“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” (Douglas H. Everett) on the path least traveled….

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In spite of life’s challenges and those who will say you cannot do it , “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” (Roy T. Bennett ) for Life Is Now….

 

 Time flies, and memories fade.
 People change and new friendships are made.
 Only the true remain forever at our side.
 Eventually the disappointment and pain will subside.
  
 It is all about the journey and what has yet to come.
 Life is what you make of it; you are what you've become.
 Life is too short to hold onto regrets.
 Forgiveness is key even though you may never forget.
  
 Cherish the good and remove the bad.
 Some people don't realize till it's gone what they've had.
 Moving on is a way of life.
 There will always be obstacles, pain, and strife.
  
 You must believe that you are strong enough to fight.
 You have to believe in yourself to do what is right.
 Always do for YOU no matter what you do,
 Because in the end the only one who has your back is you.
  
 Never be afraid to take a stand,
 And always be willing to lend a helping hand.
 A little bit goes a long way.
 All it takes is a smile to brighten someone's day.
  
 Your chance to live is now, so what are you waiting for?
 The world is yours for the taking and so much more.
 Endless possibilities are forever at your disposal.
 The chance to live another day is life's golden proposal.
  
 Never let anyone tear you down,
 And never let anyone steal your shine and make you frown.
 So will you sit in the shadows and let darkness win again?
 Or will you rise up and make the light your friend?
                                                        (Hollianne Boucher)
  
   
“So stick to the fight when your hardest hit, it’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit” (Wade Watts) and this is our fight song… 🙂

Hello Diary,

Yes, one doesn’t quit in spite of life’s storms “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown), unfortunately for the Valentines Day holiday it were a snow storm…  🙂

 

But,  learned to dance (in the snow) and woke up this morning and words of Mark Twain filled my thoughts; “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover, acquire new friends and  gain knowledge of yourself and the world”  (Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain), so I gathered what I needed to venture into the world, when the need and opportunity arises, all the while keeping in mind the safety and welfare of others so they too can follow their dreams… 🙂

 

Floppy flowerdy hat (check), walking stick (check), Banana Boat (check), face mask (check), camera (old phone, check)… 🙂 And what I needed to venture into the Cyberworld… 🙂

 

 And no matter what life and Fate has put in front of me, it is down the path of life I go… 🙂
  
 I awoke one morning, alone, in history’s past..
 Left with a heart full of memories, a decision to make,
 Confronted with two paths to my destiny..
 Heart and mind to decide which one to take.
  
 Take the one most traveled, the logical safe choice…
 The one chosen by the multitudes..the human race,
 Like sheep, following a path determined by another…
 No self identity, all bearing the same face.
  
 A most traveled path whose direction is chosen by a few
 The rest to follow, ever so blind,
 Their destiny not chosen by their own hand
 Their fate determined, by a closed mind.
  
 The other path less traveled, mysterious and unknown
 Where one can be different, like me I confess,
 Without fear of ridicule, bigotry  and hate
 A path filled with love... and happiness.
  
 A path less traveled where one can follow ones dreams
 An open mind to see what others do not,
 To live a life guided by one’s heart
 While the other path one cannot.
  
 Decision made, with eyes on the horizon
 It’s down the path least traveled I do venture,
 Excitement fills the air, a smile on the face
 Looking forward to a great adventure.
  
 My fate will be unknown, what lies ahead unsure
 I do not know…. what my destiny will be,
 But one thing will be certain, written in stone
 I shall venture down that path …..being “ME“.
           ( Larry “Dutch” Woller)
   
Yes, excitement fills the air and heart as here on the path it is a new age, a new year and a new dawn… 🙂

And as Jimmy Buffet would say “ I don’t look back too often for there is too much in front of me I wish to see” so I shall close for now, but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

 

I have friends to visit, adventures to find, so the sails are set full, heart’s compass pointed to the horizon and so it is… 🙂

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) on the path least traveled…

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 “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” (John F. Kennedy)…. 🙂
  
 Winds of Change…
  
 I watched that heavy door begin to close,
 all the while the winds above me rose.
 The years whisper and whistle back into my ear,
 the memories haunted by sorrows and fear.
  
 With a new day it finally dawned on me,
 the past needed locking and I had the key.
 Leave it behind, leap and fly away free,
 let the winds of change blow and carry me.
  
 Feel them lifting my wings now able to soar,
 up to an open sky and caged no more.
 Flying so fast to where no hurt can find,
 a place of peace now inhabits my mind.
  
 This heart full of courage never ceases to beat,
 knowing my history is not destined to repeat.
 Clear paths now lead me to a new destination,
 for my life, my future and the next generation.
                                   (Kelly Deschler )
   
Yes, change is taking place here on the path and even though “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ( Maria Robinson ), but only if you want to… 🙂 Hello Diary, Tomorrow is Monday and is a holiday celebrating Matin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and his dream, a dream that lives today here on the path…. 🙂

Taking a brief break from following dreams, thought I would share a few thoughts… have been busy preparing for new adventures once leaving safe harbor, as Jimmy Buffet said “I don’t look back too often, there is too much in front of me I wish to see”… 🙂

 

 

My last visit I mentioned hopefully helping others follow their dreams.. that also goes for my backyard friends who are with me while dealing with life’s challenges… there is always the squirrels… 🙂

And, I cannot forget my feathered friends… 🙂

And, after taking care of my friends, after having luck baking bread, thought I would try my hand at making a sconce… so, I gathered up some Bisquick cheese and garlic batter and topped off with some bacon bits… 🙂

Popped them into the toaster/convection oven and Voila!.. 🙂

Now, I know that they are not going to win any baking prizes, but they sure taste good with a bowl of soup… 🙂

On a cold winter day…. 🙂

 

 Yes, changes have been made, mind and heart at the ready, for… 🙂
  
 It is down the path least traveled I shall go
 To a rainbow filled horizon I  venture,
 To seek, to learn, know peace, to enjoy life
 A path filled with wonderful adventure.
  
 A place where one is accepted as who they are
 A spirit kindled to life, when mortal born,
 A being coming from the depths within
 And not subject to ridicule and scorn.
  
 A place where I know freedom of thought and being
 I am what I am, don’t you see,
 Neither this one, neither that one, but all the above
 In a mortal world, a free spirit, that’s me.
  
 I do not travel the path alone, you see
 There are memories and spirits to behold,
 Those that share... the joy and sadness
 As I gather more memories, down that least traveled road.
  
 So how long will my journey be, one would ask
 Will I see the end of the path...ever?
 The answer, I believe, lies on the horizon
 Somewhere past... the 12th of Never….
  
 So I shall bring my ramblings to an end
 For there is one fact that I do know,
 To reach the horizon, the 12th of Never
 It’s down the path least traveled I must go!
       ( Larry “Dutch” Woller )
  
   
And with new adventures awaiting on the horizon, the sails are at the ready, the compass set, fingers poised at the keyboard and it is down the path I venture… 🙂

And with that, I believe I shall close for now…. going to follow Enya’s advice, but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

 

 

With all the conflicts and anger in world’s societies at the moment, think I may get off the path briefly and join my friends on the peace train for a time, what do you say, Diary, all aboard?… 🙂 And perhaps we can share some love with others along the way… 🙂

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.” (Langston Hughes) on the path least traveled…

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“Every morning your have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.” (Author Unknown)…. 🙂

 

 

 

Life Is Now….
  
 Time flies, and memories fade.
 People change and new friendships are made.
 Only the true remain forever at our side.
 Eventually the disappointment and pain will subside.
  
 It is all about the journey and what has yet to come.
 Life is what you make of it; you are what you've become.
 Life is too short to hold onto regrets.
 Forgiveness is key even though you may never forget.
  
 Cherish the good and remove the bad.
 Some people don't realize till it's gone what they've had.
 Moving on is a way of life.
 There will always be obstacles, pain, and strife.
  
 You must believe that you are strong enough to fight.
 You have to believe in yourself to do what is right.
 Always do for YOU no matter what you do,
 Because in the end the only one who has your back is you.
  
 Never be afraid to take a stand,
 And always be willing to lend a helping hand.
 A little bit goes a long way.
 All it takes is a smile to brighten someone's day.
  
 Your chance to live is now, so what are you waiting for?
 The world is yours for the taking and so much more.
 Endless possibilities are forever at your disposal.
 The chance to live another day is life's golden proposal.
  
 Never let anyone tear you down,
 And never let anyone steal your shine and make you frown.
 So will you sit in the shadows and let darkness win again?
 Or will you rise up and make the light your friend?
                                                        (Hollianne Boucher)
  
   

Hello Diary,

The New Year has arrived and  I am baaaaaaaaaack (is that groaning I hear?.. 🙂 ), for now anyway…:)  when it came to the weather, the new year did not start very well… 🙂

 

 

On New Years Day Ole Man Winter gave us some ice… 🙂

And on this Sunday Morning, Ole Man Winter gave us some snow.. 🙂

But no “white flag” here, because it is a new year and in spite of life’s challenges, a opportunity to follow one’s dreams for “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” (Maria Robinson )… 🙂

Of course, the holidays bring back memories and one memory came to my mind was during the time I grew up on the farm in the 1940’s, ‘50’s and early ‘60’s… Mom would always make homemade bread and being the oldest, I was volunteered to help.. well, I decided I was going to have homemade bread this Christmas… 🙂

 

 

So I gathered the ingredients… 🙂

Made the dough and let set for the oven… 🙂

Put it in the oven, in this case the convection/toaster oven… 🙂

And when done, Voila!… ready for butter!… 🙂

While I were waiting for the bread to finish, I prepared for the coming year… for in spite of any storms may occur, life will go on because “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown), so got the ole treadmill at the ready.. 🙂

Also got the schoolroom (learning Spanish)/meditation area set up…why learn Spanish?.. well, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” (Mahatma Gandhi)… 🙂

With the new near I am preparing for new adventures, so with sails set full, safe harbor fading in the distance, becoming a faint glow, it is on down the path least traveled I shall venture, with open mind and heart, because I am..
 

 Will close for now, much to do to prepare for the new year, but I shall
 return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂
  
 And I finish this with a smile on my face
 For I know one day we’ll meet again,
 And again, together we will follow our dreams
 For it will be a new beginning, not the end.
             (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
   
So whatever path or trail you choose…. 🙂

“Yes, I’m me, I am what I am, and a free spirit I’ll stay, as I look for adventure and follow my dreams, on the path least traveled…each and every day” (Larry “Dutch” Woller ) on the path least traveled…

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And speaking of adventures and holiday memories, a memory of Christmas past came to mind, when little Bree (Jack Russell) were here (She passed away in 2016, she came into my world when she were 6 months old and I were her 4th owner…) 🙂

 

 I was working on the turkey
 When here arose such a clatter,
 I sprang from the kitchen
 To see what was the matter.
  
 I ventured to the living room
 And there, to my surprise, I did see,
 Standing nose to nose, paw to paw
 Was the Christmas mouse and Bree.
  
 With spatula in hand, ENOUGH, I yelled
 With a voice loud and clear,
 So that the Christmas mouse and Bree
  Scattered, they did,  in fear.
  
 It was back to the kitchen and the turkey
 No thoughts of sugar plums, dancing in my head,
 But thoughts of a Thanksgiving TV dinner
 Cooking in the microwave instead……… 
  
        ( Larry “Dutch” Woller,)
  
   
Yes, with snow (that didn’t make it to the ground)..

And frost on the rooftops…

It is.. Hello Diary, Yes, dogs (as well as other creatures) start out as pets but eventually become part of the family… they have feelings and dreams also… and little Bree would go where I ventured, I am sure keeping a watchful eye on my activities… here she is guarding the auto at the grocery (with her popcorn chicken).. 🙂

 

 Many look upon them as simply dogs, pets, etc. but 
they are much more than that.. 🙂
  
 JUST MY DOG 
 He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; 
 My other ears that hear above the winds.
 He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea.
 
 He has told me a thousand times over that
 I am his reason for being: by the way he
 rests against my leg; by the way he thumps
 his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he
 shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
 (I think it makes him sick with worry when he
 is not along to care for me.)
 
 When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.
 When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
 When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.
 When I am a fool, he ignores it.
 When I succeed, he brags.
 Without him, I am only another person. 
 With him, I am all-powerful.
 He is loyalty itself.
 He has taught me the meaning of devotion.
 With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. 
 He has brought me understanding
 where before I was ignorant.
 His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
 His presence by my side is protection against
 my fears of dark and unknown things.
 He has promised to wait for me...
 whenever...wherever--in case I need him. 
 And I expect I will--as I always have.
 He is just my dog.
                   (Author Gene Hill…)
  
   
Yes, another memory as I venture down memory lane this Sunday, but will close for now…hopefully will venture down the path and make new memories… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂 Remember Diary… “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” (Mother Teresa)… 🙂

“When one suddenly finds oneself in a swamp up to one’s armpits in alligators, it is difficult to remember the objective was to drain the swamp” on the path least traveled…

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Last week had sunny skies and temperatures near 80F, a pleasant day were had by all… leaves were making their presence known…

lilac bush

I even ventured out to do some mowing of the lawn, looking something like this (this photo were taken last year)… 🙂

me mowing 2

I have raked the soil and planted the seeds
Now I’ve joined the army that fights the weeds.
For me no flashing saber and sword,
To battle the swiftly marching horde;

With a valiant heart I fight the foe,
My only weapon a trusty hoe.
No martial music to swing me along,
I march to the robin redbreast song.

No stirring anthem of bugle and drum
But the cricket’s chirp and the honey bee’s hum.
No anti-aircraft or siren yell
But there’s Trumpet-creeper and Lily-bell.

With a loving heart and a sturdy hand,
I defend the borders of flower-land;
While high over Larkspur and Leopardsbane,
A butterfly pilots his tiny plane;

But I shall not fear his skillful hand,
My enemy charges only by land.
Would those who lead nations in war and hate
But lay down their guns at some garden gate,
There, bury- their bombs and their bloody deeds,
And join the grand army that’s fighting the weeds.
(Alma B. Eymann )

Hello Diary,

However, tomorrow, a week later I may be venturing outdoors looking like this,,,

ready to venture out

Is it because of the virus one would ask?…. No, it is because of this….

snow

It may look more like Christmas time at the North Pole than springtime on the prairies…. 🙂

Twas the night before Christmas
All quiet around the tree,
Not a creature were stirring
I were dreaming about the lottery.

No stockings were hung with care
I needed them…you know,
They keep my feet warm
While I am out shoveling snow.

Cookies and milk were set out for Santa
Just before I went to bed,
Unfortunately Santa didn’t get a crumb
The mouse ate them instead.

There were only one package
A large envelope under the tree,
It was seasons greetings
From the power company.

But I jumped out of bed
And I shouted with glee,
Why were I happy, one wonders
I woke up on the green side of the grass, you see.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Well, I had better close for now, “Every morning your have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.” (Author Unknown), so will not let life’s challenges stand in the way and it is on down the path I shall go chasing those dreams… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin” and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

Yes, life’s challenges may make it difficult to venture out
But with technology I can visit places I thought I would never see
So with laptop in hand, I am on the road again
Learning more about the universe…..and me.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” (Jean de La Bruyere) on the path least traveled…

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“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – Barack Obama

don't give up

What I am
Who I want to be
Am I just a stranger in this dinosaur world,
or my is existence limited to rest ,eat and pee.

Every day is a new day ,
I try to discover myself,
The identity crisis lulls over me,
In calm, yet monstrous glee,
Failing to find what exactly constitutes my being.

One day I want to be a doctor,
Other day an engineer,
Or even a scientist,
The society decides my ambition,
What career to pursue is guided by secure future norms,
They say I have a lunatics mind,
Persuade my mother to put some sense into me.

Enough is said,
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)

Hello Diary,

Yes, Dairy, life puts many challenges, “storms”, in one’s path over a lifetime that will more than likely change the path of one’s self… and “I believe that destiny, on a daily basis, puts challenges before me to deal with…how I deal with those challenges will determine what I shall become..” (Larry “Dutch” Woller)… and to name a few, there were the Vietnam conflict in 1966…

medals

I believed they said that World War I would be the “war to end all wars”.. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. (Isaac Asimov)…

Another were the tornado of 1996 that changed the lives of the residents of this little village (this were 3 blocks from my home)..

tor 3

Yes, the village rebuilt but it were never the same…“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ( Maria Robinson )… Another were helping my late wife Kathy battle cancer for near 4 years… she may haven lost the battle but she won the war… 🙂

kathys grave

Shortly after her passing I were helping my Mom of 95 years dealing with her mortal clock ticking down.. 9 months after Kathy’s passing, my Mom passed away….“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, people we can’t live without but have to let go.” (Nancy Stephan)…

These are just a few challenges and do I let those challenges, those storms of life, prevent me from venturing into the light instead of living in the darkness?.. NO!.. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” (Roy T. Bennett ).. there is no white flag of surrender here, sooooooooooooo

It is down the path least traveled I do go
To a rainbow filled horizon I venture,
To seek, to learn, know peace, to enjoy life
A path filled with wonderful adventure.

A place where one is accepted as who they are
A spirit kindled to life, when mortal born,
A being coming from the depths within
And not subject to ridicule and scorn.

A place where I know freedom of thought and being
I am what I am, don’t you see,
Neither this one, neither that one, but all the above
In a mortal world, a free spirit, that’s me.

I do not travel the path alone, you see
There are memories and spirits to behold,
Spirits that share… the joy and sadness
As I gather more memories, down that least traveled road.

So how long will my journey be, one would ask
Will I see the end of the path…ever?
The answer, I believe, lies on the horizon
Somewhere past… the 12th of Never….
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

You see “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown)… 🙂

I shall close for now… with the virus, the weather, the climate, just to name a few “storms”, on the horizon, I must prepare..but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise….

I’ll be seeing you on down then path, Diary… 🙂

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ( Maria Robinson ) on the path least traveled…

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Every month I donate in hopes of taken some of the burden away from those who find themselves in difficult times, especially during times of conflict and crises “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”… (Larry “Dutch” Woller)…..

foodbank

And perhaps by doing so it will give one some hope… 🙂

Hope is a feather floating in a bright blue sky
Hope is that sparkle that shines in your eyes.
Hope is a butterfly fluttering on the wind
Hope is good times spent with family and friends.

Hope is a newborn baby’s cry
Hope is a Mother’s lullaby.
Hope is the rainbow after a rain
Hope is the harvest of golden grain.

Hope is the light that keeps darkness at bay
Hope is the breeze on a hot summer day.
Hope is ever present and free of cost
Hope is the last thing ever lost.

Hope is staying positive when the going gets tough
Hope is seeking help when you feel you’ve had enough.
Hope is recovery from simmering sorrow
Hope is believing in a brighter tomorrow.
(Linda Hotger)

Hello Diary,

Yea, life does put challenges in one’s path from time to time and for the moment it appears it is the virus thingy… 🙂 it seems that it may be in the area but thus far I have not had to deal with it.. I have been taking precautions and making preparations to hopefully deny the virus… while taking care of business, I have not turned my back on those less fortunate and having difficulty, as I said above…

Especially the children..

cunningham 2

My monthly support is not in the form of toys, technology and other gifts, but hopefully a resource that they can use to realize their dreams and know happiness…

The gift of hope
Children could follow their own dream, you see
Not to be denied by another’s ideology,
To follow the destiny of their own choice
Not to be hindered by another’s voice.

The gift of understanding
Not a world of race, color or gender
Nor closed minded ridicule or prejudice…you see,
But a world that respects another’s dream
And of what or who they wish to be.

The gift of freedom
Free to boldly walk the lands, both far and near
To lives one’s life without suffering or fear,
Not to be accepted by belief, gender or race, you see
But by the love, understanding and knowledge of a spirit born free.

The gift of happiness
Not a world of sorrow or fear
But a world of hope and dreams, not sadness
A world of eternal love and peace
A world of eternal happiness.

The gift of love
A love that is without end
Through an eternity it will endure,
A love that knows no boundaries
A love beautiful, caring and pure.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller

And perhaps they too shall find their destiny somewhere out there…

Well, I had better close for now… more challenges and adventures lie ahead..but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise….

Until we meet again…

May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your spirit only know happiness
On your journey through life.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.” (Louisa May Alcott) on theh path least traveled…

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I Believe I’d Like To Be Different Instead…

And why do I wish to be different, you may ask,
The freedom to choose, to explore, to learn a lot,
Dictated to by a prophet chained to a myth…. NOT
Maybe so everyone can shout and point at me,
And say, “Hey, he’s different”, don’t you see.

My mind is clear and open, gathering knowledge every day
My spirit is young, adventuresome and floating free,
Not confined by those social chains, no box, no mold for me
I am what I am, I am me, what I wish to be,
Perhaps that makes me different, don’t you see.

So my heart’s compass is pointed to the horizon
Sails set full, safe harbor fading in the distance, a faint glow to eye it seems
And with a pocket full of memories, on the horizon are my dreams
On down the path least traveled I will venture, with spirit free
Why the path least traveled?..well, I’m different, don’t you see.

(Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Hello Diary,

Hey, Diary, guess what I have been doing…. “When one suddenly finds oneself in a swamp up to one’s armpits in alligators, it is difficult to remember the objective was to drain the swamp”.. 🙂

me dusting...

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
to paint a picture, or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must, but there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
this day will not come round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust!
(Rose Milligan)

Developed a sweet tooth for something different and didn’t have time to bake or cook so I took a break from dusting and gathered up some apple pie filling and two graham pie crusts….

apple cobbler

Crushed the pie crusts and mixed the ingredients together, and using recycled fruit cups, filled the cups with the mixture…gave it a touch of cinnamon..

apple cobbler 2

And Voila! Dutch’s Apple Cobbler ready for the microwave… 🙂

dutchs apple cobbler

Well, I had better close for now… busy, busy, busy… “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming; “Wow! What a ride!” (Hunter S. Thompson).. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise.. 🙂

Definitely will have to take time to get on board the ole train to spread some love and peace..“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ( Mother Teresa)

So come on Dairy, get on board… 🙂

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” (Emily Dickinson) 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… 🙂

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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 🙂 )

In today’s world of upheaval, conflict, closed minded intolerance it is tempting to raise the “white flag”, but never give up… “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” (Louisa May Alcott)

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road your trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and its turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victors cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit!
(Wade Watts)

Whenever challenges appear, I just remember that little ole ant… 🙂

Hello Diary,

It is a Sunday morning, a quiet morning with some sunshine.. more weather later in the week, they say.. thought I would stop by briefly and share a few thoughts… took a break from my adventures to try two experiments.. for Saturday evening meal I usually have a Italian type cuisine with a glass of wine… for Sundays evening meal which is normally light (a bowl of soup, sandwich, etc) I were looking for something different and discovered Dutch’s cocktail..

Dutch's cocktail

Which is a small helping of fruit cocktail and non-alcoholic wine… while experimenting were toying with the idea of a healthy snack that I could have on occasion….sooooooooo, what does one get when one combines low sodium wheat crackers, a dash of low sodium peanut butter and a couple of mini marshmallows…

dutch's smores

And put in the microwave on high for around 12 seconds, one would ask?.. Dutch’s smores.. 🙂

Dutch's smores2

And the beauty of it is the snacks can be put in a container and do not have to be refrigerated, clever eh?.. 🙂

Well, adventure and the path are calling…“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” (Francis Phillip Wernig )

It is down the path least traveled I shall go
To a rainbow filled horizon I venture,
To seek, to learn, know peace, to enjoy life
A path filled with wonderful adventure.

A place where one is accepted as who they are
A spirit kindled to life, when mortal born,
A being coming from the depths within
And not subject to ridicule and scorn.

A place where I know freedom of thought and being
I am what I am, don’t you see,
Neither this one, neither that one, but all the above
In a mortal world, a free spirit, that’s me.

I do not travel the path alone, you see
There are memories and other spirits to behold,
Those that share… the joy and sadness
As I gather more memories, down that least traveled road.

So how long will my journey be, one would ask
Will I see the end of the path…ever?
The answer, I believe, lies on the horizon
Somewhere past… the 12th of Never….

So I shall bring my ramblings to an end
For there is one fact that I do know,
To reach the horizon, the 12th of Never
It’s down the path least traveled I must go!
( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…. 🙂

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” (Plato ) a Bing Crosby I am not, but.. 🙂

“ A New Years toast; CHEERS, LASSIES AND LADS..To PEACE, HOPE and LOVE, may they long endure” on the path least traveled (and everywhere)…

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 new years

( “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 🙂 )

A quiet morning to wake up to
Sitting, gazing out, with a spot of tea,
Contemplating my tomorrows
Wondering, what will the future be.

A quiet morning, a open mind
Thinking about the path, its mysteries many fold,
Each to explore and treasure
Soon a treasured memory to behold.

A quiet morning, a open heart
Another day to learn and explore about me.
It is my life.. only get one chance
Will have to do it my way.. don’t you see.

A quiet morning, being different
Reminding me of words from a song,
Where do I fit in, one asks
One wonders, where do I belong.

A quiet morning, on the path
At the end of it, on the horizon, a lovely rainbow,
It is there my answers lie… the truth is known
Until then, only Fate will know.

A quiet morning, spirit and mind at the ready
To seek the rainbow… perhaps around the next bend,
Once found, I’ll have my answers, you see
And that will be the beginning, not the end.
 
                           ( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

“Don’t fit in with the old, too old for the new” (Bellamy Brothers) but somewhere on the horizon there is a place for me… 🙂

Hello Dairy…

It is New Years eve, time rapidly approaching to ring in the new… to face new challenges and adventures… in preparing for the new year, I came across a game hen that has been in the freezer since Columbus discovered America… 🙂 soooooooooooo, I put it in the crockpot…

game hen

While waiting for it to finish cooking, and with the future uncertain in the new year, made an inquiry to Fate..

Tell me , Fate
You hold the key,
What is my destiny
Suppose to be?

I was not a king or president,
No powers did I hold,
I wasn’t a preacher or a pope,
No sermon for the fold.

Never learned to speak fine words
A country bumkin’ was I.
Were taught never to tell a falsehood
Learned never to tell a lie.

So tell me , Fate
You hold the key,
What is my destiny
Suppose to be?

Can no longer build cities
The back is tired and sore,
Turned the green earth into a parking lot once
A forest….. into a general store,

I was a soldier once
No longer have the heart for war, I say
Children’s cry of suffering, I heard
A memory still here today.

So tell me, Fate
You hold the key,
What is my destiny
Suppose to be?

I’ve tilled the soil as a farmer
Fed the world is what they say,
But I see the faces of hunger
Still this very day.

I’ve donated love, time and money
Ask for nothing in return,
But I see nothing has changed today
Will they ever learn?

I’ve tilled the fields and went to war
Helped build cities, towns and much more,
Sowed fields of flowers with tenderness an love
Has my destiny run it’s course, is there any more?

So tell me, Fate
You hold the key,
What is my destiny suppose to be?
( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Of course, Fate (nor Destiny) did not reply so I will have to venture down the path to get my answer… the adventure could get a bit bumpy at times, may see some gray skies, but I shall keep the words of Pope John XXIII in mind…

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do…” (Pope John XXIII )

And will not raise the white flag!!.. 🙂

With that being said, will close for now and finish preparing for the new year..but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Until we meet again, on this holiday and every day…

May your spirit only know peace
May your heart only know love
May all your dreams come true
May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
And life is all that you wish for it to be….
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Happy New Year and I will see you next year… 🙂

Goodnight, goodnight, until we meet again
Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn ’til then
And though it’s always sweet sorrow to part
You know you’ll always remain in my heart
Goodnight, sleep tight, and pleasant dreams to you
Here’s a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true
And now ’til we meet again
Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn
GOOD NIGHT!