Venturing down memory lane on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” , no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“You are a caring person and have a wonderful ability to write and share your thoughts… don’t waste that gift by spreading hate and anger, instead use your gift to write the words you can to support a worthy cause, to give the generations to follow hope and perhaps inspire someone…”

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” Henri Nouwen

Hello Diary,

A Sunday morning on the prairies and another gloomy morning to behold outdoors..

Sunday morning

But not gloomy indoors… with the holidays approaching, were doing a bit of remembering, penning a few thoughts… thought I would stopped the world for a moment and share a few thoughts….the year has moved right along and near the end… decided I would get the holiday music out and sort through to see what I had…

holiday music

Yanni I among my favorites… and while preparing for the holidays, took a glance at my tree to see if it needed any tending to…

xmas tree

I did not take the tree down last year, had Christmas year around.. clever, eh?.. 🙂 returning to technology for a bit, the ole camera that I have and still are using is getting a bit worn, so instead of purchasing a new one, decided to get out my old phone and use it for a camera….

old phone

Will get it cleaned up and up and running instead of purchasing a new one… 🙂 while sitting here going down holiday memory lane, my thoughts drifted back to the time I lived on the farm in the 1940’s, 1950’s and early 1960’s… we lived in a old farmhouse with little insulation and when the wind blew, the curtains would move with the windows shut.. I, my brother and sister slept upstairs, she had her room and my brother and I shared a room (directly over Mom and Dads room)… there were no insulation in the floors and the only way we would get heat up there were what radiated through the floors and through the vent holes in the floors… 🙂

One could stand on the first floor and practically here someone breathing upstairs… well, my brother and I had a O gauge model trains (the larger of the model trains) and every year we would get a few pieces to add to the train set… we had train track all over the floor and at night would send a message by train to each other, trying to be as quiet as we could… with the excitement of Christmas morning and a visit by Santa, we were sending note, after note, after note wondering what we may get… well, I penned a few thoughts about Christmas Eves on the farm.. 🙂

It’s twelve days till Christmas
And as I look around,
Checked every package under the tree
No toys for me were found.

But I’m not one bit worried
The sadness it won’t last,
Because I have some memories
Of many of Christmas past.

One Christmas eve in particular
As, for the night, my brother and I retired,
But it wasn’t long into the night
That the imagination was fired.

We had train track…all over the floor
Very much to Mom’s dismay,
And all night long, messages back and forth
Wondering about Christmas day.

But in a blink of an eye
All got quiet real quick,
There was a shadow in our door
And it definitely wasn’t St. Nick!

It’s Christmas morning….wait there’s a honk
And I looked out the window to see,
It was just my neighbor in his car
Bringing me back to reality.

But that’s ok, I haven’t grown old
And I’m not even gonna start,
I’ll be forever young, don’t you see
With Christmas in my heart.

So to all.. and to all
As I get into my sleigh,
WAIT, I can’t say goodnight
It’s the middle of the day!

(Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller 12/12/2007 )

Well, I had better close for now, wanting to pen a few thoughts about being thankful on Thanksgiving, contemplate the tomorrows and perhaps visit memory lane again… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

No fire in the fireplace yet, but chillin’, have a spot of wine, memories of the past and making new memories…

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Snow, back to school and a open mind on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” , no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown
 
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Hello Diary,

A Thursday morning and in the process of bringing the week to a close…has been a week of contemplating tomorrows, doing chores and getting ready to start school… 🙂 thought I would take a break in the activities and share some thoughts…

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert

Woke up yesterday, Wednesday, morning to a somewhat dreary, cold morning…

weds morn 2

But change was in the winds and Old Man Winter was coming.. Sooooo prepared for his visit and sure enough, taken a page out if Santa Claus’s book, paid a visit last night and when I woke up this Thursday morning, this is what I woke up to… 🙂

thurs morn 2

Received about 2 inches of snow and sleet and supposedly more to come… Well, I checked my weather instruments, made sure all were well and then decided to help out my backyard friends.. Took the broom and shovel and cleared the feeders and put out a little extra feed… it were not long before the word got out and soon it was standing room only at the path least traveled buffet… 🙂

standing room only

Getting away from the weather for a time, I had mentioned about getting ready for school… as I have mentioned in the past I have a course here at home for learning Spanish,

spanish school 2

though I did take a basic course online from the local community college..

speed spanish diploma

I am not fluent in Spanish and know just enough to get me in trouble if I am not careful… 🙂 and when I am online or out and about and I see writing in Spanish, I will take a few moments to read what words I can understand and perhaps try to speak others.. I have a little difficulty in “rolling the R’s”.. 🙂

All that being said, Tuesday when I were at the post office, I checked out the little bulletin board and they had some notices that were in English and Spanish.. Soooooooooooo I stood there for a few moments practicing when an individual, who shall remain nameless, came up to me and said “when in America, you need to speak English”… at that I promptly turned, looked him in the eye and said;

and I quote: “I will speak to whomever I wish, whenever I wish and in whatever language I wish… when MY business becomes YOUR business I will speak in a language your brain is capable of understanding… until then, YOU may assume that MY business is none of YOUR business and I would appreciate YOU keeping YOUR nose out of MY business”… unquote… 🙂

Needless to say, the individual left with his underwear in a twist because I rained on his parade… 🙂 I do feel a certain amount of sadness for those with closed minds, personally “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief” Gerry Spence ….

And while I will communicate with someone who has a closed mind, I will not spend much time communicating because “ I have dreams to follow and maybe be someone’s rainbow, I will not waste that time trying to talk to someone who will not listen”… Larry “Dutch” Woller

Of course, as history (past and present) has proven, few become more closed minded than a certain element of the world’s religious society… this ole born again heathen with a open mind and a open heart simply do not qualify and there’s another story to that… 🙂

“We should begin by setting the conscience free. When all men of all religions shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for honors and power then we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society.” Founding Father John Adams, letter to Dr. Price, April 8, 1785.

Well, I have rambled enough and had better close… get on with the day and live life in spite of the snow.. There are rainbows out there, just have to look for them… 🙂 but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise….

I believe that Johnny Paycheck has some thoughts about the closed minded also, it is called “The Outlaws Prayer.. 🙂

Contemplating life, hard boiled eggs and enjoying being different on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” , no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

And speaking of change…

Contemplate and Wonder…

A peaceful Sunday Morning, watching the sun arise
Thoughts abound, while sipping on a spot of tea,
While taking in Nature’s summer portrait
Contemplating, on what Fate may have instore for me.

Change is slowly coming, it whispers in the winds
The door is slowly closing on past history,
With a new awakening with the mind and spirit
But the future is still shrouded in mystery.

With the freedom of being different, in many ways
No social shackles do this mortal wear,
Do welcome change with open mind and spirit
No fear, no worry or dread do I bear.

Does change stop at mortal death, one wonders
Or does it go on forever and ever,
Will I ask the same at another time and place
Somewhere past the 12th of Never?

Will thought and spirit continue
When, as in all things, time comes to an end,
Or does all things cease to be when
To the grave, the mortal body Fate does send.

Alas, but must deal with the present, this Sunday
So now will store thoughts and musings yet to be told,
For it’s down the path least traveled I do venture
To search and hopefully find….what life, and Fate, may behold.

( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Hello Diary,

The sun is shining this morning, believe that it may be the calm before the storm though, more snow predicted in the future… but will not let it “rain on our parade” on the path… 🙂 thought I would share a few thoughts before getting a spot of tea, my trusty Kindle and relax, enjoy the day….

Chatted with my daughter, Kim, the other day and she shared a idea with me… a way of cooking hard boiled eggs… instead of using the common method, time consuming and having to deal with the clean-up, she uses her coffee pot, boils the eggs while making coffee… 🙂 well, I am a tea drinker so even though I do have a coffee pot (for guests) I don’t use it.. However, because it is only me, I do not have a great deal of dishes to wash.. Also, I eat my big meals at breakfast, middle of the day and a light meal evening so I wash my dishes middle of the day…

washing dishes

In an effort to conserve energy and waste, I use a electric tea kettle to heat water for washing dishes…

teapot

Soooooooooo, I got the idea of using the pot for cooking the eggs.. I got 4 eggs out of the refrigerator…

eggs from fridge

I put the eggs in the tea pot…

eggs in teapot

Turned the pot on and let it cycle and, Viola!… I had hard boiled eggs…

eggs cooked

I washed the dishes while the eggs were cooling… the eggs were old but edible, and I put three in the freezer to see what would happen.. In the future I will get fresh eggs, will make note of the time to cook, etc as this time were just an experiment and I were busy doing other things…

Yesterday morning I browsed the news briefly, observing how elements of society are determined to label some as different instead of accepting them as they are… “The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse”.. Kilroy Oldster

Afterwards, with a spot of tea, two plastic spoons, some paint and brush and pieces of jewelry, I decided to make me a pair of earrings that were different… now, a Picasso I am not, but I managed to produce a pair of “different” earrings… 🙂

different earrings

“Maybe I’m not so different from everyone else after all. It’s like somebody gave me a puzzle, but I don’t have the box with the picture on it. So I don’t know what the final thing is supposed to look like. I’m not even sure if I have all the pieces.” Sharon M. Draper

Life’s Choices

Life is full of choices
Make sure you pick the right one,
Don’t listen to the voices
Hear only yours and you have won.

Many people will tell you
You need to change your looks,
Don’t take to heart their view
Fabulous bods are found only in books.

There is only one voice
That you should listen to,
It will help make the right choice
That is perfect just for you.

Your looks are your own
Someone will always love you,
You will never be alone
Look in the mirror and you’ll see who.
by Rose

Well, I had better close, bring the day and week to a close and prepare to start another week… have much to do with living life and following dreams, being different and enjoying the moment.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

“Everyday on the path least traveled brings adventure and change, that change presents a challenge, mentally and physically, as to how to accept it and deal with it, generates an excitement about being me while exploring the universe, living a second of time and looking forward to what the next second of time brings, looking forward to living life and doing it my way.” (Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Even though some days may seem like a “wild child”… 🙂

Ever close your eyes.
Ever stop and listen.
Ever feel alive.
And you’ve nothing missing.
You don’t need a reason
Let the day go on and on.

Let the rain fall down.
Everywhere around you
Give into it now.
Let the day surround you
You don’t need a reason
Let the rain go on and on

What a day, what a day to take to
What a way, what a way to make it through.
What a day, what a day to take to a wild child

Only take the time.
From the helter skelter.
Every day you find.
Everything’s in kilter.
You don’t need a reason.
Let the day go on and on

Every summer sun,
Every winter evening.
Every spring to come
Every autumn leaving.
You don’t need a reason
Let it all go on and on.

What a day, what a day to take to.
What a way, what a way to make it through
What a day, what a day to take to a wild child.
What a day, what a day to take to.
What a way, what a way to make it through.
What a day, what a day to take to a wild child.

Ole Man Winter, kindness and love on the path least traveled…

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( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” , no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

lisamb320 (Embracing the pain), if you happen to visit and read, this quote is for you; “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”… Marilyn Monroe

And this quote; “You don’t love the person you can live with, you love the person you cannot live without”…

Hello Diary,

Good Friday morning, Diary… end of the week, a busy week preparing for winter, chasing dreams and living life… thought I would share a few thoughts before finishing the day… going to do a before and after at the moment… Yesterday (Thursday) morning, it were a cool but pleasant fall day…

thurs morn

Well. Ole Man Winter come calling last night and woke up to this sight this morning…

Fri Morning

That is snow on the ground and buildings… what a difference a day makes… 🙂 anyway, spent the week doing errands, got some supplies for my backyard friends to help them through the winter… purchased some cracked corn…

cracked corn

Sill have some sunflower seeds but will need to purchase more…

sunflower seeds

Have the seed bin filled (to keep mice, etc from eating food)…

bird food bin

With the weather forecast being what it was, scattered a extra helping of seed for the backyard friends… the buffet were open and the little sparrow took advantage of it… 🙂

sparrows feeding

Can help my backyard friends through the winter… they are part of the world of the path least traveled, each different, unique, and special in their own way… yes, even that bushy tailed knucklheaded rodent who is determined to dig up my tomato plants..

resting squirrel 3

I were ask what I thought my best act of kindness were… I cannot answer that question.. It would depend on the creature/being as it is not about me, one would have to ask them..… would it be the little sparrow that I set out food for, perhaps the creature that received one of my blood donations.. maybe the folks in the UK dealing lymphoma who I sent a donation to in order to help make life a little better for them… and on and on… I am afraid I do not have an answer to that question about kindness… 🙂

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”

“When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy the friend by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.”

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Goodness knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that. E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Anyway, Diary, after a busy day yesterday, I had the day finished, had a spot of tea, watching my backyard friends pursing their destiny… Were listening to Andre Rieu playing Lara’s Theme and words to a poem of love came to mind, so I penned some thoughts, to no one in particular… 🙂

WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME…

Not enough words to tell you, my love
Words full of love from the heart,
But I have all eternity to try
This poem will be a start!

You are my everything, my love!
You mean the world to me!
Cannot see life without YOU
WE, my love, were meant to be!

I bathe in your love, dear one
That grows stronger each and every day.
That warms my heart and soul, sweetheart
With each loving word YOU say!

I awake in the morning, eagerly
Awaiting treasured words from THEE,
To feel the precious warmth and love
YOU and YOUR words do give to me!

Your love gives life a meaning, dear
Gives me a reason to greet the day,
Warms the very depths of my spirit
Keeps the nightly cold at bay!

At times distance may lay between US
No bounds….does OUR love know,
Knows no space or time, darling
As OUR love continues to grow.

My undying devotion to YOU, YOU alone
Will be there always…forever and ever,
And I WILL LOVE YOU SO, my love!
Beyond the 12th of Never!!!

( Larry “Dutch” Woller)

For what is life without love…“Love knows no bounds or time, love is the spirit of the heart, love is the life support of hope, love is the force behind compassion, love is the foundation for true friendships, relationships….without love, life is barren and cold”…. (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Well, I had better close for now, Diary… finish the day and venture on down the path… poems to write, dreams to chase, adventures to pursue and maybe even find a friend or two… but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…. 🙂

Kindness, love, friendship, caring.. it is a part of life on the path least traveled, not just about me.. After all, that is what friends are for…

“Friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, it comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”

“Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.” Felix Adler

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It is Ok to be you on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” , no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” Michael J. Fox

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown

Hello Diary,

Well, Diary, it is near the middle of the week, a busy week of errands and getting ready for Ole Man Winter’s visit the end of the week… taking a breather from the activities to share a few thoughts… November 11 (Veterans Day) and December 7 (Rememberance Day) is drawing near and I penned a few thoughts…

In Remembrance……

We were volunteers, one and all
So Noble.. Proud.. and Brave,
Did not know the reasons for war
Just a people from tyranny to save!

Glasses held high, we made an toast
Surely that Victory would rule the day!
While back at home, the voices of unrest
Not a kind word for us did they say.

Some could not vote, children were we
Some could not drink, but still our battle cry,
Even with all that we could not do
For us children, it was to do or die!

Vietnam was a hostile, violent land
The dangers, the horrors of war abound,
Whether the paddies of Vietnam or the fields of home,
Seemed for us, not a friend could be found.

But we proudly gave it our all, lads
Faced our destiny, with a hint of fear of tomorrow
Some to return to a mother’s joy
Some to return to a mother’s sorrow.

So should you be looking on today, my friends
One more toast, hold your glasses high,
To PEACE, HOPE and LOVE, may they long endure
CHEERS, LASSIES and LADDIES!!!.. And SEMPER FI

(penned by Sgt, Larry “Dutch” Woller 12th Marine Regiment, Vietnam, 1965–1966…)

While I understand the reasoning and thinking about those two days, it is sad that the human race feels the need to celebrate war and conflict… for all war and conflict does is sow the seeds of anger, hate and suffering…

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

I know of what I speak for “I have been there and done that”.. My late wife and I were stationed on the East coast, a 1000 miles from the home of the prairies… on September 28, 1965 my son were born… on September 30, 1965 I received my orders to report to the 12th Marine Regiment in South Vietnam for peace keeping duties… I had three weeks to get my family and all that we owned back to the prairies before reporting in… below is me (sitting on the ground) as an observer attached to the 12th Marine Regiment 1965-1966…

dutch

At that time is were suppose to be a peace keeping force but as I look around the world today, I see very little peace (like many before, little peace came of it)…… I penned some thoughts about that…

Maybe No More Children Will Die

I set here looking at the news
The powers wanted peace they say,
And while they spoke, bombs were dropped
20 children died that day!

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give PEACE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die

Smiles on their faces, while shaking hands
Arms deals for defense would come into play,
A bomb went off in a crowded market
10 children died that day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give a world without bombs a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die

A war to end all wars, they said
Yet to war they always return,
Death, destruction, suffering and pain
Won’t they every learn?

What’s wrong with this idea?
Let’s give LEARNING a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die.

Anger versus anger, hate versus hate
Seeds sown by war at home and away,
Starvation , sickness, a mother in tears
More and more children die every day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give LOVE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die.
( Larry “Dutch” Woller, )

Many years ago my late wife set up a display…

medals

Today I look at those medals of “peacekeeping” and wonder how many dreams were lost or destroyed because of those medals… “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” Frederick Buechner

Now, here on the path I have a different medal….

blood bank

I were given the medal by the blood bank for donating over a gallon of blood over a few years… blood donated to anyone who needed it, no strings attached.. It may not be near as fancy as the other medals but there were no dreams lost or destroyed by that medal… 🙂 “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” William Penn

There are no hate and conflicts here on the path either… if you are different, don’t think or look like me, no problem…

refugees

You come in peace, you are welcome here… also the world knows I am not into religion, but I do not turn a blind eye to religion..

religious

I have participated in a number of “civilized”, “intelligent” forums over the years and I may know more about religion than a good many of the religious… 🙂 if one doesn’t try to impose their religious beliefs on me, I do not have a issue with religion… “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief” Gerry Spence

When it comes to discussing issues, problems here on the path, there are no conflicts… when working with others, I will choose my rainbow earrings over a sword anytime… 🙂

rainbow earrngs..

Well, I had better quit rambling on, have friends to meet, dreams to chase, a rainbow to find..busy busy busy… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

Change and the rainbow connection on the path least traveled…

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( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” , no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” ~ M. Scott Peck

“My dreams are my dress rehearsals for my future.” David Copperfield

Hello Diary,

It is a Sunday morning, a dreary morning weather wise… rainy day in the forecast…

Sunday sunrise

But not a dreary day indoors, life doesn’t stop with the weather… 🙂 a relaxing Sunday contemplating the tomorrows and the challenges life may put before me.. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott

Yesterday I prepared the meals for next week…

next weeks meals 2

And put in the freezer… while in the cooking mode, I decided to make my version of what is known as a Scottish egg…

Scottish egg

Pork sausage, crushed crackers, flour and hard boiled egg… put in freezer and ready to eat when ready… Change is ongoing here on the path, in all things, as nature gets ready for the winter doldrums.. The leaves are starting to turn…

Fall leaves 1

“For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

fall leaves 2

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery”. -Harold Wilson

Fall leaves 3

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
― Barack Obama

I believe that Edel T. Copeland has a few thoughts about autumn, life and change…

Autumn Leaves…
Golden, crisp leaves falling softly from almost bare trees,
Lifting and falling in a hushed gentle breeze.
Slowly dropping to the soft cushioned ground,
Whispering and rustling a soothing sound.

Coppers, golds, and rusted tones,
Mother Nature’s way of letting go.
They fall and gather one by one,
Autumn is here, summer has gone.

Crunching as I walk through their warm, fiery glow,
Nature’s carpet rich and pure that again shall grow.
To protect and shield its majestic tree,
Standing tall and strong for the world to see.

They rise and fall in the cool, crisp air.
It’s a time of change in this world we share,
Nature’s importance reflecting our own lives,
Letting go of our fears and again, too, we shall thrive.
(Edel T. Copeland )

And what about the gardeners who are resting during the winter doldrums, what are they doing, one would ask?.. Well, if they are like Helen Beth Swanson and myself, planning next years gardens… 🙂

Reverie
A warm and cheery fire roars merrily
And shadows dance about the darkened room.
Beside the hearth a gardener sits and dreams
Of sunny days, of flowers in full bloom.

Some hollyhocks should tower near the fence,
Bright red. ones that the bees can’t help but find.
The trellis at the gate again must wear
Blue morning glories, or the rosy kind.

To lend a bit of distance to the scene,
Close to the rear I’ll plant in shades of blue:
The tall and stately larkspur, double ones­
Of course I’ll put in scabiosa, too.

I couldn’t do without a pansy bed­
Snapdragons make such beautiful bouquets­
Frilled zinnias and yellow marigolds
Add just the proper touch to autumn days.

The flowers grow and bloom with loveliness
Until a sound destroys the fantasy­
A burning ember falls and I must leave
My garden and my charming reverie.
(Helen Beth Swanson)

And, alas, I must close and get on with the day also…

I set here with my tea
And watch the leaves a fallin’
It’s becoming clear that one day
Jack Frost will come a callin’

Most of my bird friends have went south
In the southern warmth they’ll stay
But I’ll not shed a tear in sorrow
For they’ll be back again some day

All us creatures that are staying behind
To deal with the cold and snow
Are getting our house in order
And waiting for winter’s blow

The squirrels are gathering leaves and such
To insulate their winters nest
The possum is checking every nook and cranny
To find a place for his winters rest

The bee’s are picking up the pace
Gathering nectar with the morning sun
Storing winter food for the hive
Before their work on earth is done

A spider spinning it’s web of silk
I watched as it grew and grew
Soon to become natures work of art
With tomorrow’s early morning dew

This poem could go on and on and on
But alas, I have things to do
For, like it or not, don’t you see
I need to get ready for winter too.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Not only get ready for winter, but chase dreams and look for rainbows, maybe write a poem.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

WAIT, rain means rainbows, rainbows for lovers, dreamers and me, right Kermit?… 🙂

Making choices on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” , no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” Kevyn Aucoin

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch

“ The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own, no apologies or excuses.. No one to lean on, rely on or blame.. The gift is yours, it is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” Bob Moawad

Hello Diary,

It is a Thursday morning, rainy Thursday morning, near the end of the week, 1st of November and 55 shopping days till Christmas… 🙂 have the outdoors ready for winter so most of the activities now moved to the indoors… still stay active and one of the projects is recycling used printer paper, clear on one side… I have my trusty cutting board and cut pieces to glue together…

cutting board

I use up 99% of the paper, then I stack the pieces of paper together, clamp and glue…

gluing note pad

And when the glue is dry, I have a note pad…

finished note pad

What scraps of paper are left get shredded and put in the compost pile… clever, eh?… 🙂 I also took some time in the past few days to update my Kindle Paperwhite with some books as reading in the evening is one method that I use to relax… I purchased two books but haven’t had the opportunity to read yet (busy getting outdoors ready for winter) but looking forwad to reading… one is titled; Climbing Over Grit by Marzeeh Laleh Chini…

climbing over grit

It is a story about a family from Iran who, while trying to follow their dreams, had to deal with man’s inhumanity against man… the second book is titled; Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stevens…

Dog Bone Soup

A story about a family struggling to follow their dreams in the 1950’s and ‘60’s… the children were left to find their own adventures… I grew up on a farm in the 1940’s. ‘50’s and early 1960’s, didn’t have much in the way of wealth and had a few adventures of my own also… 🙂

You see, Diary, life is about choices… the two families in the books I mentioned had to make choices, sometimes under not so pleasant circumstances… 🙂 in order to find happiness, one should let the heart lead the way while making choices…

Whispering world, a sigh of sighs,
The ebb and the flow of the ocean tides.
One breath, one word may end or may start
Hope has a place in a lover’s heart.
Look to love and you may dream,
And if it should leave then give it wings.
But if such a love is meant to be;
Hope is home, and the heart is free.
( Enya)

One may have to compromise the choices a bit when facing challenges life puts forward, but choices are still oneself to make, not someone else for them…

CHOICE
I’ll be what I must be, in spite of me
as life won’t always give the things I choose
and so I have to make what has to be
into the things my life and I can use.

All roads don’t lead to Rome, as it’s been said,
but some to Paris, and a little fun,
so I will change the path where I would dread
to go to where I choose, when I am done.

I’ll not be forced into a better scheme
if I can’t see the end result my way
if it’s not part of what my heart can dream
it never will come to the light of day.

All things can change, if I have any voice
in what they are, and I will make the choice.
(Vee Bdosa 2014)

And, sometimes one may have to venture down the path least traveled in order to find happiness, as I did… 🙂

I my setting on a journey of my own,
The mistakes I make shall be mine,
The regrets shall be my defined,
Its fall or rise,
Time will play a key role,
As Frost said,
I have an option of two paths ahead of me,
One pre decided by my ancestors,
less risky and challenging,
Other of my own,
I decide to take the less traveled one,
To mark on journey of my own.
(Illahi Bedi)

At the very least I avoid following the crowd… 🙂

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before. “ Francis Phillip Wernig

And that no doubt makes me different… 🙂

“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse”.. Kilroy Oldster

And from the happiness I have experienced being different, I agree with Vincen Tabatha… 🙂

If being “different” is what is wrong,
I’d rather not be right.
And I’d want to finish living,
Doing the “different” fight.
(Vincen Tabatha)

Well, better close for now.. venture on down the path least traveled making choices, chasing dreams and rainbows and finding adventures at every bend in the path.. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your spirit was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” Ellen DeGeneres