Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Last night I came home from work and Inklings told me my eye was very red - we went to the store and one of the guys that works with me and his wife were there. Inklings said something about my eye and he said that I must have got some hay in it while we were preparing to feed the horses yesterday in winds about 40 mph. I did get some leaves in it but they came out easily. When I got home I looked in my eye and it was really, really red. So I took out my contact lenses and put them into the cleaning solution for the night.

When I got up this morning my eye was swollen and full of gunk--I cleaned it up and went to work. I went to see the eye doctor mid-morning and he prescribed some medicine for infection. I have put in two doses now and the eye feels really itchy and dry. So I came home from work for the rest of the day and will use some of my sick leave. I'm not sick I am just miserable with an itchy eye and decided to get away from work.

When I got home I decided to figure out how much sick leave I have used in my 37 year career. In all of those years I have used a total of 364 hours of sick leave. That is 45.5 days or 1.5 days per year since I went to work in 1970. Thirteen of those days were taken off when I had a back injury in the early 1980's and seven days were used in 1975 when I had eye trouble - I just couldn't see me being at work (I really had a rotten attitude - really.rotten.).

Not all of my time counts as full time work so I have two years of work that really doesn't count. I really don't care about that because those two years do count for social security and those two years pushed me over the required 40 quarters for social security retirement---so I am qualified in two retirement systems.

So what is the point of this blog? If you figure it out you will see that I have been a very. very. very healthy person (still am mostly). It means that in the other 35 years I have taken off 25.5 days - after today it will be 25.75 days - that is a total of 0.729 days (6 hours) per year.


Lindsay-Weaver said...

I'd be healthy if I wasn't a woman. :) I never get sick, just have to have surgery! lol

I had pink eye the first of February, it was miserable for a couple of days!

Nene said...

Hope your eye feels better soon!