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alexandria 8.4.eTravel down an old country road on a lazy afternoon just two old friends, out for a drive. A country lass and an urban miss.  The old hydro lines are what caught my eye.  We stopped so I could get a shot.  We were not that far off the beaten track, yet, the fields of green, and the old lines, gave me a feeling of another time and place,.

Best of all I was with someone who had grown up in the country, and loved the fields of crops and the newly cut hay just as much as I did.  We would sigh with contentment when we passed peaceful gathering of cows enjoying the shade of sprawling trees  sheltered by outcrops of large boulders and rocks.

Too often I am traveling down a major highway or road to a destination, this was a just because drive.  No deadline, no specific time frame, just a drive, with a stop for lunch at a marina along the way. talking was optional.

alexandrria 8,4,18Be kind to yourself.  Make time for you.  Lazy summer days are few and far between when we live a busy lifestyle.

That day we had mostly sunshine, but the rain did fall, we got the black rolling clouds, and vivid display of lightning.  Made our day complete.  Have you ever smelled the lush green meadows after a rainfall?  Experienced the return of the sun and clear blue skies after an explosive down pour.  the change in temperatures during all this variety of weather.  Mother Nature works her magic in very special ways.

Get out and enjoy the day, make today a special day.

PL Precept #20  Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter.

PL Precept # 15  All is a mirror

Oyashikiri

 

Happy Monday

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I confess to being a back road junky.  I will take wrong turns or continue along a road, just because.  I love to see the different landscapes, colours, building and whatever else cannot be seen while we are driving on a main road. Admittedly, I sometimes find myself on a country road that I had no intention of being on..  Usually that is when I find something that cries out to me.. Stop… come back,  and I do.  I pull over, there is little to no traffic,  put on my emergency lights and get out.

west end Munster 1In the summer or in other seasons where foliage and filled in landscapes, catch the eye, the buildings can go unnoticed.  Not the other day,  I stood on the empty road, and just took in the quiet, the different shades of blue/gray in the skies, and the personality of the building that once was.

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Somehow the snow and the wisps of dried vegetation that poked out here and there, gave the building a charm, I don’t know would be there when the trees were in full bloom.  Maybe in the fall with the autumn colours.  Come September/October, if I remember, and IF I can find it again.  I should check it out.

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Time to find a main road, so that I can get back on track, do what needs doing and head home …

Today is a hospital day.  Please keep us in your prayers, send positive, healing energy, we will hear today, what the doctors have put together for us.

Know that we appreciate all the kinds words, your thoughtful caring “presence” in our lives is truly a blessing.

Blessings be….

Oyashikiri

*#29  Be Cheerful and Easygoing

Everything has a way of turning out alright in the end.  Relax and always try to think positively *

PL Calendar *

off road in a jeep

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There is always the first time for something. Today was my first time to experience, off roading in a jeep.  This is the jeep that I was travelling in, and at this stage of the ride, it was not longer pristine clean.  Off roading is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, the opportunity simply had never presented itself before. Darling sweet Brig, (owner of the jeep) asked if we would go along for the opening of the season ride.  What a beautiful day it was.

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The whole experience of meeting up with folks who were set and ready to get out and ride, was awesome.  Everyone gathered in an agreed to rendez vos, for a set time, and from there we left heading out of the city to the next pick up point.  The convoy had to be about 40 vehicles long.  You can see the weather cooperated, it was a gorgeous day.

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There is something to be said about fresh air, and the strong desire  to conquer a challenge.  Everyone worked together, and everyone, cheered and supported the drivers who took the harder challenges.  The obstacles were there, if you wanted to try them, there were spotters and experienced drivers to  coach you through, if you preferred the less arduous route, that was OK too.

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There was no easy road, it was all an assortment of  ” fun”  “bush terrain, with rocks, boulders, mud, and lets not forget the mud ponds with their hidden “treasures” .  It was just a matter of deciding if you wanted the rock and roll, the muddy waters, or the roller coaster rock and mud slide.

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Our hostess was magnificent, she went up a 45 degree. incline of rock face like it was a piece of cake, honestly I was so proud of her .. she did it on her first try. We saw others having to make several stabs at it.  There were moments where I found myself holding my breath, the action was so intense.

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Here is a jeep preparing to crawl up one of the rocks.  I got to scamper over the rocks up the trails, around the mud, over fallen tree stumps, and of course the personal challenge of finding “private” space  (when needed)  At least we were out on a day, without the horse flies, mosquitoes, and ticks.  We had a GRAND day.

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I stepped outside my comfort zone, I explored the backwoods of a countryside I had not been in before. Met some very nice people, took part in a convoy, (that was very well run.)  the leader, the spotters, everyone, were so totally focused on enjoying the moment, it was a positive, energizing day.

Who knew… a road is what you want it to be.

Today we saw first hand

When you want to be somewhere

or get to a destination

no matter the challenges

when you listen with an open mind

to the encouragement of friends

and believe in your ability to do something

the rewards are satisfying

Pl Precept # 1    Life is Art

 

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