It was a very tough week for my family this past week.
Saying goodbye to my grandfather, Martin Grinstead, was an experience that is still hanging onto me.
It seemed like it happened so quickly...
On Sunday morning my Grandpa Martin Grinstead passed away.
Just last week he walked over from the RR Long Term Care facility to my parents’ house. He was sharp and spry and indulged in a piece of cherry pie... one of his favourites.
No matter how he tried he could only be in one place at one time.
Sometimes that frustrated him and more often then not it frustrated the Record’s readers.
Are you all wet with depression? Or feeling a bit cooped up and stir crazy?
Well you are not alone!
Just about everyone I have talked to this past week has had it with the weather.
One guy even gave me heck for checking my rain gauge the other day. “You probably just love this weather... checking your gauge like it matters.”
I have never had a burn as bad as “Sturgeon Burn.”
Last Monday my buddy Jim Armstrong and I took his boat down the Rainy River a little ways to do some walleye fishing.
It took nearly 30 years but over the weekend I closed a chapter in my life that I have been interested in ever since 1977.
On Saturday I went and saw Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith.
With the U.S. season opener just passing and ours scheduled for this weekend, fishing fever is reaching thermometer popping levels.
For many fishermen, cold bottles of beer also go hand in hand with the experience; whether it is to batter the fish with before cooking or to drink while telling stories about the one that got away.
This week has been a very trying week but if you are reading this it means we made it through the thick of it fairly unscathed.
My dad thought I was kidding when I told him he was getting a lump of coal for his birthday this past Sunday.
But the truth of the matter was he was getting a whole bunch of lumps of coal.
What a weather roller coaster we have been on the last week.
Last Monday it was in the 80s and we were all talking about a great and warm summer coming early. How quickly we forget that April is a transition month and that weather patterns often flutter back and forth from sub-wintry to sub-summer.