Why, after almost two years with out any sickness of any kind, did I get a cold? I admit I shook most of it in three days thanks to old country medicine lore I had used on me often growing up.

Why, after almost two years with out any sickness of any kind, did I get a cold? I admit I shook most of it in three days thanks to old country medicine lore I had used on me often growing up.


If I ever got a little cranky or felt bad, Grandma Igo dosed me down with Crazy Crystals in the Green Box — her cure for most everything.


If we were bleeding or cut, she used methiolate or mercurochrome — one burnt and the other didn’t — but they both were an orange-red color.


Grandma Webb believed in kerosene for any kind of injury. Castor Oil, Cod liver Oil (ugh) was given also, I think, just because she had them, ailing or not a tablespoon full of either would make me sick if I was well.


Now Grandpa Webb, who instilled a love for fishing and the outdoors in me, had a belief that hot honey and whiskey with a lemon drop or two was the perfect cure for a cold or any other sickness. Way to go Grandpa: two cups, small as I was, made me think I was cured best I can remember.


I guess it worked because to this day I still use it in cold weather — well or not. I still use these and some other old folk remedies but not Cod Liver or Castor Oil — let me die.


Another thing I use to this day is Vicks Vapor Rub in a teapot with water; breathing the steam will open up a clogged sewer much less a nose or sinus and bring tears to your eyes. Rubbing down your chest, throat and filling your nose with it before bed, with a roll of toilet paper for hankies got you through the night.


A doctor’s visit then could be paid off with a little cash and vegetables from the garden, eggs, milk or a side meat if it was hog-killing time or in total after harvest time.


Tuesday and part of Wednesday saw me digging up and replacing a drainpipe that a root from the maple tree had collapsed.


Second thing to think about: why can you never take out enough dirt to fill a ditch or hole up when you put it back?


Once I had that done, I took the boat to the lake that afternoon. I spent some time with the lake down moving brush and adding some here and there. If the lake comes back up they might work next spring.


That done, I started fishing. Slow rolling a Spinnerbait through some underwater brush got a nice bass on my third cast. A little later in the same brush I got another good fish on but lost it at the boat. I pretty much decided to stay with the Spinnerbait the rest of the time.


I did catch a couple smaller fish on a Shaky head jig. I had one small striper and missed a couple of other bites on a swim bait. Two hours and four fish in the boat, if you count the striper, is not bad.


As it got later some gulls showed up and went to working out in the lake. Before I decided if I would fish them two pontoon boats and a striper guide showed up so I let them have those fish.


Thanks to some of my neighbors out here who read my column. I have had two different people come by and offer me their log splitters after I ran how I was planning on doing it manually.


Looks like we might be going to have some cool or cold weather. Dress warm and take care of yourself if you get out on the lake.


Webb’s wisdom: if you have it on and don’t need it you can take it off. If you don’t have it and need it you are out of luck.