I’d rather be playing golf, but there is a threat of rain, and the ground is pretty soft now as it is (Missouri). I want to experiment with bait I have only used once before. Had a tip to go from chicken breast to chicken thighs. The thighs are tougher not mushy like the breasts. Stay on the hook better and the fish don’t nibble it off as easily. Too saw a video where they marinade some garlic and garlic marinade. Give it a good luring smell for the channel cats. Not fishing with the whole chicken like this photo (has to be a joke). Just the thighs. Gotta go!!
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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.
On the calendar, it’s Spring. However, old Mother Nature hasn’t woke from her Winter slumber. Currently (April 8) it is 35 degrees in Missouri, with a forecast of a high of 42%. Not exactly Spring temps!
The golf course and fishing lakes and rivers are lurking in my patience! Maybe next week?
Brothers and Sisters it is HOT! For the last few days we have had triple digit heat here in Missouri (St. Charles MO). I wanted to go fishing this morning before it got too hot…but couldn’t get up early enough as I stayed up to 2:00 am watching repeats of the Jason Bourne movies; one after the other in order!
Yesterday it got up to 104 degrees. It’s supposed to get up to 105 today, then cool down to 96 for a high tomorrow (Sunday). Maybe I hit the river early tomorrow while its only in the 80s until about 11:00 am The fish will be deep, trying to stay cool!
St. Charles (St. Louis) heat with high humidity. Been bringing in the Husky (Sky) and she is grateful!
Stay cool and have a great weekend. Gotta go do some research on whats biting on what bait/lures in this heat. Bass?
Taking two of my oldest grandsons fishing this morning. Its something we can do together and I can still keep up. It’s important to spend time with your grandchildren, family. I wish when I was younger, I had spent more time with mine, and ask the right questions, lots of questions. As an example, I was speaking with my great-grandfather, from my father’s side, when I was a teenager. He lived on a farm in Illinois. He told me about the time Jesse James and the James’ Gang were passing through, returning to Missouri from Minnesota. He spoke about hiding his horses when they heard the gang would be coming close by. He talked about how tense it was, until they knew they had passed.
Grand-kids can learn a lot from their grandparents, but you have to spend time together. All will benefit. I wish I had lived closer to my grandparents and spent more time with them. I did go fishing with my grandpa. Just passing on the family tradition.