Stepdad's Thoughts

My thought and feelings.

Paintball – Birthday UPDATE

Saturday was the day; we had 11 boys and two adults playing paintball for my stepson’s birthday. The two adults were me and my Dad. We got off to a slow start due to gun malfunctions but ended up having two hours to playing time that was just the 13 of us. If you’ve ever played paintball in a big group of strangers try playing with a small group of friends, it is MUCH better. After the private playing time the boys played another 2.5 hours in the main group, all had fun.

After the paintball the boys came back to our house for football then had burgers and fries for dinner… Oh yeah we fed them pizza during paintball.

All in all it was a long day for the adults and fun day for the kids… 10am to 10pm of close to non-stop activity wore us all out.

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December 20, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , | Leave a comment

First Deer

On Friday 26-Nov-2010 my stepson got his first deer. We had Thanksgiving lunch with my parents then headed to the family deer lease. We arrived right at dark and my cousin was there waiting for us. Friday morning we got up and headed to a stand near our east line. We first sat in a ladder stand and saw a bunch of nothing. At 930 we moved to a box stand right on the east line; we sat there for about an hour and saw nothing. By 1030 we were back in camp where I fixed us breakfast… My cousin was not there because he had to work a half day; fortunately he works about 45 minutes away from our property. After eating and my stepson taking a short nap… I had gone into another stand for a short time… we headed back to the stands. We chose a stand on what we call our small high line, it is a clear area that has three strands of power lines running through our property.

We arrived in the stand by 2pm and started the hunting/watching for movement. He was getting fidgety and talkative… I tried to keep him focused but also indulged him in his converation, trying to make it fun. At 4pm he asked if I was ready to go back to camp; I told him we needed to stay a little longer… it was tough because we were not seeing anything. Then at 415pm we saw a small doe coming out of the creek into the highline for a snack. He was up and ready to shoot… I told him that was a SMALL deer and that it would be a good idea to wait but that he was the shooter and it was his choice. He decided to hold off and wait for something bigger, a buck.

At 515p he got his wish. A nice 8 point, nice for a first deer, came out of the tree line. We both got hyped up… him getting his gun redirected and me trying make sure it met the 13″ spread requirement by state law. It was a good one so I told him to shoot twice before he finally did… he was VERY slow about his actions, not overly nervous as some get. He lined up the gun and made a clean shot.

We got out of the stand and began to search for the deer. We had some trouble since there was limited sign… it took about 20 minutes to find it, not a real problem since it ran down an old tram road.

My cousins showed up and we all celebrated. I’m not sure who was more proud my stepson or me. I think it’s me.

He was about useless the rest of the weekend… he told me one deer per weekend thus he did not do much hunting on Saturday or Sunday while I did. Fortunately my cousin already had his two deer so they spent time together while I hunted. NO I didn’t get anything but like I said my stepson did and that was the important part for me.

Sunday we spent 6 hours in the truck going home and dropping of the deer for processing and taking the antlers to a taxidermist to have a European mount made. I look forward to our next hunt, maybe he can get a spike and I can get a nice buck.

November 30, 2010 Posted by | General, Kids | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deer Season 2010 – The Family Lease

I’m back on the family deer lease this year and plan on staying there. I left the lease nearly 10 years ago when my grandfather stopped hunting then when he died I could not see myself ever going back. This year my uncle died and my thoughts changed. I missed my family, my hunting family – the male members I spent so much time with. Mostly my cousin, there are several but one in particular, Kenny, made the biggest impact on me. At his dad’s memorial he told me I needed to come back. We hugged and shared some tears. I later found out my mother was watching and she was crying also.  Any way I’m back!

Opening weekend was a lot of fun. We all shared laughs and even a tear or two. I was able to talk with my uncle, my grandfather’s last sibling, and Kenny. I explained why I had left and what brought me back; I think it made since to them.

Only 4 deer were killed on opening weekend but much fun was had. We ate great, laughed too much, spent a lot of time in the woods. I saw almost 30 deer in 4 days of hunting; I chose not to shoot a doe and the smaller deer I saw.

We all left for home and other places on Tuesday… I got home on Wednesday and began to prepare to take my stepson hunting when he got out of school on Friday.

My stepson was able to see 9 deer in the two days he hunted; even got a shot of at one but missed.  He was able to spend time with my uncle and cousin, seeing them at a time other than a funeral helped him to know them better. Unfortunately he did not grow up as I did with the opportunity to shoot guns much which makes me think he does not fully understand the process of lining up the sights, etc… I am taking him to the gun range this weekend to work on his shooting. He did have fun; he told me so without me asking.

He is now the designated shooter until he is able to get his first deer. He’s 13 and has not hunted much therefore we still sit in the stand together. I want to get him in the Hunter Safety course which he must have before he is able to legally hunt alone. He still hunts with me until I see he truly knows how to be safe with a gun and understands how to determine the right deer to shoot. I can hear the things my grandfather told me many years ago coming out of my mouth.

Of the time I have taken my stepson hunting this past weekend is the absolute best ever. I realized I need to have fun with him; it will make life better at the house. It will bring us closer together.  He’s asked to have his first deer mounted in a shoulder mount, I have agreed if; it’s a nice buck and I have the money to do it.

I am looking forward to more time in the woods, sharing our family traditions, talking of old times and making new memories.

November 17, 2010 Posted by | General, Parenting | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Texas Cities

Only in Texas
This is a must read for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:

Just Texas

Pep , Texas 79353
Smiley , Texas 78159
Paradise , Texas 76073
Rainbow , Texas 76077
Sweet Home , Texas 77987
Comfort , Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

No need to travel to Washington D.C.
Whitehouse ,  Texas   75791
We even have a city named after our planet!
Earth ,  Texas   79031
We have a city named after our state:
Texas City, Texas   77590
Exhausted?
Energy,  Texas   76452
Cold?
Blanket, Texas   76432
Winters,  Texas 79567
Love the sun?
Sun City, Texas 78628
Sunrise, Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray, Texas 79086
Sunny Side,  Texas 77423
Like to read about History?
Santa Anna ,  Texas 76878
Goliad ,  Texas 77963
Alamo ,  Texas 78516
Gun Barrel City ,  Texas 75156
Robert  Lee ,  Texas 76945
Want something to eat?
Bacon , Texas 76301
Noodle , Texas 79536
Oatmeal , Texas 78605
Turkey , Texas 79261
Trout , Texas 75789
Sugar Land , Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice , Texas 75155
Pearland , Texas 77581
Orange , Texas 77630
And top it off with:
Sweetwater , Texas 79556
Why travel to other cities?  Texas has them all!
Detroit , Texas 75436
Cleveland , Texas 75436
Colorado City , Texas 79512
Denver City , Texas 79323
Klondike , Texas 75448
Pittsburg, Texas 75686
Newark, Texas 76071
Nevada , Texas 75173
Memphis , Texas 79245
Miami , Texas 79059
Boston , Texas 75570
Santa Fe , Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony , Texas 75861
Reno , Texas 75462
Pasadena , Texas 77506
Columbus , Texas 78934
Feel like traveling outside the country?
Athens , Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China , Texas 77613
Dublin, Texas 76446
Egypt , Texas 77436
Ireland, Texas 76538
Italy, Texas 76538
Turkey, Texas 79261
London , Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682
Paris, Texas 75460
Palestine, Texas 75801
Other city names in Texas , to make you smile……
Frognot , Texas 75424
Bigfoot , Texas 78005
Hogeye , Texas 75423
Cactus , Texas 79013
Notrees , Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest , Texas 76886
Kickapoo , Texas 75763
Dime Box , Texas 77853
Old Dime Box , Texas 77853
Telephone , Texas 75488
Telegraph , Texas 76883
Whiteface , Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079
Need Office Supplies?
Staples,  Texas 78670

You guessed it. It’s on the state line.
Texline ,  Texas   79087

Want to go into outer space?
Venus ,  Texas   76084
Mars ,  Texas   79062
For the kids…
Kermit , Texas 79745
Elmo , Texas 75118
Nemo , Texas 76070
Tarzan , Texas 79783
Winnie , Texas 77665
Sylvester , Texas 79560
And our favorites…
Cut and Shoot, Texas 77303
Gun Barrel City , Texas 75147
Ding Dong, Texas
West, Texas (it’s in Central Texas )
and, of course,
Muleshoe , Texas 79347
And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City
Kilgore , Texas 75662

September 3, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , | 3 Comments

Texas Facts

This is from an email my Dad sent to me… You just have to Love Texas.

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas

  1. If someone in a Lowe’s store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you may live in Texas ;
  2. If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas ;
  3. If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas ;
  4. If ‘Vacation’ means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas ;
  5. If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas ;
  6. If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas ;
  7. If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas ;
  8. If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas
  9. If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph –you’re going 80 and everybody’s passing you, you may live in Texas ;
  10. If you find 60 degrees ‘a little chilly,’ you may live in Texas ;
  11. If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas..

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas.

  • Beaumont to  El Paso : 742 miles
  • Beaumont to  Chicago : 770 miles
  • El Paso is closer to  California than to  Dallas
  • World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.
  • The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike -2008!
  • The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston.
  • Brazoria  County has more species of birds than any other area in North America
  • Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
  • Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
  • The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston   Island.
  • The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “Houston”, but the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
  • King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island..
    Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43′ in 24hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979…
  • Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states.
  • A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
  • Caddo   Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  • Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.
  • Texas has had six capital cities: Washington -on- the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin.
  • The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington   DC (by 7 feet).
  • The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington monument.
  • The name ‘Texas’ comes from the Hasini Indian word ‘tejas’ meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas.
  • The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.).
  • The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston.

Cowboy’s Ten Commandments: posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas:

  1. Just one God.
  2. Honor yer Ma & Pa.
  3. No telling tales or gossipin’.
  4. Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
  5. Put nothin’ before God.
  6. No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.
  7. No killin’.
  8. Watch yer mouth.
  9. Don’t take what ain’t yers.
  10. Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.

Y’all git all that?
Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder
and Your hand over my mouth.

September 3, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Generation Lost

I found out last night that my Uncle is dying. He has been sick for a while but he has now become unresponsive to voice and touch. He has been given a few days then we will be without him. I have decided not to see him as he is now, instead I want to keep the memories I have of him being active. Some may not agree with my choice but it’s mine not theirs. I have two uncles left, my Grandfather’s brothers, and soon to be one. I feel as if I am loosing another part of my Grandfather, this is bring up memories of when my Grandfather was dying. I am running the whole thing through my head again and it hurts.

We always deer hunted together. Since 1977 we have had the same deer lease. In the late 90’s I backed out of the lease, my Grandfather stopped hunting and it just wasn’t the same for me. Lately I have returned to the lease, I want to keep the memories strong of all the fun we had. My cousins and I will soon be the ones to handle all the business of the lease. My uncles have always done that and we have always done as they said. At times we didn’t always like the choices they made but the lease was theirs to do as they saw fit. Maybe it we are strange but we always let our elders make the decisions; I guess it’s a Southern or generation thing.

I’m going to miss ET, my Uncle. As my Grandfather used to say, “he would worry the deer to death”; this meaning he would go on and on and on over what stand we should sit in and what direction the deer would come from, etc… One time he was going on about where and what we needed to do that he got almost all the way to his deer stand without his rifle. That is one story he has never been able to forget because we won’t let him. There are many other good times to remember and more good time to be made with my cousins.

I love you Unc’

July 13, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

IPhone

I never thought I would get an iPhone, since I was given one as a work phone I will use it. This my first attempt to use the WP app.

Too funny…guess I’m a geek.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | General | | Leave a comment

Joke told by the priest on Sunday

Man bought a new car and would not let his wife drive it.woman_driver_on_metal

She asked over and over to use the car.

The man continued to say no.

Finally the man explained to her that she was not such a good driver and he didn’t want her to get in a wreck.

She continued to ask for the car to make a short trip to the store.

The man finally gave in and gave her the keys but reminded that if she were to get in a wreck there would be trouble. The wife asked what kind of trouble…

The man explained that if she got in a wreck the local paper would printer her name and age in the paper…

The wife gave the keys back to her husband.

October 27, 2009 Posted by | General | , , , | Leave a comment