Ha! There really is light at the end of this tunnel

Most of you know that I have been somewhat in a funk for a few weeks. By the time I get to late August, I am sick of the heat and I don’t feel like doing much of anything, even though, my list of to-dos continues to grow.

So, I fall behind and everyday living gets messy and things get disorganized and I stress.

So, I do what any smart girl does at times like these; I  go

Aaah, nothing lifts my spirits more.

Aaah, nothing lifts my spirits more.

We took the boat to the tidal creeks near Folly Beach to do a little salt water fishing. You know, I am always completely awestruck at the beauty of this place and I never tire of going there. The sights, smells and sounds do magic on my soul.

We caught a few croakers, sea bass and perch, the largest fish being a nice spottail, but none of them were large enough to keep. I took my collapsible crab net, but didn’t get any crabs. I’ve determined that I need a couple of crab pots and have asked Brian to get me two for my birthday. After I get them and use them and bring home bushels of crab, I’ll write a story about it! Anyway, even though we came home fishless, it was a good day.

It wasn't quite this messy when we first started, but almost!

It wasn't quite this messy when we first started, but almost!

Speaking of fishing, on Saturday, we started cleaning the workshop. Honestly, I don’t know how it got to be such a wreck, but as you can see from the picture, it was a disaster. This was originally going to be a Brian project, but I got involved because I wanted to straighten my shelf of canning supplies to add more! My friend, Maddie, had cleaned out her shed and offered me several boxes of canning jars and a canner and I needed a path cleared to get to my shelf so I could put my new stuff away.

Brian is using a very old drill press (from his Uncle Leo) to drill holes.

Brian is using a very old drill press (from his Uncle Leo) to drill holes.

So, back to the fishing part of this story. Brian was straightening up our camping gear, boating stuff and fishing equipment. We have a number of different kinds of fishing rods, for almost every kind of fishing imaginable. Storage of so many rods is difficult and Brian has been wanting to make a rod holder to keep them better organized. Well, I’m all for organized, so we took a break from the cleaning and built a rod holder from some scrap lumber Brian had laying around. It was a fun project and we learned from our design errors, so the next one will be better. 

Eighteen of our favorite rods have their own spot in their new rod holder!

Eighteen of our favorite rods have their own spot in their new rod holder!

And, with the weather changing, I am slowly climbing out of this funk. Now, if I can just get the fall garden planted and my office at work cleaned…

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5 thoughts on “Ha! There really is light at the end of this tunnel

  1. Looks great!!! I’m impressed with the talent that you two possess. As for cleaning up, I started to clean and organize the basement and it’s looking so much better. Have a lot more to do yet, but I’m more motivated seeing some progress.
    When we visit you next time you’ll have to take us fishing. Gary loves to fish, so it should be great fun. Hey, do you have any good fishing streams? Gary likes to read the river and catch those tricky fish. When you come out to Colorado we can take you up the Poudre River and Chambers lake (about 10,000 feet above sea level). The mountains are majestic and of course the white water rafting a bucket list must.

    • Fishing in the south is different than in the north and in Colorado, too. No fresh water trout in our area! Since we live so near Lake Marion, we go there often. Lots of BIG, record breaking fish, if you know where to find them. And, of course, I love saltwater fishing, too.

      But, yes, I miss cold water fishing. I almost had Gary take me when I visited you last time. It will be a must on my to-do list next time I come out!

  2. The fishing rod holder looks great! Since you guys live near fishing holes, you should go into the fishing rod holder business!

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