BMN Miserable Cold

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Sapello-weather-Jan-6th2014
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Brrr, Good Morning

My eyes are of course still watery.  Oh, that’d be out of the blue, except for those of you on Facebook. Nell was sick on Saturday, I worked in the woods with Jason all day and felt great for a change. Jason ran three tanks of fuel, I ran two. I started out slow, unable to start the newer smaller of my two chainsaws. I gave up after ten minutes, marked another roll of tape worth of trees, maybe 20 more trees. That was my forth roll of marking tape used on the south facing hill by the Central Meadow. It was a little frustrating being unable to get the saw to run. Jason was going strong using Jack’s .036 Stihl chainsaw  so I decided I would go get mine and get after it too.  After a quick tune-up on my big chainsaw I was back in the forest.

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Beautiful-January-day-working-in-woods-by-Central-Meadow-Gofer.  Jason brought Gofer out. Jason adopted Jack’s dog, and he says the dog is doing very well in town. We had a fun reunion. Gofer is a very loving dog, a bit pushy, he gets so excited. 
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Beautiful-January-day-working-in-woods-by-Central-Meadow-thinning We’re trying to employ a new style of thinning my friend Lee Einer described to me recently. The idea is more open meadows and thicker surrounding areas. I’ve always tried for variety in my forest thinning. I like the idea of leaving areas thick and others open. You will get to see for yourself this Spring when you came out for Future Tusas

Perhaps we can get Lee to write about his forest management ideas.

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Beautiful-January-day-working-in-woods-by-Central-Meadow-Jason-thinning 
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Beautiful-January-day-working-in-woods-by-Central-Meadow-Jason-working-thinning These were trees of ten or more inches in diameter. We cut as many vigas and logs as we could, mostly though we left manageable six and eight foot lengths on the ground to be used for firewood later.  
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Sunday morning all hell broke loose with a raging cold for me. I rarely get colds. Perhaps this explains why I’m such a crybaby about feeling sickCrying. Mostly I have watery eyes and a running nose. Nell and I drove into town early to see a doctor and try out our new health insurance with Presbyterian Health Care. We are about as happy as two miserably sick people can be. $10 Co-Pay and no out of pocket deductible on the four prescriptions. With our old insurance, Blue Cross – Blue Shield we would have to pay the first $150 on prescriptions.

My brain isn’t working well enough to tell you all the details about our first time use of our new insurance, except it worked and we’re happy and saving a lot of  money on the premium too. It is my turn to pay it, so I’ll need to buckle down on spending, well at least pay closer attention to where the money goes. If we needed any more convincing about our good fortune we spied a bald eagle in a tree on the way home for the doctor’s office. There were two actually.

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Bald-Eagle-two-actually-January-5th-2014

 

Too bad it was too far away for the camera in my phone to pick up clearly. You sure can make out the pure white feathers on the head.

I’ve already explained to Leslie at work that I’m staying home sick, probably today and tomorrow, as the doctor said we’re both contagious for 48 hours. I hope today is better than yesterday.

Crying

because dammit

Brian Rodgers

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