Thursday, August 23, 2018

Helton Creek 2013 +


    This was a trip taken in 2013, one of the first videos, and shows a nice fish take on a Griffins Gnat. One of the smaller flies I have used.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Summit Symposium Services Available

Lots of venders of services for those cared for and their caregivers. Lots of pens given away.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Summit Symposium for Caregivers

This begins at 8:00 and goes to 3:30 with a lunch break at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on the 7th of August.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

12 July. "Balancing Safety and Autonomy

All discussed the problem on keeping one safe and minimizing the potential dangers associated with various activities. Talked a lot about driving and how this is a contentious issue when its just not safe for the subject to be driving. We also addressed the presence of firearms in the home. Some very sad stories involved firearms and the guns might have to be confiscated by a court order. Living out in the country one could feel safe if they had "their gun" nearby....problem is big when they're hallucinating.
    This was the last of four sessions, the next thing would be attending "Caregivers Summit". August 7th, at the Friday Center. From 8:00 to 3:30 pm.$15/Caregiver...Register (919) 719-6765
Call to register!!!

5 July "Disclosures and changing relationships"

Lisa Gwyther, Director, Duke Family Support Program. Talked about sharing the information about the diagnosis with those close to to you as the affected one, the importance of acknowledging the condition and accepting it. We discussed the emotions involved and the change of rolls. Talked about making adjustments as we go along. More about the caregiver than anything else, not easy shift in responsibilities. Talked about the importance of strengthening family ties, if possible.

Friday, June 29, 2018

28th June 2018 An Elder Lawyer. described some of the legal implications.

Lawrence Rocamora presented the various possibilities for getting assistance with long term care and protecting assets. Received a list of things to be addressed or planned for. It was for me a mind-boggling experience. There's got to be a better way.

21 June A Neurologist's View

Dr. James Burke gave an overview of the situation, covering its history from early 1900 to the present. The Dr. described the drugs found useful and their limitations. It was not with a very hopeful out-look.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chapter 2....Memory Makers

We're scheduled to attend a Memory Makers meeting in June we'll be reminded by email a week before. I'm really  excited about getting involved in this program.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Chapter 1: Memory Makers, the start of a journey.

Tomorrow we are going to meet with some folks who are part of a program at Duke. They have a program for folks who are in different stages of memory impairment. The hope is that Jane and I can get involved with this program and utilize its resources and expertise. Bobbi and Natalie are going to spend some time with us in an informal way ( 11:00 AM for close to one hour. I hope all goes well and we are able to participate.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Up-date on "What's happening?"

This is supposed to be a blog about sculpting and fishing. I'm sorry to say that not much is happening in these two areas. I long for the chance to fit in a trout fishing day or two.....

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This year's Santas

    These guys take a lot of time to carve, paint and finally to put the ribbons on. It took while to get in the swing of carving these guys, but it all came back pretty quickly. As usual the slivers of wood were all over the place by the time I finished.

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween is near

   These guys have wandered from the back yard to the front in anticipation of frightening someone. So far they haven't frightened anyone.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 3rd on the Roaring River

    The river was stocked yesterday. It seems that the pools close to the road get the fish. When  you look at the "Church Pool" it's loaded with fish. Seems to be that way up and down the river, high concentrations in a few pools, not spread over a section. These fish were not very interest in any offerings. fishing was difficult to say the least. Two days fishing and only two fish caught. Still, the weather was delightful and it was a joy to be there.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A new net

  After going without a fish for a long stretch of the Roaring River. I noticed the net magnetically attached to my vest was missing. After back tracking in search of it, I gave up and acknowledged I lost it. Since I built it myself, I decided to construct another one.
Soaking some strips of hickory and then bending and clamping them to shape on a form. The final step was adding a mesh bag for the net.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fishing The Magic Pool

The "Magic Pool" has a history of yielding some very nice fish. A deep shaded pool flowing quietly has been known to explode with a frantic trout trying to avoid the net.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Great Blue and a Great Fisherman

I was able to move this image from my old web album into my files folder and then insert it into the posting. Funny I get a little confused with recognizing that this is the picture I wanted. I carved the Great Blue in 1996. This guy is a supurbe fisherman as well as one of my best carvings.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Possibility of getting out to Cherokee

This has been a difficult season to fit in another trip to Stone Mountain, things keep popping up, from Dr. appointments to other trips to fill family obligations. If it works out that I won't be able to get away for a few days, I'm going to try to master getting a fishing video into this blog. This will entail learning how to navigate the video editor in YouTube. Nice project for me, I have started to enter clips (upload) for use in constructing a film. Have worked out the addition of titles and text. Haven't figured out adding a sound track yet. They say, If you can't fish, you tie flies, build rods, or fool around with   things related to dominating trout. Over the years the trout have had the upper hand.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Last trip before the June opening of the stream to taking fish.

    The day started with rain and was predicted to continue for the rest of the day. By 11:00AM we were in the water at the Church Pool and the weather started to get nicer. I was able to get into two trout pretty quickly, a Griffith's Gnat and a small Adams did the trick. Jerry was using a Woolly Bugger and was getting into fish after fish, seemed like they were making it up to him for not cooperating on our last visit to their pool. Early on I was trying to film my bringing a fish to the net when my camera slipped out of my pocket and into the drink. This happened once before and stopped the recording cold. A day in a bag of rice got the camera working again but not until we returned home. The river was stocked yesterday and the fishing was spectacular today. Dinner in Sparta, back to High Meadow Inn, slept soundly with dreams of trout franticly trying to escape the net.
Really a fabulous trip and sort of made up for not getting a chance to come here more often this Spring.

First Trip This Spring, 9th March

This is the first trip this Spring. High Meadow Inn and Shatley springs not opened yet, so we stayed at the Elk Inn.When we got to the river it was crowded with fishermen. Started at the Church Pool, which was full of trout though they seemed totally uninterested in our offerings. Griffith's Gnat takes a nice fish. Hard day's fishing really working with little result, just a fish here and there. Dinner in town at KFC, crashed for night, breakfast was great in town, biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon, then back to the river for some serious fishing. Trout were scarce this morning, by 2:00 PM we were really to head home.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Getting Ready For The Coming Trout Season.

    The weather has been so very nice, although it's still January my mind has wandered to trout fishing. I started to check out my gear and decided to add to my fly collection, particularly in the midge department. I found some videos on YouTube that talked about midges being on the trout's menu even in the winter months. I started tying some Griffith Gnats, some beatles, A few Adams' and a few Lady Heathers. This sort of expanded to ordering a 6 wt. double taper floating line and some other things from the web.  Tying the small flies was a problem prior to watching that YouTube video, I used to whip finish the head of the fly and try to carefully use head cement on the knot trying to be careful and not block the fly eye with head cement. The gentleman in the instructional video said that he whip finished the head twice firmly binding the fly and not needing head cement. I've been doing just that and feel confident that that will be more than sufficient.

Friday, November 4, 2016

November at Stone Mountain

   Went up to Stone Mountain for some fall trout fishing. The weather was absolutely gorgeous with the temperature near 80 degrees. Wednesday the 2nd started off a little slow with a few rises here and there, then near two o'clock the trout started to to get a little hungry and I was into five fish one after the other. One fish in particular was very interesting, it was striking in coloration and had a "hooked" jaw, like a spawning salmon. Jerry, fishing mostly below the surface wasn't doing well until later in the day, when he caught two fish and missed a few.  Dinner as usual spaghetti, with meat sauce and crashing exhausted 'til morning. Thursday started off a little cloudy, but still really mild for 3rd of November. We continued fishing until about 2:00 then started for home. We were able to get gas pretty quickly, and the drive was all in daylight,
     This  photo is not the best shot, of this fish. He was about 12 " in length and had striking coloration, you can see the brightness on his belly. The one thing I never saw before fishing this river was the hooked jaw on this Brookie.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween celebrants are in the front yard.

These characters have moved from the back yard to the front. They are really for their big night.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

First Fall Fly Fishing in Stone Mountain.

13 October 16   We arrived at the Church Pool after 10:00AM the visible trout were holding to the bottom totally disinterested in our offerings. After awhile we headed for the "Magic Pool". I planted myself just downstream from to footbridge. It took three casts to straighten things out and hook into a nice trout. Micheal's rod, which is longer than my old rod casted beautifully. The trout had hit the dropper, a size 22 Griffin's Gnat and slipped off the hook. From that point on the trout were very cooperative. Without hardly moving my position I caught 11 beautiful Browns. I tried to film them being caught and of course released. Jerry was fishing a Woolly-Bugger and a Copper John, but wasn't doing that well. The weather was grand and we fished all the afternoon. Had the usual spaghetti dinner and fell asleep without a thought about T.V. Next morning, 14Oct16, after coffee and cereal we got back to the river. Jerry picked up two nice fish near the pool with the big rock near the end of the park road. All in all, it was a great trip, though starting out for home a little late forced driving in the dark and catching the rush hour traffic.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A fine fly rod, a gift of her brother's fly rod.

My original fly rod was damaged in an accident with a car door. About 10" was broken off the tip. A dear friend offered me her brother's fly rod. When I first started to withdraw the rod from it's protective sleeve, I was surprised to see the same winding as on my broken rod. Like a twin 'though longer. When I finally got a chance to use it in Stone Mountain it casted  beautifully... What a wonderful gift.