Fishing The Coast, Oregon and Washington
November 2016
Bill and Jennie
Love my Bill!

November 3, 2016
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It was such a pleasure a couple days ago to see Mark Anderson of First Bite Jigs.
It had just stopped raining, and I was on my way out to run Willie. (Again.) I wasn't all that excited about it, as I hadn't been feeling that well, this week. My boots were moving a bit slower than usual, and it wasn't due to the fact that I was wearing Bill's boots! Mine leak, and my feet kind of slosh around in Bill's boots!
I was on my way down to the river beach and I heard "Jennie! Jennie!"
This is fairly common, as a lot of Kilchis fisher people know where I live, and it's kind of fun to meet people. But, what a surprise! It was Mark! I hadn't seen Mark in ages!!!
I knew that Bill would love to see him, so I had him tie up the pontoon and come say hi to Bill, who was making his rounds on the Kubota.
The brownies in the kitchen had just come out of the oven. Perfect! Went to get him a couple, and Bill some, too. (OK, I ate one while serving!)
Anyhow, it made my day to see Mark! As I walked him back to the pontoon, instead of sloshing around slowly in my boots, I actually jumped down the a small cliff on the river bank. Ouch. Landing from a jump hurts when you are 50+!
I should have gotten a salmon jig from him, while I had him. I have tons of steelhead jigs, but I'm short on Salmon Jigs! Haha!
Nothing better than an old friend to brighten your day! Fresh brownies don't hurt, either!
Oh, hey! Here's a neat thing! If you'd like to enter the kwikfish contest, but have no clue how to do it... Ifish member Tcox19 has offered to help you get your kwikfish idea entered in the contest! Click here!

November 5, 2016!

Oh, my word! You should see what I see! The Sky is on fire!!! It's really just the sunrise, but if you could see what I see, you'd think so! I can't stop staring! Wish I had my camera! Wow!
I'm back in town, and I had a genuinely BAD day, yesterday.
Not too long ago, I was listening to a girlfriend's periscope, and she kept saying how bad her day was. I was thinking, "I never have a bad day!" I didn't say so, but I just don't have bad days. Well, I did! I had a bad day! Is it contagious or something?!
First off, I woke up and the house was a mess. David had promised me the house was in great condition. He welcomed me to it, like I should be amazed. I was! I was amazed! Dust, dirt, the floor was filthy. (Oh, my gosh... Look at that sky! LOL)
Anyhow... Thee is four inches of leaves on the lawn. There were dishes in the garage. Dishes in the sink. Dishes in his room.
Does he need eye surgery? What part was clean and welcome?
(Oh, darn. The red sky went away...)
So, one of the things that often happens when I leave, is that they forget about the trash. The garbage, the recycle, and the vegetation container must be out on the street by Wednesday early morning.
But, as I drove in, on Thursday morning, the containers were still out on the road. (Something else forgotten! Keep smiling, Jennie. It's going to be OK.
But, as I went to throw something away in my bathroom garbage can, it was full. Odd. My routine is to empty all garbage cans on Tuesday, and take the garbage cans out to the street.
I began the quotidian task of emptying all inside garbage cans. As I emptied the bathroom, inside.... was.... a.... Rid... Lice... Kit.
Oh, hello. Oh no. Oh, my.
"David? What is this?" That's when the fight started.
When was he going to tell me? You know, when was he going to tell me not to sleep on my bed, where David sleeps at times, when I am gone? When was he going to tell me that I was going to have to do laundry every day for a week?
He itched his head as he explained. "Yeah. I think I have lice. I think I got it from that last job I had, where everyone had to drive in the same car for weeks." He went on, while scratching his head, spraying nits and lice all over the house.
I'm a bit of a clean freak. Nits and lice and bugs and such scare me! I had never had experience with lice. Not that it is a dirty person's disease, I know. I just had never had kids with lice.
Time for google!
As I watched and learned, (and watched some really gross videos!) I decided I didn't want to deal with this myself. Off to "Lice to know you." a professional lice removal place in Beaverton. I was going to get rid of these devils for good.
It was $100.00 dollars or so, to remove the lice. Goodbye to any extra money I had!
First up was David, but since I hug David occasionally, I was to be checked, also.
Let me tell you, the very thought of having lice makes you scratch your head. As soon as I saw that box in the garbage, I began the head scratching. I was convinced I had lice! Since I was close to Bill, Bill probably had lice!
David told me all these stories of how he had been up most nights, scratching his head. How one of them had literally hatched on his eyelash. (By the way, I learned later, this is impossible!) How the night before, he hadn't slept until 4 in the morning. How the lice kit didn't work, and how he had spent my money on a second box. That's $50.00! Lucky for me, he had not opened it, and still had the receipt. I was finally a little bit impressed by something!
Anyhow... neither one of us had lice.
Homeward bound.
Instead of the assigned plans for that day that David was to clean the hot tub, plans were then altered so that he could do other things, I ended up cleaning the hot tub. As expected, and the reason why he was going to do it, I was exhausted. Dead tired. In pain.
I finally finished a little past dark, and on my way in, I kinda pushed the sliding glass door shut... ON MY FINGER.
When your body is already in pain, and then you hurt yourself, otherwise? Oh my. You really want to shoot yourself. I'm serious. I wanted to be dead. Oh the pain. Oh my gosh. It made me nauseous. It made me dizzy. I'm no sissy, but this hurt! I really slammed that sucker on my finger! Hard! My piano fingers... wah. Pianists are very, very careful of fingers. I failed my finger. :(
I wrapped it in ice, but when I glanced down at it, there was a neat little red line across my finger nail. It didn't stay that nice way for long, though. Soon it was blue, swollen, purple, swollen and red, all at the same time. It turned the neatest colors, but I was not impressed. The sunrise this morning... now that impressed me!
David was gone when I slammed my finger, taking Willie for a walk.
When he came home, he immediately went back to the computer in search of the reason his head had been itching so fiercely. After learning it wasn't lice, he spent hours trying to figure it out.
In the past months, he first thought it was fleas. We carefully and thoroughly de fleaed the house and the pets. His scalp really was inflamed. I could see that it was a real problem. I figured it was probably allergies. Since birth, David has always had sensitive skin.
He came back to my room, and announced with certainty.
"Mom? I think I have scabies."
(long pause.)
David is going to the doctor this morning. But, guess what? He let his insurance lapse.
Let this be a lesson to you young ones. Parenting lasts forever.
I want to go back to the coast.
I don't know if I mentioned this, but while at the coast, we dealt with Revvie, who now is incontinent for some medical reason. It's probably old age related. I did laundry forever, both at the laundromat for the down blanket, and at home. We finally bought a waterproof blanket and some doggy diapers and took her to the vet to get pills, and then another kind of pill. I think we are finally on top of things. But-- even with all of that?
I want to go back to the coast.
I really did have a bad day but the good of that, is that I get to start over, today!

November 15, 2016!

Wow. I think this is the longest I've gone, without writing. Things are different, these days, as I have so much work to do on the moderating side, I don't get the leisurely time I used to, to be able to write. I miss it so much!
If you'd like to be a moderator, I would love it! Use the contact form, and tell us why you would like to be a moderator, and we will certainly be glad to hear from you!
I think it is not only the moderating, but it's also helping people to get logged in, after the password fiasco/security problems we had, way back in June. That was quite the work, right there, trying to get people back on board. (So to speak)
My river.... The river. I guess it's not mine, but I think of it as such. It's so fun, this time of year! I get bored easily with some things, but never, ever do I get bored of the Kilchis river! It is always changing! I think the most boring it gets is in the summer, where it stays low and clear so much, but even then, I can take my canoe out, and study the bottom of the river. Not boring at all!
But, in the Fall! Oh, my!
Right now, I can pull over on the Kilchis river road, wherever I see water, and there are chum salmon, swimming right there in front of me!
Yesterday, I blazed a trail through the woods to get to a creek that is not easy to get to, and right there! Inches in front of me! CHUM! Oh my gosh! I had to hold the dogs back, because they were as amazed as I was! Willie wanted to chase, of course. Not good!
I knew they'd be there, because they were everywhere else, and the water was high enough that they could get in there, and sure enough!
The river right now is high and a beautiful color. I'm going to go out and plunk a little, I think. Maybe a kwikfish. Maybe an ifish kwikfish!!! Speaking of which, if you have an idea for a kwikfish, you have FOUR days to enter one! And if you don't know how to do that, contact TCOX19, and he said he'd enter it for you! Either help you to upload and color it, or help with whatever part you don't know how to do! AWESOME! So, get your entry in, because it closes on the 20th!
Oh, my! Here comes another downpour of rain to add to the depth of the Kilchis! It is so high, already!
And as I looked out at the rain, a tiny hummingbird is buzzing around my feeder. I'm so ashamed! It's empty! I have to go fix that! Byeeeeee!

November 18, 2016!

Wow. Never have I seen more chum in my entire life! You can walk out almost anywhere on the river and spot their squiggly white bodies finning below the surface. It drives Willie crazy. The only thing he has seen that plays in the water are river otters or big, soaring birds that go much faster than he can!
Oh, dear. Bill bought a new toy and I'm afraid for my life! It's a Kubota RTV. Click here for a picture.
Don't get me wrong! It's fun! It's way fun! But, see, Willie keeps me alive! Willie keeps me alive and going by insisting I walk. If I didn't go for walks, I doubt I'd be able to walk at all. I'm darn serious.
It is so tempting, now, to get in the RTV and go to the river, or go anywhere. I mean, I can drive that thing just about anywhere! It's so fun! It's zippy! It goes over hill and dale! That's why we have it. Bill wants to be able to more easily access and navigate the river and the property.
But, little trips to the mailbox and across the field are what keeps my legs moving. It frightens me! Get rid of that thing! Now, I have to force myself not to use it!
I carry a little chair when I hike around, so that if I get tired, I don't have to sit on a wet log, or the ground. No matter how light it is, though, that thing gets heavy to me! So with the RTV, I can just throw the chair in the back and go! But, that chair is like carrying a hand weight, and that also grows muscles that I need!
I now have a love/hate relationship with an RTV.
Love: It's really neato, because it has a lid on it. (A roof! LOL) and when it rains, Bill and I can sit in there right beside the river and fish!
Hate: Lazy, lazy, lazy!
The river is an incredible color, today. I think it's perfect for jigs and shrimp fishing. I always look for that quiet walking tempo.
It's getting close to that time of year where I can fish for steelhead, and still have the chance at a salmon. The only thing that bothers me is that if I fish with my 1123, and happen to hook a nook, trying to bring it in is so hard on them. Especially if I'm going to release it. It worries me. My steelhead rods are just too whippy to chance on the life of a c&r salmon. Too bad we can't send out a message to the fish in the river with our chosen rods. "Warning: Steelhead only!"
In the end, I do battle between going to the river with a rod, and just going with my chair. The river is so active with fish, right now, that it's equally as exciting to watch, as it is to fish!
Oh! By the way, there is a big tree down above our property. It isn't in the main channel, so I don't think it's a problem for boaters right now, but if the water comes up and it moves, it is something you should watch for!
Never a dull moment!
I can go upstream and watch the salmon spawn. I take my little chair and go way up and put my chair on the hill. I can spend so much time just engaged in the dance of the chum salmon.
I can go downstream to the big pool and watch chinook try to lug their heavy bodies out of the slow water and splash their way back down in the depths. Along the edges, frilly white chum salmon, sometimes with strips of flesh hanging off their sides, decorate the edge of the stream like some oddly living lace.
If you watch the shallows long enough, you'll see salmon shoot up between the rocks, chasing one another. They create their own riffles. Male to female.. it's a dance, a race, the last hurrah.
I try to take a stick or a gaff hook (Remember when everyone had a gaff hook?) so that while walking, I can take the dead fish off of the banks so the dogs don't roll in them. I just give them a two foot help into deeper water.
Fall is really the most active and magical time of year along the Kilchis river. There is never a dull moment. Rarely stillness. It seems to me that using the RTV to get to all this beauty is just wrong. It just doesn't match up, somehow.
But, dang... is it easy!

November 22, 2016!

Now this is serious business.
If you have followed along, my last eye surgery was a disaster. Well, not in the end. At least I can still use that eye, now, but I lost my eyesight for months, after the surgery. Pain like you wouldn't believe. I mean PAIN! My eye suffered a choroidal hemorrhage. If you don't know what that is, well, the inside of my eye bled until it broke open, due to the pressure. Now, that hurts! I never, ever want to go through that again.
Gee, I need to update " All My Eye Surgeries ". I have had two or three more, since I last updated that page! LOLOLOL. It isn't funny. Why do I giggle? Nerves?
So, now, I learn from my last eye visit that my eye that has had a corneal implant, may be rejecting or something. I was to try using prednisone drops for a couple weeks, and today I go back to hear the results.
I am very, very nervous!
So, if you can, please pray or send cosmic thoughts, or whatever you do when you help someone with thoughts. I pray, and I am praying! I am also very nervous!
OK, about the Kwikfish contest.... Since I'm going to the doc, today, I have left the contest open until I close it to create the vote. Any new entries, as long as they follow the rules of the contest, will remain until I close it to create the poll.
I have given Fishy2k permission to try and find help through TCox19, so that his entry may be in the poll.
Thank you, Tcox19, for all you do!
OK, Off to the doc!
Have a grrrrrrreat day!

November 23, 2016!

Give thanks with a grateful heart!

I have family. I'm so lucky! Sisters and brothers and cousins and nephews and nieces! I will walk into the Holiday house and be met with hugs and tiny toddlers that make me giggle!
I am thankful, however somehow this morning, I have a heavy heart.
Holidays are hard without my oldest son. I think you can understand. We all lose loved ones.
But, we have to go on! We have to smile! It's not hard, really, once I'm in the thick of it, with turkey and all the trimmings on the table, and wonderful smells in the air! Laughter fills the room. It takes me away, and I'm alright. I'm thankful. I'm happy.
Some people have a long ways to travel to get to their Holiday destination. I only have a twenty minute drive. But--It is seven in the morning, and it feels like a million miles away, right now.
I have so many family members. I am so lucky. So much to be grateful for! So, I put on my smile and I go a-merrying about -all the way there!
Pies and cakes and treats, oh my!
Bill's bringing smoked salmon, thanks to Mark from First Bite Jigs. Thank you, Mark and Happy Holidays! So much... to be thankful for!
I can save my sadness. Shove it down... right, there.... way, way... down!
I DO have a grateful heart.
The river, the rain, the sunshine that shines on those winter-dusty-light-blue-sky days!
We all have things to be thankful for! We may have to dig a little, look under what seems to be blocking our vision. But, we do! We all have things to be thankful for!
Again, I think of my impending eye surgery. Yuck. I don't want to lose my eyesight, or my ability to drive. That scares me so much, but somehow in my mind, I think that if I stand strong and believe it won't happen, it won't! So, I'm thankful for my eyesight, darnit, just as it is! I'm afraid to be otherwise!
I had a dream last night about my son, Andrew, and I woke with a bit of a heavy heart. I'm shoving it aside.
I also woke this morning with this song in my head. I think it was Jesus, wrapping his arms around me.
I'm going to let it play in my head, all_day_long.

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks…

November 27, 2016!

This election season has burned the moderators out.
Poof goes the politics!

November 28, 2016!

Thank you so much for voting on the kwikfish poll! If you haven't yet, you have one more day! Vote, here!A big thank you to positize, who found that I originally posted the wrong address to vote.
When I post something like this on all forums, I don't do it automatically. I have to post the thread, then go to an admin tool called copy, and post it manually to another thread. It takes a while, so if I goof, I have to redo it all. Sure would be a nice thing to have some automated tool to "Post on all forums". We do have notices, but those are bothersome to people. You have to read it and then close it, or it keeps haunting you like spam! :) I refuse to spam people! Always have.
That's why the ads always bothered me, and I chose to do static banners, instead of click throughs. I don't own ifish anymore, so I think they do click throughs. Most big companies do, as it takes time to update banners for people.
I remember that way back when, I had one company, (won't name the name!) that would have sales, and I'd have to update their banner every time they had a sale... which was very often. That made me rethink my idea. Click throughs leave the work to the advertising company. Banners leave the work to me. That's why I had limited sponsors, though. It was all the work I could do, the way I wanted it done.
Web site companies don't usually have the time to do it that way, these days.
Oh! One thing to note that is very good and may help some of you. If you see lots of ads on ifish, it's probably because you are not logged in. When you login, if you are a member, those ads go away, except for the basic ones. So, make certain that you are a member, if you like to read ifish. It's much nicer!
Well, tomorrow is the day. I thought it was last Tuesday, but now, the real test is tomorrow. Is my cornea going to be OK? The drama is killing me. Will I have to have surgery on my eye and perhaps have to give up the independence of driving? Having surgery does not necessarily mean I'll have to give that up, but it's the risk I'm most worried about.That would bring about an entire new set of things I'd have to give up. There would be no reason to have two homes, if I couldn't get to them easily. Oh, sigh.... The drama of "All My Eye Surgeries..."
Geemany Christmas Trees...
Which, by the way, I looked at trees, yesterday! Oh, my are they expensive!!! Wilco had them at 15% off, but still... $50 for a noble!?! Agh!
By the way, Wilco is the most fabulous store. I love going there. The people are so nice! I could spend hours in there!
Well, I'm off. Please vote on the poll for all the people who took time to enter it, ok? (That means you, Bill!heart I love you and will see you after my doctor's appointment!) Tee Hee!
PS. Hey, Bill? See where I wrote "Please vote on the poll", above? See how it is green? That means it is a link, and if you click on it, it will take you to the page to vote! Magic! Try it!

November 29, 2016!

Whoo hooooo! Woke up this morning at 5:30AM so that I could get to my eye surgeon appointment by... get this: 7:45!!! Who sees patients at that time? My surgeon! Dr. Nanje...
Anyhow, I thought David would have to drive me, but when we got in the car, it looked light enough for me to go for it, alone. Yay!
So, I got there, and waited, and waited... and finally saw the doc, and GUESS WHAT? Now, first let me telling you that I have been skating on thin ice for a long time.

Skating away 
Skating away 
Skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.

Seems like some day, some how, I would run across a patch of grass, or something to stand sturdy on. Today was that day! I don't need eye surgery! My Cornea is not swollen! Wooo hooooo!
So many people were praying for me, and it worked! God is Good! God is Faithful! YAY! I'm so thrilled. You just have no idea!
Then, Bill called last night all upset because our Maizee kitty was gone, and had been for some time. She hadn't even eaten breakfast, and was gone, well past dark.
I had this feeling things would be OK, here. I mean, what else could happen? I didn't believe I'd lose my precious new kitty. Sure enough, the phone rang at 10:30 and it was Bill. "Guess what?" I answered, "Kitty is home!" Yep! Wheeeee!
Where does the time fly?!? I woke up out of my tryptophan stupor and realized that the annual NSIA Banquet is this Saturday!!! Wait! It's still summer, isn't it?
I called Liz over there and she said there are still seats available AND that NSIA would give ifish discounted tickets! You all know how much I love NSIA and what they do for more fish and better fishing. I love how they collaborate and support NWGAA, ANWS and CCA, I love how they work on Habitat, 
Hydro and Harvest (That sounds like a song...)
and I love how supportive the industry has been to me and to ifish over the years. 
So... listen up! Tables are $600 normally, but for ifishers, tables will be $500 (or) $250 for 1/2 tables. 
Let’s get out and Show support for our wonderful community and the businesses that put it on the line for us! 
Call 503.631.8859 and say "Ifish sent me!"
Life is so good. Life is just Sooooo good!

November 30, 2016!

I am incredibly happy! I did not have faith that I would not require surgery, but... I don't!
My cornea looks great! So happy! So, so happy! And shocked!!! Good things on the medical front are so rare with me! 
Did I tell you how happy I am?!
Regarding the vote for the kwiks... it is now complete and closed. We will next, do the top five of the winners. We are discussing painting up the top five winners, so that you can see a pic of each, already made! Fun!