Countryside Conversations on April 26/2024

Good Morning! Another sunrise means another chance to make hay while the sun shines and enjoy the simple pleasures of country living.

Here in cottage country this morning, we’ve got a bit of a mixed bag. The sun’s shining bright, but there’s still a thick frost hanging around. It seems like the plants, trees, and whatnot are having a tough time deciding whether they want to start growing or not this year. But you know? They always seem to make out okay, no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.

Some of them, like that white lilac by our house and those flowering crab apple trees, they’re starting to show some signs of life. The regular apple and pear trees are taking their time, which is a good thing.

The tulips are almost ready to burst, and the daffodils? Well, they’re already in full bloom. Just a few days back, I picked a couple for my lovely wife. They sure do smell and look nice. And here’s a neat trick: snap one off about halfway down the stem, stick it in a cup of water, and it’ll stay fresh for over a week. Pretty amazing, huh? Every time my wife and I catch sight of them, it brings a smile to our faces.

Highway 522 has picked up a lot lately with traffic, not sure where they are all coming from, but they are out there. Which is normal for this time of year heading into May. You wouldn’t know it, though, weather wise, as some days are more like fall than spring. But it will warm up soon enough. I have always said to my little woman, that: Highway 522 isn’t just a strip of asphalt… it’s a gateway to adventure, a winding path that leads to hidden fishing spots, secret swimming holes, and endless acres of unexplored wilderness. Hard to find highways like that anymore. I hope it always remains that way.

On another note, my wife and I decided to dig our fishpond a touch larger yesterday, which we did. First, though, we laid out the liner we bought, and let it warm up in the sun. Makes it easier to handle being so thick and all. Once we had the pond the size, and shape we wanted, we installed the liner. At the end of the day, things were looking mighty fine. Today, being that it is going to be nice, weather wise, we will continue on making things look even nicer. It sure is nice to be able to do these things. I enjoy working alongside my wife.

With that, I am now going to start the day with a bowl of porridge made by my better half. Not to forget our chat and a cup of hot cocoa. Simple pleasures make the best mornings.

You all have a great day, and I will leave you with these few words that my old friend Grey Wolf used to say many years ago: “In the country, every tree has a story, every river has a song, and every mountain holds a secret. It’s where I feel most alive, most connected to my ancestors, and most at peace.” I sure do miss that old feller.

Fishing Times For Friday

Major Times
2:00 AM-4:00 AM
2:26 PM-4:26 PM

Minor Times
6:41 AM-7:41 AM
11:21 PM-12:21 AM

Day Rating: I give it a 4-star rating out of 5 for catching a few. Good Luck!

Fishing tip of the day: “It isn’t just about dragging your line behind the boat. Mix it up, change your speed, your depth, your lure. Keep ’em guessing, and you’ll reel ’em in.” GW

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