With the temperatures and heat indices going well over one hundred now, it's time to lay low, lay down the fur and feather, and turn attention to other matters.
I haven't fished for two weeks now and miss it terribly, but I also understand what my body tells me so I'm going on vacation for several months.
The down season will actually be good for other things such as fly tying and then there's the manuscript. When work on this manuscript first started, I knew it could be finished in little time at all, but on second thought a work rushed is a work cheated. So... time will be invested in this project and hopefully, when finished, it will attract the attention of some publisher out there. If not, then there is always plan B. It took Tolstoy ten years to finish War and Peace, so if it takes three to six months to finish this manuscript... everything will seem somewhat relative.
Another project I'm working on is converting the prairie schooner into what I intend it always to be. I have a strategy for this upcoming trout season at Blue and that strategy involves how to make the best of my time on Blue at a most affordable cost. So, I am laying a plan to turn the schooner into a worst case scenario overnight lodging vehicle, or in a best case scenario the home on the range that a schooner was intended to serve as. Most important is the list. That list of stuff you always need to have packed, and of course that list of stuff that you always seem to leave one item off of. If my strategy works, I will be able to leave the workplace on most Friday's and spend that night, fish Saturday, spend Saturday night, and fish Sunday until late in the day. I think I will actually have more fly time with this new plan.
Part of my strategy stems from wanting a Hummer experience and having a used-car budget. It seems that when I hit my last birthday I started looking at my future somehow differently and now find myself fixated on being totally out of debt, owing to no one or no entity, in the next couple of years. In accomplishing this, it has required the doubling up on things which certainly makes extra spending money skimp. But, the trade off should be worth it.
Hope my plan works.