Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tower Shoot / Wild game Supper

On Saturday the 19th the Clear Lake Church held it's second European Towershoot at the Pheasant Haven near Kanawha, Iowa. There were 20 shooter at the event and a total of 160 birds.

Following a great soup/chili lunch, provided by the ladies of the church, the first round began ... 20 shooters at 10 stations rotating after every 8 birds. After the first round as the harvested birds were being retrieved for cleaning, the group met for a picture and a challenge from the Bible brought to us by Pastor Doug Farrell from Forest City.

The second round began thereafter and the birds were flying and dying! Out of the 160 birds released we harvested 113 and that gives us a 70% success rate with is a bit better that average. Every shooter left that day with either 5 or 6 pheasants. A great time was had by all!

Here are a few photo's of our day!

Our Youngest Shooter


Happy Hunter: John Kamberger
Pastor Doug Farrell

Workin' Hard!
Doug Duesenburg: Explaining How He Missed!

I Remain, Pastor Steve

Seen Any Good Movies Lately?

I really enjoy watching movies with the lovely and gracious Mrs. Cox, however, lately we have not had very good choices.

We just switched from cable to Direct TV and for the next three months we are receiving a plethora of movie channels for "free" ... That being said we have been watching more movies than normal...

These are my reviews....

The Adjustment Bureau: Thumbs Down!

Tinker, Tailor, Solider Spy: Thumbs Down!

Larry Crowne: Thumbs UP!

Open Range: Thumbs UP!

Pixar's UP!: Thumbs UP!

What have you seen lately that your would recommend? Let me know!

I Remain,
Pastor Steve

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bits & Balderdash

Happy Birthday Nick Oliver!

Last Tuesday evening we were invited to dinner with Nick and Jessica Oliver to celebrate Nick's birthday. We met at the Chicago Speakeasy I Des Moines for a wonderful dinner and a great surprise for Nick, who did not know that we were attending! Great fun was had by all and we are already looking forward to the next time that we can all get together!

Deer Season 2012!

Deer season for this past year (2012) is officially over with my AGAIN not filling any tags! Now, if I believed that was the only measure of success than I would have had a very disappointing hunting season. But the reality is I had some incredible encounters with very good deer.

I had a basket racked 8 point at about 6 yards and missed due to a very small branch that miss directed my arrow over the deers back! I had an incredible tall tined buck at 30 yards and got not one but two shots at and missed BOTH!!! (buck fever, I think so!) these two encounters don't even count the numerous does that I had in range ... And I passed on them!

Another great deer season with the bow and now my thoughts are turning to the Iowa Spring Turkey Season!

Health Issues...

Finally succumbed to my first real humdinger of a cold this season. On the last day of the deer season, I was in my stand for about 4 hours when I just knew I needed to go home. Arrived home around 11 AM and went straight to bed, aching all over, I was sure I had the flu. Got up the next with a tremendous chest cough that listed though the weekend! I don't feel all that bad ... Just hurts to cough!

I can't complain though .... Many others having it far worse!

Hope all is well with you,

I Remain,
Pastor Steve

Saturday, January 05, 2013

This Is A Test ... Part 2!

Ok the first part of the test is over and I was able to post to my blog from my IPad and I'm a happy camper. I'm still trying to get the photo thing figured out ... I needed to get to a computer to do final editing of the post and photos. But this is a huge start!

There will be more to come!

Thank you for your patience!!

This Is A Test ... Only A Test!

We have turned the calendar and have begun a new year.

In looking at my blog I realized that 2012 has the lowest number of blog posts since the inception of my blog in 2005. I have given this a great deal of thought and consideration. During this contemplation I realized that last January (2012) I purchased an IPad and because of this I no longer brought my laptop home from the office every evening.

The IPad is an incredible tool ... I can do almost anything on it that I could do on my laptop! Except blog! Therefore, the number of post for this past year was a direct result of me not having my laptop with me, basically all the time.

At this point you may be thinking ... "Why don't you just get the Blogger app and get back to work?" I did. The app was junk!! However, I downloaded the new app and as I sit here this afternoon I'm blogging from my IPad! So again ... This is a test; only a test!

This process is ongoing!

I remain,
Pastor Steve