Lovebirds, snow and high hopes on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

Good Friday morning, Diary… another day of enjoying living life being different, working on small tasks to bring the week to an end and contemplating the future and whatever it may bring…another gloomy morning here, rain possible tomorrow, Saturday, with cold temperatures the weekend…

While on the subject of weather, if you recall that two weeks ago I mentioned a gloomy weekend also….

gloomy morning

Then a week ago I posted on Friday saying that the weekend was not going to be pleasant…well, unlike the previous picture (and weekend), here is what it looked like last weekend, the 4th day of spring…

winter 3-24-2018

There is something to be said about gloomy weather… 😀 and you remember that lonesome dove from two weeks ago, setting on the cold ground wondering what was wrong with this picture ??…

cold dove

Well, here is that dove a week ago…

lonsome dove

That dove just cannot get a break… 🙂 however, this time the dove had company…

dove company

But, it is still spring, love is still in the air and with a break in the weather, our lovebirds were not to be denied… 🙂

lovebird2

Will put the weather to rest for now, still making plans for outdoors but being outdoors is on hold for now….but, being by being different, not being shackled by social, political or religious ideologies, by venturing the path least traveled, there are much to explore, to experiment with, to enjoy, to feel, to see…that makes everyday one wakes up on the green side of the grass, a wonderful day, in spite of the weather or thoughts and deeds of others… and the day I do not wake up on the green side of the grass, not doubt my spirit will move on, free to continue to explore the Universe and all it contains, something that those closed minded individuals who stay in their “comfort zone” will probably not witness or feel…. so sad for them…

Some more thoughts about being different;

“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

I Am Different…

We may have the same eye’s
but I use mine differently

We may have the same heart
but I use mine differently

I’m Different cause I do things differently
I’m different cause I wear things differently

I may stand out differently in many ways
but I love it
and I love begin different

I Am Different

(Iesha Scales)

Different…..

How are we so “different”?
If “different” is just a thing.
If we all have certain features,
What does “different” bring?

People filled with hatred,
Can’t possibly see,
That there’s not really “differences”
Between you and me.

Looks can’t show “difference”,
If they’re just there to be seen.
If you don’t look like someone else,
Why are they so mean?

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, I had better close now and mosey on down the path…finish today and prepare for tomorrow..still have some rainbows to check out and I know there is a stone or two that is still unturned… 🙂 but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

It may appear a bit gloomy today but, like Frank and company, me and that dove have high hopes… 🙂

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Cooking, Classic FM and Peter, Paul and Mary on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

Good Friday morning, Diary… surprised?!… 🙂 .. A potential for some unpleasant weather the weekend so thought I would do a blog today… have the day and week finished for the most part and thought I would pop in and share some thoughts before venturing on down the path…

As you may recall, had a cold, gloomy weekend last weekend and Sunday seemed a good day for some soup, so early in the morning, thought I would make some quickie noodle soup.. I used half a a pack of Ramen noodles (did not use the spice packet), added some mixed veggies, chopped cooked turkey from the freezer and a couple of bullion cubes for flavor…

raman noodle soup

Don’t do soda myself but put a standard can of soda close by to give you an indication of how much soup there was….put in the fridge for later and seeing how it was still early, 7 AM, decided to cook the morning… put some more chopped turkey in a crockpot, added carrots, celery, spices…

chicken noodle soup

Let cook for several hours and then added the noodles and it made 6 servings of hearty chicken noodle soup….after I got the noodle soup started, I prepared another crockpot for veggie soup.. I used browned ground pork, carrots, celery and spices…

veggie soup

Let cook for a period of time, then added a package of frozen mixed veggies and some barley and that made 6 individual meals…. While waiting for the crockpots to cook, decided to have a bacon fry to stock up….

bacon fry

Had most everything done by Midday and with other chores taken care of, decided to have a leisurely rest of the day… turned on my favorite radio station Classic FM, streaming live from London, England….

classic fm

Got out the colored pencils…

colored pencils

A picture from my adult coloring book and spent a quiet rest of the day coloring and meditating….

coloring

The picture on the right is a picture I had done some time ago, in no hurry to finish a picture, relax and enjoy, that is the idea.. 🙂

Briefly ventured from the path to the “other” world (which I do on occasion to keep informed) and I notice there is still a good deal of violence, religious intolerance, social extremism fueling hate and anger.. America (and the rest of the world) slowly becoming what the founding fathers came to North America to get away from…. So sad… on the path least traveled, one can be themselves, whomever and whatever they feel to be….not be judged because they are different… no place for guns, intolerance and extremism on the path least traveled…

Better sign off now, prepare bit for winter type weather coming, feed the outdoor creatures (before settling in for the day and weekend), enjoy the day and contemplate the tomorrows, wondering with excitement what may be ahead on the path leas traveled… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

As for the violence, intolerance and extremism, perhaps Peter, Paul and Mary have the answer…

It’s a zip-a-dee-do-dah day on the path least traveled….

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

Good Saturday morning, Diary… thought I would leave a few thoughts before moving on with the day… another dreary Saturday instore, may have to stop blogging on Saturday.. 🙂 woke up to a red sky this morning…

red skiy

Bringing to mind the saying; “red skies in the morning, sailors warning”.. The theory behind that being red skies indicate a good deal of moisture in the atmosphere and with the sun rising and heating up the atmosphere, the chances increase of a unstable atmosphere and therefore the possibility of a severe thunderstorm…the other part of the saying; “red skies at night, sailors delight” means the sun is setting, the atmosphere is cooling and the possibility of a severe storm is declining…but that is theory… 🙂

Not very good at taking selfies but thought I would attempt a selfie this morning….

me

It were the wee hours this morning (while most everyone were snuggled in bed dreaming of winning the lottery) while I was turning in my weather data to the National Weather Service….

While it don’t seem like spring, decided to check out my seeds to see what I had, perhaps need to get new seeds….

veggie seeds

I do save seeds also (in the gray box), I make my own paper envelopes and store them in the door of the refrigerator… seeds means flowers and flowers bring to mind a poem I wrote;

Garden Flowers…

A bouquet of flowers from my garden,
Their beauty need not be told,
Their fragrance is soothing and lovely
A pleasant scent for one to behold.

They remind me of you, my love
Whose beauty from within you do share,
Sharing sunshine, understanding and laughter
Sowing the seeds of love and happiness in the air.

This bouquet was picked for you, my love
For coming into my world, my dear friend,
For giving sunshine, laughter, love and happiness
For which I know… will never end.
(Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller May 5, 2008)

And while sorting seeds, will also have to keep in mind ways to protect the seedlings once they are above ground, especially protect from the dreaded nemesis who loves those tender seedlings………Brer Rabbit… 🙂

brer rabbit

In spite of the weather (and outside influences to some degree), it is still a wonderful life on the path least traveled because one is here to see it and enjoy it!!!…. and some thoughts about the reason why, can be seen in a poem by Suzy Kassem;

“The key to a wonderful life
Is to never stop wandering into wonder.
Because to live a predictable life,
Only fills a person with strife,
And such a person will always be wondering:
‘What a limitless life could be lived beyond the lines?’
Such is a question a curious spirit would never sit forever and ponder.
So always pursue new ventures in your life,
And be willing to open doors to different light;
This is the only way to keep it magical and always filled with wonder.
Days will feel shorter, but your happiness will grow stronger —
Because living a life without curiosity and adventure,
Is a stale life where days only feel longer and
Longer.
(by Suzy Kassem)

And with that being said, will close now and venture on down the path least traveled, that on going search for “the” rainbow while, with excitement, waiting to see what is around the next bend…but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

I believe that Uncle Remus and friends say it best about today, and every day…

Exploring, love and a day without rain on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

Another Saturday morning (listening to Andre Rieu and his orchestra playing the “Rose”) and unlike last Saturday, back to a cold, gloomy wintry type morning…

wintry morning

At least it was not like one morning last week when I woke up to this…. 🙂

snow

But it is still a good morning as I did wake up on the green side of the grass and looking forward to exploring whatever life, and Fate, displays in front of me and what may lie ahead on down the path….with it being wintry and the weeks work done, decided yesterday to recycle used pages from a copier and other sources and turn them into note pads…

note pads

Once the note pads have been used once again, will put the used notes in my compost been…the one thing that cold temperatures can stop is love, as I saw two doves setting on the fence…

lovebirds

They were not there very long before venturing off to a more secluded place I suspect… 🙂 however, I saw one dove setting on some decorative stones who probably was not in a loving mood….. 🙂

cold dove

He was no doubt concentrating on the cold and perhaps thinking he took the wrong exit at Atlanta, GA…. 🙂 but no doubt love will in the end persevere winter or not, even for that cold, lonesome dove…. And while on the subject of love, will leave with a poem I wrote and some thoughts by others…..

A Kipling I know I’m not
I know that from the start,
No eloquent words here, my love
Just words of love from the heart.

Nothing cute or fancy, sweetheart
No false charmers words here,
But words of undying love for you, my darling
From my heart, my very spirit, my dear.

Couldn’t find the words for some time
Searched every book and song,
Until that wonderful precious day
That you, my love, happened along.

Now that I have the words, my love
What’s this ole country boy to do,
How will these arthritic hands, my love
Say those precious words to you.

It will have to be done right, you know
And I know I will find a way,
To say how much I Love You more
With every heartbeat, each and every day.

There will be no falsehoods or lies for you, dear one
No meaningless empty words, cute or clever,
For I would rather you love me for just one day
Than to hate this ole country boy forever.
( penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller, 7-12-08)

“Love myself I do. Not everything, but I love the good as well as the bad. I love my crazy lifestyle, and I love my hard discipline. I love my freedom of speech and the way my eyes get dark when I’m tired. I love that I have learned to trust people with my heart, even if it will get broken. I am proud of everything that I am and will become.” Johnny Weir

“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. “ Richard Bach

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” Kinky Friedman

That being said, it is HI HO HI HO on down that path I go, the air filled with love, excitement and wonder as one contemplates what may be around the next bend…but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise….

What is need now is a day of sunshine and a day without snow or rain, right Enya??… 🙂

Frost, a taste of spring and Enya on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

Just turned in my weekly bird observations to the Cornell University Lab of Omithology (the study of birds, they use the info to help study and learn about climate change, etc..) and thought I would pop in briefly and share a few thoughts… unlike Saturdays of the past, this morning were filled with sunshine and light breeze (though ccool)…(picture taken from my office window this morning)..

sunrise

My “office” is a quiet area filled with plants (live and imitation), thoughts, dreams, rainbows and a path for me to enter the outside world, a garden that only I enter, so I guess it could be called “my secret garden”… 🙂

Temperatures are starting to moderate a bit and beginning to seem a bit like spring and starting to see a few of the migratory birds, geese, grackles, etc and in fact saw my first robin yesterday…

robinnet

Unfortunately, winter is still here as can been seen by the moderate frost yesterday morning….my neighbors house look a great deal like mine with the roof looking like a light snow…

frost on roof

It is also a good time to see who has good insulation in the attic and who doesn’t …following is a picture of another neighbors house taken a few minutes after the previous picture…

no frost on roof

Don’t have to be a Einstein to know who pays the higher heating bill… 🙂 … ventured to the VA for my annual doctors appointment, all is well, won’t have to return for another year unless something happens….my finger nails got rave reviews and had to share with the ladies as to how I take care of them… 🙂 …stopped by the cemetery and left flowers for Easter (my late wife has a number of ladies present to keep her company… 🙂 )…

And speaking of spring, perhaps now would be a good time to share a poem I wrote…:)

I’m watching the sun come up
With coffee in my hand,
Thoughts passing like a gentle breeze
As I gaze upon the land.

Thinking about my garden
As I watch the squirrels at play,
Will this be a good year?
With nature being kind…day by day.?

Or will it be like last year
A struggle both day and night,
Hoping for a better day
With every morning’s light.

Love is in the air
Carried by a gentle breeze,
In the notes of a birds song
As the melody,..genlty,.. drifts through the trees.

The time has come to make ready
To plan and to prepare,
Even though it’s cool outside
A taste of spring, and love, is in the air!

Or is it just me………….. grin
(Larry “Dutch” Woller, 4-7-2008)

The being said, will close by leaving a few thoughts by others;

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

And I shall venture on down the path least traveled, living and knowing life, each second a new adventure…but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Remember, you can realize your dreams, but only if you want to…right, Enya?… 🙂