December 4, 2013
Hey guys! I think... I THINK that "One Last Cast" is our winner for the toy contest, winning a Lamiglas Rod! I say I "Think" because I'm nervous, after my last mistake!
But, I think so!
The party was a blast! I had fun, sitting at the front table. I was able to meet all the people that came in the door. Even non ifishers!
My brother is to be thanked from the bottom of our little toy collecting hearts, as he brought almost all of the employees at General Transportation! My oh my! Thank you, General Transportation! What a great group of people you have!
The ifishers that came were so fun to have around and visit with! I sure wish more of you had joined in! Although we collected 354 toys, and did really well, it was just a little light on ifishers! What happened, you guys? Traffic? Weather? Just too busy? I missed you!
I'm off to the coast, I think. Not sure, due to the weather, but I'm going to try!
December 3, 2013
Happy December, three days late, and so, so, so much on my mind.
What happened to my faithful, giving ifishers?
I know what happened.- or what some of you will say. I drove you away with our inconsistent moderation and rules.
I know. I did it! It's all my fault! And you said that it would happen, some day, and now is my day to step up to that plate. Yep. You were right all along.
But, at the same time, and I hear it almost every day, our strict rules are what keeps you here. They are what built us! Why ifish is different!
So, what is it? Is it wrong, or is it right? Is it good or is it bad?
I know that right now, we are seriously understaffed. This has given you your chance to see what it would be like, if we gave you an inch, so that you could take a mile.
Half of you call this a good thing, and that we "lightened up on our moderation", and half of you say it's a bad thing, and "what happened to our ifish?!"
So frustrating, and partially why I stepped down from doing so much. Half of you say that it's not a good thing to have our Christmas party on a week night, and half of you say you can't come on a week night!
Have of you complain that we are a "left wing site" and half of you say that we are so incredibly right winged that you can't possibly fit in, here.
Sometimes I'll wake up in the morning and read my private messages, and I kid you not.-- Right in a row, right next to each other, are opposite complaints! Someone will complain how strict we are, and the next private message will say, "Why aren't you guys moderating this stuff, any more? You never used to allow this!"
This happened just yesterday!
I just leaned back and giggled. What can I do right?
The stress of not knowing if anyone will come to the Christmas party is nearly too much for me! I'm so thankful for my brother, David, who is bringing an entire party of people from his office. At least I know that there will be someone there!
I put up our toy guessing contest, which usually floats itself on top of the board with activity. I normally don't have to "stick" it to the top, as every time someone guesses and inserts a post, it automatically goes to the top! There it stays with vigorous activity!
But, this year... how strange! I'm giving away a Lamiglas rod to the winner of the toy guessing contest, and only ...
I just checked it to tell you that oh... 8 people had posted to it and guessed, but.... it's come alive!!! So far, now, there are 35 entries, and growing! It's at the top! Giggle! YES! Finally! The Christmas Spirit hits, and my personal spirit has taken a leap, this morning! Thank you! Thank you for entering the contest, and most of all, thank you for making me happy!
Here is the link to the contest if you want to make me happy, too! :)
Well. I guess I can't whine like I had set out to do, this morning! Isn't that funny how that happens!? You set out to do the whiny thing, and then God won't allow it! I love it! Thank God for His sense of humor!
Yesterday, buried in a bunch of alerts on our mod board was this awesome kind note from Thumper... asking our people to give to the ifish party. That post touched my heart so deeply! I think Jack and I are very much alike. He is more kind hearted than I am, though! To remember me, and to remember our Ifish party was so nice! Thank you, Thumper! Oh! And lookee there! Thank you to Crabbait for bumping it to the top! I love these guys!
Two days ago, I thought I was coming down with that awful flu bug that Bill had. I was achy. My nose was running madly, and I felt feverish. The next day, though, I felt better. You know what I think it was? I mean, I still feel a little yucky, but I think that I'm still allergic to leaf mold. When I was young, I had allergy testing, and they said I was very allergic to leaf mold. I had spent the day before blowing moldy leaves around!
I'm so thankful that I feel good enough to go, tonight. But, I'm spending the day in bed, so that I have enough energy for tonight! I hope that my foreign exchange student doesn't have a test tomorrow, because I'd like for him to go!
Yesterday I put the lights up on my home, and last night before bed, I walked into the kitchen. The living room was dark, except for the soft glow of the lights, outside.
"Hi, Jannie". I heard, quietly from the dark. (That's what Luke calls me)
His laptop glowed an eerie glow, from the couch. I hadn't even seen him, there! I sat down next to him.
"It's nice, here." He said to me.
He usually studies in his room, but he chose to study out in the living room, with the soft Christmas lights around him. How nice! I loved that!
I'm going to miss Luke so much! So much, that I applied for another foreign exchange student through Pacific International Academy. I hope I get another Luke! They should make more Lukes! He is so fun to have around! So kind! So polite! So fun to feed American food!
Luke enjoyed our Thanksgiving with us. I have to thank my cousin Evie and Jack, from the bottom of our turkey stuffed hearts!
I came home and bought a turkey so that we'd have left overs to experience! Must... have... leftovers!
Well, see you tonight! I hope?!? Please, come to Pietros, tonight. Bring an unwrapped gift for the kids if you like, but it's not necessary! Just seeing you there will make me so, so, happy happy!
And after that, finally.... I get to go home to my river! This is the longest period of time that I've been away from the river, and I am SO homesick!
Riversick! RevSick! Billsick! Mollysick! I miss them all so much! I'm coming home, you guys!
November 29, 2013
Oh, man. I got called out on the board, but good! I really made a doozy of a mistake. I forgot, when naming the 2014 winner of the kwikfish contest, that I said I'd do a top five vote.
So, the guys had a great time pointing their finger and laughing at me. Oh, well. I deserved it! I goofed!
So, I apologized from the very bottom of my heart to Driven2fish, and all of the members and contestants--
I have to do what I said I would do. I will do a contest on the top five, now. Vote here!
November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope that you have so much to be thankful for, that you can't possibly list them!
But, it might be fun to try! And have your family bring their list to the table, and throw them all into a basket at dinner time. You can either read them before your prayer, or as your prayer... or you can save them and not look at them, until next year!
I mentioned earlier, that it was so heart warming to read my families lists, after 20 years! It's just so much fun! It really makes you realize how lucky you are! Even in hard times, there are things to be thankful for!
Here is an update for the Christmas Party! Sally sent me the 2013 list of toys that are needed for the kids at the hospital. Please click here to read them, and print it off for your wallet. That way, you will have it, when you are out shopping!
Congratulations to "Driven2fish" for the winning 2014 entry, "Ninja Boy!"
The 2014 Kwikfish Winner, "Ninja Boy!"
Please enjoy this day, and hold it sacred as a day that you give thanks... no matter what!
November 27, 2013
Santa Claus is coming to town!
I can't believe this!
I went to get my mail from last night, and from whom did my wandering eyes appear, but a letter from Santa! And all of his reindeer!!!
He said that he wanted to help spread some cheer,
And visit some ifishers eating pizza, and drinking beer!
So, he will arrive to check out our sleigh full of toys,
On December 3rd at Pietros!
and bring cheer to all girls and boys!
I was flattered and scattered, I fell on my bum!
Right in the middle of the road, good thing a truck didn't come!
So, I brushed off and came in to to leave you this note!
Please bring your kids to see Santa at Pietros~
by car, bus or boat!
November 26, 2013
It is driving me crazy! I'm scratching my head. How in the heck can you improve on a beverage holder? Man, the internet drives me crazy, sometimes. Just tell me already! "Jettin' Fool", a long time member of ifish has an idea. Have you seen this? What in the heck is the"Bevie Pro"?
I don't know, but on January 15th, he is starting a kickstarter campaign.
Andrew, before he passed, (in fact he was working on it, the night he died!) was doing a kickstarter campaign for his bbq biz.
Well, whatever this is, Jettin' Fool, I want to know. Don't you? Follow his page to find out! If I miss it, the day he reveals it, please message me!
So, the other day I was at the dog park, and this gal lets out her little aussie dog, and it immediately goes after Willie, barking and snapping. I said nothing, and the dog ran off. However, the Mother instinct in me was on her high horse, watching closely as the little herding dog went after a chocolate lab. Sheesh! I finally lost it. We occasionally have problems at the park with aggressive dogs that shouldn't be off leash.
"You should probably have your dog on a leash." I tried to sound calm. Oh, that set her off! "It's a herding dog, and they do that!" She snapped at me.
"I hope so!" I tried to sound cheerful, taking back my overly protective instincts... or trying to! She still didn't like me, I'm sure!
So, I watched as the little dog chased to and fro, every dog in the park. They watched carefully, also.
It got to me, though. I wondered how I would affect her day. No one likes confrontation. Do they? I certainly don't.
The little dog chased and chased but didn't harm a flea. Just bugged the dogs. :)
Later, I went over and apologized. I just had to. I didn't want to ruin anyone's day. If someone had said that to me, I know I'd have a shadow over my day, due to that. Maybe not everyone feels that way, but I'm sensitive.
I walked over and said, "I just want to apologize for being over protective." She was kind and I could tell, a bit relieved.
Thing is, if I'm responsible for someone's bad day, I feel awful. Probably worse than they do.
On the flip side, if I'm responsible for someone's good day, I feel awesome!
So, my Christmas present to the world is this:
I'm going to try to say something nice to at least two people a day. Something unexpected, that makes them feel good. Something out of the blue, where I have to go out of my way. You know, when you have a nice thought about someone, express it! We too often express the negative, but not the positive!
Yesterday, I wrote to a gal that I didn't know, and just told her how nice her website was, and how impressed I was in her web mastering skills.
I told her a bit of my ifish story, so that she knew that I knew something about the web. It is my hope that it made her smile a bit.
The other day, I walked up to someone in the store, and told them how lovely they looked.
It was a woman, about 65 years old, I'd say. She was dressed in a beautiful white coat. She was relaxing on a bench, after grocery shopping at Fred Meyers. She was next to the pharmacy. Perhaps she was waiting for a prescription. I don't know, but she just looked lovely! She had white hair that matched her coat, and pretty sparkly glasses that picked up the silver in her hair. She just looked stunning to me and I told her so.
Now, that surprised her! I could tell! I could tell it made her feel special! My heart just swelled after that. I LOVE to make people feel
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