Find a way to stay busy when the wind’s up

With the wind blowing so strong and so steadily for so long, it’s getting harder and harder to keep from getting bored. I hope this wind goes away soon. I have a lot of flies I’ve tied that need to get used.

They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good, and that you can make a sow’s ear into a silk purse. I don’t know about the second one, but there may be some truth to the first. This constant wind we’ve been dealing with is a whole lot of miserable. But it has given me the time I needed to get a whole lot done around the house.

I cleaned up my home office, which was an absolute necessity, because my day job has me working from home two days a week. If I hadn’t cleaned up the office, I’d have had nowhere to work.

While I was cleaning up the office, I cleaned up the bar, too. That was another stroke of good fortune. Now I have a place to have an adult beverage or six at the end of a long day working. And I only have to walk three steps to get from my desk to the bar.

But it’s given me the time to do some other much-needed chores, too. It’s allowed me to sit down and crank out about 30-dozen flies to replenish my supply for fishing. Granted, I’m not much of a fly-tier, so they’re all very basic patterns. You’re not going to find many parachute Adamses or Royal Wulffs in my vise. About the most exciting I get is a pheasant tail nymph.

I’ve also sharpened every knife I own at least once; cleaned all my guns; and re-waterproofed all my tents and hunting jackets. If I were a reloader, I’d probably have enough ammo stocked up to invade North Korea.

I hope you are finding productive ways to survive this wind, and I hope it calms down out there soon. It’ll be good when can all go back outside without fear of blowing to Nebraska.