Friday, April 30, 2010

Yarborough's Ice Cream Tonight


Caden got the blue bubble gum flavor and wanted to show everyone his blue tongue.  Ethan got two big scoops of chocolate something or another.  Stacie got a sundae and I scored a banana split.  Gabe is out roughing it with his Boy Scout troop camping a few miles away from home.  This is the first night in his life that he has not slept in the same house/tent with a member of his immediate family, I believe.  Hope he's OK. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

North Carolina Treasures in Print

This is one of several framed prints of various awesome places throughout North Carolina that have been hung in the first floor of Central Carolina Hospital.  It's an awesome little collection and I really enjoy it as I wander through the halls at work each day.  This print is a photo of the little bridge on the lake at The Graylyn Conference Center in Winston-Salem, where I worked for three years.  Graylyn is a beautiful place, and I miss it.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

They Thought We Had Five

As we walked through Kohl's and BJ's tonight everyone thought we had five kids and stared. We've been babysitting our niece and nephew a couple of days while they wait for their baby brother to leave the hospital. They were fun to have around!

By the Azaleas

My cute little niece Cailyn.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Originally uploaded by Joe Jon!
Caden reciting the Westminster Shorter Catechism answer to Question 1: "What is the chief end of man?"

His answer, translated from toddler talk: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Beaver Creek was Good Fishin'

A Few Nice Trout
Originally uploaded by Joe Jon!
A nice Rainbow trout, a couple of Brook, and a Brown, caught in Beaver Creek, West Jefferson, NC, April 13, 2010. Hate the glare from the sun screwed it up. They were pretty fish. LG enV2 cell phone.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Nice Rainbow

Nice Rainbow
Originally uploaded by Joe Jon!
18-19" Rainbow caught in Helton Creek above Sturgills, NC. He was lying under a rock overhanging the creek and bit on a green beadhead woolybugger.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gabe with Smallmouth

It's been a slow fishing day and it's very windy today, so the fly rod was frustrating to wield. But Gabe hooked this nice little smallmouth on his spinning rod with a Rebel Crawdad. I caught several about as big as the bait I was using. Maybe tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Current View

We're about to cook up some S'More's. Smoking the Aldo Velani straight pipe with the Nutty Irishman blend tobacco.

A Little Work Before Pleasure

Burning a big pile of brush before heading out for fishing.

Monday, April 12, 2010

First Smallmouth on the Fly Rod

My first fish of the trip, this nice smallmouth bass, caught on a green beadhead woolybugger on the fly rod. I caught a couple more like this and called it a day.

Ethan Caught the First Fish

It took Ethan about 5-minutes to land the first fish of the trip, this little rock bass (red-eye) on a Rapala minnow. He was happy. Check the Spider Man rod.

Headed for the Mountains

I need to recharge my batteries, so we're headed for the hills for the week.  Hopefully I can put a few photos and commentary up.  It all depends on the signal I get.  As always, I'll be on Twitter ( but it may be spotty depending on the cell service up in those mountains along the Blue Ridge.  I'm taking my lap top, the Nikon D70, and the Canon SD-1000.  Whether I'll break any or all of them out remains to be seen. Or, in better terms, depends on the size fish I am catching.

Critical Item Travel Check List

1.  Smoking pipe bag with two bent pipes and one straight pipe:  Check
2.  Tobacco bag (Trout Stream blend) and new tins (Nutty Irishman blend): Check
3.  Fly rod case with 4 weight and 5-6 weight rods:  Check
4.  Fly reel with new line: Check
5.  Waders and wading boots:  Check
6.  Wading bag with two fly cases: Check
7.  Tech bag with lap top, cameras, and lenses: Check
8.  Fishing hat and lucky fishing t-shirt:  Check
9.  Crown Royal and Balvenie 12-Year Doublewood:  Check
10.  Leather Journal:  Check
11.  Bibles, family devotional book, copies of the Westminster Catechism:  Check

OK, I'll throw in some clothes and a couple pairs of shoes and be on my way!

See you soon.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Stacie (right) sitting with Wilma, our Pastor's wife, on their back deck.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pizza Party

I'm treating my staff to a pizza lunch (supper later) today for no other reason than that they pretty much rock.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

We Need Your Help

We need your help to get Gabe to summer camp!  It's plain expensive!  So, if you live in the greater Sanford area and would like to eat some delicious barbecue, please consider buying a plate! Or two.  Bring the whole family! 

Boy Scout Troop 942 BBQ Fundraiser

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why: To Raise Funds for Summer Camp

Lunch or Dinner Served

Location:  St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford

Only $7.00 per Plate!

Please email me before Tuesday, April 6, if you would like to buy tickets.  We'll come to you with the tickets!  joejon (at) joejon (dot) com