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Oh, I forgot to add the map of my Walk Across America...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Here it is. Here I am...as of today!!!!



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REXTINE1 6/25/2012 11:33AM

    Very impressive. I'll have to see if I can find out how far I've gone, but I'm pretty sure it's not anything like that.

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PYNETREE 6/25/2012 8:29AM

    Wow! That's a lot of miles!!

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MERRYMARY42 6/24/2012 9:59AM

    Hi, I am in Idaho, loving every bit of my trip, it would be so wonderful to drive the exact route, I used to say when I retired, now I say while we are still able to drive but, I may as well face it, it is probably just on my bucket list, but all is good.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/24/2012 8:29AM

    HI Tudi. emoticon emoticon I just made it out of Missouri. It seems like a big milestone to leave one state and start the next. I'm so glad summer is here.

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MONTY68 6/23/2012 10:51PM

    Hi
I think the map is a great idea, especcilly for those not walking the trail. You are doing great. 1266 miles is awewsome.
congratulations.

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On my Virtual Walk Across America, I'm...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

on my way through Missouri. emoticon emoticon emoticon

As of today, on the Transamerica Trail, I have walked 1266.7 total miles since I started.

What a joy!

On the Walk to Rivendell Challenge, I'm making my way along with the Hobbits, Aragon, Frodo, and all the other Sparkers who are on the journey. I'm doubling down on joy!!

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Why the dog ate my homework...Or, the saga of a busy week!

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Oregon Gardens trip was fabulous. I WILL post photos. However, my partner and I and several friends have been diligently working like crazy this week setting up an estate sale for a dear friend who passed away a year and a half ago. Her partner recently got a position in a different state. She had to move really fast. Like, two weeks to a whole new place, life, etc. Everything had to be moved out of the house. It's going on the market soon. We sorted, boxed, put stuff in storage, got the really "good" stuff moved to high end places to lovingly find their way to good homes. We kept lots of stuff out of the landfill by getting things to their proper homes. Now, there's this fantastic estate sale at our house on Saturday. We are still unboxing, sorting, pricing, and getting ready. The big push is tomorrow. Show time on Saturday. Then...rest.

  
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REXTINE1 6/15/2012 3:44PM

    I hope you do a land-office business.

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MELODY525 6/15/2012 2:54PM

    I am sorry for the loss of a dear friend.
It's so good of you to help the other friend get on with her new life & job.
Hope the sale goes well. I would love to be there!!
Have a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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GARDENQE2 6/15/2012 12:55PM

    OOOH! I wish I lived closer! I love estate sales!

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/15/2012 9:04AM

    Hope your sale goes well. It must be hard parting with all those memories.

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ANATASHIKI 6/15/2012 8:18AM

    sounds like a lot of work to me but helping a friend is a great thing. don't forget to rest when you can . can't wait for the photos! emoticon

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I'm visiting the beautiful Oregon Gardens...

Thursday, June 07, 2012

My partner and I and a few friends are going to make the trek tomorrow to visit the Oregon Gardens which comprises 20 distinct gardens and also has The Gordan House on site. Tomorrow, June 8th, is Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday. The Gordan House is the only Wright designed home in Oregon. Before this home was saved, moved, and restored to it's former glory, there were actually people who were going to have it razed. I'm glad there are visionaries who "get" what genius, beauty, and genuine originality are all about. The Gordan House endures and we get to take a tour of it on Wright's birthday!! How cool is that? I'm so excited.

Here are a few photos (from the Oregon Gardens web site) that show four of their 20 gardens.

Conifer Garden



Bosque Garden



The Green Roof Garden



Lewis and Clark Garden



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REXTINE1 6/9/2012 3:17PM

    We spent a fair amount of time in Oregon, but I never heard of the Oregon Gardens. They look great, but I doubt that we will ever see them now.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 6/8/2012 7:38PM

    It sounds beautiful. It is wonderful that you can be there and remember his birthday.

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LOPEYP 6/8/2012 6:55PM

    Beautiful! I hope I get the chance to visit Oregon someday.

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AANGEL3 6/8/2012 6:49PM

    Ah...I miss Oregon. Have fun!

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GARDENQE2 6/8/2012 11:44AM

    Oregon is so beautiful! Enjoy!

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ANATASHIKI 6/8/2012 9:53AM

    emoticon emoticon absolutely beautiful!

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SHORT_KAKE 6/8/2012 9:49AM

    Lucky you!
I hope you have a wonderful time.

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MELODY525 6/8/2012 6:34AM

    Tudi ~ I am so jealous!!
I have seen stuff on TV about this place.
It's amazing and I am happy you and your partner get to see it up close & personal!
You two have a wonderful time.
I expect to see pictures when you return! LOL emoticon

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Terra Cotta Pots...

Saturday, June 02, 2012



This past week my partner and I and other friends were all helping a woman pack up her worldly goods to travel to another state for a new job and a new beginning. Her partner died a few years ago and they had years of accumulated goods, knick knacks, little treasures, buckets/baskets/containers of shells, rocks, and agates, beautiful clothes, lots of sterling silver, and...terra cotta pots. Lots and lots of terra cotta pots. Leslie did so love to garden. We are going to have a "garage sale" of the goods and then pass on the proceeds.

I must say that this experience has reinforced in me that I want to focus on clearing out my own accumulated stuff. I want to start paring away all the non-essentials and get to the place where only useful, meaningful, and/or pleasurble things, activities, experiences, and people remain. I want to continue on this journey with a lighter, more purposeful step. Minimize to maximize.



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SHORT_KAKE 6/2/2012 8:33PM

    Ah, the one perk of having no garage and no basement... you can't hoard much stuff! LOL!
But I do have a collection of yarn; someday I will use it up... I think. :)


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FLEURGARDEN 6/2/2012 7:56PM

    I have a goal to clean out each and every drawer, cupboard, and closet in my house once a year just to keep things pared down and get rid of the non-essentials. I don't always achieve that annual goal, but I'm in better shape than if I didn't do any of it at all.

When my mother passed away I discovered that she hadn't thrown out a single pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or tax return (among other things) in over sixty years. It took me months to sort through things and to shred and dispose of her papers, let alone all the other "stuff" she had accumulated over the years. It was very overwhelming and really hard to throw out so much of her stuff.

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MELODY525 6/2/2012 3:25PM

    TUDI....THE 2 RECENT HOSP STAYS CURED ME OF "HOARDING" NON-ESSENTIAL STUFF. I THOUGHT OF MY POOR DAUGHTER TRYING TO CLEAR OUT THE MESS AND TOSS MY STUFF IN THE GARBAGE. SUCH DRAMA!!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE GOODIE AND THE COMMENT. YOUR SUPPORT MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO ME ALWAYS. I LOVE TERRA COTTA POTS AND GOT RID OF THEM ALL LAST YEAR! GAVE THEM TO MY SENIORS HERE AND THEY'RE ALL POTTED AND OUTSIDE NOW WHERE THEY BELONG. LOL
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MONTREAL12 6/2/2012 11:58AM

  emoticon Idea; easier said than done in my case to say the least; however, the thought remains; I agree with the concept; it's just so hard to let go! emoticon on your resolve; I look forward to future blogs as to how your succeed! emoticon

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