Whew!! Talk about brisk air it was just plain chilly this morning. My handicapped dog, Sandi, woke me up whimpering at the bedroom door early. I got up, gathered my clothes and headed to the one warm room in my house, the bathroom. I got dressed, grabbed a jacket, put her lead on her and opened the door. If there had been a wind I would have called it cold but, there wasn’t.
I have gas heat in my house. With the economy the way it is and everything going up, up, up, I just layer my clothes and don’t turn on the heat until later in the season. I do, however, turn on the heater in the bathroom about supper time and leave it on all night so I have a warm place to get dressed in the mornings. I turn the heater off for the daylight hours.
Did you go fishing when you were younger? My Father had a passion for the sport and he taught me. At first he fished with a rod and reel but, later after I was grown, he changed to a fly rod. His brother that lived in Ohio loved to fish too, he would come down and they would go to Kentucky Lake or Dale Hollow Lake. Dad and I went to Coon Range Lake outside of Lewisburg. Sometimes we fished from the bank and sometimes we used his flat-bottomed boat with a trolling motor. I remember one time we were fishing from the shore and something hit my bait. It was pulling hard and I was reeling and pulling right back. I looked and there was grass and bushes that I was going to have to bring that fish through. I thought, “I have to do something different or I am going to lose this fish”, so I stepped into the water and kept going until I could see my prize. I reached down and grabbed the line just at the mouth and started coming out of the water. I got to shore and my Dad was laughing really hard. He said, “You weren’t going to let that one get away from you were you?” My prize was a 2 1/2 pound large mouth bass. My times with my Dad are very precious to me.
I seem to have kept that determination my whole life. Dad use to tell me that there were streets named after me, ‘One Way’. I hope you have a glorious day and remember: Experience enables us to make better, faster decisions only if we have learned from that experience. Melanie
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