Hello and welcome to the blog! It’s been a bit since I’ve posted. This post will detail some fun stuff going on over the last week.
Things are going well at this point, thankfully. The breathing had become very difficult again last week, necessitating a trip to the doctor’s office. It’s been a tough allergy season. Despite the possible side-effects, I went on a 5 day course of Prednisone… with virtually no problems at all. (usually Prednisone makes you irritable or have high blood sugar… or both) I feel 1000 times better and the lungs are recovering! It’s scary when you have to fight for every breath…
Despite a lot of down time lately, I’ve not missed one second of work at the Golden Arches. They’ve been treating me very well. Hard work will always be hard work. Nice supervisors make all the difference. Well, so does a huge employee food discount and McD****d’s has some pretty tasty salads. The doctor is pretty happy with the healthier eating, too.
Buddy Jim (where I occasionally camp by his pond) called a week ago. His grandson ended up with a nice sized snapping turtle and asked if I wanted it. It had to weigh a good 15 pounds. The head was as big around as a soup can. When the legs were extended they were quite muscular.
I’ll spare the friends the details about processing the turtle but I did end up with a new knife and quite a bit of protein. Some of the meat was frozen for later use. On Wednesday I made up an idea for a tasty dish that was made of turtle nuggets / shrimp / tomatoes / onions / Mexican rice, and home grown jalapeno peppers. It will definitely be made on a future trip!
Today is Thursday and there was a special event just north of here in Monticello, Iowa, at the Fareway grocery store. Cookie’s Barbecue Sauce company (in existence for 42 years in Wall Lake, Iowa) has a large trailer called the “Rib Wagon” that travels around to promote their sauces and cook up some great food. The proceeds of this event went to help Camp Courageous, a year-round camp that helps people with a variety of physical or intellectual challenges. I bought a pulled pork sandwich, beans, chips and a pop to help the cause. (Being hungry after work, I forgot to take a picture of the food!) Cookie’s has terrific products including a seasoning called “Cookie’s Flavor Enhancer”.
After eating a tasty, late lunch, I was bushed. The body was pretty tired and a nap sounded great… but then a call came in.
Elijah called and said he and “Amber Jolene” were at the dam. (water control device) I went down with the van (top photo) and visited them. I just didn’t feel well enough to fish (it was hot today). But it was still fun hanging out with my two work pals. Amber’s middle name is not “Jolene” but that’s what I call her and it’s kind of stuck.
Oh, yeah… about the “water control device” nomenclature. When I first moved to town five years ago I was at an after church potluck and asked where was a good place to fish or if most people fished at the dam. The preacher said below “the water control device”. Like a dummy, it didn’t dawn on me he was trying to avoid that monosyllabic, homonym (homophone, to be more precise) that could be construed as profanity. It’s kind of a cute story… but I say a heck of a lot worse words than that when out there fishing. 😉
What’s on the horizon? Jim invited me out to the pond on Monday and I’ve got some T-bones to cook up. The weather looks cool enough for Jen-Jen to ride along this time while Daddy’s turtle fishing. There are a couple of other fun events later in the week that may result in camping opportunities as well. We’ll see what materializes.
Take care and thanks for visiting! Safe and happy camping this fall season!
Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa