You know, it’s hard to write a story when the temperature has been below zero, it’s been snowing, it’s wet, and our attention is focused more on staying warm than being on the water or in the woods. Plus there’s that age old malady we call “cabin fever” we have to deal with.
Yesterday I visited my Lund boat. It looks so sad sitting in the storage barn. The cover is dusty and there’s bird poop here and there. I’d take the cover off and clean it up a bit, but that’s not much of a plan given the forecast is for snow and below freezing temps. That and the storage barn is only about 40 degrees. Brrrrr!
I have been doing some “wishful” maintenance on my rods and reels. I got some new reel oil and grease and did manage to get all my gear in shape. I’ve put new line on the reels and inspected my rods to make sure the guides were tight, the reel seats as they should be, and the handles clean from last season’s grime. So when that first 50+ degree day arrives I’ll be ready to hit the water. But for now, they’re all hanging in the garage and, like me, waiting for the weather to break.
My hunting closet is ready for me, but quite honestly I’m not really ready for it. Yea, I used to wander out in zero or below temps to hunt rabbits or squirrels, maybe even go after some birds if they were in season. But somehow as I’ve gotten older being warm and cozy takes precedent over heavy insulated boots, thick gloves, and triple layers of fleece and polyester. Plus, I just don’t have the stamina I used to. And folks, being out in weather like this definitely takes stamina!
Now don’t get me wrong, I love being outside. That clean, crisp air. The birds and wildlife. Man, that’s about as good as it gets. Problem is I just don’t like the cold as much as I used to. Dixie says that’s because I’m 70+ and my skin is thin and I don’t tolerate cold like I used to. My take is maybe I’m a bit busier than I used to be and my priorities have changed. Now there’s 8 grandkids to visit, 5 dogs to attend to, and lots of work that needs to be done around a house that’s way too big and way too old for just two people now that the three girls have moved away and have their own families to attend to. All legitimate excuses for not freezing my butt off.
Having said all this, I can’t wait for the first warm snap. This has, so far, been a terrible winter. Not just for Dixie and me, but pretty much for all of you. The country has seen record cold temps, amazing snow, and terrible fires and catastrophes all around. Honestly, we ALL deserve a break. A warm spell so we can get back outside and enjoy the better part of nature.
In the meantime, I am gathering some of my older gear which I will trade-in at the store for some of the newest reels and rods we have. I can’t wait to seriously fish the new G. Loomis Conquest rods or try out some of the newest reels. I’m also looking at a new crossbow. And perhaps a new fish finder for the old Lund.
Yep, I’m definitely in the grip of serious “cabin fever”. And all of you know the cure for that, right? It’s called Heat!
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