Christmas. Fishing. Chaos.
It is that time of year. I started this blog over the weekend of Thanksgiving, and tomorrow is Christmas Eve.
I love Christmas and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, but Christmas time is a chaotic time of year for me. Not bad, just busy!
I spent so much time outdoors this year once I fell in love with fishing, I REALLY began to miss my multiple times per week fishing trips. (There are four ponds within three miles of me, so it’s easy to go so often!) I miss being outside, getting fresh air, and CATCHING FISH!!
By noon on Friday (yesterday) I was ready to go fishing. I was done with work, and sure I had a good bit of stuff to do yet, but I felt like I certainly deserved and needed to get a lure wet. It was about 40 degrees and overcast, and although fishing is not great in Missouri at this time of year, I was not going to let that stop me.
So I headed to a new to me pond and fished three different lures. The Zman TRD on a Ned Rig, the beloved but discontinued orange crank bait I mentioned in a recent post and as a complete wild card, the perch colored Whopper Plopper. I. did. Not. Catch. Jack. Shit. Not even a bite. And I was cold. I had bundled up, but the temperature was dropping and my layers were no match for it. I was alone, which honestly is always less fun.
I felt as if the fish were telling me, “Lady we are not going to bite, go to the grocery store and then wrap those presents.” So after an hour I did. I figured I would enjoy my hour fishing, and I would look forward to the upcoming Let’s Go Fishing Show in Collinsville, IL. Click on the button to learn more about the show.
After I left the pond, I ran around like a nut, got the last few gifts, went to the grocery store, frantically wrapped a present, and then made a nice dinner for my family.
I went and looked at Christmas lights with my kids. I stayed up too late. Then I slept in. When I woke up, it was to the most wonderful sight. It had snowed last night. The neighborhood was a winter wonderland. I celebrated by walking my dogs, watching Christmas movies, wrapping more presents and cleaning, ok straightening up, my house. No one will think that Martha Stewart lives here, but it won’t be condemned or nominated to be on Hoarders either.
Today, I have been happier than I have been in weeks. Is it because I went fishing yesterday? Maybe. Or maybe, I am starting to enjoy Christmas and the magic it brings. I am going to go to church tomorrow and really celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then over the next few days, I am going to get together with family, eat too much, open presents and see the new Star Wars. I am going to enjoy every bit of it. I probably won’t be able to fish, but it won’t be far from my mind!
I hope that everyone will be able to enjoy Christmas in a way that is meaningful to them. I hope the magic of the season brings you peace and happiness.
Tight lines and Big Smiles, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!