The Rock Wall

Posted April 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

Davis and I thought about going fishing on Thursday, but I had something I had to do it was too cold. Same on Friday. We went Saturday in spite of the weather.

You know what “they” say – Faint heart ne’re won fair maid.

I’ll bet you wonder what that has to do with fishing. So do I.

It was a little nippy…and windy, but we got our hooks in the water and caught some small ones. We took them home and I filleted them with the electric knife while Davis took care of checking the rib cages for bones and disposing of the scraps.

Kimball fried the fillets for Sunday dinner. As she pulled the fried pieces out of the hot grease and placed them on the serving platter,

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    We were sorry this week to hear about the death of my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Hazel Baumgarner at almost 95 years.

    I think our 5th grade classroom was one of four in the shop of the current Ag Building.

    After she retired, Miss Baumgarner (all my teachers’ first names were Miss) was fun to see around town. Once she was writing a check in Chicken Fixins when I noticed something. “Miss Baumgarner, you’re left handed. I didn’t know that.”

    “Yes,” she said, “Everyone

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    Davis and I went up to the Taberville bridge last Thursday to see if there was any spoonbill action and maybe get a picture. We stopped first at Dain’s and heard from some guys there that the best action was downriver. A young man said his group caught four, one of them 35 inches, and let everything go.

    He said his brother has a $4,000 depthfinder that let’s you see bills and forked tails and stumps. They were traveling along when the finder showed a pod of spoonbills. Everybody got a lined

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    Kimball, Davis and I made a memorable trip to the state basketball championship game Saturday between the El Dorado Springs Lady Bulldogs and the Ash Grove Lady Pirates.

    I planned to leave at 10:30 a.m. to get us there in plenty of time for the 2:40 p.m. game start. We got out of El Dorado Springs at 11 a.m. We arrived at 2 p.m. 170 miles later.

    The MSHSAA folks really run a good operation. Soon after arrival, we were all sitting practically under the basket with big

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    How about them Bulldog basketball girls? Kimball asked if any Bulldog team has gotten this far before in the state championship playoffs. I don’t know of any.

    They play in the Final Four Thursday afternoon in Columbia. The State Championship game is Saturday. We have a special page in this issue that tells you all about that and the pep rally Thursday morning.

    On Tuesday morning, I went to the school to get some game photos identified and walked in on a pizza party in the gym lobby.

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    I continue to be amazed and humbled by the cards and well wishes I receive from all over the United States. Thank you.

    - We went to Pete and Murnie’s 50th anniversary celebration Sunday at Pacetown church. They have enough family to fill the church and did.

    Had a good conversation with Dale Fast, who some of you know by his Navy name – Jim. I had never heard the entire story about how Doc Larsen, a DO in Bonner Springs, KS, diagnosed and cured the cause of

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    Adrian’s answer is “Yes.”

    She called Saturday afternoon and when I answered told me, “We have a new member of the family.” She told me that she and Cain had me on the speakerphone.

    Kimball and I had kept the secret for three months so I didn’t want to spill the beans on a mis-communication. I asked what she meant.

    She told me that Cain had proposed.

    And what was her answer? “I said yes.”

    The

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    Happy Valentines Day, however you choose to celebrate. If love is in the air on Friday, it may get frozen. That might make it last longer if the petals don’t fall off.

    “Back in the day”, as Davis is prone to say, young couples who were courting went to bed with a bundling board between them. This winter they’d need more covers than boards.

    - I found something on TV over the weekend more exciting than the Olympics – a tribute to the 50-year anniversary of the arrival

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    You likely expect a full report after my 17 days in St. John’s/Mercy ICU and a total of 41 days in the hospital. No can do. People who were there are amazed at my recovery. Had a phone call Tuesday morning from a nurse at my health care provider who couldn’t believe that it was me who answered the phone.

    I “came to” in Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield after a couple of weeks. I had never heard of them but their care was perfect as far as I was concerned.

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    I think this is my Swan Song. Yep, Kenny should be back on the Rock Wall next week. I know for sure he’ll be in the office and I see no reason why I can’t park him in front of his computer and let the typing begin. There might be some problem since he hasn’t done much for about 40 days. 40 days. I told him he had an illness of Biblical proportions.

    Once again, I have to thank everyone for their prayers. Kenny’s recovery has been quite remarkable. Even the people

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