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Saturday, August 10. 2013
Early Sunday morning, Layla and I will be catching a plane in Killeen and heading to Columbus, Ohio for the National Senior Softball Championships. Layla will be running the tournament and my team, the Texans, will be playing 3 games on Monday, (no special favors for us either), then double elimination.
We, the Texans havenâ€™t got it all together this year, but maybe in Columbus? Five years ago we won it all, but age tells. Weâ€™ll be way up for this one, but, alas, our opponents will be way up too!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Sports at 15:40 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, May 19. 2013
This past Wednesday I had my right knee â€œcleaned outâ€, cleaned out from bone chips, cartilage chips, along with spots of arthritis and Iâ€™ll be â€œstumpinâ€™ aroundâ€ for a week or two. The same doc that told me that I didnâ€™t need a knee replacement did the surgery and heâ€™s been keeping me playing Senior Softball for 5 years (after I was told by 2 docs that Iâ€™d need a knee replacement within a year). Such is life!
Surprisingly, there is some pain. When I go to bed at night, thinking the surgery would be a literal walk in the park, turning over is a great problem coupled with me being a restless sleeper, I wake up a lot! Last night, it was quite hot in our house and I checked the temp and found that it was 83, 83.8 to be exact. With the temp forecasted to be over 90 today, I hope our A/C man makes Sunday calls?
An old saying says, â€When it rains, it poursâ€. Itâ€™s certainly pouring on us now, but â€œthingsâ€ will get better!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Random Thoughts at 11:27 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, May 28. 2012
In late May of 1998 tropical storm Allison began as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa, moved west and crossed upper, South America into the Pacific, then moved over Mexico back into the Gulf of Mexico and wandered north, made landfall between Freeport and Galveston Island. The storm had 2 eyes, with both passing over my home in Bayou Vista. It hit Houston and moved not over 100 miles north and because of high pressure to its north, stalled, then moved south back into the Gulf Of Mexico, pounding the entire Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard and finally sputtering out in Massachusetts where it produced a tornado and flooding. It was the costliest tropical storm in history and the only one that has had its name retired! Houston experienced over 7 inches of rain in an hour and over 28 inches in 12 hours and that is where my Allison story begins.
Posted by Jon Bryan in Weather at 07:59 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, May 22. 2012
This past Saturday afternoon, after driving home from Pensacola, Florida and playing in a Senior Softball tournament, the first thing I did was check my game cams. Nothing special, the doe are still very pregnant and the bucks are still growing their horns, but one thing was kindaâ€™ funny. Having seen some hog rootings and droppings around the water trough, maybe there was a â€œshotâ€ in the camera. Only a single one and itâ€™s not clear if it was a hog or a big coon, my guess a coon.
Posted by Jon Bryan in Pictures at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, April 21. 2012
No turkey hunting Wednesday afternoon, having just driven to northeast Texas from my place in Goldthwaite, however, Wesley, my grandson, was playing Pony League baseball that evening, heâ€™s 13 now and one of the stars on his team (and in the league too)! The team is blessed with good coaches, young guys that really know their stuff, they put this all together for a win Wednesday and Wesley was scheduled to pitch on Friday night, but thatâ€™s another story.
Thursday morning, a very beautiful morning, Paul Culbertson and I went out to his place for a try at an eastern turkey, â€œa tryâ€ was the key words. We arrived about 5 minutes late, the sun was just peeking over the horizon and the big birds had already left their roosts. Hurriedly we built a ground blind, settled in it and even though we were a tad late, let out 3 crow caws, but no turkey response!
We saw, nor heard a turkey and sat in the blind until around 9:30 AM, then went back to his cabin for a bite of breakfast. Our hunger satisfied, at 11:30 we went back out to the ground blind, the turkeys usually coming to the feeder around noon, but again, no turkeys, they picked this morning not to come around. However all was not lost, we still had Friday morning and our plans were to be out before sun up, improve our blind a little, then entice a bird to come in.
Thursday afternoon and evening were spent watching my grandson, Will, play Little League baseball, Willâ€™s 9, really just learning, but he has a lot of fun and he will be a good one too! Friday morning, 5:30 AM, thunder blaring, Suzanne woke me with, â€œDad, itâ€™s raining, thundering and lightning. What about todayâ€™s hunt?â€ â€œWake me at 6:30 and weâ€™ll seeâ€, was my sleepy reply. The thunder rumbled, rain poured down, then down came dime size hail, this ended our mornings hunt, north wind blowing 15-20 MPH, almost 2 inches of rain, this also rained out Wesleyâ€™s game.
All was not lost, because Suzanne, Paul and I, ate Mexican food for lunch, spent Friday afternoon shopping and the boys and I packed up and headed for Plano, where Layla was running a Senior Softball tournament. Both boys will work and help her with the tournament and Sunday afternoon Suzanne will pick them up.
No turkeys Thursday, rain, hail and lightning Friday, a definite bust, but thereâ€™ll be other chances too!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 10:37 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, April 14. 2011
Hopefully, while this is being read, Iâ€™ll be tied on to a big red or trout in some bay around the Corpus Christi area. Two weeks ago Randy invited me to go with him on a fishing trip around Corpus, heâ€™s mixing business with pleasure, his church, Bay Area Fellowship, is having a staff meeting and one of the staff invited him to go wade fishing. He immediately called me and â€œweâ€ accepted.
Goinâ€™ back to wade fish in the bay, even though itâ€™s not Galveston Bay, is exciting for me because I know thereâ€™s some really great spots around Corpus, but I have no idea where weâ€™re headed. Iâ€™ll stop Layla by the airport in Killeen, sheâ€™s off to Pensacola to run a Senior Softball tournament, then drive on down to Corpus and meet Randy and his fellow Pastors for lunch on Wednesday, then weâ€™ll be fishing on Thursday, hence this post.
My last go at salt water, fishing was just before I retired and itâ€™s on my post, â€œOne Last Tripâ€, of June 1, 2008. Hopefully, this trip will be successful like the last one!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Fishing at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, April 10. 2011
Last Friday, in the first inning of our first game for the day, I was on first base and the hitter behind me, hit a one hop, screamer that nailed me right on my bad knee. The ball missed the knee brace by a millionth of an inch and really smashed into me.
The results of this unfortunate occurrence was, it knocked me out of the yearâ€™s first tournament, ended any hopes of finally opening this years turkey season, it resulted in a doctorâ€™s visit on Monday results being a badly bruised knee, made me limp around (and still limping), but it made me focus on last yearâ€™s income tax that Iâ€™d not even started on. As I post this, my knee still is sensitive, but my taxes are 80% complete and Iâ€™ll take them down to my accountant tomorrow and heâ€™ll finish them by Friday the deadline that has been extended until Monday, the 18th. It seems un American to have a tax deadline on the 18th, but that figures for the current administration!
Barely being able to climb into my truck, late Wednesday afternoon Layla and I had gone out and picked up the game cams and no good pics had been made. The weather has been unseasonably hot this week, but driving back to the house, a young doe was 50 feet off the road and I got this â€œshotâ€ of her. With our warm weather everything is greening up and our barn swallows have returned, but I haven't seen any humming birds yet.
Then, just as we went through the gate, I looked over across the just plowed field and there was 3 more doe just looking at me.
Tomorrow, with my taxes completed I can concentrate on getting my knee well, turkey hunting, planting this yearâ€™s garden and soon, starting back with my morning walks!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Pictures at 10:18 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, May 19. 2010
The accommodations were nice and the sea food was excellent, but the softball left much to be desired.Â Stumpy, managing the team last week, and his Texans left too many men on base, committed several very, key errors, hence the results werenâ€™t good in Pensacola.Â Finishing third behind the Southeastern 70â€™s, who beat the Georgia Classics 9-7 to win the tournament, Georgia coming in second, The Texans didnâ€™t get the opportune hits, loosing to Georgia 11-10 twice and Southeastern once, 16-11.Â Errors were our bane and caused over half the runs we gave up to be unearned!
Georgia and Southeast are two very good teams, so are we, but eliminate the miscues, or we get a couple of hits at the right time, the story would be much different!Â But last weekâ€™s games are history and we have to look ahead to our next tournament either in Dallas or Baton Rouge, however, who knows how these games will turn out, since we play with a round bat, a round ball, on a square field! Weâ€™re just blessed to still be playing at our age!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Sports at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
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