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proverbs 30:5


Proverbs 30:5

Fishing is essential. Getting outdoors is essential. Everything you do (unless it is harmful to others) is essential. Every step you take, every move you make……….. is essential.

Have a great day!

Arlin report thought(s) of the day: much on my mind, but little to say


I have so many mixed thoughts (not mixed up, not confusion) today, all scrambled within in me, many related to the other and some related to nothing; it is difficult to translate into words. So, I will wait until I have them sorted to say anything at all, of substance.

I will say this: I see words written that people are stressed being locked inside. No one has locked you inside (in most cases anyway, unless you are in fact ill). If you are staying home, as you should, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out on your deck, your patio, or porch…….and yard. Get some sunshine. It’s good for health, and that includes mental health.

arlin report thought(s) of the day: what we've been taking for granted


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art.net painting of Old man fishing

I am not going to turn this into a long post on the topic of taking things for granted. Lets just say it can include most things in our daily lives. I am not just speaking of material things or essentials. Yes I even took that gallon of chocolate milk for granted, that I can not now find. Making it now with plain (and nothing is plain anymore) milk and choc. syrup. Not for myself, for the most part, but for my grandchildren. Three of my grandchildren will be coming over two or three times a week at least until the 6 year old goes back to school. Daycare was is a scary option for my daughter ……… THE NURSE. Their dad works in IT for hospitals keeping the computers running. Thank God they both have jobs yet.

I have learned or have been reminded that just walking outside, breathing fresh air has been taken for granted. I don’t usually enjoy going grocery shopping, still don’t, especially now but it was just good to go somewhere outside the confines of these walls. No, I am not taking my home for granted. Thankful! The next time I go fishing (in a few days I hope) will be beautiful, out in the great outdoors, all alone. I’ll share the lake or river bank, but will find my own secluded spot. Nice. Thank you lord for all I have and all I have taken for granted.

Stay safe and healthy world (friends).

arlin report thought(s) of the day: going to the gym during the virus


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Photo from Club Fitness: Location, St. Peters, Missouri




The above photo is from the Club Fitness location in St. Peters, Missouri, of which I am a member. The photo above was not taken during this virus season. It is empty because it is late at night, it’s the lower half of the gym and no one is using in this moment. It is not empty because of the virus. I guarantee you there are people using the upper half or it’s like 3:00 AM. This gym is always busy.

A public gym like this could most certainly be a breeding ground for the coronavirus, or the flu, or the common cold for that matter.

I use this gym 5-6 days a week. I go from anywhere between 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I have no set time……….. but usually use between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. During those hours it is quite busy. I have continued to go during this virus hysteria. To be honest, I think it is one of the safest, healthiest places for me to go right now. Why? They have hand cleaning /sanitizing stations located throughout the gym. There is a stand just feet away from most areas of the gym. Because the “vast” majority of the members using the gym are healthy, health and fitness types they take precautions. People using the gym equipment (which is pretty much everybody) are habitually wiping down the equipment after they use it. If we are not sure the previous user of a piece of equipment wiped it down, we’ll wipe it down ourselves before we use it. The members are very good at keeping it clean. Also, the Club Fitness staff are constantly wiping down counters, mopping the floors, keeping the sanitizing stands full of wipes and cleaning the equipment. At any and every moment someone from the staff is cleaning something in the facility. The cleaning and sanitizing NEVER ends. It has been this way from day one of my membership, which is about 1-1/2 years now.

I don’t see people that look ill using the gym. Never have. I know some of the older members have underlying health issues and they use the gym to improve their health, build stamina and strength. But, you don’t see people sneezing or going into cough hacking frenzies. Members are staying home if they are ill. I am sure people with slight colds still show up, but, they are wiping down, keeping their distance.

As I said in the beginning, if I want to get out of the house, the gym is a good place to go. If it stops raining any day now I’ll get outdoors more. I’ll take a walk/run in the park, some fishing and golf. The great outdoors with some sunshine is the place to be. Gets some vitamin C in you!

Stay healthy!

arlin report thought(s) of the day: rain gear….go fishing


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Flylifemagazine.com

Okay, if you read this blog often you probably know I went Trout fishing yesterday. Yes I caught one. Just one, a pretty one. It tasted good last night too. I only saw one other guy catch any (3), everyone else was getting blanked. I hadn’t gone Trout fishing in many years, I normally fish for Bass, Bluegill or Catfish. I enjoyed yesterday. It was relaxing. I was a bit disappointed the Trout I caught didn’t put up more of a fight. I have the fever so, I am going back this morning!

Right now it is raining in the St. Charles, Missouri area. Supposed to rain pretty hard this afternoon. They say Trout are active in the rain. We’ll see! I debated for a moment whether I should go due to the rain. I have fishing rain gear. The logical side of me won, if you aren’t going to fish in the rain why buy rain gear? Its settled, I am off!

No it is not me in the photo above. I wish it were! 🙂

arlin report thought(s) of the day: going trout fishing


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Yes, as soon as I finish this post (7:25 AM CT) I am going Trout fishing. Heading to Busch Wildlife Conservation in Weldon Springs, Missouri. I have not been trout fishing in years. I am looking forward to making a few cast on a mild day in the heart of a Missouri winter. Today’s high will be 55 degrees. Perfect! Will take a rain coat just in case, afternoon showers predicted. You never know in Missouri.

Not even liberal/Left Democrats can ruin a day on the lake.

Gone trout fishing!

arlin report thought of the day: hard to come up with a single thought


So Tuesday I see my Urologist to discuss my treatment plan. Plan of attack as I would call it against this prostate cancer thing. Waiting, is the hard part. Don’t really want to talk about me. Many, many, many people are dealt a lot more difficult a hand than I have. I don’t really know how to react right now, except I think about my grandchildren a lot. Watching my 4 month year old granddaughter last night was good therapy. She had me in total smile mode. I hadn’t seen her smile and giggle as much as she did last night. She is beautiful as are my other seven grandchildren. My advice to my grandsons, “Eat lots of tomatoes!”

Went to the driving range today, hit bucket of balls. The hooks were just slight draws, no fades. No pressure, who cares where the ball goes, just relax and hit the hell out of it. Then went fishing. Caught 3 Bass, two pretty small and 1 just under size. I released them, go grow up, I’ll be back. That is a promise.

Hope you all had a great Friday!

arlin report thought of the day: many thoughts, many questions on prostate cancer


Have known I have a high PSA count for about a year now. I had a prostate biopsy done last week, and yesterday got the call from my Urologist. Yep, I have prostate cancer. The next step is a bone scan tomorrow. Then, my significant other and I will meet with the Doc to discuss treatment (of course much will still be determined from the scan).

I was looking around in Bass Pro Shop when I received the call, had a rod and reel in my hand, then became disinterested after the call. Went home, to gather my thoughts, really just became PISSED! Still pissed! Angry pissed! I have no problem going to the bath room, that symptom is not present. So, currently I am really just dealing with the anger management part. Why am I angry? I’ve always been pretty healthy. I just completed my 12 week recovery from open heart surgery, where I had my Aortic Valve replaced and aneurysm repaired. This condition was genetic, I was born with a bi-cuspid aortic valve, rather than a tri-cuspid valve. That’s taken care of! i was back to playing golf! NOW THIS FREAKING CANCER CRAP!

I know other people suffer and deal with much more than I am. That doesn’t escape me. I am grateful, thankful there are options. My thought for today is not a single thought. Much is going through my head. I will deal with this and get it taken care of. It just ticks me off, we have to spend time getting evaluated and fixed; like time is being robbed from us. Maintenance, like I’m an automobile or machine.

I will keep on ticking. Thanks for letting me sound off! Now I’m going fishing.