A perfect weekend
Nearly every day is a beautiful day in the Ozarks, it seems, but this past weekend was exceptional even by those standards.
I took full advantage of the gorgeous spring weather and indulged in some of my favorite activities: delicious food, baseball, more delicious food, coffee, more delicious food and bream fishing. Add in a Game of Thrones watch party with dessert on Sunday night, and the weekend gets a rating of 10-plus.
My weekend started Friday afternoon when I accompanied my friend and colleague David Bell to Fayetteville on an errand for his church. That put us in the near vicinity of the Catfish Hole, and we didnít waste the opportunity. We gorged ourselves on hush puppies, cole slaw, pickled tomatoes, catfish filets and chicken tenders. To top that off, after David finished his errands he twisted my arm and insisted we pick up dessert at Andyís Frozen Custard. Iím partial to the peanut butter-cup concrete, for the record.
I spent Saturday morning being lazy and drinking coffee, then watched my beloved Chicago Cubs play on TV before heading over to Springdale for some live baseball. If youíve never been to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, youíre missing out. It was great baseball weather, even if I did have to put on a jacket for the last few innings. I took a new route home after the game and, lo and behold, someone kindly put a Waffle House just over there to the right! A little more coffee and hash browns scattered and smothered hit the spot.
Now, lest anyone think I totally blew off my responsibilities all weekend, let me clear that up right now. I took the trash out Sunday morning. Then I had another cup of coffee and watched the Cubs game.
After that, the real fun began. After the game was over, I cooked a pair of New York strips and baked potatoes. Iím picky about my steaks, but these turned out almost perfect ó charred nearly black on the outside but pink and tender on the inside. It took a little willpower to eat just one.
After my early dinner, I loaded up my trusty cane pole and headed to Georgeís Pond for my first fishing expedition of 2019. Iím a low-brow fisherman ó no fancy lures or high-dollar rod and reel for me. Give me a cane pole, some live bait and some hungry bream and Iím happy as can be. Itís a little early yet, but the fish were biting enough that I caught a few. That was enough to make my day.
I finished off my weekend watching Game of Thrones with our associate editor, Samantha Jones, reporter Kelby Newcomb and Samís husband, Gideon. By then it was after 9 p.m., and time to get some rest for the work week.
It wasnít that long ago that my weekends consisted of a 14-hour workday on Friday and a 12-hour workday on Saturday before spending Sunday just trying to recover. One of the reasons I came to Carroll County was to find some balance between work and life. Nearly five years later, itís still the best decision I ever made, and I count my blessings every day.
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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com
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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.