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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.

August 23, 2016
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I think I'm finally caught up! I mean, we are never really caught up, are we? But, at least I have the computers all running and the weather station up. I should knock on wood, right?
Unfortunately, I've worked through one of the most special times of the year at the coast. The hummingbirds, the grosbeak, the purple finch and the goldfinch have been counted and cared for, mostly by Bill.
I've been head down, buried in computer stuff!
And now? It's beginning to be that time of year when all is silent. The river runs quiet. The cutthroat find a deep hole to hide in. The grosbeaks find something better to do than hang around with us. So do the beautiful little goldfinch. You know, the other evening I said goodbye to them, and I didn't even realize it.
I was just listening to the world around me while Willie was out playing. I always wonder at how spectacular it is, where we live. Tall coniferous trees surround our meadow, as far up as the eyes can see. Sometimes a bald eagle will soar near the top and let out that raucous cry. I love that! So lonely, but yet so proudly patriotic.
And each evening as i lay in my clean sheets and wonder about the world, I hear that Osprey that does his late night river run and cries, the entire way. Every night! Nearly on a perfect schedule!
Sometimes if I'm really lucky, after darkness comes, the clickety clack of elk or deer hooves on the rocks of the river wake me, or the hoot of an owl, somewhere deep in the woods. "Bill! Bill! Listen!"
These are the treats of living life on the river!
The sun was still up when I heard that high sweet song of the goldfinch. Just one of them, breaking silence, before nightfall. It's a high, semi circular 'tweeeee'. Silly, I know, but I tried to mimic it, once, twice, and finally, he answered! Either that, or he-she was laughing at me! But, I kept up, at the delight of Willie, who was also laughing at me, and before I knew it, the entire woods around me were filled with a symphony of "Tweeeee, Tweee, Tweeeeee!" Not just one, but a whole forest full of feathered "Tweeeeeeee"! I was delighted! I'd like to think that I started this, but who knows?
After that, the numbers of our buttery colored friends were limited. We have one or two, a day, maybe, stopping in to fill up for a last meal, before Fall. Where do they go? I wish I could mark them. It's always so delightful in the Spring time to hear that first goldfinch in the neighborhood! I can't wait, already!
At least, I was able to give a good goldfinch goodbye!

August 16, 2016

OK, so it's been what? Two weeks, without a usable computer? Yeah. About that. I have been doing all my work on an ipad, and that makes ones back hurt! Believe me!
It's been two weeks without a computer, but what really hurts is that it has been FOREVER since I have landed a fish.
And what did they say about B-10? Not very good? Like one out of 10 people got a fish? And then I heard one fish for 10 boats? Now, that is depressing news. But, in a way, it's not so bad for me. I have no plans to go, unfortunately, so I don't feel quite as bad.
Wait a minute.
Yes I do. Those stats don't help me at all.
I could even catch a giggle fish (trout) right now and feel a bit of relief. A girl cannot go this long without hooking a fish. She can go this long without a computer, but she cannot sustain meaningful life without catching a fish.
I seem to just go through the motions, here at home. Even if I did get out my fly rod, I wouldn't want to use a hook. The water out back is low and clear. It has got that pinch thing going on. I'd feel bad taking them from an already dangerous condition. They have so little to work with, right now. Who am I to cause them more grief?
I can wait. I can do this. After all, Fall is coming! There is no way you can go through Fall at the coast, without a bounty of salmon. It may not be the very best of the salmon, but there are plenty for everyone!!
And that, my friends, is when to go cutthroat fishing! People may laugh at me, but I'd almost rather catch a cutt on a fly than a salmon with a traditional rig! Ha! The very thought gives me glee!
OK, enough about my woeful fishing life. I'll let you know, now, what I have been up to. "Have" comes with emphasis.
Here is the story.
Prepare thyself for GROSS.
I love my dog so much that...
I just pulled a BIRD out of Willies anus!!!
So gross!! I just can't! OMGosh!
We were on our evening walk, and he normally poops then. He tried, but had a heck of a time of it. You could tell he was under stress. He kept reaching around, hunched over, and his ears were pinned down, flat.
He was so unhappy! So, I gingerly approached to take a look.
I looked, and... It was like... Something was not right. It was as if you took bird feathers, cut off the feather part so they were pin like sticks, and tie the ends together. Like a small broom sticking out of his bottom. So I pulled on one strand, or whatever it was. It was like that game, where you pick one, and if it's the longest stick, you win. (I lost.)
It slid out, but the others stayed.
I couldn't stand to do the rest one by one -by hand. Hey! I had some latex gloves in my portable fishing seat!!
I put them on, and I was set for surgery! I got a grip (both mental and physical) and slowly pulled...
And I pulled...
and I kept pulling! Steady!
5 inches!
6 inches!
Will it never end?
About 8 inches (!) of bird? Plane? Super, (I mean Pooper man!)?
I really don't know what! But at the end, a half digested head!
I was so careful, cuz if there is resistance, I have heard you shouldn't pull.
But it just kept coming! Poop covered something! I gagged and nearly lost my supper!
He was so relieved.
Nothing stinks like dog poo.
Nothing stinks like dead animal.
But, both? Come on.
So, after surgery, we went swimming and then he pooped and pooped and pooped some more! I had unplugged something, for sure!
I feel like a doctor! A surgeon! But surely a loved one!
But You guys!? I love you, but I wouldn't do this for you!
I wish I hadn't thrown it in the woods, but it was so gross. I'm so curious what it was, though.
Willie swallowed a mole whole once. Was that this? I don't wanna know.

August 8, 2016

Today is the beginning of the rest of my life. I'm not going to stress. Ever again. :)
I'm done with that. After last week, let me tell you. I'm done with stress. I've had enough stress in my life. I'm maxed out. Therefore, I'm done.
Truthfully, not much can get to me, after the death of my son, but this last month has.
It started with the password fiasco. That was about a month ago. That was the official beginning of stress.
Since then, boy, have I been through it!
The last problem was the used computer I bought. I'm not even going into it. But it was stress!
Ladies and Gentlemen, when you sell a computer, please delete your personal info!
I bought a computer two weeks ago, and didn't have time to even take a peek, due to the password fiasco on ifish until three days ago. When I did, there were icons everywhar! (That's not a word, but it's my word!) I keep a clean house on my computer. It runs better. Icons on your desktop and task bar take up memory. But, that guy had icons here and icons there, and I don't know how he was able to find a thing! The task bar was loaded with icons for every program, whether he used it or not! What a mess!
And let's not even get into legalities. David and I were told that he had all of these programs, but when I downloaded Belarc, (A program to help you build a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security ...) the programs he had promised were all expiring soon, or had already expired. There were trial versions of everything. INCLUDING windows 7! If you buy a computer with Windows 7 Ultimate, (Most always the Ultimate version) it is almost always not a legal copy.
So, just be sure what you are buying. I goofed. He wrote me a note stating how I had done everything wrong. But, you know? He is right. I bought a mess from him and it was the wrong darn thing to do.
Pheh. You know, it's ifish's fault. 50 thousand members on ifish. It's your fault. You, who are awesome, helpful, and honest... I just got used to it! I thought everyone was honest due to ifish!
So, it's your fault! :)
But, today, I am beginning anew.
It's raining. Everything is fresh and new and clean! The dust has washed off of everything and the world is awesome again!
And from now on, I'm staying home at ifish. No more used computers for this girl!
All the stress has rained and washed down the gutters! Yay!
I'm going to do homey things, today. I'm going to the grocery store, and I'm going to ever so slowly shop the aisles for good things to cook! I'm going to go s l o w... Nothing is going to bother me!
I'm not even going to be embarrassed that I screwed up so badly by buying this used computer. I'm just not. I have taken the computer to an honest, wonderful gal in Tillamook and she's going to take that computer down to screeching metal and fix it for me so that it's mine all mine!
Yep. I goofed. Everyone goofs, sometime!

How not to be a dipthong...
I so love this guy!!! (and his brother!)


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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!!)."
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