“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…

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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)…

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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!

“The new year is approaching, and with a dream in my pocket and following my heart, it is down the path I shall venture” on the path least traveled…

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Christmas has passed but the spirit remains with New Year and Destiny appearing on the horizon…

The new year is rapidly approaching
As I contemplate the tomorrow,
Leaving some memories filled with happiness
A few memories filled with sorrow.

I peer out my window
At a winter world..cold and bleak,
A world of conflict, anger and hate
Mortals are suffering as I speak.

But we have a dream
Martin and I,
That one day there will be peace
No more mortals will die.

And there is hope
Of a world filled with love one day,
A wish that could come true
For hope is the last to die…they say.

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

So I peer out the window
Not with sadness, sorrow or fear,
But a heart filled with a dream
That everyone.. has a wonderful new year.

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.

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, you see
So down the path least traveled I will venture, with spirit born free
(Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Hello Diary,

Christmas day has passed, got a few presents from Santa, and managed to evolve from the day relatively unscathed.. 🙂 a peaceful day as I relaxed and browsed the memory banks titled “Christmases Past”… I remember one Christmas as I were preparing dinner and I heard a noise.. It seems that little Bree (Jack Russell, passed away a few years ago)…

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Encountered the Christmas mouse among the packages…

I was working on dinner
When there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the kitchen
To see what was the matter.

I ventured to the living room
And there, among the presents, I did see,
Standing nose to nose, paw to paw
Was the Christmas mouse and little Bree.

With spatula in hand, ENOUGH, I yelled
With a voice so loud and clear,
So that the Christmas mouse and Bree
Scattered to the winds, far and near..

Then it was back to the kitchen and the turkey
No thoughts of sugar plums, dancing in my head,
But thoughts of a Christmas TV dinner
Cooking in the microwave instead………
( Larry “Dutch” Woller,)

The three of us managed to survive that Christmas day relatively uscathed also.. 🙂 coming back to reality, what does one get when one has too much idle time on ones hands and mixes mini-marshmallows and graham crackers…

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In a microwave oven for 15 seconds, one would ask?.. S’mores Galore!!!!.. 🙂

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Well, I had better bring my rambling to an end.. the New Year and Destiny is on the horizon and I need to seek them out.. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

“ I am currently attending the School of Life, learning more about the universe and me… and Graduation Day will be the day of my funeral and it is then I will know if I failed or I succeeded and graduated”… (Larry “Dutch” Woller), soooooooooo it is on down the path I go following my dream..

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” (Mother Teresa) not only on Christmas day, but every day 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 🙂 )

A gift of flowers for Christmas day..

A Christmas Bouquet for you, my love
Each bloom has been chosen in hopes to convey
To bring in the season of joy this year
With my message of love this day

With a red Carnation,
To show how my heart aches for you,
Posies of Forget-Me-Nots,
To show my love is true

And fragrant Freesias,
Embracing trust we share
With Lilies of the Valley,
Returning happiness and care

Daisies to show,
My love is loyal – undivided,
As the Phlox whispers softly,
‘Our spirits are united,’

And I’ve added Primrose,
To remind you again
That I can’t live without you,
And with you I’ll remain

And all about this Christmas bouquet,
Are sprigs of Baby’s Breath, sown
So delicately displayed
With a message of their own,

So with this Christmas bouquet, my love
I shall eternally bestow
A heartfelt message of love,
Even these blooms seem to know.

Merry Christmas….
(Larry “Dutch’ Woller)

With the season of giving..

Hello Dairy…

Christmas Eve is nearing and in the spirit of giving there are gifts under tree on the path.. gifts that that I place under the tree that cannot be purchased..the tree and the gifts are there each and every day, not just Christmas…..“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” (Helen Keller).. 🙂

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The gift of hope
Children can 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 these gifts do not have a name on them so anyone can open them in the spirit of giving.. I do hope the gifts will be received with the same joy in which they were given… 🙂

It will be quiet in the home this Christmas, but I do not despair .. for over the years I have stored memories of Christmas past in the heart for when I grow too old to dream..

No matter where..

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Or when…

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And with home being where the heart is, I will always be home for Christmas with family and friends…

That being said, I had better see if Santa has left anything for me.. will be enjoying the holidays, but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..

Merry Christmas, planet Earth, and hope the day (and every day) is filled with love, happiness, peace and good will for all…

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” (Maya Angelou) 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 🙂 )

It is the time of year when all is in a hurry to enjoy the holiday season and sometimes one forgets about those who may not have that luxury…

And one should not forget about those who are there by ones side be it sickness or health, for the good days or bad days, when others may walk away…

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…)

Hello Diary,
Busy, busy here… getting ready for Christmas and the New Year…

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It were a couple of weeks before Christmas
With a half decorated tree,
It was all quiet in the house
One could hear a pin drop, you see.

Still in my pajamas
All snuggled in bed,
With visions of winning the lottery
Dancing in my head…

There were a loud noise
And I awoke with a start,
I shuffled to the windows
The curtains I did part.

Was it 9 tiny reindeer
With a jolly elf dressed in red?
Disappointment in the air
It were the garbage collector instead.

I ventured to the kitchen
For a spot of tea and some toast,
Opened the fridge to find
A turkey and dressing to roast.

Ventured to the room with the tree
Being warmed by the morning sun,
At a glance I realized with a frown
That there’s dusting to be done.

In the corner were the vacuum
Looking so forlorn,
It needs to be run
Some time before Christmas morn.

Presents needing paper, ribbons
Bows and all that matter,
I stand outside with rake in hand
A yard full of leaves to gather.

A present under the tree
Could it be my favorite toy?
Then a thought came to mind
I may be too tired to enjoy… sighhhhh
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Thinking about Santa and checking to make sure one is good or bad, were thinking back to last spring when I saw two deer wander down my street, one looked right at me…

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There are deer in the area but rarely do they venture into the village, especially during the daytime…. would it be possible that Santa sent those two deer to check up on ole Dutch, one wonders??.,…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..

Well, the day is calling, things to do so will close for now.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

Yes, for some their Christmas present is priceless and cannot be purchased….

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