The Herald Bulletin

August 28, 2013

Rick Bramwell: Shoulder surgery will make outdoor participation tricky

The Herald Bulletin

---- — I've known since last October that I have a rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder. It actually got better before it got worse but not for long.

Last June, I was thinking surgery would not be necessary. My daughter, Jourdan, and the folks at MyTime Fitness showed me how to work out without using a full range of motion in my shoulder. For instance, I would half-stroke on an incline press. I was getting stronger and feeling better, but one day my manly pride got in the way.

I was working out with some women in a fitness class. After a punishing workout we were instructed to do push-ups. I was not going to cop-out with the ladies and did the exercise. My shoulder has been in pain ever since.

By the time you read this, I will have had the surgery. My shoulder and left arm will be immobilized for six weeks.

Even though I am right-handed, my dominant eye is my left and I shoot left-handed. I'm supposed to be cleared to shoot Nov. 19.

My plan is to shoot my .22 scoped Marlin right-handed for squirrels and buy a Native scoped cross-bow to shoot from the right side for deer.

Fall fishing is my favorite. Larry Holliday and I love to catch big bluegill from an Owen County Lake.

Perhaps, a cane pole might work, but that is not how I like to fish. Patience is a virtue I will have to learn.

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While working the Indiana State Fair, I escorted a blind man to a booth that sold those big, beautiful roasting ears. I asked one of the fellows where they got the corn?

I learned the corn is contracted by a farmer who has to plant a certain variety on or near a specified date.

The corn must be fertilized and irrigated. At a deemed time in ear development, the corn is sprayed with a pesticide.

"One year, the rain kept washing off the spray and every other ear had worms," the manager told me.

I planted a late crop of corn that will be ready the second and third week in September. Also, a late harvest is in store for cantaloupe and watermelons.

Fifteen years ago, I planted apple and peach trees. The peaches did well, but for all of my effort those "New" apple varieties were a failure.

Late last winter, I finally decided to drastically cut back two old apple trees in my front yard thinking I would cut them down if they did not produce. One is a Courtland, the other red delicious. I sprayed them most of the summer and thinned the knotty apples. Now these trees are loaded with big juicy apples almost ready to pick.

Give your old apple tree a good pruning next February and see what happens. You will have to keep breaking off the new water sprouts and spray with an all-purpose fruit tree chemical.