The Rock Wall

Posted April 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

I just got the most enthusiastic report from Bobby Dains I think I ever got from any of my fishing reporters. His report sounds like the spoonbills, big spoonbills, are running right against the bank Tuesday afternoon.

And the mushroom hunting, probably more my speed, is great, too, so good that Bobby thinks he might even be able to find them. Maybe me, too. I’m not much of a mushroom hound either.

- Our cat, Caddeaux, put on a show Tuesday morning that left me in stitches.

He was looking out the north door when Davis’ dog, Caddee, came up from behind him and walked past him to also look out the door. Now, Caddeaux isn’t afraid of Caddee but it gave him an excuse to put on a show.

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    Adrian confirmed what I suspected about her falling down the snow slope. She’d get up too much speed and fall to keep from getting hurt.

    - Did you ever get to introduce your taste buds to a Viola (Mrs. Bill) Campbell lemon pie? She was the consummate (pie pun intended) lemon pie chef and had a secret recipe she had developed.

    For Easter Sunday lunch, Kimball followed Viola’s recipe to make our dessert. The filling was still warm when Kimball got it sliced and on the table. Words

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    It only took a little over 50 years for a trotlliner to break the record on the big blue cat a St. Clair County fisherman caught out of the Osage east of Osceola in 1964. Dad and I went down to Osceola and saw the 117 lb. monster in a deep freeze in a store north of the Osceola square. The new record is only three pounds heavier – 120 lbs.

    – Randy (Bland-Hackleman) Bland’s daughter, Laurie Rapp, was poking around on the internet and looked at Top 10 Midwestern Spook

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    Life is a brittle thread.

    Saturday night at church, Karen Schlup asked that we pray for her 14-year-old nephew who his mother had found unconscious.

    Monday night I received his obituary from the funeral home. The photo with it showed a good looking kid.

    What a tragedy.

    As one person said: you get past rocking them with the fevers and childhood diseases, then you think you’ve got it made.

    - Right now, at a little before

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    Kimball and I went to the BBQ dinner for Rusty Norval Saturday night and so did just about everybody else in town. I was really impressed with the show of support.

    I saw his wife, Jill, in the grocery store parking lot Monday and mentioned it to her. She thought it was a great turnout.

    Rusty took the microphone to thank the attendees. We were still in the long serving line so it was not a concern how long-winded Rusty might be. He didn’t talk too long, but

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    The beautiful weather seems to give all of God’s creatures an excuse or incentive to get outdoors. Of course, that’s where most of them live 24/7/

    Sunday was a nice day so two of our three cats wanted to go out in the afternoon sun rather than just lay in front of the south patio door.

    Bella, formerly Adrian’s streetwise, declawed cat and now Kimball’s sleeping partner, may have already been outside when Caddeaux (Ka – do) asked to get out. In just minutes Caddeaux was back with

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    Rosalie Handly called to tell me that Gene Lowe forgot something when he was telling me about his brief experiences (only 91 years). He didn’t want his friends and former co-workers at the State Hospital where he worked in the carpentry shop to feel left out.

    Boy, the lemon pie was good that Rosalie delivered to our office. And, yes, Brad True got a piece like she requested. His favorite I found out.

    - Some of us will lose an hour of sleep on Sunday, March 8. Spring

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    It was quite enjoyable visiting with Gene Lowe and his friend, Rosalie Handly, Tuesday in our breakroom. Talk about a trip down memory lane. Gene and I knew enough common history of the Tri-County area that at times Rosalie said, “At least your stories agree.” Of course, at 91, Gene knew about some of the history that I didn’t.

    I called Kimball into the breakroom to hear some of his reports but she didn’t get to hear a lot of them. After he and Rosalie left, I told Kimball that she needs

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    We lost a friend this week. Several years ago, Davis and I were going snagging but first we had to go to a Royal Neighbors or some kind of meeting in the Harwood town hall. While there, we visited with Fern McMullin who told us that her father used to snag and how much she loved to eat spoonbill.

    Davis and I caught several big ones that day. We finished cleaning our catch about 9 p.m. that night. The next morning, I called Fern and asked if she would like to have

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    Last Thursday night was hectic with more than we could say grace over.

    Alberta Hays was good enough to photo the NEVC seniors for us. Kimball had the purse auction. I had JV girls, Varsity girls and school board. I dropped into the board meeing about five minutes before it started and left my tape recorder running…right in front of Greg Beydler. Dangerous, I know, because he always wants to lick my camera lens. But I listened to the tape Tuesday evening and it worked so Greg behaved himself very well.

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