their wounds, 24-19 “Jags”! Then came the News outta San Antonio, TX that the “Dragons” of UAB, outa “The Ham in Alabama, went huntin’ for sump’en’ to roast. Seems like Ole “Rowdy the Roadrunner” had been doin’ some tauntin’. Now he can get by with that kinda behavior against an ole wore out “Wiley Coyote” but not a hungry “Dragon” (the Board of Directors tried to kill off AND FAILED!). Oh yeah “The Dragons” are now “BOWL ELIGIBLE” {{{ AGAIN }}}! As it turned out “Ole Rowdy” got his feathers scorched & his butt roasted! ‘Em “Dragons” just upped their stock even more (how’bout dat you rich ole foggies!), 24-19 UAB! Later in tha day came word of an invasion by “The Buccaneers” outta East Tennessee, (Johnson City to be exact) on that quaint Baptist College campus, Samford University, over there in “The Brook” (a burb of “The Ham”). But as it turned out the “Bull Dawgs” of Samford were have’n none of that. They got their hackles raised up & commenced to gnaw’n on the draggin’ butts of’em “Buccaneers” as they headed for their boats & sailed down Shades Creek, huntin’ their way to the Tenn-Tom Waterway, for a quick escape back hills of North East TN., 42-7 “Bull Dawgs”! It was now/then time for the LAST game of the evenin’, as far as I was concerned! Em “Ole (Nasty) Dawgs”, of “Hail State”, brought their “A Game” to their field. They let it be known from the git-go they were there to win!  But, “The Pachyderms from T-Town” had come to play too! It was one hell of a game. There was “Slobber Knockin’ ” takin’ place through out that game. Hell, ’em ole men in them Stripped Shirts even got run over a few times. They was a lotta hollerin goin’ on in my house, & the {{{{{ COLD }}}}} Beer had been flowin’ all the day long. I’m now out’a my easy chair, on my feet pitchin’ a fit, amongst others in my house! But!, as that ole Game Clock was’a windin’ down & that final Wave was’a ROLLIN’ in “The TIDE” bested ’em Dawgs from MS State, 31-24 BAMA! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}. I collapsed into my Lazy Boy for the last time, swagged down the remnants of my last {{{{{ COLD (now room temperature) ! }}}}} Beer of night. I was completely shot!…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”to Protect the Freedoms”…

As I sit here this mornin’, as the aroma of my Mug-O-Joe wafts around me, I find myself reminiscing about yesterday. Rocky Ridge Elementary School (in Hoover, AL) held their “2017 Veteran’s Day Program” in advance of Veterans Day, on November 11, 2017. It was such a movin’ event put on by The Fourth (4th) Grade Class & Volunteer Teacher Staff. The Guest Speaker was Retired Command Sergeant Major Jerry McClain. And what an impact he had on the young students, & even some of us older folks, there. He was impressive! I was just one (1) of many Veterans in attendance there. Not only was I invited by my two Granddaughters, 1st & 3rd graders who attend school there, but they sat beside me durin’ the entire program. There were several Patriotic  Songs preformed by the members of the 4th Grade. There was one young man who performed two (2) Solos on his Violin. There were also a couple of solo songs, well performed, by other students. I was both impressed & touched. Several times durin’ the program I was touched to the point of tears. Those of you that know me know that I get emotional. My 1st Grader caught me @ one of those times & asked “are you OK Papa”? At that point it just got worse, I couldn’t swallow, but forced out a “Yes Ma’am” response to her. She put her arms around me, hugged me, said “thank you for your service Papa”!. & followed by an “I love YOU Papa”. Again, I couldn’t swallow, tears filled my eyes & trickled down my cheeks. I just hugged back & kissed her gently on top of her head, & wiped my tears. Near the end there was a Slide Show showin’ members of the Students & Staffs families who have Served in our Five (5) Military Branches. When the slides of my Granddaughters relatives, who had served (their Great Grandfathers & Me), came up I went through the same scenario with my 3rd grader as I had with my 1st grader. I was an emotional wreck! But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Again, it was a wonderful presentation by the 4th Graders & School Staff. But most importantly, & I think I can say this for all of The Veterans in attendance there, it is a good thing that these young people are bein’ taught what the meanin’ of Freedom is, the toll it has taken & continues to take to Protect the Freedoms they/we have & live under. God Bless America. {{{{{ SALUTE ! }}}}}…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…” I will NEVER NEVER”…

The Ghosts & Goblins shadows are still in sight! The Wild Turkey is still runnin’ loose in the Woods or has already been put in a Bottle! And there are those out there already tryin’ to force “X” on us & want us to celebrate it. What or Who is “X”? In my family we have always looked forward to Thanksgiving. Not only for the upcomin’ wonderful Thanksgiving Meal, Family & Friends gatherin’ in our home, a Wonderful Thanksgivin’ Meal, & the Thanksgiving Parade on TV. Because we all know, by the reactions of the little children, that Santa Claus is always @ the end of that Goofy Parade. And we all know once that Friendly/Fat/Lovable Character, all adorned in his Red & White outfit,  is either drug down the street in a “Rusty Ole Sled by Eight (8) Mangy Deer” or Riddin’ on a Float with Wavin’ Elfs, & the tossin’ of Candy Canes is completed can the Football Games finally begin! The commercial world created the “X” Day. They were/are so busy to get out ahead of the “Great Pumpkin” & the “Thanksgivin’ Turkey” that they didn’t even create their own Character. They tried to down-play the “Reason For The Season” by gettin’ You, The Consumer (& mostly Women), to rush out & buy their over produced, over priced products, mostly manufactured over seas (to lower standards & quality) so they can make their year end sales look better. Why do you think they reduce their prices at the END of the year? Can you say “Old Inventory”! Why do you think they call it “Black Friday”. Because “EVIL has always be shrouded in BLACK”! How many of you paid too much for those same, or similar, products earlier in the year? {{{{{ SUCKER ! }}}}}…As for My Family & Me we have & always will accept “Christ” into our home & Celebrate His Birth as “The Reason For The Season”. Not “X”! “X-Mas” has NO PLACE in My Home or Life. I will greet you durin’ this festive season with “Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”. I hope you will respond to me in a similar manner. But I will NEVER NEVER wish you or greet you with Merry X-Mas!…”Hold.em Hook”!…..BG>The Holy Bible

…”you may have”…

For those of you/ewe that know/no me probably no/know that I ain’t/I’m not the write/wright/right one/won to/too/two be/bee correctin’ others on their/there/they’re English. Especially ewe/you Teachers. My academic record speaks for/fore/four its self! But for/fore/four those folks that English isn’t/ain’t their/there/they’re primary/first language it’s/its no/know wonder they have such a hard time/thyme followin’ out train/trane of thought when listenin’ to/too/two us ore/or/oar readin’ somethin’ we have written. Put yourself/you’re self in there/their/they’re shoes. They don’t know/no where the hell/hail you’re/your tryin’ to/too/two take them with your/you’re idea/idear. Let’s say you look out your/you’re window and/& you see/sea a dear/deer. Maybe your/you’re at a bar and/& you/ewe order a COLD Beer, and/& ewe/you say “I’ll have a Light/Lite! Maybe your/you’re goin’ on a trip, you’re/your goin’ too/two/to  fly sum/some where, so/sew you/ewe need/kneed/knead to/too/two go by/buy a plain/plane ticket. Think about goin’ outside in fowl/foul weather/whether and/& you’re/your goin’ too/to/two need/kneed/knead a coat/cote, which/witch one/won do you/ewe put on? Say you/ewe trip over somethin’ and/& fall &/and knock/nock a not/knot on you’re/your head. How much pane/pain are in/inn? When was the last time/thyme ewe/you were out in the garden &/and were goin’ to pick a flour/flower &/and ewe/you sea/see a Be/Bee! You get excited at an event dew/do you scream out “Yeah/Yea! Or your/you’re in agreement with someone and/an say “yea/yeah” as you nod you’re/your head. Does an Ostrich really stick it’s head into a whole/hole oar/ore/or knot/not?  I no/know buy/by now your/you’re sew/so confused ewe/you may have awl/all ready quit/quite readin’ this. If sew/so well have a good day anyway…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Gonna be a good day!”…

I’m down in “The Cave” for the day. Gotta get busy…Strippin’ old 14# test mono of off one Ole Spinnin’ Reel, on a 7 ft rod, & gonna re-spool it with 12# test mono. Then mounted NEW-Replacement Spinnin’ Reel, on another 7 ft rod, & spooled it as well with 12# mono. Walked down to the Pier to make a few casts before the Auburn – Texas A&M game. The New-Replacement reel has a Suspending {{{ Jerk }}} Bait on it. About 7 or 8 casts & hooked up. Had to get the drag adjusted on it. Then enjoyed the tuggin’ & jerkin’ for a short time. Finally got it in & a quick release. I then picked up the other rod with the older reel that had my trusty “Ole Chrome & Blue” tied on. Two (2) casts & {{{ HOOK-Up ! }}} on a small Stripper. Now that was fun. Again, another quick release. Then grabbed the other rod & headed to the house for the Kick Off of the AU game. Made it just in time! Here we go! {{{{{ COLD Beer & a Fresh Bag of Ruffles ! }}}}} as AU kicks off in to the End Zone. Gonna be a good day! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>