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by Deanna Lee Birkholm
September 17th, 2007
Life Is Good
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
You know you're in trouble when you can't find your waders.
Either pair. That means I haven't been fishing for either
freshwater or saltwater fish in far too long.
Then I had the rotator cuff surgery on my shoulder and another six weeks
with no fishing - or at least no serious fishing since I can't
double haul with my 'off' hand well enough to count as fishing.
So why am I even trying to find the waders? I am recouperating well
and will try some very gentle casting in a couple of weeks.
Nothing like being an optimist, but we are going to Idaho for
the Fish-In and I would like to fish. I did spend a little time
thinking about not fishing - in terms of if I was a non-fishing
spouse, what would I want to be doing for a week in Idaho? A
couple good books would go anyway - it does rain and there is
something really lovely about curling up with a book and blanket
and listening to the rain on the roof. If one is lucky enough to
have a first class husband to curl up with too, it can be a
extremely nice afternoon...evening?
I promised JC I'd find and take the Dr. Alexander Smiths mushroom
book too. Last year we happened on some very nice wild mushrooms
which we added to our steak fry, and I think I remember where they are.
I have a travel-sized watercolor pad and some watercolor pens
which are really watercolors - and they aren't big enough to do
a large painting, but you can do a nice color sketch - which if
you take shoot some digital photos too, will give you really
good research work for doing some serious pieces this winter.
Over the years I've collected some odd bits. Things like pieces
of tree bark in unusual colors and forms. Several kinds of tree
mosses can be combined and displayed as a neat reminder of summer
past. If you have the room in packing, put in a couple of the
plastic boxes you use for food storage. They hold up well and will
keep things from getting crushed at least until you can get home.
Last year over at Lowell Idaho, Mark's mother, Rosemary was
collecting rocks. I will tease her about that again this year -
but she had a lot and they were ROCKS, not little pebbles or
stones. She didn't have anything particular in mind for them,
but she said she'd find a good use.
I do want to make sure I have the extra charger for the camera -
we never seem to have enough 'scenic' photos, and the region
there with the three rivers really lends itself well for that.
We haven't made the trip up over Lolo Pass to Missoula in many
years, and depending on the weather and fishing, we just may
make a run 'over the mountain.'
We're starting the process - bags will appear from the storage
room and JC will indeed find the waders. Life is good. ~ The LadyFisher
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