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Chris Grech 05/19/17
The new Captain boardshorts from AFTCO are here just in time for Memorial Day and summertime! These shorts feature a custom Americana themed pattern printed on AFLEX 4-Way stretch fabric. The fabric really does stretch well so if you have your phone and wallet in the shorts the fabric will stretch accordingly and not feel tight
Chris Grech 04/28/17
This month Weego launched their the full line of versatile, multi-purpose batteries to jump start vehicles in every engine size and for every budget. Guaranteeing peace of mind for moms to mechanics and beginner boaters to professional captains, the new N-Series products are premium-quality tools, fit for anyone at any time
Chris Grech 04/21/17
A couple weeks ago IMTRA released the Offshore and PitMaster series LED deck lights engineered and manufactured by Vision X for the recreational and commercial marine markets. The new lights provide superior illumination with durability and reliability that is ideal for boats or anywhere a quality, durable light is needed
Chris Grech 03/21/17
Accurate has introduced new BV-500-sized single-speed and two-speed reels to its popular Valiant lever-drag series. Like all Valiant models, the latest additions incorporate design innovations that maximize strength, durability and fish-fighting power, while minimizing reel size and weight
Chris Grech 03/10/17
BAMfluoro™ was born with the goal of outfitting all anglers with high quality line, made right here in the USA, at competitive prices. These fluorocarbon leaders were developed by a chemical engineer who loves fishing and has years of experience in fluoropolymer processing
Chris Grech 02/28/17
Skillie Fishing Apparel was launched in January of 2017 with the purpose of offering fisherman an alternative to some of the apparel that is currently on the market. They felt that the fishing apparel industry was getting away from its simplistic roots and was becoming too loud and graphic heavy
Chris Grech 01/27/17
The next generation of outboards from Evinrude have arrived. The new Evinrude E-TEC G2 Outboards are now available in 150 HP, 150 HO, 175 HP and 200 HP models and boast to be the most powerful, fuel efficient and cleanest combustion line of outboards
Chris Grech 12/29/16
If you're looking for quality and reliability without breaking the bank, Nikon is one of the best in the business when it comes to optics. The Nikon 7x50 OceanPro CF WP Marine Binoculars follow that mold perfectly
Chris Grech 12/23/16
There are a ton of great features packed into a small package of the ICOM M93D VHF Marine Transceiver. With power output of 5W, a 1570mAh Li-ion battery and a waterproof rating of IPX7, the unit will work when you need it most with up to 9 hours of battery life on a single charge
Chris Grech 11/30/16
AFTCO, the American Fishing Tackle Company we all know and trust, recently introduced an entirely new outerwear and fleece clothing line. If these new products are anything like AFTCO's awesome gaffs, fighting belts and fishing gloves, I would not think twice about giving them a shot so I recently tested out the new AFTCO Horizon Weatherproof Fleece and I can honestly say that it's the real deal
Jennie Logsdon Martin
my life, and it's a pleasure to fish it!
Weird. I haven't been able to think what to write about, and that is never my problem! Is this what they call writers block? Nope. Because I'm not really a writer!
When I used to have this problem, I'd just write a letter to my long lost Grandma, whom I loved, and who praised me for my writing abilities. (Even though I'm not a writer!) She just loved getting letters, I think!
I feel funny writing here, I think. I haven't fished lately. Oh, wait! I did once! I went to Memaloose with Bill. We had a great time, but we didn't catch anything. It was really nice, though, doing our old routine. Everything went smoothly, and all was normal. (Including not catching!)
So, Willie and I are heading out early this morning to the coast. I have been in Oregon City for a bit, trying to do all my medical appointments, which is why I'm here- and catching up on my gardening.
I told my son, David and my roommate, Tammy, that if they want a garden, this year, it's up to them.
But, somehow, I'm doing it again. Maybe half heartedly, due to available time, but I can't stand to see all those beautiful raised beds, with nothing going on!
My asparagus is 3 feet high at Oregon City, and barely poking out at the coast. That just goes to show you the difference! I can't believe it. I was taking Willie for a walk yesterday when I came upon a cherry tree full to the brim of cherries! Our cherry tree never produces, so I was surprised when I came home to take a closer look at ours (Actually our neighbors) and it was also full! I wonder if we'll get cherries! So excited!
So, when I passed cherries on sale for 2.49 at Freddies, I had to buy them! Yum!
My rhubarb is looking healthy, but it bolted very early on. Does that ruin things? Anyone know? I'd never seen a rhubarb bolt. A stalk, four feet high burst from the center. It was the oddest looking thing, with a big flower type thing on top. I broke it off and threw it away and now it's growing normally. I'll have to do some reading on that.
OK... I did what I should have. Read this, if you are interested. I did cut my flower stalk, but now I'm a bit upset about it. I guess the flowers are gorgeous! What would I rather have? Beauty or taste? BOTH! LOL. Oh well, I'll flower another year! I've never seen rhubarb flowers for sale, though. Have you? They look gorgeous on that page.
I have really bad soil, here. It's so filled with clay, that it's really hard to dig in, and water just pools on top. When I first bought this home, I bought three blueberry plants. two have died, and one is still living. It's been five years, and it's planted in clay. Finally, I have blueberries! Hahaha. What a waste of time, huh? But, still, I'm proud of those darn blueberries! All 15 of them!
Will the decisions about what to plant, and how much to plant, ever end? Why do I always have too many zucchini, not enough crookneck, or the exact opposite? So, this year, i have ONE zucchini, and three crooks. I have this feeling that the one zuch is going to die. Just because it's all I have. The neighbors better darn well plant enough for me!
Well, look at that, will you? I wrote! Maybe it's not suitable for a fishing page, but hey... with fishing the way that it is, not everyone can be getting into fish. So, here's Jennie, telling you about how her garden grows!
Wish me safety on my way to the coast. I'm sure glad I didn't go yesterday. There was a fatal accident, just about the time I would have left. My friend went to the coast, and was 10 cars or so, behind the accident. I was worried sick about her, until she called. She was turned around, and had to go 26 to Cannon Beach, instead. Whew. So scary driving those coastal routes! Be safe out there!
Love you all, despite my lack of being the friendly fishing girl. I still read about it on ifish, and my love for fish goes on, just as before.
Happy Mother's Day!
I keep hearing the talk this year about how hard Mother's Day can be for some people.
I guess so. I guess, actually, all Holidays can be difficult. Funny, or maybe not so funny- but strange, how things that are meant to be nice for people... like all Holidays are, can have an opposite reaction.
I think that's where we need to take responsibility for our reactions, and learn to appreciate the Holidays, regardless of personal relationships or past experience.
Learn to take good care of yourself! If we know something upcoming might be difficult, treat ourselves with love and appreciation and tenderness!
If you have recently lost your Mother, or maybe if you have suffered a miscarriage, or lost a child, be good to yourself, today!
Even if nothing is particularly wrong, celebrate the Mother in you!
People let people down. It's a fact. But, if you stop depending on them for your everything, then you alone can treat yourself like you want to be treated! Celebrate like you want someone else to celebrate you!
I woke up this morning to dirty dishes in the sink. I don't like that on any day, let alone on Mother's Day! Immediately, I wanted to take pity on me. "Happy Mother's Day" I wanted to grumble to myself. Then, I started to wander off in my mind to my recently lost son... Oh, boy! I could have had a pity party, deluxe!
I stopped myself, as stared out the window at the birds, lighting on my half empty feeders. I turned on the hot water, and began to scrub the dishes, perhaps a little too hard.
I could have mumbled, "Happy Mother's Day" in a disappointed voice that would stir my son from his sleep. But, I didn't! I stopped myself. After all, if I were to have started the day like that, I would have put a dent in any other positive things that David might have in store. :)
After all, David always means well!
I decided right then and there, that I wasn't going to depend on anyone else to make my Mother's Day a success. I actually started giggling about the expectations we have, for these 'Hallmark' Holidays. Expectations, indeed! That's why Holidays are so hard!
Let's lower our expectations and enjoy Holidays as if they are new, each year.
I have over 50 years of memories of Mother's Day! I have visions in my head of picking out a little gift at Parson's Drug Store in Canby for my Mom. My sister Teri would make French Breakfast puffs in the morning, and we'd all wait for my Mom to get up and enjoy everything the kids in my family had for her.
But, my Mom is gone. Yet, another "excuse" for a pity party. Oh, we can think of all the bad things, can't we?
Instead, I'm going to try to be appreciative of what I once had. I was so lucky! I'm going to celebrate those good memories, and who made me who I am, today!
I amped myself up good for Mother's Day, this year.
It is coming up on five years since my son Andrew passed away. Wow! That's a long time to hold back tears! But, I have not been able to cry since the long spell of crying I did, at the time of his death. I think I used up years worth of tears in 2012. And, for some reason, even if I felt like crying in the years since, I haven't been able to! It's so weird, and oddly uncomfortable to not be able to cry.
But, the other day, someone said something to me that made me cry. Isn't it funny that 100's of people can say nice things about us and yet we react to the few things that someone says, that hurt of feelers?
Yep. I took that one thing someone said and made it HUGE.
Bill came up the stairs that evening, and found sobbing. "What's wrong?" Instead of sharing the silly thing that originally brought tears, I sobbed. "I miss my Dad!" And I did! That brought on a new wave of tears! I changed my focus from those original thoughtless words, and began to sob and sup-sup over one thing after another. "I miss my Dad!" and then it went on to "I miss my Mom!" and then to Andrew, and then it seemed to snowball! I think I cried for an hour, straight!
It felt awful and wonderful at the same time.
The next day, I almost felt hung over. I sure was dehydrated, if nothing else! I think I lost most of my body weight in fluids! My pillow was absolutely soaked! Five years of tears in one hour is a lot!
Perhaps that is why I'm having such a healthy outlook on Mother's Day this year. I have reason to be sad, sure, but I've already spent those tears.
Today, I'm going to be good to me. I'm going to take a hot tub in the middle of the day. I'm going to pretend it is sunny outside, instead of rainy. I'm going to look at my scrubbed dishes and sink, and pretend I don't know who was so thoughtful as to leave it like that for me? Tee hee.
I did those dishes. We all know that. But, I can still appreciate it!
So, Happy Mother's Day! No matter who does the dishes!
And now, I'm going to go make French Breakfast puffs. YUM!
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reminder from Jennie!
Do not burn yourself out! Be as I am - a reluctant
enthusiast...a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves
and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight
for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can.
While it's still there. So get out there, and hunt and fish, and
mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the
forests, encounter the Grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks,
run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet air, sit quietly
for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely
mysterious and awesome space.
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain active and alive, and I promise
you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies,
over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit
box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you
this: you will outlive the (bad word edited for this family site!!)."