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VOLUME 95-----------MAY 2010

SHOOTIN', HUNTIN', AND RELOADIN'

WITH THE OL' MISSOURI HILLBILLY

May 2, 2010

Hello again everyone.  This month's newsletter will be a short one as we've been busy with preparations for our journey to our 50th high school class reunion.

In recent weeks we've been trying to balance spring yard work, Jennifer's school functions, preparations for our first RV club outing, and hunter education activities with travel reservations, finding clothes that fit, and trying to figure out how to look younger than our classmates of 50 years ago!  Hard to believe we're all sneaking up on 70 years of age!

We've been reviewing old albums selecting pictures we want to share at our class get-together the afternoon before the all-school alumni banquet.  Sure brought back memories!

Because of our early spring, Little Heifer has been spending some of her time scouring the woods for the elusive morel mushrooms.  She has found a few, although they were a good 2 to 4 weeks earlier than usual.  Some are so small, I'm surprised she even saw them.

Our mushrooms are floured, fried, and then frozen to become appetizers for our traditional New Year's Day prime rib dinner.  Ann swears she doesn't eat even one as she fries and freezes.  I'm afraid I wouldn't have that much willpower if I were doing it!

We receive the weekly county newspaper from back home, courtesy of Ann's Mom, and we read that they are 'mushrooming' in northwest Missouri now too.

We well remember the early to mid 60's when Dutch Elm disease decimated the elm trees in the Midwest.  For reasons unknown, those dead elms brought forth a plethora of morels in our northwest Missouri habitat.  On a number of occasions we ate mushrooms to near 'throw-up' status, and still had some to share with friends and neighbors!

We have not experienced such morel abundance here on our little ranch, but we occasionally hear of bumper crops springing up after a forest fire in our part of the world.

Jennifer has jumped from Mountain View Middle School's basketball season directly into track.  She played on the Jr. Varsity squad in basketball and is now throwing javelin and running in the 'B class' 1600 meter.  All this with the occasional band concert thrown into the mix.

The basketball team only won 2 or 3 games, but they all played and all had fun.  So far Jennifer's track efforts have resulted in a first place finish in javelin and a third place finish in the 1600.  The 1600 is considered the equivalent of the mile run when some of us older folks were in school, but is actually some 30 feet short of a mile.

Here are some photos of Jennifer in both basketball and track action.  (These pictures were shot with Rick's new Sony SLR digital camera)

               

L to R:  Basketball Action (2), Running the 1600, Javelin Throw, A Happy First Place Winner in Javelin Throw

We haven't experienced any turkey shooting action here at the ranch this spring.  There was a youth only weekend season on April 3 and 4.  The turkeys avoided our bailiwick during those days, so Jennifer had no opportunity.  The regular season opened April 15th and all we've seen since are hens!  We will be allowed to shoot beardless birds this fall, but it's only Toms for the spring season.

I still haven't shot the new Smith & Wesson 1911 .45 ACP.  I need to get my priorities re-evaluated, I guess.  You'd think that the ability to step out the door and safely shoot a firearm would encourage one to do more shooting, but something else always seems to interfere.  Ya don't think it's because I'm just plain lazy do ya?

This month's hillbilly wisdom;  Since we hope to play a little golf on our journey to and from our 50th class reunion, I thought this Lee Trevino quote on the three things a golfer loses as he gets older would be appropriate:

"His nerve, his memory, and I can't remember the third thing."

Well, It's time to shut down here, So . . . .

'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!!!

THE OL' HILLBILLY
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