On Journeys Completed and Ones Yet to Begin

These past several months I have been bombarding you with words, photos, and other random spewings several times a week. You see, seven months ago I accepted a challenge to do exactly that. I’d like to think I sent some interesting things out into the ether, and that at least a few of them were enjoyed. Hopefully some smiles, laughter (with, not at…), or deeper thoughts were among the results. And hopefully I didn’t numb too many brains or cause too many eyes to glaze over in the process!

Today finds me at the end of this challenge. No, I’m not going away (sorry😉 ), though it may be a while before the next post. Or who knows, it could be next Tuesday. I’ve found a place within me that I didn’t fully know was there. Posting so frequently was hard at times, other days were easier, some days saw longer posts, some were pretty limited, as that was all that was within my mind on those days. Now, with this experience under my belt, I have been given new insight into, well, myself, and some ideas on how to continue with and improve upon my future posts.

Stay tuned, if you’d like to, for more posts, albeit with varied themes as in the past, but with a different direction, or perhaps from a different direction. The possibilities are endless. Perhaps some fiction, perhaps a series on a particular subject, or perhaps a simple photo or piece of art; the future holds no bounds. See you soon.

Linda, thank you.

Carry on.

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Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains. ~Henry Ward Beecher

We’re finally going to get a good soaker this weekend. I, for one, am ready. Bring it.

Carry on.

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Here in Oregon, trees are flowering, tulips are blooming, green is everywhere. We’ve been pretty rain-free, though, which is unusual. Yesterday we had some rain, not much, but enough to dampen things nicely. I was out running errands and when I got back into my vehicle, I noticed the flowering tree I’d parked next to. It just seemed to be a perfect Oregon spring moment, having the raindrops on my windshield and the Spring tree beyond.


Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Carry on.

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I love donuts, which is why I NEVER go to donut shops. Thar’s danger in them thar hills! And is it donut or doughnut? This thing is telling me it’s the latter. Anyway…

My favorite is the apple fritter, which is that even a donut? I mean, it’s called a “fritter” for a reason, I would think. But I digress. I love the crisp outside and the moist apple-and-cinnamon swirled inside.

Next up, we have the ever so lovely Bavarian-, chocolate-, vanilla-, or Boston-cream filled, chocolate glazed donut, which is in equal standing with the eclair.

Then, there’s the classic maple bar. Oh, let us not forget that one. Mmm, maple!

And last but not least, the old fashioned. A cake donut with glaze, sometimes called a cruller, although I’m not sure why since crullers are a different donut altogether – and also yummy. The old fashioned are the ones with the split top. Crullers have kind of a spiral look to them and are a yeast donut, rather than cake.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many, many more donuts in the bakery I would NOT say no to… I could go on and on. Don’t worry, I hear you loud and clear, screaming, “PLEASE DON’T!!”😉

Now that I’ve made myself have a craving for a fritter…

Carry on.

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I’m pretty sure I walked seven hundred and eleventy twelve miles today. It’s OK, though. I can still move.

He who limps is still walking. ~Stanislaw J. Lec

No I can’t.

Carry on.

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Learning this is more true than ever. I spent quite some time looking for the big one, not recognizing or, perhaps, not understanding the value of, smaller ones. Now, smaller ones are presenting themselves and I am grasping them with both hands.

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. ~Hugh Allen

Navigating the smaller opportunities as I strive toward the big ones.

Carry on.

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Fire and Sunsets

So, this happened today.

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An electrical substation went boom. Crazy sight, for sure, and it burned for hours. But, even though a bad situation and a lot of smoke, it contributed to this:IMAG0287

All the smokey haze that spread out over the valley made for a pretty and unique sunset. You can see the smoke coming in from the left and going across the sun.

Carry on.

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