Hello and welcome to the blog! Today is Tuesday and it’s two days before the birthday… Both mine (52) and my sister’s (who is 3 years older but I did not disclose her age) are on the 9th. It was necessary to celebrate today in order not to take any extra time off from work.
Initially there were no plans to do anything today. It’s been a rough and expensive few days and I’ve been pretty discouraged. On Saturday the cell phone went for a swim in the washing machine. I had helped out for an hour at breakfast time at work… and after returning tired, forgot to check the pants pockets. There went $70 I couldn’t afford! Oh well. Poop happens…
Last night I worked on the house, mainly cleaning the kitchen (once I found it). So much progress was made that it seemed a fitting reward to go fishing and have a good meal. Since eating out was not justifiable, I cashed in the coins in the piggy bank (most of them from the parking lot at work) and came up with $16.61 for the trip. Lunch would be special!
I’ve fished for trout a lot the last few years. Even something this fun can get a little mundane after visiting the same places over and over. But today had to be something different and new. Lately I’ve been angling at Buck Creek just north of Guttenberg near Garnavillo. But there has always been one segment of the stream I’ve never checked out. Why? Because it was too easy to get the limit of trout closer to the car. This time I wanted to go all the way down as far as was allowed on private property and work my way back… and see some new sights.
After crossing the creek about 3/4 mile from the car (and over rugged cow paths), I fished a nice large hole and grabbed a few plump fish. To go farther it was necessary to wade across a second time. At this point the creek was about 12-15 feet across and very cold! One fish was pulled from that small pocket above. It was a blast finding new places to try. Eventually a fence separated the property lines and fishing downstream was forbidden. That was okay, I’d limited out and gotten to see areas few people visit. The new fishing holes were worth crossing the creek a total of four times. (update – at 8PM I am still chilled to the bone so that last sentence may not be valid.)
As enjoyable as the trout fishing was today, I had as much or more fun at lunch. The Country Junction, located in Dyersville (home of the “Field of Dreams” baseball movie venue) is an independent restaurant (not a chain) that specializes in tasty American (specifically Midwest) style food. I had an open faced hot beef sandwich. It was comfort food at its absolute finest. For dessert they offered a slice of pie that was like pecan pie but also had some pumpkin puree in it. It was amazing!
While dining, memories came flooding back. Dad and I used to dine here and he loved the hot beef. Their hot pork sandwich is very good and not long before my four-footed pal died, I’d brought a portion of the roast pork home to kitty Jesse. The tasty food and splendid service make this a favorite stop.
There was an unusual reaction after dining and returning to the car. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately (financial, work stress, physical pain, etc.) Today it all just gently bubbled over… and it felt good to let the tears flow. We are all human and need to do that occasionally. I learned that stress should not deprive a person of taking care of him or herself. It’s necessary.
Last week Sis sent this new coat. It is a Columbia with a lightweight but high performance insulation. I’m impressed. It is warm and comfortable with pockets galore. Carried along were the *new* cell phone, a camera, pistol, a plethora of trout bait… The best part is the coat matches the hat. 🙂
Sis had ordered a larger size so there is room in there to move. I can see a day coming this winter when the coat will be slept in while doing some cold weather camping in the van. Once things calm down at work and money-wise, the plan is to do some Thanksgiving camping in the van.
Though the next holiday is a few weeks away, for now there is plenty to be thankful for. Despite the hard times, God has blessed this life and I’ve never had to go without anything to eat or a place to sleep. We all have it so much better off than most of the rest of the world.
For now I’d better get this posted while the Mc Wifi is still working. There will likely be another post this week after we have a birthday cake at work on Thursday. At that time I will be able to divulge the details of my sister’s special birthday present. She has no idea what it is but the theme is coffee. (If I post it here now, she’ll surely find it and thwart the surprise!)
Thanks for visiting. Safe and happy camping!
Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa
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