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Swinging Back

Updated on March 7, 2016


It has been a while since I was last here, thank you to all who have reminded me through social media, emails and phone calls. Thank you so very much and all your kind and encouraging words have had an impact.

Gather around as always, find a place to settle down, Introduce yourself if you are new. Please do leave a comment if you would like. This is a safe place and a place where you can hopefully find some love, so please let all your cares and worries go for a few minutes as I catch you up on what the past year or so has brought.



It can be challenging at the best of times, you know this thing called life we face on a daily basis. Add in the accumulating years, some health issues, world issues and it can take its toll. Meanwhile the river just keeps flowing, day and night, season after season.

I like to think of myself as being in the "Composting Lane" of life. Some of you can relate, others are in the process of pulling over a little and letting the traffic keep up with its dizzy pace we see it as it passes.

Health issues began in August of last year with a full blown Gallbladder attack. After spending 5 days in the hospital waiting it was finally removed. It was not a fun trip I can assure you, one day led into another and the Morphine flowed freely. The Doctor shared with me after the fact it was one of the worse he had seen. Never the less this old guy is running around with one less body part to have to worry about.

If anything I think I was more annoyed that I had to cancel a long awaited Sturgeon fishing trip. Needless to say I was not all pleased. So back at the ranch in flatland Alberta I went through a long and painful recovery. It was one I care not to repeat.




If you want to get a workout like non you will find in a gym then come to Canada and fish the Frazer River in British Columbia. The river is very diverse in many kinds of fish depending on what time of the year you book a charter. The guide I used this particular day was an amazing wealth of information and professionalizm and a true gentleman of the sport. His normal day for a charter is 8 hours, his rates are some of the best found. In all truth the 8 hour day, lunch and beverage included was 650.00 Canadian.

The day started at 7 am, we were on location by 7:30 and by 7:40 I was battling the first of 16 fish to be caught during the day. The first was the average size of 125 pounds, just under 4 feet in length. By noon my arms and shoulders were having a serious discussion as to wether I was sane or not. By the time were were heading back to the dock my knuckles were dragging on the bottom of the boat.

The largest I caught that day (Picture Attached) came in at 7.4 feet and weighed close to 350 pounds. Sturgeon are protected, they are strictly catch and release and not allowed inside the boat. The only hooks allowed are barbless hooks, they are fought until they are tired. Once brought to the side of the boat they are relatively harmless, you simply pop the hook out and they swim away. They recover quickly to be caught another day.

It is indeed an amazing fishery and one I will be back to visit again this coming August. Many years ago I rented a small cabin on someones property. The couple had two children aged 7 and 9. I used to take them out camping and fishing. Some 30 years later we are going to do it again. What a blessing it will be to spend time doing something we all love again. Funny seems strange as they now have children of their own.

At Home


Nature Speaks

For anyone who has been following over the several years I have been on HP or followed other links I think you are well aware of the love and respect I have for nature. She simply speaks into my soul and resonates with me for ever of the rewards and majesty she has.

You as a writer soon become aware of all the distractions when you attempt to publish your own novels. First is the editing process which seems mundane, this is followed by self marketing and promoting your works. Needless to say you are soon marketing on each and every social media outlet you can find. If you are fortunate enough to be successful you can hire an agent to do it for you. Hopefully after a great deal of rejections a publisher will pick up your work, soon you are free to simply create.

I recently found an app which tracks my time online, where I spend most of my time, Facebook was the greatest of time robbers for me. I made the decision a month ago to close both my pages. Not because of those who followed me but more so those whom I had accepted as friends and had little or no contact with. It was enlightening one morning I checked and read through the many posts, what I saw I think is what helped make the choice. An unnamed lady had written a post her cat had woke her up during the night coughing and gagging. Well ok that is somewhat normal I suppose. It was the picture she posted later in the day of the hairball the cat had left behind. I mean really.

I will let it cool its heels for a while reopen my pages again and will be doing some constructive housecleaning. So if you have been looking for me on FaceBook, I am still alive and well, feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment.

I have been taking a break from writing seriously and decided to simply have some fun. I am at approximately 30,000 words into a novel and have decided rather than publish traditionally I will release it chapter by chapter here on HP...

Thank you for following along, please know that I love and care for each of you. I guess you can say I am back on HP again... Hugs to all...

@ Rolly A. Chabot


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      Rolly A Chabot 20 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi again Shauna...

      A great move on your part to change life and pursue something different. I applaud you. I do agree with what you are saying of social media, I have all but dropped the better part of once was such a draw on my time. Like you I take the time to briefly scan what is taking place... Hope you are following your dream...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, I'm glad you recovered well and had the opportunity to catch "the big one". I know how you love nature!

      I can relate to you cleaning house, so to speak. I've gone back to work and am not as present as I once was. I leave comments on HP (I'm dreadfully behind in my reading), but haven't written anything new since December. It seems my life is taking a different direction now and I'm loving it. As far as social media, I've sort of let it fall by the wayside. Now that I'm no longer trying to make a living of writing, I find it an unnecessary time suck. It no longer fits with what I have going on.

      I congratulate you for making changes in your life that suit where you are (in life) and what's important to you. That's what life's all about.

      Good to see you back!

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Aviannvoice:

      I agree and taking a break is a good thing, it has been a good move as I am able to focus more on the important things in life.

      Thanks for the visit and glad you are here and active...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi AliciaC...

      Good to see you and thank you for the comment. Yes British Columbia has so much to offer and the beauty is abound. Not only in resources but mainly the people, we are such a diverse country...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to see you again, Rolly. Facebook can be a drag from time to time, so it is necessary to take the occasional break. Missed you!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that you've recovered from your gall bladder problems, Rolly, I'm also glad that the sturgeon lived to fight again! Good luck with your novel.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Blossom:

      You are welcome for the hugs, so good to see you again and yes we are all so caught up in life we do let things slide...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Mmmm! Thanks for the hug and welcome back. I, too, have been away for a while and have great intentions of being more communicative in the future. Love your stories - do keep them up.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks Eric and yes it was a fun time indeed... the fishing was amazing. Will be heading back again as it will be on my permanent bucket list... stay well my friend...

      Blessings from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      So good to know you are well and back on Hub Pages. It seems that everyone who leaves returns. I love this community of writers and wish to go nowhere. I missed you and our fireside chat. I know you have found happiness when you are catching the BIG ones. God bless and welcome back my friend...

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CrisSp

      Well gosh darn you find the nicest people here don't you. Great to see you again and yes I have been following your weather, it has been a chilly one for you... do drop me a mail on here and lets catch up, been far to long.

      Thanks for the comment and yes the fishing was great. The Island though for the 3 months I was there nothing but cold and wet but still nice.

      Hugs and Love


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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Good to see you open up the fireside again. It's still cold in my part of the world, so it feels great to be here.

      Welcome back Rolly. We missed you and the fireside read. And, that's a big catch out there and beautiful too! :)

      Keep well!

      Love from the sky~

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... Here I thought you had all but built another ark from following the weather down your way.

      Decades, well I hope we have them. Be great to some day sit with steming cups of coffee laughing about some of those silly things we did when we were younger... Thanks for the visit and be sure and say hello to Miss Bev and all the critters. Just found out I am allowed 3 Chickens in this small town so may utilize the law and start my own urban farm.

      Hugs as always


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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to hear from you again, my friend, and good to know you have recovered and are doing reasonably well. This growing old thing has its ups and downs for sure. Knock on wood, hopefully you and I have several more decades of friendship ahead of us. :)

      love and hugs from rainy Olympia


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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks Eric... get to see you again and as always welcome to the Fireside. Hope you and yours are keeping well. I really do have to drop in and say hello after the long sojourn.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I was happy to be sitting here contemplating my naval and listening to the rain when you popped up. It is very good to hear from you and I am glad to hear you are again in good health.

      Wow what cool fish you caught. Perhaps one day for me.

      It is just plain good to know you are well.