New Year’s Day Activities

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  In case you were wondering what we did on New Year’s Day . . . here’s a run down accompanied by some pictures too.  Y’all know I LOVE pictures right?????  (insert big smile)

1.  Mike cooked breakfast . . . bacon and egg on english muffin with green tomato relish and cholula hot sauce (both of these toppings rock!).

2.  Stayed in jammies until 1PM.   Yup those are my slippered feet hehehe.

3.  Had lunch at Panera Bread.

4.  To Starbuck’s for our favorite latte’s.  Mike hearts the Cafe Latte.  Brandi hearts the Peppermint Mocha Latte.

5.  To the marina to check in on our summer home location and to see how frozen the Housatonic River was.

Still @ Marina:  Ned in the “Grumpy Old Man Boat” breaking up the ice so it doesn’t destroy the docks.  Look, I caught the train going by in the background (wonder if the riders are on their way to NY City?  We need to take a day trip soon, LOVE it there!)

Still @ Marina:  Mike and Leon talking “man stuff” . . . probably fishing or boats.

Still @ Marina:  Me taking pictures of interesting things around the marina while waiting for “man talk” to cease.  I really like this pic!

6.  Back @ home fending off our overly excited dog.  He is far to cute!

7.  Photo session to obtain a nice new profile shot of maw and my favorite technological toy.  Not too bad especially considering I was holding the good camera in my hands.  Thanks Mike!  We had A LOT of bad shots to obtain a few good ones.

8.  A bit of crafty time for me and techy time for Mike.

9.  Thinking of my girlfriend, Latonya who flew to Georgia yesterday afternoon to spend a few days with her sister.  Hoping she made it in time (considering our winter storm) to have rung in the new year last night.

10.  We are now deciding what we should do for dinner.  I’ve had little interest in cooking this week.  Better get myself back in gear for next week when life returns to normal.  UGGHHH!  update to dinner:  mike had beans and dogs, I had a grilled cheese sandwich and we both had a little bowl of Kraft Spiral Mac & Cheese.  Not a dinner to write home about nor should I have written it here but wanted to remind myself that I can’t always be Martha Stewart but a girl sure can try . . . right?  Can you believe something like this came out of MY kitchen!?!

Hope you had a nice relaxing day!

Go Fish

Go Fish, posted results on Arts an Leisure

The Friends of the Housatonic River’s (FOTHR) second annual river only Bluefish Tournament took place last Saturday. Seventy-nine anglers of all ages participated in this fun and worthwhile event, with most anglers reporting good bluefishing action throughout the lower section of the Housatonic River.

Friends of the Housatonic River Director Mike Talmage reported that FOTHR was impressed and happy with the amount of entrants, considering mother nature had forced FOTHR to reschedule the tournament, which originally was supposed to take place Sept. 27. Talmage also wanted to thank all participants, along with the tournament sponsors: Giove’s Pizza Kitchen, The Hope Agency, Sikorski Federal Credit Union, Jimmy O’s Bait and Tackle and Carmine’s Ristorante Italiano.

Steve Anderson of Shelton took home $400 and first place with the biggest bluefish of the day, a bruising 12.14 pounder. Rob Darby was awarded $200 and second place with a 12.08-pound blue, which was the only fish Rob caught during the tournament. Mike Malone finished in third place with an impressive 11.86-pound bluefish and took home a $100 prize.


Another Boating Season Closes

This past Saturday our summer home on the water was put on land for her winter hibernation.  She’s already shrink wrapped (her winter blanket) and Mike has completed most if not all of the winterization.  He did a perfect job of getting her up on the hydraulic trailer.

So taking the boat out of the water in the fall and putting her back in the spring are always big events for the Talmadge Family, even Poppa Smurf is around for both events.  Although he’s always around as he’s part of what us “younger generation” call the “GW” otherwise known as the geriatric ward.  This “ward” is a tent at the marina where all the established men and sometimes women sit and let their views on the world and life be heard.  And boy does the air sometimes get thick at the GW . . . shoe wee watch out.  Republicans welcome without invitation, democrats by invitation only.  HA!

Poppa Smurf to the left making sure all looks well

Another member of the “GW” . . . Charlie and that’s Mark blurred out in the background.  He can also be found in the “GW” on any given day.

And lastly, the boat is out of the water and on it’s way to it’s winter dry dock.  Yep, that’s my very own Mikey on the swim platform.

Until Spring 2009, Love & Luck over and out.

No Drift No Fish

Fishing with Mike Malone for the first time this year, slow year. Tried New Haven break water with no drift for fluke but only caught small blue and a porgie. Then went out near the wreck off of Milford for blues and it is slow, slow enough to write this blog post.

Fishing with buddy

Fishing with buddy
The hot October day I took Buddy fishing. Notice who has their eyes on the fishing pole! He loves fishing.

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FOTHR Bluefish Tournament Results 2007

As a director of FOTHR I am pleased to report that our first tournament was a huge success. The final results from 83 contestants was massive trophy bluefish weighing 18.88 pounds caught by Dave Youngquist from Shelton, CT.

Block Island Video

Links from the show:

Block Island (Temporary Post)
We took the day off of work and went to Block Island Rhode Island. This is how the day went: