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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

October has started out with a bang, and a four mile tempo run this morning, and a one-mile walk (warm-up and cool down). I also biked to work. With the cooler fall weather, getting out seems so much easier. The sky is dark now when I'm heading out for my runs, and the stars greet me like old friends... Orion, Big and Little Dippers, and Cassieopia.

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WOODHEAT 10/2/2008 7:46AM

I love your fall attitude! The leaves here are just starting to turn. Luv and I will be heading to NH on the 13th to do some hiking. I hope we're not to late for the peak of the color there. We'll be spending much of the next week inupstate PA at my buddies farm archery hunting. Their the good color should just be starting.
Life is good!

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TESSA_NJ 10/1/2008 11:03PM

    You must be running very early if you're seeing Orion!

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Fleeting moments

Monday, September 15, 2008

The picture above is a Dahlia, that I grew in my garden this year. It blooms in the fall, and as you can see, it is a gorgeous flower. This year, I had these yellow ones, some pinks, some purple, some a creamy orangy color. But this yellow one was the most perfect one of the bunch, and on Friday morning when I was taking pictures of the Sunflowers, I paused to take one of the Dahlia too.

Saturday night, we had our first frost of the fall. At the very first sunlight on Sunday morning, the Dahlia's were all black and droopy. They can't take any frost at all, and their beauty is fleeting. Some years, I don't even get to see any of the flowers, as the frost comes prior to them opening.

So yesterday afternoon, as I was cleaning them up, and chopping down their stalks and leaves and making mulch into my garden, I had to wonder why I even bother planting them. They are alot of work, and they have only a small window of opportunity to shine each year.

I started to think that there are many similarities to the journey I'm on right now to be healthier.

* The bulbs need to be brought into the house for the winter, as our cold Canadian winters would kill them dead if they were left in the ground. This is similar to how I need to put myself to bed each night and make sure to get the proper rest my mind and body needs.

* Each spring, the ground has to be tilled, and the right blends of fertilizer have to be added to the soil, to bring the proper nutrients to the plants. This is similiar to how I need to go about feeding myself. In order for me to grow strong and do all the things I want to be able to do, I must try to find the right combinations of food and nutrients that will provide me with enough energy for my daily activities. I need to "eat to live", instead of "live to eat".

* The wind moves the stalks, sometimes making them bend almost right over. This is similiar to how I must move my body, and that the more I move, the stronger I become. Sometimes, I need to bend and move even more than I'm capable of, just so that I can become as strong as I can.

*The rain brings greatly needed moisture to the ground, and the Dahlia's soak it up as much as they can. When there is no rain, I provide the water, as I know the flowers will wither and die without it. Water is necessary in my life too, and that is one of the things I am very conscious about getting enough of.

* The sun provides a gentle encouragement to reach for higher heights. I need to constantly search for the things that will make me happy. Setting goals, and then taking the steps to accomplish them is time well spent.

* Bloom when you can, as the time can be short, and you never know when it will be gone. This really is a metaphor for life. We don't know when the next "bad" thing will be coming our way, so we need to really take advantage of the time that we do have, and shine like nobody's business.

Fleeting moments....

.....that's what we have. Make the most of them. You never know when your frost will come.

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    Ah....lovely. And right on.

The botanical gardens in Fort Bragg (CA) have a HUGE Dahlia garden that is currently in full bloom. They are absolutely incredible. I stand in awe of the perfection of their design. And recognizing we are made by the same "manufacturer" is pretty awesome.

Hard to believe you have had frost already....ah, California.

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KAYOTIC 9/20/2008 11:01AM

    wonderful thoughts, I'm so glad you shared them with all of us! emoticon

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CJROMB 9/17/2008 10:02AM

    This was brilliant! I have goose bumps. What a great thing to spend your time thinking about when you're taking care of the Dahlias. I bet next spring when you plant them again, you'll remember thinking about this.

Thanx for sharing this with us.

The things we do for beauty, eh? Heehee!

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ROSET491 9/17/2008 7:21AM

    Casssie Your Dahlias are beautiful! I planted some this year for the first time, small size! I too have to worry about frost but their colors are so gorgeous I couldn't resist! I may need to cover mine, chance of frost Friday morning!! Thanks for such a great blog very true!

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LILHLFPINT 9/16/2008 8:40PM

    (::hugs:: thank you for sharing your thoughts.

and your dahlia is beautiful.)

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FUNSAHM 9/15/2008 11:50PM

    You have a way with words Cass... It reminds me of my blogs last year about my garden, except you have a way of making it positive!!! I love that about you. Keep up the spirit! ..and keep taking the time to photograph those fleeting moments (that's why I follow my kids around with the camera these days!!).

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RUNNINGWILD 9/15/2008 4:58PM

    The dahlia and your post are beautiful, Cassie. Thanks for helping adjust my perspective. Last week was a rough one and I needed to read this.

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Pollyanna's in the building

Friday, September 12, 2008

I love my sunflowers in the garden. This morning I was looking out the window and saw those puffy little tiny clouds, and wanted to take pictures of the sunflowers against that sky. It is all so beautiful, I can hardly believe my luck in living where I live. When I see pictures of the war-torn countries all the same drab color SAND, it almost makes me cry to think that they never experience the colors I get to on a DAILY basis. Just this morning, the sunrise was that pastel pallette, all sky blue with pinks and oranges and reds.

Perhaps I'm just seeing things through rose colored glasses this morning. Elsewhere in the world, they may think that our winters are all one color -- WHITE.

Harvest is going very well, and we are over half done. Grain crops are finished, and all that is left is the canola. With skies like the one we have today, there won't be any rain stopping us for now.

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CJROMB 9/15/2008 3:52PM

    This sounds sooo beautiful!

Today was the first day in a long time (we live in Texas) where there was just a hint of crispness in the air. I love breathing in outside when we have those days.....harvest, fall, amazing time of year, even though it's lots of work. Thanx for sharing this.

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MADDIEMCWA 9/14/2008 11:10AM

    What a great view you have (both physical and mental)--cheerful, serene, and thankful. Glad your harvest is going so well! Have a great Sunday!

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ROSET491 9/13/2008 8:44AM

    Thanks for sharing Cass. Sometimes we need to step back and look around and realize how lucky we really are!! We're having rain this week-end but this past week was gorgeous~ the bluest skies I can remember!! We have one more field of hay to make, my husband is planning to take the honey off after a great season and lambs are growing!

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Stop the Presses

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Well, it's amazing what will make the news in this small, rural town. Yesterday, while I was at work, the local reporter called me up and asked if she could stop by the house after work. It seems that she overheard someone at the church garage sale asking me about the half-marathon. The reporter figured it was a big enough deal to find out more information.

So she was in and I showed her my two 10k medals and the picture of me crossing the finish line at the half. There is now going to be an article in the local paper -- which by the way, is produced in a larger town about an hour away. I'm really curious about the spin she's going to put on it. She was at the house for about 30 minutes, writing furiously on her little pad. I emailed her the links to the races, so she could get particulars and spellings, etc.

I never thought that *running* would make me a celebrity. After all, I still plod along as slow as ever. But in the 2+ years that I've been doing this now, I'm not as scared as I was in the beginning of people seeing me. All my rookie runner friends have given me the confidence to be seen in public, even if I am not the best runner on the planet. And I thank you for that.

You just never know what will be considered "news-worthy"!!

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CJROMB 9/11/2008 2:45PM

    WooWee, you're a celebrity! :) There's MY poem for the day.

Good for you. You deserve the recognition, for sure.

I love your new profile pic, by the way...

And I'm with you on the wheelie thing...probably not a good idea for me, but it's too late. They've already rented it to me.

I want an autographed copy, too, like your friend below!

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NDMOMOF4 9/5/2008 1:22PM

    Congratulations! I can't wait to hear your thoughts when the story is written.

A few years ago my husband was working for a salvage yard and during spring clean-up he came across a discared clothes dryer about to be crushed that had little kittens inside. He saved them and someone called the paper, next thing we know he is on the front page of the local Fargo paper for saving the kittens! We were shocked to find out that becuase of this article he had been awarded a PETA kindness award and the USA Today picked up a little tidbit on it and he started receiving letters from all over the country to thank him for saving the kittens.

When he passed away I mentioned the PETA award in his obituary cause I knew if he were here it would make him laugh and on the day of his funeral I received a call from a woman who wanted to express her sympathy, she didn't know my husband but she was one of the people who adopted a rescued kitten and because of that she was praying for our family. I guess it goes to show that even in small ways our actions effect others which is even more reason to want to be kind to all around us, human or otherwise. :)

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ROSET491 9/4/2008 10:21AM

    How cool is that!! Congratulations, it's nice with all your hard work to be rewarded!! you definitely motivate me!!

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    That is awesome, Cass!!! You are TOTALLY newsworthy!

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RUNNINGWILD 9/3/2008 11:11PM

    You're definitely going to have to post a link to the article when it comes out. That is SO cool!
(can I have your autograph?)

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The Day the Whole World Ran

Sunday, August 31, 2008 has been advertising "the Human Race 10K", to be run on August 31st all over the world. I don't have the Nike Plus equipment for my shoe, so my information won't be uploaded or included in their stats, but I ran it anyway.

The ad on the back page of the last Runner's World magazine states:
"A 10K where every step counts, no matter how fast, slow, short or long. A 10K where a million runners will celebrate human potential. And you'll be proud to say you ran the day the whole world ran. Just do it."

It's fun to be able to run as a part of a greater whole. I think that's what makes the Rookie Runner team such a huge success. While people joining up have differing abilities, we all run to be healthier, and that's a greater good!

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LILHLFPINT 9/2/2008 1:17PM

    (it was really cool to be a part of something so big, huh?

i don't have the whole nike system, either, i just ran it.)

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