Peace and Confidence


I enjoy talking about Jesus.  I hope that everyone has a relationship with Him as I do.  Things are better when the going gets tough and when you encounter hard problems.  There is peace and confidence in what Jesus has done for me and my wife.  Satan will always attack your relationship with Jesus with the things and problems of this world.  I don’t even worry about money anymore, and Badona doesn’t worry as much as she used to.  To us, money is a tool, and we know that God gave it to be used for His purpose.  He really does take care of our needs.  Sometimes it does take patience on our part.

Now Badona is being attacked on her health, but we know that that is not unusual in this world.  Pray that the pain in her lips will go away, that the medical field can figure out what is causing it, or give her spiritual strength to endure.  Life in Christ is better now on this earth and a better future is promised!


More Unusual Catches!


Friday Johnny took me fishing again.  This fishing story is different.  I do enjoy all kinds of fishing, and I know I write a lot about it.  To me, when I get to go fishing, I’m being blessed!

We caught a few fish, enough to satisfy the cats!  The unusual thing was that I hooked a fishing rod by the handle and got it into the boat.  It was an Ugly Stick, medium.  I gave it to Johnny.

We continued to fish, hoping to get some stripers, when a stroke of luck happened to me again.  I caught two smaller stripers on the same lure at one cast!  Both of them hit the same lure at the same time.  Johnny took the photo for me to share with you.

Surprise Catch!


Last Tuesday Johnny, Alvin, and I went fishing at Buckroe Pier.  We fished all night.  The wind never stopped blowing!  Not too long after we got there, Johnny and Alvin both had their first catch.  I hadn’t caught anything yet.  I was using spot cut bait.  I wasn’t even at my fishing pole when Alvin called that my drag was going out.  I ran over to tighten the drag and started to wind the reel.  I thought I had on a stingray or a skate, but what I caught surprised me!

I’ve never caught a sea turtle before!  It’s a good thing that it only weighed about three pounds.  I got the hook out of its mouth and carried it to the office at the beginning of the pier.  They called someone and after a while, a man came out to get me.  We filled out a form together, then he took the turtle to a vet to check it out and tag it before letting it go back to sea.  They named it Chuck!



Every Thursday or Friday Badona and I go swimming together.  She goes twice a week, and I go with her one day a week.  Last week we went on Thursday and then went to buy me a new pair of dress shoes.  She has been worried about my shoes.

As we were driving to the shoe store, she looked at me and said, “You’re wearing that on a date?”  I didn’t know we were going on a date, just shoe shopping.  I had on what used to be a white church shirt and a camouflage swimsuit.

We went to DSW and bought a pair of Rockport shoes that I didn’t really care for.  Then we went to Shoe Carnival.  They had the same shoes for $30 less, but I bought a much more comfortable pair of Deer Stag shoes that cost even less!  Plus, Shoe Carnival had a deal:  buy one, get one half off.  Badona got herself a pair of shoes for half off.  That was our date!  (Badona went back to DSW by herself to return the Rockports.)

My Fifth Book is Out!


I’ve got good news, not as good as the Gospel of Jesus, but my fifth book is done and has been accepted!  The Legend of Tater is an old-time Western.  It takes place mostly in Montana back when Helena was called Last Chance.  Badona, who is the editor, said that I’ve gotten better.  If you like old Westerns and adventure, read about Tater.  It is really worth it!

You can get it on or see me!  Here is a link:

Car Problem!


The dreaded Check Engine light lit up on Badona’s car.  We took it to Andy’s Automotive where we get our vehicles inspected.  Johnny came out with his handheld computer and plugged it into the car under the dashboard.  It read “running lean.”  That made sense because we have had to push the gas pedal down more to get moving.  He opened the hood and found a large hole in the corrugated rubber intake hose.  I never would have seen it, being color blind.  It was dark on dark.  Now, if the hose were white, I would be able to see a dark hole in it.

Anyway, I taped up the hole; and the car ran much better.  I ordered a new intake hose from Advance Auto.  It was pretty expensive for what it is.  After installing the new hose, I went back to Andy’s.  Johnny checked it again with his computer and took the light off the dash.  For all of his help, there was no charge!  By the way, he asked me if I wanted a job!

Good people work there at Andy’s.  If I were younger, I’d be proud to work with them!

A Really Strange Fishing Story


A couple of weeks ago Johnny and I were out fishing on his boat in the Rappahannock River.  We did very well, catching stripers.  Four were keeper size!  Too bad we can’t keep them right now.  I hope they will be there in the Fall.  Earlier in the month, we were fishing at the mouth of the Potomac River and caught stripers there, also.  Years ago I used to catch bluefish, trout, and flounder.  They all seem to be gone now.

Well, back to that day a couple of weeks ago.  Not only did we catch stripers, we caught croakers that were a quarter to half a pound; and some of them were yellowbellies.  We also caught something that was very heavy.  As I was pulling up the anchor, something was coming up with it.  Johnny and I both had to pull to bring it up.  It was two other anchors!  And one of those anchors was one that Johnny lost last year!  We had to cut the rope on it last year when it wouldn’t come up.  Johnny was glad to get back both his anchor and chain!  They came with the boat.  He had had to make another anchor to replace it.  Now he has two spares.  Who knows what you will catch when you go fishing.  It’s an adventure!