Tonight I finished this commissioned artwork for a coworker. I really hope the gift will brighten the day to who receives it. That is one thing I enjoy about creating artwork is that it's all over the country in homes of people I know and some I have never met. Someday the art will be passed on and who knows where it will end up!
This morning I awoke to see that it was really cold for mid April. It was not only cold and windy, but it was raining too! I called my Dad and asked him if he wanted to go fishing at a local lake for trout. We dressed warm and brought hand warmers and gloves but the windy conditions made it almost unbearable to fish. Even so, we fished for a couple hours. My Dad caught a nice rainbow trout and I caught a largemouth bass. This was my first fish for 2019 and it put up a nice fight! I released it to grow up bigger.
Another couple days off from work comes to an end and I was able to find some time to go fishing at Pymatuning on Monday. I went in the afternoon and fished close to sunset. I didn't catch any fish, but as I made my toward home I saw a magnificent sunset on one of the roads leaving the lake in the Andover, Ohio area. I recall when I camped there a few years ago, admiring all the views from the country roads while riding my bike around from the State Park.
I'm re-releasing some of my music as singles with my original artwork. This song is titled "So Blue"
It seems like most sport fisherman are always entering bass tournaments and I will regularly see them in their pro model motor boats decked out with decals cruising across the lake like they are in a Nascar race. Half the time I'll see chopped up crappie or bluegill around weed beds after a bass tournament from them gunning it from one spot to the next with their 250 hp motors. I don't have anything against fishing for bass, it's just I don't really enjoy eating them. Fishing and catching fish is fun, but the main reason I enjoy fish is to put some food on the table and plenty in the freezer. If I ever do have a bad day fishing I'll usually just start flipping spinners toward the edges and see what I get and usually it will be a bass, that way I can leave the lake saying I wasn't skunked.
I recently completed a project with creating these fishing lures and ended up changing the wood mold that I created to allow the tail piece to have a fin to help add more action to the jig when it is being vertical fished on the bottom of the water where the walleye like to be. I'm hoping to have some success with them and see if they will actually catch fish.
So I recently reached a new milestone a couple days ago by turning 40 years old. I celebrated my birthday with my Mom & Dad, sister and brother in law and their kids. It was nice to spend time with family and I got to show the kids the baby chicks after we had dairy queen ice cream cake which is my favorite for birthdays. I am happy that I have all the things in my life and thankful for everything. Even though my birthday wish didn't come true, I still find a way to remain happy.
My baby chicks are growing up so quickly it seems! I have only had them a short time, but can already see the wing feathers and now today noticed little feathers developing on their backs. I sprinkled some chick grit into the feed today to make sure that they have grit for their crop to help digest food. I was afraid to sprinkle too much though because I am not sure they actually really need it since they are eating a certain type of chick feed that crumbles and digests easily for them. They are adorable though and can't wait until they get bigger to start laying eggs. I'm going to have so many eggs that I will definitely be selling them to friends, family & neighbors for $2 a dozen. If anyone needs fresh eggs let me know!
I went fishing at a local lake this last Tuesday for most of the morning until and into afternoon and didn't catch a thing. It's days like these that make it difficult for me to leave the lake because I want to bring something back to eat with me making all that time fishing worth it. The thing that I have to remind myself is just because I don't catch fish doesn't mean that the time was wasted. I was able to see bald eagles above me perched on trees looking for a fish meal as well. I saw so many wild ducks that you don't often see on the water because they are migrating this time of year back up to Canada as the weather is warming. I even saw a Loon on the water and heard it's beautiful call and it took me back to when I went camping in the Adirondack mountains in my early 20's where they stay during summer. This time of year is a chance to see a lot of wildlife and also just get away from everything going on in the rat race that society can be. For some hours while on the water I forget about just about everything. I usually will think about someone I love and wish so much I could see her or hear her voice. It's times on the water that make me realize what is important in life and what isn't and just trivial that shouldn't cause stress in life. I hope to catch some more fish soon though!
Last summer I had a terrific day fishing for walleye on a local lake in Northeast Ohio! I remember taking my drone out for the first time on the water and how afraid I was of losing it when trying to catch it in my hand. I wouldn't recommend anyone trying to hand launch and hand land a drone in windy conditions as the waves are bobbing the kayak up and down while you try to land it! In the video you can see footage of me trying to land it and then stopping because the wind was drifting my kayak away from it. I finally managed to land it, but will be sure to only launch and land near land the next time I want some drone footage for fishing videos!