“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” (Louisa May Alcott) 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… 🙂

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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 🙂 )

When Is The Right Time, One Would Ask….

To climb a mountain
To fly a plane,
To hug a friend
To run naked in the rain.

To stand up tall
To make your thoughts known,
To blend with a crowd
To go it alone.

To till the field
To go to war,
To pen a poem of love
To write a musical score.

To take this path
To maybe take the other,
To open ones heart
To share it with another.

Today, tomorrow, next week perhaps?
The answer is in the heart, you see,
So when is the time right, one asks
When your heart wishes for it to be..

(penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller ).

Hello Diary,
Still don’t have internet, temporarily using backup briefly… won’t give up, no white flag waving on the path least traveled… what do I do without technology, the same thing I do with technology, live life and follow my dreams guided by my heart and a open mind… 🙂

It is a wintry Thursday morning with more winter coming the weekend, will feel like one is in the North Pole… so preparing for that, following dreams… taking a break from the activities to share a few thoughts… did get a winter storm last weekend as predicted… here is what it looked like from outer space on Monday morning 1-14-2019 (snow in the red circle)…

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And here is what it looked like on the ground the time the photo were taken from outer space… 🙂

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But there will be no white flags here as us dreamers think about our spring gardens while setting by the fire with a cup of tea…. 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

While I were preparing my tea this morning, I happen to glance down at the counter and what did I see?!… A ant!…

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Here it is, middle of January, 6 inches of snow on the ground, cold and there is a ant in my kitchen… apparently the ant is a bit like me, being different instead of following the crowd, preferring to listen to its heart instead and follow its dreams… there is nothing wrong with hearing thoughts of others but in the end one must follow ones heart….

“It is not easy to find happiness within ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” Agnes Repplier

To follow ones dreams… “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes … and live ones own life, not a life of someone else…

“When someone tells you “you’ve changed”, it might be because you have stopped living your life their way”.. John Pence

Perhaps to become a free spirit with a open mind… 🙂

Just Color Me A Free Spirit….

I’m just a free spirit
Open mind and heart is all I’ll ever be,
Don’t need much money
Being rich is not for me.

I have a pocket full of dreams
My fate, has yet to be told,
As I sail from safe harbor
While watching my destiny unfold.

I am not in a “box”
No social chains, you’ll see,
As down the path least traveled
Adventure waits for me.

Not interested in a “image”
Reality is my forte,
I am who I am, leaving no stone unturned
Exploring life each and every day.

Waking up to a world born free
With creatures in their daily rush,
Pursuing their own destinies
Before sunset brings, the evening hush.

The morning air smells clean and fresh
As I awake, it always brings a smile,
Can hear the sound of a distant train
That will travel many a mile.

Yes…just color me a free spirit
For most social graces I do not fit it seems,
No matter, as I choose happiness over ideology
Guided by my heart, as I follow my dreams.

(penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller, )

Well, Diary, this “spirit” had better close.. adventure waits on the path along with a upcoming winter storm.. but enjoy life we shall, not looking back to often for there a destiny waiting for me… but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Yes, the ant and I have our eye on the horizon and a dream in our pocket… 🙂

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” on the path least traveled….

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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

Contemplate and Wonder…

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

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

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

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

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

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

( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Hello Diary,

Well, it is Friday, Diary, end of the week and a busy week it has been… making changes and bringing the path least traveled into 2019 and preparing for a winter storm… have errands done, pantry and refrigerator stocked and at the ready… the morning started out quiet…

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A hazy, frosty morning with a bit of a fog, the white is not snow but a heavy frost… a lull before the storm, I fear, for a major storm is moving in this direction and will be a snow event…

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Above is a view of it via satellite… made sure I were ready, give a bit more to the foodbank as they will be needed no doubt.. also got supplies for my backyard friends… set out a extra helping of food today….

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Above is one of three places as tomorrow food will be tough to find though I may venture out and uncover as best I can…. while I was putting out feed, a squirrel made an appearance and started feeding…

squirrel feeder

The feeder, by the way, as been at this location for over 20 years and withstood the winds of two tornadoes… 🙂 it wasn’t long before word was out that Dutch’s Buffet was open for business…. 🙂

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Soooooooooo, as best I can I have everyone ready for the approaching storm… why do I do it you ask?.. because I am different and I can… 🙂

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 or chained to a ideology…. 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 )

“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

Well, I had better close, Diary… the path with adventure and challenges is waiting for me… in spite of the snow my rainbow is out there somewhere… but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..

Yes, not only sail a different course here, but with technology and the eyes of others, I can explore the world…“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott.. 🙂

Let me sail, let me sail,
Let the Orinoco Flow,
Let me reach, let me beach
On the shores of Tripoli.
Let me sail, let me sail,
Let me crash upon your shore,
Let me reach, let me beach
Far beyond the Yellow Sea.

Sail away, sail away, sail away. [Repeat: x4]

From Bissau to Palau, in the shade of Avalon,
From Fiji to Tiree and the Isles of Ebony,
From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon,
From Bali to Cali, far beneath the Coral Sea.

Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, up, adieu. Oh. [Repeat: x3]
Sail away, sail away, sail away. [Repeat: x4]

From the North to the South, Ebudæ into Khartoum,
From the deep sea of Clouds to the island of the moon,
Carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never been,
Carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never seen.
We can sail, we can sail with the Orinoco Flow,
We can sail, we can sail.

(Sail away, sail away, sail away)
We can steer, we can near
With Rob Dickins at the wheel,
We can sigh, say goodbye Ross and his dependencies
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)
We can reach, we can beach,
On the shores of Tripoli,
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)

Friendship and building bridges on the path least traveled….

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

A Quiet Monday Morning…

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

A quiet Monday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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.
 
                           (Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Hello Diary,

It is a rainy gloomy morning weather wise but here on the path no gloom or doom… “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”… 🙂 thought I would take a break from “dancing” and share a few thoughts about friendship….:) … friendship is like a bouquet from the garden…

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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 dear friend
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
For coming into my world, my dear friend,
For giving sunshine, laughter, love and happiness
For which I hope will never end.
(Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller )

And friendship can come from any source.. like little Bree (she passed away in 2016)…

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Bree

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…)

Friendship knows no race, religion, belief, ideology…

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“Becoming free is learning about yourself; the scared and the insecure, the brilliant and the bold. Embrace both and the journey is yours and yours alone. No longer are you following another’s directions and your path and purpose will present themselves. Only then might you find another wandering soul doing the same thing, who can walk with you but on their own journey. All of a sudden you might find a shared passion and a wrinkled map on the trail that makes sense.” Riitta Klint

Friendship knows no gender…

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A Wish For my friend, a lady..

My wish for my friend, a lady
May her spirit always be free,
May her life be full of happiness
Laughter in her world will always be.

May her heart never know pain
No sorrow will her heart find,
To witness each and everyday with..
A open heart and peace of mind…

And when her mortal days are over
And to another life she will surely go,
She will be greeted by friends and loved ones
Trouble and suffering, she will no longer know…

This is my wish for my friend, a lady
For she is a dear friend, don’t you see,
And with each and everyday, I hope and wish
That a dear friend, she will forever be..
(Penned by Larry “ Dutch” Woller )

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

“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.”

“Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.”

Well, I had better close, Diary… venture on down the path least traveled and see what adventures lie ahead…“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott … but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise….

Friendship is being there for someone when they find themselves in troubled waters…

When you’re weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all)
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you (ooo)
I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

It’s all about love on the path least traveled…

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(No nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

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

Be yourself, follow your heart and…

“When you are truly inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project… your mind transcends its limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world! Then those dormant forces, faculties and talents inside you become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali “

Hello Diary,

Near end of the week…still a bit like summer with rain and storms looming in the distance, but all is well here… ready for ole Jack Frost whenever he decides to put in an appearance… 🙂 thought I would pop in briefly and share some thoughts…. Were going to pen some about eating healthy and avoid waste but after a quick read of the news, decided to post something bright and hopeful to counter the news…. I have witnessed leaders and others pass laws (religious, social, economical, etc..), ultimatums and the end result has been conflict, anger, hate, suffering etc for the most part… I wonder if they ever considered something else….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, here on the path least traveled the world is viewed differently, through the eyes of the open heart occupied by hope… inside there are lovers who are in the secret garden…

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Ewwwwww get a room… 🙂

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

And there are these two young ones, wonder what they are thinking… 🙂

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“Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.” Julianne Moore

Venturing on down that path, happen to look up and caught them in the act… it’s everywhere, I tell you… 🙂

kissing angels

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

And in a little nook I spied this young couple dancing while looking each other in the eyes… wonder what waltz they were dancing to… 🙂

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“True love doesn’t happen right away; it’s an ever-growing process. It develops after you’ve gone through many ups and downs, when you’ve suffered together, cried together, laughed together, loved together.” Ricardo Montalban

And, of course, outside we cannot forget the lovebirds, right?… 🙂

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I believe they had a family… and there is Attilia and friend….

Attilia and friend

They had a family also… well, Diary, if you haven’t guessed by now, the force here on the path is love… 🙂

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

A invisible force that bonds spirits, creatures together in some form of relationship…

“A house that is built with patience, understanding and love will withstand the strongest winds of difficulties and conflict , a house built with haste and insincerity will collapse in a mere breeze of discontent.” (Larry “Dutch” Woller )

It cannot be seen or touch, it is not delivered by normal means, but an invitation sent by the heart..

A Invitation..

I received a invitation one day
Oh, not your regular kind,
The words not spoken or written
But were in the heart and mind.

To share a love and happiness
A love, that is precious and true,
A happiness that is eternal
That only lovers and dreamers knew.

The invite did not come the regular way
No cards, no letters, no phone, no email.. you see,
It just appeared one quiet sunny day
In the depths, the spirit and heart of me.

The invite came from an unknown
A unknown too great for me to behold,
But it is to be a precious beginning,
Of a story, one day to be told.

( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Perhaps if love and compassion guided by an open heart would rule the day, this ole universe would be a lot better place and the news would be filled with happiness… 🙂

Speaking of the path, I had better close and venturing on down the path, adventures waiting for me… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Now, I know that due to religious, economic and social pressure you may think little of yourself as you are.. You should not look down on yourself, you are wonderful just the way you are… if only you could see you the way I do…. 🙂

A zip-ah-dee-do-dah day on the path least traveled…

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(No nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“I believe gender is a spectrum, and I fall somewhere between Channing Tatum and Winnie the Pooh.” Stephen Colbert

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

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, the man who at best knows achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Hello Diary,

It is a Saturday morning and a lovely fall morning… some more warm weather in the future but summer gradually giving way to fall and soon ole Jack Frost will come visiting… 🙂 have been busy preparing to make sure all is ready for winter… taking a break in the activities to leave a few thoughts…

As I have spoken in the past, change is under way on the path in many forms… fall has arrived and the weather and climate was typical and had a pleasant sunrise…

fall sunrise

Can see a bit of shallow fog as the ground is being warmed by the morning sun, also the atmosphere is just right and one can see what is known as Contrails (vapor trails of aircraft engines) in the distant sky… another photo of Contrails below…

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Humans in their flying machines crossing each others paths as they seek out their destinies, wherever that might take them… 🙂 were able to photo the morning sun as it were shinning through the trees…

Sun and trees

The change in the color of the leaves are just getting started here… Standing in the same place, I turned around 180 degrees and because of the clear atmosphere, were able to clearly see the moon….

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Were able to see the sun and the moon at the same time… cool, eh??? 🙂 as I turned the corner of the house, I got another surprise…

spider web

That is not a Halloween decoration, that is a real spider web put there by a live spider… I was able to see it because of the angle of the sun and the mass in the center of the web…at night it would have been near impossible to see without a light of some kind… the web was approximately three feet across at the center, I could not get a good picture of the spider as it were hiding, but guessing the spider were about 4 inches across… the webs will become more numerous this fall and one will have to watch carefully when walking, especially at night… 🙂

There are other changes in the winds here on the path also and one is my eating and cooking… I am by myself so difficult to cook without having waste, but I am able to make progress… not only am I able to eliminate waste, but also eat healthy, reduce cost and carbon emissions … I will go into detail another time..

When I see waste, I think of all those (especially the children) that will go hungry and by me shopping smartly and reducing waste, perhaps some of what would have been waste will go to those needy instead of the waste disposal plant…

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” Helder Camara

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou

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

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa

I am also a sustaining monthly donor to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and my donations help prepare 100 meals a month for the needy…

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So, perhaps by making a few changes here on the path least traveled I can help me, and in turn help someone else who could use a friend and maybe make the world a little better place for them… 🙂

“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.”

Well, I had better close now, will have a somewhat relaxing weekend making plans, chasing dreams, looking for new adventures while venturing down the path least traveled… But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

It is a pleasant morning to a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day so we will pick up the pace a little when doing our walking and there is only one song I can think of that will fit in… So, Diary, put on your walking shoes and lets start walking on down the path!… 🙂

Dinner, cycling and only if you want to on the path least traveled…

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(No nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“Anyone can achieve their fullest potential… who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can’t be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one“. -Martin Heidegger

“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

Hello Diary,

Middle of the week, a big shift in the weather pattern they say, so preparing for that… thought I would take a break in the days activities and leave a few thoughts, a little of this and a little of that…
Summer was staying around the first part of the week with warm, humid, rainy weather with a few storms….. knowing pleasant weather were on the horizon worked on indoor projects and chores so I could be free for working outdoors… one of the chores I did were preparing the meals for the rest of the week…

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Put the meals back in the freezer and all I have to do is take one out and put in the microwave… don’t have to be concerned about cooking rest of the week… clever, eh? 🙂 Of course, with rainy weather and the approach of winter, it generally means a slow down in activity, a slow down in exercise… for me, it doesn’t for I have a routine established for indoors and I can do it any time of the day, any day of the week, any time of the year… one exercise I do is Tai-Chi..

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Not only is it a good exercise, but it also helps with blood flow, balance and inner health and relaxing, like meditation, and I do it while listening to relaxing music… and I can ride my bike year around, read a book while cycling, listen to music or even meditate… I purchased this stationary bike a few years ago at a garage sale..

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It don’t have all the fancy add-ons like today’s bikes, but me and that ole bike has been around the world and still going.. 🙂 and there are gym type exercises like sit-ups, pull-ups, touch toes, etc.. Well I don’t have a gym and it is difficult to get down and up off the floor so I made something that would simulate them all.. I took a shelf bracket, a pulley, a piece of rope and a handle and attached it to the wall…

w pulley

I attached the handle to one end of the rope and devised a way to attach bricks to the other end…

bricks

I can add or take away bricks to adjust the weight.. I curl my hands around the handle, hold tight against my chest about shoulder height (just above my breasts).. I normally lean forward like I am going to touch my toes but I can also twist, etc… the weight produces added resistance and helps to strengthen muscles, reduce fat, etc… and again, I can do it in the comfort of my home, listening to music if I wish… 🙂

The following is a picture of the wall in the utility room…

u room

And next is a picture of the wall in the bathroom…

bath wall

One might ask “what do those pictures have to do with anything”.. Well, the bathroom and utility room are on opposite ends of the house.. I know the distance in feet between the bathroom wall and the utility room wall.. If I walk from the utility room wall to the bath room wall and back to the utility room wall, and I repeat the walk 11 times, I will walk a little over 1/4 mile… so irregardless of the weather, I can still have a leisurely walk, maybe read a book, listen to music, etc… 🙂

In March 2018 I had my annual physical, took a number of tests, passed everything, got the thumbs up… the doctor said “whatever I am doing for physical and mental health fitness, it is working, keep it up” and that is what I am doing… 🙂

So you see, Diary, one doesn’t have to venture to a club, gym or organization, spend a lot of money or wait for good weather to exercise or meditate…. for a brief period in time, stop the world and get off, some “me” time, take the first step, then another.. it is just like learning how to ride a bicycle… 🙂

And don’t say you don’t have enough time, Diary..

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time, you have exactly the same number of hours per day that where given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Theresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, etc.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

And don’t say you cannot, Diary…

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right”. Mary Kay Ash

And only if you want to, Diary..

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

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

“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

“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

Well, better close and get on with the day, see what adventures lie ahead on the path, what challenges I may encounter and what destiny has instore for me… But I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

You can do it, Diary, but only if you want to… 🙂

Every day I choose life, share with others and never walk alone on the path least traveled….

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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(No nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

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

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
― C. JoyBell C.

“The great beauty of life is its mystery, the inability to know what course our life will take, and diligently work to transmute into our final form based upon a lifetime of constant discovery and enterprising effort. Accepting the unknown and unknowable eliminates regret.” Kilroy J. Oldster

Hello Diary,

It is a rainy Saturday, over 4 inches of rain and still raining… not going to worry unless the little animals start lining up in the street 2 by 2.. 🙂 a relaxing day planned thought I would take a few moments to share a few thoughts… speaking of the weather, one of the other projects I have ( have been doing it since 2001) is every morning sending data to the National Weather Service… I log in to WXCODER…

wxcoder log in

I then enter the data and submit…

wxcoder data

I also send the data to the METED weather office in England, UK..

metoffice

A multitude of people all over the world use the information for weather and climate, to help others… and while I am venturing down the path I take note of the different types of birds that frequent the path and I share that with the girls and guys at Cornell University to help them further their education and also work on climate..

ebird

I do those things because I can, it helps me to keep active and in some small way I am helping others…

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” William Penn

Enough of those thoughts for now.. dealing with cancer also means taking care of oneself and with me I can accomplish two things at once… the world knows I have long hair.. I have long hair for two reasons; #1. it helps protect my skin from the elements, #2. I like long hair.. 🙂 also, I have terrible brittle finger nails and have had issues with them in the past.. now I wear nails and protect them as the real nails grow underneath, and I have healthy pleasant looking hands…

Normally I wear my nails like the picture below..

finger nails

But for now trying the French look (suggested by the girls I purchase the blank nails from)….

fingernails

I have my own little salon here at home and “roll my own”, preferring pastels… 🙂

finger nail collection

I can do all these things because I took the path of being different, I am not shackled by ideologies or beliefs or living someone else’s life… “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief” Gerry Spence, so I venture down the path with a open mind, being lead by a open heart and viewing others by their words and deeds, who they believe they are or wish to be… and in spite of challenges, living life as it was meant to be for me…“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse”.. Kilroy Oldster

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)

“My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze.. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny”. Elaine Maxwell

Well, I had better close for now, venture on down the path (though it is a wet one today.. 🙂 ).. Have some dreams to contemplate, perhaps write a poem or two or maybe just read stories of adventure with the Kindle and a spot of wine.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willn’ and the creeks don’t rise…

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”.

If you walk the path while following your dreams with a open heart, you will not worry about life’s storms and you’ll never walk alone… 🙂

When you walk through a storm
Keep your chin up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho’ your dreams
Be tossed and blown
Walk on
Walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho’ your dreams
Be tossed and blown
Walk on
Walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone