Saturday, August 28, 2010

THANKS TO ALL FOR HELPING ME GET MY BLOG FOCUS BACK ON TRACK.......AGAIN!!

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IF I WAS A FISH I THINK I MIGHT LIKE TO LIVE HERE

Another in a series of perfect weather days had me & the furry guys on the trail early this morning.  Two big blue Herons at one end of the pond & two small Green Back Herons at the other.  Definitely not a good place to be a frog!!

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EARLY MORNING MOON IN THE FOREST

The trail through the forest has always been on the narrow side & for nearly 8 years now I always carry a hand clippers with me trimming back the wild Raspberries, vines, Goldenrod & Dogwood branches.  Earlier in the summer I noticed someone had taken the time & made the effort to go around the entire trail with a riding lawn mower & they have been doing that ever since.  I have no idea who it is & I'm sure the fella on the mower has no idea who does the branch trimming along the trail either.  We've never met.  I'm an early morning person on the trail & the mower rider may be an afternoon person but because of our love for nature each one of us has taken it upon ourselves to maintain the trail.  It is very rare for us to meet anyone on the trail in the early morning but I'm sure some Park residents do use it for strolls later in the day or early evening.  I did leave a message on our mailroom chalkboard to say 'Thanks' to whoever has been mowing the trail.

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A WIDER TRAIL LEADS INTO THE PINE FOREST

I can tell I'm feeling better with each day because my energy levels are coming back up & I spent part of the morning cleaning the front driving area of the Motor Home.  Checked all four of the house batteries & found some low levels.  Time to pick up some distilled water so loaded up Checkers in the Jeep (the other guys were sleeping) & headed into town for a jug of distilled water.  Checkers is an excellent traveler & loves to go for rides anywhere, anytime.  We still have our dog loading ramp from our truck & fifth wheel days & it works really slick for loading the guys into & out of the Jeep.

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CHECKERS WAS JEEPING IT TODAY

The afternoon was spent cleaning Motor Home bins & getting a few odd jobs taken care of.  Needed a few short power naps between jobs & the afternoon went smoothly.  Even did a little clean up on the Jeep's engine.  Years ago I used to keep the engines in some of my vehicles all sparkled up as well as the vehicle itself & it was always a sign that I especially liked that particular vehicle.  So, I guess it's safe to say me & the Jeep are big Pals:))

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One of the blog sites that mysteriously vanished off our 'Blogs We Follow' list was that of a fellow we have been following for a couple years now & actually met at the Ranch last winter.  I have put Ivan's ROADTRIP 2010 back on the list again.  I may have Ivan's title wrong but I think he is a Park/Forest Ranger.  Check out Ivan's site for some great photos of his horseback trek into back country a week & a half ago in search of Grizzly Bear activity in the area after a tack shed & some horse feed storage buildings had been mauled.  Check out the scenery Ivan works in & the horses & people he works with.  Is this not one of those jobs we have all dreamt about as a kid.

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HAD SOME HELP CLEANING THE BINS THIS AFTERNOON

I appreciate all the positive & caring comments & emails people sent in regarding my blog concerns in last night's post.  As some of you long time readers know, I seem to get a bad case of the blog wobbles every 5 or 6 months or so.  Nobody to blame but myself again for my insecurities from time to time.  I have blogged about this confidence problem I have before so I won't go back over all that.  Just want to say thank you to everyone who took a few minutes out of their day to help me get my de-railed blog train back on the tracks again. There was some very good advice in the comments from last night's blog & the insight in some of those comments is well worth going back to read.  Sometime in the future I will write a post about the type of confidence problem I struggle with in hopes that it may be of help to other folks with the same or similar problems.  But, I can tell you now that this blog has been instrumental in helping me overcome many of my past confidence problems & I hope to explain all that sometime in a future post.  Thanks again to all my known & unknown friends out there, you are all very special people:))  And a special thanks to Guy C for his encouraging email.

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KELLY & HER DAD THIS PAST WEEK

Kelly's Dad is resting comfortably in a Rochester Hospice center for now & his condition has settled down a bit.  Kelly feels it was a good thing she managed to spend 5 days with him when she did.

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GROANER'S CORNER:(( 

When U Black, U Black
When I was born, I was BLACK ,
When I grew up, I was BLACK ,
When I went in the sun, I stayed BLACK,
When I got cold, I was BLACK ,
When I was scared, I was BLACK ,
When I was sick, I was BLACK ,
And when I die, I'll still be BLACK .
              NOW, You 'white' folks....
When you're born, you're PINK,
When you grow-up, you're WHITE ,
When you go in the sun, you get RED,
When you're cold, you turn BLUE,
When you're scared, you're YELLOW,
When you get sick, you're GREEN
When you bruise, you turn PURPLE ,
And when you die, you look GRAY.
So who y'all be callin'
COLORED Folks?

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15 comments:

  1. From your splendid photography to cleaning stories, your blog never fails to interest me. Your candidness and insight are intriquing. So glad Kelly spent that special time with her dad. :) K

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  2. Glad to hear that you are getting back to your old self.. not just feeling better from your bout with a cold, but to your old self!
    Hey, I enjoyed groaners corner tonight.. it was a good one.
    Take care and be safe.
    Mike & Gerri

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  3. The fact that so many people want to get that "wedgie" out of your pants tells you how many people care....including us....Confidence is something you can't give someone...it comes from within...WITH alot of help from your friends....KEEP ON BLOGGIN'.

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  4. Good to have YOU back, buddy! Please let Kelly know that my thoughts are with her and her dad. It's the nature of things, but sad none the less. :(

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  5. It's great to hear that Kelly's Dad is doing better. I'm sure that helps as it must have been very tough for her to have to leave to come back home.

    Now that you've seemed to manage to be getting your respiratory health back in shape, I'm glad to see that you are making progress on your mental health as well. By that, old buddy, I only mean your "blogging mental health".

    I really doubt that at my age, I'm ever going to be able to change my personality very much. With all due respect, I doubt very much that you could either - and, why would you want to?

    Just keep blogging and we'll be the first to let you know if we agree or disagree with your opinions, but we'll all probably keep reading your blog either way.

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  6. Glad your feeling better and on the road to a full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kelly and her Dad.

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  7. It's nice to read this great post this evening. Your pics are top rate as usual. Loved the pics of Checkers riding shotgun. What a cutie! Dogs are so great. Even when we are out of sorts, worried, not feeling confident or downright grumpy, they never leave us do they? They truly can be our best friends in life.

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  8. There's nothing like getting your mind on traveling to lift your spirits. Glad you are feeling better, and now you sound much better.

    I'm thinking about Kelly and her Dad, and hope for the best.

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  9. Glad you are back to snuff, your blog is always fun to read, and you are a doggie person, what else could you want..Be safe out there. Sam & Donna....

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  10. Good to hear Kelly's Dad is better. Loved the picture of the plant.

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  11. Al, I wanted to post a comment yesterday but didn't have time.

    No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE! Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to please others. You weren't meant to be like anyone else. You do not have to conceal your truths or the fact that you are not like what you see in others.

    You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going in anyone's mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.

    If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.

    Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and keep on sharing it!

    Connie

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  12. Amen to what Connie just said Al. And our thoughts are with Kelly and her family right now

    Take Good Care
    Brenda Brown

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