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Another Successful Step Forward

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Listing long and short term goals has definitely helped me move forward on my journey to better physical, mental and spiritual health. Recently, I’ve been looking at one particular goal on my list: to make several quilts for Project Linus. And that’s about all I was doing with it for the past several months, just looking at it. However, today I made a positive change in my life. I joined the Orange County, NY/Pike County PA chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus has a two-fold mission: first, its mission is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Second, to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”

I always had a passion for quilting and enjoyed making “homemade gifts” for special occasions. My “to do list” included making at least one quilt for Project Linus. But the past couple of years slipped by with me wishing I had more time to quilt. My sewing machine collected dust and the bins of fabric remained closed, that is, until today.

I am succeeding at balancing my time to include creativity in my life that brings joy to others and in turn, gives me satisfaction. Yes, it is fun to receive. But how much more fulfilling is it when we give to others who are in need? Making quilts for Project Linus is my personal way to help a child heal from wounds that are tragic. Giving of oneself to help others can be contagious. I witnessed that on a large scale today as I worked with about 40+ women of all ages sharing their talents and displaying the meaning of love.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 4/18/2012 9:44AM

    It feels so good when we embark on completing a goal that benefits others more than self.

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SNOWSNAKE 4/16/2012 6:31PM

    emoticonI am all for "displaying the meaning of LOVE". What more can we wish for in life? Life is Good!! Lots of LOVE... emoticon***SNOW***

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NEILITHICMAN 4/15/2012 7:40PM

    Awesome, sounds cool

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/15/2012 2:55PM

    Very very good! Something we all need to consider adding to our lives.

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VAL_LYNNE 4/15/2012 2:35PM

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KAYOTIC 4/15/2012 10:41AM

    What a wonderful goal! I'm sure you'll make the child who receives that quilts day!

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CATHOLICCORGI 4/14/2012 11:59PM

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VICIOUS421 4/14/2012 11:58PM

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Over the river and through the woods....

Saturday, April 07, 2012

It was another fun day in Stewart Forest! The sky was blue, the temps were cool, and the trails were awesome! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes……


(beginning of trail)


(Windsor Woods trail)


(bridge crossing)


(through streams)

To be continued.....

  
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SARACYCLE 4/12/2012 8:08AM

    The pictures are beautiful.


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MRSYATES84 4/10/2012 4:41PM

    That looks like an amazing ride! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 4/9/2012 7:25PM

    Sent you a SparkMail. I was in Stewart today and thought of you!

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CROWLEY123 4/9/2012 6:55AM

    That does look awesome! Lucky you. Thanks again for sharing your sunshine.

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KAYOTIC 4/8/2012 11:16AM

    Looks like fun! What a beautiful day for a ride....

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BILL60 4/8/2012 7:03AM

    Looks nice.

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JSALERNO 4/8/2012 5:02AM

    BEAUTIFUL!

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IMREITE 4/8/2012 1:48AM

    Trails are so great. not just beautiful but a reminder of wonderful things that God has made.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/8/2012 12:45AM

    I guess I'm glad today I'm grandma & everyone will be making their way to my house. lol

God bless & Happy Resurrection Day!

Dee

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VICIOUS421 4/8/2012 12:26AM

    Beautiful!!!!
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A colorful and interesting ride...

Monday, March 26, 2012

It was another beautiful sunny day for a ride through the forest on my Trek. However windy conditions kept me off the single-tracks. It was safer to travel along wider old dirt farm roads. The following pictures display the brilliant colors of forsythias, apple trees, huge evergreens and other breath-taking views that graced my route.








(Old apple tree not so old)


(Beaver Pond)


(Milkweed Pods)


(Single track)


(View of “the Gunks”)


(Ridge Road Trail)

Happy trails!!!

  
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ME40ME 3/29/2012 11:07PM

    Viewing life via a bike is enlightening! I love bike riding!

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KELPIE57 3/28/2012 3:12AM

    Lovely

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WOODHEAT 3/27/2012 9:35PM

    I am a BIG believer in living the adventure now! Glad to see you're doing the same!

Life is good!
Wood


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CROWLEY123 3/27/2012 8:49PM

    Absolutely beautiful. It feels like I am riding alongside you!

Thank you for sharing the lovely scenery.

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LKWQUILTER 3/27/2012 11:31AM

    What a beautiful ride you had. I love to walk on trails like that.

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LAURELSPARK 3/27/2012 9:02AM

    Looks like a great place to ride....we have not been biking yet.

Right now I'm "grounded" from my bike because of a pinched nerve (at least we think that's what the problem is). My back therapy is not changing my pain so I'm just about ready to ditch the therapy and hop on my bike anyway.

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CLWALDRO 3/27/2012 7:56AM

    Absolutely beautiful!
God makes spring so we can discover his miracles of beauty each year.
I know you had a wonderful time and have been looking forward to riding your bike again after the winter snows melted. emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 3/27/2012 7:18AM

    WOW nice photos!

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ANDYLIN90 3/27/2012 5:28AM

    Loved the pictures; I can see you flying down that trail in the last picture.

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JSALERNO 3/27/2012 5:24AM

    emoticonSUCH BEAUTY

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FATHINSN 3/27/2012 2:37AM

    Very pretty, I can happily walk there :D I imagine nicely woody, forest fragrance and nice breeze.

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/26/2012 11:00PM

    Beautiful scenery, thank you for sharing your walk with us!!!!! You are doing great!

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A Good Addiction...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Spark team member once told me to be careful…..it can be addictive. It looks like I’m proving him right. Mountain biking is so thrilling, adventurous, and just plain awesome! I’m so fortunate to have my own personal guide to accompany me as I thirst to learn more about myself and Nature. The trails I rode on this past week were varied in skill levels. Like anything new in life, I continue to take one baby step at a time until I feel confident in what I am doing. What a thrill to ride down rugged terrain balancing above the saddle of my Trek! Previous experience of knowing how to “pick my line” from skiing downhill helped me to ride downhill with a little bit of confidence. Before joining SparkPeople, I would have never imagined challenging myself to go beyond the flats of macadam. The following are a few pictures of my past couple of rides. I didn’t stop long enough to get a pic of the big black snake curled up on the side of one of the trails. I thought it best to respect its privacy.














(Looks like a road block.)


(658 ft. elevation. It’s all downhill from here.)


(Old stone wall property lines of farm from long ago.)


(Daffodils from old non-existent farm. Nature lives on.)


(Another detour to overcome.)

Happy trails......

  
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SNOWSNAKE 3/26/2012 11:13AM

    emoticon emoticonDon't you just feel so FREE when you are out riding, checking out nature, new terrain, and "feeling the ride"? It gives great meaning to being an outdoors lover! The daffodils said it all! ***SNOW***

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BRENDALEEFREE 3/26/2012 8:58AM

    Way to go!

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CASSIOEPIA 3/25/2012 8:31PM

    Awesome photos, and what a great avenue that has been opened up for you now. Can you imagine never having done this, now that you know you can?

Thank you for sharing :)

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DIDMIS 3/25/2012 6:28PM

    Nice photos. Thanks.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/25/2012 5:53PM

    Loved your workout blog and great photos! What beauty along your trail!

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/25/2012 2:23PM

    Great blog and I love the pictures!!!! You are doing awesome and you are very brave in my book! I'm proud of you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DR1939 3/25/2012 1:59PM

    Awesome! Love the pics.

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QUADCMOM 3/25/2012 12:52PM

    How awesome !! Thanks for sharing.

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KAYOTIC 3/25/2012 9:18AM

    I love the daffodils growing in the trees like that, what a fun surprise! Ride on! emoticon

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YANKEEBELLA 3/25/2012 7:39AM

    Thank you for sharing. That is a good addiction!
The picture are awesome but even more so is your story of dedication to improving yourself.

Blessings,
Susan
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JSALERNO 3/25/2012 6:04AM

    GREAT GOING! I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER BE ABLE TO GET THAT ADDICTED.

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OPTIMIST1948 3/25/2012 12:11AM

    I've actually walked that loop trail. How fun to see it from another viewpoint (you & the bike)!

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ANDYLIN90 3/24/2012 11:36PM

    You look great and I loved the enthusiasm in your blog.

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MSLZZY 3/24/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon emoticonLove the
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TIMOTHYNOHE 3/24/2012 10:31PM

    I was warned the same thing about long distance running.

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Chapter 58!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The day finally arrived and all I wanted to do was celebrate! My 58th birthday was quite an eventful milestone for me. For a long time I had planned what I wanted to accomplish on this day. I dreamed it would be a commencement, the start of something new. The sky was overcast. But that did not “cloud” my decision to go out and play for most of the day. And play I did! My birthday cake was presented but placed in the refrigerator until after dinner.



My best friend offered to give me my long awaited first lesson in mountain biking. So, with Shamrocks donning my ear lobes, I got my biking gear and little Leprechaun ready for the maiden voyage over rough terrain at the Stewart Forest Preserve.







On our way to the trails, we biked on a path parallel to old railroad tracks which bordered the village. Back in the 1920s until mid 1970s, this little railroad town earned the title “Gateway to the East” and ruins of the old administration building still stands, with the staircase intact.





Steam locomotives were a big part of the railroad industry in this area. During its heyday the village even created a man-made reservoir for the needed water supply required by the engines.




(man-made reservoir)

Before long, we soon entered the trails within the forest and gazed upon the beauty of wild flowers sprouting up through the decayed bed of oak leaves.



As we went deeper into the forest area, I soon found myself riding on beginner level mountain trails that challenged my skill with balance and agility. What fun riding in between trees and up and down hilly areas. Along the way, there were many interesting sights, including huge ant hills.


(huge ant hills)

There were also huge beaver huts. One was washed up on shore, probably from Hurricane Irene’s visit last fall.


(beaver hut)


(beaver hut on shore)

I truly enjoyed celebrating life from the saddle of my bike. Riding on both rugged terrain and gently rolling fields was a great experience. I encourage everyone to go outside an play often. This is key to living a healthier life!



I’m so glad to have accomplished what I had planned to do: my first real mountain bike ride on trails within the forest. The best part of today was experiencing this new chapter in my life with my best friend!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 3/20/2012 7:41PM

    Awesome post. I always feel invigorated by your adventures!

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BRENDALEEFREE 3/19/2012 9:57AM

    It sounds like you had an awesome way to start Chapter 58 - keep it going!

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KELPIE57 3/19/2012 6:03AM

    Great day, I'll be seeing what I can do on Wednesday!

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SNOWSNAKE 3/18/2012 11:50AM

    emoticonLuvs2, thanks for sharing your Shamrock birthday with us, it was fun to feel like I was right there with you! You certainly know how to make the best of your 50's, reaching goals, exploring new activities and areas.... Like Wood always says, Life is Good! So we all should live it to its fullest! Great blog, wonderful birthday, fabulous cake!! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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KAYOTIC 3/18/2012 10:00AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate! emoticonlive, love, laugh....play!

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BILL60 3/18/2012 8:47AM

    Sounds like you had a blast. Do it again and again, and again.

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JSALERNO 3/18/2012 6:54AM

    NOW THAT'S A CAKE

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CHOCLAHOLIC 3/18/2012 6:18AM

    Sounds like a perfect birthday outing! emoticon

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WOODHEAT 3/18/2012 12:00AM

    What a great way to spend your birthday! Someday you'll have to meet me and my wife, who goes by Luvquilting here. I think we are very much alike! I'm pretty much know here at Sparks as being the "life is good" guy. I live it! I believe it! Seems to me you do also. Glad to have you being part of "the Deck" experience.

Life is good!
Wood


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