Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Almost A Month Later

I'm going to try a trip out to North Shore next week. Not sure which day, but probably mid to late in the week.

I've discovered several of the "side effects" of this Spinal Osteoarthritis. Let me explain.

A weekend ago I did some weed pulling on the hill in back. Two things are involved in this process. One, walking up and down the hill and kneeling down to pull the weeds.

The following Monday and Tuesday I could barely walk. By end of the day on Wednesday I was back to normal. Wednesday and Thursday were normal days.

Friday I decided to mow the yard. It's a pretty good sized yard.

Disregard the snow, about 1/4 acre.
Saturday morning I did the trimming and noticed some weeds below the front window. Being "Mr. Neatnic" regarding my yard, I got down and pulled the weeds. 

Between mowing, trimming, and pulling those weeds, Saturday afternoon and Sunday I, once again, couldn't walk. 

Conclusion: Pulling weed on hands and knees and walking on uneven terrain is the cause of not being able to walk. The wife mentioned that what it looks like (and it never crossed my mind) is that movement causes a pinched nerve in my hip. Thus gimping around. 

Doesn't mean there aren't other "side effects" from the back problem, this is just another one. 

So, back to fishing next week. I'm going to try to do Camanche North Shore a s see how walking on the rocky shore, setting up my gear is going to work. 

Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I'm Not Quite Ready To Return

Last Friday I had spinal x-rays to try and determine why I'm having all the pain I am.

Doctor called it Spinal Arthritis. Not a lot that an be done at this time. Heat, cold, drugs. 

With that said, walking the river is definitely out. Walking around the lake is definitely out.

Looks like all I have left is parking at the lake.

Don't know if I'll be able to float tube, but I will certainly give it a shot.

With the help of drugs, I'll be back.

Oh, I was also informed that I'm no longer bulletproof or indestructible.

This getting old is for the birds.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Might as well start off with Shamrocks.

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One of the findings of my Genealogy search is that I'm part Irish although I've know this for most of my life. It was always my understanding that my Great-Grandmother (McGovern) was the Irish connection. But after researching the family I found that McGovern, although it is an Irish name, is not the family name. My Great-Grandfather, Frank P McGovern was born in Ohio. My Great-Grandmothers maiden name was Duffin and her father, Michael Duffin (mother was Sarah McNeill) was from Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. My Great-Grandmother was born in Garron Point, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Looks a lot like this:

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Garron Point
There are also several family crests.This is one of many.  

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On the third Saturday of March the town of Murphy's California celebrates our Irish Heritage. I planned to go today, it's just down the highway a bit, but with the storms we've had last week the town is probably butt deep in snow. Guess I'll wait until next year. 

Ironically, the Kautz family winery is also in Murphy's. You've probably not heard of the Kautz winery unless you've followed this blog for some time, but you might have heard of Ironstone Winery. Even though this Kautz family is not related (at least I've not found a connection, yet) I urge you to support them. Buy Ironstone wine, be happy. 

OK, enough selling wine. 

Going back to genealogy, that one connection (my Great-Grandmother) added 46 people to my family tree. Two of which I found out were witnesses when I was baptized so many years ago. 

So, eat Corned Beef and cabbage, drink some green beer, and celebrate with those of us of Irish Heritage. 

Just in case you missed this:

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The Chicago River
One last memory is that my Great-Grandmother believed in the "little People". Leprechaun's. 

Want to see Leprechaun's? The Sci-Fi Channel all day Leprechaun movies. 

Erin go Bragh.................... 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Down For The Count

I'm still here, but not completely.

Three weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my left shoulder. I had absolutely no use of my left arm or hand. I couldn't even turn a spinning reel if my life depended on it. I couldn't pick up a cup of coffee with that arm.

I now have use (mostly) of that arm, but another problem has cropped up.

Last Summer when I was replacing the fence in the back of the house, I started to have more back problems than I normally have. Went to the doctor and had him prescribe Meloxicam which is a anti-inflammatory. I had used it previously when I had tendentious back when I had a real job. Cleared it up in about 6 months.

Early in January I changed Cardiologists and he took me off Plavix and put me on Eliquis. Both are blood thinners for those of us Geezers with heart problems.

I went to my primary care physician because the above mentioned pulled muscle was getting better, but the pain caused by it was still pretty bad. Hoped I could get something a bit stronger than Meloxicam. That coupled with the back pain and the extension of that pain through my butt and down my legs, I have to say I was in pretty bad shape. Fishing as the last thing on my mind.

The first thing my primary physician did was take me off Meloxicam because Meloxicam is Ibuprofen and researchers say that Ibuprofen and Eliquis don't mix. His response was, and this is a quote "Ibuprofen will cause stomach ulcers and you'll bleed to death". Did I believe him? Yes, my life long best friend back in Missouri died of just that.

So what about the pain? He prescribed Celebrex. You go down the list of Ibuprofens and just below Meloxicam is Celebrex. What the hell? Obviously I didn't go any further with that one.

So, I have an appointment with another doctor in the same group as my new cardiologist and we'll see if she can fix the back/leg problem, but it's not until the 21st.

Needless to say, I won't be doing any fishing because I can barely walk. I'll update after that appointment.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Camping Like Howard

When my wife and I met 21 years ago, one of the first trips we took was a camping trip to a place called (yes you've heard it before) Silver Fork of the American River. Because my Assistant Supervisor was being a bitch and wouldn't let me leave work early, we didn't get going until after 8:00 pm. The other error we made was camping on a 3 day holiday weekend. By the time we got up there, there wasn't a camp site to be found. We ended up pitching our tent in a little spot next to a side road, drank a bunch a wine and crashed. 5:00 am the next morning the dirt bikes started. We packed up and went home.

The next time we actually went camping was in August 2013 at Hope Valley Campground.

Hope Valley Space 9

So Much To Bring

There were two things we found about tent camping. One, somebody has to sleep against the tent and the other is crawling out in the middle of the night to take a wizz is just a pain in the ass. It was at that point we decided to look into trailers. 

Enter the Coachman Clipper. 

Note Single Axle

Short Queen Bed

No Oven

Little Table
Good little trailer, was a learning experience AND no one had to sleep against the wall.

Well, you all know the story of the blown tire on the way to Hendy Woods and subsequent purchase of the Freedom Express. Click on the "blown tire" link to see what happened. 

This morning Howard (Windknots And Tangledl Lnes) wanted to see the inside of the Freedom Express, so here you are Howard. 

TV & Stereo

Kitchen Sink

Stove & Oven

Full Sized Queen Bed

From The Other Side

Bath Room With Shower

Wrap Around Table
Here is a little explanation of why the trailer. In the picture from Hope Valley you could see all that was needed for a camping trip. Filled the bed of the truck. In between that trip and the Clipper purchase we did a trip down Highway 395 on the Eastern Side of the Sierra's staying in motels. One of the two things we didn't like moteling it was carrying in and out clothes bags every day at every stop for the 5 nights we were on the road. The second was going from one place to the next place each day. 

So when we started in the trailers, it was a necessity to stay at least two nights everywhere we went. It has progressed to every place is now at least three nights and our trip to Upper Lake this coming August will be 4 nights. 

Take it, park it, and enjoy...........     

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Socks On My Ears

A few weeks ago I emailed my cousin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They were having temperatures in the -11 area. I asked him how they stood those kind of temps, He said it was a "little annoying". For us warm temperature Californians, -11 is WAY beyond annoying. There is more to this.

Yesterday I met Yuki out at the Trout Pond. He had mentioned in the past that on Friday he saw people catching limits left and right. OK, so yesterday was Friday. We met at the Pond. We caught ZIP. Not just us, everybody got ZIPPED. He felt that because he brought his fishing pole this time is the reason we didn't catch anything. Good logic as far as I can see.

What about the "socks on my ears". I'm getting a little annoyed with fishing. Every time I get annoyed, I'm reminded of the Domino's Pizza Noid and the socks he has on his ears.
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 Make any sense? Probably not, guess you had to be there. Maybe I need a new hobby (other than searching for my ancestors). I suggested ping-pong to Yuki, but I think not. Maybe building those little metal "Fascinations"  like my son does. Don't know these? Here are pictures of a couple he's made.

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Imperial Walker

Fascinations Metal Earth Star Wars The Last Jedi AT-M6 Heavy Assault Walker 3D Metal Model Kit
Might be this one instead

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Millennium Falcon
There is a Battleship, a Tank, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles. Even bugs. Hey, maybe that would catch something. 

OK, I'm done whining. Maybe next time.

Stay tuned. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

It Was A Nice Day To Read

I got out to Lake Camanche North Shore about 9:30 yesterday morning. I know that seems a little late for me, but I'm still taking my wife back and forth to work. The operation she had on her foot didn't go as well as expected. Something about the stitches inside and needing another surgery. In any event, she can't make the walk from way out in the parking lot to the office, so I drop her off at the door. 

I set up two rods with rainbow Power Bait and with coffee in hand, parked in the red camping chair to read (for Yuki's benefit) a paperback novel. He was a librarian for most of his career and using an e-reader is just not in his make-up. Obviously I didn't have any expectations since the last few times I've been out there I've been skunked. BUT it's the only place I can sit in the shade of the truck and fish or in this case, read.

Then, this guy showed up. I don't think it was the same warden in the picture, but like Larry Bird and Tweedy Bird, "they looked an awful lot alike".

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California Game Warden
If you followed this blog for any length of time, you know that if I talk to a Game Warden I get skunked. It's happened every time for the last 9 or 10 years and yesterday was no exception. 

I got through 50 some pages of the book then packed up and went home. I might add that no body else caught anything either. I don't want to blame it on the presence of the Game Warden, but.......... 

Stay Tuned.