Lake Iwanttobethere

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Good News

Posted by Bobby Bass on August 5, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

GREAT WEEK TO be retired or on vacation, I am retired so I wish I had the last week to be on vacation. This morning was the third day in a row where I woke up to calm winds and decent temperatures. If I could be out fishing I would have been on the water by mid afternoon and would have stayed out till it was too dark to see the wake coming off a buzz bait. I did see the DOC early in the week and got some good news. I am no longer on the heavy dose of Chemo but have now started a maintenance dose for at least the next five weeks. I also have dropped the steroids that have cause a lot of side effects. Water gain is one of them along with messing with my diabetes. In the past ten weeks I have gained 70 pounds mostly water. As you might have guessed the weight gain has made it hard to walk and nearly impossible to do stairs. I was sent home with instructions to lose the water weight and my water pill medication was tripled. Of course this means I don't travel too far away from the bathroom and sleeping at night is measured in a few hours at a time. I am hoping to shed the water and get some mobility back which of course will help with a lot of things. No longer doing steroids will bring my blood sugars back under control which will help with a lot of other side effects that I have to suffer these past six months. Swelling and general discomfort I am hoping will also get better All good news for me. The DOC at the Mayo agreed that the I am doing good and it is safe too cut back and get my body back in balance.:D

We have been getting rain but it has been falling overnight so all is dry by morning. Weeds are growing well in the garden but the plants are also doing good. Came home from the DOC's the other day and took some time to look over the garden and rain gutters that have the five gallon pails on them They look nothing like the skinny plants that were planted by the grand kids less then a month ago. Container corn is doing well which is good because the corn in the garden was destroyed by the two big storms we had. Cucumber plants have gone from six inch sticks to 4 foot long vines with leaf as big as my hands. Onions not so good but the entire garden was planted very late this season so anything that gets harvested I will considered to be a bonus.

Have not seen any sign of the second wood chuck since the wife took a shot at him. Berries are doing well as there is no longer any competition from him any more. Raspberries are producing and I am enjoying my mixed bowl of berries and cereal for breakfast in the morning. I think the youngest granddaughter and the wife will be making jelly this weekend, That is if the granddaughter does not eat all the berries when they pick tomorrow morning. My neighbor Chucks wood shed is over flowing with wood from all the blow downs. I figured he has enough wood for this winter and next. I have a good size pile myself and even though Chuck has offered to cut it up for me I have put it on my bucket list as something I want to get healthy enough to do myself here at Lake Iwanttoethere


Posted by Bobby Bass on August 1, 2016 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I USED TO be pet rich but I no longer am. It was not that long ago or at least it seems not that long ago where Barney patrolled the shoreline and kept the old goose away. Come to think of it when Barney passed the old goose and his mate also disappeared. Bud who was always at my side no longer shares the swing on the deck with me during thunderstorms and was always there if you had a cold or to answer the door. Bag of dog food disappeareds in weeks instead of days now and the bowl of dog bones last a long time if someone is not at the cabin to visit.

The small little female Siamese cat named Smoochie was the boss and ran the show and now all three of them have been gone for awhile. Duncan is doing his best trying to fill in but he is just one dog and as smart as he is he did not really have enough time around the old dogs to learn all of their jobs and tricks. I see times where I think he to misses the old dogs as he has taken to spending a lot of time with Buff the cat. It works out as Buff the cat was Smoochie favorite. Now I find Buff and Duncan sleeping in the sun on the floor together and following each other around the cabin. If you see one it will only be a minute or so before the other one appears making sure they are not missing anything.

Big boy the other cat in the cabin spends most of the day in the basement. He avoids everyone till evening where he will then come up to eat and check out the cabin to make sure nothing has been moved. I suspect he spends the night patrolling the cabin and sleeps all day. From time to time if I am up late he will jump up in my lap for a few minutes and rub against me, I think he is giving me a report but I only speak lab not cat so the best I can do is pet him some and pretend I understand.

Birthday party this afternoon for one of the blonde hair granddaughters, the wife just came back from Ma and Pa's with sandwich fixings. I know this because Duncan just showed up in my bedroom with a package of thick sliced bologna wrapped in white butcher paper. No sooner did he hop in to bed then I heard the wife yelling for him to bring the package back. I was thinking he was just showing me we had bologna and he didn't have any thought about eating it himself, well now that I think of it maybe he was going to share the bologna with me. Something Bud would do from time to time.

With the Mayo trip out of the way I have a Drs. appointment on Tuesday then nothing on my list for me to do. I should be going on a maintenance program for awhile as I am doing good cancer wise but no one wants to do anything with me as long as I have the blood clot in my leg and am taking blood thinners. No one wants to get rid of that clot more then me. Another great looking day outside of my window and I sure wish I was fishing instead of writing this. Duncan and Buff just showed up in my room. I am sitting on the edge of the bed working on the laptop and Buff is on my left side and Duncan on my right. They are both licking their lips and I just now hear the wife yelling for Duncan. There is a whiff of blognia in the air here at Lake Iwanttobethere

clean up

Posted by Bobby Bass on July 30, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

ALMOST THERE TODAY, that is the cleanup of the road leading into the LODGE. We are three weeks after the rain storm that toppled a few trees and left mud measured in inches everywhere. Now two weeks after a storm that left the rain storm look like a sun shower we have the main road cleared of trees, power back on and enough firewood for a few winters waiting to be cut and split. This took a week to clear the down trees and here at the Lodge we have big boy toys, The crane was repositioned and was used to take tree tops and toss them back into the woods away from the road. I am looking forward to these brush piles as homes for grouse come fall and maybe a few bunnies will also move in. Back hoe hauled loads of tree trunks and burn size limbs back to the wood shed making a pile where they will be cut to length and split. Still don't know where we are going to stack it all but right now we are not worried.

We had so many trees blocking the road that we had a meeting and almost decided to just build a new road but we would have had to haul a lot of fill in. The first few days were hard as we had to decide what to do with our gas, use it for fishing or keep the generator running. I was at home so I could not vote but it was a close vote I was told. At home I missed it all, did not lose power and just a few branches fell. I was up when the big leading edge of wind came though. It was impressive as I watched the deck umbrella get sucked out of the table and fly away. The wife found it the next day over in Elmer's yard snagged in his garden fence. I did get to see the damage as I took the ATV trail in, that was open first, not for me but to get gas in for the fishing boats.

Not a lot that I could do around the place. Somewhat frustrating being stuck in the wheelchair and not being able to do anything as we still have a lot of mud and skinny tires don't do well in the mud. Then I had my trip down to the Mayo' don't feel like I am carrying my weight around here. Lost the corn here but Vic has been out in the garden tieung up stalks hoping they will rebound. On another topic it looks like chemo has won a round here. Getting to be harder and harder getting up and down the stairs to my room so we are going to change the downstairs bedroom back to a bedroom from its current theater status. This will keep me on one level but will take me away from climbing stairs. Still hoping to lose that blood clot and regain my mobility, if and when it happens the downstairs bedroom will just become a guest room here at Lake Iwanttobethere


Posted by Bobby Bass on July 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

IMPRESSIVE, TODAY'S WORD. I went down to the Mayo Clinic for my visit on Sunday afternoon even though my appointment was not till early Monday morning. I guess you could call it a bucket list write off. Not the appointment the fact that I went down with my daughter and her three blonde hair girls and we traveled over 200 miles each way and survived.

I should have brought a camera with and I thought the wife had packed one away but she had forgotten or I had forgotten to remind her. First off the traffic to the big city was beyond terrible. There was a thirty-five minute delay that was posted from a flashing information sign along the road and when we came up on it a lemonade stand was moving down the shoulder of the freeway at a faster clip It had been awhile since I could look at the side of the road and that is when I noticed the huge stands of corn., acres and acres of shoulder high corn. Sure put my little patch of corn back at home to shame.

Corn as far as the eye could see, it would have made a good picture. We took a detour that the daughter's phone suggested and saved the thirty-five minutes. I have always given the daughter some grief on the spendy phone she has but she said nothing as the phone and it's App showed it value. Several miles down the road another huge stand of corn with two silver silos in the center and the sun getting low behind them in the late afternoon, another picture I missed. And then I saw one of the huge windmills turning in a field. From time to time I will see a blade of these huge windmills been moved back in Fish County where Lake Iwanttobethere is. Seeing the three blades together and turning slowly in the late afternoon was pretty impressive and another picture I missed not having a camera.

We found our hotel and checked in and ten minutes later the four blondes were in the pool and I was searching for the baseball game which of course was blacked out. Supper at a rib joint and I was in bed sleeping before ten. Next morning the daughter and the blondes dropped me and the wife off at Mayo which was only a mile away and they headed back to the pool and me and the wife entered either a giant bee hive or an ant hill. That is what it felt like. Hundreds of people moving underground between buildings. The lobby of the building that we entered could have held a couple of tennis courts. Or the block that DOC Burriem had his office on.

Twenty minutes later and I found myself in a ten by ten room with two doctors and two hours later I left knowing I was not a candidate for any work done at the Mayo. The risk was too great that something bad could happen and after a discussion I decided to continue with the current treatment plan and not taking what would be a risk at not coming off the surgical table because of other health factors. A call to the daughter found her in the pool with the girls but thirty minutes later I exited the hive to find them waiting for me. Back to the hotel and a nap for me and yet another visit to the pool for the girls.

Spent another day at the motel since we had booked it and the girls spent more time in the pool. The wife and daughter went shopping and I just took it easy. Cell phone was off and I just enjoyed the A/C and thought over my decision. By mid afternoon we packed up the van and headed back home to Lake Iwanttobethere We did take another detour by Mystery River The daughter had a surprise for me. Her and her husband and put an offer in on a house not far from the river and it had been accepted, the blondes were not moving far away from me here at Lake Iwanttobethere

mayo up next

Posted by Bobby Bass on July 23, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Two bad storms the past two weeks here at Lake Iwanttobethere. No sooner do we get one clean up then we get hit with an even bigger one with 70 mph winds that took out trees and power. RESORT is in bad shape as road is blocked and I just got out in time to make it home. Sunday night I head down to the Mayo Clinic for my appointment, I have no idea how long I will be down there. I will post when I get back and hopefully the RESORT will be back open and the forecasted storm of tonight will not be bad. Health wise for me nothing has changed, still have clot in my leg which limits my movement and numbness in my hands which makes these posts shorter and shorter. Still hoping to get some fishing in this fall, throwing a sucker off the dock does not count here at Lake Iwanttobethere..

Day after the 4th

Posted by Bobby Bass on July 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

MOST OF THE time I have a hard time starting an opening paragraph for a update here at Lake Iwanttobethere, that is not the case here this past 4th of July as I have many. So I am just going to throw some out there in random order.


4th of July is of course is a time for celebration but it is also a time for bright lights and fireworks and also the time for blowing things up under the cover of fireworks. I received a call from the wife there is one less woodchuck in the garden at the cabin as it was shot by her using my twenty gage. I will need to clean the shotgun when I get home and she told me the body was tossed off the dock into the waters of Lake Iwanttobethere. I started to complain about that asking why she did not just bury it till she told me a big northern scooped up the wood chuck almost as soon as it hit the water. I guess I need to start fishing off the dock with a bigger sucker minnow.


At the RESORT there is no longer a curve in the driveway as Hammering Hank and Skinny blew out the big maple stump that was in the way.


A few beaver dams have been removed from the trout stream (Arlo) and there is a pool that has been deepen (Arlo)


Remember when you were young like twelve or thirteen and you had these great ideas but you lacked finical backing? Well when you get to be fifty or sixty that is no longer a problem. You can use cash, savings, borrow or barter, wheel and deal or share your ideas with others. On the fourth of July this year a number of things were tried that were first thought of in our youth. First off I do want to say that a gathering of men without kids or wife's are usually done at deer camp and now we have the RESORT where kids and wife's don't belong on the 4th. Early in the day the FELLOWS tied several of their kid's GI Joe miniature solders to bottle rockets duck taped together and then shot them skyward to watch them float back to the ground using their parachutes


Next estes rocket engines were placed inside their shipping tubes with a cherry bomb as a nose cone and launched off into the sky. They gave a satisfying explosion about five hundred feet into the sky. We had to stop that when somehow we shot out a passing drone. The drone sank in the waters of the bay before we could get to it. Funny because Vic had gone out to the mailbox that morning and put up the big sign that said explosives were going to be used that day and it had the skull and bones painted on it. We had borrowed the sign from the mine and will return it tomorrow, funny how people just can't read warning signs.


The night before we had taken the outboards off the wood rowboats and had a bottle rocket and Roman candle war was held on the bay. I will add at this time the disclaimer that there was no drinking involved by any of the participants, just like it would have been if we were twelve.


4th of July night was a lot of fun as we did something we had been planning for months. We were going to try and out do Nytelyters Fireworks display down on Root Beer Island. I heard on KCUM radio that 43 % of al Americans go to a public fireworks display, the rest stay at home and shoot off their own or do nothing, we had a plan. Some where somehow the FELLOWS picked up what is suppose to be a civil war motar. It is big enough to shoot a bowling ball and of course that is what we started off with at dusk. So does a bowling ball make noise when it lands in the woods on the other side of the bay if we hope no one is there? Does a bowling ball make noise when ten bowling pins are in front of it when they all land on the other side of the bay?" I might add it was a perfect strike about halfway across.


Awhile back I wrote about how the FELLOW had brought back a crane to the RESORT. Well we have found many uses for the crane all the way from a very very high deer stand to moving picnic tables and outhouses around the RESORT. Well it also works very well in moving a civil war mortar to the edge of the bog where the FELLOWS dug it in and used the bog as a cushion. We also moved all of our fire extinguishers to that location and the old boat was filled with water and suspended over the motar just in case it was needed. Now I hear the first shot that was fired was perfectly timed between some shots Nytelyter and fired off and a few people down at the boat landing took notice of the cloud in the sky. Second shot was noticed a little more but our third shot was kind of special. I will take credit as it was something from my youth that I wanted to recreated


When I was maybe twelve or so A couple of my buddies saved our money and we bought about ten boxes of paper book matches from a very young Ma and Ma grocery store and we clipped off all the match heads and put them into a glass freeze dried coffee container that was shaped like a motar..We than ran a cord or something I don't remember and lit off about 10,000 match heads at the same time. A roar of flame maybe ten feet high went skyward and it was the hottest est coolest thing we had ever done up to that point. Now being 756 months old I wanted to recreate that using the civil war motar. The last several months we have been secretly buying up paper book matches we cut off the heads, and now we put in a bowling ball and filled the motar with thousands of match heads, well maybe tens of thousands of match heads, actually I don't really know, it filled the area in front of the bowling ball and I guess we forgot about the charge we had placed in behind the bowling ball.


Now all of us being hopefully a little older and smarter we also had brought up the back hoe to hide behind and with Nytelyters fireworks display coming to an end we had Elmer on his cell phone giving us the thumbs up to fire our motar off. It was not what we expected. It was way more!!! I only got to see a brief moment as the flame shot out of the motor and I was blinded by the light. It shot out in an arc across the bay and Elmer said from his vantage point it looked like a second sunset had appeared in the sky. The boom echoed through the bay and seemed to get louder each time. The crowd at the boat landed gave out a collective awe. And when it was done and we could see again we gagged at the sulfur cloud in the air. We all looked at each other with twelve year old grins and as we shook our heads back and forth saying no we said out loud we have to do this again ! Not this year though as the motor was gone. The explosion had driven it into the bog and steam was rising were it had been a moment before. Tiny tripped the release and the boat hanging from the crane dumped its load of water into the hole and the bog closed up around the mortar. We all agreed that later in the summer we would dig it back up, it would be safer that way here at Lake Iwanttobethere


Posted by Bobby Bass on July 1, 2016 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Have a good 4th I am off to the RESORT for a loong weekend, looks to be a great weekend weatherwise and I plan on kicking back some and just do nothing.. Here at Lake Iwanttobethere

Good n bad

Posted by Bobby Bass on June 28, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

COOL, CLOUDY BUT not raining out this morning. The forecasted storm pretty much missed us here at Hidden Bay but we did get enough rain that the gardens did not need to get watered. Last night a light rain fell that was not forecasted but was welcomed. Most of the garden has been planted with seed so watering is important till things pop up. Early strawberries are appearing but we have a problem there as the last few days when the wife has gone out to pick them she has found a woodchuck already picking the best ones ahead of her. She told me this and I now have the .22 by the deck door and a shell in my pocket. She made the comment that the woodchuck is so cute then I reminder her of the chuck that ate all her cauliflower one night. She then asked if one shell was going to be enough.


The chuck has been showing up in the middle of the afternoon so I have plenty of time to set up on the deck, of course my luck today will be the day he changes up his routine. I did put call to Elmer who hates woodchucks and told him about the berries. He said he will come down from the RESORT and check his garden, The wood chuck must be having breakfast somewhere close. Some good news though, we did get the attic fan back working, was as simple as blowing it off with air and a good shot of WD-40, we let it sit and soak for a few days and last night we hit the switch and she purred right up. Was not looking forward to replacing it.


Skip ahead a day here as yesterday afternoon my best bud and neighbor Chuck came over in the afternoon to bring me a jug of Maple Syrup and we sat for a spell in the torn up kitchen. Talk came around to the new dishwasher sitting in its box in the corner and when I was going to get around installing it. Well Chuck said it was a little warm for working outside but not to warm to work inside and well he went ahead and installed the dishwasher for me and the new kitchen facet. I didn't know when I was going to get around to it with my bad leg so I can't tell you how happy I was to get it done. We ended up doing some bartering as I had my old trolling motor in the basement that I did not toss when I upgraded a few years back and it ended up being a good trade for both of us.


Had some Drs. visits to go to today but when I got back to the cabin the water of Hidden Bay was like glass and the leaves on the trees were still. I made it down to the dock and tossed a sucker out on to the water and sat on the dock and caught some sunshine. Duncan was making the rounds and did find some chipmunks to chase. Duncan knowing there is a woodchuck working the garden was always making a passing round by the strawberries to see if he could hook up with the Woodchuck. Would have been a nice night to be out in the Puddle Humper cruising the shoreline in search of some bass but the Puddle Humper remands under her tarp and it is looking more and more I will not be uncovering her to go fishing this season. It sounds like the blood clot I am carrying in my leg is not going to be going away and it is something I am going to be living with. I am not real happy about this as it looks like the quality of my life is going to be what it is right now. This would explain when I ask my doctors when I am going to get better and none of them have an answer. To say I am a little depressed right now is an understatement. But this is Lake Iwanttobethere so there is always some kind of hope for a change. Maybe this will be a case where me being "That Guy" means I will break the rule and pass the clot safely here at Lake Iwanttobethere

Change of plans

Posted by Bobby Bass on June 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

CHANGE OF PLANS Sunshine Ray is forecasting heavy rains and thunder a lot like what we had last Sunday to start again tonight. He has been right two times in a row so maybe he is on a roll! That and Stormy Clearweather is forecasting the same thing. So I think I am going to wait till Saturday to head on up to the RESORT. Grandson number two is here for the day and I have been working on keeping him busy. So far he has been in the garden picking strawberries which I of course helped him eat. Weed whacked the yard and even got the leaf blower started and cleared the sidewalks. The wife wanted to steal him but before she could number two son got him to help fix the broken brake line on the Dodge. The excuse to crawl under the truck and get dirty is much more appealing then baking cookies to a eleven old boy.


I was going to have him start mixing potting soil up for the five gallon buckets but with rain on the way I think we will wait for the weekend and the forecasted nice week a head. Now here is where I think Sunshine Rays streak of forecasting will run out. Son is fixing the brakes because he needs the truck to haul some scrap to Mike's salvage yard. Sounds like a fair trade to me and I have a few things that can go go bye bye here to. Nice day here right now, upper seventies a little breeze and I have a bobber floating off the dock. The wind is pulling the bobber out so I don't have to go down and toss it out. The one shot was good enough and guess what it has a sucker that I just happen to fine in Elmers minnow bucket.


Speaking of Elmer he was over talking to the boys under the Dodge. I asked what he was up to and he said he was looking for someone to do some mowing, the grandsons services are in demand. Over at Chucks place he is working on getting his rubber roof secured before the forecasted storm arrives. I did hear from one of the Lodge members Dew that he may have a foot pedal for Chucks trolling motor but I forgot to tell him. I will get back over there later today and see what he is going to do. He was talking to the wife about making a purchase so he just might go ahead and make an upgrade. So I might go out shopping and do my favorite thing, help spend someone else's money.


Took a break just now, the bobber was bouncing some. Called the grandson to check it out, minnow is OK must have gotten spooked by something. I sat on the deck and kept an eye on the bobber for awhile but it settle down so I just came back in the cabin now to finish this up. Duncan brought me the mail and the wife headed into town to Ma and Pa's Grocery. Going to pick up some cold cuts and fixings just in case the storm comes and we lose power. Have to think ahead of these storms out here. I of course had a few cravings and added them to the list. Kit Kats and a six pack of Hamms were added to the bottom of the list and a bag of apples. Maybe she will bake some pie tonight. A couple of days into summer and we are almost where we should be as far as having some time to relax and enjoy time on the deck here at Lake Iwanttobethere

Just a nice day

Posted by Bobby Bass on June 23, 2016 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A NICE GARDEN rain fell after dark last night so for once Sunshine Ray hit a forecast. This morning my sister who was in town from California came to visit and we caught up. My older sister shares the same date for her birthday as I do and my younger sister was born one day earlier. With a title better timing my mother would have had three kids born on the same date. Two days I is not too uncommon but three I wood say is unusual. After she left I took a nap on the couch because I can, having the garden in does leave me with some free time now.


I am hoping for the number two grandson to come over tomorrow, the grass needs mowing and we will work on the gutter garden as he knows the super secret recipe for the potting mix we use. Hollering Days going on in town and if the wind is blowing just right I can hear it here at the cabin. Chuck did not go into town as I can hear him working on the roof next door. He was over here a little while ago as he was working on his trolling motor that is giving him some problems. I up graded my motor and few years ago and told him he is welcomed to the old one that I did not toss but put in storage. I think it just needs a new foot pedal so we shall see if he can get it going. Worst thing that can happen is I get rid of the old motor for free and he gets a working one for far cheaper then buying a replacement. Then again the FELLOWS will take anything so that might be another option.


Cleaning off my desk of a lot of stuff that just does not to be on here. Was getting kind of deep here with mail and stuff that should be put a way in folders. Good thing it is a big desk top. That and I need the room if I am going to roll some cigars. I thought about doing that yesterday but ran out of time as the young grand kids were here and I got busy with them. Hardly any wind blowing right now and I am thinking maybe I should try and get down to the dock and maybe pitch a minnow off the dock under a float and see if I can get something to hit. Not really fishing but still is better then trying to catch something from the deck as that would be one long cast.


With my birthday out of the way I am thinking I might go spend some time at the RESORT. Vic said it would be no problem keeping an eye on me and it would give the wife some time away from me. She has been watching me for the past five months and I am sure she would like a spell away from me. Might be able to get some fishing time out on the pontoon boat and maybe even a few trolling trips on the mail boat. FELLOWS have been working on a way to get me in the boat I have heard.


No doctor appointments for a week or so and I would like a change of view to. Week with the boys might be just the thing the doctors have not ordered but would make me feel a little better. Of course a few cigars and an occasional beer and bacon sandwich might go well to help speed my recoverer or at the very least make me feel that I am getting better. Who know maybe I could get in dip in the healing waters of Lake Iwanttobethere


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