Saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new on the path least traveled…

Dear Diary Page 46…..

Hello Diary,
Were going to wait till after the holidays but the New Year is close and the old is getting ready to leave…. and have some quiet time….setting here pondering what the coming year might bring and how best to start the year.. believe Mark Twain said it best; “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover, acquire new friends and gain knowledge of yourself and the world.”

So reminisced about a few things of the past I didn’t do… once had the spirit to go turkey hunting, wild turkey that is… 😀 years back I purchased a compound bow..

compound bow

Spent time on practicing and setting it up, made my own arrows and they worked well….

arrows

But world events prevented me from going into the actual hunt, and by the time order was restored, arthritis had entered the scene and the compound was no longer the option….decided to bring in the heavy artillery, my 150 lb. crossbow…

crossbow 2

Again, world events interfered with plans before I could get the crossbow set up and arrows made for it, by the time order was restored, I no longer had any desire to hunt period, let alone bow hunt turkey.. From that point on did all my hunting at the local grocery store… cheaper, more variety and already cleaned.. 😀 keep the crossbow around should I run across a zombie.. 😀

Also built my own fishing poles (a muskie pole unfinished);

rod building

unfinished pole

And lures…

shad minnow

Now, you ask me why I was making a muskie pole and large lure for here in the prairies of Illinois.. Well, when they first started stocking Clinton Lake, they were going to put some tiger muskellunge in the lake and I was asked if I would like to adopt one, for a small fee of course.. And I did…why I ever named it Bad News I will never no.. 😀

fish paper

Anyway, got a map showing the location where they turned the fish loose…

fish map

Again, world affairs stepped in and I never got to visit, or use the special pole and lure I was working on… as far as I know the fish is still in the lake, being bad news…. 😀

Two things, of many, I did not get done.. do I regret it, not really, but I will be following Mark Twains advice to some degree with the year to come as we venture down the path least traveled… exploring, enjoying the hobbies, leaving no stone unturned (Bree will see to that!!… 😀 ) and perhaps share adventures with a close friend…Que Sara Sara on the path least traveled, Fate be willin’ and the creeks done rise… 😀

So the time is near to turn this year into memories and say goodbye….

And when the days become dark and bleak, the wind cold and one looks to the horizon with a bit of doubt creeping in, just remember the advice of Barbra Streisand…

And the Seekers..

And until the magic hour strikes 12 and the new year arrives, will be reminiscing a bit about history’s past with Yanni..

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