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What an Experience!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

It was a very long tiresome day for me and i am glad I got through it. We rose at 4 am and drove to Portland, OR for our ride to Olympia, WA. this took between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. We got there jsut in time for Opening Ceremonies for the Dragon Boat Races. this was opening day.

As we lined up for our first race the team before us out on the Puget sound ahd tipped their boat and they ended up in the water. the water was very cold. A coast guard boat helped the into his boat as theys hivered. meanwhile my team was very nervous that this will ahppen to us. Most of them ahve not been on this new boat. Here si the team in the water.



Each race had 4 teams competing. We lined up and waited for the "Go"! and we paddled our healthy lil buns off. My team "Blind ambition won the first 2 rases and lost the third. We were so victorious in our win. I got to be a part of a joyous event and you should ahve seen the crowd of onlookers and spectators cheering us on as we walked by. I almost ahd tears in my eyes. In one Picture you will see us at the finish line. We beat out 3 other boats more than 2 boat lengths ahead. 2nd race was for speed. We got clocked at 500 meters in 1 minute 24 seconds. that's darn good timing for us. the last race we lost at the same time we did the previous race but were only 4 short seconds behind the winners.

The emdal my team won is so beautiful I will show you a picture soon. It's my first ever award.
I hope you enjoy this. Olympia Puget Sound is a nice place to ahng out at.

Next may 16 we have another long day racing in Tacoma, WA. We might jsut make this an over night stay ina hotel.









A Poem received by one of my blind teammates I love it!



We survived swift Boats,
Transit team bus rolled over,
Sank their dragon boat!

Two firsts and a fourth,
We did well today in race,
This calls for a fifth!

Give our coaches thanks!
We did the job in the boats,
They gave us the tools .

Jasmine loose again!
Heidi and Jim chased her down,
Brought her back to Bill.

Reuben got attacked!
Rottweiler on flexie leash,
Mauled his neck and ears.

Laura Lines comments,
Negatively toward our team,
Ayla flipped the bird!

Fun was had by all,
In the boats and in the tents,
Paul wore yellow socks!

We all did our best,
Positive energy flowed,
We are quite the team!

New paddlers raced,
Erin, Debbie, Larry too,
Laura added strength.

Bri, Jenny, Darrell,
Special Thank you to our guests,
Made it possible!

Wonderful first race!
More fun yet to come for team,
Tacoma's up next!

This is all for now,
Kevin, Ayla, off to bed,
And our doggies too.



  
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LINDA! 4/27/2009 11:25PM

    emoticon emoticonYou go girl!! Sounds like a great day and congrats on the win!!

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GAARAMA 4/27/2009 9:33PM

    Debbie, congrats on your teams win! Thank you for sharing your pictures and poem. You all are an inspiration. I feel like a such woos commenting on my sore legs after my hike.

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JIBBIE49 4/27/2009 8:07PM

    emoticonBless your heart.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 4/27/2009 6:40PM

    Glad you had a great day at your first race!!!!!!!

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PICKIE98 4/27/2009 6:06PM

    WOw, what a day!! The adrenalin must have been just screaming!! This is one of those life events that you never forget, that you savor forever!! Congratulations!!

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SASSY_QUEEN 4/27/2009 5:54PM

    Debbie...I am so very proud of you. This is a huge victory for you...personally....so wonderful......thanksf for sharing.

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BELLACUDDLES 4/27/2009 4:50PM

    Congrats on your wins!!!!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!

Barbara

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DONBOB1 4/27/2009 3:44PM

    emoticon..Debbie!!

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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/27/2009 3:33PM

  You should be sooooooooooooooooo proud of yourself. I am. emoticon

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COLEMANSR 4/27/2009 12:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'm so proud of you. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your big adventure.

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ETAGGEL 4/27/2009 9:29AM

    Congratulations Debbie! Winners for sure! I bet you had a wonderful time, I hope you did. it must have been great fun and then the icing on the cake (excuse the pun) was winning that medal. I am so proud of you and your team. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Phyllis

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MARTY19 4/27/2009 7:28AM

    emoticon You are a gold medal winner for sure.

Hugs,
Marty

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 4/27/2009 5:26AM

    emoticon How very wonderful, Debbie!!! I'm so very happy for you and for your team. You all are awesome!!! Thank you for sharing the pictures with me.

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Don't be afraid to try something new...

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Thank you my friends for your warm loving comments on my pages. You make me smile and cheer me up.

Open up new doors and try new things. don't be afraid to get your feet wet. Sometimes you ahve to jump in and feel the uncomfortable cold waters to find yoru diamonds on the bottom of the ocean. This quote by Jonathan Winters suits me jsut fine.

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!

-- Jonathan Winters

  
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SASSY_QUEEN 4/27/2009 5:55PM

    Try new things...great idea....but I am not so sure about Dragon Racing...lol....JO

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JIBBIE49 4/27/2009 12:03AM

    Love that picture.

emoticon The time IS now. emoticon

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BETRME100 4/26/2009 9:49AM

    A beautiful picture to go along with the beautiful sentiment in this blog, Debbie...love it!!

Kit

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BELLACUDDLES 4/26/2009 8:51AM

    I love these pictures too!!!!! Where do you get them???????? I love that quote too..Ole Jonathan Winters.......he was (is) a great guy........I think he died!!! Probably a while ago!!! Oh, I am rambling!!!!!

Barbara

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EMMASMART 4/25/2009 8:50PM

    Ta dah with the photography there!

Way to Go...

Emma

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 4/25/2009 7:50PM

    Beautiful picture and great blog Debbie. I'll have to take a dinghy out to meet my ship when it comes in. I've lived near the water all my life and I can't swim! Have a good evening, Myrna

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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/25/2009 6:47PM

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MARTY19 4/25/2009 6:00PM

    Love the quote. With the kind of luck I usually have, when my ship comes in, I will be at the airport. LOL

Marty

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COLEMANSR 4/25/2009 5:35PM

    Love the quote. Thanks for sharing.

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TREASUREDANGEL 4/25/2009 3:47PM

  Nice picture Debbie! That's part of my path of my Journey!

how about this ? don't wait for your ship to come in row out to it! Debbie, you are becoming an expert at rowing! so start rowing there's a big ship out there waiting for you to give back to you what you give others!

have a wonderful day!

Love and hugs

Tina

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 4/25/2009 3:33PM

    Debbie!! I love this picture!!! How very awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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Wooden Shoe tulip Festival

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thank you Father, for allowing me the privelage to be abl e to see the beautiful colors of these tulips. Amen

We head out about 11 am this morning to Aurora. Driving up highway 99 through Camby and to Aurora all country hilly areas. I, so love these kinds of drives. It is a sunny day and the tulips were mostly in bloom. Every color you can imagine. Fields and fields of 40 acres of Tulips. We walked and walked and robert taught me how to shoeet pictures. Yes, I am becoming a photographer. (A blind one) LOL I took the picture of Robert and some of the flowers. We were there about 2 hours. That was some of my exercise for today. there was a 1890 Steam powered Tractor there that actually still worked. I bought 2 bags of pecans and might consider a pecan pie. But then I would eat it. Or save the pecans for my oatmeal or salads or jsut toe at from the bag.



Ain't they the purtiest things you ever saw?
I brought home catalogs and I am ordering some for my patio. I do ahve a green thumb you know.



After all that walking and the sunshine getting to me it was a mere 46 degrees. LOL On the way home we stopped for Chinese food and we each ahd a plate of shrimp, fried rice and Eg Foo Young. It was delicous. Now i'm full.



Blessings be to all of you!

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.

-- Stanley Horowitz

  
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DUSTYROSE1968 4/28/2009 12:19AM

    I love tulips , that must have been beautiful.

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PICKIE98 4/27/2009 6:08PM

    Wow! At first I thought you went to Holland,MI.. it is south of where i live and there are miles of tulips!! The colors are spectacular!!

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BETRME100 4/26/2009 9:56AM

    Beautiful pictures, Debbie. If I lived closer, I'd come over and help you plant your tulip bulbs this fall...it's easy to make that offer when I live halfway across the country, isn't it?

Kit

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JOYSGARDEN 4/25/2009 11:42PM

    BEAUTIFUL, DEBBIE. YOU DID A GOOD JOB SHOOTING ROBERT....I MEAN, SHOOTING A PICTURE OF ROBERT! GOOD ONE OF YOU TOO. THANKS FOR SHARING...

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REDHKIRK 4/25/2009 9:17PM

    Debbie your photos are terrific. Thanks for sharing them. They triggered warm fuzzy memories of my MeMe (grandma). She used to live near Holland Michigan known for annual tulip festival and even when she moved it was a tradition for us to go walk the tulip fields each year. I always think of MeMe when I see tulips. Wish I had my MeMe still here to drag me to walk the tulip fields together. I think of the times I only did it for her and and thought it was a chore. Now I long to have her here to take a walk through the tulip fields again.

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DIVADELICIOUS 4/25/2009 10:05AM

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us! We all love you, Debbie! You are such an inspiration to so many! emoticon

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SPARKLINJEWELLS 4/25/2009 3:57AM

    how gorgeous!

i love tulips! emoticon

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BKP4166 4/25/2009 2:44AM

    I love your pictures Debbie....I think you're beginning to like it here. emoticon

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GMA1964 4/25/2009 12:28AM

    Wonderful flowers and a beautiful day = a perfect combination.
You did a nice job on the photos. Thanks for sharing them. I went last year to the festival and have a nice 11x13 hanging in my dining room.

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DONBOB1 4/24/2009 9:34PM

    Wow Debbie, what a view! Beautiful..You sure keep active and seem to have great adventures. Do tulips have a strong fragrance?

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SASSY_QUEEN 4/24/2009 9:06PM

    Debbie...these are just gorgeous....and I love the one of you bending over to smeel (or get a closer look...) Is that Robert? What a wonderful day..and your are right...thank God you got to go........lookin good..Debbie, lookin good.

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POLYANASUNSHINE 4/24/2009 9:01PM

    What beautiful tulips. Thank you for sharing. I love tulips in the spring time. The colors are so vibrant and beatiful. emoticon

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GAARAMA 4/24/2009 8:09PM

    What beautiful shots you are a woman of many talents.
Thank you for sharing.

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MARTY19 4/24/2009 7:50PM

    Some years ago I went to Holland on vacation. I got to see the tulips in full bloom. Awesome. These pictures are just as good. You take really good pictures.

Marty

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TREASUREDANGEL 4/24/2009 7:41PM

  hi deb!

beautiful tulips! they are almost as beautiful as you but not quite! They are bnice and bright but not as bright as your smile! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and treated yourself today at the tulip festival.

a blind photographer LOL! hey you did better than a lot of people who could see would do!

continue smiling that beautiful bright smile! You are onse special Lady!

Love and hugs

Tina

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COLEMANSR 4/24/2009 7:38PM

    Beautiful. I just love flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/24/2009 7:23PM

  Just beautiful

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LINDA! 4/24/2009 7:19PM

    Thank you for sharing the photos, Debbie. I always look forward to Spring when the tulips are in bloom! Sounds like a wonderful day! emoticon

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MEYLOSE 4/24/2009 6:58PM

    Those are lovely, I remember seeing tulips when I visited Holland several years back. ThankX for giving me some wonderful memeories by seeing your pictures.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 4/24/2009 6:57PM

    emoticon Thank you for the beautiful present, Debbie! Tulips are my very favorite!! I love your pictures. I really appreciate you sharing them. So glad you had such a wonderful adventure!

Have a great weekend,
Cathy emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 4/24/2009 6:53PM

    How gorgeous those tulips are.....thanks for sharing them!

Barbara

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Seems like spring again...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My bulbs are sprouting and my vegetables are emerging as well out there on my patio. We've been having such weird weather. 4 days of warm (81 degrees) spring weather then cold and cloudy yesterday. Today it's lovely weather again.

Tomorrow, Robert and I are going south a little bit to a Tulip festival. We're taking the camera.

It's Walking today and resting in the afternoon before practice.

Thank you, Father, for giving me this beautiful day and my wonderful, supportive friends.
Amen.

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a
sheep.

-- Arab proverb

  
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COLEMANSR 4/24/2009 10:50AM

    Thank you my friend. We are blessed to have you as a friend.
Enjoy your day.

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BELLACUDDLES 4/23/2009 10:08PM

    That sounds like a wonderful day planned..hope your weather is good too!!!
Barbara

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MEADSBAY 4/23/2009 8:04PM

    My sis-in-law always sends me pics of a tulip festival out there!
Have fun!
elizabeth
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  Have fun!
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TZH4145 4/23/2009 6:45PM

    Driving around the area looking at the flowers in bloom remind me that it is springtime. Have fun at the tulip festival.

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MARTY19 4/23/2009 4:46PM

    I love driving around and seeing life return. The tulips, daffodils, grass, everything is coming back. Spring is glorious.

Marty

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JIBBIE49 4/23/2009 1:38PM

    Your quote makes me think of the movie 300. I just loved that movie, as the King was so HOT.

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Training the Blind to Paddle...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

mei Ting Wong (pronounced May) is 31 and a proffecional Paddler who is totally blind. She sits in the front of the boat with ryan, 45 also a several year veteran. The first 2 seats of the boat are the most important. they are the Pace setters. Mei was on the Dragon boat Team when it made it's splash in 2002. All of the other Paddlers (22 of them) have to follow their exact strokes to eprfection. I like joking around with mei. She was with us in Tacoma on Saturday. she is so fun to be with.

I learned today after talking with my coach about how it takes so much time to perfect strokes and apddling. there are different techniques in teaching the blind to Paddle. I figured they would learn by what they hear which si aprtly true. Because of my hearing impairment I have to do exactly what the eprson in front of me does at the very split secone. It is hard. When we are testing for races the first 4 strokes are important. We build our power. See how much I ahve learned.

Last week they tried something new. coach brought on board the boat an iPOD and plugged it into the speakers I don't know what song she ahd blaring in the speakers but she had it loud. the rythm built up and the Paddlers felt like they were playing an instrument.. their blades were supposed to enter the water at each percussion note. but it didn't work. It was a lousy practice. theya re also using a Drum on board. this helps for me but it doesn't help the other paddlers.Everyone was dancing to a different drummer. It is difficult to learn. But... after all we did win the race in Tacoma.

BTW thank you everyone who has given me such loving support. My elbow is doing better today. I do pray that these 2 behind Robert and I yesterday learn the correct way to apddle. I would love to see them excell the sport. It will be so rewarding if we win at this.

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger
you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.

-- Epictetus (55-135 AD) Greek Philosopher

  
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LINDA! 4/22/2009 9:09PM

    Your photos always make me envious. I want to be there too!!! emoticon

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COLEMANSR 4/22/2009 8:13PM

    emoticonLove the pictures. I'm so glad you having fun.

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GAARAMA 4/21/2009 10:58PM

    After seeing that teeny pink water craft all I have is admiration for you. I cannot wait for your race results and pictures.



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JIBBIE49 4/21/2009 8:21PM

    Nathan goes to Cancer camp tomorrow (Camp Blue Bird), which is 3 days twice each year for adults with or surviving Cancer. So, I think it will help him to talk with others. He has a good sense of humor, so he is staying positive.

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BELLACUDDLES 4/21/2009 4:10PM

    WOW......you go girl, and so glad your elbow is feeling better!

Barbara

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JIBBIE49 4/21/2009 2:14PM

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EMMASMART 4/21/2009 2:06PM

    A drum attached to a woofer, that would shake the boat. then it would help all. I hope you can find a way to do this without hurting yourself.

Emma

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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/21/2009 10:02AM

  I'm glad your elbow is better and you're in better spirits.
Vicki

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MARTY19 4/21/2009 8:58AM

    It is wonderful to read about your adventures. I am so glad this is fun and challenging for you. Keep it up and I'll be looking for articles that tell me how you have won the races.

Hugs,
Marty

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DEBGIL 4/21/2009 8:52AM

    Way to go Debbie. You are so inspiring and motivating. emoticon

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MISTRESSANNE 4/21/2009 8:17AM

    Fascinating!

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BETRME100 4/21/2009 7:56AM

    I'm also glad your elbow is better today. It sounds like such a fun experience...I'm thrilled for you that you've taken on this challenge!! Your joy radiates thru your blogs.

Kit

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 4/21/2009 6:29AM

    So glad your elbow is better. You have such a beautiful attitude, Debbie. How could your team be anything but winners!!!?

Hugs,
Cathy emoticon

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 4/21/2009 1:31AM

    You are doing so great Debbie. It seems like you get more enthused every day in the Dragon Boats. I am so excited for you!!

Linda

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