I'm Still Here!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Life is busy and my computer is on its last legs.  Not a virus, looks like a hardware issue, so I will have to shop for a replacement.  Drat--I LOVE my computer.  Took me 1.5 HOURS to open my email program today.  I will quickly post while I can.  

Lots of rain here in Yankton the last week.  4+ inches.  Last night it poured but the rain was short only .30".  Everything is washed clean and a nice breeze and sunshine.  Not hot enough I have to turn on the air--the windows are open and I'm am DISGUSTINGLY CHEERFUL!!!  Very little sewing done--I have been working on my YoYos in between other tasks.  

Over the weekend was "Honey Do" things.  Poor Ken--he had the weekend off and instead helped me.  We fixed a leaky water hose, sprayed my camper for bugs (the spray that lasts 12 months as I HATE spiders and this keeps them out), checked mouse traps and reset them, put the gas grill together again. Tulle cover over the air conditioner to keep it clean.   Organized and then the final vacuum.  DONE for now!!  Oh, there are things I've forgotten but I'm making my list.  A bucket--how could I forget a bucket?  

Pictures--the rangers are good about sending me pictures.  First I have Jeff catching his FIRST Paddlefish--

Jeff with 60# Paddlefish he released
Jeff and David had to go upriver a long ways (200) miles to another lake on the Missouri--not Paddlefish season here.  You apply for a Paddlefish tag just like you do a deer tag.  Jeff was really excited and having David to be his guide was great.  David loves the outdoors and knows all about hunting and fishing.  Jeff caught another one but it was the size you have to release.  It was getting late in the evening and they were about ready to quit for the day when WHAM--he snagged one!!  He said it was just like on TV when you can see the fish in the water as it got closer to the surface.  

See the big grin??  This one was 65# and when he got it in the boat he said "I'm done!!"  When Paddlefish snagging you can catch and release until you fill your tag.  They did some more regular fishing for Walleye.  

Paddlefish fillet vrs Walleye fillet!

David sent me a picture of a 30# carp he shot down below the Visitor Center--carp are an invasive species so you can fish or bow hunt them with no limit.   David recycles them in his garden as fertilizer.

We have four new seasonal rangers at the Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center has huge glass windows--birds often fly into them.  Here is Sarah with one she found--he was knocked silly but but recovered and flew away--probably with a very bad headache!

Tuesday was a special day--a blogging friend stopped while on vacation with her family.  

Katie and family from Zana's Ninis.  The day was extra special because it was Katie and James anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Katie and James!!  

Saturday Pat (she and her husband Randy are roving gate attendants) and I checked out a small quilt show downtown.  Not a large show--but some beautiful quilts in a lovely restored building.  GAR Hall (Grand Army of the Republic) built in 1887 and now used as a local art gallery. 

I can't remember his name--but he had some good looking legs!  He told me he lives down the block from this building and remembers pushing their baby stroller past it innumerable times.  He's now retired and volunteers.  He was knowledgeable and friendly and we very much enjoyed our visit.  Hopefully I can edit some of my photos (if my computer cooperates) and post pictures of the quilts (and Pat). 

I'm behind on my blog reading, a new computer will fix that.  Sometimes I can "read" blogs with no problems but the commenting is like pulling hen's teeth.   

I hope you're having a great start to your summer.  There are no flowers planted yet and no garden either.  Ken has suggested that I not plant a garden this year.  Maybe I will just try a few tomatoes in pots here at the camper.


Katie Z. said...

That picture pretty well sums up my kids... All over the place! We had a great time visiting you!

Nancy said...

Such fun to see your photos of the rangers and their fishing bounty.

Hope the transition to the new computer goes smoothly.