Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hayward Lake, Duck Calls, and Creepy Crawlies

Hayward Lake. That's what "they" call it - - - though I simply cannot think of it by that name for, having grown up in Hayward, I know it is simply a widened portion of the Namekagon River.

Nonetheless, "they" call it Hayward Lake. Situated right on its banks is this lovely hotel.

Fisherhubby and I spent last night there as a bit of a delayed anniversary get-away.

Of course, being Fisherhubby, he found time to do a little bit of this - - -

Followed by a whole lotta this.

While we were in Hayward, FH fished in three different spots and caught 6 fish. The following FH anecdote happened during ONE of his fishing excursions last evening:

Last Thursday, FH got a new iPhone. He has been experimenting with various ring tones to see which one he likes. At some point yesterday he set his ring tone to duck calls.

When he left the hotel to drive to another portion of the river to fish, he specifically told me, "I've got my cell phone, if you need me you can call."

After an hour or so of quality blogging time, I got very curious about the success he may or may not be having fishing, so I gave him a call. It rang four or five times and then went to voice mail.

I thought, "he's probably pulling in a big fish right now and can't answer - - - I'll call back in a minute." This I did three or four times with the exact same ring followed by voice mail response.

About a half an hour later he strolled into the hotel.

"Why didn't you answer your phone?" I queried.

"It didn't ring." Says he.

"That's funny, I called you three or four times."

"Hnmmm - - - I wonder why it didn't ring???"

He checked his phone for a bit - - - then looked up at me with a sheepish grin.

"I had my ringer set to duck calls. I kept hearing ducks calling - - - but there were mallards all around me so I thought it was them. Once I heard one right above my head and looked UP thinking, 'how did that mallard get there without me knowing it?' - - - only there was no duck there! I guess it was my phone ringing the whole time!"

So - - - a word to the wise ourdoorsman - - - DON'T SET YOUR RING TONE TO WOODSY SOUNDS. Unless, of course, you WANT to ignore your wife, on your anniversary and all.

This was the view of the "lake" from our hotel window during the late afternoon.

And it was no less lovely as the sun began to - - -

And then did indeed go down.

The view a bit to the left - - -

Left view, sun going down.

View to the right - - -

Right view, sun going down.

We took a leisurely morning and then headed home.

At one point in the car, I felt a creature crawling on my wrist - - - looked down and there was a little tick.

Oh mes amies - - - I GREW UP with ticks. They never phased me a bit.

So, WHY am I feeling creepy crawlies that don't even exist all over me?????

C'est la vie!!!



Anonymous said...

Beautiful place for a getaway. That is the cutest story about the phone!!!!! Thanks for sharing the pretty photos and I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Rebecca said...

Ticks freak me out big time. Eekkk, now my skin is crawling and I'm certain that tonight I will be visited by the tick dreams. Thankyouverymuch.

Love the duck call story!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So glad you got to get away. The phone story just cracked me up!

Keri said...

That hotel is GORGEOUS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that looks like the most wonderful place to be! Great lovely photos too.
Thanks for popping in to see me and you just have the prettiest smile!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cheeseboy said...

What a beautiful, beautiful place.

We don't have ticks very bad here in the west like you do in the east. Not nearly as many, you rarely get one. However, when you do get one, they are nastier than the ones back east. Bigger and meaner.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh you luckies!
Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!
Wish Dan and I were there to help you two celebrate!
The duck ring is hilarious....never even knew they had such a thing!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Dang Keetha!
I just saw you tried to call me today via Linda's blog! Shoot! I went to LaCrosse to shop a little but I could have headed to Eau Claire if I knew you were going to be in Osseo.
Oh well,
When are you coming back thru?

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I was wondering who had called me from Indiana. (caller id)

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Ack! I was laughing all through this post, then I got to the last few sentences.... now I'm just itchy. pfft. thanks fer nuthin'!
Gonna take a shower now. geeeez!
Happy Anniversary. The scenery is gorgeous!

Traci Marie Wolf said...

Happy Anniversary, what a lovely place to spend it. It's nice that you both felt good about spending some quiet time alone, I think that's the sign of a confident marriage (at least that's my opinion.) Great anecdote. My husband is the worst when it comes to turning his phone back on, it could take days if I or his brother don't remind him.

Erin said...

The duck ring tone story made me giggle! :)

Ann in the UP said...

I am in stitches over FH's duck call ringtone. I spit and snorted, and thought, "For once she got him, and she didn't even mean to!"

I agree that your hotel and the setting look just beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful time!

Whosyergurl said...

KEETHA, I am so happy that the two of you got away for your anniversary! It looks lovely. That is funny about FH ignoring you. I tell dug that he looks at his phone and says "Oh, it is just Cheryl..." and doesn't answer.
TICKS- ugh. I've had three in me already and Chelsea has had two. I HATE them! and they leave a red, itchy spot this year. I've never known that before.
xo, Cheryl

Holly said...

Happy anniversary! That place? I'd love to be there. Creepy crawlies and all.

Your duck call ring tone story is the best!

I can't find my blog said...

Glad you were able to get away... that phone story is PRICELESS!


Tonja said...

Great cell phone story! When my boys were all still home, and cell phones were still new...they would get my phone at night and change the ring tone, so the next day when it rang...I would become majorly bumfuddled. And that's the reason I'm in the shape I am today!

Beautiful place.

Martin LaBar said...

It's good to Hayward again! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

That is the best excuse for not answering a phone call ever! If it was a goose honk rather than a duck there is no way that he would have missed the call!

I am glad you both had a wonderful break, your photos are lovely.