The Log That Turned Into a Stinky Dead Seal

Friday November 16, 2018 Jenner CA.

Good day for a paddle

I checked the weather at Jenner for the day and it looked like the wind would be down so off I went.

It was hazy with some water vapor and some smoke too from the fire called Camp in California but all in all it looked real good for a nice day paddling around the estuary.

I put the boat in the water and paddled across to the island and headed on up river.

Here I’m headed up along the island.river1


Deer are out grazing

Right away I spotted these two deer out feeding on the island. I didn’t seem to bother them much. They just watched as I paddled on by.deer2


At the upper end of the island I went by a bunch of ducks.ducks3


And some cormorants too.cors4


What’s that up ahead

I worked my way slowly up the river to this spot where I was looking at something up along the shoreline. I couldn’t quite make it out. It looked like it might be a big rock that split off the shore, but I couldn’t tell from here so I headed on up to see. I’ve seen big rocks split off before down here.bridge5



This is what it turned out to be once I paddled up to it. Looks like a big skull from a stumpasorous.stump6


When the river’s mouth closes up the water level rises and flouts all the old stumps, then the wind can blow them up the river or maybe this one came down the river.

After checking it out I turned and started back down the river.

New fence up the hill

I was sitting here when I noticed a new fence going up the hill across the river. That fence puts my little chicken fence to shame as far as building it.fence7


Going down the back channel

I continued my paddle down the river along here and paddled into the back channel of the island on the left.river8


These birds just sat there as I paddled on by.heron9


It’s not a log and stinks

I pulled in by a log on the shoreline expecting a load clunk as I bumped into the log but there was no bump sound. I pushed the  log out a bit with my paddle and looked into two black eye sockets of a dead seal. And then I got it’s smell. Yuck, I paddled away trying to avoid that film on the surface oozing from the dead seal.seal9


A bit further on down the channel this deer was grazing in the island’s grasses which were under water a couple days ago before the river’s mouth opened up.deer10


Lots of birds

There were a bunch of birds on the lower end of Penny Island. I needed to swing way out to the left to get around them.birds12


Some brown pelicans where there too.pels13


The pelican in the middle is in it’s mating plumage. The others are likely juveniles.pels14


I continued on around the end of the island and up it’s side and crossed over to the boat ramp and went on home for the day.

Chicken grazing pen work

Once home I worked on the chicken grazing pen gates for an hour or so and fed and watered the chickens. I thought about butchering one, but decided to do that tomorrow.

That was my day for a nice one.

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Emergency Appointment To Check Out a Possible Torn Retina

Thursday November 15, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Need to get my eye checked out

I got a call early this morning from the VA. A few days ago I noticed a flashing light spot moving in the lower right corner of my right eye and was wondering what it was. After a day or so I did a search on flashing lights in eyes and found I should see an eye doctor right away as it may be a retina tearing problem which could be a bad vision problem and would need treatment right away if it was bad as it could cause blindness in that eye.

Setting up an appointment

So I tried to make an appointment yesterday and went through all the stuff they have in place for emergencies and they’d call me tomorrow which is today which they did bright and early.

So I had an appointment with an eye doctor at 3 today so I didn’t want to get too dirty working on my stuff so I needed to take it easy.

Parts for my old Toyota

I needed to get the new wheel cylinders ordered for my old Toyota Land Cruiser. I decided to just replace them all as they were all real old and have been sitting around not used for about ten years or so and I figured I might as well replace them all now and they should last me through the rest of my life. And I figured I might as well do them now while I still can do that kind of stuff.

FJ Parts

I found a place on the internet that sold parts for older Toyotas called FJ Parts. I tried to call them yesterday around 3 and their phone rang and rang but no answer and finally a recorded message came on to leave a message which I don’t like to do as I don’t hang around the phone much.

So this morning I called again and got the message and was thinking I might give up on this company and hung up. Shorty the phone rang and it was them.

After some checking to make sure the parts would fix my year I got them ordered and I’ve received confirmation that the parts were shipped today and will be here in a couple days so that went well.

After that was done I sat around for  a bit.

Hard to just sit around when there’s work to do

But I can’t seem to sit around doing nothing for long so I measured and cut some rebar to put sides on a couple more grow panels that need sides.

Some welding

I’d bought some more hinges while I was shopping the other day so I welded the hinges on the rebar walk though gate I had started. I need it for the chicken feeder pen I’m building.

Headed on over to the local VA clinic

I left an hour early to make it on time and I thought I might have to fill out a Means form which tells them I’m low income and everything is free, no copays. So I had the lady at the desk check on if I needed to file one as it’s something that had to be done every year and I was usually behind on it.

To my surprise she said that is no longer required, so I smiled as it’s a pain to do. I shouldn’t really complain about it as it’s the only paper work I have to do for my VA medical which is way better than most people have to do for their medical insurance.

Nothing in life is really free

And by the way, nothing is really free in life. I had to give the government three years of my life to earn that and could have been killed or maimed in the process.

Delayed in route

It was a good thing I left early just the same as I had to wait about fifteen minutes at some road work on the way so I had plenty of time.

The Doc

Anyway I saw the doctor and he checked my eyes out, both of them.

Well he said, you don’t have a torn retina, but he said it was something else I can’t remember which I’ll find out when I get and read the report. Whatever it was it could be the start of a tear, so he gave me an appointment in six weeks to check it out again and do an eye exam as I haven’t had one in a long time as my eyes are pretty good for my age. I only use reading glasses for reading otherwise I can still see pretty good. He did say  my eyes aren’t as good as when I had my last exam which I expected as it was done quite a few years ago as I said.

So that went rather well  as it’s not good to have a torn retina as that eye could go blind.

He did dilate my eyes so the drive home wasn’t real clear, but I could see enough to still be safe.

Chair hopped

Once home I just sat around and checked out what I needed to do to continue working on my chicken grazing pen to finish it up and went on in as the day started to cool down.

That was my day.

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