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Truck return. A little inspiration.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The truck went back this morning. I unloaded the entire truck without help from my sons. I am indeed one bad mother (shut your mouth). *Movie reference.

This morning I drove it to the drop off place but when I left the house I realized I had no one to bring me home. Fortunately it's only a two-plus mile walk. Unfortunately along US40. Fortunately, there is a sidewalk, of sorts.

Not much to type about today. Except I found a couple of nice inspiries today.



I like that imagery of seed rotting before it can flower. There is a biblical thing there about how the seed must die before it can sprout and yield grain a hundred or a thousand fold. I am not one of those who can point to chapter verse for every idea. And please don't bother telling me the exact location and quote because it doesn't actually matter.



Or as Nike says ... Just do it.

  
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BIGPAWSUP 7/22/2014 10:11PM

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/22/2014 3:43PM

    I like the seed analogy. I never thought of the change as rotting before just changing. Sort of like that bug that spins his little cocoon and then emerges later as a butterfly or a moth. The seed has been in it's cocoon and is now emerging and growing. I am that seed but I seem to be growing at a very slow rate. It will come.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/22/2014 9:35AM

    emoticon *movie ref. "shaft" I got the music going in my head now emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/22/2014 9:22AM

    "Get of your a$$ and just do it" sometime we all need a kick in the butt

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CIPHER1971 7/22/2014 7:59AM

    I am off to Just Do It.

Have a great day

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GARDENCHRIS 7/22/2014 7:10AM

    yep just do it!

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MSLZZY 7/22/2014 6:39AM

    Two great quotes though I couldn't tell you chapter verse myself. Get getting up to do it-guess that tells me everything I needed to hear.

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WEARINGTHIN 7/22/2014 12:54AM

    If you compare a seed to a person, I think a person probably doesn't even know a beautiful plant will emerge when they go through that crazy period. Thanks for the quote. Glenn

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The pictures are done. See them on Flickr.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

We took a trip to North Carolina. The house we own there has not been generating income for us so we have decided to sell it. That means we have had the work done and this weekend we went down to clear it out.

I took my trike but I never got it on the road. She(WMBO) was using vacation time for this trip and was determined that we would have some relax time, but I went to work and work so much that i was exhausted at the end of the day. But by Friday noon, we had emptied the house into the truck. We looked at each other and said, "Where are we sleeping tonight?" So we found a room in a hotel in Atlantic Beach for two nights.

We got home on Sunday after two nights in a beach hotel. And a 400 mile drive in a U-Haul. My buns are sore.

In the evenings I was able to get my photos done. And once we got to the hotel I had internet enough to post them to flickr.com.

And here are the links to the flickr albums:


The Drive to Boulder
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645629871003/



Lafayette CO
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645629887253/



Flying into Anchorage
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645356158800/



Seward Road
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645810829213/



Anchorage
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645760462832/



Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645283293302/



Denail
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645357668648/



Loveland Pass
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645174622450/



Silver Plume
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645174509230/



Kansas
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645175481608/


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MSLZZY 7/22/2014 6:40AM

    Nice to experience so much without leaving home-thank you!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/21/2014 10:04PM

    all very beautiful..... thank you for sharing. my bucket list is Alaska one day

Kansas looks like central Illinois!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/21/2014 3:05PM

    Love your photos. But what is that sitting on the sign in Alaska? (a little man?)

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MARGARITTM 7/21/2014 3:02PM

    nice!
Lets see the pics of the house for sale !!!! Never know!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/21/2014 1:07PM

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/21/2014 8:36AM

    Great pics! I'll bet your buns are sore from sitting in a U-Haul truck for 400 miles! Yikes!
BTW I LOVE your profile pic!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/21/2014 7:19AM

    I will be checking them out, glad you are all home safe and sound AND had a mini vacation to boot!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/21/2014 6:13AM

    Wow--those are great shots ........... and I will hit like button too! emoticon

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CIPHER1971 7/21/2014 2:46AM

    Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day

M

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YMWONG22 7/21/2014 1:44AM

  Nice. emoticon

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No reward for sleeping late.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What a weird day it was today.

After having a hard time falling asleep, more than 30 minutes of tossing, I woke at 6:30 feeling still like I needed more. So I went back to bed. Fine. I've done that before. I figured maybe 8:00.

When I woke, I realized I had slept longer than I had wanted. Must be 9:00.

What? 10:40? And it did not feel good. There goes the early morning at the Y.

But I stuck to my newfound zeal for the plan.

We are going away tomorrow for a few days and with all the rain we have been getting the lawn wanted mowing. So let's do that. And cat food. I would hook up the trailer to my trike and head up to the pet store for cat food. Then come back and mow that grass. Yeah that's the pl....

Off to the east I heard rumbling. Again? It's been stormy since Saturday. I puttered around the yard kind of just waiting for all hell to break lose.

Then the sun came out. So I went back to the plan. I was ready to go. Back to the pl....

Off to the west I heard rumbling. Again. Again? I put everything back into the garage. I puttered around in the cellar.

An hour later I looked outside. What a lovely day it had become. I began to clean up so I could go out and get the cat food and mow the grass.

While I was in the bathroom the lights flickered. Then it sounded like a shotgun blast. It shook the windows. The wind made the whole house shudder. I looked outside and the sun was shining and the street was dry.

"Never mind," I said to no one in particular, "I just quit trying to go out." Ten minutes later the sky finally let loose.

Today. Nothing I wanted to do got done.

And all because I slept until almost 11:00.

I am sure of that.

  
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APRILRUSSELL3 7/18/2014 8:36PM

    Awesome blog! I'm sure its cause you overslept!

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/17/2014 6:33AM

    I hope you enjoy your trip and the rumbles are done for awhile!

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PHOENIX1949 7/17/2014 2:41AM

    A great reminder that Mother Nature trumps our plans ever so often.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/16/2014 8:15PM

    I know how that feels emoticon

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/16/2014 4:10PM

    We have had rain more days than I can remember. If I don't get out early (6AM) then I get drenched. Some days it rains then too. I've gotten in only 2 bike rides in the past 2 weeks because of rain. Weatherman claims we have hot, sunny days ahead. After today (55 degrees) I'm ready for the hot that is for sure.

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/16/2014 8:55AM

    I saw on TWC you all were getting some storms. Hope all is well.
Met someone from Virginia last Sunday. She said that Missoula was the most scenic, but the HM in Baltimore was her favorite. That is saying something! One year I will have to make that trek.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/16/2014 7:21AM

    I so understand .... this has been a very WET summer.... I raced to get my almost 2 weeks of grass cut the other day cuz of the rain.

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MSLZZY 7/16/2014 7:12AM

    Your body needed the rest and the weather was a teaser until it finally decided to let loose. Hope today goes better.

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CIPHER1971 7/16/2014 2:45AM

    Ahhhh well tomorrow is a new day.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/15/2014 11:48PM

    You just needed an off day.

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Treading on new ground

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I am really learning a lot about my photography skills.

For example, I was told to get out of the automatic modes on my camera. Most of the thime, I would want to be using the Aperture Mode because it was the best mode for getting pictures with interesting depth of field qualities like this one



But unfortunately, everything came out looking muddy, like this:



When I took the picture I think it looked more like this:



SO I have been working with colors in a Photoshop like program called GIMP. With varying degrees of success. The more I learn, the more I want to go back to those I have already worked on and fix them better. I still have the original muddy images so I can. And likely will.

It's stuff like that that makes it impossible for me to ever be satisfied with woodwork I do or sheetrock and spackling or even trimming the hedges.

To start, here are some pictures from the town where my sone lives, Lafayette CO.

These first two are of a defunct motel, and as bad as it looks it is now residences for monthlies. So I processed it to monochrome because that just felt right.





These next two were of a reservoir near Boulder and I liked the way the sky looked. Later that sky would dump thunder, lightning, and rain on me. I didn't take this with my fancy Nikon DSLR but with my little Canon point and shoot.





My Daughter in law Carolyn is such a good mom. She started this summer taking Colin out every day to a different park in Boulder County for walks as part of the governor's 30 Days of Fitness. Every day for 30 days. I think when they left for their cruise, she was up to day 42. This was one of them.











And Mike went too because there was a lake to go fishing in.



And of course, the Grand Son!!



Others will follow. Just not tonight. That would be total overload.

  
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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/15/2014 8:16PM

    You have a very good eye. Great photos.

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PHOENIX1949 7/15/2014 2:18PM

    Enjoyed all the photos.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/15/2014 2:09PM

    Awesome pictures.

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4_MY_LIFE 7/15/2014 9:59AM

    Great pictures!


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DEBBYFROMMT 7/15/2014 9:29AM

    Wow, I see the difference! The water spicket with the tree in the handle is a cool pic!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/15/2014 9:29AM

    Wow, I see the difference! The water spicket with the tree in the handle is a cool pic!

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WONDERWOMAN 7/15/2014 8:28AM

    Love the pics.

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CIPHER1971 7/15/2014 4:30AM

    Just goes to show there is always something new to learn.

Great pics

Have a good day

M

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Drawing a line in the sand (again)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I have fallen off the wagon of late. It was noted to me that I was nibbling way more than before. I was snacking more. I was eating sloppier than before.

I wasn't running as much between races. Yes, I was driving my tricycle more, but not enough more to make up for my missing miles. I wasn't getting to the Y; in fact I hadn't been to the Y since sometime in May!

I wasn't getting to Weight Watchers meetings on Saturday mornings.

So I went to Weight Watchers on Saturday and all those broken habits showed up on the scale. I could not blame the scale results entirely on traveling and eating out.

No. The truth is I was breaking habits and promises and it was showing up on my waist.

This far and no farther.

Yesterday I went for a run and it was murder. Hot hot hot.

Today I considered driving my trike to church. Round trip that would have been 12 miles, about an hour. But I test drove it last week and I was cured of that foolishness. Too much to explain here, but suffice to say, the road is posted at 40, has four lanes and should be OK. But Elkridge is infested with rednecks and the true speed of the road is 50.

Then I thought about the BWI trail for a total of about 35 miles. But it's summer in the Chesapeake. Again, let's not be foolish.

So I walked to the Y. That's good for 30 minutes each way. Plus a 60 minute work out. And I got to watch the some of the futbol game.

Travel photos. Coming soon. I have put what I have processed on Flickr. Here is a link to one set. Someone tell me how that well works, or not as the case may be.

The Drive to Boulder (Click the link below for the Flickr album)
www.flickr.com/photos/tqnohe/sets/72
157645629871003/

  
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MALAMI518 7/14/2014 11:18PM

    I really needed to read this right now. I have been slipping and nibbling myself lately, and not only do I feel like less of a failure knowing that I'm not alone, but I also feel more motivated to get myself back on track instead of throwing in the towel. Thanks for sharing!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/14/2014 1:54PM

    You caught yourself and got back on track. I'm proud of you.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/14/2014 11:28AM

    Good that you caught yourself now and can put a stop to it before it gets out of hand.

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WONDERWOMAN 7/14/2014 8:17AM

    Loved the photos. My nephew lives in Denver and I have thoroughly enjoyed the few visits I've made out there. I want to do Bolder Boulder again!

Glad you (or WMBO) noticed the slips early enough to turn them around. I think it happens to all of us. I've been a WW Lifetime member since I was in my early 20s (well over 30 years ago) and although I don't follow the eating plan anymore, it gave me a solid base for understanding healthy eating and weight loss and maintenance.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/14/2014 7:40AM

    been there done that....but you caught yourself. Nice Pics , you passed through my neck of the woods.

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NELLJONES 7/14/2014 7:14AM

    You are talking a lot about exercise, but in the end it's about the food. It really is hard to stay on Plan when traveling because we have no idea what the cooks are putting in our food. All we can do is our best, but we there isn't enough exercise in the world to compensate for overeating.

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MSLZZY 7/14/2014 6:59AM

    And I thought I was the only one who got sloppy in the last few months. I guess I am in great company? Get your mojo back and send me some.

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CIPHER1971 7/14/2014 2:22AM

    Well done on catching yourself, and your self honest.

Have a great day

M

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PHOENIX1949 7/14/2014 12:54AM

    emoticon for getting back on the wagon.

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LKBRIDGE 7/13/2014 11:09PM

    I too fell off the wagon and in part due to travel, so back on the wagon I will get same as you!! ;0)

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