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Candy and I saw this interesting thing while on our walk today where a tree is trying to envelope an iron wheel.


We navigated another way to to get to the overlook, going part of the way using old woods roads instead of the marked trails. That was a triumph. Here's a couple pictures taken at the overlook - of things you have seen before but now it is a new season... )

It was good to get out today.

In the alternate reality - the one that I had been planning since December of last year (but it got accidentally erased) - I would be arriving in Florida right about this moment, walking up to my sister, brother-in-law and niece and giving them a big hug. The best-laid plans of mice and men.


Mar. 20th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Didn't sleep well last night. Went to bed early (for me) around 10, and then woke up at 2. I ended up going out to the dining table with my ipad and listened to music on it and crocheting. I'm making a colorful granny square bag that I can take with me when I'm hiking to hold things like water, keys, camera, emergency granola bar, phone, compass. I will just leave my gps watch on it all the time. Went back to bed around 4. But then I did not want to get up at 7 when my alarm went off. Reset my alarm for 8 and tried to sleep. Didn't get my early morning meditation stuff done like I like to each day. Today was hiking with Candy day and we went back to the Kennerdell Tract. Hiked the Strip Mine trail, the Bear Wallow trail and came back by way of the Pipeline trail. We didn't see any bears on Bear Wallow but there was a lot of mud to wallow through. When we got back the hike was four miles nearly exactly. I wasn't sure I wanted to go farther than that today. The sleepless night, the worry I've been having just makes me distracted and my left heel is hurting a lot again.

Still carrying the IR camera. Here is photo of a bright green mossy rock with Candy's hand. I color-corrected the photo for skin color otherwise the whole thing would have been bluish gray:

And another of the trail near a little pond. Also color-corrected but this time in a different way - for a bluer sky:

I mention worry - sometimes I think right now I worry more about the future of the US and the world than I do about what is going on in my own body. If this biopsy shows something bad than that is just me and our family that is affected - if the US government doesn't take care of our own people then the whole country is affected and if they make stupid decisions then the whole world can be affected. I have never before felt our world so drastically in jeopardy. To have a selfish, mean spirited, rude, twittering and childish billionaire in charge of our future is just plain scary.

Thank goodness though, there is something else to think about. Grateful for:
getting ready for biking season,
reading (Life after Life, the new granny square book and the Red Book),
Andy (who is getting better everyday and becoming a good dog),
Milo and Skye (relaxing animals to have around)
Yoshi (odd creature)
the kids (Jules, Chloe and Johnny),
the grandkids (Hazel, Sebby and Rossy)
my friends who care about me,
and sister Kathy who I will be hopefully seeing soon,
and a future with chickens!
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Studying the Red Book.

When I made the Diversity Book recently I needed a holder for it to be displayed properly at the art gallery and Dave made me a really nice stand that could hold a book at an upright angle. Now that the show is over I have the book stand at home and thought right away, it would be great to put Jung's Red Book on it. I got the book back in 2009 for Christmas but only skimmed it. It was too big to hold or see it on my lap or flat on a table. Now that I have a new interest in examining my emotions and thoughts the Red Book might be really great for inspiration. I set it up and opened it this morning and was going to take a photo of it on the stand when I saw Skye stalking up to it. She acts like it is something really strange and fascinating. Maybe it is this page with the crosses in the "eyes" in particular? After I took this photo she settled down on her haunches and studied it for a very long time.

I took one photo yesterday when Candy and I hiked around Two Mile Run:

Some weak morning sun.

It was cold but didn't seem that bad - we were both bundled up in layers. I wore a double set of gloves. But after we got moving and hiking up hills we got warmed up and even had to take off our hats for a while. I went down to one pair of gloves eventually.

I guess today the big snow storm (Stella!) is supposed to come. I have an appointment at the hospital to have a mammogram at 2. Dave will be driving me in the truck though and it has four wheel drive so I'm not concerned. Maybe it won't be bad yet at only 2 or 3.
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The steep path we climbed.

As usual Candy and I did our Monday hike today. We wanted to make the loop by climbing the Kennerdell hill first rather than going down it at the end of the hike. By the end of a 5 mile hike my legs are rubbery and it's hard to control them when going down. So we planned this so that the final stretch would be on flat ground by the river to make it easier on ourselves. More HERE )

I was hoping my heel spur would be getting better by now but it isn't. Though I haven't been doing my stretching exercises at all - got bored with them. It was getting better (I thought) when I was doing them. Today it was pretty painful on the return of the hike. I guess I need to get with the program again.

This afternoon Dave and I took the taxes to our tax lady in Titusville - one more thing that needed done completed. Ate at Perkins - one of my favorite places to eat now. I had shrimp, mushrooms and tomatoes over noodles in a white sauce.
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Another Monday hike. Candy and I went on a new trail at Two Mile Run this week. All was going well till somehow we got turned around and were going away from our destination. At that point, when I did figure out where we were it was too far from where we originally set out to be so we just followed that trail back to the car. After leaving our coats at the car (cause the day was getting warmer) we took off on another trail to see if we could find out where that one went. We are slowing learning our way around - even with confusingly marked trails to follow. I'm seeing it as a mystery to be solved and a challenge to become familiar with that place.

This is a pretty little stream that we followed north for a time - it was when we left it and headed east that we lost our planned trail. It was a beautiful walk in the woods anyway. We don't have much "spring" showing here yet. Though I did notice a skunk cabbage spathe - the very first woodland flower around here.
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I'm trying to post my LJ stuff at night rather than in the morning like I usually do, in a effort to be on the computer less each day - to be more balanced. The daytime is for working, creating, hiking, being outdoors, being with real live people - the night is for TV and internet.

Candy and I hiked to the Two Mile Run dam today. It was a really beautiful morning - sunny and not cold - not hot either.

This is the dirt road we walked on to get to the trail that goes into the woods. Then we took a wrong turn and walked on a really beautiful trail overlooking a stream far below. I don't regret going the wrong way and getting on that trail at all. Then we got it figured out and backtracked to the correct trail to the dam.

The dam.

Oh - and 2 more photos I took today.

Candy's bracelets - I really like them.

This is a collection of rocks that Candy has picked up on her walks (some were given to her or brought to her by her sons). She added one from our walk today - a small white one.
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Candy and I hiked up to the Big Rock at 2 Mile Run this morning. Just a dumb little thing I was thinking of - the song Big Rock Candy Mountain. I lost the map halfway to the rock - it must have fallen out of my pocket after we crossed the last bridge (I remember having it then) and either we could have turned back to find it or I could try and trust my memory of the map. I decided to trust my memory. We did go on a wrong trail for a ways but after a while I thought we should backtrack and try to find a different trail. Which was the correct one. Stuff like this always reminds me of a quote attributed to Danial Boone. "I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for a few days." I wish I could be that confident - I like a map and a marked trail. After our hike I wanted to go to the park office and see if they had any better maps of the trails. They had 3 - the regular map with everything but updated from the internet version and one with horse trails and one with bike trails. Maybe the new maps will help me in the future to figure out what is going on there. Some pictures HERE. )
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Hiking. Two different places. Sunday it was Dave, Rossy, Andy and me going out on the game lands to a hill overlooking Polk. We went out the wide open trail till it came to the woods. From there the trail winds its way through the trees and is harder to find, but all you have to do is stay on the top of the ridge till you get to the end. That's where you can see Polk far off in the distance. An interesting thing about yesterday was it was a day when the snow fleas were out. On the way I noticed that the snow looked kind of dirty but it wasn't till I looked beside a fallen log at the "dirt" that I saw it was snow fleas. They come out in droves on certain days and hop all over the snow. By the time we were starting back at 4 pm they were all gone back into the snow again.

Today Candy and I went out to "Window Trail" over the Allegheny River at the Kennerdell Tract. Which is another place I love to go. Sunday's hike was only 4.5 miles but it felt much longer - I got to feeling so exhausted and sick. Maybe I was coming down with something - or maybe it was the chocolate chip mint milkshake that I had on the way home that made me sick. Came home and went to bed and slept 12 hours. I got up this morning feeling much better and the 6.5 mile hike today felt good.

Pictures HERE )

Sometimes it seems like all I write about are these outings. I do love them. I love seeing things in nature. I love taking photos too. When staying home there seems to be nothing much to say or write about.

Tonight: watching Rectify (end of season 3) - now we will have to wait who knows how long to see what happens next.

I made a big pot of red lentil soup tonight and invited the vegans next door to come over for supper. After we ate I showed them the laser light machine I got. It shines red and green lights that move in patterns - you could shine the lights on the outside of your house or inside your house on the ceiling. Before Christmas they had them for $50 at Joanne's but the last time I went in there they were down to $15 so I got one. I shine it on the ceiling in the living room. Andy doesn't know what to do and tries to leap up and get the lights off the ceiling. Funny.
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Snow patterns.

It was a big hike (almost 6 miles) and we were very tired and sore footed afterwards - down a huge (to me) mountainside and then back up again - but it was very worth it - beautiful snow falling with some sun breaking through now and then. I used the pin hole setting on the camera again. Many, many photos HERE )

Afterwards on the way home we had a late lunch at Taylor's Pub. Hot coffee, fish sandwich without the bun and french fries. The waiter was someone that Candy's sons had grown up with - it was nice to hear how much he liked their family.
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I'm just annoyed that it seems like to keep our president and government from doing stupid things we are going to have to get out and march and protest about everything now. Though I haven't marched or protested anything yet - I just talk about these things with my friends and family who are like minded and concerned too. I want to live my life in peace and let the government take care of itself - that's why I vote - to have people that I respect take care of all the people in our country, our land and our relationship with the rest of the world. Now it seems that we might have to personally go out and protest the government's decisions to have things go properly. I spend time every morning meditating just so I can have a serene mind - getting mad every day about my government is counter-productive.

Onto other thoughts...

The pink line.

Going to hike with Candy today. Try a trail that we have never been on at the Kennerdell Tract of the Clear Creek Forest. It's called the Dennison Run trail. I'm imagining it will take us over flat land for about 2 miles before it descends down into Dennison Run (where we have been before). Dennison Run has a nice pathway with lots of little foot bridges crossing the creek till it comes to the Allegheny River, then you can climb back up the mountain to the Kennerdell Lookout. From the looks of the map it might be about a 5 mile hike. Afterwards we are going to eat out somewhere - make a big day of it. I'm going to dress warmer today than I did yesterday and put on water-resistant pants too. A few days ago while exploring down back with Rossy when climbing over rocks I strained a ligament in my groin - that is still bothering me - so I hope today goes okay - going to take a stronger walking stick.

Still snowing - it's going to be a cold but quietly beautiful day.
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Candy and I did walk today. It was only sprinkling on the way out and on the way back the drizzle felt good as I was getting overheated climbing back up the hill from seeing the Bullion Furnace. This is in the Clear Creek State Forest Kennerdell Tract a couple miles from the Kennerdell Lookout that we have been to many times before.

I liked this tree that seemed to have multiple legs. More HERE )
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Little hilltop in the middle of the woods.

Candy and I walked at Clear Creek Forest Kennerdell Tract this morning and went to the lookout. That has become a favorite destination to hike to. More photos. )

My heel didn't hurt terribly when I was walking (though it was noticeable) but after not standing on it and then when I went to get out of Candy's car and stood on it, boy, did it hurt then! I came home and had a really hard time getting warmed up. Took a few motrins, warmed the rice bag in the microwave and took it to bed with me.
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I'd like to do art in the morning but lately I just feel empty.

Yesterday Dave and I took Andy for a walk on the North Country Trail near Route 66. We had walked it from one direction last summer but never got to this point, and then we had walked from the other direction and not got there either so we thought if we walked in from a closer parking area it might be easier to reach. It was. Two photos. )
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One of the decks I got recently is called the Universal Transparent tarot. I like the way it looks when the cards are stacked and have a depth to them. A couple more HERE. )
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Six faces.

My attempt to make some kind of drawing after looking at the Haindl tarot card of the 6 of Swords. It's another one of those decks that doesn't illustrate the pips with story images - just a geometric joining of swords. But there was a suggestion of 2 faces in the upper area that I took as my starting inspiration. Here's the usual Six of Swords card:

I see a woman and her child being taken away. She regrets having to go. She is feeling unwanted. Not sure how to relate to that today. Is it Helen on her last voyage? I don't think she would feel unwanted. She was much loved. Perhaps the woman in the image is just looking down while she talks to her child beside her. Helen's son Steven preceded her in death a few years ago. I'll see it that way.

Today is the visitation for Helen and a service afterwards - I want to go. We are snowed in at the moment - I hope the driveway will be clear by then. Dave is going to try and get the snow blower going. It is a long driveway - really too much to shovel. If it came to shoveling it would take multiple tries with breaks between. I am missing my usual Monday morning hike with Candy. That has come to be my main exercise for the whole week and I think I am feeling weaker all the time since biking season is over. Shoveling would be good for me - but I don't want to!

Edit: I did get out there and shovel out the pull-in for the mailman while Dave is working to get the snowblower going. That's enough! Exercise completed for today.
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Inspired by the Motherpeace round tarot deck. #1 - The Magician. I guess this means it would be a good idea to be more well balanced - equally be all the elements - fire, water, earth and air.

I dreamed last night that I was working at Polk (a local institute for the mentally retarded where I did once work) with Jill. (Jill was the person who used to help me with my mom at the end of mom's life - Jill died last summer - so hard to believe she is gone.) It was the end of our work shift (night shift) and it was time to get the residents up in the morning. This was my second day on the job and Jill thought I should be able to get the linen cart together by myself so she sent me back to get it. I brought it but I had forgotten a lot of things and I was running back to get them. I was trying to walk as fast as possible but there was something wrong with my legs. They were going too fast and getting too far out in front of me so I fell over backwards. I tried to slow them down and get them under me but I couldn't. I decided that I would have to start all over again from the beginning and get on my hands and knees like a baby to get up and get moving again. End of dream.

If there is anything that I need to start from the beginning I am thinking I will be remaking the little enameled rainbows over again - I just don't like how the colors turned out. I'm going to put the rainbow of colors in a different order next time. Instead of going from purple through to aqua, I will go from red to purple next time (have the blue, aqua, green and yellow colors in the middle flanked by purple and red.

A dark and overcast morning this morning - but at least the rain stopped. I walked with Candy. We didn't want to walk in the woods cause it is still hunting season so we walked on the bike trail to the River Ridge Farm gate and back - about 4.5 miles. When we got to the flats where the gate is there was a little path leading up a hill and we could see a lawn chair up there. There were no trespassing signs but I just wanted to see what was over the rise so we went up. There was a picturesque little lake that I had no idea was there before. Two photos. )
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Two of Cups - drawing inspired by the Vision Quest Tarot deck. The little white book says this card means the harmonic convergence of male and female energies. Not sure how to relate to that today as this is the first day of buck season which means I won't see much of Dave for a while - he loves to hunt and will be gone most of the time till he gets one.

Candy and I took a bike ride on the trail that goes down the Allegheny from Belmar to Fisherman's Cove this morning. It was a little cold for a bike ride (below freezing) but it wasn't a good day to walk in the woods either cause the woods are crawling with hunters. Even staying on the bike path we saw 2 scared does running and 3 hunters. The weather called for overcast skies and no sun but I thought we might take that path anyway because if the sun did chance to shine we could get some of its light being on the north side of the river. And the sun did start to break through after we got going a few minutes. It was quite lovely. And warming. As we were nearing the car again clouds gathered and it turned dark. I said - thanks for the gift. Two photos. )
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...passing time at Hazel's school, waiting while she does a facial for Candy.
I'm in charge of watching over Candy's rings and purse. I'm using the LJ app to post this, which I never usually use. I hope the picture isn't too large (it was - changed it). The smell here is obnoxious. I guess it is the stuff they use on fingernails. I should have brought a book to pass time but thankfully there is wifi. And I have the "Flow" game on my ipod...
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Candy and I biked 15.25 round trip miles on the Rail 66 trail today. It was chilly but really good. Though both ways - out, and then back again - felt like we were going uphill for some reason. There are some really beautiful views on the paved part of the trail (didn't get any photos of that - sorry). I think they chose to pave that 4 mile stretch first thinking that if folks ride there it will inspire more people to invest in paving more of the trail. I am used to riding on trails that go beside creeks and rivers and it was such a nice change to see other scenery too - farms and fields and open woods. We biked from Leeper in the direction of Lucinda and beyond it a little way to where the trail ends and then back again. It felt to us that this might be our last big bike outing - it is getting late in the year now and something to be treasured. A few photos HERE )

Afterwards we picked up Dave where we had left him to work on Chloe and Mike's house in Tylersburg and we went to Fox's Pizza Den to eat but they were closed. Disappointing but then we went to Montana's in Fryburg to eat instead. I ate too much of a delicious fish dinner and came home to collapse in bed the rest of the day. I just now got up at 9. I was laying in bed and could hear Dave listening to the Beverly Hillbillies show in the living room but it sounded distorted and strange. The theme music was the same and some of the voices were nearly the same but it was different and had music you wouldn't expect to hear - I thought somehow I was still dreaming - weird. Later Dave came to bed and I asked him about it and he said it was a remake movie of the show. So I wasn't crazy! Miss Jane was played by Lily Tomlin. I'll have to watch it later.


Nov. 7th, 2016 08:00 am
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Skye concentrating on the candle flame this morning.

I had some interesting dreams last night about fires in the earth, under the earth, things bursting up from the earth. Not scary but amazing and wonderful. Dave and I and some very young Japanese kids who had moved into the neighborhood were studying the phenomenon in the back yard. In another dream I was given the job of keeping a fire going in front of my old goat shed - it had been turned into a little school. The fire was being used to thaw something out that could be used magically or creatively. The fire was nearly out and I was having to restart it from scratch and was gathering twigs and papers and bringing limbs to stack up for after I got the fire going.

Going to have a busy day today. Candy and I are walking - probably at 2 Mile Run - and then I am going to Hazel's school with her so she can give me a facial. I have never had a facial in my life or put on makeup except when I was in junior high school and trying it out before deciding it wasn't for me. So this should be interesting - being in a spa atmosphere and surrounded by people who are into all that.

A sunny morning - clear sky and frost last night. I'm liking the time change in the morning - what it does for us - but not liking the early evenings at all. I think I went to bed at 9 last night just to escape the long darkness.


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