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.
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.
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 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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