Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

 I can't walk very well, but I can eat with the best of them. 

And this is what I'll look like when it's all over. 

Some years ago, when we still lived in Volcano, I remember on Thanksgiving morning, 44 turkeys in the yard. Brave souls one and all. 

So eat, drink, and watch football on Fox or CBS or if it so floats your boat, college basketball on those cable channels. 

Stay tuned.   

Saturday, November 11, 2023

I Went, I Saw, I Came Home

They started stocking Lake Camanche on 11/1 with 1000 lbs. at the North Shore Ramp, another 1000 lbs. at the South Shore Ramp, and 1000 lbs. at the Trout Pond.  

Unfortunately I've finally come to the realization that I can not negotiate river or lake shores. 

The situation as it stands is that I can not take a chance of falling. 

I fell in May and again in June. Those two times I was in my living room. In May, I was able to get up with a little help from my wife. 

In June she went to the garage and got my double thick knee pad and a bucket. I was able to get up as far as being on my knees (on the knee pad) and then leaning on the bucket, stand up.

Out at the lake (or on a creek), should I fall, it would be on fairly large rocks or (God forbid) into the lake or creek itself. That just can not happen.

So, sadly as it is, I'm done. There is a possibility I might be able to throw in a line at Upper Lake next August. We'll see. 

So I hope you'll continue to stop by. I'll try to post some interesting "stuff" by and by.  

Thank you one and all.

Stay tuned.   

Monday, November 6, 2023


 Hah, thought that would get your attention.  

As soon as Lake Camanche starts stocking again and it should be soon, I'm there. I'm going fishing this year come hell or high water. 

Granted, I'm moving with a walker now. I can't use the cane very much as my balance is not very good. So if you're out at Camanche North Shore and you see an old Geezer moving around with a walker, that's probably me. But I am going fishing this year. 

In the past I've talked about my genealogy research and the fact that my great grandfather was somewhat of a ghost, well I've got some information that just might fill in a few of the holes. 

My great grandfather was Gottlieb Kautz. No body back then only had one name. That's all we've known since I started this 7 years ago. I created two family trees on One is a tree directly from me. One is a tree directly from my DNA. I've not been able to connect them. 

I came across a family tree that listed one Gottlieb Martin Kautz (dob 1830) as having two wives. one was Wilhelmine Rother and the other was Louise Auguste Albrecht. Whoa!!! Louise was my great grandmother. Only a notation although. One other note I got was that Louise was listed as having one son by Gottlieb Martin. The son's name was Michal. Anybody want to guess who Michal was? My grandfather. Still no documentation though. If and only if I can find some documentation to verify the above, that will finally connect my two trees and list over 10,000 ancestors. 

I've been contacted by a Peter Kautz from Germany who is the great grandson of Gottlieb Martin and I sent him a photo we had with our Gottlieb's picture. Haven't heard back whether it's a match or not. Gotta admit I'm pretty excited. 

We believe the old guy to the left of the woman is Gottlieb as we know for sure that the man in the back middle is my great-uncle Christoph. 

 Anyway, the next post should be about fishing. 

Stay Tuned.