Back to the Grind

Mar 22

Back to the grind as usual. Now that I’m back from vacation I’ve been doing nothing but catching up. I don’t really think that it is possible to catch up. I know we all get to a point sometime in our lives where we feel like we have caught up, but do we really catch up. There is always something else that we need or should be doing.

My father/son camping trip was a bust. We were rained out on the camping side of the trip. But we did do quit a bit of fishing and I mean fishing, not catching. We didn’t catch anything worth keeping. I caught an alligator gar Friday and interestingly enough I caught a 6 lb. yellow cat by hand on Thursday. We had gone down to Cedar Bluff on the Brazos river to check things out Thursday. We were wanting to camp there and fish up and down stream. When we got there the water was very shallow and you could see some perch swimming around. Zack saw a giant looking fish just sitting on the bottom close to the bank. It turned out to be the 6 or so lb. yellow cat. I wanted to catch it but we had left all our fishing poles and gear at my dad’s house. We were there just to check things out. So I jumped into the river and grabbed ahold of the yellow cat by the gills. I fought with it for a few minutes then headed to the bank. Of course the yellow cat had decided to chew on my thumb a bit which didn’t feel all that great and it ended up bleeding some, haha. But I did get him up to the truck. We didn’t really want to eat him so we decided to take him back to our farm and through him into the pond. Well something must have been wrong with it because it died before we made it there. This was kind of my first time to noodle…now I can say that I’m a true red neck…haha.

Anyhow, there were tons of dead fish lining the banks of the river so we figured there must have been something wrong. Friday when we got there with the canoe and all our gear we didn’t see any fish. Half the day went by before we saw some gar. We tried to sane (spelling) some minnows out of the river for bait. But we didn’t find any, we didn’t even see any perch. I really think that there had been a fish kill caused by the red or golden algea or something. I have never been to the Brazos river and not see any fish. It was a very odd experience. And the smell of dead fish was everywhere so I wasn’t even sure if I would have kept any fish if we would have caught some. Then it started raining and raining and raining. It rained the entire weekend. So we headed back to my dad’s place on Lake Granbury. The thought was that we would fish from him dock so we could stay dry. Well, we did fish from his dock but we didn’t catch anything. For two days straight we had three lines in the water with worms and minnows and we didn’t even loose our bait. Wow, are there any fish left in Lake Granbury? What a trip but we did have a good time trying to catch fish.

Next year the father/son trip will be going to the coast. We decided that we are going bay fishing next year. I know that we will catch something in the ocean. For the past three years we have had little to no luck catching fish in the Brazos or in Lake Granbury.

Just another day.

Mar 15

Starting tomorrow I’ll be on vacation…woohoo, can’t wait. Several more days have gone by since I have had a smoke. Sometimes I’ll catch myself setting here thinking about smoking…this crap is the hardest to quit, IMO. I quit dipping tobacco after 17 years, cold turkey, no problems. I was tobacco free for 1 1/2 years then for unknown stupid reasons I picked up cigars, then down hill from there. My point is that I think quitting dipping was easier than quitting smoking.

Anyway, back to vacation time. Zack and I will be heading down to the Brazos river Thursday for some father son quality time camping, fishing, and whatever else we can get into. I don’t know who has more fun, me or him. We have a blast just doing whatever but put us out somewhere camping…better get back, we’ll kill a bear, skin a goat, eat a worm. Doesn’t matter…we might just do anything…haha. I can see it already, the older Zack gets the more trouble he and I will get into.

Here is an example of the timeline so far for Zack and I:
Day trips….camping….camping and drinking….camping and drinking and gambling….camping and drinking and gambling and hookers…hahaha, whatever.

No matter, after tonight I will be out of sight, unreachable, far far away having fun with my son.

Who’s the Best ?

Mar 14

The share of the one who goes down into the battle shall be the same as the share of the one who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.

-1 Samuel 30:24 (NRSV)

OCCASIONALLY I compare my accomplishments to those of others and lament that I seem to have done little in my life. We often make such comparisons. Children do it in sports or school competitions; adults do it in the workplace or at class and family reunions. Who is the fastest, strongest, or smartest? Who has accumulated the most wealth, prestige, or glamour? Who is the winner? Such comparisons can result in hurt feelings, envy, or rivalry.

But God does not measure success using human standards. In the story from 1 Samuel 30, David rewarded his soldiers equally for their service, no matter their individual contribution to the victory. In the same way, God asks only that we serve to the best of our ability with the talents given us. To some, God gives great works to perform; to others, work that may seem less important. It is not for us to compare our achievements with others’ or to judge another’s calling against our own. Our role is to faithfully do our best at the work God has given us, wherever we serve. When we give our best to God, we are winners.

Fred Lyon (Maryland, U.S.A.)

Lord, help us not to measure ourselves against others but to see our service through your eyes. Amen.

Thought for the Day
Our greatest achievement is doing what God asks of us.

Prayer Focus
Those obsessed with competition

Catching Up…..Again.

Mar 13

Well, it seems like forever since my last post. I’ve been active with my blog even though I haven’t made any new posts in a while. There has been an active discussion going on over an old post, Children. There was a comment made from a reader, Dave, that bothered me somewhat so I felt it necessary for me to explain. And there were a couple of other readers, Casey and Tracy, that felt it necessary to comment as well, thanks goes out to both of them for their support.

Anyhow, there has been a lot of life going on around here so let me catch you up real quick…haha, ya’ll know that there is nothing that I can do that is quick…[shameless little poke] except for you Dave, you don’t know me at all so I wouldn’t expect you to understand this…[end shameless little poke] So kick back and get ready for this quick summary.

Once again, I’ve been sick. For the past three weeks I have been battling what I have thought was sinus and allergies. Finally I broke down and went to the doctor Friday. Let me tell you, I hate going to the doctor. It never fails, I pay money for somebody to tell me that I’m fat and lazy. Hell, I can get that for free at home why should I pay for it, right. Just teasing you Mari. Other than him telling me that I was fat the visit went pretty good. The Doc said that I had bronchitis so he gave me a shot and a new type of anti biotic that has a list of side effects worse than the illness that I had…and most of the side effects came true. Anyhow I’m doing tons better now so something that I took worked or is working. So maybe I’ll be well enough soon that I can start back with my workouts and loose some weight, I still have my sense of humor.

Oh yeah, funny story, you should have seen the doctors face when I told him that I was checking my temp. when I got dizzy, fell down and broke the damn thermometer off in me. I told him how bad it hurt and that there wasn’t much blood. He right away wanted to know what type of thermometer it was that I used. He was thinking that there could be a chance of blood poisoning or something. When he asked me what type of thermometer it was I happily told him “it was an anal thermometer”, man, you should have seen his eyes, hahahaha.

Anyhow…moving on.

I am now finishing my first none smoking week. I’ll be posting updates on my weight and my success in not smoking. This way I’ll have a way to document my progress or failures.

I would like to let James and Mashala know that we are and will always be there for you two if needed. James, you, Mashala and your family are still in our prayers…God bless you and yours.

On a different note:
I’ll be emailing out some information about the next Nerds Unplugged get together very soon so keep an eye on your email, I’ll be looking for some input.