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Jennie Logsdon Martin L.O.F.
(Licensed Oregon Fisherwoman)

November 30, 2015

I come from a family of shoppers. Not so much my Dad, of course, although towards the end, he did learn the satisfaction of having the best of the best, also. My Mom and sisters, though, seemed to have the shopping bug at birth.
They are girly-girls. Where did I come from?
My Mom prided herself on getting the sale of all sales at Nordstrom. She was also mighty good at getting the best parking spot, even in the midst of Holiday shoppers!
She'd meet me at school, and excitedly describe the cutest dress she saw at Nordstrom as she drove me to the doctors or to my piano lessons.
On and on, from the pleats to the frilly hem, she described the item, getting me all excited about the prospect of seeing it, soon! But then, she'd kill all my dreams with these words, "I almost got it for you!" WHA?!
Of course, that wasn't always the case, or I wouldn't have been excited about it. There were times when she'd scour the sales racks and bring me home the cutest clothes! I'd go nuts!
I carried on the tradition whenever I could afford it, as a young twenties. I'll never forget my first credit card. I really didn't deserve it, and knew I couldn't afford it: Nordstrom gave me a credit card at the irresponsible age of 21!
There was a lady at a desk at Nordstroms, trying to give away credit. Somehow, I was sucked in. I told the very lovely lady that I didn't think I'd qualify, and she said, sweetly, "Well, let's just try!" Five HUNDRED dollars worth of credit back then, was worlds apart from what I could afford to pay back!
I still have the classic "Classique" black blazer that I bought, that day. It was a smart purchase. It was! I mean, I wore that blazer to so many business opportunities, and it is still a smart choice, today. I still wear it!
But, with that purchase, I learned one of the biggest lessons. ever. Credit is not free. I think I made a zillion 11 dollar payments on that 500 dollars worth of credit, and I think Nordstrom made a lot more than the 300 dollars the blazer price tag had displayed.
I still keep my Nordstrom credit card, and I think I have 10 thousand dollars worth of unused credit on it! Credit cards scare me!
But, as a member of my family, I think it is law that we all have a Nordstrom credit card. I just don't understand why they don't carry tackle. Meir and Frank used to!
In my wallet lies a thousand Nordstrom dreams, forever tempting me! I win, though, because they don't carry waders.
During my twenties, I was a yellow rod fishing girl. I fished with only my Dad's older rods, and my Grandpas Mitchel 300.
But as I stood next to other fishers on the banks of Oregon's rivers, I would notice a particular reel that caught my eye, or an especially warm fishing outfit that the guy next to me had, while I was standing there, freezing in my sweats and old rubber hip boots.
Keeping in line with the effort to always be different than the family that raised me, I learned about "fishing fashion!"
I learned about Shimano reels, and breathable waders! I subscribed to Salmon, Trout, Steelheader and admired the gear. I dropped dead in my bed after a long day on the river, dreaming about Cabelas credit cards!
Oh! Fingerless wool gloves and electric socks, oh my, oh my! Give me those powder blue neoprenes and Lamiglas rods!
I went stir crazy! I started a fishing web site, and companies sent me flyers about their latest and greatest products and I fell victim!
I bought, and I bought, and I bought! My closet is full to the brim with fishing clothes and the shelves in the garage contain reels and rods and pliers and lures, and scents and everything my little fishing heart ever desired!
Of course, my man didn't get upset. He was addicted, too! He fully approved of anything fishing! Bet my sisters husbands aren't like that!
Yesterday it was frigid, here at the coast. The frost never melted from the meadow, and there was a hint of moisture in the air that froze my fingers just a bit more, than the day before.
My sisters all have the cutest gloves, mittens and scarves that they sport when they go downtown shopping, or to church on Sunday.
I have a shelf at the coast that keeps my gloves and mittens and cold weather accessories. My sisters really have nothing on the cost of all these things. They cost a pretty penny, and they are made of the finest merino wools, just like theirs!
However... mine all have the fingers cut off!
What the??? How can I stay warm, anywhere other than the river, when my fingers are hanging out?!?
I have found that during the Holidays, or occasions when I have to dress up, the only things I have to wear that are lovely enough, are classics, handed down from my sisters, my Mom, or things I have found at Good Will!... and the one classic blazer, from long ago!
However... see me on the river, and I am a fishing fashionista!
This year, to heck with it all.
I have decided it is going to be a Cabelas Christmas with no competition. To heck with fashion like my family knows it. I am what I am.
It has taken me 55 years to own it. (in more ways than one!)
I'm wearing my powder blue waders, dangit! Perhaps with my black 'Classique' blazer. (Do you know how much that cost!?!?) -- and if it's cold, I'm wearing my Patagonia fingerless gloves.
That way, my manicure will show!
(Either that, or egg goo?) Tee hee!

November 26, 2015
gobble, gobble...

Last evening, David and I were lounging around, and I asked him what he was thankful for, this year. He listed off so much! We are truly blessed.
Last year I came upon a little baggy of lists. It was from way back when the kids were little. On the days preceding Thanksgiving, I would have everyone at the dinner table write down what they were thankful for. I cried, as I read them. Especially little Andrew's list.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! sniff, sniff...
This will be my first Thanksgiving alone.
David is going to the traditional family dinner in Lake Oswego.
I asked our roommate what he was doing and he is going to Salem.
I was in process of thawing out a turkey breast. Perhaps I don't need it? Perhaps a Marie Calendar's Turkey pot pie would be better for one?
I am having coughing fits, day and night. This is the longest sickness I have ever endured. Kind of like an energizer bunny, it keeps on and on....
I'm hoping that this is the last stage of this illness!
I have the type of coughing where you cough so hard I might crack a rib! It makes you sneeze and my eyes tear up and my nose runs! Trying to get a Kleenex to any facial part is near to impossible.
Germs fly!
It's pretty much like "whack the mole" but much, much more difficult. Yesterday, I was having one of the coughing spells where you think your lungs will explode. It's kind of scary, because I can't breathe! I was desperate to get some soothing cough syrup down me to stop the spasmodic fit. Good luck! The sugary elderberry syrup went all over the floor, in my hair, and on my shirt. I was able to get a drop or two to my mouth!
The thing is, I feel mostly OK? I'm eating. I'm not weak, like Bill says he is, but... I just don't want to be in public when I start this coughing! It's embarrassing and unattractive!
Bill is staying home at the coast. This is horrible for me, because he doesn't sound at all well, when I talk to him on the phone. I spend my days miserable, worried about him. He isn't eating! Bill! You have to eat, honey! You have to drink! Please!!!
Bill spent so much time smoking the traditional salmon for before the big Thanksgiving dinner, and now he can't make it, either. Pheh.
I wish I could drive to the coast to be with him, but with the icy roads and the heavy traffic, we have decided it would be best to put it off until the next couple days when things quiet a bit.
So... sniff, sniff.... I'm sad. I miss Bill!
OK. Buck up. It's just another day, right? RIGHT? Why would I put it upon myself to make myself sad? It IS just another day! I can be thankful, anytime and I am! It's just the break of tradition, I guess, that bugs me. That, and missing all of my loved ones. My family. I have David, most of the day, though. Things to be thankful for... check!
This is Thanksgiving, and the big picture in my mind is a huge family get together, with tons of laughter and love. I'm just going to miss that. :(
Oh! Just remembered. Tomorrow is the Civil War, so Bill probably isn't desperate to have me around tomorrow. I guess I'll try to get in on some local sales for Christmas. Then, I'll travel to the coast on Saturday.
With all that is evacuating my head space, there are Kleenex everywhere! On the floor, in the couch, in between the covers on my bed. Trash baskets overflowing! I should have purchased green and red tissues, and call it Christmas decorations! Yeah!
Bill? I miss you! I'll call you in a minute, and we can commiserate our "alone-ness" together! I totally understand, now, the sadness people go through during the Holidays. It's just no fun to be alone, is it?
I think I'll turn on the Hallmark Channel and watch other peoples Holiday stories. Hallmark movies are always feel-good movies. :)
Regardless, and in spite of, I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
I can smile through this. I can! I will!

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