“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.” (Stephen Grellet ) on the path least traveled….   

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..just letting the heart do the talking while the fingers do the walking while being different, being me… 🙂 Me 1 copy

( “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  🙂 ).. 🙂

I have been ask why I do what I do….because “No matter the pain or suffering, it is always better if it’s a burden shared by two, instead of a weight carried by one alone”… and that is what friends do…  🙂

 

"Portrait of a Friend"

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts, 
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will 
search for answers.

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only think of you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can't tell you who you are or who you will be
I can only love you and be your friend
                                      (Adam Clarke)
“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.” (Author Unknown)… 🙂

Hello Diary,

I have also been ask what I do for the weather service.. I usually refrain from posting such things because I do not wish to appear that I am trying to create a image or bragging about myself… would prefer to quietly venture down the path helping when and where I can… but I have been ask so I will tell some about what I do for the weather services to assist them with the weather and climate… and perhaps it may give someone ideas of what they can do…  🙂

Well, in 1999 with a Packard Bell computer with 10 mega bytes of memory, with dial-up service ( and I did get the busy tone on occasion) and using A.O.L… I was more or less a spotter and I shared active weather with the weather service…

In the spring of 2001 I met with members of the weather service and volunteered to be part of  organization S.W.O.P  (Significant Weather Observation Program), a upgrade to being a spotter, and sent reports during active weather, plus daily reports… in the fall we met again and I volunteered to be part of the COOP (Cooperative Observer Program)… I do not get paid, any expense is mine and the equipment is mine…  🙂

 

Thanks to gathering knowledge and the internet I were able to acquire instruments at low cost as I purchased instruments over time.. Thanks to gathering knowledge I were able to recycle material to aid in the observations…. I used recycle material to assemble a Evaporation pan (copied after the weather service pan).. It tells me how much moisture has evaporated out of the soil.. 🙂

I used foam board and cooking aluminum foil to make a hail board…I attached it to a piece of plywood for anchor and when the hail hits the foil it leaves a crater.. I venture out after the storm to get an accurate measurement of the hail… once used, I simply replace the foil… 🙂

Again, thanks to gathering knowledge I can use the internet to purchase weather instruments at low cost over time… one such instrument is the Evapotranspiration guage.. It tells me how much moisture has evaporated from plants, trees, etc… 🙂

I also have instruments outdoors… thermometers, frost gauge, rain gauge, remote sensors, etc. .. I use recycled material to protect and install the instruments ( need summer weather as they could use some paint.. 🙂 )… 🙂

That being said, every morning (365 days a year, rain or shine) between 5 and 5:30 AM I venture out and gather data from the instruments and observe current weather conditions… I then venture indoors and gather data from the base units… 🙂

Once that is done, I sit down at my desk and prepare to log in the data… the PC on the right is a old PC that I do not get online with.. However, it functions fine and I do most of the work on it and then use a thumb drive to transfer the data to the PC on the left which is newer and online.. 🙂

I then open the weather service’s WXCODER site to enter the data around 6 AM, they use the data for daily weather and climate research.. 🙂

I then send additional data to the weather service via email… 🙂

Once done with WXCODER, I open the W.O.W. (Weather Observation Website) site of Met Weather Office in Exeter/Devon, UK and send them the same data…. They use the data for climate research… 🙂

And that should give you some idea of what I do voluntarily for the weather services… it helps me be active and hopefully in some small way, I can help make someone’s world a better place and they can enjoy life and follow their dreams also… there are no words of violence here, no words of ridicule, prejudice… simply a ole born again heathen following his dreams… and this is a part of my world… 🙂

Well, I had better close for now...the weather, life and dreams are a calling.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..  🙂

Hope whatever path/trail you choose is filled with sunshine, love and happiness and until we meet again…

Roses are red
Violets are blue,
Thoughts from the heart
I’m sending to you.

Not just another  day, dear friend
For in spite of time, distance or whatever,
If only in spirit and thought
We’ll be sharing today together.

So, have a wonderful day, dear friend
Wishing you all the best, nothing less,
May today, every day, AND your heart
Be filled…...with love and happiness.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)


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  1. Well, I didn’t think what you wrote about helping the weather people was ever in the slightest bit boastful. On the contrary, it’s really interesting to find out what other people get up to. The school where I used to work always had lots of wind gauges and rain meters and such, and I think that they, like you, used to send it all to the relevant Meteorological Office.
    Here in Nottingham, it’s currently 5.00pm on a wonderfully bright and sunny spring day, although it’s possibly a little bit on the cold side yet.

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. I am one of many and it gives me something to do mentally and physically and I am able to help others in some manner…. 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting!!.. well, it helps me and I can help someone… I started out small and gradually increased and I am one of many and hopefully in some manner can help make a difference… 🙂

      Until we meet again…
      May the sun shine all day long
      Everything go right, nothing go wrong
      May those you love bring love back to you
      And may all the wishes you wish come true
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May you always be blessed
      with walls for the wind,
      a roof for the rain,
      a warm cup of tea by the fire,
      laughter to cheer you,
      those you love near you,
      and all that your heart might desire.
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting!!.. it gives me something to do and I can help in some manner… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. I am one of many and hopefully we can make a difference… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. 🙂

      Hope all is well in your part of the universe and until we meet again….
      May you always be blessed
      with walls for the wind,
      a roof for the rain,
      a warm cup of tea by the fire,
      laughter to cheer you,
      those you love near you,
      and all that your heart might desire.
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting!!… at the moment I do not have any data but the impact vapour trails have had on the climate has increased over the years with the increase in air travel… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May the sun shine all day long
      Everything go right, nothing go wrong
      May those you love bring love back to you
      May all the wishes you wish come true
      May peace be within you
      May your heart be strong
      May you find whatever you’re seeking
      Wherever you may roam
                        (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. there are many volunteers here in the USA and world over that share what they see and hear!!… 🙂
      I brag about my friends all the time…. 🙂

      Until we meet again….
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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  2. I find your work with weather services fascinating! You have a wonderful and diverse blend of abilities – practical, technical, philosophical, and so caring. Thank you for sharing more of your world.

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  3. So wonderful and such an amazing contribution that definitely makes a difference in this world. May you always find joy in what you do and continue to enjoy life’s journey.

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. I just follow my heart.. 🙂

      Until we meet again…
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. hopefully we can help mend the hearts… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your day be touched
      by a bit of Irish luck,
      Brightened by a song
      in your heart,
      And warmed by the smiles
      of people you love.
      (Irish Saying)

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