Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Last week we had a storm come through that brought much of our area to it's knees. Winds were clocked at 90 mph. Trees ... huge, old trees, were down everywhere.
My neighborhood took a lot ... whatever hit us, came through my neighborhood. Trees were twisted and distorted.
I was in awe. It was devastation but ... no one was hurt. In fact, we lost about 50 huge trees in my small neighborhood alone, and not one fell on a house. How lucky is that?
Here's a couple of pics from next door ...
My house didn't lose a tree but you can see a tree on down on my neighbors fence pointing toward their hose (it looks like a big bush in the pics).
We lost power for a couple days.
The cool thing that happened was this ...
As people came home they started to help each other out. My DH, and another neighbor, cleared a path so that cars could get into the neighborhood. The city wasn't able to help because there were trees down everywhere.
People helped each other haul the fallen limbs and debris to the curbs. Most of the larger trunks will have to wait.
Neighbors sat outside in the evening and talked. Huge groups of neighbors and all the kids. This was so nice. Most of the time we are all too busy and/or in our air-conditioned homes in the evening. The storm slowed us down and made us re-prioritize.
Food was everywhere ... we were told we might not have power for as long as 5 days.
People shared their generators with other neighbors.
We went to bed at a decent hour and got a good night's sleep. Thankfully, hot water was working so we were able to shower.
It was extremely hot and humid and tempers could have flared ... but they didn't.
We were all so thankful that no one was hurt.
Starbucks had power ... yeah!
The experience made me realize how blessed I am to live in this neighborhood. These people are good ... even if they do drive me crazy sometimes!
It also taught me that I don't give these folks enough credit. I want to know them better.
Power was restored after about 24 hours. Earlier than expected!
It's still hot and humid outside. Mosquitoes are alive and well. The yards are pretty well cleaned up, although there are lots of bare spots from what used to be there.
Life is almost back to normal. But I'm still feeling the remnants of the storm ... my neighbors are still bring a smile to my face as I think about them.
Maybe a BBQ is in my near future ... this one for the neighbors!
Life is good!
Friday, July 15, 2011
All I did was add my story to my page and add some pictures. Reflections on life and meaning and gratitude sure do make a difference! I think it's time for me to pull out that daily gratitude journal!
We all have come so far. We all have so much to share. We are all great novels. Maybe it's time we tell our stories.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I've been at a crossroads for about 6 months, trying to figure out my next step. Or I thought. The truth is I have been frozen with fear.
Afraid to fail.
Afraid to succeed.
So I stand here, doing nothing. Procrastinating.
Not comfortable with the status quo. Something's gotta give.
I know the path that I must take. It's extremely hard. Am I up to it? I've been through the 'what's the worst that could happen' talk in my head. I've also had the 'what's the best that could happen talks'.
Isn't it funy how even success can inspire fear?
So today, I vow to take my first step. To move. To get on that saddle and ride a short distance.
To acknowledge the fear ... and do it anyway.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I've been gone too long.
I had other priorities. Just writing that sounds kind of dumb ... know what I mean? What could be more important than taking care of my health?
It's not as if there was a crisis going on. Sure, some matters needed my attention but it never should have been this OR that ... I could have made time for both ... but I didn't.
I guess it's another lesson learned. I need to look at ways to incorporate other things in ADDITION to taking care of me ... not in place of.
Some good news ... got a new mountain bike this weekend a TREK Mamba WSD ... I think it's gonna be awesome. We did a ride on Monday and I went twice as far with not nearly as much fatigue. And it's a pretty bike ... not that that should matter, but it does! It's a 29er so it rolls so smoothly.
DH got a new bike too. It was time for upgrades because we are serious riders. Serious, in that we LOVE to ride the trails. The scenery is divine and the physical benefits aren't that bad either
My garden is looking good. I think I finally got it right! I'll post pics after I figure how to get them to this site from my iphone ... I'm still sort of incompetent
I think it's back to basics for me ... logging water, planning meals, and planning a minimum of one hour exercise per day (more on the weekends because we have time to do really long rides then).
I feel sluggish ... time to get my act together again before I forget what good health FEELS like. The fridge is stocked with some good quality foods ... for that enhance life, not suck the life out of me!
I'm gonna choose wisely ... heck, I'm gonna just remember that it's always a choice. What do I want to choose?
I'm still studying for certifications. I'm stressed, to be sure, but surely I can do more than one thing at a time.
Enough said ... time for some action!
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