Friday, December 21, 2007


I took the day off yesterday from work and also from blogging to get some rest and relaxation. As luck would have it though my sons muffler decided it was a good time do dye so I started my day out in the muffler shop. We left his car there though and headed out to go fishing so I did have some relaxation. I forgot to bring my camera though so there are no pictures of the fish we caught. We caught 6 Sheepshead and ended up keeping 4 for dinner. The weather was about perfect and my sons and I had a great time. For those that have never seen a Sheepshead, here is a picture I took last year of some we caught. Notice they really don’t look like sheep but do have some big buck teeth for eating crabs and barnacles. They are a very difficult fish to catch and I was glad to see that both my sons caught some. I fished just until I caught one just to make sure I could still do it.

I looked up Sheepshead on Google and this is what I found. Ha ha ha.

The only bad part of the day was that it got so warm that the sand gnats were out. If you have never had the good fortune to be around sand gnats you don’t know what you are missing. They are called flying teeth or no-see-ems becase they are tiny but pack a sharp bite. Nothing kills then or even drives them away. All you can do is drown them with bug spray and hope for a stiff wind. They are famous for attaching you when you are trying to work or concentrate like when you are fishing. When we got back to the dock we all looked like we had the chicken pox because we were covered with little red spots. Here is what they look like:

Today is my last day to work before Christmas. I am looking forward to 4 whole days off. I will do some baking this weekend but I am planning on taking it easy most of the time. We are having our holiday dinner today and I made Tater Salad. That’s the same as Potato Salad for those that don’t speak southern. It is a great recipe with lots of taters, butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon bits, onions pickles and a touch of mustard. See how nicely I decorated the Tater Salad with pickles? :)

I am defiantly in the Christmas spirit this year even though we are having a warm spell right now. It is almost too warm to do any serious baking but I am going to give it a go. Don't forget the reason for the season:

I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas.


Suz said...

Merry Christmas to you and all your family, Greg!

Patty said...

One year we took a trip to Copper Harbor, Mich, that's as far as you can go, the road then makes a turn around to go back, unlss you want to drive into the water. Anyway they had these no-see-um bugs, and they seemed to attack the kids the most, because they were sweaty, you didn't know they attacked you until you saw a fine thin line of blood running down the neck from the hair line. I don't remember if they left red marks or not. That's been about 42 years ago. The youngest at that time was around 3, her sisters and brothers were around 7.8 and 9. So now you know how old our kids are, except now our youngest is 34, she was our surprise package.

Kathy said...

Hey...thanks for visiting my site and I am so happy to have been introduced to yours because of it. I'm subscribed to you and can't wait to read more. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Janice Thomson said...

Our no-see-ems here cause many to swell and usually take weeks and weeks to heal.
I have never seen that kind of fish before - the stripes make them look like a tropical fish. Interesting name that's for sure.
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours Greg! Hope 2008 is everything you want it to be.

Lori said...

What an interesting fish you showed us. I hope you enjoy your baking this weekend, even in the warm weather. The tater salad looks delicious!!! A very merry Christmas to you too!! Have a great holiday!

Kim S in SC said...

Thanks for making me laugh! Love the pic of the fish! And yes, visiting the beach in SC is just not complete without the no-seeums. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!! Lots of joy and I'm sure laughter will abound in your house! I'm going back to baking right now.

Celticspirit said...

Where did you go fishing Greg? We go fishing occasionally and don't have that kind of luck. Is there a secret spot here in the Carolinas?

Gardener Greg said...

Thanks everyone for the visit and the comments.

I am glad I bought a little humor to everyone.

Celtic you know I can't give out my fishing spot. You know what they say:

Give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, you feed him for life. Take him fishing, tomorrow he will be in your fishing spot and telling everyone about it. :)

Beth said...

Merry Christmas Greg!!!

Wanda said...

Those fish are really interesting. I like your sketch of the flying knat. And that tater salad looks very tasty...what time did you say dinner was??

Merry Christmas to a true blogger friend!
Blessings on you and your family.

snowelf said...

Wow, I've never heard of those bugs before, but I wonder if we have them here because that sounds like the thing that bit me at the pumpkin patch! It was a tiny little sucker!

Have a very merry Christmas Greg and best wishes for 2008!! :)


Kati said...

Merry Christmas to you & your fam., Greg!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!!

Heather said...

Have a wonderful Christmas! Blessings!

Mayden' s Voyage said...


Merry CHristmas friend...

Dave said...

That's quite the Sheepshead! LOL

First time at your sight... Not my last. Have a good Christmas! :-)

Kerri said...

Merry Christmas Greg!
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

Greg said...

Merry Christmas

The tater salad was delicious. Thanks for all the great gifts.
Hope your Christmas dinner tastes as good as the meal you made earlier.

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