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Wanna Hike With Me?

Monday, September 17, 2012

This may look like a mess of leaves and trees to you but to ME it is my hour-long get-away to another world! Nestled deep in my woods is a place where I find contentment and a place that gets my heart pumping.

Leaving my house, I trek up the hill to the opening of the minuscule forest that awaits me.


The outskirts are lush and green...


Let's enter here...



Watch yer head...


Don't roll down this hill like I did once. Here, hold my hand...


Let's go up here.




You're not outta the woods yet...


Just about there...


Juuuust about there...


There. Pant, pant...that wasn't so bad, now was it? We just gotta walk back through to get home now...


Ohh, THAT??? I have NO IDEA where that came from! I need to tell my Old Man. I bet he will be FURIOUS that someone posted that up here.


Thank you for coming...but I bet you have something YOUR way you can explore and share with US.

God bless. And you guessed it, you are loved.
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SHARON10002 9/23/2012 11:25PM

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures, and for taking me along with you. It looks so peaceful. . . Made me think of the area where I grew up. . . I miss the country!


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L1ZB3TH354 9/19/2012 7:16PM

    Thanks for taking us along. Love the pictures. emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 9/19/2012 5:11AM

    I am so jealous.....

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JADOMB 9/18/2012 12:47PM

    Yep, I wanna hike with you. If I had that outside my back door, I'd sell my treadmill. Or at least put it away for bad days. What a beautiful setting. I sure miss when I was raised on a ranch 13 miles from town.

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KIMCOLLINGS 9/18/2012 11:52AM

    What a beautiful place to take a walk. Thanks for taking us along on your amazing get-away!

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-MOJOJOJO- 9/18/2012 11:31AM

    How lovely! I wish we had trails like that here!! Thanks for sharing! I ought to do this on my desert hike someday!' ~_~

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BRADMILL2922 9/17/2012 10:47PM

    Wow, that is a really pretty walk! Thanks for sharing the pics! It looks really peaceful. I don't blame you for walking that all the time because I know I would!

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AJDOVER1 9/17/2012 10:27PM

    That was so fun! I wonder if I could learn to walk and take pictures at the same time. I don't think I'm as talented as you are. I'll just tag along with you.

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ANDYLIN90 9/17/2012 9:47PM

    Loved going on a hike with you! Thanks for posting.

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CARTOONB 9/17/2012 8:29PM

    Did you roll down the hill on purpose?

Gorgeous area!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/17/2012 6:38PM

    So pretty!! We have some parks nearby that have lovely wooded walking trails, but none so lovely as your spot! Thanks so much for taking me along with you this time!! What fun! emoticon

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BKNOCK 9/17/2012 6:32PM

    Great pictures!

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DEBBIELCG 9/17/2012 5:56PM

    i wish i could walk through there everyday.

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NEEKEPOO 9/17/2012 5:37PM

    Love it! I may just have to invite you along for our next bike ride! emoticon

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USFBULL 9/17/2012 5:31PM

    Well done, thanks for showing some of your neighborhood. Looks like a great place for winding down the pace and listening to nature. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/17/2012 5:23PM

    Thank you for the hike! I am always alone! I had fun! Lets do it again sometime?
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SANDYCRANE 9/17/2012 5:21PM

    I enjoyed the tour of your hike. emoticon

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Yeah, Hiking Does THAT!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

It is my haven. My meditation. It makes me feel some sort of connection to everything that is on this big blue ball of life and energy. I feel what it is like to be away from the noise, chaos, interruptions of the every day. I get to be comfortable in my OWN skin, my OWN little world of, well, ME. I learn alot about myself in these 45 minutes. Sometimes I hike longer just for the heck of it. Sometimes I sit down on the rock beside the pond and just listen. To what? Nothing but the sound of nature. There are times I stand still, closing my eyes, letting the breeze caress my face. Then there are times I allow the moment to spark me, spur me, and I set off ablaze, deeper in my woods, deeper down the hills until I am spent. But happy. Very very happy.

There is nothing like returning to my starting point at the top of the hill and looking down on the fields around me. I feel like a conqueress. A lioness. Strong. Enabled with a grit and determination that has claimed the territory around me. But yet, I am not too strong as to be able to reach down and caress the small and fragile beauty of the caterpillar that is making its way beside me. I am bold. But not too bold as to frighten away the small bird that has landed to stand beside me only a few feet away...

This is the moment that defines me. This is the small piece of world that is mine and mine alone that gives me wings and a spirit of "can do." I am beautiful. I am a woman of many colors, many textures, many layers. Yet, this moment, this little carving of space, reveals to me who I TRULY am. I am fragile, yet determined. I am small but a crucial piece to the make-up of the world around me. When I breathe, I don't just breathe in air or push out air. When I breathe I am making a difference to myself and, hopefully, to others.

There are times I decide to go back into the enclosure of the trees while my heart is winding down. I grab the low-hanging limbs and put my face into them, smelling the color of fall that is slowly changing them. At times I smile, finding little patterns in the veins and observing how intricately they are woven together. God's paintbrush is gentle, strong and decisive. The Painter gave each stroke, each line, His careful consideration. That is what He did with me as well. AND you. Can you imagine that? Someone who loves us all so very much that He made us beautifully, lovingly and with careful detail? That no one in this huge world is just like me? Just like YOU?

I whip out of the enclosure with a newfound sense of belonging. I am unique. I have fears, setbacks, imperfections. However, I don't have to limit myself because of them. I can break out of my own self-imposed ideas and get to know myself all over again. I am older. But my heart is as young as the small fawn grazing across the fence, waiting on its mother to return. I am wiser, but still willing to be taught more lessons in humility and forgiveness.

Hiking is my euphoria. My tunnel, my path, my drug of choice. It sends me to a different level of being that is yet to be touched by anything else.

I am me.

I love me.

I am strong. I am determined. I am YOU.

God bless you all so very much today.

You are loved.

  
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GREGGWEISBROD 1/29/2014 12:22AM

    Once the great thaw sets in finally, and spring begins to wrap it's arms of renewal around your world... I hope you'll hike like this again, and share it with us in much the same way as you did here. Beautiful.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 9/18/2012 6:30AM

    Makes me want to go hiking today. Have not been in a long time and I have miles of trails in the Cleveland Metroparks, the Ohio Buckeye trail right outside my door....

I need to take advantage of them once again....

Thanks for the vivid reminder.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/17/2012 3:15PM

    You are blessed, my friend and loved very much! emoticon

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JADOMB 9/17/2012 12:33PM

    You are fortunate to have such beauty so near to you. I miss the wide open spaces of my youth. Now, if I go for a hike, I have to take a stick to fend of dogs and thugs. LOL But once I get through my home projects and other obligations, I plan to get out more to the beautiful places that we do have near us. I love God and all his creations.

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BRADMILL2922 9/17/2012 12:47AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! Love the fall weather and getting outside more and enjoying nature! Glad you got to get out and enjoy!

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JUNIAATROME 9/16/2012 10:59PM

    Nature heals! Life looks so much better out there. Why don't I get out there more often???!!! emoticon

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BKNOCK 9/16/2012 10:06PM

    I am glad to hear that you are investigating the outdoors again! Great blog!

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CARTOONB 9/16/2012 10:04PM

    Well said, as always.

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SHELLIECAN 9/16/2012 4:22PM

    WoW !!! Inspiring words.

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IAM_HIS2 9/16/2012 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon what a blessing this blog was to me. emoticon

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There's Steel No One Like You

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seriously, would someone PLEASE remind me that other social networks don't compare to SparkPeople?? That although the "other" social network might OFFER fun, encouragement and a good time, it doesn't necessarily mean the fun, encouragement and a good time that is normally associated with OUR ideas of fun, encouragement and a good time? Several months ago I joined a network that promised these things and I got "bidded" on. Some guy from New Mexico outbid several competitors and gleefully sent me a bulletin stating that he now "owned" me. You should have seen me trying to find the "delete account" button. I was knocking over plants, spewing the drink from my mouth and pounding my keyboard, chanting, "No, no, no, no, no, no...."

Soooo, not learning from my past mistakes, I happily joined an "Over 40" site that promised me everlasting friendships with people my age, a "site where you can build relationships, play games and have the time of your life" with other "oldsters" like me! It looked benign. Sniff, sniff...it smelled benign. So, I cautiously joined. I called myself "SteelChipper."

My first friend was "Bert" from the Netherlands. He was 73-years-old and married to his lovely wife for 53 years. He was ecstatic that he found someone else to send pictures to of his beautiful countryside and wanted to know if I liked old-fashioned churned butter. How sweet. He had cows, goats and sheep. Did I like cows, goats and sheep?? Why, yes, Bert, I do! Do you like walking outside, enjoying the scent of the dewy grass in the birth of the mornings, relishing in the soft caresses of the gentle wind, breathing in the promise of a brand new day? Oh my, I thought. A fellow poet at heart...why, yes, Bert, I do! Do you like meeting new people, perhaps someone who is willing to send you a plane ticket, pay for your hotel room and answering the door in a blindfold??
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It took me three minutes to delete my account. Dial-up sucks that way.

Then there was the time I joined some weight-lifting site. I called myself, "SteelBabe." I learned early on that these people were hardcore fanatics. I knew I could be like them! Two days into my weight-lifting regimen I dropped a ten-pound weight on my big toe and just about knocked myself out on the overhead bar on the weight machine. All in one fluid motion. With stars rotating around my head and drool mindlessly falling from my mouth, I deleted my account. SteelBabe was SteelClumsy and SteelNotReadyToBeBuffLikeBuffy.

I didn't think anything was wrong with the artsy website I joined awhile back, either. What could POSSIBLY go wrong with that? I joyfully posted my paintings and sat back waiting for friend requests, charming banter with fellow artists and fun feedback. Nada. What the heck was going on here?? Upon closer examination I realized that everyone was painting nudes. Of themselves. And some of them weren't so perty...OR perky.

Other websites have not been as colorful but I've found them not to be a good fit for me, for some reason or the other. I've had the usual Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Tumblr accounts but I couldn't find my groove or find the support that SparkPeople has offered. There's just something different here.

Like you guys.

You've put up with my whining, my lectures, my rants, my raves. You've become my family. Like, REALLY. If it wasn't for you, I would have lost my marbles I long time ago. I don't think I could have lost the weight or found the strength or incentive to keep it off. You have helped guide me through some tough situations along the way and because of YOU I am HOME. Here, I am STEELKICKIN. Here I am not afraid to be ME. It is with SparkPeople that I have found love, acceptance and friendships that will last me a lifetime.

There's "steel" no one like you. Sparkies are the best.
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God bless each and everyone of you tonight. You are loved.
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TIGER_LILY_613 1/29/2014 6:43AM

    I know you wrote this a long time ago, but I just read it, and I'm having a giggle-fit emoticon Bert sounds like a keeper ! emoticon Thanks for the laughs !

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/29/2014 12:17AM

    Laughing my a$$ off!!! :-D Bert sounds like a keeper, evidently he's fairly well off! My goodness, you do manage to have the most wonderful adventures, Michelle. You could probably bring a smile to someone's face on some of their darkest days... and honestly, that's the most incredible gift I could imagine anyone being able to give. You're a treasure, Michelle, truly.

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JUNIAATROME 9/21/2012 5:55AM

    LOL - Why on earth did you erase Bert?! You could have had your European holiday on him! That is, had you not posted your picture on that network! emoticon You could have cooley flown to Amsterdam and then taken off - say to Croatia. We could have served you with all the lovely country air here too!

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SHARON10002 9/15/2012 11:03PM

    I am not one for social sites and putting myself out there. I had to chuckle at your encounter with Bert! I had another friend that had a similar experience.

I have found those I've met on Spark to be open and honest. I don't feel threatened here in anyway, and for me that's what it's all about. The support and friendship I've found on here are very special. I feel that I can post almost anything and not be judged or ridiculed. I attended a Spark Friend's wedding last weekend. I do hope I get to meet more of my Spark friends in the flesh one day.

I do want to say that I'm very glad to have found you and befriended you, and in spite of all you've been through with your online social experiences, you're STEELKICKIN a$$ets! Bravo!

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BKNOCK 9/15/2012 7:11AM

    Wow, Bert sounds a bit feisty! Spark People and Spark Buddies are the best!

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AJDOVER1 9/14/2012 7:14PM

    There are other social networks? Who knew? Thanks for trying them out for me. I'm totally glad to learn from your experience.

I remember when I first joined SparkPeople, I received a SparkFriend request from some guy who didn't sound familiar. I double-checked and we had no SparkTeams in common, so I didn't "friend" him back. I did say to myself, "If this happens again, I'm outta here!" That was a few years ago, and it HASN'T happened again. I have friended and been friended by some amazing people, though. You're absolutely one of the best and that's saying a lot.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/14/2012 4:05PM

    Wow!! There are some seedy web sites out there, huh? This is it for me. My DH has a facebook acct., and I look at what family has posted on it once in awhile, but I have never had my own or any of those others. I'm a chicken and I trust pretty much no one, but for my SP friends like you!! Always here for you, my friend!
This site seems to have a bi of something for pretty nearly everybody ( all above board, too......Chris wouldn't allow it otherwise!).
Sorry you wasted time with those nasty places. You ARE STEELKICKIN!!!! And YOU are loved, too!! emoticon emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 9/14/2012 3:07PM

    AAAAAAWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!
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You are so sweet!

I understand what you're getting at. Since I found this site, what a difference in my life. I have an outlet too. I have friends across the globe. I have a place to pour my heart out and there is always someone there for me. Sometimes pushing, guiding, helping, listening, crying with me, reaching out a helping, loving, hand.

I agree.

There's "steel" no one like you. You're one of the best!
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ISAVEDME80 9/14/2012 12:02PM

    I found this blog by a group, thanks for sharing,
made me giggle at the funny encounters you have had online,
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JADOMB 9/14/2012 11:58AM

    I totally agree, this site is so focused on helping others that it is just a blessing to be around like minded folks. I like to just be here and let my other interests stay out as much as possible. My FB page is much different than here since there I can and do speak my mind of many issues that are near and dear to me. But here, I just want to help others and to get help on things I am weak on.

I just don't see the need to join any others sites. Although, I am a member to a computer tech site that is much like this one. It does it's best to keep it on task and keep out hot topics. It is also full of good people that also like to help others instead of take advantage of them. I just don't go there though but a few times per month.

Funny thing is though, when I first came on here a member friended me and she seemed fine from first glance. Soon afterwords though, she was banned from the site for having inappropriate stuff posted. Seems that she was a cougar and proud of it. LOL Still don't know why she took interest in this old man though, I ain't no spring chicken. LOL

Anyway, I'm am proud to know you and all the others that I have met here and hope to always have this site to come to and get away from all the garbage out there. God bless

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FLEMIDG 9/14/2012 12:32AM

    I so agree. Without Spark People I wouldn't have met you. Love you lots. I think you should stick to Spark People and forget about those other sites.

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BRADMILL2922 9/13/2012 10:57PM

    Very true! Gotta love Spark! I know I wouldn't trade it for any of the others!

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KATRINAKAT23 9/13/2012 10:03PM

  Yep, we are so fortunate to have this place.

Love the people.

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CARTOONB 9/13/2012 9:58PM

    I've always said you have great taste!

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NFLATTE 9/13/2012 9:48PM

    True!

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Gerard Butler Sent Me Roses

Monday, September 10, 2012

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you "wake up" but yet you are in that little space between the dream and being ACTUALLY awake? That portion where you are thanking God that you won the lottery? And you are mentally spending your lottery winnings on all the things you always wanted? I was ecstatic that I was going to be able to buy my '69 Shelby Fastback and new kitchen towels, when *!Poof!* the fog was gone. I opened my eyes and saw Brian's mouth wide open on my pillow. I watched that little thing in the back of his throat wiggle with each snore until I realized I was duped by my dreams again. No Shelby. No kitchen towels. Then he snorted suddenly and scared the crap out of me.

It wasn't any worse than the "I Lost My Finger" dream. For some reason my middle finger turned up missing and I couldn't drive my motorcycle, paint, type, cook or crotchet. I can't crotchet in REAL life but in my dream I could. Or COULDN'T because I LOST MY MIDDLE FINGER. I remember waking and running to the bathroom, flipping on the light and counting my digits. I even held my hand up to the mirror just to get a second opinion. Then I realized I was flipping myself off.

We've all had the "Oh My God, I'm Naked!" dream. I was on an airplane and the stewardess kept asking me to cover myself and I had nothing to cover myself with. I crossed my legs and was trying to hide behind a coffee cup when another stewardess walked by and asked me if I wanted tea. When the plane landed, I was darting around each departing passenger in strategic ways. If I could just get to my suitcase, I would be fine. But wouldn't you know it??? The airline lost my luggage.

Some other interesting dreams I've had lately are:

"Brian Has Three Boobs."
"A Flying Saucer Landed In My Field. Bre Was The Pilot."
"Me And Darth Vader: Lazer Tag In My Field."
"Gerard Butler Sent Me Roses."
"I Lost My Front Teeth."

That was another one where I darted out of bed and ran to the bathroom mirror. I remember pulling up my upper lip and making sure I had them all when Brian raced in and asked me what the heck I was doing. He scared me so bad I stammered and bit my bottom lip. Yep. They were all there. No need to look again.

I don't know. I recently began taking a magnesium supplement not too long ago. Maybe that's what's doing it. Or maybe it's the Sleepy Time Tea. (And NO, I do not consume OR ENDORSE the use of any wacky weed or poppy seeds. On or IN your muffins.) Maybe it's from my recent lack of exercise. All that energy has to go somewhere when you don't use it.

Tomorrow is the day I begin my brand new exercise regimen. Perhaps that will squelch the little boogers that are invading my brain. Wish me luck. I'm going to try hiking again...a love that I had a few years ago and got me alot of desired results.

For now, though, I'm off to bed. I'll probably see you in my dreams..in my field. Hope you have your clothes on....

God bless, Sparkies. You are loved.
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BEAR8MM 9/16/2012 4:24PM

    Hey, send me some of that tea!

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SEXBOBOMB 9/12/2012 11:36AM

    ...and just like that, I'm adding you as a new SparkFriend -- mostly because of the phrase "Brian Has Three Boobs" (because I'm 12).

Funny blog that has made me envious of your dreamtime. Where are *my* Gerard Butler dreams, I'd like to know!?
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/12/2012 12:10AM

    I loved it ! It really brightened my day Thank you!

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GEEMAWEST 9/11/2012 11:19PM

    YOU JUST LEAVE MY MUFFINS OUT OF THIS!
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CARTOONB 9/11/2012 10:59PM

    I hope you keep having the weird dreams and sharing them with us! Hilarious!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/11/2012 2:53PM

    Cute blog! Oh....and I can't ever remember having a "naked" dream! Maybe I'm the strange one! hehe
You write so well!! So entertaining you can be!!! Lovin' it! I'll just bet your lack of exercise has been giving your brain too much extra time to think up these things! Hehe! I know I feel better now that I've started walking again, but the sleep is still elusive! Guess I'll have to add my Cammomile tea back to my bedtime routine!!
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 9/11/2012 2:10PM

    LOL! I loved reading about these.

My most recent dream that was etched in my brain was about me breaking into a factory run by aliens who were manufacturing rocks. I HAD to steal the rocks. No idea why. I just had to.

I actually woke up laughing due to the vividness...and the absurdity which even my sleep addled brain recognized!

Swear it's the truth!


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KAILYNSTAR 9/11/2012 12:11PM

    You sure have some really interesting dream! My goodness, did I ever a have a giggle. I have to admit, I have never had any of those kind of dreams.

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JADOMB 9/11/2012 11:37AM

    "It wasn't any worse than the "I Lost My Finger" dream. For some reason my middle finger turned up missing and I couldn't drive my motorcycle"

Is that because you can't grip the handle or that you can't signal disapproval to someone that just cut you off on the freeway?

I'm one of those that rarely remembers my dreams. But when I do, they are good ones. I also know that for some reason, if I eat watermelon too late at night I will have a nightmare. Must be the sugars.

Anyway, happy dreams to you.

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LMB-ESQ 9/11/2012 10:40AM

    Is that like dreaming you're naked in a room full of people?

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TEENY2BEE 9/11/2012 9:36AM

    Ive had those lost my teeth dreams......i think its because i have a 'dentist phobia'.....im surprised I still have all my teeth still in my mouth!!! emoticon

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IAM_HIS2 9/11/2012 8:36AM

    Great blog...keep them coming. emoticon

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BKNOCK 9/11/2012 8:01AM

    Gosh is he good looking! I wish I could dream about him! You crack me up as usual and I really needed that belly laugh this morning! Have a great day!

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PJSTIME 9/11/2012 5:48AM

    Nothing wrong with dreaming about Gerard. emoticon

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SALGUOD2 9/11/2012 5:17AM

    One of the shows I was watching recently said dreaming is a healthy thing.

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FAERY_FACE 9/11/2012 4:28AM

    Lol. I don't feel awkward about my weird dreams anymore! My boyfriend always tell people that I need help, but no psychologist is qualified enough to help me.
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ELYMWX 9/11/2012 1:08AM

    Attention Deficit... Oh, Squirrel!

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JUNIAATROME 9/11/2012 1:01AM

    Ha, ha! you should sell this one! (But you should cut out the Brian on my pillow portion. Your DH may be offended by being published in a magazine) emoticon

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FLEMIDG 9/11/2012 12:34AM

    Loved your blog. Hope you have sweet dreams tonight.

Love and hugs.

Darlene

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"Bean" There, Done That

Sunday, September 09, 2012

A couple of years ago at this time I posted this blog. I wanted to remind you and MYSELF that this life is what we make of it...

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its richness and savored its aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

Which are you? Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?

Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did you have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have you become hardened and stiff? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get even better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

(However, I would much prefer it if everyone was smiling WITH me. For they should know I am going to a beautiful place to wait for THEM some day...)

God bless you all this upcoming week. You are loved, dearly.
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JUNIAATROME 9/13/2012 2:32PM

    Yes, it just came to my attention, Michelle, I have known you for years! But the story is what I need now. I just explained to my therapist today that I feel as in a huge thunderstorm at sea (could be a boiling pot, now that you mention it). I'll try to make coffee of it! Wait, I'm not a coffee bean emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/12/2012 12:12AM

    Lovely!

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SHARON10002 9/11/2012 5:57PM

    Well written - I love this story. Thanks for the reminder.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 9/11/2012 2:13PM

    Loved this!!

Thanks for sharing. Makes me review my "lame excuse" of the moment...and then ditch it!

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IAM_HIS2 9/11/2012 8:41AM

    This an emoticon blog. Wow, I love it. Wha beautiful wisdom --you do write wonderful blog!! Thank you!!!!!

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HUNGRY4ACUREMOM 9/10/2012 8:42PM

    That was a really cool story and gives me something to think about. THANKS!! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/10/2012 6:20PM

    emoticon

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BKNOCK 9/10/2012 2:37PM

    emoticon Thanks for the reminder!

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CARTOONB 9/9/2012 11:12PM

    Can I be a tea leaf instead? Not a fan of coffee. emoticon

Still an excellent lesson.

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EDELWEISS33 9/9/2012 7:01PM

    never heard that story before.

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WORKNGONMENOW 9/9/2012 6:45PM

    love the blog..I love the story.

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STARPESCADO 9/9/2012 6:27PM

    Thanks for sharing - this was so sweet : )
Have a happy week!

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STARPESCADO 9/9/2012 6:26PM

    Thanks for sharing - this was so sweet : )
Have a happy week!

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JADOMB 9/9/2012 6:24PM

    I love that story.

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STARPESCADO 9/9/2012 6:22PM

    Thanks for sharing - this was so sweet : )
Have a happy week!

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