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Craig Ritchie 07/15/16

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Jennie Logsdon Martin L.O.F.
(Licensed Oregon Fisherwoman)
I love my life, and it's a pleasure to fish it.

July 23rd, 2016
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Sigh... I just took an hour and wrote this really long column, and poof! It was gone. It just disappeared off the screen of my world, and said, "Dreamweaver quit, unexpectedly."
Ya think? Unexpectedly is RIGHT!
Gone! The whole thing!
See? This thing happens to tech support, too!
Makes me so upset. I'm going to save now, and after every other word! I mean, Jesus saves. So should we!
The part about how I smelled Fall, and how Fall used to be my favorite time of year. That was gone! It was all written in Jennie style, and I liked the column. It was nice.
How Fall used to my favorite season, and that it even says so, in years past on my monthly writings on ifish. But, then Andrew, my son died, and it kind of changed how I felt about Fall. Andrew passed on August 31st. I lost the part about how I can feel sorrow and joy together, at the same time, and if you live long enough, (like I have!) that you learn that's possible!
I wrote how thankful I was that I'm so fortunate.
How I walked up to my gait at the side of the house, fully knowing that it would be a struggle, because the latch is broken. But, as I walked toward it, something appeared different.
I grabbed the handle, where there was no handle, before, and opened it, as if it were new. I turned to David and said, "David! Who fixed the gate?"
David in turn turned to our neighbor, Scott, just getting home from work, and pointed.
I said, "Scott! Thank you!" That's something he would do...
Scott said, "What?"
Scott didn't fix it. Then whom?
AMAHNEE! Dave fixed it! He came over while I was in Tillamook and fixed it! We had talked about me helping him with ifish on his phone and he would look at my gate.
I didn't fix his phone, but he fixed my gate!
Thank you, Dave! You are so awesome!
And then, my Ford hatch latch had broken and Ford wanted 350 to fix it. I googled it, and you tubed it. I can fix it myself!
I did most of it, until it came to the T27 torx screws that were stuck. They were "locked tight" so to speak! I could not get them to budge! Even David my son couldn't get them to budge! So, I called Mr. Fixit over to help. (Amahnee!) He came over with the right tools and he fixed that sucker the rest of the way!
I am fortunate!
(oh, yikes! Save)
After everything that I have been through, I think that people must think I think I have a cruddy life. I still maintain that I am one of the luckiest people in the world. I just forget about the bad things, and maintain the awesome. It really is the only way to go.
I'm sick of saving. But, I had just finished all this hard coding stuff, to put a video in here, and make sure it was linked to the page, and... now I have to do it all over again. (Save). Here goes.
I just finished sharing something that is VERY important to me. I'm sharing it here, and it's also... wait. I'm just going to share it here, but link it to where I shared it on the board. So much easier! (Save!)


See, I had to change the size of that video manually, to get it in this column space... and then link it by hand... argh. It's just a pain.
Anyhow (save!) the REST of the story is linked here. It goes to the discussion board.
Bizarre. I can't get anyone to read about it. It's been up for 20 minutes, and not ONE person has read it. I'm going to change the title to something like, "Catch limits, here!"
OK. I'm saving and uploading this column, now, before I lose it! LOL. Literally!
Got the password info pasted in the top? Check! (Save)
Got the video linked? Check! (Save)
Got my sanity? NOPE!

July 20, 2016

G'morning star troopers!
?Where did that come from?
Several things on my mind, this morning.
First, so bizarre. I felt so sick yesterday that I didn't even enjoy my favorite drink. I thought I'd treat myself to those five dollar coffees at Starbucks. I ordered it, and drank a couple sips. What a waste!
My fav is (Get this, it takes forever to order!)
"...a grande three pump toffee nut latte, extra hot, with whipped cream and caramel "driz". (Driz-Like the kids say!)
I guess you are supposed to order it in order of how they grab things. So, you say grande first, so they can grab the cup. I suppose you are supposed to say "extra hot" next, so they know hot or cold cup. Oh well.
The first sip is usually heavenly, with coffee, whipped cream and caramel resonating in your mouth and smelling heavenly! -and it was pretty good, but two drinks later, and I had had enough.
I was very weak feeling, all day. The coffee did not help.
After dinner, (which consisted of three bites of rice and stir fried veggies, (fresh out of MY garden), I took Willie for his last romp.
This is scheduled by my very strict and energy filled springer spaniel boss, and Willie will not let me forget, nor take time off!
I picked up my feet and trudged through the sticky wet grass of the meadow. Each step was a burden.
He, a flashlight in his mouth, (yes. A flashlight- his favorite toy) and me with mine. He won't run around, unless my flashlight is on and working. He also won't run unless I break out in song. His favorite tune lately is "I've been working on the railroad".
After Willie was half satisfied with his exercise, I headed back to give him his nightly treat. I was nearly to the end of my day! YAY!
I reached the top of our stairs. Almost... almost!!! Down I went, into the soft, King sized mattress of my favorite time and place. Bed time!
Funny. I still have a poem written to me by my first Husband about how much bed time means to me! So... romantic! NOT! I'm there for sleep and that's all!
Feeling exhausted and nauseous, (I mean really nauseous!) I just lay there, still. I have a paranoia of being "sick". There is nothing worse than being sick to me. It's not an option. There is to be NO throwing up for me!
I didn't care if anything was on the TV or internet. I just lay there, staring ahead with half open eyes.
I took my temp. 101.5. ACH!
And that was it! I woke this morning, and it was almost scary! I was in the exact same position as I had first settled! Sitting up a bit, with a blanket over my day wear, and my ipad in my lap! I had made it without getting sick, too! Close call!
If I had passed in the night, I would have never known it! I had to think a bit, where I was!
I have no fever and feel just a bit weak. So, was I just exhausted, yesterday? Did I have nausea due to exhaustion? I guess that can happen.
I have been working way more than I should with these password problems.
I am nearly caught up, so that in my e mail, there are only two or three a day. So, am I finally letting my guard down, knowing that it's almost over?
Hey! And lookee here! I'm writing! It's flowing from me like it used to! I'm enjoying conveying my thoughts, however boring they may be!
So, today I'm to drive to Portland. Last night, it crossed my mind to wait, but I think I'm well enough to go, now.
I have an appointment to pick up a new computer. I'm finally graduating from XP!
Back when I got this computer, I could afford a good one. Now, I'm searching for an incredible deal, and I think I'm satisfied with what I'm getting. I'm going with Windows 7, as instructed by my son, David. He says that this is the most stable environment. Most people I have spoken to really dislike 10. So, after months of searching, I've found a used 7 machine that has everything I want. Yay!
It's been a rough month, with the passwords fiasco, with my bicycle stolen, the rear door latch of my Ford Escape not working, (Cha Ching) and misc. bills adding up.
It's life, and I'm living it! I'm not going to look forward to getting past this, because I've finally accepted that life is what is happening right now!
Let's enjoy it!
I can do that, as long as I'm not throwing up!


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A 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!!)."
--Edward Abbey

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