Jon Got a New Toy!
Oct. 27, 2013 5:04 am
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 3:14 am
I've blogged a few times about my new toys recently - I got a Panini press, pizzelle maker, and a brand new stove. I even got a brand new car but didn't blog about that - I don't really consider that a toy. Some might read my blogs and wonder - Does that
woman's poor husband ever get anything new?? Well, the answer is YES. He finally got a new toy of his own. Though, I'm going to argue here that my new toys benefit him as well - he eats what I make with them.
So... what is his new toy? It's something I can enjoy, too. And I'll make something to eat out of what he gets while using his new toy. It is very versatile - useful in both warm weather and cold weather. Give up??
I'm a duckhunter's widow and the season has just recently opened. Suzy is a duckhunter's partner, so she's in her glory right now. She knows when that alarm goes off and Daddy gets up instead of Mommy it is not a work day, but a hunting day. She gets so
excited she can barely eat her breakfast and she starts whining at the door. She's a very impatient hunting partner. The cats and I get up and enjoy my coffee in peace and quiet once they've gone.
Duck hunting is done mostly on the water; that's where the ducks are. Jon has a marshy area he hunts at in the early season, but then when we travel to the Eastern shore after Christmas he needs a boat to get to where the hunting is good. We have a large
lake nearby home that he uses a boat to hunt as well. His boat was beginning to see better days. It was bordering on not safe. Plus, he was constantly saying it wasn't big enough when making points why he needed a new one. Hmmm.... not sure about that
point. His human partner, aka Steve, moved to South Dakota. He wasn't here to hunt any longer. Had Jon grown?? No, he didn't grow. His decoy collection grew. And, he started hauling a backpacker's compact stove and a small cooler with food "fixin's".
He may go out to hunt, but he also makes some awesome food while waiting for the ducks to fly by.
Anyways - he finally worked enough side jobs to buy a new boat! Two weeks ago we headed to Bass Pro Shop and he picked out a 17-1/2 foot Jon Boat. A boat used for hunting starts out pretty basic - it's a hull with a bench seat. The front "V" also has a bench
for another person. That's all there is to it. This one included the trailer for hauling. He picked that boat up on Friday. Now he has to put a lot of time into it to get the "blind" installed on this thing and add all his little touches to it so it will
be just perfect for him. He wants to make the blind easily removeable so he can also use this boat for fishing in the Spring and Summer. Sounds good to me. I like fish.
He pulled into the yard with his new toy Friday evening and there it sat. Yesterday morning he got up and attached his motor to it. I went out to take a look and he was just standing there admiring his new toy, Suzy by his side. She knows what a boat is
for. He said he had to take it for a spin so he was going to go launch the boat and just go up and down the lake a time or two. Well, I was not about to let him go on the maiden voyage without me! Keep in mind it was 40 degrees - in our yard. We arrived
at the boat launch and there was only one vehicle parked there, I'm pretty sure it was a fellow duck hunter. The wind was whipping around pretty good and I pulled my camouflage coat a little tighter. Suzy was whining and shaking - not from cold but excitement.
She loves this stuff! The motor turned over and started after just two tries and away we went! Putting along in the no-wake zone was nice. The shoreline was beautiful dressed in it's oranges, reds, golds and even a few green trees still. Then we passed
that last buoy and Jon opened up full-throttle. BRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!! the water's spray was hitting me in the back (glad I had a water-proof camo duck hunter's coat on). Suzy stood, looking right into that spray, tail a-wagging. This is what she was made
for! The boat works great and it was a lot of fun - but I'm going to let Jon savor those trips all by himself until it's much warmer.
Later last evening my parents came over and we headed to a local winery. I had packed a picnic dinner for us - Bavarian ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, nice buns for sandwiches. I made an oriental salad and cut up cheese, grapes, crackers, and I tried
my hand at filled cupcakes. One of Jon's childhood friends was playing guitar and singing that evening. We've seen him perform before and he's very enjoyable. He plays a lot of John Denver, some Jimmy Buffett, lots of good, fun music. Kristal and Jake
and their friends Stephanie and Andrew joined us as well. They were going to downtown Kent to watch the Halloween festivities later but wanted to enjoy some wine and cupcakes with the old folks first. That is a show everyone should see once at least. Those
college kids can get very creative with their costumes - the town is full of parading characters all night long. Our evening was a lot of fun - how could it be anything but fun when there was good food, good music, and even better people to enjoy it all
I baked chocolate cupcakes and they came out looking nice. I used "festive" wrappers with pumpkins and leaves on them. Then I mixed up my icing, dyeing it orange for Halloween and "shot" it into the cupcakes. I had no idea how much to use and it took a few
before I got the hang of it. After we ate them, I also think I needed to turn my tip around inside each cupcake to shoot a little more filling into them. Then I iced them. I realized my icing was a little thin - we had to eat our cupcakes with a fork to
keep from having icing all over the place, but they still tasted good.
This morning I sit here with my coffee in a very quiet house. Jon took Suzy out to the marsh to play. I hope she gets to retrieve a duck or two; maybe a goose even.