The Rock Wall

Posted April 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

First let me attempt to straighten out something I messed up. Mirra Cornejo, not one of her cousins, caught the 70 lb. spoonbill in the picture with her last week and again this week. I guess Davis took the photo.

I talked to her grandma, Bonnie Jones, this evening and her cousin, Colby Williams. Colby was with her when she caught the big ol’ fish. He said the fish was a real fighter, but obviously, so was Mirra.

Colby didn’t know for sure, but thought it was her first fish and maybe her second time snagging.

I’ve been calling Mirra Kiddo for years at church. And she calls me Guydo. She may have some other names for me after I messed up her fish story, but I doubt it. She’s a sweet young lady.

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    I just got back to the office from taking photos at the El Dorado Springs track meet. There’s lots of inspiration at an event like that.

    As I was walking down the football field to get to the track finish line, a young man I had never seen before offered to carry my two camera bags. I thanked him and finished the trek.

    Young people were everywhere on the football field, courteous and concentrating on winning for their school and themselves.

    Lots of teachers

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    Did you vote Tuesday? Kimball and I always go down to the Civic Center, usually on our shank ponies, about noon on election day. Last election I was No. 296. Tuesday I was No. 101. The election judges were about bored stiff.

    Another couple came in while we were voting on the only two issues on our ballot – the half percent county-wide sales tax and the one year seat on the hospital board.

    County Clerk Peggy Kenney told me Tuesday morning she expected about a 15% turnout.

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    As I worked my way through my emails Monday morning, when I clicked on the next one marked “Nikodim obit and program,” I saw Art Nikodim’s photo suddenly appear on the monitor and I said, “Oh, no.” Art and his wife, Alice, who passed just a little over a year ago, were always friendly and supportive. They grew up knowing Mom and Dad.

    Salt of the earth people.

    I talked to Art in the grocery store a couple of weeks after Alice’s death and he said he was

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    At the Chamber lunch Thursday, Kimball and I sat across from Dr. Patrick Davis, the Ag Extension livestock specialist. I mentioned the novel entophyte fescue that eliminates the problems caused by K-31 fescue. Patrick mentioned a consideration that had to be the voice of experience:

    If a cattle producer goes 100% to the new fescue and sells some of his cattle to someone who has K-31, Dr. Davis said the cattle won’t eat it or won’t want to. He said you have to feed a little K-31 to protect against that.

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    Let’s see now, is it March that is in like a lamb, out like a lion? Well, today, Tuesday, March 1, is pretty quiet. The wind did pick up Tuesday afternoon as the cold front moved through. Let’s call that the lion part so we can have quiet weather in 31 days.

    I guess I jumped the gun last Tuesday on denouncing the weather guessers. The snow turned out just as they predicted – south of here. I saw on the TV why I was fooled. The front that went further south

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    I had to go home Tuesday afternoon to get the camera bag Kimball and I left there Tuesday morning. I called back from the office to ask her to come to the office with it and forgot that I had taken it in the house last night after I got home from the Lady Bulldogs Round 1 victory in the district game in Stockton. I told her it was in the backseat of the car so she came on without it.

    When I got to Lake Hill Road I called back to

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    We have crocus. That’s what Kimball said when I asked her Tuesday evening if she had anything for the Rock Wall.

    Davis said he had seen some, too, in a yard south of the Post Office.

    I saw ours Tuesday morning as I was leaving for the office.

    Actually, I looked in the ditch west of the house to see if we had any Pink Ladies coming up. They weren’t, but when I went to the bigger patch by the shed, I found two

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    My sister texted me Saturday and asked if I knew that Evelyn Umstattd had passed away. I didn’t. I was out of town and couldn’t put it on our web page.

    I went to the visitation Sunday afternoon. The second I walked in, her daughter, Dorothy Lee Woody, who had been my childhood playmate, spotted me, broke into a big smile, called my name and came over to give me a hug.

    I told her that I couldn’t recall when I first met her mom. She said that

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    On Tuesday, I received the obituaries and photo of the young family that was devastated in the head-on wreck near Clinton. It just nearly tears your heart out to see the innocent baby and her young dad who died so needlessly. I can’t even imagine how the young mother/wife must feel. I knew the grandpa, Bill Leonard, back when we were just kids. I feel so sorry for that family.

    – We didn’t stay up and watch the returns from the Iowa caucuses. Didn’t have a dog in that hunt. Tuesday morning,

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